Thursday, May 21, 2015

Mixed feelings.. A Court of Thorns and Roses Review♥

Thursday, May 21, 2015



A Court of Thorns and Roses
Sarah J. Maas


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  • Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses Book #1 
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
  •  (May 5, 2015)
  • ISBN-13: 978-1619634442

  • Updated note: Personally, this is a 5 STARS for me.. However, if I was writing a professional review it would be 3.5 stars.

  • Genre: Fantasy, Fairytale Retelling, NA
  • Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Nobles
  • Source: Personal Physical Purchase

  • Synopsis: 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 over the faerie lands is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin-and his world-forever.

When I first heard about this novel.
When I found out, it's a fairytale retelling of .. BEAUTY & THE BEAST.
Now that I have read it.

  • A Court of Thorns and Roses is the fairytale retelling of Beauty & the Beast with a twist. The huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, little did she know the wolf was actually a high fae, a faerie. Now, another high fae by the name of Tamlin comes to demand compensation for it. Feyre has either two choices: be killed or be a captive to the beast/faerie. Of course, Feyre picks the option to be a captive. Feyre has hostility for Tamlin and his kind of world, soon, the hate turns into passion soon, but an ancient wicked shadow has fallen over the faerie land, and Feyre must find a way to stop it, if not Tamlin and his world are doomed forever.
  • A Court of Thorns and Roses was my most highly anticipated book so far, previously, I had made a WOW post on it. Unpopular opinion time, don't get me wrong, this is still a very good novel with potential, the cover is so gorgeous, and it's my most favorite book cover this year. I really wanted to give it five stars when I finished the novel. I have been waiting for this novel since the beginning of this year. I had even pre-ordered it two months before it's release date. I have read the author's previous work before, Throne of Glass was a disastrous series,  still I wanted to give the author another try. This is so much better than TOG, although it's a bit similar. I liked what I read, but at the same time many things irritated me.  
  • A Court of Thorns and Roses is beautifully written, the writing is compelling and fantastic - the beginning was rather slow though. The first three chapters were intriguing and intense, and I couldn't wait to find out what happens next. The actual action doesn't occur until halfway reading into this novel. I don't mind slow beginnings, but this took more than HALFWAY of the book, that's a bit too much. This didn't remind me of Beauty & the Beast. There was no real sense of the "beast" besides his actual form. This novel is more of a Cinderella type retelling, the premise is rather misleading. Feyre has two sisters, they're her biological sisters but they're awful to her. Feyre's mother is dead, Feyre does all the chores in the house, she cooks, she cleans, and she works hunts. She clearly has no say in the house. Enter prince charming, "the beast" who whisks her away & they live happily ever after(not exactly but you get the point).. Seriously, talk about the deception of the premise.
  • Feyre doesn't act like Cinderella though, she's more like fiery Bella of Beauty & the Beast. Feyre is witty, hostile, yet kind at the same time. She's no damsel in distress, she's a kickass heroine, and she can fight. She's portrayed as ordinary, but I can tell she's probably gorgeous from the way males desire her. A personality trait that is rather annoying of Feyre is that her curiosity gets the best of her. There are two scenes in the novel, where Feyre acts stupid when she is clearly told to do something to prevent her from danger. She is called Feyre which is an old faerie legend's name, but humans hate faeries here.. so I'm not sure what else to add about the contradicting aspect of the name. Her name does signify it's importance to the novel though. Tamlin is the beast/wolf, but he's a faerie. I'm not sure how that concept even makes any sense, there are so concepts in this novel that are rather stupid a.k.a "the mask." Tamlin looks like a gorgeous creature most of the time, he looks human. I don't mind that he's beautiful, but I didn't see any cruelty of the beast in A Court of Thorns and Roses. Beastly nature isn't just limited to their looks, you have have an inner beast in you too. Tamlin is portrayed as a good, and a loving creature. How is he a beast then? I'm not saying he should beat up Feyre, but come on atleast say some negative, snarky comments.. He has nothing in common with the original disney beast. Deceptions I tell you..  I still like the male lead Tamlin though, he's a wonderful character and his kindness is infectious. Some of the secondary characters are wonderful as well, Lucian's witty yet dark humor was adorable. He's actually my favorite male character. He reminded me more of the disney beast.
  • The romance was one of my favorite aspects of this novel, it was swoon worthy and steamy. However, even the romance has it flaws. It took almost half of the book, and when it did occur - I didn't find it that genuine. Feyre goes from being hostile and 100 pages later, instantly she is gazing at Tamlin's speckled golden hair.. There wasn't any real romance development. There is a potential love triangle, which quite frankly makes me want to facepalm myself.. hard. Feyre is not swaying to the other male lead.. yet. I have a strong feeling the love triangle will develop more in the second installment. This novel could have worked better without a love triangle. The other male lead was irritating, NOW HE IS DARK, but he's just vile. He's evil, manipulative yet he's fascinating to read about. He's more of the "asshole" type though with his abusive nature so I can't like him. If Feyre ends up liking this douchebag, I'm done with this series. Tamlin will be the guy I would prefer with Feyre in this series though, mainly because I was rooting for him before the other male lead came along, and the second male is a douche bag. I like to think I'm loyal.
  • The magical aspects of A Court of Thorns and Roses were amazing. The second half of the novel is much stronger than the first half. Many fantasy novels have a focus on the romance for the first 60% then the action finally decides to kick in, that's not cool. Even though, the book does have it flaws - the writing amazes me and I do like some of the characters. The actual plot was fascinating, it was quite strong which saved the book for me. The book is a good start to a series, I actually thought it might be standalone novel, I wish it was because I have a feeling this series will be ruined for me with the love triangle.. I do look forward to the rest of the books though, A Court of Thorns and Roses still made me laugh and smile on the bright side.
* SPOILER DISCUSSION ALERT - FOR THOSE WHO HAVE READ THIS NOVEL: What do you guys think will happen in the next installment? I honestly think Rhy will teach Feyre how to read and write. He made a joke about it in the novel. If he forces her sexually or she falls for him, then I AM DONE.*
“I was as unburdened as a piece of dandelion fluff, and he was the wind that stirred me about the world.” 

