I did a video review for this book which I will link below, but I also wanted to post a review here, since this is where most of my reviews go. A Court of Thorns and Roses or ACOTAR as the fans shorten it to, is the first book in a new trilogy (i believe) by Sarah J. Maas. Anyone who follows me on twitter or goodreads may know how I currently feel about the books she is releasing. Mainly I am beginning to think she’s quite overrated as a writer, and that there are other writers who deserve the recognition. Putting that asshole statement aside for a second I want to delve a little deeper into ACOTAR.
This is supposed to be a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, and while I caught a couple of nods to the original tale–definitely not the Disney version of this book–it didn’t bring anything forward that adds anything to the story. It’s a classic tale, and Maas should have treated it better, or just distinctly left out the “oh this is a beauty and the beast retelling” no, no it isn’t. It’s a half assed fantasy story once again trying to be more than it really is.
I liked the beginning, I was entertained. I was even entertained when she had to enter the fairy land. Then with 100 pages or so left in the book, my interest became disgust, and disgust turned into WTF?
I am going to skip over my issues with her writing, just watch my video on this book to know about it, and shoot straight to the part that pissed me off. There comes a point where she is basically a prisoner under the mountain, and Rhys begins to drug her. That’s right kids, he basically roofies her drinks, and when she wakes the next morning, the night before is a haze. Not only that but when she IS drugged up, Rhys is touching her. THIS IS SO FUCKING UNACCEPTABLE AND INAPPROPRIATE. Maas’ has a huge female following, many of those, are very young and impressionable young women. You’re going to write scenes with this asshole drugging the main character, okay, but then don’t have her practically forgive and understand that behavior a few chapters down the line. I can already see the set up for a love triangle. One that makes absolutely no fucking sense whatsoever. This part of the story was really what killed it off for me. I am mad at myself for buying the sequel before reaching the end of ACOTAR. I will now read it, and make tons of notes as I go.
I don’t really know why people make such a big deal about her lead female characters and call them badasses and amazing because you’re not paying attention if you think that’s true. Her female characters may take center stage in marketing ploys, but they always just seem to be catalysts for the male characters in the stories. Same thing here. Even though the story is told from her point of view, I felt that it had more to do with the male characters than Feyre.
I think that’s really enough from me on this book. I give it two out of five metal horns, simply because I didn’t hate the beginning.