Seriously– all you have to do is check out any of the 4 reviews I’ve made for the ToG series, and you’ll get a hint on how much I hate the series.
I gave this book a chance bc the sequel beat Lady Midnight, and I was pissed.
I’m gonna say now; if the sequel is anything like the initial instalment, I still think it isn’t greater than LM. For sure.
I’m almost 100000% sure that this book was FanFiction (pls no comments saying “it kinda is, it’s an adaption of Beauty and the Beast-“ I know. What I mean is, I feel like I could upload this story onto The Vampire Diaries and nobody would question it.
I’m a big twihard, and I tend to mention twilight (somehow) in every review I make. SJM’s mating theology is great, I appreciate it, and I read a lot of it in the twilight fanfic universe.
However, SJM’s was a little too…… feral. Weird? Odd? Borderline threatening?
Seriously, I love this book so so so so so so so much more than any of the ToG books. Her protag was way more likeable, instead of the whole “oh look at me, I’m practically a warrior princess, I’m invincible– except when even the smallest of challenges come to me– then by all means, I’m a DID.” Classic.
It isn’t a book I would rave about, but if it were against ToG, oh helllll yeh, I’ll read it over again even. I’m excited to read the next one, but I’ll probably be more critical bc it’s my book’s arch enemy.
I read reviews saying we are supposed to ship Feyre with Rhys????????? I have no complaints, he gives some biiiiiiig Damon (Salvatore) vibes, but his relationship IN THIS INSTALMENT neither transcended anything but manipulative dominator. (So I’m low key shipping it). Honestly, I wouldn’t be mad if she ended up with Tam. I’d be a little disappointed since their entire relationship was cliche, and too instalove, but hey, they’re both strong enough characters for me to care and read further on.
SJM’s writing on action scenes hasn’t really improved, but I don’t care too much bc I’m here for the romance. I would looooove to read a SJM new adult or purely adult romance novel. That would be divine. Why must she taint her writing with poor action and high fantasy (nothing against high fantasy– just SJM’s version) themes?????????
Highlighted quotes from my kindle:
“‘Please, Feyre.’ She drew out the two syllables of my name-”
“I could smell my doom on his death as he said, ‘Now.’”
“‘They’re under orders not to even touch you.’”
“‘I’m an immortal. I have nothing but time, Feyre.’ He said my name with such… intimacy.”
“I hated the smell of these books-”
“‘And we lied when we told those ancient mortals that we couldn’t speak an untruth.’”
“Kissed it carefully– in a way that made heat begin pounding in my core, between my legs.”
“‘Yes– all of those female faeries around you were females for Tamlin to pick. It’s an honour to be chosen, but it’s his instincts that select her.’”
“‘She asked me not to be gentle with her, either,” he snarled, his teeth bright in the moonlight. He brought his lips to my ear. ‘I would have been gentle with you.’”
“‘I’m sending you home, Feyre.’”
“‘No.’ he paces before the bed. ‘Didn’t you read between the lines today?’”
“‘Give me everything,’ I breathed. He lunged, a beast freed from its tether.”
“‘I love you,’ he whispered, and kissed my brow. ‘Thorns and all.’”
“‘Tell Her Majesty, you human filth.’”
“‘And I’ll remember precisely where my hands have been. But if anyone else touches you– let’s say a certain High Lord who enjoys springtime– I’ll know… ‘And, Feyre.’ He added, his voice a carressing murmur, ‘I don’t like my belongings tampered with.’”
“Rhysand chuckled. ‘If you’re that desperate for release, you should have asked me.’”
“‘Because I’m tired and lonely, and you’re the only person I can talk to without putting myself at risk.’”
“‘The answer to the riddle… is … love.’”
So that’s my thoughts right now. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. Probably bc I was satirically laughing at it.
I’m glad I’m finally pleased by a SJM book!!!