Book title: A Court of Thorns and Roses
Author: Sarah J Mass
Target audience: YA
Once again I have my good friend recommend this series to me and to be quite honest I had seen it before but I bypassed it for a better cover which didn’t go quite as well as the other book I bought I didn’t finish.
Now, this is the same friend that recommended Cinder to me which you know I really enjoyed so I thought well she didn’t steer me wrong last time, what have I got to lose. She’s also recommended Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas but one series at a time.
When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from the legends of her ancestors, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin – one of the lethal immortal faeries who once ruled their world: not to mention one of the High Lords of Prythian.
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.
Ok so, in a nutshell, it is like beauty and the beast only beauty has some balls. She is out hunting day after day to feed her family while her father wallows in self-pity over the death of his wife and hasn’t truly looked after his three daughters once they lost their fortune and ended up in poverty. Feyre to me is like Katniss meets Belle. She’s got the beauty and the brains. She’d rather hurt and sacrifice herself for the sake of her sisters without a second thought to the consequences which is why she ended up with a beast at the front door demanding she returns with him because of a treaty. She reluctantly goes and spends time in the warm spring court where she blossoms (get it 😊) into the women she was born to be.
So as it goes with these stories the beauty falls in love with the beast and trouble ensues. With help from a friend in a fox mask and one the help in a bird mask, Feyre fights her way to save the man she loves. But not without a few challenges on the way and more help from an unlikely source which she is now bound to for one week a month for the rest of her life.
I’ll start by saying that I so wish I had started this earlier. This was such a good read that I finished it in three nights. It’d have been quicker if it wasn’t for work. I actually went out and bought the next two books in the series when I was halfway through this because I couldn’t wait to see how this ended. I really struggled to put this down.
I’ll admit that I liked Tamlin at first. I was drawn to the relationship with Feyre which as I mentioned felt very much like Beauty and the Beast to me (which is one of my favourite Disney films both animated and live action)
So I did wish the relationship well but as I got further I to the book the more I started to dislike Tamlin. He was controlling and possessive and certainly not what I would look for in a man (not that he’s my type anyway). I honestly was started to wonder what Feyre saw in him especially once they were Under the Mountain.
What sort of man who thinks he is a protector stands in silence and lets the so-called love of his life sacrifice herself. I’m aware he thought it was for the best and I’m aware that he doesn’t believe Feyre shouldn’t have told the spectators her name but it was her choice to make. It was her choice to make. She is her own person. She’s not some fragile flower. She is a warrior and we knew this when she slew the wolf.
Rhysand on the other hand thought was full of himself. Then I thought he’s a bit weird but his heart seems to be in the right place when it comes to Feyre but he’s out for himself. There’s definitely something behind what he’s doing but I suppose time will tell.
Also WOW what an ending, it really wasn’t what I expected but it was so much better. It really makes for a good start to book two.
Have you read ACOTAR? What did you think of it?