Saturday, 28 March 2015

Review: A Court of Thorns & Roses by Sarah J Maas

What the book is about...
When nineteen-year-old hunters Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin-one of the lethal, immortal fairies who once ruled their world.
As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tomlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Faye. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it... or doom Tamlin-and his world-forever.

My initial expectations...
I absolutely love the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas. Love it to the point where I may be a little bit obsessed with it. Therefore, I was ready to jump at any other chance to experience Maas' captivating writing style. However, I do admit that the promise of a hot and fiery romance made me hesitant to pick this one up and finally get to reading it.

P.S. For those of you that don't know me that well yet, romance driven plots are something I try to avoid. I'm not bitter about relationships or anything. It's just not my thing.

What I liked about the book...
Though it may seem small and insignificant to the plot to others, one of my favourite aspects of this book was the witty back and forth between Lucien and Feyre. Anything and everything that came out of Lucien's mouth always seemed to put a smile on my face-especially near the end of the book when he began to show his true self a bit more.

Additionally, I really enjoyed how Maas was able to portray Feyre as such a strong and capable woman without giving her assassin-like or fate-like abilities. Though I still love Celaena and think she is totally bad ass, it was nice to meet a heroine who wasn't as physically perfect as the ones Maas has created in her other books.

What I didn't like about the book...
Maybe I missed something, but I just don't understand how Feyre could give up so easily near the end. I was so confused when each time she succeeded she was sad and pessimistic instead of happy and hopeful. At that point I kind of stopped cheering her on, which made equally sad and pessimistic.

The only other thing that kind of disappointed me was the riddle. From the second I read it I knew the answer. I wish it would've been more difficult.

Overall...
This book was amazing. Absolutely amazing. I could probably go on forever about how much I love this book, but I think I've said enough without spoiling it. As for the romance...I was as smitten as the pair themselves. To be totally honest, this book took me longer to read than usual because I kept on having to squeal with delight at the relationship as it evolved. This book made me blush from head to toe and for all the good reasons.
I can't wait until this book comes out so I can get my hands on an actual physical copy. Then after that I guess I just mope around for a year or so until the next one comes out.

I gave this book 5/5 (and then some) stars on Goodreads!
Would I re-read this? Yes! Yes! Yes! A million times yes!
Would I recommend this? Obviously! To everyone!

Favourite scenes/chapters...
Chapter 13
Chapter 15
Chapter 17
Chapter 22
Chapter 25
Chapter 27 (oh lordy)
Chapter 30
Chapter 44
Chapter 45

2 comments:

  1. I AM DESPERATE TO GET THE SECOND BOOK ALREADY!!!! Such a wonderful review. I love that you included favorite chapters!

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  2. Thank you! :) I'd probably sell my soul just to see a cover or a title for book 2! Hopefully Queen of Shadows will help lessen the withdrawal once it comes out in September!

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