I chose A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas for my next book only on account of its author. I read her other books, and loved them, but I had not looked to see what was this one about. I expected it to delight me.
Well… there were no sparks, nor complete absorption. I wasn’t even bothered by the fact that I had to put it down for a whole week with only 4 chapters to go to deal with the preparations for the end of summer break.
When I finally picked it up again, it was a quick thing to finish it, but very unexciting.
I’m sure it was all about my expectations, but the character of Feyre is surely not one of my favorites. The silent suffering is what kills me.
She starts by enduring her self-centered sisters and weak-of-character father, and I managed that because it was the beginning and was certain something would happen to change it all. And it did! Tamlin appears and forcefully whisks her away to a different life.
And there we see something more in her, her fortitude and strengths start to show and I was getting into it, and even when she ends up returning to her family, there are new dynamics and a sister that was stronger and smarter than expected…
(which I loved, by the way. Nesta with all her hate and anger that cannot manage healthily, has a will of iron and sense of justice that should be given more often. I think I would have loved Feyre more if she had learnt something from her)
…but then she gets to the saving of this man she loves and it just lost me.
Sure, sure… there’s an evil queen and the anger is easily directed, there’s a bargain made on bad terms, a riddle which answer was kind of too expected, and a somewhat motherly woman who gave her vital advice that she ignored for one reason or another.
I could have ignored all those fairy tale references, but it was the dragging up of the tests that annoyed me. All that with Rhysand felt completely unnecessary, and somewhat degrading, and she kept belittling herself the whole 3 months she was imprisoned! I felt it took away from the character.
Ok! They have magic and superior senses and all that s**t, but that in no way makes them better! The fact that she thinks it somewhat does just pisses me off…
But well… At least I can say that the end of the trials was quite good. It felt right, all of it. The evil witch queen is dead and all is right in the world again.
… if you ignore the fact that she owes a fourth of her life to this unsavory guy for the whole length of her now very immortal life.