“I love you,’ he whispered, and kissed my brow. ‘Thorns and all.” 

Recommended for fans of Beastly, Red Queen, and Throne of Glass.

If you're still confused about buying this novel, you can also check out these amazing reviews: Aimee @ DeadlyDarlings, Zoe @ ZoeReads, and Kelly @ DivaBooknerd.

Shukran for reading this! Leave your blog links in the comments & I'll be sure to check them out & drop by :) Stay in tuned pretty creatures..

“Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.” —Nora Ephron 
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84 comments:

  1. Well, I'm glad I got to read your review. Honestly, I'm mostly overwhelmed with the avalanche of 5 star reads, so your review brought me down a bit. I'd like to be on even ground before I read this. Lol.

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    1. Maybe you might like it more than me? Hope to hear your thoughts on it soon ♥

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  2. I ended up DNFing this one. There was so much hype to it. I agree how to beginning was slow, that was a major turn off for me. You're review is making me debate on giving it another chance before I meet Sarah next week. Lovely review! :)

    Amber @ The Book Bratz

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    1. It's not so bad though, it's still a good book but it has many flaws. I still think you should give it a try :)

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  3. I had mied feelings - different mixed feelings, I think. I HATED Rhysand - what he does/lets Feyre do is pretty much sexual assault/borderline rape? Or that's how I see it. I can't seem to get past it. But at the same time, I liked the story. So there's that. I'll be reading the next book for sure though!

    Excellent review! :)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

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    1. Yes, I didn't feel the second make lead much either especially when he was a jackass to Feyre. Atleast we share somewhat similiar reviews :)

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  4. Hmmm not sure if this sounds like my cuppa tea but :)
    I'm about to start The Girl on the Train!
    Tres excited :)

    www.bohemianmuses.blogspot.com

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  5. My feelings are similar and I also gave it 3.5 stars rating. Also, I absolutely agree about the fact that if Feyre ends up liking this vile manipulating Rhysand in next book, I will be done with the series as well!

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    1. Yes I'm soo glad you could relate! ♥

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  6. I agree with your first thoughts! I didn't like Throne of Glass at all (but the sequels were better), and while ACOTAR had a lot of similarities, it was ultimately the better read.

