Genre: Fantasy / New adult
Page Count: 416 pages
Publication Date: May 2015
When nineteen-year-old huntress 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 faeries who once ruled their world.
As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin 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 Fae. 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.
When I first saw reviews about A Court of Thorns and Roses I wanted to like this book so badly. I mean, it’s supposed to be a retelling of Beauty & the Beast! And in a (loose) way it is. But Feyre, the main character, is sooooo unlikeable that I couldn’t even finish the book! But having read 60% of the story I think I gave it a fair chance, so I don’t even feel guilty for not finishing it.
My main problems with this book were:
- The main character was “an ungrateful, insolent, ignorant girl who was extremely rude to anyone who treated her kindly” (Taken from a friend’s review on Goodreads). Now, you all know I wouldn’t normally be this harsh on my reviews, but Feyre really did get on my nerves. I mean, how hard is it to listen to people’s warnings when you know your life is in danger? or say a simple “thank you” when somebody saves your and your family’s lives?
- The subtle “rape culture” that is encouraged in the rituals described in the story. I’m absolutely against any sort of sexual violence, even if it’s just a fictional story.
But don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t ALL bad!
- I can totally see why Sarah J Maas is one of the hottest author in the market right now. Her style of writing is absolutely beautiful! Not many people can use simple words to paint such a beautiful picture the way she can.
- Even though it’s a retelling, the story had a rich and original world built into it. I especially liked how each creature was described, not just physically but how it made you feel when they were around. Again, great writing!
So, unfortunately this is a DNF for me, but I did read 60% of the story which is far more than my usual (but rare) DNF. I’ve been reminded (more than once this week) that life is too short to waste on a book you’re not enjoying. So I set it aside and started reading something I know I’ll enjoy 🙂
I would recommend A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Mass to readers who don’t mind a bit of mature content and a stubborn, ungrateful main character.