Hello fellow bookworms! This is my first review of 2018, and I’ve decided to spruce it up a bit this year to make things a little bit easier for myself, and hopefully for all you lovely readers as well! Reviews, while they are a great way to reflect back on a book you’ve just read, are a pain to write, and can sometimes be very long winded and a bit boring to read. My new-and-improved recipe for reviews is a fact file format to quickly break down my favourite and least favourite parts of the book, as well as briefly reflecting on the writing style and storyline. It will be easy to skim through, and will save me a lot of writing time, especially with an extra busy uni schedule! So, without rambling on much longer, I have just finished ACOTAR and have to talk about it!
Below is my review, plus a sneaky peak at the front cover and description and places to buy:
About The Book
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Feyre is a huntress.
She thinks nothing of slaughtering a wolf to capture its prey. But, like all mortals, she fears what lingers mercilessly beyond the forest. And she will learn that taking the life of a magical creature comes at a high price…
Imprisoned in an enchanted court in her enemy’s kingdom, Feyre is free to roam but forbidden to escape. Her captor’s body bears the scars of fighting, and his face is always masked – but his piercing stare draws her ever closer. As Feyre’s feeling for Tamlin begin to burn through every warning she’s been told about his kind, an ancient, wicked shadow grows.
Feyre must find a way to break a spell, or lose her heart forever.
Genre: Fantasy/YA (Contemporary Beauty & the Beast retelling)
Setting: The Mortal Lands & Prythian
Predictable?: Parts of the story were semi-predictable because it is modelled around Beauty and the Beast, but there were a lot of twists and turns, especially towards the end, which were quite unpredictable
Plot Pace: A but slow starting, but the middle and end really picked and there were points I didn’t want to put it down!
Favourite Character and why?: Of course I loved Feyre! Tamlin took some warming to but I did really like his character by the end, and I automatically fell in love with Lucien! Rhysand is also a curious character, I’m not quite sure to feel about him, it’s a love hate relationship at the moment, we’ll see what the rest of the series brings!
Least Favourite Character and why?: Amarantha was a nasty, evil b****, some of the things she did was disgusting!
Favourite part of the book?: The beginning when Feyre first got into Prythian was great, I love setting the scene for the main parts of the book, especially fantasy novels when you get the world building! The end as well, of course, was incredible, and I am very excited to start ACOMAF!
Least favourite part of the book?: When Feyre went back to the Mortal Lands, I understand why it had to happen, but I preferred the parts in Prythian, and here’s to many more!
Well written?: I’ve never read any Sarah J. Maas books, but her writing is amazing! The world building is on par with Cassie Clare, I cannot wait to see how it develop as the series continues.
Emotional?: There were parts that made me laugh, there were parts that made me squeal, and there were parts that made me cry… an emotional rollercoaster, and longing for more!
Gripping?: Absolutely! I wish I had less work to do so I could’ve read it faster, but very gripping!
Review round up: Perfect for all lovers of fantasy, but not suitable for younger readers! If you love Cassandra Clare and other YA fantasy writers, or have enjoyed Maas’ writing in the past, definitely pick this one up!
My Rating: 4.5 Muffins out of 5
I hope you like the new review format, I’d live to hear your thoughts! Also, what do you think of the ACOTAR series? No spoilers please (obviously!) but would love to know your opinions on the series!
Until next time…