New year means new books to read! This year I’ve already read three and I’m making my way through the fourth. By the end of January I hope to have five books read. Last year my good reads challenge was to read 40 books, I met that and beat it, ending with 45 books read total. So this year I am hoping to read 50. I feel like it’s a lot, but that is also how I felt when I set the goal of 45 books last year.
I hope to share at least one book I read each month, hopefully more. This month I would like to share one of the books I’ve read so far which is A Court of Thrones and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. This was my first book by Sarah J. Maas, I know she has a very successful series; Throne of Glass. I choose to start with A Court of Thrones and Roses because the description sounds good to me. Also because I got this gut feeling it was going to be a book I loved (does anyone else experience this? Like something just tells you; ‘this book is for you’?). Now that I have experience the magic writings of Sarah J. Maas tho I am super excited to read all her books!
A Court of Thrones centers around Feyre, a young woman, who is under appreciated by her family-which has lost it’s fortune- and does anything and everything to take care of them. One day while out hunting she is over come with hunger and makes a decision to kill a wolf that would change her life. Soon after she discovers she’s made a grave mistake, and that the wolf is actually a faerie, she now must pay retribution for taking his life. She is forced to leave her family behind and enter a world she has only heard of through legends. She enters the world of the Fae to discover it’s beauty, it’s wonder, and it’s danger. She discovers an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and she must find a way to stop it or doom the Faerie world and human world alike.
Admittedly the first bit is rather slow, and I was getting a bit impatient with the book. However the world developed by the author is breath taking, and so vivid, as well as the character development that happens is some of the best I’ve read in a long time. I got a true sense of who Feyre was, her pain, her life, her experience were all so relatable and really made me want to root for her.
“You don’t hold on to power by being everyone’s friend. And among the faeries, lesser and High Fae alike, a firm hand is needed. We’re too powerful, and too bored with immortality, to be checked by anything else.” – Lucien.
Another character that I really liked was Lucien. He lives at the Spring Court, where Feyre is taken to live after departing her family’s…home. He is witty and sarcastic which is probably what appealed to me about him. Feyre doesn’t like him that much, but by the end of the book they warm up to each other.
Then there is Feyre’s captor- Tamlin. At first I really wasn’t sure what to think of him, and at times I thought he could have used more character development, but as the book nears it’s end a lot of my questions and annoyances were resolved. So be patient if you decide to read this book, it’s worth it! I think I’m still on the fence about him just because I feel like I don’t know him very well. I know that sounds weird, especially since he’s a main character, but I feel like I know Lucien better, or at least what I could expect from him. It’s the opposite case when it comes to Tamlin. Hopefully I’ll feel differently after reading the second book in the series.
The plot was fantastic. It reminded me a lot of Beauty and the Beast, but with a twist or two. I don’t want to give away to much, but what I can say is that chapter 32 (expect for the end, of course) was my favorite and I thought that the role Alice (one of the minor characters in the book) played in this chapter was brilliant! I was consistently emotionally involved in the characters, the events, the adventures, and misadventures. Every turn was exciting, and led somewhere new.
The book made me crave more exploration of this fantastical world. The next book in the series is A Court of Mist and Fury, I’m planning on reading it next month, and I’m super looking forward to it.