Finally got around to starting this series! ACOTAR has been on my reading radar for years now. I am not really sure why I was so intimidated with starting this. One of the reasons would be that I never really ventured into high fantasy before and was skeptical of enjoying it. Though I must say – what a beautiful introduction to the genre this has turned out to be!
WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
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 jeweled 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.
Beauty and The Beast has always been my favorite Disney Movie of all time and ACOTAR has just added to that love with its action packed, steamy and magical take on this classic.
This book is so much more than just a retelling! I loved the plot twists and the pace of the story was just perfect. I literally flew through these pages.
Especially when Feyre takes up all those tasks to get back her love is nail biting level of excitement. Will she win? Will she be able to break the curse? OMG So much is happening in this novel…
“There are those who seek me a lifetime but never we meet,
And those I kiss but who trample me beneath ungrateful feet.
At times I seem to favor the clever and the fair,
But I bless all those who are brave enough to dare.
By large, my ministrations are soft-handed and sweet,
But scorned, I become a difficult beast to defeat.
For though each of my strikes lands a powerful blow,
When I kill, I do it slow…
The world building in this book is absolutely mind blowing. I was instantly swept into the Spring Court and wanted to explore the other courts immediately. Unfortunately in this book though we only see the Spring Court and the Mortal Realm.
I am desperately hoping I get to see the other courts 😛
Also, I could probably do with an exceptionally handsome High Fae in my life 😛 😛
Feyre as a character is so realistic. She is strong but naive with her emotional decisions. She is that boss lady that takes care of her self but is also so dependent and concerned for her loved ones. I like how every character is not entirely good or bad, and how their grey areas are so predominant in this book, letting you take a step back and judge if you really are going to still like him/her.
I even loved the fictional characters like the Nagas, Suriels and the Faes. Needless to say, every character in this book is well developed and brings in some value to the story. Pay attention!
Overall, I am excited to dive into this series head first! I am on the last book of this series (so far published) as I write this review and I loved how this magical world is so captivating and intricate if we can ignore the extra steamy romance 😛 Although I am definitely going to read other series by this author.
Published: May 5th 2015
Genre: YA | Fantasy
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens