Published by: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Published on: May 5, 2015
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A Court of Thorns and Roses is a young adult fantasy that is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast. Feyre, starving and desperate for food goes out hunting near the “Wall” that separates the fey world from the human world. During, this hunt she kills a wolf, which unbeknownst to Feyre happens to be a Faerie. This angers Tamlin, a High Fae Lord, and he appears in his beastly form at Feyre’s house for retribution. He spares Feyre’s life and instead takes her back to the Fae World to live with him in the Spring Court.
At first she is distant and cold towards Tamlin but then sees he is not the beast she thought he was. There has been a curse that has been set upon the Spring Court and it is up to Feyre to break the curse.
I have to say that I was disappointed in this book, there is soo much hype and love surrounding this book and for me it just wasn’t that good. Maybe I had too high of expectations for this book but I don’t think that was it. I didn’t care too much for the main character and the romance wasn’t believable.
At the beginning of the story I connected with Feyre but as the story progressed I lost that connection and she began to annoy me at times. You feel for Feyre because she has been burdened with taking care of her family, a promise she made to her mother on her deathbed. Being the youngest of three girls this burden shouldn’t fall on her and it made me mad that her mother put that pressure on a little girl. If only she made the father promise to care for the girls than maybe he wouldn’t have just sat at home whittling. The promise Feyre made to her mother forces her to be resourceful and she ends up teaching herself to hunt and this is the main way that she provides for her family.
I wasn’t feeling the chemistry between Feyre and Tamlin and found it hard to believe that she would risk her life to save him. I thought that there was more chemistry between her and this stranger at fire night than there was between her and Tamlin. I view their relationship as something that is more lust than it is love. I don’t think Feyre has ever been in love or else she might have answered that riddle instantly. That riddle was sooo easy and I guessed it as soon as I read it.
The pacing of this book was slow and felt like it took me forever to get through. It just seemed that not much was happening throughout the book until the close to the end. The last part of the book was more enjoyable and fast-paced, I just wish the rest of the book was as strong as the ending was.
A Court of Thorns and Roses is a loose retelling of beauty and the beast and the key word being loose. This book lost that magic and meaning that the beauty and the beast has. Tamlin wasn’t all that beastly, yes he did have a beast form but he wasn’t in that form that often and he is described as being very handsome. The curse was that they had to wear masquerade masks that hid most of their face but it just seemed like a weak curse because you could tell he was handsome. I love beauty and the beast and was disappointed that this book wasn’t a great representation of it.
Overall I don’t get the hype but I will be continuing on with the series because I have heard that the second one is the better book of the two. A Court of Mist and Fury is a Persephone retelling.