TITLE: A Court of Thorns and Roses
AUTHOR: Sarah J. Maas
SERIES: A Court of Thorns and Roses
RELEASED: May 5th 2015; Bloomsbury Publishing
GENRE: YA Fantasy
KEY INFO: Fae, Romance, Court Politics, Series
REPRESENTATION: Female MC
CONTENT NOTICES: N/A
While everyone else is currently losing their minds over A Court of Frost and Starlight (or not as the case has been for some), I’m over here still only having read ACOTAR and am waaaaaaay behind everyone else, but to be honest, I’m ok with that.
I originally rated this 4 stars when I finished the book back in Mid-April but actually after having some distance from the book I’ve decided to change it to 3 stars because in hindsight it wasn’t THAT good… like… it was definitely enjoyable and I am looking forward to reading A Court of Mist and Fury but also it didn’t blow me away or stood out to me at all?
Things I liked:
- A fairly enjoyable YA fantasy in which a human woman, Feyre, ends up being exiled to live among the Fae and kept under the watchful eye of her captor, Tamlin
- Full of court politics, intrigue and fantastical mystery which I always enjoy
- I really enjoyed a lot of the characters especially Tamlin, Lucien, Alis, & (towards the end) Rhysand. And on that note, I really don’t get why so many people don’t like Tamlin?????
- I also enjoyed a lot of the worldbuilding and learning about the history of the world as the story slowly unfolded
- I liked that Feyre, the main protag, was illiterate and that she was able to expressed herself more fully through art
- Surprisingly saucy sex scenes which I did NOT expect at all *fans self*
Things I liked a lot less:
- The fact that the MC is called “Feyre” which is just too close to “Fae” for my taste and actually really irritated me after these two names being mentioned on pretty much every single page of the book
- Totally a Beauty & the Beast retelling and I’m a little bit disappointed in that, especially as I didn’t twig until I started reading the book and haven’t heard it mentioned by others before. Personally, I’m not super into retellings either so it’s not a good selling point for me.
- The fact that Feyre’s family falls into the ‘temporarily poor’ trope rather than, you know, actually being poor
- THE F*CKING RIDDLE. THE F*CKING RIDDLE THO. I was absolutely SCREAMING. When we were first given the riddle I said to my partner “if the answer is what I think it is I will die” and guess what, I WAS RIGHT. It was so obvious and it literally just made me want to throw the book across the room. I love a good mystery, but a terrible mystery and an MC who can’t work out simple riddles… nah
- Predictability of the story and the ending
So yeah… all in all, I liked it enough. It’s pretty enjoyable in a fun kind of way and, ngl, some of the scenes made me b.l.u.s.h. I really don’t get why everyone hates Tamlin though, please explain it to me or why on earth everyone is so on Rhysand. WHAT AM I MISSING? I also don’t get why ACOTAR is so hyped either… It’s not anything that great, the writing is super mediocre, and the plot is pretty meh.