A Court of Thornes and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
I was looking for something different and all I heard about was A Court of Thornes and Roses by Sara J. Maas. I have loved fantasy series in the past, and the way everyone raves about this series made me sure I would love it as well. Unpopular opinion: It was alright.
I’m not going to go into the plot of the fantasy Beauty and the Beast retelling, I am just going to quickly tell my feelings. It was soooooo looooong. It felt long. Books I love never feel long, this did. This book didn’t even make sense for the first 75% of it. Tamlin takes Feyre to live a luxurious life with beautiful clothes, food and servants as PUNISHMENT for killing a fellow fae? She got away from her miserable hungry life and horrible sisters, and this is punishment? Come punish me!
The worst part to me is that Feyre was a fucking idiot. I’m sorry fans, but she would get a warning, go against it and cause major problems—and not just once or twice! Listen girl—if you get a bunch of scary warnings in a land of monsters….LISTEN TO THEM! Ugh. Besides her not listening, everything is stupidly easy for her. She never pays the consequences for her idiocy.
The last 15% got better for me and set up well for the next book, A Court of Mist & Fury. Suffice it to say, I didn’t love ACOTAR. I didn’t hate it though. So many people told me I needed to read the second book and then I’d be hooked—-so I grabbed A Court of Mist & Fury next.
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas
Wait….what? That was how A Court of Mist and Fury started for me. Suddenly the good guy was bad and the bad guy was good. I felt weirdly manipulated and like the first book was almost a waste of my time because it all changed in the second book. I felt like Rhysand was forced on me, and I was manipulated to suddenly hate Tamlin. But I went with it.
Yes, this book was a little better than the first. I cried at times and was pretty invested, but not enough to continue the series. I actually listened to these a few months ago and they have been sitting on my “currently reading” shelf for a while because I wanted to read more before I judged the first two too harshly. I intended on picking up the third…but at this point, why? There are so many great books out there, I don’t know why I am wasting my time with books that are just OK to me. This book was 23 hours. The next is over 25. I’m out.
Rating: 3 Stars, Narration: 4 Stars (Very good but had to be sped up a LOT.)
*Note: I don’t remember how steamy these were, I don’t think there was much, if any.