A Court of Thornes and Roses (ACOTAR) is the first book in a new, new adult fantasy trilogy. Well at least I think this book is New Adult rather than Young Adult and it definitely felt like it. ACOTAR followed 19 year old Feyre who’s previously rich family lost their fortune and were forced to live in poverty. Feyre is now forced to hunt in the woods to provide her family with food for them to survive. That is until one day when she kills a wolf who just happens to be a fairy. Humans in this world live separately from fairies and fear they are mortal eating monsters. The next day a fairy named Tamlin shows up to kill Feyre as retribution for killing his friend. Though he shows her mercy and gives her an offer to live with him for the rest of her life. And since this story is loosely based off the Beauty and the Beast fairy tale, I suppose you can guess what starts to happen.
While reading this book I tried to completely ignore all the hype surrounding it. This was pretty difficult but now I definitely understand what all the fuss was about. This was such an intriguing and action racked fantasy book which was really unique to anything else o have ever read. For the most part I found myself loving every part of the book and struggled to put it down. There were a couple of times though where the characters, particularly Feyre, really irritated me which made me have to put down the book for a short period of time. But of course I found myself picking the book right back up and continuing.
I feel like what really made this book or at least part of what made this book as good as it was, was the world and the world building. The world building in this book was so easy to follow along and understand. The main issue I usually have with fantasy books is that I often struggle to keep up with all the new information that’s dumped about the world usually at the start of the book. I didn’t face this problem whatsoever in this book though. The world, from the very start was built up very nicely without any major information dumps which was a refreshing change for a fantasy book. I also liked the idea of the world being split into different courts. I found this really unique and interesting and I’m excited to hopefully see more of the different courts in the later books and maybe get to see more of the relationships between the leaders of the other courts.
Now let’s talk about characters! So first off we have our main character Feyre. Overall she was an okay character who I liked for the majority of the book. But there were a couple of times where Feyre would just do something completely stupid or neglect to do something and then come to really regret it later in the book. But I suppose no one can be perfect and at least she seemed to learn from her mistakes which is more than can be said for a lot of other annoying characters. Next we had Tamlin who I instantly liked from the start and I think he made the perfect partner for Feyre. I definitely do ship them and at this point I am totally team Tamlin. Though he also wasn’t perfect, just like Feyre he did make a couple of really questionable decisions which really made me want to knock some sense into him… Then of course there was Lucien who at first I thought would just be the comic relief but then he turned out to be so much more than that and definitely an important character in the story. Now I can’t talk about characters without talking about Rhys. First of all, am I the only one who thought his name was pronounced rye-sand? When we first met him I was a little bit sceptical of him and really didn’t like him. But as the book went on I found myself starting to like him more and more. Now I am team Tamlin, and I really was dreading another love triangle but after reading this book I’m super curious to see how the series continues and how Rhys becomes more involved in the story.
Overall this book was such a great read and I was super surprised by how quickly I absorbed the story and finished it. I am highly anticipating the next book in the series and am super eager to hear what the title will be. Comment your thoughts on the book and whether you’re on team Tamlin or Rhys (cause let’s be honest, that’s pretty damn important :P). Thanks for checking out my review!! 😀
Gabby The Dauntless Warlock xx