When you have a full time job like I do and have a really short time for reading then I think one should avoid over hyped books because they always disappoint me. I had heard so much about this book, actually no I had heard so much about its sequel that I just couldn't wait to start this series. I am a bit disappointed that it didn't keep up with its expectation.
"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 over the faerie lands is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin--and his world--forever."
WARNING: If you haven't read this book then please proceed with caution because this review contains spoilers.
I have just started reading re-tellings and the only thing I can compare this to is the Lunar Chronicles. So let's talk about what I didn't like:
- The one major problem that I had was that Feyre's weapon was the bow and arrow just like Katniss Everdeen. And that she hunts for her family felt a bit like dejavu.
- The writing wasn't that good. It didn't make me want to read more, I was reading because I had to finish the book. Unlike Cinder where I couldn't stop. It also felt like the author was rushing things to get to the good part. In some books it's good but in this one it seemed like there was no build up of things (only in the initial chapters).
- It was more about the romance and then later on about saving people. Near to the end do we realize why that was so. But initially it felt like it was just a romance novel.
- The three tasks. Omg the first one was so lame. I think I stopped at that point for the readathon and then read the rest of the book after the time ended. It felt so stupid. Only the last challenge was good because it tells us about the last part of the curse.
- Even the part where Rhys makes her do things each night was stupid. I don't think it was necessary.
- The part where she is a painter instead of a reader. Why would you remove that part 🙈
- In the Lunar Chronicles, the author some how incorporates the important parts of the story in the sci fi world. But I don't see that happening in this book.
- I didn't like the ending where she is made High Fae. I don't why but it seemed weird.
Now let's talk about the parts that I liked:
- The romance between Feyre and Tamlin was steamy 😍😍. It was very well written.
- The friendship between Lucien and Feyre. I loved reading their conversations. And chuckled while reading them.
- The tattoo concept in the story. How she is bound to Rhys because she made a pact with him.
- How the land was divided in to different seasons.
That's it for the good points. I rated it 3 stars on Goodreads. But from what I have seen/read on Instagram, those people who didn't like the first book loved the second one. So I'm going to read the second book, I hope I'm one of them, was really hoping this would be a good series.
Until next time fellow bookworms!
Happy Reading :)
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