November is here! Where has the year gone? *sigh* This month I had decided to read around 5 books including my most awaited read from the Acotar series. The second part has received rave reviews while the first is kind of like a stage setting for the series. Anyhoo I finally read it last week and these are my thoughts.
Feyre (Fay-ruh) lives in a destitute village on the south side of a wall that divides her country into two sections: the faerie inhabited Prythian, and the small mortal section in the country’s southernmost region. After a brutal war, hundreds of years earlier, humans and faeries hate each other with a contempt that has been bubbling under the surface for years.
After Feyre’s mother’s death and the loss of her father’s fortune, the family must scrape by however it can. For years, though, Feyre has shouldered the brunt of the effort. She is the only one who hunts and cooks and trades for what her father and two sisters need. Feyre made a promise to her mother before she died, vowing to take care of them until the end. And in Feyre’s world, a promise is kept until death.
In one moment, Feyre changes everything when she kills a wolf in the woods—a faerie in his transfigured state. She is taken from her home by a beast who tells her she must live in Prythian or submit to execution. When she reaches Prythian, Feyre finds herself wrapped up in the world of two High Fae named Tamlin and Lucien; it is their friend that she murdered. As much as she tries to resist getting used to their world, the magic—and Tamlin’s allure—keep her ensnared.
Feyre soon learns, though, that the magic surrounding Tamlin’s court is constantly under threat of dangerous faeries that only he can kill. But soon enough, even his power won’t be able to keep away whatever darkness is plaguing Prythian. Something—or someone—is trying to force Tamlin’s upper hand. Trying, perhaps, to harness all of Prythian’s magic.
As much as I wanted to love this book I could only manage a positive like. I enjoyed the writing as it hooks you from page 1 but characters are kinda stereotypical. Brave heroine, wounded hero and of course been a loose retelling of beauty and the beast helps. Yet what really surprised me was the character Rhysand. He was fitting nowhere but he still stood out. I have heard a lot about him but its only now am reading it. Yet nothing much is revealed, most of the scenes between feyre and rhysand is in part 2. I do have a bone to pick with the name feyre (Fey-ruh) when it’s so close to faeries. That almost comes across lazy. The chemistry between Tamlin and Feyre is mild, there but not quite. Also I felt the book was way too long. It’s not like they have much to do other than wait for whatever has to happen and the author has wasted a lot of pages over nothing. Just when you think its over, it stretches again. Annoying. Despite ticking all the boxes, something is missing in this book that doesn’t make me go gaga over it. But am definitely hoping to be proven wrong in the next part.
Pros: World Building, writing and freshness
Cons: Pace, characterization and length
Bibliogyan Verdict: A different retelling of Beauty and the Beast worth checking.