A Court of Thorns and Roses
Sarah J. Maas
This book has been hype central on the book blogosphere since it was first announced last year, so I was ridiculously excited when I got an unsolicited ARC from Bloomsbury back in February. Unfortunately, I have a confession to make, you guys: it really didn't live up to the hype for me.
This book tells the story of Feyre. She's strong and independent and quite a lot like Celaena Sardothian but with a family, you know? While out hunting for food one day, Feyre (pronounced Fay-ruh, apparently) shoots a wolf. Except it turns out that the wolf wasn't really a wolf so much as it was a faerie in disguise. All of that stuff was pretty great. It was fast paced, and full of interesting characters, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
But then things changed. As a result of killing the faerie, Feyre ends up getting kidnapped by the Fae and taken over the wall to their kingdom. So...she's a prisoner. But they feed her really well and give her pretty clothes to wear and are generally really nice to her?? All the people in the land she's taken to have fancy masks stuck to their faces, but that doesn't even remotely disguise how totally hot the guys are??? The story took a massive turn for the romantic, and while I liked the individual characters, I had zero fucks to give about the romantic subplot. It wasn't swoony, it wasn't cute, it wasn't hot. It was just...there, being slow paced and not very interesting. I know, this totally makes me a terrible fangirl. But it just wasn't my thing.
Look, it's probably not entirely surprising that this wasn't a huge success with me. While I adore Sarah J. Maas' writing and her characters as a general rule, the Fae are basically my least favourite paranormal creature to read about. I bailed on the Sookie Stackhouse series when fairies turned up. I read a couple of Laurell K. Hamilton's Merry Gentry books, and they were kind of squicky. Same goes for Karen Marie Moning. So when I dove into this and found Fae waiting for me, I may have cried a little inside.
So yeah. I feel terrible saying it. But Fae-centric + heavy on the romance = not really the book for me.
Have you read it? What did you think??
Disclaimer: I received an unsolicited ARC from the publisher. A Court of Thorns and Roses is available now.