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Torn by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Torn (A Wicked Saga #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Published on July 19, 2016 by Jennifer L. Armentrout.

Links: Goodreads.

Source: purchased for Kindle.

Genre: paranormal NA romance.

My rating:

Torn between duty and survival, nothing can be the same. Everything Ivy Morgan thought she knew has been turned on its head. After being betrayed and then nearly killed by the Prince of the Fae, she’s left bruised and devastated—and with an earth-shattering secret that she must keep at all costs. And if the Order finds out her secret, they’ll kill her.

Everything Ivy Morgan thought she knew has been turned on its head. After being betrayed and then nearly killed by the Prince of the Fae, she’s left bruised and devastated—and with an earth-shattering secret that she must keep at all costs. And if the Order finds out her secret, they’ll kill her. Then there’s Ren Owens, the sexy, tattooed Elite member of the Order who has been sharing Ivy’s bed and claiming her heart. Their chemistry is smoking hot, but Ivy knows that Ren has always valued his duty to the Order above all else—he could never touch her if he knew the truth. That is, if he let her live at all. Yet how can she live with herself if she lies to him?

Then there’s Ren Owens, the sexy, tattooed Elite member of the Order who has been sharing Ivy’s bed and claiming her heart. Their chemistry is smoking hot, but Ivy knows that Ren has always valued his duty to the Order above all else—he could never touch her if he knew the truth. That is, if he let her live at all. Yet how can she live with herself if she lies to him? But as the Fae Prince begins to close in, intent on permanently opening the gates to the Otherworld, Ivy is running out of options. If she doesn’t figure out who she can trust—and fast—it’s not only her heart that will be torn apart, but civilization itself.

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This is the review for the second part of A Wicked Saga, so there will definitely be some spoilers for the first book of the series. If you’re new to it, you can start by reading my notes on Wicked (it’s not exactly a review, but yeah).

I buddy-read Torn with Becky and Danya, which was my first experience of the kind and I enjoyed it A LOT. We read it in three relatively equal parts (first 10 chapters, then the next 10, then a sprint to the end) and vented after each one. Their comments made me snort-laugh, so you’d better go check out their reviews here and here!

So. Torn. I am in two minds about this book. I would have given it an even lower rating if it wasn’t for its readability and my weakness for Armentrout’s writing. I flew through each of the thirds and liked the tempo if nothing else. However, it’s also a pretty horrible book. If someone told me this was where the story would go, I honestly wouldn’t have started the series. That’s how annoyed I was.

The first issue I have is with Ivy. We find out she’s a halfling (half human, half fae) at the end of Wicked. This means that the fae prince will want to make a baby with her in order to open the gates to the Otherworld, allowing all the nasty fae to swarm into the human realm and take over. I was not okay with this “a woman’s womb is the possible source of the apocalypse” plotline, and I was even less impressed by how Armentrout dealt with it. I mean, I never expected Armentrout to write a feminist story but this was just plain awful.

There are several instances where Ivy is nearly raped, threatened with rape, and drugged by the prince and forced to do things she never would have done otherwise. AGAIN, I know some authors can write about such delicate issues and master them beautifully, however, Armentrout is not such a writer. She has Ivy feeling ashamed for her actions, even though she keeps telling herself she did nothing wrong, and feeling guilty, too. That is appalling. Okay. I’m changing my rating (from 2.5 hearts). This is pissing me off too much even as I write.

Ivy is also so damn cliché when it comes to her personal image. When she’s not thinking that she’s an abomination because she is half-fae (yawn), she’s thinking that she isn’t hot enough for Ren – because he is gorgeous and she is just this special, milk-skinned redhead that no one would look at twice. *facepalm*

Another problem I had was with Ren. The guy was really hot in Wicked and even though he subscribed to the Order’s weird mentality (they killed two innocent people in this part, for example, because their daughter was suspected of being a halfling – she wasn’t, so they were killed for nothing), he was strong and confident and, well, kind of mouth-watering. In Torn, however, he starts off by being an overprotective jackass and steadily progresses into being a controlling, judgmental asshole. Why this change? I have no idea, especially as he’s somewhat redeemed at the end of the book. But I can’t reconcile this last-chapter Ren with the unreasonable guy we meet in the first half of the book. I usually read Armentrout’s books for a good amount of sass and sex and now I couldn’t even enjoy those. Meh.

