CBR 13 BINGO: Flora square (along top and right edge of cover)
Somehow I missed this one when it was favorably (and unfavorably) reviewed a while back, but I follow some Instagram accounts that were raving about this series so I got curious.
After a war between human mortals and faeries, the world is split. A wall is erected and humans are pushed behind it into the southlands. Generations of stories about powerful fae creatures that enslave, murder, and eat humans are handed down. Occasionally even stories of faeries disregarding the boundaries and roaming the woods of the mortal lands.
Resourceful Feyre is the only thing standing between her family and starvation. Shackled with a physically and emotionally crippled father and two sisters (one oblivious and one obstinant), Feyre has to put food on the table. Forced to move closer to the wall built between the land of the mortals and the lands of the faeries in order to hunt, she one day makes a split decision that changes the course of everyone’s future.
This is well documented as a Beauty and the Beast retelling and I certainly get that. For me, though, it’s more Twilight meets Hunger Games meets Game of Thrones with faeries thrown in. And, believe it or not, I don’t mean that in a snide way. The story meanders a bit and parts felt a wee bit repetitive, but it’s one of those books that just dragged me in. I was riveted and suspect that I will devour the rest of the series as well as the other book series Maas has published. Perfect summer book candy.