    I actually got a lot of the Beauty and the Beast references--it wasn't too similar to Cinderella for me. But I agree that the writing was absolutely gorgeous.

    And I also agree about the romance! Tamlin = yes. Other guy = heck no. He's manipulative and an asshole--not sure why other people are so drawn to him. I will throw the book across the room if Fayre falls for him.

    Awesome review, Benish! <3

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    1. I'm glad you could agree, I didn't like the Throne of Glass series at all, the first book was okay but rest of the books were a disaster. I loved the role of Tamlin in this novel, he was a wonderful character ♥ The second make lead just pissed me off so much, I hope he dies in the second book or something lol thank you Aimee :)

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  7. So many people have had mixed feelings about this, which is why even though I do want to read it, I haven't yet. I'm so afraid I won't love it and I just love Sarah's writing and I kind of don't want anything to ruin that. Sounds silly huh?
    Sorry this wasn't better for you.

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    1. I think you still might like this novel, it's still a good read if you can ignore the flaws.

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  8. I'm still waiting on my copy of this book. I'm glad you didn't go all gaga over this book and gave it a realistic rating. There were just too many 5 star ratings everywhere. Awesome review, Benish! :D

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    1. Thank you Blessie, I'm glad you could enjoy the review :)

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  9. Ugh, I have this in my TBR pile. I love Beauty and the Beast..but you have me nervous. I love her writing style but triangles and Tamlin being a disappointment have me pushing it back on my list.

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    1. I think you might like this one more than me knowing your preferences :) I look forward to reading your review Kimba.

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  10. I haven't finished this one yet but my expectations are high. I can't wait to see what I think. Great honest review!

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  11. It's so frustrating when a book begins slow, and there isn't any action or plot twists until your nearing the end of the story. I can see why you have mixed feelings about this story. I wonder why it's considered a Beauty & The Beast retelling, when it clearly lacks the necessary similarities. Great Review! I love how concise you were when it came to explaining and breaking down what you liked and didn't like about the story!

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

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    1. Yes, the action doesn't really occur until more than halfway into the book. It was saddening that the romance took almost half of the book to develop, even the development felt almost insta even though it was 100 pages long.. If that makes any sense lol it's still a good read if you can ignore the flaws. Thank you so much Lindy ♥

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  12. Huh, gives me mixed feelings about reading Court. I'm seeing it everywhere and it seems that everyone loves it, so it's interesting to find someone who didn't exactly love everything about it. I wonder if that only happens because of the hype, making people think they like it more than they do. Not that I'd accuse any of the bloggers I know of that. Anyways, thanks for the review!

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    1. Thank you Dani ♥ & I would agree with you, I think the hype gets to many people.

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  13. Great review! I have read a lot of awesome reviews of this book, but I DNF'd Throne of Glass, so I am not sure if I would like this one either, even though it sounds good. I found Throne of Glass was slow as well and not in a good way, so I think I would dislike that in this book as well. I don't mind slow paced book as long as there still are things happening. It also sounds like saying it's a beauty and the beast retelling is a bit misleading and I've heard another reviewer mention those mask, it sounds so weird. I am glad to hear the romance was well done though!

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    1. Yes, the Throne of Glass is too overrated, I thought the first book was just okay but the series goes downhill for me afterwards. I have no interest to continue reading it. ACOTAR is way better though, it still have it's flaws but the writing is quite beautiful.

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  14. This is my next book to read. I was so excited for it until recently. I've seen a lot more mixed or disappointed reviews these last few weeks. I'm still going to read it. I really hope I enjoy it though. I hate buying books that I don't absolutely love.

    Dreams @ Once Upon A Dream Books

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    1. I think you might still like it if you loved the Throne of Glass series ♥

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    2. After finishing this...I think I'm jumping on the "so many mixed feelings I have not idea what to do" boat. After rereading your review, I find myself in a similar state. I kind of want to know what happens right now so I don't have to spend my time worrying about it.

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    3. Hmmm yes you're not the only one, so many others have mixed feelings on it as well. It's still a good novel though but let's see if it gets better.