Armentrout also did a fantastic job of isolating Ivy from all her friends. She even can’t trust Tink properly now that he’s a man-sized brownie, not a tiny winged creature anymore (yeah, that happened…). There are also no significant women left around her – and unless one fae lady who helped her and another human one become much more prominent characters in the third book, Ivy is going to be the only woman around. Also, Armentrout calls women “females”. I just… wow.

Oh! Oh! And Ivy makes a deal that … wait, that’s a spoiler. *spoiler in white* Anyway, she makes a deal with the prince that goes like this: he will release Ren, who has been captured, beaten, and fed on, if she willingly submits to the prince in three weeks – aka sleeps with him in order to make the door-making baby. And she agrees to the deal because a) she feels guilty about Ren being captured, even though we later find out he’d been an asshole and went fae hunting without being ready; b) she doesn’t feel good enough because she’s a halfling anyway, and c) muses that she could still kill herself before sleeping with the prince if she doesn’t manage to escape in time. SHOOT. ME. NOW. *end spoiler* Okay, I feel better now.

I’m not even sure I’ll be reading the third part. Probably not, even though I’m on a mission to finish more series (doing… poorly) and I want to know if Armentrout is capable of redeeming herself. I kind of thought Torn might be the final part but I saw that we have one more book to go (or so it seems now). I was also shocked to see that Torn has a 4,3 rating on Goodreads! Were we even reading the same book?! I don’t think I’ll be picking up her next series, whatever it is, so this might just be the final goodbye. It’s sad and harsh but there are just so many better books out there.

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Have you read Wicked and/or Torn? What did you think?

Do you have any good paranormal recs for me?

I’d love to hear from you! :)

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A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J. Maas
Published in May 2016 by Bloomsbury Children's Books.

Links: Goodreads.

Source: purchased (paperback).

Genre: New Adult High Fantasy.

My rating:

Feyre is immortal. After rescuing her lover Tamlin from a wicked Faerie Queen, she returns to the Spring Court possessing the powers of the High Fae. But Feyre cannot forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people – nor the bargain she made with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court.

As Feyre is drawn ever deeper into Rhysand’s dark web of politics and passion, war is looming and an evil far greater than any queen threatens to destroy everything Feyre has fought for. She must confront her past, embrace her gifts and decide her fate. She must surrender her heart to heal a world torn in two.

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So. I might be a black sheep again with this one. This review will be FULL OF SPOILERS because it’s very hard to talk about most of what’s happened in the story without spoiling you for something since a pivotal event occurs at about 10% of the book. If you’d like to see a nonspoilery review of A Court of Thorns and Roses, the first book in the series, you can read it here.

I’m not even counting this one towards my Retelling Challenge because there’s no clear source of inspiration that I can see, unlike with the first book, which was loosely based on Beauty and the Beast and also Tam Lin.

Let’s do the positives first, shall we? This is a very fast read. It has more than 600 pages and yet I read it in 3 or 4 days despite my rather hectic schedule these days. Sarah J. Maas is the queen of bingeable books and I can see why they’re extremely popular. The story is quick and the writing good enough to pull you in.

And, uh, it’s… um… yeah. I have nothing more. *sigh*

What you have to know is that this is the second time I’ve been seriously disappointed with how Maas handled her relationships in her series. In my (spoilery!) review of Queen of Shadows, I complained about how she spent two books developing a relationship between two characters, only to drop it like a hot potato in favor of a new, shiny one. It ticked me off. Why did I bother getting invested in that couple when she was going to break them up anyway? So you can imagine my surprise when she did it again! Tamlin and Feyre are no more and now we have Rhys and Feyre to root for. Ugh.

This is not to say that I don’t prefer Feyre with Rhys. Because I do. I never particularly liked Tamlin but that doesn’t mean I wanted him to become this horrible creature that he is in this second book! Seriously, you guys, can anyone explain this shift to me? I complained about how Maas changed Chaol’s nature in Queen of Shadows but this change here was extreme. I know Tamlin was an overbearing ass from the start but he’s gone completely crazy here. Oh and Lucian? The one character I liked from A Court of Thorns and Roses? He’s a spineless worm, that’s what he is.

I also wanted to smack Feyre a couple of times. Look, I get it, she got through a horrible ordeal and is suffering from PTSD, but her actions – or rather non-actions – were painful to read about. Maas made her relationship with Tamlin seem abusive – and I’m not talking just about the part where he locked up like an animal, I’m talking about the sex where she feels nothing and yet allows Tamlin to come to her bed every night. This is a very problematic attitude, especially in a book that’s geared towards a young audience.

