Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Published: May 5th, 2015
I finally have given into the hype and started this series. I must say I was pleasantly surprised.
Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price …
Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.
You’ve most likely have hard of this series. It’s everywhere, especially now with the release of the third book, A Court of Wing’s and Ruin. I’m definitely late to the game on this one. This series just didn’t seem like something I would be into which is why I’ve avoided it. However, so many people have been raving about this series and this book’s sequel, A Court of Mist and Fury, that I had to see what the big deal was about. Going in I was not sure what to think.
Boy were the first 2/3rds of this book super slow! I struggled so much to get through it for a lot of reasons. Feyre’s character in the beginning annoyed me at times, Tamlin was just meh, and nothing super interesting was happening. The romance between Feyre and Tamlin also just wasn’t doing it for me. As the first 2/3rds focuses so much on Feyre and Tamlin’s romance, I felt like I was dragging my feet to get through it, because I was going to get through it. I was determined to finish it purely so that I could read the next book. I’m so glad I did, because boy did it pick up.
There is definitely a shift in the book as you move into the last third and the action immediately picks up. Maas is exceptional at writing action, so once we finally got some I flew through it. Also we finally got learn more about the politics happening in the Fae world which was definitely part of the more interesting aspects. The last part of the book definitely saved it for me.
Lucian was probably my favorite character, because he was interesting and funny. Also, I enjoyed his friendship with Feyre and appreciated the fact that he wasn’t a dick to her. Some of the things Tamlin did annoyed me because he was way too protective of her sometimes. Also, he was a super interesting character and I liked anytime he was involved in the action.
I also appreciated the fact that Feyre’s family didn’t disappear when she was dragged to the Fae lands. That was definitely something that could have happened, and I’m glad it didn’t. Nesta and Elain are low key two of my favorite side characters.
Personally, I was not a huge fan of some of the Beauty and the Beast elements. This book was marketed as a Beauty and the Beast retelling, but it really didn’t feel like one. Part of why the original story works is our male lead is a scary, ugly beast. The heart of it is how our heroine could possibly fall in love with a beast? Sure Fae are consider beasts to humans, but we don’t really get to see that conflict played out very much. We see Feyre’s internal conflict, but that’s about it. Also, the political conflicts in the Fae world are far more interesting. I’m not sure if this whole Beauty and the Beast thing was something the marketing team came up with or something Maas set out to do. If it is the latter, I wish she had done her own thing and these elements were downplayed.
Another thing that I didn’t like was some of the patriarchy going on in this book. I think the last third made up for it sort of, but at times it was a little off putting. This could just be a me thing though. Let me know if you felt the same.
All things considered, I thought that this book was just okay. I didn’t love it or hate it. I just liked it alright. The end definitely saved it from being something that I didn’t like and also is getting me to read on. So I guess it sort of succeeded as a first book? I’m not sure. I know that things will pick up in the next book based on the direction the end seemed to be heading and all of the hype ACOMAF has been getting. Most people enjoyed the 2nd book a WHOLE lot better than the first. Fingers crossed. ‘
If this seems like something you would be into I’d recommend it. There is some explicit sex scenes just as an FYI.
My Rating: 3.5/5 Stars
Would love to know your thoughts on this book! Did you like this book or just think it was alright? Or did you hate it? Would love to know your thoughts on it!