Review: A Court of Thorns & Roses (ACOTAR) – Sarah J. Maas

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

IMG_1309Synopsis:

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.


ALL HAIL QUEEN MAAS!

Because my god, she’s done it again…

I want to start off by saying that Throne of GlassΒ is probably my favourite fantasy series after Harry Potter. I love it. So freaking much. But for some reason, I just never got around to reading her second series.

WHAT THE HELL WAS I PLAYING AT?!

With the release of A Court of Wings And Ruin last week, I decided it was finally time to pull this book off my shelf after buying it an entire year ago. A Court of Thorns and Roses is the first in the trilogy, and follows Feyre, a human, as she is taken to the Fae realm of Prythian as punishment for killing a wolf. But not just any ordinary wolf, oh no…

I’ll stop there, I don’t want to give away spoilers for those of you who, like me, are slow of the bat for reading this.

So anyway, as her journey unfolds, there are dramas, there are romances (but not the “love at first sight” trope, thank god, because I can’t be dealing with that crap… no, none of that), and there are terrifying creatures. Seriously, I would not want to run into any of those on a stroll through the forest.

Maas just has this way of describing demon creature things that paints a picture so vivid, it’s as though they could jump out at you in the comfort of your reading nook at any possible minute, and I think that’s my favourite thing about her writing. It’s her ability to create a world so vivid that you just get totally wrapped up in it and CANT PUT DOWN THE FREAKING BOOK until you’ve devoured it in just a few hours…

Dare I say it, I think I may prefer this, so far, to Throne of Glass. WhichΒ really is saying something.

I’m not going to lie, it does have it’s issues. There is a hint of a slightly abusive relationship within the plot. I use “slightly” because it’s not so much physical abuse, but rather a very assertive male character who loses his temper when the female doesn’t do as she’s told… But I mean, that happens in real life, so people losing their minds over it and saying that it’s “problematic” need to take a step back and realise that this happens in real life, and therefore should be written about. If every problematic issue was erased from all books then our attention wouldn’t be drawn towards it. It’s the same as pretending it doesn’t exist, which is equally as bad. Obviously, there comes a point when it does become too much of a serious issue in a book, if it’s unnecessary to be in there, but I don’t feel like this is the case here.

There is also, however, a definitive lack of diversity amongst the characters. All of the characters seem to be white and straight, and I am aware that some people have found it offensive and have been hurt by various things within this series, and generally feel un-represented in any of Maas’ works. For this I apologise – I feel bad for loving it despite all of this! But I do… I’m sorry.

I felt like the characters in this series are already more well rounded that those in TOG, although I have to say, Feyre’s family annoyed the hell out of me! Her sisters in the opening chapters are so shallow it’s unreal, and her DAD?! Well, let’s just say I’m glad he’s not mine. I can’t believe how little he cares for his children, especially after their mother died. I get it, people grieve in different ways, but he’s practically abandoned his children to wallow in his own self pity.

That aside, I really bloody loved this book. The relationships were cute, Feyre is just the right amount feisty yet also caring and loyal, Tamlin and Lucien (besides being my future husbands) have their hidden demons which make them incredibly interesting as well as being bloody sexy… And there are twists and turns aplenty!

I can’t wait to get stuck into ACOMAF this weekend – I’ve heard it’s even better?!

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March Wrap Up & April TBR

Another month passes and I’m already behind on my Goodreads challenge – oh dear!

I’ve found it difficult to really get stuck into a book this month, so I have several on the go and haven’t really finished much!


Here’s what I’m currently reading:

A Gathering of Shadows by V.E Schwab – I’ve been on a fantasy binge for the past few months now, and I think I’m in need of something a bit different, so it’s taken a while for me to get into this one. But now I’m over 100 pages in and I’m starting to get into the swing of it a bit more now! I loved the first book, so I’m excited to really make progress with this one!

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini – I picked this up a few days ago from the library as an emergency replacement book when I forgot to bring my book with me for a long journey. I’m absolutely loving it, it really is just stunning and devastating and I can’t wait to finish it – I’m flying through it!

Illuminae by Amie Kauffman and Jay Kristoff – still haven’t picked this back up… just not feeling it at the moment, it’s not grabbing my attention at all! Might just put it down and come back to it a bit later.


Books I’ve read this month:

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E Schwab – 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 I really enjoyed this! Full review coming soon.

Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️(.5) This book really surprised me, pleasantly. It was a super quick read, and I got through it in just a couple of days. I may have also cried a few times… full review coming soon!

Looking at that feeble 2 completed books is a bit disappointing, but actually if I think about it, I’m about 100 pages into each of the 3 other books I’ve got on the go, so not totally horrendous! Just been in a slight slump this month again, but I’m definitely getting back into it! I may also finish at least one of these books just before the month is out…


April TBR

I’m going to be ambitious this month, and set myself an actual TBR list! I haven’t done this in a while, so I’m hoping it will encourage me to boost my reading rate and shove my Goodreads challenge along a bit. There’s also a lot of books that I’m really excited to get stuck into!

Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas – My BF has actually caught up with me on this series now, so we’re going to read this one together; cute!

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – I’ve been left in charge of the teen book club at work next month, and this is the selected book, so that’s worked out as a nice excuse to finally get around to reading it!

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor – Another book my BF is desperately waiting for me to read so he can borrow it… I’m just being kind. I also told myself I need to read this before I read Strange The Dreamer, which I’m so hyped to read!

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas – I’ve been desperate to read this since I got sent my proof copy, but still haven’t been able to get to it. This month. It will happen.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carol – This is my “if I have time” choice. Nice and short, and something that I really should have read many years ago but just didn’t!

Five books is probably slightly unrealistic seeing as I’ve already got 3 in progress, but a girl can dream! Also, better to shoot for the moon and land among the stars, some might say… 😌


Also, considering I was saying “I might need something different” other than fantasy, the majority of these choices are fantasy… oops! Hopefully they’ll provide enough variety!


Goodreads Challenge Status: 7/40 (2 Books Behind Schedule)