Feyre lives with her two sisters and physically disabled father. She’s a huntress, or she has to be one, to feed her family. One day, while on a hunt and about to strike an arrow for a doe, a silver wolf appears. She shots the wolf first, even though a strange feeling comes to her about that creature being a Fae. She hates faeries anyway. Feyre makes a good amount of money from this particular hunt. Thereafter, a beast comes, persuading Feyre to go with her in exchange for the life of the Fae/wolf, or else she dies.
A Court of Thorns and Roses is my first Sarah J. Maas book so I was not really sure what to expect. I’ve heard good reviews, besides knowing that my friends are hyped about the release the third book in the series, so I decided to give it a try.
The first half of the book gave me so much frustration that I wondered where all the fuss about the whole series actually came from. I thought all the characters are detestable, Feyre especially, strong and kick-ass as she may have been portrayed. Her actions and decisions got to my nerves, and I couldn’t connect with her character in any way. Even Tamlin is suspiscious and horrible, so with the other people in Prythian. For the bigger part of the novel, a great many things did not make sense, but I never stopped reading. I was hopeful that there will be an explanation to everything that was happening.
The explanation that I needed didn’t come until the last few chapters. I still didn’t like the characters then, except maybe for Lucien and Rhysand. As for the relationships presented in the novel, I felt Rhysand and Feyre’s connection better, no matter how sensual Feyre’s relationship with Tamlin is.
The storytelling is good, nonetheless. It could be the author’s writing style that kept me from putting the book down. I also love that it’s a Beauty and the Beast retelling, and that I was able to read it in time for the hype about the Beauty and the Beast live action.
Overall, I couldn’t like A Court of Thorns and Roses as much as I wanted to, so I’m giving it three stars. I’ll still be reading the other two books in the series, though. Reviews reveal that A Court of Mist and Fury is one hundred times better.
My Rating: ★★★