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  15. I've seen a few people express mixed feeling like these for this book, but I still can't wait to read it. I'm staying optimistic that it'll knock me off my feet. lol

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    1. I hope you still like this Christy ♥

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  16. Oh no, I really don't like it when the author makes a completely separate series but in the end it mostly sounds like the previous one and is too similar. I think it will work well for her with those who love her other series. It's good that this one was a bit better. And that cover D: Love it!

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    1. The cover is gorgeous, my most favorite this year! ♥ I think you might still like this novel, it's good but it has plenty of flaws - Maybe you might like it better? The second half gives off the same vibes as TOG but it's a completely different book and it's very different. I personally preferred this book better.

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  17. YES. SOMEONE WHO GETS ME. I've been seeing glowing review after glowing review for this, and I can't seem to understand why. Sure, it's not a horrible book, but is it one that deserves 5 stars? Not nearly, in my opinion. I don't know why, but every Sarah J. Maas book I've read has been wonderfully written, but there always seems to be something...missing; and I can't quite figure it out. I felt that way here too. And yes...the potential love triangle was super aggravating. *scowls*

    Thanks for sharing Benish and fabulous review! ♥

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    1. I loved loooved reading your review Zoe! I'm so glad you shared similiar thoughts on this novel as well, the love triangle is just so annoying. The writing is quite beautiful, I hope Rhy dies or something lol thank you so much though ♥

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  18. I haven't read this one yet. It's weird... you say that Tamlin is a nice guy, and I read a review not long ago that said he was an abusive-boyfriend type. ??? Guess I'll have to read it one day to find out for myself. I'm just a little leery, though; I was not a huge fan of Throne of Glass.

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    1. I think you're talking about Larissa's review from YaMidnightReads? I didn't think he was abusive at all though, he's mostly a good character. The male lead is just horrible though, now he's abusive. Hope you enjoy it regardless ♥

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  19. I love the Throne of Glass series, Crown of Midnight is one of my favorite books. I am really excited for this one but it definitely seems like it was hyped. I hope I love it
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

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    1. Yes, if you loved Throne of Glass then you will definitely love this series ♥

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  20. It's so nice to hear a review that isn't entirely wonderful. It's also nice to see it from the perspective of someone who wasn't the biggest fan of Throne of Glass because I wasn't either. I like hearing that it's better than TOG, but I'm still kind of nervous-excited. Great review!
    -Monica @ Tomes Project

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    1. Thank you for dropping by Monica! I'm not the biggest fan of the author in general, I feel her writing is so beautiful & stunning but her books mostly don't appeal to me. Something is missing, the intense fantasy factor - I'm glad you share similiar thoughts on TOG as well, this one was better though. ♥

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  21. This is so interesting to read, because your thoughts are very different to mine (and i ADORE TOG). The story is much more like the original Beauty and the Beast tale than the Disney version. In the original, Belle/the Beauty has two sisters who are beautiful but vain and selfish, as in ACOTAR. Disney strayed pretty far from the original fairytale.

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    1. Ohh, I wasn't aware of that.. Maybe that's why the Cinderella similarities were there. The beast still reminded me of a kind prince though. Thank you for letting me know! ♥

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  22. Now im interested in reading this book real soon! I have 4 books im reading at the same time i don't know why im doing it! Can't wait to finish reading those books so that i can start this because base on your review, this is real really good!
    Anyway dear, im inviting you to join my giveaway here >> BLOG GIVEAWAY <<

    www.sarahrizaga.blogspot.com

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    1. I hope you enjoy the book Sarah ♥

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  23. I've been hearing so many great things about this book but it's also good to read your review to get a different perspective. I think I will probably read this. Throne of Glass and I didn't get along but maybe this one is for me since I love re-tellings. I read a version of Beauty and the Beast though, where Beauty did have two sisters who are spoiled. When her father left they asked for jewels but all Beauty wanted was a rose...and you know the rest. Perhaps the author was thinking of this version? Anyway, I though this is an installment of Throne of Glass! LOL! I'm still going to continue on with that book (it's in my paused shelf) but I think I'll read this first. Awesome balanced review Benish! :)

