5 star review
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 jewelled 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.
Alright, so I loved this book that’s no surprise to anybody. I have read all 3 out of the 7 books that are currently out and can’t wait to get my hands on the rest of the series. This was a very well written modern re-telling of Beauty and the Beast and had reminded me of some of the other fantasy YA books that I have read. It was a very fast read for me.
Let’s start with Feyre, the main female character. At the beginning of the book, I really didn’t care for her at all. She seemed like a whiny push over, however, the more I read the more I got to know her and her situation and started to love her character. She is portrayed as the sole provider for her family of 4 (including herself), she’s got 2 older sisters and a semi-crippled useless father. Feyre had started to hunt at a very young age to make sure her family doesn’t starve and can survive the poverty they find themselves in. She is a good hunter and has an undying love and loyalty towards her family. One day while hunting she runs across a huge wolf and makes a life changing decision of killing the wolf. Enter Tamlin… Ahh Tamlin… What can I tell you about Tamlin that you don’t already know. Tamlin portrayed the perfect Beast. He saved Feyre as much as he scared her, he took care of her, and her loved ones, and gave her total freedom to do as she wishes when she wishes. He was strong and charming and had me blushing throughout the book. Reading Feyre and Tamlin fall in love was a lot of fun.
This book was set in a perfect fairy-tale world, the imagery was great, it had magic, fairies, high lords, monsters, and a good dose of good and evil. Now, I don’t want to give too much away from the book, however, there is one character that I can’t help myself to mention. Rhysand, the High Lord of the Night Court, he was deliciously dark and menacing and I can’t wait to see more of him.
If you like a good re-telling of a fairy-tale and a great fast paced and exciting story, look no further, Sarah J. Maas’ ACOTAR series is just right for you.