Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloombsbury USA Childrens
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 jeweled 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.
Well, I’m going to one up Goodreads with the 4/5 star rating, and give Maas 10/10 stars. It would have been 9.5 for some repetitiveness, but half a star for a minor issue felt wrong, so 10/10 it is!
ACOTAR is a Beauty and the Beast retelling featuring faeries, curses, secrets, and, of course, romance. This book was written so incredibly and very descriptive. The world building is superb, the story was a definite page turner, and Tamlin’s hotness, oh, boy, turn down the heat is all I can say lmao! Maas knows how to keep her reader on the edge of their seat from beginning to end.
However, and I’m sure many of you can agree with, some of Maas’ writing like a few coin phrases is over used. That was the only issue, as minor as it was, that I didn’t like. Anyhow, let’s dive into all the goodness that was this novel!
Feyre is awesome! She is bold yet fragile, a perfect balance meshed together. There were some decisions that she had to make that made her imperfect, but that just made her the perfect character. Unlike Belle and her love for books, Feyre likes to paint. It’s all that she had to do in her spare time when she wasn’t helping out her father and family. Also, she sort of reminded me of Katniss from the Hunger Games: they both have bow and arrows, they remain loyal to their family, their mother, while they lay in bed dying, made them promise to take care of the family.
Tamlin….oh, Tamlin…where to begin with the Beast…. He’s HOT!
And I can guarantee that that ^^^ is what was going through Feyre’s mind the entire time she was with him. He’s so savage and soft at the same time. I was told he would make me swoon, and there was definite swooning lol! I won’t lie, I love my men charming, and protective, all of which Tamlin was, so thank God for Tamlin.
Feyre and Tamlin’s relationship was utterly raw passion and love. It developed so naturally, which is hard to find in most books. I mean, how does “You look…better than before. And your hair is…clean,” to “I threw myself into that fire, threw myself into it, into him, and let myself burn.” Their love was what encouraged Feyre to go after him, to save his people from the curse that was thrust upon them. It wouldn’t be proper love without sacrifices, which they both had to make. They’re the ultimate couple!
As for Lucian, oh my Lord….this character needs so, so, so much love! I could just hug him for, like, forever! His story made me want to cry, and his quirkiness with and towards Feyre was so, soooo adorable! His character, seemed to me, to be the guy who always gets friend-zoned. If Tamlin hadn’t been Feyre’s love interest, I would totally support Lucian and her. So, Maas, does my fox-faced friend get a love interest? Because PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE?!
And I’ve heard so many things about Rhysand, like how loved he is….which I don’t know if I can agree with that just yet. I also noticed the “heat” between both him and Feyre, and I would beg Maas not to introduce a love triangle, but it’s not 2015 unfortunately. I mean, if this book was all about Feyre’s epic love with the Beast, why destroy that, and fling her to someone else? I get that he’s the dark haired, blue eyed, tall man who every woman falls in love with, and I will admit, I do think Feyre is attracted to him, but how can I ship Feysand when, throughout this novel, I was shipping Feylin?
I had a hard time putting this book down, and when I managed to, I regretted it. It definitely made it hard getting to bed on time haha!
Also, I read in some reviews that the plot was too predictable and mirrored the original story line too closely, but I have to disagree. Yes, the plot was somewhat unsurprising, but I don’t think it reflected too similarly. There was differences, like how there were faeries, and an evil witch who wasn’t on the good side in the end. And there were a few twists here and there that would have made the story different, even if it had been too identical.
All I say is that I don’t need that kind of negativity in my life, not when I have a beautifully written retelling of Beauty and the Beast! And that there are more books after this one! You’ll be hearing from me shortly again with my next review on A Court of Mist and Fury!!