Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publication Date: May 5th, 2015
Genres & Themes: NA, Fantasy, Retelling
Blurb: Feyre is a huntress.
She thinks nothing of slaughtering a wolf to capture its prey. But, like all mortals, she fears what lingers mercilessly beyond the forest. And she will learn that taking the life of a magical creature comes at a high price…
Imprisoned in an enchanted court in her enemy’s kingdom, Feyre is free to roam but forbidden to escape. Her captor’s body bears the scars of fighting, and his face is always masked – but his piercing stare draws her ever closer. As Feyre’s feeling for Tamlin begin to burn through every warning she’s been told about his kind, an ancient, wicked shadow grows.
Feyre must find a way to break a spell, or lose her heart forever.
I think the biggest plot twist of the many twists that have happened in my life so far in 2019 is that I didn’t hate ACOTAR. Nope. But does that mean I love it? Noh, not that either.
I’m walking on that middle ground now and one side of the border are the passionate fans of this series screaming RHYSAND on top of their lungs, and on the other side are the equally passionate haters chanting MALE MALE MALE with torchlight and pitchforks. For 3 years, I had been putting off this book – that I bought as soon as t was published – thinking that I would hate it. And I would’ve avoided it until the day I die if it weren’t for my friend who wanted to buddy read this with me. Reread for her. First time reading for me. And yet I avoided it. You would too if you thought that a book was going to be your most hated read, the worst of all things that your innocent eyes have managed to read so I avoided it for a week more before I finally took the courage to pick it up. And I didn’t hate it. Thank God. Sigh.
ACOTAR is an interesting and addictive book. You might want to claw your eyes out after reading the cringey scene and might want to dig up a grave for your own burial after reading these scenes that occur after every two pages and make your soul shudder but if you ignore them, you really ignore them, you might end up enjoying it. Throughout the book, I had this intense urge to know what was going to happen next and that urge is what kept me going and finish this book that, by the way, could’ve been shorter if it weren’t for the stretching of the story in the beginning and all the other cringey scenes that were totally unnecessary.
(Here’s a challenge; Take a Gol Gappa Shot everytime I write say the word cringe)
The beginning is quite slow, the middle is very cringey and the end was good. I didn’t care much about the character so let’s see:
Lucien was fun. I liked reading about him. He was the only character I didn’t entirely hate. He was a little annoying at the beginning but I started to like him as the story went on. He kind of reminded me of Kenji. Kind of. Kenji really has no comparison whatsoever. But, Lucien is supportive and friendly, even kind once you get to know him. All the qualities that main love interest in this book does not possess.
Tamlin was so annoying that I started to look up ways to slap a fictional character through a book. He doesn’t know how to speak. Never learned how to utter words in a very educated and civilized manner because the only thing he knows is to growl or snarl… though I think that’s more of a problem with SJM writing. Yeah, I get that he’s half beast but seriously though. I also can’t believe how he’s centuries old and is supposedly kind but still doesn’t know how manage his temper. Dumb trash.
Then we have Feyre. Our main character. I liked her in the first half of the book, was very annoying after the cringe and she was okay in the third part of the book but the My High Lord will never stop annoying me. Everytime she said, I died a little inside because of the cringe. Something that I liked about her character (and what I hated a lot of about Celena) was that she almost never talked about her appearance. Yeah, her appearance and her beauty was a big part of the book but she never an entire paragraph or pages talking about perfect or ugly she was.
I already knew that Rhysand wasn’t a big part of the book in the first half so I wasn’t surprised at his late appearance. He’s an interesting character. Dark and Mysterious but not in a way that would make my heart swoon. I think it would be interesting to read more about him in the second book. I didn’t swoon because man, all the purring and ‘sensual’ and the fact that all of the SJM male characters are the same with different hair colours is really just it. Powerful, strong jawed, eyes of a very specific colour and there really should be specks of some different colour, rough and tough and oh, always rude to the female character in the beginning.
And he also contributed a lot to the cringiness. a lot. *Thinks about the scene where he licks off her tears*
Let’s talk about SJM’s infamous writing. She’s a good writer, Sometimes she gets carried away and write a lot of unnecessary details but she’s really good at world building. I genuinely think her writing would improve a lot if:
- She stops making her female characters think of the toned muscles of the powerful male character during gave situations.
- Would completely stop using the word purr, growl, snarls, sensual, male, female *checks notes* clicking of tongue, animalistic, claim.
- Stops writing all her male characters the same (please check Rhysand section for more information x)
- And for the love god, please stop writing these cringey inappropriate scenes, I beg you woman.
I will definitely read the second book. If the first one gave me so much to talk about then I can only think of what the second one will do. Anyway, not the best book I have read. But I’m glad I read it because I hadn’t written a review with so much details and expressed so many of my thoughts in words in so long so thanks Sarah J. Maas for that. Overall, I think if it weren’t for the fast paced end _ ignoring the cringey unnecassry scenes – I wouldn’t have given this book even 3 stars.
About the Author:
Sarah J. Maas is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series, as well as the A Court of Thorns and Roses series.
Sarah lives in Bucks County, PA, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much tea, and watches an ungodly amount of TV. When she’s not busy writing, she can be found exploring the historic and beautiful Pennsylvania countryside with her husband and canine companion.