Goodreads rating: 4.30
Date published: May 5th, 2015 (USA)
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.
☆☆☆☆☆ · 5/5 stars
Y’all… this book is now my life, my everything.
I’m really struggling to put my thoughts into words because I’m just blown away by how amazing this book is. I might even re-read it, and let me tell you, I have never re-read a book…
My only regret is not reading it sooner, BUT it’s not so bad because this way I will read the three books one after another, instead of waiting a year before reading each one!
Alright, let’s get into my thoughts… I will have a spoiler-free review first, and then a spoilery section because I NEED TO SPILL OUT ALL OF MY FEELINGS.
Going into ACOTAR, I already knew a few things about the ships and all that, but honestly it didn’t dramatically change my reading experience, so in case you think you won’t enjoy it because you have been spoiled for something, get that idea out of your head and please, PLEASE read it. You will not regret it.
This book is advertised as a Beauty and the Beast retelling, and it does have that vibe, but it is only very loosely based on the original fairy tale. I love how Sarah J. Maas changed the story dramatically, and in such a clever way. Everything weaves together beautifully!
“Don’t feel bad for one moment about doing what brings you joy.”
The world she built is so amazing and intriguing, and just so well thought out. I am so amazed at how someone could come up with this world. And the way she writes, the way she describes it… I felt like I was THERE, in that magical world. It’s definitely a strong point of the series.
“Dead chickens, my sagging ass”
The characters are very intricate. I found them to be quite complex, with a couple of exceptions, but I’m sure those characters will be developed in the next books. They have very unusual names, that you will most likely pronounce wrong in your head, but there is a pronunciation guide on the last page of the book – just a heads up!!
“Do you ever stop being so serious and dull?”
“Do you ever stop being such a prick?” I snapped back.
Dead—really, truly, I should have been dead for that.
But Lucien grinned at me. “Much better.”
Plot-wise, this was definitely not what I expected. I didn’t even have a specific plot in mind going into it, but I would have never thought this would be the plot of a fairy tale retelling. It is so intelligent, so well thought-out! And the ending is so… open? There isn’t exactly a cliff-hanger, but it definitely does make you want to read more. After finishing ACOTAR, I reflected a little bit on what could happen next. I think I see where it could be going, but it’s not very clear to me, which is why I have already started ACOMAF. Review coming soon!!
“Be glad of your human heart, Feyre. Pity those who don’t feel anything at all.”
Lastly, I would like to talk about the writing. Sarah J. Maas’s writing is great, and very easy to get into. Sometimes with fantasy authors, their writing can be overwhelming and not gripping, but this wasn’t the case. I should say I have started reading ToG, and I didn’t finish the first book, it didn’t really captivate me – although I do plan on reading the ToG series. But with ACOTAR, I couldn’t stop after the first couple chapters! It kept me into the story, always wanting to know what would come next, until it was over and I was left with all the feels…
“Everything I love has always had a tendency to be taken away from me”
I recommend this to anyone who is remotely interested in fantasy, even if you’re new to it, and to fans of romance and adventure. I am fairly new to fantasy, and I can tell you that, even if you’re not sure how you feel about fantasy books, even if you’re scared to venture into fantasy, you will probably love this books as much as I did.
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First things first, and I know this will change in book two, I REALLY SHIP FEYRE AND TAMLIN. I know, I know, don’t kill me. Let me enjoy this ship while it lasts *cries*
“I love you,” I said, and stabbed him.
BUT, I also sort of like Rhysand. Although he seems like a douche, I can appreciate his help saving Feyre, and his sparing her by pretending he believed her name was Clare. However, some of the things he did between the tasks were… just wrong? I mean he basically drugged her and made her give him literal lap dances in front of everyone to piss Tamlin off. If that doesn’t say he’s kind of an asshole I don’t know what does… I get her being drunk was sort of an escape, and it made it so that she would black out and be sort of free for a while, instead of staying the night in her tiny cell… but still. Rhysand and I have a love-hate relationship at the moment, although it’s more leaning towards the love part… He’s also the one who says one of my favorite quotes from the book!
“It took me a long while to realize that Rhysand, whether he knew it or not, had effectively kept me from shattering completely.”
On another note, I am very intrigued as to why Rhys made THAT deal with Feyre, and not any other deal. Why exactly did he want to spend time with her? It was never thoroughly explained, and I’m very curious… I get that by helping her, he was helping everyone, but why did he want to spend so much time with her? Could it be because he is intrigued by humans, or…? I guess I’ll find out soon enough!
“Thus I became Rhysand’s plaything, the harlot of Amarantha’s whore.”
Amarantha… let’s not even go there. She’s pure evil. I’m so glad that bitch is gone.
As for Feyre’s family, I sort of don’t like any of her relatives. Elain is alright I guess, but she’s a bit annoying, always hysterical. Nesta is a bitch, which makes her insufferable as a character. We do get to see a bit of why she is the way that she is, but 1) the response to your not being able to help your family should not be to shit on your youngest sister who does everything she can, and 2) just don’t be a bitch lol you have no excuse to act like that towards Feyre. I understand her hatred regarding their father, but she simply doesn’t have the right to be like that when it comes to Feyre. It might change though, you never know…
“…We’re too powerful, and too bored with immortality, to be checked by anything else.”
Their father is basically not there, and from what we get from the conversation between Feyre and Nesta, he was an asshole and let their mother die, so I am not very fond of him, as you can probably guess.
“But I lived in that moment – my life became beautiful again for those few seconds when our hands grazed.”
Alis was an amazing character, I’m a big fan of her. She was good to Feyre, and she truly hoped she would be the one to break the curse, and knew she was capable of doing so. She’s also very funny and mother-like, which I can definitely appreciate. I was so happy when she and her nephews came together in the end, it was heart-warming!
“It’s a rare day indeed when someone thanks you for bringing them to their death.”
Saving the best for last… FUCKING LUCIEN. I love him so much, he’s so nice and such a good friend???? And he’s funny too. What a catch!! The way I feel about him is sort of the same as I feel toward Benji from Shatter Me, except I think I like Lucien better. He’s that amazing friend who does things for the best of, not only Tamlin, but Feyre and everyone else. The friendship between him and Feyre is so nice, and his friendship with Tamlin is now my #1 BrOTP, and I doubt that’ll change any time soon.
There are those who seek me a lifetime but never we meet,
And those I kiss but who trample me beneath ungrateful feet.
At times I seem to favor the clever and the fair,
But I bless all those who are brave enough to dare.
By large, my ministrations are soft-handed and sweet,
But scorned, I become a difficult beast to defeat.
For though each of my strikes lands a powerful blow,
When I kill, I do it slow…
Question: was I the only one who didn’t solve the riddle until Feyre did? Because I feel dumb lol
Looking back, it was pretty obvious, but it didn’t come to me – duhhhh
Well, I think I’m done gushing about ACOTAR. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go cry about Feylin and read ACOMAF…
Thank you so much for reading my review, and if you’d like to hear my thoughts on ACOMAF, the review will be here soon!
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