Favourite Quote: “Don’t feel bad for one moment about doing what brings you joy.”
Review: So I first read this last year and LOVED it and after rereading it again this year I can honestly say I still do not have a bad word to say about A Court of Thorns and Roses. And can I please just live in Prythian?! Please?!
But seriously this is exactly the type of story I enjoy reading the most. It’s got the strong but not perfect female protagonist, Feyre. She’s skilled at hunting, has interests outside of the males around her (painting) and stands up for what she believes in (family, love, doing what’s right). There’s also various other distinctly different characters, plenty of dialogue and a strong plot line.
Now don’t get put off by said plot line being described as a retelling of Beauty and the Beast (not that this put me off, Beauty and the Beast is my favourite fairytale). The only similarity between the two is that a young girl gets taken away from her family to live with a supposed “baddie”, who has been cursed. ACOTAR goes far beyond this. It’s set in a world of Fae, mostly, who are struggling to regain their magic from an unknown force called the “blight”. Once it’s revealed what the “blight” is there’s only fast paced action.
And though the last third of ACOTAR has everyone agreeing that it moves at lightning speed, I’ve seen quite a few people describe the start as slow. For me though the start, which I enjoyed immensely, was far from slow. It showed us Feyre struggling to survive and feed her family. I liked that we got to see what her everyday life was like as a normal, poverty stricken, human. Though I don’t know how she put up with her whiny, spoilt family. They had me swearing out loud on a couple of occasions!
Overall I enjoyed this immensely and as soon as I’d finished it I wanted to start at the beginning again. And if you haven’t read this series yet after all the hype around it, what are you doing with your life?! I’m 99% sure any fan of fantasy, romance or Sarah J Maas’s other series Throne of Glass, will love this. Oh and you’re in for a treat with A Court of Mist and Fury, the sequel to ACOTAR 😉
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