*Spoilers for ACOTAR!
Release Date: 3rd May 2016
Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.
Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two. – GR
Woah. I was not expecting that.
Feyre, show me your ways.
This book has a Hades and Persephone vibe with Feyre being forced to go to the Night Court for chunks of time, which I really found interesting. I haven’t read many Hades and Persephone retellings, though I know they’re quite popular. I really did like the plot of this one with Feyre coming into her own and growing up to be more aware and proactive in the world around her.
The characters made this book for me. I love, love, love the Rhys’s inner circle – and Rhys himself! I had expected Rhys to be a brooding bad boy with little other than mystery and romance to him but he’s so much more! I didn’t expect him to be so clever and kind or as sweet with Feyre as he was. I thought it would be so one-sided in terms of power but Rhys does everything he can to make her feel like she is his equal. Though I would have preferred it if Feyre figured that out on her own, I really did appreciate it.
There was so much sexual tension between the two that didn’t feel forced or convenient to me. I could honestly believe that the two loved each other and yup, I was shipping hard, and I’m not a big shipper.
Tamlin being the dick he was in this book was a little unexpected. The extreme he went to was a little jarring from the toned down version in ACOTAR. I can’t help the feeling that it was purely to discredit him and make him a villain so we’d all love Rhys even more. That was just my interpretation and seemed just a little bit sloppy. But I agree he’s a dick nonetheless.
I have to go back to Feyre. I could literally write a dissertation about Feyre and how badass and amazing she was in this book but I’m forcing myself to keep it brief and spoiler free. Her character development was beautiful. I just… I can’t. She went from being a passive woman who made stupid decisions to being a formidable, strong force to be reckoned with, who didn’t deny her emotions or the PTSD-inducing events of Under the Mountain but didn’t let them control her either. I just adored her.
I have to say, however, a complaint I had with this book was the sex scenes. I found them strange and uncomfortable to read so I ended up skipping some of them. Maybe it didn’t help that I was reading in the common room of my college… it was as awkward as it sounds.
Honestly though, this book lived up to the hype for me and I really would recommend picking it up.