I’ve read 5 books by Sarah J Genius Maas…but A Court of Thorns and Roses was my least favourite.
“WHAT IS THIS?!” you wail. “CAIT HOW CAN YOU DISAPPOINT US LIKE THIS?!!” Okay, calm yourselves, my fossilised friends. It isn’t all that terrible. It’s a sold 4-star read for me! But, Sarah J Maas and her infamous Throne of Glass series absolutely stabbed me in the eye with a toothpick and BROKE MY HEART. I expected so much from her new series. Too much?
ACOTAR (yes I’m way too lazy to spell the whole name, what do you think I am?) is full of lush world-building and darkness and feral faeries and delicious cliffhangers.
But I didn’t connect to the characters.
Why didn’t the characters float my faerie boat?!
WELL. Let’s break it down.
- FEYRE: It’s narrated by Feyre in 1st person, and (to me) she felt like Celaena Sardothien rekindled….minus the snarky attitude and love of beautiful things. Feyre paints. Feyre is bitter. Feyre is a hunter. Feyre is very easily persuaded to fall in love with a faerie in a mask. (Her name is pronounced FAY-RUH if you’re curious.)
- TAMLIN: Hello luuurve interest. I wasn’t convinced of his fabulousness. I didn’t see that much evidence of his extreme powers. So, so, much was implied and “off the page”. Like he’d go to the forest to kill a scary creature, but Fayre didn’t see, so we didn’t see. There relationship was all very Stockholm Syndrome, which I ain’t a fan of — and then it turned steamy before I was shipping them.
- LUCIEN: Basically the book’s darling. Keep calm, though, faerielings, there is no love-triangle! DO NOT FRET. I totally fretted, yes. Lucien is devoted to serve Tamlin, with friendship I totally admire. I’m a sucker for a convincing friendship. And Lucien got HURT. Poor little evil faerie darling.
- RHYS: He starts off as the antagonist but oohhhh DON’T LET HIS EVIL PUT YOU OFF. (Okay, he’s totally a bad apple, but an intriguing one. An intriguing evil apple?) I would rather read about Rhys than Tamlin or Feyre at this point. Feyre just felt…dry. I’m sorry. I am.
The first 70% is romance and glitter. The last 30% is death and torture.
You may take a moment to figure out which part I loved and adored. But WAIT WAIT. I’m getting ahead of myself.
- FIRST PART OF THE BOOK: totally devoid of antagonist since, ya know, Feyre is kind of in love with her captor. There’s indication of an evil queen in the distance, but pfft. Who cares? Rumours of evil do NOT convince me.
- SECOND PART OF THE BOOK: OH GOSH. Bring in the vicious and scary bloodbath!! IT WAS AMAZING. Um, okay, I sound like a psycho but…it was well written and stimulating and mildly painful on the feels. I wanted to nap for the first but, but the second? I was clutching the book and howling.
THANK YOU, SARAH J MAAS. THIS IS WHAT I CAME FOR.
Throne of Glass being Cinderella was more subtle, but A Court of Thorns and Roses had ALL the normal fairy-tale vibes. Not that that’s bad. It was still unique! Faeries and medieval worlds are always an insta-win for me. BUT THE WORLD FELT THE SAME AS IN THRONE OF GLASS. This saddens my unique-loving-heart greatly. Plus I saw huge A Game of Thrones influnces, particularly with that faerie wall.
I even glared at the plot in the beginning. So Feyre kills a faerie/wolf and the faeries take revenge by….taking her to their castle, feeding her good food, taking care of her family (giving them gold/food) and letting Feyre paint/wander/never-break-a-fingernail. UM. OKAY. VERY SCARY PUNISHMENT?! Not. I was confused. It felt…dare I say…lame?! BUT KEEP CALM, CAIT. The book was so much more. But the explanation nearly came to late to impress me. And when the reveal did come, it was a monologue via a servant. Um. Okay?! Consider me pouting.
Ergh, I hate myself for not adoring this book. Don’t get me wrong, it was good and I enjoyed it. But it wasn’t the incredible feels-fest I expected. For me, Throne of Glass is far superior. STILL! I love me some vicious and bloody faerie battles, riddles, wild plot twists and not-so-villainous-villains. I have a serious problem with loving villains. But come on, did you guys really hate Rhys??
So are you guys still talking to me? Do I have to go sit with the haters? I’M SORRY. I definitely hope you still read this book though because torture and faeries.
Thanks Bloomsbury for the ARC! A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas hit shelves in May, 2015!
When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.
As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.