by Sarah J. Maas
Book Release Date: May 5, 2015
My Review: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
This was another Beauty and the Beast re-imagining, which I actually wasn’t expecting going into reading it. Pleasant surprise!
This story was older, New Adult instead of Young Adult, and I liked how deep the story line and characters were. I liked how things were never what they seemed, and how Feyre had to do terrible and courageous things and make really tough choices over the span of the story, for better or worse, to choose whatever path she needed to choose. And the fact she didn’t take any of these decisions lightly and lived with the consequences of those.
I also was conflicted about my feelings toward certain characters. For example, Rhysand… I started out hating that guy, but by the end of it, I wasn’t sure if I liked him or Tamlin better! How did that even happen???
Then there was the Suriel. He was supposed to be this evil, loathsome creature, but he ended up helping Feyre a lot with his information, and then she turned around and saved his ass, to her own detriment. I thought for sure he’d pop back up to repay the favor, but maybe that will happen in a future book.
I did feel like many of these demon-like fae were supposed to these terrible, fearsome creatures, but there seemed to be a lot of telling without showing going on for that specific thing on multiple counts. I really didn’t get how the Attor was so frightening other than he looked ugly and monstrous, and a couple of others were that way, too. I got the gist, but I didn’t FEEL it as it was happening, so there was that.
But overall, this was a very enthralling book, and I can’t wait to jump into the second one. I seriously need to know how things are going to play out with Rhysand and Tamlin.