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    1. Yess, someone who didn't like TOG as well<3 I actually dislike that series quite a bit. I love fairytale retellings as well - & yes, someone mentioned that above as well. Maybe, that's what the author was doing portraying the actual classic Beauty & the Beast.. It does give off a more Cinderella type feeling since the beast was just soo sweet and actually handsome. I hope you enjoy it though! Thank you Amir ♥

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  24. I haven't read this, but it sounds interesting. I really liked the other comparisons you drew upon to explain your perspective—I think I can understand that, while beautiful, the story itself has some thorns which may or may not be worth reading. Thanks for your ideas! :)

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    1. Thank you for dropping by Heather ♥ & I'm glad you could understand it :) Loved the line about your thorns comment!

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  25. I've been so curious about this book, and so far I keep seeing mixed reviews. I'm sad to see that there is a potential love triangle, though. But at least there is just a "potential," so that means that it isn't really official, right? :P And I can't believe this is almost like a Cinderella retelling! So far, your review is the only who has pointed that out. I'm not so sure what others have said about it :P Great review Benish! I'm still planning to read this only because I'm curious about it :)

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    1. I do hope you enjoy it Jillian, the book is still worth trying out ♥ & yes, the love triangle isn't one.. yet. Maybe, it develops more in the second book, but I so hope not. The Cinderella retelling relation seems a bit too much, this didn't feel like Beauty & the Beast at all besides the captive part. I've seen a review mention it so far on Goodreads though :)

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  26. Oh no, I'm so sorry you couldn't have enjoyed this more Benish, it's been getting so much love lately that maybe there was TOO much hype. I really enjoyed it, but it was my first Beauty and The Beast retelling and appreciated that it didn't follow along the lines of the Disney classic, being NA I think it would have felt a bit weird. I loved the secondary characters too and hope they take a major role in the next installment. Lovely review Benish and hopefully you enjoy your next read that little bit more <3

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    1. Thank you Kelly! ♥ I hope the second book is better though, the secondary characters were adorable as well especially Lucian and the maids. Atleast you enjoyed it more than me though :)

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  27. I'm sorry this one didn't wow you Benish :( There's been SO much hype over it, I'm a little scared to pick it up myself!

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    1. Maybe you might like it more than me? Most people have loved it though.

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  28. Yeah, taking over half half a book is a bit long, although if I like the characters, I can deal with that. Hmm, I was going to say the romance sounds good, but then the wacky change of feelings and maybe love triangle is turning me off it. :(

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    1. It does have potential though♥ I really liked the book, but then again it's so flawed and cliche sometimes.

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  29. I've been discussing Rhy and Feyre's relationship with another blogger and I don't think they'll end up together - I actually think that Nesta (the sister) would be a perfect fit for him because she'd kick his nasty ass. And yes, he was so manipulative and weirdly abusive - but protective all at once. He's a confusing character.
    As for the masks - ugh. That's all I'm saying.

    You didn't like Throne of Glass? :) I felt books 1 and 2 were very mediocre but persisted for some reason - I'm glad I did because Heir of Fire was much, much better!

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    1. Ohh, I haven't thought about that, but yes that could happen. Most likely, it probably would so everyone can get a happy ending. I didn't like TOG that much, the first book was decent but the second book ruined it for me :( I might give Heir of Fire a try someday though.

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  30. After reading so many amazing reviews of this one I am glad to read an alright review of it. I haven't read anything by Sarah J. Maas yet but I definitely want to. Loved the quotes! Thanks for your review :)

    Janhvi @ The Readdicts

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    1. I would recommend this series of Throne of Glass though, I found it better. I hope you enjoy her books though ♥

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  31. Haha well we both know I had conflicted feelings as well. I did like Feyre's hostility too, mostly because I didn't feel like it was overdone. It wasn't that in-your-face hostility that just makes it seem like they're trying too hard, you know? And I absolutely see where you're coming form with Rhys. I still feel really gross for liking him. UGH. AND FOR HARDCORE HOPING HE TEACHES HER TO READ.

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    1. I'm glad you could agree Zoey! I hope the romance doesn't really develop with Rhy and Feyre - it would be so much better if he teaches her to read and write ♥

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  32. It sucks that the beginning is slow, but I am happy it was still mostly good.

