Happy Sunday Bookwyrms! It has been quite a while since I posted a Sunday Funday review. And that’s mostly due to my weird reading slump over the past few months.
But I realize that in my love for all things SJM (Sarah J Maas) I don’t think I’ve actually written a full review for any of her books. So, I figured why not? This review is more so for people who’ve actually read the book rather than an introduction to the series in general. If that doesn’t interest you, I won’t feel offended if you choose not to continue reading!
A Court of Thorns and Roses
Rating: 🌴🌴🌴/ 5
Genre: YA Fantasy
Format: Physical Book & E-book
Synopsis – Goodreads
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.
The Great: It felt really good to be back in Prythian. I missed so many things about this world. In the weirdest of ways, I missed Feyre’s humble beginnings the most. It was nice to see her as a huntress, preoccupied with her family’s survival and not territorial Fae males lol. I also really enjoyed the weird friendship between her and Lucien after crossing the wall into Spring Court. I know the book had been marketed as a Beauty and the Beast re-telling and for years now, I couldn’t really make the deep connection between the two stories. But after this re-read, I see it all! And picked up on small things I may have ignored or brushed over during my first initial reads.
The Good: For the first time since reading ACOMAF, I remembered what it was like to not entirely hate Tamlin. Though, let me be clear, I’ve never been a fan of his or the Spring Court for that matter. It just felt nice to not want to claw his eyes out when he enters a scene for once. I also enjoyed the plot and storyline. Character-driven stories are my favorite and it felt good to fall in love with certain characters again and pay attention to some that I hadn’t given a second thought to when I first read it. (I’m looking at you Tarquin)
The Bad: I just have to start off by saying The Inner Circle is the MAIN reason I love this series. In fact I wouldn’t really love any of SJM’s books if it weren’t for certain characters. BUT Rhysand aka Rhys, oh how I forgot about Under the Mountain. There are some moments when I could see a flicker of the Rhys we know and love or at least like now. But I forgot about some of the things he did to Feyre while they were both UTM. Actually not some but one particular thing. And I won’t lie, it was disheartening to say the least that I forgot about this one scene. What scene you might ask? Well I can’t tell you here because it’ll ruin my review of ACOMAF, so you’re just going to have to wait lol Also, I understand Amarantha’s purpose for the overall plot for the series. But man oh man was she a terrible villain. Don’t get me wrong, I still hate her guts. But she was more annoying than villainous. And that riddle. Pfft. That riddle was child’s play. I can’t tell you the countless times I rolled my eyes when she was referenced and when she finally made her entrance. But I’m glad she’s dead.
Overall, I’m glad to be back in this world and can’t wait to see where this journey takes me!