A thrilling, seductive new series from New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas, blending Beauty and the Beast with faerie lore.
When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.
As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.
Perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore and George R. R. Martin, this first book in a sexy and action-packed new series is impossible to put down!
So lets get into the review with a positive spin! Feyre was kickass and I loved her. She's strong willed and does whatever she can to help her family. She has to use her brain and all the skills she's acquired throughout the years to help her survive and I LOVED that about her. The aspects of this book that brought in East of the Sun and West of the Moon were some of my favorites and I actually enjoyed it a lot! I did guess the answer to a certain riddle as soon as I read it because the answer was so obvious but other wise, I enjoyed reading about how Feyre would save herself and the man she loved. I should at this time also mention Lucien, a young (well, he's not young actually. He's really rather old!) Fae who you'll meet early on in the book and he is by far one of the best aspects of this book! He was prickly and hilarious and loyal to boot and I loved him. I can't wait for more!
The world was my absolute favorite aspect of this novel and I can't rave about it enough. First, the book has a MAP which we know is always a wonderful thing but besides the map, so much of this world is almost perfection. From the beautiful landscapes I could picture in my head, to the sad and at times scary history, Sarah J. Maas's abilities to create a vivid world that I'd fall in love with was a true delight. Fair warning, a lot of the history of this world is told at paragraph lengths but told as it's told in a story like format, I actually enjoyed it a lot. For the first time, I think I didn't mind info dumps.
Now, this is sort of a Beauty and the Beast/East of the Sun and West of the Moon retelling so I was excited for the Beauty and the Beast because hello, it's my favorite fairy tale because of the hate to love romance. I was honestly hoping that Tamlin and Feyre's love story would be a hate to love story but sadly...it wasn't. Honestly, I didn't like the romance between Feyre and Tamlin because it was...bland. There wasn't enough arguing and sparks were not flying and I wasn't shipping them together. Also, lets not forget Stockholm syndrome because everyone always talks about it in B&B and I felt like it wasn't any different here! Reysand, when he enters the picture, was actually far more engaging and lively but I'm not happy with the love triangle ish vibe I'm getting from this. BUT even if I didn't like it, it wasn't a bad romance at all. Frankly, the romance just wasn't for me and as many, many people have loved it, I'm clearly the black sheep of the blogsphere (as always). This is however, a New Adult novel, and as such, there is steamy, sexy scenes in this book that lots of people loved. Since I found the romance lack luster, I wasn't as interested in the sexy times either.
Honestly, y'all, plenty of people have loved this book and I can understand why but it just wasn't for me. Sarah J. Maas's writing, however, has improved quite a bit and the world cerated in this book was phenomenal. It love when an author can transport me to their world and show me how everything comes together. The biggest thing I'm wondering is what the next book is going to be about. My thought? I kinda want Rhysand to get together with Feyre's older sister (I don't remember her name at all) because 1) no love triangle and 2) I think she needs some love!
Couldn't understand the hype.