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Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #1
Published by Bloomsbury USA on May 5th, 2015
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fairies, Fantasy & Magic, Historical, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Source: bought online
A thrilling, seductive new series from New York Timesbestselling author Sarah J. Maas, blending Beauty and the Beast with faerie lore.
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 grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it... or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.
Well it wasn’t what I was expecting because the first half dragged on with nothing happening until the 280 page mark. Then it got loads better! I only wished that the second half was included in the first half because without all the information, you as a reader were left blind with nothing happening which causes a lot of people to stop reading. I know I wanted to stop at one point.
The writing wasn’t as well written as I hoped. The romance was meh for me since I felt the characters were so disconnected. I couldn’t feel any pity or remorse for them. I couldn’t find too much of a personality from either Tamlin or Feyre. And that’s something something because I wanted such strong characters. The way they got together felt too unbelievable. One moment they’re friends, the next, not so? I wanted a gradual love..One with long gazes and stares and flirting, but there wasn’t. Even though I found more of a fighter in Feyre during the three tasks, I necessarily didn’t believe that she would become instantly brave and courageous in an instant. That bothered me too.
The pacing was just way too slow or way too sudden which is why I dropped a star. The war with the Faeries is more exciting than the love story and there were just tons and tons of info dumps and I was trying to take it all in. It would have worked better if Feyre figured this all out on her own so we wouldn’t be overwhelmed with all the information. Lucien is annoying but protective in a big brother way and he and Rhysand were my favourites. Rhysand because from the moment he helped Feyre I knew he was doing it for some other good reason, which Feyre found way too late. Thought there would be some sort of love triangle or love square, but it didn’t. Thank goodness!
Here’s hoping more of the second half appears in the sequel because I really like the magical element to this world. And that Feyre will be faster at decisions and figure out clues faster because I was constantly yelling at her about everything. Overall, a good start to a series but didn’t have that feeling of a page turner that TOG had. The twist to Beauty and the Beast is slightly creative, I might add.