No, none of us won the contest. I entered, though, and Cassandra Clare* emailed me... to ask whether the Evil Cousins wanted an ARC!
After I finished squee-ing** I said that we most certainly did.
And here it sits, right next to me. Jealous?***
She even signed it for us:
I die of happiness.
*Who is definitely my hero. Right now, anyway. Well, her and Buffy.
** And jumping up and down, and fainting.
*** Insert maniacal laughter here.
Fainting, squee-ing, reading City of Ashes, and yours,
PS A review is, of course, forthcoming.
Holly Black weaves the world of the fey and human with a strange and beautiful ferocity that is unique and wonderful. She combines an unflinchingly honest view of today's world with the magic of the faerie courts. When I began reading Black's "modern faerie tales", I had a bit of trouble getting into them. Make no mistake, they're very well written....I was just so unused to seeing the fey in a (modern) world so harsh. If you--like me--tend to enjoy reading romanticised faerie stories (You know what I'm talking about. Those ones. They usually involve many awesome ball gowns...or are set in Ireland...etc.), give the books a chance. They're well worth it.
I award Valiant four and a half out of five daggers.