Synopsis from Goodreads:
A thrilling, seductive new series from New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas, blending Beauty and the Beast with faerie lore.
When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.
As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.
“I threw myself into that fire, threw myself into it, into him, and let myself burn.”
*Please imagine this to the tune of that Salt-N-Pepa song*
Let’s talk about sex, baby
Let’s talk about Tam and me
Let’s talk about all the good things
And the bad things that may be
Let’s talk about sex
Let’s talk about Tamlin
Let’s talk about Feyre
Let’s talk about Rhysand
But not really, because everyone really just wants to talk about the sex
The synopsis does a great job of telling you the gist of things, so I will try not to be repetitive.
Meet Feyre (Fay-ruh). She has a disabled and despondent father, and a mother who has long been deceased. Their crumbling home in the village also houses her two sisters—one carefree and one calculated—both ungrateful and far from willing to be the breadwinner. So, Feyre hunts. And she provides. And she resents her family.
One day, her successful hunt is revealed to be a breach of the treaty between the human realm and the faerie lands. Her atonement for the breach is to live in those deathly lands. In an estate. With a beastly and beautiful creature. Sound familiar? Cool. I’m not into faerie lore (at least I don’t think I am) and I haven’t read much in the fantasy department up until a couple of months ago, but I have to say that this was a surprisingly enjoyable read.
Y’all already know that all of the male characters are going to be handsome as heck. And magical. And strong. And they will all have tortured pasts. Some will be misunderstood and brooding (TAMLIN). Some will be rude and humorous in a way that’s supposed to be heartwarming (LUCIEN). Some will blatantly seem like their negative intentions and good looks are all that they have going for them (RHYSAND). I think all the bases are covered. The rest you’ll have to read.
The story itself is a many splendored thing. It gives you the typical heroine with a honed skill and an inner strength, set in a slightly corrupt and dystopian world, filled with all the makings of a fantasy novel (literally a fairytale), tied together with that Young Adult instalove that we love to hate, and more importantly, spiced up with some New Adult flair (*cough* sex *cough*). It’s all the genres.
★★★★ (4.5 stars) because the second last page ruined any semblance of closure I could have had. And my love triangle senses are tingling. WE MUST BRACE OURSELVES FOR THE SEQUEL.