“For though each of my strikes lands a powerful blow,
When I kill, I do it slow.”
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas has been on my to-read list for awhile, but I really didn’t know much about the book when I finally flipped it open. A short book description via 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 …”I immediately loved this book. Like I said, I didn’t actually know the entire premise going in. All I really knew was that it was supposed to be amazing and that a lot of people who like the same types of books as I do have:
A) all read this book years ago – apparently, I’m late for the fan bus – and
B) have very strong feelings toward it.
I’m not sure if not knowing anything when starting affected my experience or not, but I was apparently missing some common information.
I noticed pretty big similarities between A Court of Thorns and Roses and some other stories that EVERYONE knows:
- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins: To be fair, the main character, Feyre, in the beginning, is hunting in the woods, her woods, with a bow and arrow to provide for her family. I am by no means calling copycat on Maas, just merely putting my initial thoughts on the metaphorical table. Honestly, I was excited because I loved The Hunger Games, but the ties to that story end there as Maas crafts her own faerie world and creating Feyre to be a hero in her own right.
- Beauty and the Beast: I have come to find out that this book is an intentional retelling of Beauty and the Beast and that just made me love it even more! I know it’s “a tale as old as time”, however, I think Maas spins it in a way that her readers notice it, but at the same time are still dying to know what happens next.
- Twilight by Stephanie Meyer: Hear me out. I know that the Twilight Saga is a touchy topic that everyone and their dog has an opinion about, but I really think that these books don’t get enough credit. After the movies shoved Twilight this and that, Team What’s His Face, and Team Who Cares down our throats, this is the saga everyone loves to hate. I personally loved those books and have probably read them all at least 5 times. – don’t you dare judge me – Girl falls for “monster” and the romance is HAWT. Sorry, Mom.
A Court of Thorns and Roses maintains these same themes and then some. Sarah J. Maas masterfully sprinkles her magic and I fall like a ton of bricks. The world that Maas has created is beautifully done with characters who I either love or just don’t care about. If I had more time in my day – seriously, can we have more than 24hrs? It’s just not enough – I could have finished this book in one sitting. I was addicted. You may know Beauty and the Beast, but you won’t know what to expect when you go “under the mountain.” Duh duh duuuuuuh.
I will give in and admit that there is one aspect – we can overlook it, right? – that came up short for me. There is a riddle at a certain point in the book and I knew the answer as soon as I read it. I was really hoping Maas was going to shake her head at me for being so foolish and blow my mind. But she didn’t. She did, however, absolutely sell me on this series. I. LOVE. IT. I’m also really hoping to get more character history/development as the series continues and I want to “see” more of the faerie world!
“Don’t feel bad for one moment about doing what brings you joy.”
If you are tired of this time-old-tale, by all means, don’t waste your time. BUT if you are someone who likes Beauty and the Beast (*cough cough* paging Kristi), Twilight, hot romances, maybe even 50 Shades of Grey by E.L. James (which I haven’t read) type stuff, then you will like, perhaps even love, this book. I realize that some people may be tired of this story, but I certainly am not.
Did you know about ACOTAR being a retelling? Do you think, regardless of yes or no, that it had an effect on your reaction? What is your unpopular book opinion? What book do you love to hate or hate to love? Let me know in the comments below!
Thanks for reading! – xo Amber
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