So, this book as been pretty hyped up over the internet. Let me tell you, that hype is not there for nothing. I was going to order this book off of Amazon but then I saw it in the airport on my way back home for the summer. Since my flight was over 4 hours, I grabbed it and read it fully throughout the plane journey. Wow. Just wow. I’ve never been this close to debating giving a book 5 stars on Goodreads as much as I did for this book. It really made me want to get into the Throne of Glass series, which I’ve also been hearing so much about. Anyways, that’s a completely different topic to discuss (though if you think I should read it, let me know).
I really enjoyed this world that Sarah J. Maas has created. The focus, being on Faeries was a lot more interesting and original, compared to the recent phase that everyone used to be in with werewolves and vampires. I just enjoyed the different characters and the little fairytale twist that she added into the mix which I’ll talk about later in my review.
If you are debating whether or not to start reading this series then here is your sign to PICK IT UP IMMEDIATELY. Just go, go right now and get it, read it and come back and tell me what you thought:p
Here’s a blurb as well so you can get a feel of what the story is about:
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.
Just give it a go, I promise you won’t be disappointed.
First off, I’d love to say thank you to Sarah J. Maas for writing characters with names that YOU CAN’T EVEN PRONOUNCE PROPERLY IN YOUR HEAD. But other than that I would like to further say that she has created characters that I admired and grew fond of throughout the development of the plot.
The beginning chapters were quite hard to read as Nesta and Elain, her two OLDER sisters, basically treated her horribly and as if she had no purpose but to bring them food and give them money to waste on materialistic things. Her father was obviously beaten down and broken, only fascinated by the world he once had and man he once was. Yet, when Feyre accidentally shot a faerie and Tamlin came barging down the door and claimed her as his to do as he pleased with (i.e. take her to his freaking beautiful mansion and shower her with food and expensive clothes etc.), Elain and her father didn’t even think twice when he fed them a false story. I think the most touching part of the story was when we found out that Nesta had gone to the wall to get her back. She was the only one out of the whole family who understood Feyre, even after everything she had been like at the beginning of the story. When she returned, she was there for her, listened to her, and then gave her advice to go back.
Now, let’s talk about the one thing I know plays a massive role in these stories. The “ships”. So far, there are very big ships for Tamlin and Feyre and Rhys and Feyre. (I’ve been crossing my fingers for a Lucien and Feyre ship but apparently nobody seems to be jumping on that one any time soon). At first, I loved Tamlin and Feyre. They were the classic Beauty and the Beast story (which is my favorite Disney movie). A girl who has to fall in love with this masked beast to break the curse. BUT, I can’t stand a goody-goody-two-shoe kind of guy character. I need to have some of that roughness, bad-boy, tough-guy-who-falls-in-love style. Which is kind of why I liked Lucien/Rhys and Feyre. I liked the attitude and conversation between them and the little flirtatious moments. Let’s be clear SOME things that they did was horrible but Rhys to me reminds me of Damon from the Vampire Diaries and phew…I just ship those characters in fictional worlds so bad. NOT in the real world, just so we’re clear.
The Spring Court itself, was a beautiful place to learn about. I loved this masquerade curse that hid their faces. I have no idea why but it just fascinated me so much. I also just fell in love with Lucien’s character and I have no idea why. WHY IS NOBODY TALKING ABOUT HIM? The troubled family, his loyalty to Tamlin and it just all was so wonderful. That spring festival thing that happened was also quite forward for me. I mean I didn’t really like that he went, slept with another girl, and then she was just okay with it after he forgave her. ANYWAYS, my opinion of Tamlin isn’t even that important because I liked the book that much.
Let’s talk about the trials. When we met Amarantha (?) I was so intruigued to finally have a strong female character in the lead of everything. Not that I didn’t already thing Feyre wasn’t strong, I thought she was seriously a bad-ass female lead which I respected. But Amarantha took things to the next level. The throne of bones, the torture, the necklace with the human-guy-who-killed-her-sister’s eye on it. I mean, I loved having this bad-guy Rhys being referred to as her “whore” and the person that was technically controlled by her and did her bidding. It was a nice change.
Rhy’s imprint on Feyre was interesting. I really loved the tattoo concept and the way in which he looked as if he was using and abusing her and in turn he was actually helping her succeed in her future trials. I liked the communication that they started having with each other and the fact she now has to spend a WEEK every month for her whole life with him. Now she HAS to get close to him. The third trial though, was kind of a let down. I expected this big battle and fight between her and Amarantha but instead…it just…I don’t know I felt kind of let down by it but IT’S OKAY. THERE WILL BE MORE BOOKS.
Language/Style: 9 points
Plot: 9 points
Characters: 10 points
Originality: 8 points
Giving this book 36 points out of 40.
My only problem is I kind of don’t see where she can go with this book after what happened. It almost felt like to me it could have been a stand-alone book but you know…I’m also not complaining about it anytime soon.
Favourite Part: He knew what I meant, and shurugged. “Because when the legends get written, I didn’t want to be remembered for standing on the sidelines. I want my future offspring to know that I was there, and that I fought against her at the end, even if I couldn’t do anything useful.”
I blinked, this time not at the brightness of the sun.
“Because,” he went on his eyes locked with mine, “I didn’t want you to fight alone. Or die alone.”