Book Chat: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas

Posted March 7, 2016 by Hannah in Reviews / 0 Comments

Book Chat: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J MaasA Court of Thorns and Roses Published by Bloomsbury ANZ on 5th May 2015
Pages: 416
Format: Paperback, E-Book

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.

A Court of Thorns and Roses was an interesting read. A new series from one of my favourite authors, Sarah J Maas, ACOTAR explores a new world of fae and magic through the eyes of Feyre, in a reimagining of the Beauty and the Beast story.

Whenever I start a new series by a much loved author, it’s always with great wariness. It’s like someone setting in front of me an Italian dish I’d never in a million years try because why go with something new when you can always have good old carbonara? Starting ACOTAR I was quite hesitant. My beloved characters in the Throne of Glass series were suffering great hardship and here I was, putting my heart and feels on the line once again. And if it’s anything Sarah J Maas can achieve, it’s how to hit you hard in the feels.

Sadly, ACOTAR didn’t quite live up to the hype and expectation that I’d been prepared for. The series has been marketed as a young adult/new adult crossover with protagonist Feyre nineteen in the first book. While Maas uses the same brilliant descriptive tone that she uses in the Throne of Glass series, it was refreshing to read Feyre from a first person point of view. I was in my element. Feyre, however, didn’t act like the nineteen year old I’d expected her to be. Even taking into consideration the hardships she’d faced, most of the time I found Feyre to be acting stubborn and sullen, especially where Tamlin was concerned. There was too much of a romantic build up, and Feyre turned out to be more talk than she was. I found myself more interested in the supporting characters, Rhysand included, and wished we had more time with even the villainous characters. In fact, I found myself wishing for more Rhysand/Feyre interaction. Definitely jumping on that ship.

The main problem I had with ACOTAR was that coming straight off from the Throne of Glass series, it felt subpar. It didn’t feel like anything new from Maas, which is what I was hoping for. When you get so invested in a series, sometimes it’s nice and refreshing to have something new from an author, even if it’s a fantasy again. ACOTAR deals heavily still with the fae world, and doesn’t stand apart from Throne of Glass like I wanted it to.

In saying that, there was still plenty of ACOTAR to enjoy. There’s a subtleness to the romance between Feyre and Tamlin that made me sigh with relief – we weren’t getting the heavy stuff that a lot of new adult romances tend to have. And Maas’ writing, like I’ve said time and time before, is beautiful. She has a way with words that one only wishes to emulate. And now that the next novel promises a whole lot more of Rhys…well, of course I’m there like a heartbeat!

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