“Be glad of your human heart, Feyre. Pity those who don’t feel anything at all.”
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publication: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Genre: YA/New Adult Fantasy (few mature content)
I finally did it guys! I picked up my first ever Sarah J. Maas book – A Court of Thorns and Roses! I am pretty new to the book community and ever since I started, I always hear about Sarah’s books whether it be the Throne of Glass series or the ACOTAR series and almost every booktuber or blogger I know had given them stellar reviews. I just had to know what all the hype was about so I decided to take this novel with me on vacation and during those long hours on the flight, I began to read away!
In summary, ACOTAR is loosely based on Beauty and the Beast and it starts off with a girl named Feyre who is hunting in the woods to feed her impoverished family and ends up killing a wolf who is actually a faerie. In order to seek justice for this innocent death, the High Lord of the Spring Court, Tamlin arrives to her home and forces her to spend her life in the faerie realm as punishment for her crime. When she first arrives to the estate, Feyre wants nothing but to escape from her captor. Due to their history, she despises the faeries since she knows they are responsible for the enslavement and torture of innocent humans. However, during her time in the Spring Court, she realizes that the faerie realm is at a very delicate state since there is a form of darkness sweeping their lands. Through her relationship with the other faeries, she realizes that they may not all be as cruel as she once thought they were. Her bond with Tamlin begins to grow in something more deep and meaningful but it also faces potential destruction. Within time, she discovers that she must find a way to fight back against the darkness in these lands or else it would bring the downfall of all faerie lands and even the annihilation of the human world as well.
- Feyre – Cold, Hard-working, Independent. When I first started reading this book, I did not completely love her character. It was only in the second half of the book, where we see her character being tested and this was when I began to like her a little more. She was able to break through the walls she had built around her and began to showcase her feelings. By doing so, her character began to grow. I also did appreciate how she took care of her family 🙂
- Tamlin – Brooding yet gentle, kind. I did enjoy some bits of Tamlin’s character throughout the novel but I did not completely adore him to the point where I ultimately shipped Feyre/Tamlin as the ultimate OTP lol There were times when he would try to be kind to Feyre or try to awkwardly offer her assistance in any way but being the apathetic person she is, she would usually just shrug him off. You could tell that beneath the brooding appearance, he is quite sweet.
- Lucien – Snarky, loyal. One of my favorite parts of this book was the friendship between Feyre and Lucien. I absolutely loved his character and also liked seeing the relationship between him and Feyre grow. Loyalty is one of the best qualities he has and I truly admired him for that.
- Rhysand – Mysterious, Clever, Playful. At this point I would say that I do not have a definite, clear stance on his character since I feel like he does certain good things but other times I am not sure as to what his motives are for the other actions he does. I will say that I did look forward to his scenes in the book since he was an interesting character to read about. And his dialogues were quite amusing at times!
“Humans all look alike to me.”
lol k Rhysand . . .
From the start, I already fell in love with Sarah J. Maas’s writing. She has the ability to completely captivate you and draw you into the fantastical world she builds. What I also found interesting was how the faerie political system was organized into the different courts. Sarah also further builds on her world by providing the different species of faeries and how different they are from one another which added to creating a rich and realistic world.
I will say that more than half the book moved very slow due to the world building and romance development. It was only around the 250-300 page range when the story started to pick up the pace. Most of the thrilling aspect of the book was towards the end and this was the time where it became quite an addictive read which is why as a whole, I gave this book a 4/5 rating.
Have any of you lovelies read ACOTAR? What did you all think of it? Also . . . have you all seen the cover for the third book? It is gorgeous!! 🙂
Until next time, keep reading everyone!