This review is a part of a series of book reviews where, instead of providing a star review for each book, I provide the top three things I like about each book, and the top three things I dislike about each book. This means that even if I absolutely adore a book, I’m still going to find three dislikes to list and even when I despise a book, I’ll still find the three things that I enjoyed. Then you get to decided based on these things if the book is right for you.
Because of the nature of this review, there will occasionally be some spoilers, though I do my best to minimize them as to not completely ruin the story for those who haven’t read it. Although, if you’re like me, I personally adore spoilers and they usually just convince me to read the book more. But in the name of due diligence, read at your own risk.
**Some spoilers included.**
I finally had to give this series a read between my friends all recommending it and the television series announcement. And, I’m torn. Here are my thoughts on the first book.
Top Three Likes:
1. Rhysand was a fun character. Hot morally conflicted characters guys will always find a place in my heart. You know this, my girlfriends know this, SJM knows this. And his end scene *kisses fingertips.*
2. The bite scene with Tamlin. I thought this scene was pretty hot. Is it because I love press me up against the wall cliches? Absolutely. Although, I didn’t like the way Feyre handled it in the morning, which kind of soured it a little bit.
3. Love the scenes where Feyre was being a badass. Always love a female character who can hold her own.
Top Three Dislikes:
1. Disliked Tamlin greatly. Am I really supposed to want him to be the main love interest? Feyre literally had more chemistry with every single other character, including snarky Lucien and the not-so-sexy Suriel, than she did with Tamlin. No wonder she wanted to up and leave with all his money. She should’ve.
2. Thought the whole trial bit was cliche, amateur, and—dare I say—cheap. Love? Is that the best we can come up with?
3. The beginning was slooooow. Found it really hard to get in to initially.
Overall, I thought it was a fun read, but it kept reminding me of the Twilight rage from my youth. I loved those books in the moment, but when I tried to go back to them years later I couldn’t remember why I’d liked them so much. This book seems to read about the same way. I enjoyed it in the moment, but as I’m looking back on it to write this review, I’m not fully sure what made it so great.
My friends tell me the second book is really where it’s at. Shall I see if they’re right?
What about you? How’d you enjoy this book. I’d love to hear and discuss in the comments.
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