Well, well, well. I finally did it. I finally read the ever so popular and the very much talked about A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas.
I saw in a bookstore not long after it was released and thought it looked good. The cover and blurb kind of gave me a Beauty and the Beast vibe, which is why I decided to buy it. Only issue was that I had a hundred books already on my TBR and I never got around to reading it. With the release of A Court of Wings and Ruin in less than a months time and having ordered a book box that will contain the book, I decided it was time to open the pages and finally learn what everyone had loved so much about these books. So for those of you who are much like my March self and have not read this book, I have tried to keep it as spoiler free as I can while still talking about what I thought about the book. I have not yet read A Court of Mist and Fury, though that is one of the next books I will read, but here is what I thought of ACOTAR.
Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: Fantasy – Retelling – Romance
Age Classification: New Adult
Release: May 5, 2015
The book had a slow start, but once it got going it was pretty good. The settings were brilliantly described, I could imagine what the Spring court might look like and it was beautiful. Obviously, I do not know much of the other six courts in Prythian, but the Spring court sounds like a lovely place to live, with the exception of the not-so-nice visitors the court had during Feyre’s time there.
The characters took a little getting used to for me as they all seem to have mood swings, but they were all well developed and complex enough to be realistic and relatable.
Feyre is every girl reading this book in one way or another. I can relate to being poor, losing your home, having people turn their back on you, and feeling like you have to take care of your family even when it feels like they do not appreciate your efforts. However, sometimes I wanted to smack her. Seriously woman, this seemingly random fae guy is looking after you and your family and is willing to risk the lives and freedom of not only his court but the whole of Prythian to keep you safe, and what do you do to repay his efforts? Complain, be overly rude and judgmental, and then ignore all his warnings and walk yourself into harms way not just once, but multiple times. I get why she does it, but gosh it was annoying.
Then there is the High Fae himself, Tamlin. I still feel like banging my head against a brick wall when I think of him. Considering why he wanted Feyre in the first place, he does a pretty poor job of getting her on side. I would not say he was a bad person (or should I say fae?), but there was a heck of a lot of room for improvement.
Lucien was actually one of my favourite characters. Unapologetically rude, sarcastic, a little scarred up, but always helping those who deserve or have earned it, Lucien is a male fae version of me.
Nesta, Feyre’s sister, was another character that I liked, though this one came as a surprise to me. She seemed like a no good, selfish, stuck up b-word, but she actually turned out to be a rather good character and a nice addition to the book. I hope to see her again in the second book.
Now I have to mention him because I have seen all the hype, Rhysand. Goodness gracious, that guy has a few bad personality traits. He is probably one of the kindest scheming diddlywads I have come across. There is a glimmer of humanity (faemanity? faeity? I really do not know) from time to time, but mostly Rhysand just seems like one of those bleepity bleeps my mum always warned me to steer clear of. What on Earth does he do to make everyone love him so much?
Okie dokie, now for the tough bit. I did not like the last quarter (approximately) of the book. Honestly, my thought when I finished the book was ‘What on Earth did I just read?’ and it was all because of this section of the book. Seriously, did anyone else have a ‘what the flamingos is going on here’ moment or ten? I feel it was horrible and unnecessarily cruel. Yeah, tough trials with lives on the line, it was never going to be pleasant, and it makes sense that the fae behind all the bad stuff is some psycho, human-hating, whackadoodle, but I felt sick reading some of that. Perhaps it was necessary for the overall plot of the series and maybe reading the second and third book will make me feel differently about this major story event, but for now, I am going to stick to not liking this part of the book.
On a completely different note, I really the whackadoodle’s name. Amarantha. I think it is a beautiful name, too bad here it was given to a horrible character.
Star Rating: ☆☆☆
As a whole, I really liked this book and I am excited to read the next two books in this series. ACOTAR received 3.5 out of 5 stars from me which I decided to round down. Over on Goodreads there are some somewhat weird reading progress updates you can see under my review over there.
So what are your thoughts on ACOTAR?
Who is your favourite character?
And if anyone else is only just reading this for the first time, how are you finding reading the book(s) with all the internet chatter about the series going on?
Until next time bibliophiles!