I know that I haven’t officially reviewed this book here, but I have on Goodreads and my initial thoughts differ vastly from my re-read.
My thoughts revisited:
Meet Feyre, but she’s not a faerie though. She’s mortal like the rest of us, despite how you may pronounce her name – it’s fay-ruh, in case you were wondering. One day she makes the dreadful mistake of killing a wolf, who despite what he may look like, is a faerie.
Then a “beast” comes and takes Feyre as a bargain for her crime. Blah, blah, blah. Fast forward to how Feyre spends her time in Prythian; being all indecisive, then painting and wandering the halls, followed by being impolite and wondering why people don’t talk to her. Enjoying her favourite hobby of contradicting herself.
You wondering if you’re reading the correct novel?
Yes, yes you are.
I didn’t hate this novel. Honest to goodness, I didn’t. If anything, I found a good portion of it to be entertaining. With that being said, I still need to be honest with myself here.
How much do you wanna bet that the characters were written before the plot was? If you removed one of the love interests, this entire story would crumble. Again this is nothing new. There are many novels that I would bet good money to have been written with minimal regard to the plot.
There was a complete lack of dialogue while our Feyre was living in the castle. The first 55% was a snooze fest. You could skim through most of it and not miss much. Now, it was already said to be a “loose” retelling of Beauty and the Beast, but I wasn’t expecting it to be held together with some spit and string! For a romance novel, it sure was excruciatingly slow. Reviews claimed ACOTAR to be “sexy”, yet at least 80% of it was in no way seductive and a complete bore.
And Tamlin. Don’t get me started on how much I hated this stupid character. He’s so freaking boring! To be quite frank, I didn’t understand most of his character at all. He was very conflicting with everything he did. He physically abuses Feyre and demands that no harm comes to her. Lucien and Rhys were more interesting characters- obvisouly- as there was more complexity to their characters. Complexity, not contradictions . Also, I think this “beast” storyline was a goddamn joke and a half. How the FRICK is Tamlin set up to be the beast when Lucien is standing there with a scarred face?
On a completely unrelated note, Maas could totally make Ariel from The Little Mermaid one of those water faeries…sprites, I think? How cool would that be?!
Anyway, Maas doesn’t pull too many punches, and some of what happened still really shocked the hell out me. [Spoiler Alert: Feyre not saying I love you in time to break the curse]. I honestly complete forgot how this book ended, so the re-read was just as much a shock as the first time.
With that being said, I haven’t read the second book as of yet, so colour me re-interested in how the rest of this series plays out…..