Hey there, book lovers!
I am happy to report that summer is here so I am back to posting! I’ve been making a few design changes and I’m so excited to get back and create more content, which I hope you’ll all enjoy!
Anyways, let’s get to the books. So as a small gift to myself to celebrate the end of exams, I bought ACOTAR! I don’t know how I stayed away from this series for so long, but I really enjoyed this book. There were some aspects that I didn’t quite understand, which I will discuss more in detail further below, but overall, a very interesting retelling of my favorite fairytale, and I can’t get enough of it.
Warning, some slight spoilers ahead!
Blurb (Goodreads): Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price …
Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.
“…We’re too powerful, and too bored with immortality, to be checked by anything else.”
Thoughts: I have so many thoughts on this book! The fact that this book was a retelling of Beauty and the Beast was one of the things I loved the most about this story, and I really enjoyed comparing and contrasting plot points of the book and movie. Sarah J. Maas put a unique spin on the story when she created the dark world of faeries, which added more layers of intrigue and mystery. The familial relationships were also very dark and cruel and added to the feeling of danger and intensity throughout the novel. With Feyre’s family, for example, it was a whirlwind of emotions… I hated them, then pitied them, then hated them again, and now I’m actually starting to like them, especially Nesta. At first, I was convinced that no one in her family cared about her anymore, and her sisters just got me so angry that I was happy to see her leave with Tamlin; it was a mercy. However, as Maas showed, a family isn’t simple, and there’s more to people than meets the eye.
I also liked the fact that the story was a little more mature, in the sense that it wasn’t about an innocent girl experiencing so many things and emotions for the first time, but rather a hardened, experienced young woman reluctantly repenting for her actions in her enemy’s lands.
The romance gave me all the feels (with the steamy scenes being pleasantly steamy, and I’m bracing myself for more smut throughout the series), and I loved most of the characters, especially the faeries. I know that at some point in the series I’m meant to not like Tamlin at all, and Rhysand is meant to be a knight in shining armor, but right now I very much ADORE Tamlin and Feyre together. Rhysand, though, is a very intriguing character, with a curious mix of cruelty and bravery, and I’m excited to see more of him.
“More—I wanted the hardness of his body crushing against mine; I wanted his mouth and teeth and tongue on my bare skin, on my breasts, between my legs. Everywhere—I wanted him everywhere. I was drowning in that need.”
There were a few things, however, that struck me as odd when reading the book. Whilst I’d written above that I did enjoy the mature content, it was a little perplexing to see that this book was marketed as a YA (Young Adult) book (which is for young children between the ages of 12 – 18), even though the “mature” content written (i.e. the sexual descriptions) makes it an NA (New Adult) book (which is for adults between the ages 18–30). I understand that by marketing a book as YA, the publishers could reach a larger audience, and whilst a large percentage of readers are adults, it just seemed to be a bit inappropriate to me that this was the case.
Also, towards the end, there were some plot points that seemed a little predictable and cheesy, which also seemed out of place in the dark context of this book; the riddle was surprisingly easy to guess; and the character of Amaranthea, whilst a very ruthless villain, seemed one-dimensional.
Overall, it was a terrific read, and I will definitely be continuing the series to see what’s next for Feyre, Tamlin, and the mischievous Rhysand.
“I found him carefully studying me, his lips in a thin line. “Has anyone ever taken care of you?” he asked quietly.
“No.” I’d long since stopped feeling sorry for myself about it.”
Thanks very much for reading! Have you read this book, and if so, what are your thoughts on it? Let me know in the comments below!