Which brings me to my next point. This is NOT a young adult book! I have no idea why the series was picked up by a children’s publisher because this clearly falls into new adult category. I’m not going to say it’s an adult fantasy because Feyre is too naive to exist as a proper adult character and some of the topics are simply too “young” to be counted as adult (am I even making sense right now?) but there is killing and sex and I can’t say I would like my 17-year-old future kid reading this stuff. I mean, people, you know I’m not a prude, but this wall-banging, body-licking, scream-inducing sex is hardly something that should be in books for teenagers – if nothing else, it sets up unrealistic expectations. :)

Okay, so I do like Rhys. I like how he is with Feyre, he doesn’t take her decisions away from her, he doesn’t speak for her and she’s a better person all around when she’s with him. So there you go, another positive thing I have to say about this book.

BUT PEOPLE, why does EVERYONE have to have a tragic story here? Like there’s Mor who was beaten (and probably raped) by her own family because she refused to be bartered off like a prize mare. There are Feyre’s sisters who get turned into Fae against their will (hello, have we learned nothing from the first book? Changing people without their consent is bad!). There are the two badass warriors (um, their names escape me) and each of them has gone through hell to become the great man that he is. Why can’t we have someone who is a good person despite having had a very nice childhood? I can assure you, it is possible to know about sacrifice and hardships without actually having been beaten half to death. Promise. It’s also possible to be a good lead character if you’re human! Imagine that.

And the similarities between her two series!! Gah! Both Celaena and Feyre are very beautiful and skinny and everyone loves them and wants to be with them. They make ancient, immortal males swoon and follow them around like puppies. Said males are protective and gruff but really have hearts of gold. Their crews of other badass males are all damaged and scary but they have their reasons for looking like they’re going to rip your throat out. Save me, please.

Yeah, if you’re still reading this, you deserve a hug. *hug* 

Anyway, I wasn’t even a fan of the ending. Nope. Feyre has gone to spy at Tamlin’s court and will basically sell her body for information if I understand things correctly. But you know, as long as she knows she really loves Rhys. Ugh. Ugh. Ugh.

So many things! But you know what? I’m almost a 100% sure I’ll be reading the sequel anyway because a) I want to finish the series and b) I want to see where she takes it. I just hope (I really hope) it will be a trilogy. If it gets stretched into a longer series, I might not bother after all.

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*long exhale*

So. Now it’s your turn. What did you think about this one?

Has a series (or an author) ever disappointed you like this?

I’d love to hear from you! :)

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Hot and Nerdy by Shannyn Schroeder

Hot and Nerdy (Series) by Shannyn Schroeder
Published in 2015 by Lyrical Press.

Links: Goodreads.

Source: publisher via Netgalley. Thank you Lyrical Press for providing me with an e-copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

Genre: NA contemporary romance .

My rating:

When Reese Carter bands together with Adam, fellow comic enthusiast and illustrator, it appears that they have formed a dream team sure to propel them into the comic hall of fame. Adam Hayes has never met a girl like Reese. She’s sassy, smart, and loves talking comics, although he can’t see why she’d choose DC over Marvel. But this relationship is strictly professional. Or so he tells himself…

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Sydney Peters can’t wait to finally drop the cymbals in marching band and devote time to her true love: drums. She’s blocking out the cacophony during practice, especially sax serenades from Hunter Reed. But when Hunter offers her a paid gig as a drummer in his band, Sydney quickly changes her tune. Hunter is fascinated by Sydney’s distant allure. When he sees how passionate she is behind the drums, he orchestrates a plan to find out if she kisses like she plays.

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Free Mitchell loves the theater. But so far he’s played against character by following in his father’s footsteps as an investment banker. But nothing’s prepared him to play boyfriend to Samantha Wolf. Samantha isn’t quite sure what to think of Free. He’s cute, sweet, and quirky, but his outlandish costumes make him seem crazy. The more time they spend together, the more their steamy romance begins to take center stage.

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his-new-jamThis is a series review for His Work of ArtHis New Jam and His Dream Role, three novellas that all revolve around three best friends in college. The stories overlap somewhat and it’s hard to talk about them separately, so I thought I would just mash them together and see what happens. These are apparently also sequels to other similar novels (novellas?) but they function quite well on their own.

I liked all three couples – they are smart, talented young people who (mostly) know what they want.

