My Rating: 10/5 STARS!
Published: May 5th, 2015
Recieved: E-book from a giveaway!
Purchase: Book Depository
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 over the faerie lands is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin–and his world–forever.
The Spoiler Free Portion of Musings:
THIS BOOK! I can’t believe this book is the first I’ve ever read from Sarah J. Maas. I can’t believe that I was able to avoid all the spoilers by refusing to read any reviews or even talking to anyone about it before hand. This book is everything and I LOVED ever single second of it.
Sarah J. Maas writes in such a way that the second you give yourself to reading her work it sucks you in and you go into a state of: Ohh my gosh, ohh my gosh, what happens next, I need more, ohh my goodness did that just happen?, and Yes Yes Yes! I haven’t felt this much need to discuss every detail of a book in such a long time, I want to scream out my love for this book to the world and get every single person that even remotely loves fantasy/romance to read it.
I knew it in my heart of hearts that I would love this book. I would see it at Barnes and Nobel the cover winking at me telling me you know you want to read me, this is just what you need to be reading and you know it. Every single time I would resist the temptation usually out of necessity and move right on by. Though my heart would detach from me every time I thought about reading it.
I love that this book takes its time a little bit. You get to live inside the world and feel what others are feeling. You get to live Fayre’s live and dream her dreams and situatate yourself in her reality. At the very beginning when you get her backstory your heart breaks a whole lot. Especially with having a family that does not appreciate the fact that everything you do you do for them. The harsh reality and the parellel with beauty and the best in the beginning parts are lovely, but also dark in its own way and it made me enjoy the book all the more.
Then when you get to the beauty of the world of the Fae my heart dies. The beauty of the landscape juxtaposed with the harsh unnaturalness of many of the terrible creatures that all amount to being Fae is frighteningly gorgeous. The diversity of the sheer number of Fae types made me so happy to see.
I also loved that the romance didn’t come off as being rushed. It does happen fast in some ways but it felt very organic in the way it happens and I loved that too.
I also loved how each of the characters felt so unique to me. I had a distinct understanding of who was who and how they all interacted together and for me that doesn’t very often happen.
In my mind this novel was and will forever be perfection! Mixed reviews be damned!
FINALLY SOME SPOILERLY FUN!
If you haven’t read this book take this time to go purchase the book and come back after you’ve read it. I need to fangirl with everyone. I need it as much as I need to read. PLEASE read this.. and then read A Court of Mist and Fury right after it tops this book… I don’t know how but it did. ACOMAF is the book I was talking about in my post I am Obsessed: The Story of my Love for a Certain Book Somehow, it’s even more perfect I don’t know how Maas does it…
Anyway on to the rest of the review!
First off, let’s talk about Nesta shall we. At first I hated Nesta. She was hateful, spiteful, and ungrateful. I could not stand to picture her sneer. The way that she treated Feyre made me want to punch her. When someone risks their life for you going into the woods each and everyday to kill for you so that you can eat then you treat them like trash I will always feel like throttling you. However, there is a reason that I’m talking about Nesta first and that’s because she is honestly one of my favorite characters.
Nesta is a girl of harshness and fierce love for her family regardless weather or not she chooses to show it. Her anger stemming from a place of insecurity she felt so real to me and I loved her as a person for it. Her anger at her fathers incompetence and lack of will stregthened her hate, and in some small sad way I understood and I wanted to befriend her for it.
“He’s always known I hate him, even before we became poor. He let Mother die—he had a fleet of ships at his disposal to sail across the world for a cure, or he could have hired men to go into Prythian and beg them for help. But he let her waste away.”
The fact that Nesta went to such lengths to get Fayre back made me admire her. Going so far as to hire a mercenary and giving up the boy she thought she loved because he wouldn’t go with her was an amazing prospect in this writing and I adored it! Plus, that passive aggressive way in which she got Fayre to start teaching her to paint was lovely and the sisterly bonding made me smile.
However my absolute favorite part of this book that made me go, this…. this is the book for me was this:
I took one of the faerie’s hands in mine. The skin there was almost leathery, and, perhaps more out of reflex than anything, his long fingers wrapped around mine, covering them completely. “She took my wings,” he said again, his shaking subsiding a bit. I brushed the long, damp hair from the faerie’s half-turned face, revealing a pointed nose and a mouth full of sharp teeth.
My heart broke at this scene. The kindness that Fayre showed and the words she says after tug at me, but what got to me most was the way this moment is described. Specifically the reavealing of a mouth full of sharp teeth. This creature is not friendly, not kind, but one made to kill and yet something about his pain called to Fayre and she stayed with him and held his hand as he lay dying and in despair. This is the beauty of this book and why I love it so. Unconditional compassion a trait I find far more beautiful even then unconditional love.
Then you have Tamlin and Rhysand two characters I am even more impressed by having read book two. Tamlin is a man of character and Rhysand is the man of mystery and in this book their roles are so incredibly different then in ACOMAF that my mind reels just thinking about it.
However their roles reverse first in the trials toward the end and this is where my love for Tamlin ends and my love for Rhysand begins and lives to stay. Rhysand is the only reason Fayre lived and his loyalty despite his position left me awed. As bad as he tried to be I knew there was something deeper going on beneath the surface. His care showed in every action he took and for that I started to fall for him. Even as he let her go.
Thanks for reading! I know that this is a behemoth of a review and for that I apologize. I honestly could talk about this book for eons. It has everything I ever wanted in a book and so much more.
My dad always tells me “You live inside my heart.” These characters live in mine.
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-Till next time!
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