So most of you know me as semma4eva but I am very over Degrassi and, therefore, tired of that name (also heartbroken that Sean and Emma did not end up together). So I will be taking over by this name. If you know what it refers to, I love you. A lot.
Anyway, I'm ready to continue my livejournal adventures with a new name!
Feyre is used to risking her life for her family, just like she’s used to the rumors of the fairies beyond the wall. But when she kills a wolf, she is not prepared to be taken into the world of the fae by a “beast”. Though over time, she realizes there is beauty in the fae world, and she would do anything to help them fight against the blight threatening to destroy their powers. But as time runs out, Feyre learns that there is much more to this story than what her fae friends were able to tell her.
I THINK I knew at some point that this was a Beauty and the Beast adaptation, but I did not remember by the time I started the book. However, it did not take me long to catch on to the story's pattern.
I loved the way Maas worked the aspects of Beauty and the Beast into this story. It let me have an idea of what was coming, but not be sure exactly how it would occur. And while there may not have been many big surprises, there were still puzzles to work through and it was fun to see exactly how the pieces fit together. While the secrets were frustrating, they created a more mysterious adventure.
My one complaint is the main romance in the book did not seem believable for the first half. Perhaps it was that I preferred the personality of Tamlin's friend to the romantic lead, himself. However, as secrets were revealed and motivations made clear, this issue became moot and I was set for book feels for the rest of the tale (as old as time. Get it?). I loved the added depth to the characters and the way it all made sense in the end, despite the confusion and secrets leading up to it.
Overall, this was a great take on a story I already knew and loved. It took a well-known fairy tale, and turned it into something brand new, but just as enchanting. I am curious to see where it goes from here, as this was the first book of a new series my Sarah J. Maas.
If ratings were out of 100, I think this book would be a 99. I literally have no complaints about it. I have tons of questions going into the third book, but no complaints.
An epic Roman tale set in the science fiction world, this book has everything from war to love to friendship to secrets to sacrifice to betrayal. Lots and lots of betrayal. Darrow has worked his way to the top of Golden world, yet old feelings are getting in the way. Without hearing from the Sons of Ares for a while, Darrow feels alone on his continued quest to make Eo’s dreams a reality.
This book is a series of ups and downs in which we have no idea what anyone’s thinking (even Darrow!) or who we can trust (if anyone). As I was reading, I had no idea where the story was about to take me or what I would find around the next bend—a feeling I am not accustomed to after all of the books I’ve been reading/accurately predicting in recent years. Yet there I was, with absolutely no clue what was happening and speechless after each and every new discovery. Talk about an adventure.
I couldn’t breathe as I reached the end of the book. I found myself just breathless and typing nonsensical (and a bit vulgar) phrases to my friends who had already read the book and therefore knew the pain I was suffering.
If you have not yet picked up this book, I don’t know what you’re waiting for. Do it. Do it now.
[SPOILERS BELOW!!!!!!! Lots and lots of SPOILERS]
Seriously. I’m about to spoil everything. Stop reading NOW if you have not finished this book…
This one seems a bit longer than most of my Goodreads rants, but it's still MUCH shorter than most of the rants on here. Again, I think it being a single book helps. The next several books I plan to read are actually single books, as well (for now). This is the problem with getting pulled into fandoms early. *waits for news of book 2*
Oh, and if you want to hear more about my and other people's thoughts on Red Queen, join us for #FandomFeels books club with thefandom.net on April 20!
I can't even... I did not see that one coming. This one was quite the adventure. Bravo.
UPDATE - OK I've had some time to process beyond just the ending (you know, like 10 minutes), and I have more to say.
This was one of those books in which as I was reading, I was already choosing things I wanted to say/talk about in the review. And then when I got to the ending, the things I had wanted to discuss before seemed completely moot. From the beginning, I connected a whole lot more with Nick than Dara. I wanted so badly to like Parker, but I just could not decide if I did.
I always said I caught onto Lauren Oliver's twists and turns early. Well, the streak ended with this one. Maybe it was just a twist I was less used to than others. But I truly did not catch this one until the last second. Then, I found myself going back and rereading specific scenes that I SWORE contradicted everything, only to find they actually didn't. At all. I'm going to stop talking because anything else I say will be a spoiler. But this one really surprised me.
It took a little time to get into this book at the beginning. I kept forgetting what any colors other than gold and red meant. Come to think of it, I'm still not sure about Brown, Green, and are there more besides those mentioned, Grey and Pink? The other thing that threw me off was the fact that Darrow was married to Eo. I guess I'm just not used to reading YA books about a married protagonist.
With that said, I loved the characters right away, and it certainly took me on an adventure. There were several times I was caught off guard by something and ended up on the edge of my seat while reading. The messages were clear and the story was enjoyable.
This is the first time I have really compared a story to The Hunger Games as I was reading. Much of this book, to me, came off as "What if The Hunger Games was about strengthening Capitol citizens, instead of scaring District citizens?" There are a bunch of kids in a war-like game taking place in a secure, mostly natural area. The better you are and the more you earn outside watchers' help, the more/better prizes you receive. With that said, the similarities are stop there, on the surface.
These players come from excess and comfort. They are here for glory and career. Many truly see it as a game for most of the time. The themes in this are about working together and being a leader that people trust and WANT to follow. Unlike in The Hunger Games, many of the lessons in the Institute are good lessons, just taught in an extremely gruesome way.
It's that time again! I have finished a trilogy and have a need to talk about it. As always, if you have not read the entire Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy, do not read this. Everything is a spoiler from this point out.
This rant will be a little different from most of my others because my experience reading this series was a bit unique. But I have said it before and I will say it again, everything after the jump is a spoiler for the entire Under The Never Sky series, including novellas. So if you have not read all three books and two novellas, now is your chance to turn back. Beware!