I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I was hesitant to read this book, as I was skeptical that Sarah J. Maas could write another series as good as her Throne of Glass books. I still was skeptical when starting the book and discovering it was similar to a Beauty and the Beast tale. While I'm not generally a fan of fairy tale re-tellings, Maas blew my skepticism away, and by the middle of the book, I couldn't put it down! (Note--I do say by the middle, because this book was a little harder to get into than her Throne of Glass series for me.)
There were some small problems with the book, such as the slow pacing and the explanation of Tamlin's curse to Feyre, but the story was interesting enough that I had to find out how it ended. Also, while this book is supposed to be the start of a series, this volume could almost be a stand-alone book as the story comes to a nice stopping point at the end. There are still a few unanswered questions, though, such as Feyre's deal with Rhys of the Night Court that will keep readers coming back for more. All in all, not quite as good as Throne of Glass, but definitely worth the read!
From a librarian's perspective, this book is more adult than YA. It would best be classified as New Adult, as it contains graphic violence and a very steamy night between Tamlin and Feyre as they consummate their relationship. Fans of Throne of Glass should be cautioned that this is not the same kind of novel.