A Court Of Thorns and Roses (also known by its acronym “acotar”) is a YA (borderline NA) High Fantasy novel by Sarah J. Maas (the same author as Throne Of Glass – which I am planning to read soon!). It was amazing! Perfect for fans of fantasy and fairytale retellings (this one was of Beauty and the Beast), and I recommend it to fans of Graceling by Kristin Cashore.
Summary (Goodreads): 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.
Non spoiler review: I loved this so much. It has all the elements of an amazing fantasy: Great, unique world building (considering it was a retelling with faeries she did an amazing job!), interesting and entertaining characters, action and adventure and even a great love story! It even has the names that no is able to pronounce, which is a phenomenon that seems to occur in every fantasy (example: Feyre is actually pronounced Feyruh, but there’s a pronunciation guide in the back, don’t worry). There were some cliche moments, but that was unavoidable with it being a retelling of Beauty and the Beast. I thought the story was intriguing, and I got easily sucked into this one. The world is very unique, especially the faeries. It even makes you think about the meaning of love (sounds cliche, I know, but it has a great way of going about it!). Definitely recommended! Warning: This does have many New Adult elements.
I’ve heard that the readers are all very divided about the ships: Tamlin or Rhysand?
For me, I don’t even understand how there is a discussion. The answer is simple. TAMLIN OF COURSE TAMLIN!!
I hate Rhysand. I don’t care about whatever happened with them at the end (did he mate with her? did she mate with him back?). Even though Feyre and Tamlin did not get along in the beginning, you cannot deny the instant chemistry between them. Running back over the wall and playing Amantha’s games, it was all for Tamlin. She obviously loved Tamlin. He obviously loved her. Rhysand did two horrible things to her that I cannot easily forgive without serious redemption in the next book; first, voicing her sexual fantasies out loud in front of Tamlin. The second, basically forcing her to sell herself to him for a week of every month for the rest of her life so he can heal her. It is unclear what happened between them at the end, but I did not like it. I am very concerned about a Feyre/Rhysand future, and until he has really proved to turn himself around it’s Tamlin all the way!
Other than that, the ending had a very cliche feel to it. But I have to give Sarah J. Maas for turning Beauty and the Beast into a very original story, and there were only a few points where the cliches couldn’t be avoided. But I did not expect Feyre to turn into a High Fae, or to have her mating thing with Rhysand, and the riddle being love – incredible. It offers a whole new perspective on love that I wouldn’t have thought of before.
Even though my ship with Feyre is Tamlin, Tamlin is not my favorite character. He was hot, but not as hot as one other character. This character beats him hands down with his hilarious, fun, even downright sassy personality.
This character is Lucien.
I loved Lucien so much. For what Tamlin made up in romance he lacked in personality. That spark of life is where Lucien comes in. He made me laugh and smile so much. He even brought a light mood Under the Mountain at times.
One more character I need to discuss is Nesta. She went through the biggest transformation in the novel, and that’s saying something because Feyre went from hating Faeries to loving one and even becoming one. I started out hating Nesta. She had no love or appreciation for Feyre, after all she did for her, even though Feyre was the youngest. All she did was spend the little Feyre could give her and complain that she didn’t have more. But I was very happy-and very shocked-to see her change towards the middle, when Feyre returned home. She opened up to Feyre, told her the truth about how she felt, and really showed the sisterly love. I really like Nesta now. I hope to see her more later in the series.