I thought Adam from His Work of Art was a bit of a scaredy cat – he’s a black guy (yeah about that – can you tell he’s black from the cover? I sure can’t…) who has real issues when dating a white girl, which prevented him from truly enjoying his time with Reese, even though she didn’t seem to care about it. I know that interracial couples can still encounter difficulties but I wish the topic was dealt with in a more profound manner – but this is difficult because novellas don’t exactly offer a lot of breathing room. I would love to see their comic, though. I’m a newbie when it comes to comics and graphic novels but their work sounds amazing.

his-dream-roleI think His New Jam was my favourite – I have a soft spot for musicians despite the fact that I can’t play any instruments. Sydney and Hunter’s story was one I like in general – the tough girl who can’t seem to open her heart to anyone because she’s been burned before and the flirty boy who has to convince her that she is not just a fling.

But I didn’t really connect with Free (Humphrey) and Samantha from His Dream Role, as their problems seemed to be the most superficial – Sam is a social work student who wants to disconnect herself from her very wealthy family. She thinks Free is a struggling actor, while he’s really an heir to an investment banking empire and when she finds out, she freaks. Well, okay, so he never told her about his family – but then she never asked. *sigh* You see what I mean?

All in all, these three would probably work better if they were actually parts of one story, as in one single book. There would be less repetition and probably more cohesion, but they were still entertaining and sweet.

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Do you know any of Shannyn Schroeder’s work? I might check out her full-length novels!

Do you read novellas at all? I’m never sure about them but these were pretty okay.

I’d love to hear from you! :)

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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Published 2013 by Pan Macmillan.

Links: Goodreads.

Source: Borrowed from a library.

Genre: YA/NA contemporary.

My rating:

Cath and Wren are identical twins, and until recently they did absolutely everything together. Now they’re off to university and Wren’s decided she doesn’t want to be one half of a pair any more – she wants to dance, meet boys, go to parties and let loose. It’s not so easy for Cath. She’s horribly shy and has always buried herself in the fan fiction she writes, where she always knows exactly what to say and can write a romance far more intense than anything she’s experienced in real life.

Now Cath has to decide whether she’s ready to open her heart to new people and new experiences, and she’s realizing that there’s more to learn about love than she ever thought possible …

srcekAhh this book! I haven’t written a review in more than three weeks and here I am, 20 minutes after finishing Fangirl, typing away, eager to share with you just how much I liked this story.

Here’s what happened 5 minutes after I read it:

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I rarely resort to visual aids when writing reviews but this sums up my feelings quite accurately.

But don’t get confused, now, this book isn’t anything like your usual fluff. It’s not a romance (though there’s kissing involved) and it’s hard sometimes and it made my chest hurt. But in the best way possible. I may have teared up a little, too.

I went into Fangirl without reading any reviews, I just knew it was about a girl who wrote fan fic and people loved it and I was afraid it was going to be one of those hyped-up books that people adore and gush about and I sometimes end up expecting the impossible and the books disappoint me. But it wasn’t! YAY! (I’m usually much more coherent. And now I keep mystyping words Levi-style.)

Anyway, Cath (short for Cather) is a fan fiction writer and a girl very reluctant to start college. She’s only going because her twin sister (Wren) is going and though Wren doesn’t want to be her roommate (they’d always shared a room), Cath can’t stand not going where she goes. That’s about all you need to know about this book’s plot. Anything else and we’re in spoiler territory, I think, and I hate spoilers.

I really, really appreciated the characters of this story. Cath is perfect (by which I mean I loved her) – only she’s not, she has bad anxiety problems, worries too much and lives in a fictional world most of the time. She has trust issues and is extremely introverted and I loved how Rowell managed to convey this horrible feeling of being thrust into an unknown situation that absolutely terrified Cath. I could feel my heart breaking for her but I also admired her, even if she had her ups and downs and wanted to spend all her days holed up in her room, eating peanut butter.

Reagan, Cath’s unwilling roommate, ended up being my favourite character. Somehow. I just think that friends like that are hard to come by and that people who do have one of them should really just hug them and never let go (even if Reagan might have punched Cath if she ever tried to hug her).

