Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses (Book 1)
Released: 2015-05-05
Publisher: Bloomsbury

Two thirds Beauty and the Beast, one third story. Literally, the first two thirds is just Beauty and the Beast with different names. It’s a very slow build-up with such a small cast and contained areas it really just feels like over two hundred pages of world-building and groundwork that could have been condensed into 50. If I didn’t have someone who already read it encouraging me to keep going, it would be in my DNF pile.

The last third was really good, so it’s even more annoying to have to slog through so many pages of an unlikable love interest just to see Feyre finally get the action her character deserves. Mostly, the men were just…there, almost like they were shoved in as an afterthought to give Feyre a reason for her journey. Tamlin did pretty much nothing except dig his heels in and make it as difficult as possible for Lucien to try and change things, then be Very Sad for the last third while being otherwise useless. Readers are stuck with a two-dimensional caricature of a “deep, brooding man” and don’t get actual, fleshed out characters besides Feyre and Lucien until others start showing up in the last third.

Not a fan of the romance, or the book’s relationship endgame. So far I’ve managed to avoid spoilers, but I’m going to give the second book a try simply because the person who suggested the series practically vibrates every time I gag at Tamlin. Not going to lie, I’m hoping something awful happens to him. Would have been five stars if the last third took up more of the book, three stars just for making me read so many pages about The Guy Who Did As Little As Possible. Feyre, just throw out the whole man.

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