Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses (ACOTAR #1)
Series: ACOTAR #1
Released by Bloomsbury on 5 May 2015
Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price.
Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.
Wow, honestly, I’m going to say this right from the start, Sarah J. Maas has started another great series that I will certainly love a lot! I got really excited the first time I heard about A Court of Thorns and Roses being published, and as the date got closer and closer my excitement rose. I pre-ordered it a couple of weeks before it was due to be released, and even ordered it from a (more expensive) Dutch website so I would have it sooner than if I were to order it from The Book Depository because I just wanted to read it asap.
Due to Liberation Day being an official holiday this year, I still had to wait a day extra before I could read it but I was fine with that.
I was torn between reading it as soon as I could, and saving it and only reading a couple of pages (or chapters) at a time, so I wouldn’t finish it within a day. I kind of did both, because I did finish it really quickly after starting it (I think it took me two days to finish it?), but I also told myself to stop reading when it was time to eat or sleep. But oh my god, I love this book so much!
Sarah J Maas just managed to write another book full of amazing and less amazing characters, and create a world (WITH A MAP!!!!!!!!!) that made me want to learn more about it. Honestly, I would pay for her to write books about the history of both the world in ACOTAR and the world in the Throne of Glass series. I had read some people talk about how it was a retelling of the Beauty and the Beast, but honestly I just think it was loosely based on the story. I don’t consider it as a retelling because it was just so different from TBATB and yeah, it’s an amazing story on its own, but I did love the little bits in the story that made me think of Beauty and the Beast.
As for the characters, I loved Feyre right from the start. I wasn’t too fond of her family (father and two sisters) at first, but they got better near the end of the story. One of her sisters is called Nesta, which made me really happy. Because this one time when I was in Wales, and I got something from Starbucks – the guy behind the counter misheard my name and wrote ‘Nesta’ instead of Nessa. So yeah, seeing my misspelt Starbucks name in this book made me happy. I wasn’t sure what to think about the Fae in this book at first. I didn’t really like Tamlin mainly because he’d taken Feyre away from her family (
okay he saved her, but still I didn’t like him). And I disliked Lucien at first as well. But both grew on me, and in the end I just loved Lucien and the way he interacted with Feyre. He was so sarcastic at some points and oh I just love sarcastic characters!
Of course, there was some romance in this book and some ‘sexy’ parts as well, and honestly I have to say these scenes didn’t make me feel awkward when I was reading them. They were quite detailed, but not as detailed as some scenes I had read in other books. So yeah I guess it was just because I loved seeing those two characters together that it didn’t bother me that much. I can safely say that I ship the ship!
There were so many amazing action scenes in this book, but I think my favourites were the trials near the end, because they were nerve-wracking and exciting and I really couldn’t stop myself from reading when they were happening. And my GOD JUST LOOK AT THAT COVER. Sorry, I just got really excited about the cover when I first saw it. Because it looks beautiful, and I love the way the title is written, and I love the thorns and ugh I just love it so muuhuuhuuuuuch!
In the end, I absolutely LOVED A Court of Thorns and Roses and I will definitely be reading the rest of the series. If you love The Beauty and the Beast, you should definitely read this because it is very similar. If you loved Throne of Glass, just read ACOTAR. What are you still doing here? Go and buy the book! Go and read the book! GO!
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