I LOVED THIS BOOK. I have no idea what took me so long to get to these books but I’m so glad I finally did. I was intrigued from chapter 1 which for me doesn’t always happen. And I really enjoyed the subtle beauty and the beast retelling. I’m a sucker for any retelling so this just put the cherry on top. The world building to me was beautiful and easy to imagine. I have heard this is some peoples least favorite in the series, and I can see that, it isn’t my favorite, but I don’t dislike it any less either. I like that it actually is a bit slower and lets us get a solid idea of the world and the characters. By the end of this book I can definitely say I felt as if I were in that world, could see those sights and smell those smells. To me this was the perfect beginning to this trilogy!
I have heard that this is a love/hate sort of book. I fall in the middle. I can’t say I loved this book the way others did, but I did find the writing to be beautiful. There are so many gorgeous lines and quotes that I think back on all the time. But the slowness of the read and lack of connection to the Goblin King took away from the story for me.
“everything affects everything”
This was a quick read, and easy in the sense that it was a fast read but not so easy emotionally. The story resonated and hit home for me many times. As someone who suffers from severe depression and suicidal thoughts this actually triggered many flash backs and emotions for me. It brought back so many awful memories from high school. The message in this is good though, that you never know what someone is going through and even the smallest act can spiral into undoing someone, so always watch what you say or do.
“What if” What if I chose this decision that night? What if I hadn’t done this? Our lives take the paths they do based on the decisions we make, so what if we had decided differently? That is exactly what this 5 star read is all about and that no matter what choices we do make, ultimately our lives come together as they should, maybe a bit differently had we gone down certain paths, but it will always work out in the end.
One of my favorite reads of the year so far!!! 5 WHOLE STARS!!! Let me just wipe some tears real quick…Gah who am I kidding it’s more like a flood of tears! This book was so precious I don’t even have words. I started off wanting to dislike Ove, I thought he was sort of funny yet depressing and that was it. Then I grew to love him, and I mean just completely adore him. I think that’s one of the main points of the book. Loving someone and connecting with someone you couldn’t have ever predicted.
I read this book on my honeymoon back in January and really enjoyed it. I was sent this book by a friend who said it was a favorite read of hers and it was easy to see why! I rated it a good 4 stars and I enjoyed just how different a fantasy read this was compared to all the other ones out there that I have read so far.