I know what you're thinking. Geez guys, this is a long episode ... Didn't you say you were going to split the episodes so I don't have to listen to a long summary? ... Why does Amanda hate this book so much? I find it delightful!
Well yes, it is a long episode and we didn't split it. It's long because we had special guests for WYR, listeners Jordan and Morgan! Yay! Thanks! More on them later. We didn't split it because next time the summary won't be as long. Look, editing is tough and takes a long time, so yeah, it was great to have two episodes a week for that one week, but that was hard on me. I had to spend my weekend editing so the show would be ready for a Monday release and, as much as I love the podcast and all of you listeners, I might love my weekends more. So, I'm sorry. But I'm not going to write long summaries anymore either, so maybe it's a win-win?
As for your other question that you actually did ask and I definitely didn't make up, I don't like this book very much and I almost think it's because it was really hyped up for me. Everyone everywhere loves it so much so I guess I was expecting it to be spectacular and it just wasn't. It's not bad by any means, but it's not for me. I liked the second one! Does that count? I feel like the first three quarters of the book we're just world-building and the last quarter was the part of the story that you actually want to read. Maybe that's where it should have started and then the first part could have been told in flashbacks or something. That might have been better. Why didn't I say that on the show?
So what am I even talking about? A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. Feyre kills a high fey while he's a wolf and has to spend the rest of her life in the Faerie realm as punishment. She was taken away from her family by a giant beast. Wait. Kidnapped and living forever with a beast? There must be a curse, too, right? Yes! This is based loosely on Beauty and the Beast. Feyre has to break the curse on the kingdom. Can she do it? Maybe! But, you see, the part of the story we really care about is the curse-breaking part and that happens at the very end.
Remember when I said we had guests? Amber and I were joined by two listeners, Jordan and Morgan, who both love this series more than I do, so we invited them to play Would You Rather with us. They seemed to enjoy it, and hopefully you'll enjoy hearing their responses in addition to ours this time. Here's a picture of all of us during that part of the show where we all seem to find something humorous. If you ever want to join us for WYR, let us know!
May your ash arrows fly straight and your aim be true (if you intend on taking out any faeries),