Holy hell in a handbasket.
There were three initial thoughts after I buzzed through this phenomenal book:
1.) What the hell did I just read?
2.) I WANT MOREMOREMORE
3.) What the hell did I just read?
The word MASTERPIECE doesn't do this book justice. Sarah J. Mass does what she does best and puts the rest of us writers to shame by weaving an unforgettable, magical, opulent, seductive tale that stays with you long after you put the book down.
The story starts out simply enough. A skinny poor chick named Feyre is crouching in the cold woods, hunting prey for her starving, ungrateful family. Then a bizarre but brutal act sparks a chain of events that plunges her into the dangerous and beautiful world of the Faeries. And suddenly she becomes much, much more than just a skinny poor chick :)
As you read on, it becomes pretty clear that it's a loose retelling of Beauty and the Beast. But this ain't Disney. There's gore, violence, brutality, and sexuality. The tale Maas weaves is enthralling and intricate, leaving you always thirsting for more after each chapter, yet massively satisfied at the amazing ending that crescendos like a fine orchestral piece.
Now from the writer's perspective, this book is nearly flawless. The character arcs, the storyline, and the world building are amongst the strongest features of the book. The only thing keeping me from giving this five out of five stars is the first act of the book, which seemed to drag somewhat for at least fifty to a hundred pages. But I can't deny the dragging parts served the purpose of illustrating Feyre as she struggles to get used to...something different (I CAN'T SAY BECAUSE #SPOILERALERT).
I was supposed to start reading my writing craft books after ACOTAR, but I just HAD to get my hands on the second book of the series, A Court of Mist and Fury. Damn you, Sarah J. Maas. You've made an addict of me. 4/5 stars.