Ok. So, I actually never posted a review of my first read of this series, so a little background on my feelings before going into this reread.
I actually only read the series for the first time a little over a year ago. I had read all of Sarah J Maas's Throne of Glass series already (which I love btw) and I had started the audiobook for ACOTAR on three different occasions and couldn't get into it. (I realize now, I just don't love the narrator. 🤷♀️) Then I was discussing books with my BFF who has the same taste in books as me and she said, "Have you read Sarah J Maas's books?" And I said I read ToG but not ACOTAR. Next thing I knew a Christmas present showed up at my house a few days later with the three books in it.
Anyway, I started them right away. I liked ACOTAR well enough. But I didn't LOVE it. Beauty and the Beast has always been my favorite fairytale. So I have read a lot of retellings. The thing that was odd for me was the juxtaposition of part 1 and part 2 of the book. Part one was a clear Beauty and the Beast retelling. The Beast was perfectly tragic in his not wanting to be in the situation he was in, and his diffculty to interact with Feyre in any sort of appropriate way and his gradual change to act more human all fit, but for some reason it was just "meh" as far as Beauty and the Beast stories go for me.
Then came Under the Mountain. It did not fit at all with Beauty and the Beast. It was like a totally different book smooshed on the end. It was interesting and exciting and I really enjoyed it but my brain kept going "why is this part of this other book ?" Honestly, if the books hadn't been a gift and I didn't trust my BFFs judgement of my book tastes, I any not have read on to ACOMAF. But I am so so glad I did, because it may be my favorite of Maas's books.
So anyway, back to my reread of ACOTAR. I think I like it even less now. I'm not sure what it is, but I just didn't love it. I don't know if it's because I already know what is going to happen so I kept wanting to just skip ahead to the good parts? Or if the Feyre/Tamlin love story was less exciting when I already knew it wasn't going to last. (I was one of those people who liked Tam well enough, and while I'm glad they didn't stay together , I don't hate him) I did, however, enjoy analyzing the Suriel's warning. And I got really excited when Rhys first showed up on Kalanmi thinking about what he said about why he was there in the first place. But overall I didn't really enjoy my reread. Which was a bummer... Because I usually love rereads of my favorite books. Maybe it's just that this wasn't one of my favorite books. I am excited to start A Court of Myst and Fury though 😍