It got way better towards the end but the beginning was a struggle for me.
“I love you,’ he whispered, and kissed my brow. ‘Thorns and all.”
This is one of those books/series that everyone on my feed buzzes about when a new book comes out. I heard so much buzz about Maas’ books and fed into it that I had every ToG book that was out and ACOTAR book before I had even really read a Maas book. But I trusted y’all and your thoughts, so I hopped on the SJMaas train. I’ve now read Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, The Assassin’s Blade, and ACOTAR. ToG was pretty good, CoM okay, TAB a little rough but good, and ACOTAR was rough in the beginning but good in the end. I don’t know if I would say it is the best Maas book, either because I feel like they are all kind of on the same level, because I haven’t read them all yet, or because none of them have really stood out to me yet.
As I have said, the beginning of this one was super rough for me. I have had the paperback for a while but I haven’t gotten to it yet and I brought it on vacation with me a few weeks ago, thinking it was about the right time for me to read it. But when I tried reading it on the plane, I just couldn’t get into it. I’ve found that I just can’t read hard copies like I used to. So I put it down, read Sanderson and some CoHo on Kindle, and then decided to buy this one on Kindle. That was a really good decision on my part regarding this book because it allowed me to finally get this novel read and progress towards all the exciting things to come in this series. Anyway, the beginning of this book is Feyre hunting for her family. She makes the choice to kill a wolf she sees hunting the deer she also has her sights on in the forest. She has some reservations that the wolf could be something else but dismisses it and kills it with an ash arrow. She kinda knows in a way I think, that it is a fairy because she does use that arrow.
Feyre then makes the trip home to her family who gives off the vibe that they are super ungrateful even though she’s the one keeping them alive. Now, I know her dad has just kind of given up on a lot of things because he was so brutally attacked and injured. Elain seems grateful but just doesn’t openly show it as much. Nesta is kind of a wild card. She holds a lot of resentment for what happened. The two sisters wanted things like fancy coats and new shoes when they were struggling to get by. Once I got past that (view spoiler), it got interesting.
What follows this is mostly under a spoiler tag though some of it is pretty obvious or well known, I’m putting it under a tag just in case. There are both major and minor spoilers in this tag, so you have been warned.
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(I took a break from writing this review and now I can’t remember most of it so this is me trying.)
The beginning with the hunt was super boring and didn’t catch me. It took the taking of Feyre to kind of catch me.
(lol the middle part of the book is where I forgot everything, so lol there’s nothing here for that part *go me*)
The end of the whole trial thing was love? Ok, that’s hella cheesy but ok.
The Relationship: I got spoiled that Feyre and Tamlin would not end up together so idk if that’s the main reason why I didn’t really ever ship them but I never did. And I never really liked his character from the beginning. And Feyre decides to kill people and all this high stakes stuff just for Tamlin who she will eventually throw over for Rhys (an unlikeable character I will speak more of later)?? No. I never liked Tamlin so I was stuck in a semi-forced (idk it’s been a while) romance that I knew wasn’t going to end up well for 400+pages.
Rhys: Okay, this is the character everyone on GR cannot stop raving about. Like does he change in the next book? ‘Cause in this one, he was super unlikeable and a huge jerk. Sure he helps Feyre out a little bit, but that doesn’t redeem him and make him a good match for her. I never liked him because of his arrogance and just how rude he was. He often doesn’t treat Feyre the kindest but I’m expected to hop on the Rhysand train? (I sound like a reviewer who doesn’t like SJM here, but believe me, I do)
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That’s all I can remember ATM, so I may come back and edit this if I deem it necessary, but who knows.