Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses (ACOTAR #1)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Cover Rating: 3\5
Synopsis: 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.
★ ★ ★
I finally read ACOTAR! Literally after everyone else 😅
I loved the Beauty & the Beast vibes in the beginning of the book, and then towards the end, it was more like Psyche & Eros, which is the Greek Mythology story that inspired Beauty and the Beast. As a Greek Mythology buff, I appreciated that.
I think Sarah J. Mass writes best in first-person. Throne of Glass was in third-person, and I ended up DNFing it. But this format was so incredibly intriguing, and it wasn’t hard to get into.
I liked Feyre as a main character, even though she made me mad sometimes. She did things that made no sense to me, and she would jump to conclusions which, again, confused me.
As for the side characters, I liked most of them from the beginning. Tamlin, and Alis and even Feyre’s sisters – though, I liked them more towards the end.
I felt like, after a certain point, Feyre’s relationship with Tamlin went by really fast. I mean, I get it – you have to fit it within, like, four hundred pages. But it still felt rushed after a certain point.
I have one exception to this statement, though. Now, I know he’s supposed to be a good guy in book two, and whatever, but I freaking hate Rhysand.
Don’t throw things at me!
I’m expecting to like him the second book, but at the moment, I really, really wish he would go away.
The storyline was quick, and I didn’t feel like it slowed down. The writing style was easy to follow, and perfect for this world. There was also a PERFECT amount of action! I liked the trials, and the challenges were incredibly interesting to me.
The world was really cool – I liked the magic system, and the Fae. I would happily read a textbook on it.
It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be, but I hope it gets better