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Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens on May 5th 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Retelling, Romance, Young Adult
Format: Hard Cover
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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 grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.
“Pity those who don’t feel anything at all.”
– Sarah J. Maas
I have to admit to everyone that this school semester took control over me and because of that I have barely read anything. I finished this book back in October and am just now finding the time to sit down and write my review. Sarah J. Maas has become one of my instant purchase authors. I have loved every novel she has written. They really speak to me and allow me to escape into a new reality, one I would much rather be in than real life. Any book that includes a map with it is an almost guarantee that I am going to love it.
This new series that Mas’ has written takes place separately from her previous series. The world Feyre lives in is separate into two “sections”. Humans live separately from the Fae. An invisible wall separates the two. Every detail that Mas writes is crucial to the story. Her world building is so vivid that I could see every scene in my mind and picture everything that she wanted her readers to see. From the small ramshackle house that Feyre and her family dwell in to the magnificent estate that Tamlin owns, everything was written in such a way that captured my attention.
One of the things that I loved about this novel was that Mas was able to create a unique story while also portraying a retelling of Beauty and the Beast. We have Feyre as Belle and Tamilin as the Beast. Feyre is taken by Tamlin back to his estate after a series of events unfolds. Tamlin, due to a curse on the Fey lands, is disfigured and made to look like a beast. The plot felt completely unique from any story I’ve read previously. Readers follow Feyre’s journey from the human realm to the Tamlin’s estate, we watch her battle dark creatures, end up in dicey situations, and ultimately put her life at risk to save a man she never thought she’d love.
There was definitely some character development throughout the novel. Feyre goes from a stubborn, thick headed girl to a slightly less stubborn, thick headed girl. She goes from hating the Fey race to understanding and learning to care about what happens to them. I can’t wait to see where her character development goes in the upcoming books.
As mentioned previously, I loved the storyline. It kept me guessing at every twist and turn. I kept finding myself wondering what was going to happen next throughout the whole story. The subtle hints at the original Beauty and the Beast were nice. Mas didn’t go out of the way to make sure readers knew that her story was loosely based on it. I really liked that.
At first I wasn’t sure how I felt about Feyre, but as the story went on she grew on me. It was the male characters that really captured my attention. Tamlin and Lucien had my heart from the very beginning, as did Rhysand once he came into play. Each of them have their own unique qualities that I couldn’t help falling for. Tamlin is willing to sacrifice himself just to save a human girl. One of the qualities that I think makes me love Lucien is how honest he can be. He isn’t afraid to speak his mind when he needs to. And Rhysand, let’s face it he’s the bad boy of this story and everyone loves a good bad boy who needs to be redeemed.
The ending of the story was very sweet, which I wasn’t expecting knowing that this series is going to be a trilogy. Readers got a happy ending with their favorite characters. But how long will it stay happy? I look forward to reading the next two novels soon.