Sarah J. Maas didn’t disappoint and either did the hype, I savoured every page and haven’t loved a book as much as I did this in a long time. So, to quickly sum the plot up, we follow our protagonist Feyre, while hunting to find food for her family kills a faerie and has to pay with her own life. The beautiful Beauty and the Beast retelling has a wonderful twist and complicated plot which left me on the edge of my seat. I was so invested in the characters and the world that I was continually craving the next page.
Let’s talk about the characters, Feyre is everything I want in a female protagonist and since it was all from her point of view I relished it even more. She has such a rich character development throughout, she’s badass, witty and by the end, she had grown so much that I was so emotionally attached to her I was sat proudly smiling while reading.
Team Tamlin… yes. I really enjoyed Tamlin as a character and I think him and Feyre are well suited. I really loved him, he was considerate, strong and selfless and my favourite part was at the party when he spent the night dancing with Feyre, he simply had this sweet vibe about him which was delightful to read. The only thing that irritated about him was when he decided to send Feyre away three days before the curse ended.
Lucien, what’s not to love about him? I cherished his humour and sass, I admired his dynamic with Feyre as it was realistic and honest, and I loved how he later healed her and always seems to carry a cheerful tone with him. I found him entertaining and I am really looking forward to seeing where he ends up in the series.
When we are first introduced properly to Rhys, once he made Tamlin beg him I utterly hated him. But by the end, I did warm up to him, especially when he told Feyre he didn’t want her to die alone. I appreciated his character has he’s distinct from the rest and I like the dark and ambiguous tone he brings with him, but I don’t at the moment like him together with Feyre but I can see myself being swayed. Likewise, it’ll be interested in the next book to see what happened between them during the week she is forced to spend with him.
The only character apart from the obvious, Amarantha, who I despised has to be Feyre’s father. I understood why she and Nesta complained of him. He was sat back watching his family struggle leaving the youngest to keep them alive, I thought he was a poor father to them. I really hated Nesta at the start but by the end was content with her, I liked how she talked to Feyre and told her she didn’t need to come home, I think she’s a very headstrong and powerful character and I hope we see more of her. Not to forget sweet, innocent Elain I would love to see how her character later grows.
The world as a whole is captivating , I loved the court system which was introduced so cleverly. The world seemed huge yet I understood it so clearly and never felt confused or lost.
The plot was fast pace and never slowed. I was rooting for every character in their own way and it all flowed strongly, I never found myself overwhelmed with new information and the narrative was easy to digest. Once the trials started I couldn’t put the book down, I was on the edge of my seat the whole time and genuinely felt immersed in this fascinating world.
Overall Sarah J. Maas writing style is wondrous and captivating. Every character is unique in their own way and I’m so thrilled to see where this series goes (so excited that I ordered the next two books which are currently waiting on my shelf) Equally, I’m so glad this lived up to the hype, it’s filled with romance, magic, battles and twists and I can’t explain how much I truly loved this book.
5/5 stars !
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