Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses (ACOTAR #1)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Daniela’s rating: 4 stars
Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price …
Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.
I know this is a series people have been raving about for a while now. It took me a long time to finally get into the Sarah world, starting with the Throne of Glass series, which I completely loved. But I’m always a bit afraid to read these books that are just SOOO popular because… sometimes I just get SO unbelievably disappointed. It’s happened before, so I tend to just stay away from them. But I finally caved in. The same friend who made me read TOG made me read this. She’s been after that for a while now and man… I should listen to her more often.
If you’ve read any of Sarah’s books, you’ll understand me when I say that that woman knows how to confuse the hell out of us, she likes games and she likes messing with our hearts and minds. But when a book is this good, you play along and you just along with it because you can’t possibly imagine not reading it to the end. It’s impossible.
ACOTAR is the first of the series. You meet Feyre, a young girl, hunting her way through life, to keep herself and her family alive. She was given that responsibility since she was barely a child, so she learned the way the world worked way too early. She learned there were creatures that were not kind and wanted only to hunt and torture them. So she developed this hatred in her heart. Her kind, humans, have been haunted and hunted by Faeries. Even though there’s a wall that separates the two worlds, they seem to find a way into hers, messing with everyone’s life as if they mean nothing. So, why wouldn’t she hate them? Why would she hesitate to kill one if she ever had the chance? But then, when she is presented with a choice and she makes up her mind, that decision comes with a price. One she must pay by leaving her family behind and going to an unknown place and never look back.
Feyre is a fighter, that much is true and I liked her most of the times. There were others I just couldn’t relate to her and her actions. At first I couldn’t believe she was falling for her captor (talk about Stockholm’s Syndrome?), but then, some things shifted and who was once her captor, stopped being that and became someone sweet and kind and even lovable. I liked him, I liked him a lot.
Tamlin is a character on his own. I won’t say much because anyone who hasn’t read this book needs to create their own opinions on each character, just know that behind that mask he wears, there’s something incredibly alluring and the bits of what seemed the truth and his actions are that of someone anyone would fall in love with, pretty easily, I believe. But still, I felt there was something… off about him.
I really enjoyed the book and I can’t say it didn’t get my attention the second I started reading. This faerie world the author has created is one of its own. The details in the story, the characters themselves, the creatures found in it… they all give something unique to the story. There were a couple of things I just couldn’t wrap my mind around. Some things of the story sounded a bit off and some were just too cliché for my taste, but after finishing it and reading the second book… Some definitely cleared out.
I could see these books coming into my favourite book pile. Let’s hope they have the ending they deserve.