And there’s Levi. Oh, Levi. (By the way, how do you pronounce his name? Leave-ee? Leave-ay? In Slovenian, “levi” means “the left one” or “lions”, depending on how you pronounce the “e”.) He’s… ugh, words are actually failing me at this point. I knew a guy like him – he was a passing acquaintance, really, I never got to know him – a guy who’s friendly with everyone and shares his happiness with the world, and you could fall for him but know you shouldn’t because you’re just one of the many people he’s making feel like they’re special (I like that Levi isn’t perfectly perfect!). I want to say he’s “happy-go-lucky” but that’s not right, either. He’s elusive, Levi, and just about the best love interest I’ve read about in a long time. I feel like I should add him to my post about good guys!

We also have to talk about Wren, the courageous twin, who’s more messed up than she’s willing to let anyone believe. She annoyed me so much for most of the novel but I get why she’s like that. Ohh, I love reading about unloveable characters who actually deserve to be loved. How does Rowell pull this off? It’s like she’s magic with character psychology.

Oh and if you’re up for a debate on fan fiction, I’d love to discuss how wonderful the Simon Snow inserts were here and the whole commentary on fan fiction writing. Did you know that Carry On (that’s what Cath is writing in Fangirl) is being published this year?

So go read Fangirl if you haven’t alreadyYES, really, even if you don’t normally read YA contemporaries. Get out of your comfort zone and give it a try. And then if you’re as impressed with it as I was, go for Eleanor and Park, which was kind of amazing, too.

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Have you read Fangirl? Or anything else by Rainbow Rowell? 

Are you an introvert? How do you cope with uncomfortable situations? 

I’d love to hear from you! :)

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Upside Down by Lia Riley

Upside Down (Off The Map #1) by Lia Riley
Published August 5, 2014 by Grand Central / Forever.

Links: Goodreads. Amazon. Book Depository. Barnes & Noble.

Source: Publisher via Netgalley. Thank you Grand Central / Forever for providing me with an e-copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

Genre: NA contemporary romance.

My rating:

Twenty-one-year-old Natalia Stolfi is saying good-bye to the past-and turning her life upside down with a trip to the land down under. For the next six months, she’ll act like a carefree exchange student, not a girl sinking under the weight of painful memories. Everything is going according to plan until she meets a brooding surfer with hypnotic green eyes and the troubling ability to see straight through her act.

Bran Lockhart is having the worst year on record. After the girl of his dreams turned into a nightmare, he moved back home to Melbourne to piece his life together. Yet no amount of disappointment could blind him to the pretty California girl who gets past all his defenses. He’s never wanted anyone the way he wants Talia. But when Bran gets a stark reminder of why he stopped believing in love, he and Talia must decide if what they have is once in a lifetime . . . or if they were meant to live a world apart. (Goodreads)

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This review contains spoilers, even though this is book one in the series.

This was one of those NA reads that you blast through in one sitting. Which is, in itself, usually a good thing! But here, I found myself skipping ahead because I couldn’t really connect with the characters. Or their stories. I fell for the pretty cover once again and it bit me in the butt.

The main reason for my dislike: too much angst. Look, I like some drama in my romance, sure, but here, both people are traumatised by the things that happened in their pasts so they have difficulty connecting to each other. Let’s take a look at them, shall we?

I liked Talia better. I actually enjoyed the fact that a main character in a romance has a mental problem, OCD in this case, and gets anxious if her rituals aren’t performed (like eating two chips at the same time, never one, and unplugging the appliances and locking the door). She’s convinced that this problem of hers got her sister killed – she died in a car crash that clearly wasn’t Talia’s fault but her mother blames her for it anyway. I really hated the mother, let me tell you that. I get that she’s grieving but that’s no excuse to act the way she did.

By the beginning of the novel, Talia’s spiralling, she flunked her year in college and is escaping to Australia for a semester to cover that fact/get her shit together. So far, so good, yeah?

Enter Bran. At first, he just seems like a bit of a jerk with too many ex-hookups and a bad attitude but let me list all the things that have happened to him that made him the way he is:

