Oh! My! God! This book! I have not read a book this good since… I don’t even know when! Maybe since The Silmarillion! I really want to give it five out of five stars because this is so easily one of my favourite books that I’ve ever read, it is so good that I already want to read it again, and am shaking with excitement about reading the next book in the series. Unfortunately, even though it is so amazingly perfectly awesome, there is one problem with it that prevents me from rating it a full five stars, and that is the enormous, stupid – would be – ending – but I’ll get to that later.
Let the review begin!
This book was a big deal for me. Before reading it I knew that I would either absolutely love it, or want to throw it as far away from me as I could because Beauty and the Beast is one of my all-time favourite stories. Thankfully, Sarah managed to write a masterpiece and made this Beauty and the Beast fan very proud.
I’m not really sure where to start with this. Maybe at the beginning? I was hooked from the very first chapter. Sarah’s writing is captivating to say the very least. She chooses every event, every action, and every word in this book with care and precision. Not one sentence is wasted or used as filler,
Her style, her layout, and, in the case of this book, her poetry, and limericks, all flow so well. Her writing is a wave that just carries you to the next wave, and the one after that, and on and on and on, each word intrinsic, carrying you to wherever it is you are going to end up.
I take a ride up and down the emotional spectrum with A Court of Thorns and Roses. I was filled with both and rage at the start of the book, after the killing of the wolf, mostly because I love wolves, but also because Sarah’s writing is so intense and vivid that it felt kind of real.
As the story progressed I went from happy to sad, sorry to fed-up, jealous to annoyed, scared to excited, turned on to turned off, and round and round until I was emotionally exhausted. Let’s not even talk about how many times I blurted out with laughter, if anyone was there to hear me, they’d think I was crazy.
There isn’t too much to say about the story as it is an adaptation of Beauty and the Beast and so the story isn’t really the book’s story, and I’m pretty sure everyone already knows the tale as old as time.
However, there are a few things to say.
The fantasy element is incorporated very well, and perfectly reflects the fairytale side of it. Of course, there are parts in ACOTAR that don’t come from the Beauty and the Beast story, like the trials and what not, and they seem to go so organically with the story and fit in perfectly. In fact, the new elements that Sarah has added actually kind of expand and further the story.
I also really enjoyed how she added in even the tiniest little details from the fairytale, like the chipped tea cup in her house, the picking of the rose, and the big things, too, of course.
As for the characters, they are kind of similar to Belle and the Beast and Gaston, etc. but they also have a lot of unique traits that make them original and separate them from their counterparts.
I actually forgot to write this part and had to come back and add it in. I just want to talk about how good Sarah’s erotic writing is. Like, it’s SO good! Admittedly, I haven’t read many erotic novels, but any that I have read have nothing on Sarah’s. It’s so hot and so intense and so passionate. She should toooootally write something in the erotica genre… even if it does have faeries in it.
Now. The one thing that lets this book down. The massive, for lack of a better phrase, plot hole.
Normally I wouldn’t write any spoilers in my reviews, but this bugs me too much not to write about. Okay, so, near the end when Tamlin sends away Feyre… WHY WOULD HE DO THAT? IT MAKES NO SENSE!
His logic behind this decision is to keep her safe, correct? Okay, but sending her away actually puts her in more danger, and takes away her only chance for safety. The threat that looms over her is Amarantha, whose goal is to take over Prythian and then destroy the mortal world. Well, the only way to stop Amarantha is by breaking the curse so everyone gets back their power, and the only way to break the curse is for a mortal (Feyre) to fall in love with Tamlin. So, knowing that there are only a couple of days left to break the curse, and knowing that if he doesn’t then Amarantha will take over and soon destroy the mortal world, wouldn’t it make sense to keep Feyre nearby and use every last second to break the curse? By sending her away he sends away the only chance to break the curse, and thus loses his only chance to stop Amarantha, and the humans obviously stand no chance of defeating her and her people once they invade. So, by sending her away, he is basically ensuring her death. FAIL!!!
Sarah! What happened there?!?
Phew! It feels good to have gotten that off my chest. Now!
I don’t think I really need to clarify that I absolutely loved this book. It’s easily in my top 10 books that I’ve ever read.
The recommended audience is pretty obvious, but to be honest, I think everyone should just read this because it is so damn good!