Thanks to the continuous pestering of two of my very dear friends, Diya and Jahanbi, as a part of my TBR for #BorrowAThon Round Two, I ultimately finished reading A Court Of Thorns and Roses (or as fans like me call it, ACOTAR) by Sarah J. Maas.
I can not wait to get into the story!
The book begins with the introduction of Feyre, a nineteen-year-old huntress, who’s merchant family, after losing all their money is dependent upon her as she is the only breadwinner in the family. One day, however, when she and her family is about to starve, she kills a massive wolf in the woods. Before long, a ferocious beast comes to her hut demanding retribution for the murder Feyre had committed and takes her away to his kingdom as an alternative to taking away her life. He takes her to this “vaguely ancient-Celtic world (whose map at the beginning of the book strongly resembles the British Isles)”, where the faeries live. Once they reach, her captor drops his disguise of the beast to reveal a masked man named Tamlin, High Fae and a gentle host. Through the dilemma of going back home and staying at the Spring Court, Feyre soon begins to fall in love with Tamlin, only to discover about the terrible curse that hangs over him and his people.
This romantic, imaginative, violent and dark Beauty and the Beast retelling reveals extremely complex characters only to make the readers realise that people are not who they seem to be. Throughout the book, there is a lot of sexual tension and release which makes this more of young adult love saga. The book, however, goes on to put forward some very positive role models such as Feyre and others whom I can not take the names of as I would be spoiling the book for you.
The best thing I personally like about the novel is a strong and influential female protagonist who is capable of deciding her own fate for herself and doesn’t have to depend on a man to liberate her. The wonderful balance of magic and realism makes this “extremely long prologue to the next book in the series (A Court Of Mist and Fury)” a must read. Moreover, the novel makes us realise that our life may be a bed of roses, but roses, have thorns.
I am already halfway through the next book and in great anticipation of the third book in the series which is due for release later this year, named A Court of Wings and Ruin. So be sure to finish the first two books pretty quickly!