Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas
Name: A Court of Thorns and Roses
Author: Sarah J Maas
Series: Book 1 of A Court of Thorns and Roses
Genre: Adult, Romance, Fantasy, Retelling
Be glad of your human heart, Feyre. Pity those who don’t feel anything at all.”
Sitting right next to my bed for months, these books called me and for some reason I put them away for another time. I think a part of me was aware that these books would alter the way I look at fantasy books and in a way I wasn't prepared for that just yet. After reading the first of the brilliant trilogy, I know why I waited, I understand the hype and I know why all my instagram feed is always filled with Feyre and her squad.
Sarah J Mass creates characters beautifully. That has to be one of my favorite parts of the story. How she weaves their lives and dialogues together to create characters that you're not going to forget. I am really bad with names in general specially when reading books, hence I tend to forget when I am writing my review what my characters were called. Mass, has a way for all of her readers to become so entrapped in the story that her character's names will never be forgotten. Her writing is so interesting that I am sure there are bits and pieces of dialogue I am not forgetting any time soon.
“I love you,’ he whispered, and kissed my brow. ‘Thorns and all.”
ACOTAR is a Beauty and the Beast retelling told in a world unlike ours today. A world divided by a wall (one side human realm the other side being fae ) where the Fae rule an area of the world called Prythian. This world is separated into "courts." Feyre is our main character, a huntress living in the edge of the wall and the human realm. As she hunts to keep her family alive she ends up hunting and skinning a wolf. This wolf was actually a fairy and she gets abducted and taken to the Spring Court ruled by Tamlin (a High Lorld). At no easy task, Feyre soon discovers that the power fae one had is slow fading due to a curse said by an evil fairy called Amarantha. This same curse has her own lord Tamlin covering his face with a mask him and his subjects can't take off. As the problems get worse, Tamlin and Feyre fall in love and she wants to do anything in her power to help him. However, to keep her safe Tamlin sends her away only for her to come back to face the evil queen herself. Through different trials she must do everything in her power to break the curse and recover her loved one, even if it means loosing her own life and soul in the process.
The world building is another aspect of the book that Mass is able to succeed in doing, her depiction of the different courts and the different species of Faeries makes you feel a part of the world she built for us to see.
Feyre is a wonderful heroine and the reason for this is how real she is, she's not completely powerful or strong. Yet she is willing to do anything in the power of love either her partner or her family. She has lived through trauma as she was the one in charge of her family and she has very normal feelings of confusion throughout the book which I enjoyed as being real and relatable.
Tamlin, hmmm... I loved him at the beginning. I shipped Feyre and Tamlin so hard my heart broke every time he spoke and their relationship bloomed. Now when they get to the trials and Rhysand appears. I couldn't help comparing the two. We are set to hate Rhysand for being the High Lord of the Night Court yet all I see is a misunderstood soul who risked his life again and again to help Feyre out even in the most absurd and sometimes even controversial ways. I think there's more to him than we see in this book and I can't wait for his character to be explored further in the next one.
"Because when the legends get written, I didn't want to be remembered for standing on the sidelines. I want my future offspring to know that I was there, and that I fought against her at the end, even if I couldn't do anything useful." I blinked, this time not at the brightness of the sun. "Because," he went on, his eyes locked with mine, 'I didn't want you to fight alone. Or die alone.'"
--- 5 stars ---