Star rating: 3 ⭐ / 5 ⭐
Synopsis: from StoryGraph–
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.
General information: This book was published in May 2015 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens.
Okay, I can see where the hype comes from now.
I legitimately enjoyed this book when I thought I wouldn’t! Before I started, I thought I was going to DNF but no, something kept me reading all 415 pages (longer than most books I read these days). I even finished it in about two days! So why the three stars, then?
Well, I’ve heard before that this is young adult fantasy and also that it was meant to be for adults. I can see the arguments both ways- there were some incredibly dark, adult parts, but the writing style felt more geared towards YA. It felt… undecided. Like the book wasn’t sure which category it wanted to be in, either.
There were also some incredibly info-dumpy parts- there’s one part where the entirety of the curse is explained to Feyre over the course of a few pages, using dialogue from a minor character. I found myself skimming those parts and wishing there had been a better way to work the information into the plot. I’ve heard that the later books do this as well so I’m not entirely surprised.
Also, I’ve been spoiled on the love interest for the later books, which made reading this one… rage-inducing, to say the least. This guy tortures the main character, but later on in the series, they’re supposed to fall in love? I was reading the last 100 pages with a “WTF” look on my face the whole time.
It kept me turning pages, though. I wanted to know what would happen. Like I said, I genuinely enjoyed this book, despite its flaws. I can see why it’s so hyped! I really enjoyed most of the characters, especially Lucien, who really stuck out to me for some reason.
I wouldn’t say this book was objectively good but damn if I didn’t like it. Would I recommend this to someone? Probably not. Will I still get the entire series from the library and read them? Yup.
Content warnings: Death, torture, sexual content, violence, toxic relationship, blood/gore, slavery, and probably more that I’m missing. There’s some really dark stuff in this book so skip it if that’s not your thing.
Have you read this series? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!