A Court of Thorns & Roses | Sarah J. Maas | The Litertarian
There are a lot of Sarah J Maas fans on the internet. They’re, like, everywhere. That is why I decided to give this book a try despite the lack of appeal YA high fantasy has for me. After Twilight, I’m just not that into mystical creatures, and this book is about fairies. Still, I’ve been hearing about this series non-stop on Instagram, so when I saw it for sale, I decided to buy it. The story takes place in a world with a rich history of conflict between the High Fae and humans that has led the humans to be cornered into an area at the very bottom of the map, sealed off from the faerie realm by a wall. Humans are terrified of the faeries because they are so powerful and dangerous & despite there being a treaty keeping the two ‘nations’ separate, faeries have been known to cross and cause mischief for the humans. On top of all this, Feyre, the main character, has her own big problems with her family. Her father was essentially kneecapped from some kind of mob & has become disillusioned with life, leaving his three daughters to fend for themselves living in a shack with no income. So Feyre, the youngest of the three, takes on the responsibility of being the bread winner, or rather the one who hunts for meat and pelts that they can trade for other things, Katniss Everdeen style. One day while on a hunt, Feyre encounters a large unnatural looking wolf, and shoots him dead. She knew before she made the lethal blow that it was not a wolf, but rather a disguised faerie, & she killed him anyway. She hates faeries. This moment sets into motion a whirlwind of events that leads Feyre into the heart of the faerie kingdom, confronting all of her beliefs about the race of High Fae and who the true enemies are. Despite my apprehensions, I was determined to give this book a chance. I read the whole thing, even though I was tempted to shelve it many times. I’m going to try not to dig too hard into why I disliked it, because just harping on someone’s work is not what I’m here for, however, I do have some things I’d like to say. I think my biggest complaint, which kind of umbrellas everything else I dislike about the book, is that it almost feels like some kind of fan fiction. Everything felt as if it was being described, and the characters were not very well developed, or at least not revealed with a depth that felt satisfying. There was also a lot of dramatic moments that lacked any depth at all for me. Things were happening, and happening, and happening, but I didn’t care about any of it because there didn’t seem to be any real stakes. While the ending did become more engrossing, it didn’t fix the problems I was having with the book, and it still felt as if everything was just a little bit glossed over – I wasn’t able to feel connected with the story…I was never really in the story with the characters, and I think that’s what I was looking for. In the end, I gave this book two stars, although as I write this I can’t remember what it was that earned that extra star. It is possible that the series gets better in time, but I don’t feel like I need to know what happens next, so I will probably never continue with it. If you’ve read this book, let me know what you thought in the comments and we can discuss! Did you like it? Or did you struggle with it at times as well? Pages | 419Publication Date | 2015Goodreads Page | A Court of Thorns & RosesBook Depository (affiliate link) | Paperback