“I was loosened, a top whirling around and around, and I didn’t know who I danced with or what they looked like, only that I had become the music and the fire and the night, and there was nothing that could slow me down.”
I had heard a lot about A Court of Thorns and Roses from many different people; it popped up on Instagram, on YouTube, in bookshops. After learning that this book was a re-telling of Beauty and the Beast, involved faeries, secret enemies and a new dangerous fantasy world I knew it was my kind of thing.
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Having read some of Maas’ previous works I sort of knew what to expect from the writing side of it. I really enjoyed seeing her build up another entirely new land and I found it really interesting to read. The setting of the Spring Court was wonderful, the descriptions were so vivid that even as I was sat in my bed at home I could almost feel the warm spring sun on my face. It was nice to see a mix of really beautiful parts of the land along side the more treacherous ones as it provided an insight into the state of the realms which is an important factor in the plot. I really hope to see more of the Courts in the next books as Maas does them so well.
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I found the book quite slow to start; we’re introduced to Feyre and her family. After Feyre is taken away to the Spring Court it takes a while for her to get used to things and her fear and anger -rather than being directed to develop characters or add to the plot – creates quite an awkward and lagging atmosphere. Thankfully this past fairly quickly, as the characters loosen up a bit towards each other the plot really begins to be set in motion. The story certainly got better as the book went on and overall I really enjoyed it. The antagonist had a very good backstory and was pretty much just what I wanted; their identity remains a mystery until quite late on and that definitely worked in building suspense! And also that finale? So intense!
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The characters in this all had a lot of depth to them and they were all flawed which helped me to connect with them. Without it I definitely would have found doing that a lot harder as obviously the circumstances in the story don’t exactly happen in everyday life. Feyre was similar to Celeana in the way they’re both very independent and relentless yet still enjoyed throwing on a dress and being feminine. Feyre was so entertaining to read, she knew how to handle herself but was lost as she was thrown into this new daunting world. Her development through the book is brilliant! Tamlin was not exactly beastly but damn was he charming! He had the power to be utterly ruthless at times but was genuinely such a nice guy and was burdened with so much guilt and responsibility which drew him to Feyre. I have to mention Lucien because he is just so sassy and sarcastic! I think out of everybody Lucien was the character that was consistently enjoyable, he never irked me and I really cared for him.
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I’d recommend this book to anybody who: enjoyed Beauty and the Beast as it’s really fun to pick out the references back to the original, likes high-fantasy themes as I’m sure you’ll enjoy getting to know Prythian and the mystical beings that can be found there or anybody who is in need of a forbidden romance story with some…steamy scenes. This book was utterly addictive and I’m highly anticipating the next book – which I really intrigued to see follow on from this shocking ending.