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    1. Yes, it's still a good read but it could be better.

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  33. I do hope a love triangle doesn't develop... Despite the romance being a bit conflicting, I'm glad you still enjoyed this one. I have no doubt the writing was enthralling. Maas just has a way with writing! :D

    Wonderful review!

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    1. Thank You Magen! ♥ & yes the love triangle would be a stupid move to add because we all know she'll end up with Tamlin.

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  34. I really liked this one, but I didn't realise it was a fairytale retelling. I do like Rhy, but I hope it doesn't become a triangle thing either. I hope he helps strengthen her talents.

    Naomi @ Naomi’s Reading Palace

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    1. I agree, I hope Rhy does that as well. I would hate to read another love triangle.

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  35. HUHUHU PLEASE DON'T JUDGE MEEEE! I like Rhysand a lot, which is weird because I usually don't root for the bad boy, but he was just intriguing in this book and that made me want to know more about him! Haha. 70% of this book was full-on romance, which I didn't mind because I was really enjoying it. The last 30% was KICK-ASS AWESOME. But yeah, I hated that scene in the book where Feyre didn't follow Tamlin's advice and just went outside despite the dangers. I didn't find that a good scene because it was just stupid >_>

    Faye at The Social Potato

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    1. Loool I don't hate you Faye but that's the first I'm hearing that someone actually liked Rhy! He is an intriguing character though, I agree ♥ I still look forward to the next installment in the series though, I might just pre-order it.

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  36. I can't disagree that the book built slowly, but it didn't bother me. I do think the romance is pretty complicated and that makes me wary. I'm kind of over triangles for drama. But I enjoyed this overall -- maybe because I don't do Fae and went in with zero expectations.
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts -- it was fun to read them!
    Jen at YA Romantics

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  37. I'm glad you could enjoy it more than me though! ♥

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  38. I loved this book a little more than you did :-) I agree, the romance was wonderful and I am soooo hoping it doesn't turn into a love triangle but it seems to be heading in that direction {sigh}

    A lovely review Benish! Sharon – Obsession with Books

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    1. Yes, I hope the love triangle doesn't get worse than it already is ♥

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  39. I was really looking forward to this too, but I still haven't read it. I guess I'm just afraid of too much romance again. I hope there isn't a love triangle with the jerk. I'm glad you mentioned the witty characters. As long as there's banter, I'm happy.

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    1. Yes there is a love triangle but it's a potential one. It's not developed in the first installment, I think it probably will in the next books. I hope you still enjoy this read regardless ♥

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  40. This book has gotten SO much buzz - I'm almost scared to read it now. The idea of the love triangle makes me nervous too. I think I'll still pick it up eventually, though.

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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  41. I do agree, their love was quite instant but I loved Tamlin so much it didn't bother me, because he never stepped the line with Feyre. I think the beast part comes in, with how Tamlin acts with his enemies and stuff, but to his friends and to Feyre he's like a gentle giant. I do think the next installment may give us an impending love triangle, Rhys was rather creepy wasn't he? What a refreshing outlook on the series Benish!

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    1. Yes I adored Tamlin's character as well ♥ He's what kept the story going for me, Rhy was super creepy although his character is fascinating as well. Thank you for dropping by Jeann!

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  42. Awh, it's a shame that you didn't end up loving this one as much as you thought you would, Benish.

    I actually ended up really liking it, which I was worried I wouldn't. THRONE OF GLASS was a two star read for me, so I was afraid the same thing would happen again. Thankfully it didn't. I liked almost everything about this book.

    Also: the original tale of Beauty and the Beast is similar to this in the fact that Beauty does have two insipid sisters. Disney changed that in their version, as they do a lot with their adaptations!

    I hope you like the second book more, although I must say I hope Feyre and Rhys have something between them - even if it's just friendship. I really like him! XD

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  43. I totally agree! Everyone is rating this a 5, when for me, it is more of a 4. There is too much romance in the first half. I loved the overall story arc but the plot doesn't get going until two thirds into the book...that's annoying. Also, what's up with all the unnecessary love triangles? I'm not usually so violently opposed to them, but this is just in place for angst. Sigh...

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