My rating: ★★★+0.5
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #1
Genre: YA/NA, fantasy, retelling, romance
Release date: May 5th 2015
Length: 416 pages
A thrilling, seductive new series from New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas, blending Beauty and the Beast with faerie lore.
When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.
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.
Perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore and George R. R. Martin, this first book in a sexy and action-packed new series is impossible to put down!
You might – or not – know that I am obsessed with the Throne of Glass series. Queen of Shadows is my favorite book in 2015 and probably also my favorite fantasy book of all times. SJM is an incredible author that is able to combine a badass plot and a swoon-worthy romance. #ROWANISLIFE
When picking up ACOTAR though, I might have had a bit too much and too high expectations. I have read this one or two weeks ago and as I’m writing this review, I am still not sure if I fully enjoyed this book or not.
The writing: Obviously, whatever SJM writes is good to me. She has a way of writing books that always surprises me. Even when there are passages that don’t particularly interest me that much, I still enjoy her writing. Seriously, she could write books of 600+ pages or grocery lists of less than 5 words and I would still devour it. That’s power, you guys. #QUEEN
The world building: SJM creates unique, traditional and yet fancy worlds. I’ve been following SJM inspiration/fanart board (here’s mine) and just seeing those simple pictures proves that SJM creates and writes wonderful worlds. The different courts, the buildings, the clothes, the creatures, the magic… everything is so unique and classy. She has such rich imagination that you just can’t help liking. (However, I wished we would have found out more about the Courts gradually, instead of being told everything in a monologue…).
Lucien: Oh dear, oh dear… I hated that he was so selfless. I wanted more for him, because so far he’s my favorite character in this series. I loved it when Feyre spend her time with him and I’m also very glad we got to know a bit of his history near the end of the book. But I still want more! I NEED MORE.
Rhysand: Badass mystery guy? Eh, yes please?! To be honest, the thing that motivated me most to pick up this book last month was Rhys. I was so curious to meet him! Yvonne (x) seemed to love him and I wanted to know why! Sadly, he was mostly present during the ending, but I feel like he pretty much saved this book for me anyway. I bet the sequel will be a lot more about him!
Feyre: *shakes head* I don’t even know here to begin… Ugh, I’m sorry, but Feyre annoyed me to death. Her character ‘development’ went in all directions. First she hates the High Fae, then she pities them, then she kind of likes them again and then she goes back to hating them? It’s like she couldn’t decide what she felt for them. It bugged me so much! Also, the amount of stupid decisions she took was ridiculous. She’s been caring for her family so long, and yet she kept doing reckless and stupid things while she actually knows it could harm or kill her.. where the hell was her logic?! Just… Ughhhhhhhh.
Tamlin: *sighs* Tamlin was also a very difficult character to understand. One moment he’s nice and then he acts like a real d***. I didn’t feel the slightest connection with him… He was so possessive and uncaring at the same time. To be honest, at first I didn’t want him with Feyre, because I wanted her with Lucien. But as I didn’t end up liking Feyre either, they actually fit quite well together 😀
The ending: While the pace of the book in general was very slow, the last 150ish pages were packed with action and new information! And that’s what makes it so tricky for me… The book got 100% more interesting though, because the fantasy aspects became more present in the plot. We discovered more of the world, the history of it and the side-characters. It even became slightly addictive because I desperately wanted to know what would happen. But I didn’t liked how it ended. When I finished it, I immediately thought “wait, that’s it?”. I expected much more. Something a bit more epic and more complex. Even the riddle that was supposed to be so difficult was super easy. I knew the answer immediately and it frustrated me that Feyre couldn’t figure it out.
Overall: Anyway, I guess in some way I enjoyed that I disliked some things about this book. Obviously we can’t always like everything, even if it’s written by one of your favorite authors. The occasional challenge that it brings is fun! So, despite all the negative things I’ve mentioned above, I didn’t hate the book. I will definitely continue reading this series (need more of Lucien and Rhys!!), and who knows? Maybe I’ll be completely obsessed with A Court of Mist and Fury!
Summary of my rating:
- Cover: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
- Writing: ⭐⭐⭐⭐+0.5
- Characters: ⭐⭐⭐+0.5
- Plot: ⭐⭐⭐+0.5
- Ending: ⭐⭐⭐+0.5
- Overall book: ⭐⭐⭐+0.5