Book review: A Court of Thorns and Roses

A Court of Thorns and RosesA Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Song: Glory and Gore by Lorde

So, this damn book was EVERYWHERE! Maybe that’s the reason my inner rebel waited this long to jump on this merry bandwagon. I had to make sure it was good. And it was, yes, but I had to suffer to wait for the good parts and that’s why 4 stars instead of 5.

I almost quit after first few chapters, it was so dull. It looked like Cinderella and Beauty & the Beast combined, and I already seen both so no, thanks. And what was with that twist about Belle Feyre being illiterate? What would she do with all those books in the Grand Library?

I’m getting sidetracked here. Let me start over.
The story is about Feyre, who takes care of her two sisters and crippled father by hunting animals for food and skin. They’re barely making ends meet but no one in that family does anything to help with money, not really. The sisters especially annoyed me. The village they’re living in is not that far from the Wall, the invisible border with Prythian – the land of Fae. A long time ago Fae had to separate their two worlds after the great war almost destroyed human race. Apparently there was some kind of Treaty signed and both sides had to stay away from each other. Ha!

One particularly unfortunate day Feyre happened upon a wolf while hunting a dear, and without thinking about it too much, killed him and skinned him. And that’s when the trouble really started. That wolf turned out to be Fae and his master, Tamlin, demanded retribution, a life for a life in a way. Feyre was to spend the rest of her days in Prythian with him.

There’s a curse, a Big Bad, family drama, luuuurve – all the stuff that makes fairy tales great. Well, that and blood, gore and torture. Grimm brothers would approve, I think.

I wasn’t swept away by the love story, nothing new there, but the journey to save the land, the people and defeat the evil queen was right up my alley. It helped to have interesting characters like Lucien and Rhys along the way. Rhys perhaps was the most complex character of all. I couldn’t quite figure him out and it makes me curious to see what his scheming would turn into next.

Tamlin’s character didn’t really stray away from the Beast much and although I liked him enough, I can’t say I loved him. I need more information.

The writing was the only thing that kept me from DNFing on those early stages, good thing too. I would’ve missed a really great, beautiful and intriguing world that is building within A Court of Thorns and Roses.

Over and out


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