Synopsis from Goodreads:
When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a terrifying creature arrives to demand retribution. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she knows about only from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not truly a beast, but one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled her world.
At least, he’s not a beast all the time.
As she adapts to her new home, her feelings for the faerie, Tamlin, transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But something is not right in the faerie lands. An ancient, wicked shadow is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it, or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.
I honestly didn’t think that I would read this book. I had seen it everywhere, and you know the times you just stay away from the hype because you aren’t sure about it? It’s almost like you don’t trust what the crowd is saying because what if it’s a trap? Maybe it’s just my trust issues, but I wasn’t really sure if I was ever going to read this book.
The thing is I keep seeing it coming up on BookTok and something told me to give it a try. I’m glad that I did, and I definitely have some thoughts.
The first thought is that I definitely see why people enjoy this book. I think it really did open us up to a world that had so many facets and definitely opened us up to a cast of characters that we want to get to know better. I think with any fantasy novel, if you can’t give us anything that makes us curious and want to explore, what’s the point? Sarah J. Maas definitely gave us a lot of questions and a story that I want to continue following, even if there are times I want to scream in the process.
Why did I want to scream? Well, Feyre is definitely one of those reasons. The first half of the book I absolutely wanted to tell her to stop whining at least a dozen times. She seemed very immature, even for her age. The dramatics were making me want to stop reading a few times and do something else. However, with time Feyre started to grow on me, but I’m still not her biggest fan.
Now, this may seem like a hot take, but *gasp* I actually really like Tamlin. I know, it seems to be a sin in the world of ACOTAR but Tamlin grew on me. He’s not the perfect by any means but I do have an affection for him and Lucien. People will tell me that my perspective will change during the next book and we shall see if that’s true. Rhysand just doesn’t do it for me at the current moment in time. He’s definitely playing an interesting role in the story as of now, but I’m not sold on his personality. Do we sense my trust issues? However, I am very curious to see how it all plays out and will be reading the second book.
A Court of Thorns and Roses is definitely a fast read and one that you can enjoy on vacation or when you are in a book slump. I do recommend it too if you are a fantasy reader that doesn’t want to stress and strain over something high fantasy, because this certainly isn’t that and will give you relief.
So in other words everyone, I’m starting to see the hype.