A Court of Thorns and Roses is
fairytale retelling of the classic Beauty and the Beast, and BOY what a novel
Feyre is such a strong female protagonist! She has so much drive and will power,I have so much respect and love for her. You cant not cheer her on all the way through the book, often on the edge of your seat.
I highly admire
character building; none of her characters can be labelled wholly ‘good’ or
wholly ‘evil’. Feyre makes mistakes and does bad things, and the antagonist has
done good things. It makes the characters so real and believable. Maas has a great ability to make you like both ‘good’ and
‘evil’ characters. For example, Arobynn is quite a despicable person from the
Throne of Glass series, but his intelligence and cunning make me love him and
enjoy the time he has in the books instead of just wishing he’d hurry up and
die for his evilness, and this is how I feel about the ‘evil’ characters in
The love story is paced extremely well; it’s lovingly built up and is so great to read. Ready your OTP list, reader.
Despite the novel being a retelling,
makes it as different as possible while still sticking to the original. I love
her subversion of the usual fairytale tropes in refusal to make her heroine a
damsel, which despite our love for fairytales, are often found in them.
The later parts of the novel are very different to the start, by the end it’s hard to believe it’s only been one book. The ending is so explosive and leaves you completely aching for the next novel with so many questions that need answers and guessing as to what could happen next.
I would award ACOTAR 4.5 stars.
I think the only thing that makes me think I’m going to enjoy the later books in the trilogy more than the first is that if you know the Beauty and the Beast story, ACOTAR can feel a little predictable. I’m guessing the next two books will expand the world
has created and further the storyline, moving away from the original story and
making it more unique.
Thank you so much to
who sent me an arc of A Court of Thorns and Roses!