I really enjoyed this. So great.
I loved both main characters, especially Khamsin. She came from such a horrid life and no matter what life threw at her she found a way to keep going. The next book is about different protagonists, I am sure they will be great, but I would so love to see another book with these two as the focus. Maybe I will love the next two even more.
Also, I hate this cover. With so many peeps so in love with A Court of Thorns and Roses (ACOTAR) series by Maas, this is similar in ways, they need a new cover and I feel a lot of ACOTAR fans would pick this up if it was more eye appealing. It definitely is helping me through my ACOTAR book hangover.
Book Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses
Author: Sarah J Maas
Narration: Jennifer Ikeda
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #1
Genre: High Fantasy, Fae, Romance
Setting: Prythian Spring Court, Land of Fae
Source: Audiobook (RB Digital)
⇝Book Theme Song⇜
(this link will take you to my tumblr post with video)
♫Preserved Roses by Blackbriar --If you've read ACOTAR then watch it…and you will see…if not…then still watch it, because it has the right feel. ♫
I need to have a clear head when I start a fantasy series, to really be able to immerse myself within it. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to do that while listening to this. I just had too much on my mind. That being said, I feel like this has the makings of a 5 star read (even the narration was awesomely done) as evidenced by all the 5 star ratings out there for ACOTAR. If I could change one thing about this it would be to make it a little shorter in length. Long books always seem so daunting to me, that I go into them feeling less than excited as it is.
Essentially, ACOTAR is highly imaginative start to what might be a very appealing series. The Beauty and the Beast aspect is only a backdrop to the story overall, because it really is so much deeper than that.
Main Characters: 5/5
Secondary Characters: 5/5
The Feels: 4/5
Theme or Tone: 4/5
Flow (Writing Style): 4.3/5
Backdrop (World Building): 4.3/5
Book Cover: 5/5
Ending: 5/5 Cliffhanger: to be continued…
Will I continue this series? Yes, and hopefully I'm able to fully immerse myself in it when I do.
Sarah J. Maas tricked me. She set up those familiar tropes in A Court of Thorns and Roses and then she hurtled A Court of Mist and Fury at them and knocked them ALL down. She did just enough with Feyre in ACOTAR that I thought, sure this is a kind of typical fantasy love story, with a typical alpha male who means well and who shows a typical lonely, broken girl peace and happiness while they save the world, but Feyre is so fleshed out! She’s got such a complete personality. She’s not just an “insert yourself here” kind of fantasy heroine. It’ll do. BUT BUT BUT BUT BUT.
BUT! Then she gives us A Court of Mist and Fury, and she shows us that this TYPICAL (I resist humming “Same Old Love”) depiction of romance is not necessarily desirable. It doesn't fit. It’s not good to find your strength in someone else, it’s not good to be cloistered and protected from not only harm, but living, experience, and finding someone who is your EQUAL, not your keeper/husband/protector/mansplainer.
A Court of Thorns and Roses is the book I read and loved when I was young and inexperienced and very much like Feyre when she first comes to the Spring Court. A Court of Mist and Fury is the book for me now, now that I’ve lived and loved and done things, now that I am more myself and more completely at home with myself. I know what I can do, and I don't let anyone keep me from doing it. The kind of love I want (and have, thankfully) is the love of an equal partner, someone who isn't shielding me from things but encourages me to go with, or figure out on my own, or share when I'm ready. Maas presents ACOTAR to us as if to say, “See? It’s familiar, you’ve felt this, we’ve all felt this,” and then follows it with ACOMAF and asks, “But isn’t this better?”
Let me know what you thought about ACoMaF, if you disagree about ACoTaR, or if you just want to Rhysand fangirl with me.