GOODREADS SUMMARY | Bloomsbury Children | Hardcover, 416 pp. | May 15, 2015 | Adult Fiction | Fantasy | Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars
Needless to say, I had a much better experience with this one than Throne of Glass. I could barely contain my temper with Caelena in that book. Fortunately, I managed to get over myself and had a change of opinion on whether or not Sarah J. Maas is as great as everyone proclaims her to be. Now, don’t be fooled by the 3-star rating. Three stars still means I enjoyed it. You must understand that I’m not partial to the genre. My ratings are based on how much I enjoyed/liked a book. So middle of the pack means I didn’t particularly hate it. That’s good, right?
The Beauty and the Beast
Feyre has been the hunter in the family ever since her father lost the will and capacity to be the sole provider. This particular winter has seen terrible poverty and hunger in her village that Feyre found herself hunting further than her normal jaunt. When she killed a rather large wolf that would see her family through the brutal winter months, she didn’t anticipate the events she’d helped set into motion.
They say fairies are hard to kill. But with Feyre’s efficient ash arrow, she took down a fae that she didn’t know was related to the High Lords. That is, until Tamlin came barging into their abode intent on exacting proper punishment for what she did. Feyre had no choice but to comply or her family would suffer the wrath of an immortal, powerful fae.
As most fairy tale-retellings go, the consequent events will involve animosity, mutual – albeit – reluctant respect, romance and the revelation of a curse that our heroine would take part in breaking. The beast in the story is Tamlin. His kingdom is surrounded by mythical creatures, and masked courtiers. There is a blight spreading through the land and it’s about to spread over the human world if Tamlin and Feyre can’t stop it.
Thoughts, Regrets, and Apologies
I used to be such a fan of fairy tale retellings. I don’t know when I stopped. Though the more I think about it, the more I think that it coincided with the realization that I just don’t have the attention span required for reading fantasy books. I don’t have anything against this author or her work, I’m just not a reader. Which is a sad thing, because I feel like my brain gets a bit more exercise when I read these kind of novels.
Let’s give credit where credit is due. Sarah J. Maas did not become an instant household name in the publishing world for no reason. She does have a gift for immortalizing fantastical worlds through her words. She was also able to summon mythical creatures in a snap. I’m not that familiar with her ToG series, but ACoTaR gave us an impressive imagery, larger than life characters and creatures ripped from fabled lore.
I do feel like I need to apologize for not liking this as much as I should have. And I regret that my rating of this book looks deceiving. I’m not one to give high ratings for technical merits. My ratings have always been about how I felt while reading the book. So sometimes, I feel like I’m being unfair. I think this is one of those moments when I wish I could do away with book ratings.