A Court of Thorns and Roses
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Rating: 3/5 stars
Feyre carries the survival of her family entirely on her shoulders. After a series of misfortunes has left them destitute, Feyre has spent years cultivating the skills needed for survival to keep her family fed. While out hunting for the day, Feyre intentionally kills a wolf, whom she suspects might be one of the Fae that has plagued their country for years.
According to an unknown treaty, because Feyre killed a Fae in an unprovoked attack, she is now indentured to Tamlin, a Fae beast who has come seeking retribution. After moving to his Spring Court, Feyre continues to uncover mysteries of the Fae and also learns that Tamlin, is not the beast like creature he initially revealed himself to be.
I was a bit disappointed when I read this book. I love Beauty and the Beast retellings, but for me, ACOTAR fell short of being one. When I think of Beauty and the Beast, I think of a story where the beast has personally wronged the beauty and overtime she learns to forgive him and see past his outer flaws, while also showing him the path to a better future. In A Court of Thorns and Roses however, Feyre is in the wrong. She killed a Fae and Tamlin is seeking justice. But that isn’t really what bothers me most. For me this story lacked the traditional conflict that needs to be overcome before they can be together. Feyre had no personal grudge against the Fae besides the legends that she had been told since childhood, which were quickly forgotten. Also, she never had to get past the way he looked, because almost upon immediate arrival to his home, Tamlin transforms into a very attractive human aside from having pointy ears. I guess there just wasn’t the tension between the two characters I was expecting with this story.
One aspect of this story I did find interesting though, was kinda presented as if Feyre was the beast. She caused the initial wrong in the story and she is the more uncivilized person, having grown up in the woods and being illiterate. I’m not sure if it was meant to be interpreted that way, but for me that was the parallel I began drawing between Beauty and the Beast and A Court of Thorns and Roses. While an entertaining read, I don’t think I will be continuing this series.