Book: A Court of Thorns and Roses
Author: Sarah J. Mass
Rating: ★★★★★ (ALL OF THE DAMN STARS)
Wow, where to even start. (Warning: extreme fangirling and “shouting” ahead)
I’ll start by broadcasting my huge love for fairy tale retellings. I love them in all colors and shapes and when this came out I just KNEW I had to read it. Especially when I saw who the author was. Sarah is a writing goddess, no joke.
If you didn’t know already, this book is a retelling of Beauty & the Beast. It’s set in this fictional realm, where faerie’s dwell and ancient curses are very real. Our heroine, Feyre, is taken as retribution for a crime she has committed and is now a captive of the elusive and mysterious Tamlin.
It took me quite awhile to finish this book, to be perfectly honest. I was in a slump and that affected my reading process but also the story kind of slowed me down.
The first half of this book isn’t the best. I’m gonna be perfectly honest here and say that I did not enjoy the first half; I really disliked Feyre’s character and Tamlin was also kind of irritating (except when he was being a dork). I only really liked Lucien and even then I didn’t get to see much of him.
Reasons why I didn’t like Feyre in the beginning? She was a classic Mary Sue. They gave her the most tragic backstory, the blandest personality and the weakest resolve known to man. She was constantly contradicting herself and that drove me crazy. I didn’t get why everyone was so freaking enamored by her! AND SHE WAS ALWAYS GETTING HERSELF IN THE MOST UNNECESSARY TROUBLE. Let me illustrate:
Tamlin: Don’t do it.
Feyre: *does it*
Tamlin: *sighs but saves her anyways.*
It got so repetitive and I get that the author used this method to move the plot along but it was bit much for my taste. I thought that was gonna be it to the story at some point. Just a bland love story with some measly fantasy elements that I really didn’t understand completely and the “mysterious” blight.
But I was oh so wrong.
The second half of this book was FREAKING. FANTASTIC
The plot finally thickens and chokes you with tons of information. I’M NOT GONNA SPOIL ANYTHING BUT IT’S SOSOSO GOOD I SWEAR. I DID NOT SEE ANYTHING COMING, NOT EVEN BY A MILE. THAT’S SOME GOOD WRITING RIGHT THERE.
Feyre grows SO MUCH during those chapters; I finally see her potential, feel her pain; she BECOMES a heroine. I couldn’t help rooting for her. HER ACTION SCENES MADE ME SCREECH OUT LOUD. HER RESOLVE WAS FENOMENAL. She just grows into this really dark but solid person, her character isn’t a wisp in the wind anymore and I was so relieved when that development happened.
But my favorite thing, MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE THING, was Rhysand. Rhysand is the best character in this story, no questions asked. AND I WILL FIGHT ANYONE WHO TELLS ME OTHERWISE.
His character is beyond complex, wicked sharp and just…refreshing. He was evil, totally. BUT, there was so much more to him than that and I won’t say more because you MUST read this book. For Rhysand.
By the end I was screaming and filled with all the feels imaginable. There are still so many questions left unanswered, such a vast world still left to see and explore. I just cannot wait for the sequel (Hades & Persephone retelling? Come to momma)