  • His parents are ultra-rich but he doesn’t want their dirty money.
  • He got his high school girlfriend from Denmark pregnant and offered to marry her.
  • She cheated on him while pregnant.
  • She told him she got an abortion.
  • He flew off in a huff and survived a plane crash and decided his life is meaningless (or something).
  • He slept with his best friend’s ex and said it didn’t mean anything and was then surprised when said friend held a grudge over it.
  • He now lives with two roommates, one of whom is an extremely bitchy young woman who basically calls Talia a slut. Nice.
  • His ex-fiancé came back to Australia, telling him she cheated on him on purpose to get him to call off the wedding – she actually kept the baby but the poor thing died because it had a birth defect. (It was around here that I just wanted the novel to finish – and seriously considered DNF-ing it because really.)
  • He invites Talia to come live with him (after a two-month relationship) on Tasmania.
  • He thinks Talia is hooking up with the aforementioned friend with a grudge and is intensely nasty to her, leaving her on the street, in the rain, telling her he now doesn’t want her to move to Tasmania with him (omg this is so ridiculous).
  • Instead of phoning or e-mailing her when she goes back to the US, he follows her a week or so later (I don’t remember correctly) to convince her to make a go of it and come to Tasmania after all (OK so I’ve lowered the rating twice during the time I was writing this review. Gah.)

AND SHE TAKES HIM BACK AND MOVES TO TASMANIA WITH HIM!!!!

People, I don’t know what to say. I know love is blind and all but in all seriousness: I wanted to give Bran a good strong kick in the posterior and then shake Talia for a bit to make her come to her senses.

I will not be reading the two sequels to this novel, especially since contrary to most NA series, they do not focus on other couples but on Talia and Bran again. I simply can’t stand any more of their story and that’s that. Oh, yeah, and there’s one really awkward sex scene in the book that just made me cringe (and not normal-awkward in the sense of two strangers hooking up and not knowing their way around each other; it was just spectacularly weird).

Upside Down was, sadly, just not written for me.

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Have you, perchance, read Upside Down? What did you think of it?

Do you like bad boys with a touch of asshole or do you prefer your gents with a modicum of sense and kindness?

As always, I’d love to hear from you! ;)

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1) by Sarah J. Maas
Published May 2015 by Bloomsbury.

Links: Goodreads. Amazon.

Source: Purchased (paperback).

Genre: YA fantasy.

My rating:

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin-one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow over the faerie lands is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin – and his world – forever.

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I’ve been tracking some of the reviews for A Court of Thorns and Roses these past few weeks and it seems that readers either absolutely adored this book or felt rather “meh” about it. I fall into the second category, unfortunately, and here’s why:

I liked Feyre. She’s the provider of her family, a huntress, and has some pretty cool skills. But I didn’t connect with her and consequently, I didn’t feel her attraction to Tamlin (another fairytale reference; I don’t know the legend of Tam Lin well but here he is!). So their romance fell flat for me – which is BAD because this is mostly a book about their romance. I knew there was the obligatory hook-up coming up but I was still surprised when we went from “I don’t trust you and you’re evil” to “hello, we’re naked”.

I’m also not a huge fan of the Beauty and the Beast retelling without a twist to the original story (Cruel Beauty was pretty original in this regard and I’ve just finished Uprooted by Naomi Novik, a wonderful, magical book); Stockholm Syndrome aside, it seemed like Feyre did nothing really interesting in her time at Tamlin’s court.

The second half (or so) of the book is more interesting; I can’t get into details because of spoilers but there’s a definite change of pace. At certain points the graphic violence seemed a bit over the top – please don’t call me a prude for saying this, I read books that feature violence quite often (they’re hard to avoid if you like high fantasy, in fact) and I can handle my guts and gore, but there’s a time and place for torture and gruesomeness and this didn’t feel like it. It’s a matter of personal preference. *slight spoiler in white* I also disliked the fact that Feyre spent half her time of that second part drugged out (hello, Mockingjay!). *end spoiler*

BUT! Don’t despair yet!

While I didn’t particularly care for Feyre and Tamlin, I really liked some of the other characters. It’s a recurring “problem” I have with Maas’s books, apparently – her Throne of Glass series appealed to me because I found her side characters so great (especially in Heir of Fire). Here, I enjoyed Lucien, Rhysand (both fae) and Nesta (Feyre’s “evil” sister) and I really hope they get more significant roles in the sequel(s). Both Lucien and Rhys were much more interesting than Tamlin in terms of romance! :)

Maas also writes stories that pull you in and refuse to let go – I think I read this book in two days and the writing’s cool. I like her language and imagery and she can always be counted on to provide fun banter and gorgeous dresses!

All in all, I’ll buy and read the next book in the series, that’s for sure. Especially because my love for Throne of Glass grew with each instalment and while I didn’t really like Celaena in books 1 and 2, she grew on me in Heir of Fire. I’m hoping the same will happen with A Court of Thorns and Roses and Feyre.

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Have you read A Court of Thorns and Roses? What did you think?

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