I read it, swiftly enough. I loved and hated it, same as I did the first book in some ways.
I’ll begin with the positives. Maas is a most talented story-teller, and a gifted enough writer to be appreciated. This book contains a vast array of characters, ones far more intriguing to me than in ACOTAR. This book is quite large, but reads quickly. There is so much more of the story, of the characters, to be discovered that it is a wonder and delight to discover with the characters. There came a point, about 3/4 of the way in, where I was afraid the book was going to take a certain turn and I became lit thinking it was going to end a certain way. However, it did not disappoint, and instead left me quite pleased with the turns it took, even if it felt a jagged and last minute-ish. Feyre, as irksome as I found her through quite a bit of the book, comes around and I ended up truly appreciating the growth of her character in this book. I don’t want to ruin any surprises, but I will say that I truly, overall, ended up loving this book – flaws and all. By the end of this book I was eager to read the next book to see where the story leads.
Now, let’s call out the bad. This apparently will be a Constant pet peeve of mine with this series, and I will begin by saying that I am sorely disappointed how this book is classified as young adult. There was an overwhelming amount of sexual content – both as tension and straight up, vividly descriptive sex scenes – and that there is No Way in H-E-DOUBLE HOCKEY STICKS I would let my teenager’s read these books. When they’re 18, Fine Have at it! The content in itself is Not Appropriate for 14-17. Next point: Feyre is irritating, irksome, and has some weaknesses that I Cannot stand – but this goes to me, personally, my own pet peeves of other people. Still, while this may be excusable due to her age, as it was used with the first book, I feel it is a weak crutch utilized by the author. There are some (several) elements that are deus ex machina, and that was somewhat disappointing to see in a story line I thought would flourish without really needing that crutch. There were turns of phrases used that made absolutely No Sense – same as in the first – but this time a plethora of them utilized throughout, not just one. The kind that leave saying, “What? What-why-how? HUH?”
Silly things that made me unhappy:
GOBBLE. GOBBLEGOBBLEGOBBLEGOBBLEGOBBLE! My GRACIOUS! If I did a search in a PDF document for this book, I think the word “Gobble” would show up about a thousand friggen times! Where is the editor, so I may string them up for this atrocity?! There was so much “Gobbling” of things I was certain that eventually a turkey would magically appear, or maybe the MC would turn into a turkey, OR it would turn out she had been a turkey the entire time dreaming of another life just before the Thanksgiving Roast! Maybe Maas had seen Thankskilling (yes, it’s a Real movie, and yes I have watched most of it-I got some Great lines to use as a result) and had been inspired by the most terrible-hilarious-purposefully-bad made movie in cinematic history, and couldn’t get the Gobbling of a turkey out of her head. I don’t know, I do know I wish she had pulled out a thesaurus and gotten more creative with her writing.
In the end…Maas still impressed me with the story and twists that occurred, no matter how trite some of them turned out to be. This was no small undertaking, and I appreciate the applied effort and time. As a reader in general, I really enjoyed the story. I’ll begin reading the last book in the set I bought, and hope that the most recent release does not disappoint. We shall see!
((**snickering to self-I have a real problem with profanity and am trying to break myself of said problem…because my 2 yo))