Genre: Young Adult / Fantasy
“Be glad of your human heart, Feyre. Pity those who don’t feel anything at all.”
Review: Feyre, a human girl, is forced to live in a magical kingdom after she murders a Faerie. As time passes, Feyre discovers that there is more to her life sentence and her captor, Tamlin…..far more than what meets the eyes. Her feelings for him turn from hatred to passion over time. However, an ancient curse lurks unbeknownst to Feyre…..a curse so evil, it have Feyre fighting not only for her life but the life of the entire Faerie kingdom.
ACOTAR is the first book I read by Sarah J. Maas but it is not and will not be the last. In a previous blog post, I sang her praises and rated a few other novels in this series. CLICK HERE to read.
Although a fantasy novel is a little out of my normal comfort zone, this definitely delivers. It has action / adventure / mystery / romance. It has a total Beauty and the Beast vibe with magic, evil forces and faeries. It has the elements of a slow burn (I’m a sucker for slow burns). And it is so full of little details that I found myself taking notes throughout just so that I wouldn’t miss anything.
For those who have read ACOTAR, please continue reading. If you have not, go, read it and come back! This is novel is hard for me to discuss without giving away spoilers. You need to experience this on your own first!
💥💥 WARNING: SPOILER-ISH COMMENTS BELOW 💥💥
I have so many awesome thoughts and comments on ACOTAR (it’s a long novel) that I have decided that I’m only going to post a few or we could be here all night (no lie, we really could) 😊:
❤ Feyre has a true bad-ass Katniss feel to her and Tamlin, ever the stuffy noble, will eventually grow on you as he did Feyre. Their relationship goes through the many stages of a slow burn: hatred, respect, admiration, red hot passionate love. There is a scene right after the Great Rite finishes between Feyre and Tamlin that is SUPER HOT! 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
❤ Many times, I felt like reaching into the story and knocking some sense into Feyre. Example: for a woman with such a bad-ass personality, she totally caves too quickly when told she needs to go home. She makes it too easy. She doesn’t question..she just does. Not questioning is very un-Feyre-like. Badass, fearless Feyre would remember what the Suriel told her to do. This meek version of Feyre did not. But then……this clever, clever author that is Sarah J. Maas must have suspected her readers would feel this way because as Feyre really begins to process everything that eventually leads her to return to Prythian, the following little nugget is written, “Stay with him, fall in love with him and all will be righted. If I had stayed, if I had admitted what I’d felt… None of this would have happened.” Exactly, Feyre…..Exactly…..Now we are on the same page.
❤ Rhysand, the High Lord of the Night Court, is quite the mystery. His actions don’t always match his persona. I can’t figure out if he is a good guy, a bad guy or a little of both. I am not afraid to admit that I have a major book crush on him……dark, handsome, mysterious, gorgeous eyes…what’s not to love? He has such a bad boy vibe. And who doesn’t love a bad boy?
❤ Sarah’s writing style is amazing. In the middle of reading a pretty awkward scene or a heated discussion, the author will write a line that is quite humorous. My favorite line that had me laughing out loud as I read, “Perhaps it was my raging hunger making me hallucinate the piss-poor attempt at flattery”.
❤ Creativity: I’ve never read a story even close to this one. As a bibliolater, I have read a lot and to come across something like novel was truly extraordinary.
Recommendation: Read it! Readers of any genre will like this novel. The book is long but you won’t find it to be a problem at all. It will captivate you the entire way and leave you wanting more.
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