29 maj, 2016
A Court of Thorns and Roses ** 1/2Posted in : Reviews in english on by : Lotte Tags: a court of thorns and roses, adult fiction, book, books, fae, fantasy, faries, fiction, Maas, sarah j. mass, Tamlin
“Don’t feel bad for one moment about doing what brings you joy.”
So, there has been a lot of hype about this book and that can sometimes be a problem for me because my expectations then proceed my actual feelings about the book. And maybe that is what happened here – because I’m not really impressed.
When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world. As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it… or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever. (Goodreads).
This is actually my first book by Sarah J. Maas (Yes, yes I know – I really should have read Throne of Glass – but you know: So many books, so little time).
I liked the premise of a retelling of Beauty and The Beast with a spin, and I enjoy the idea of the changing times of new adult fiction – but this book just did not pull me into its world. I found the first half of the book quite boring, and had to make my self keep reading – and thank god the book got better in the second half – hence the 1/2 extra star.
So what did I like:
The magical element and the way Sarah paints the picture of the imagery is quite good. There was also parts of the book that made me laugh out loud (fairy pig), and the world building was interesting.
I found both Lucien and Rhys to be interesting characters, which picked the book up.
What I did not like:
As I mentioned above, the first half of the book just did not hook me at all, and I found me self constantly laying down the book to do other things. It seems more like a paranormal romance than good fantasy. When the paces finally picked up, it was to little to late.
I tried – I really did – and I so wanted to be caught up in this trilogy – but it just left me a little … meh. Now I already bought the second book, but it will defiantly be a while before I pick that up.