I did not know until the very end of the book why Feyre and Tamlin's relationship was so minimal and lacked fire. Why Tamlin had so little back story.I did not know until the very end of the book why Feyre and Tamlin's relationship was so minimal and lacked fire. Why Tamlin had so little back story. (Even Lucien had more back story than Tamlin) It is because the author never intended for us to completely fall in love with Tamlin.
This isn't a spoiler because it hasn't happened yet and is just a speculation but I will bet every book on my bookshelf that Rhysand is her "bonding mate" & the person Feyre will end up with, not Tamlin.
That is why in their last scene together Rhysand saw something that "shocked" him. That's why Maas had to find a reason to keep Feyre seeing him once a week for a month with the deal she made with him. That's why Feyre describes him as the most beautiful person she's ever seen. That's why the conversations she had with Rhys, though few, held a thousand times more meaning than any she had with Tamlin. It's why Rhys has such a big part in keeping Feyre alive, it's why he saves her, it's why his character is more flawed and layered than Tamlin's. Tamlin as we see him in book one is too good, too safe almost, and has a simple back story. Rhys on the other hand has flaws with his character that the author could play with, develop, and explore with in future books.
Tamlin and Feyre's relationship was based on mutual want to keep those they're responsible for alive and the burdens that come with it. And physical attraction. But that was all there was. They love each other but they are NOT in love with each other.
I think that's why I felt something important was missing for the entire book and why the beginning moved SO slowly with plot development. (And the reason for it being SLOW had nothing to do with it being a fantasy novel). Harry Potter books have you on the edge of your seat throughout all the "slow moving" parts.I actually enjoy slow parts as much as the action-packed ones in the fantasy genre.
This was really different though.
It felt like the writer was struggling to come up with a way to pass the time between the action and the build up to plot twists being revealed. Instead of focusing on weaving the threads of the story in the meantime decided to fill it with repetition of tropes from the previous chapter and scenes that could have been completely taken out and would not affect the story in any way shape or form (if a scene is not progressing in some small way - even if it's character development - it's usually pulled out).
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Am I the only one to find how inconsistent Feyre's character was? Half the time I didn't know what she wanted for her family, for herself. One minute she feels ashamed about killing these scary monster-fairies in the woods and the next she has the ability to murder two innocent fairies? There were so many things that felt really inconsistent with Feyre in general. ...more
The BEST book I have read in a very long time. Deserves every single one of those 5 stars. This book meant a lot to me and I feel so lucky to have gotThe BEST book I have read in a very long time. Deserves every single one of those 5 stars. This book meant a lot to me and I feel so lucky to have gotten a chance to read it. Thank you, Colleen Hoover, for writing this. I really needed it. ...more
UPDATE: They found a cure for SKID! They announced it on the news today. Who knew the incurable disease written about in this book could actually be cUPDATE: They found a cure for SKID! They announced it on the news today. Who knew the incurable disease written about in this book could actually be curable!
The more I reflect on this book the less and less I like it.
This book made such a big deal about her mom and Cath only speaks to her once for the entThe more I reflect on this book the less and less I like it.
This book made such a big deal about her mom and Cath only speaks to her once for the entire book.
ALSO - Levi could have gotten an audiobook of his reading assignment easily. At the time, I thought only when people read an entire book to him he could really follow what's going on - but that wasn't even the case. Audiobooks exists, which means that glaring plot hole exists as well.
This whole book just feels unorganized, unfinished, and un-everything else I usually like about a book. ...more