I only recently discovered the amazing-ness that is A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. I had put off reading this series for years because I had heard such mixed opinions about it. Also, I tend to be a bit wary of over-hyped books. What I found out is that this series deserves every bit of hype it gets! I absolutely DEVOURED this series! I read all four books within a month, and they are not thin ladies (aside from A Court of Frost and Starlight).
Because of my newfound love for this series, I wanted to write a post talking about why I love it so much. I didn’t do individual reviews for each book because I was just fan-girling over each one, which would have led to four separate reviews of me essentially saying, “Ahhhhh!! It was amazinggggg!!” No one really wants that, right? So, I will talk to you about what I love about the series as a whole today 🙂
**WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD! PROCEED AT YOUR OWN RISK!**
The characters in this series are just so well written. The main character, Feyre, is one of the most well-rounded heroines I have read in quite some time. She is strong and fierce, but also struggled with depression and low self-esteem. She is intelligent, but doesn’t feel like it because she struggles with reading. She has a giant capacity to love, but feels guilty about the way her love life has developed. She is complex, and I love that so much.
Also, can I just say that I have never had an author get me hooked into a romance and then completely change my mind within the span of half a book!! I was so pro team Feyre and Tamlin…until Rhysand. He is my new book boyfriend (only second to my actual husband 😉 ) He is so layered, to the point where you are still finding out new information about him in book 3.5. I love the fact that he only shows his true self to the people he truly cares about, and he can’t help but help Feyre, even when he is supposed to be showing his cruel mask. Their love makes me swoon, and I don’t swoon over book characters all that often anymore.
The side characters in this story are all so fully realized, which is always a joy. I have a giant girl crush on Mor, and I love Cassian so very much. I will say, I am not a huge fan of Feyre’s sisters, but especially Nesta. I know she is being set up to thaw out in the rest of the series, but she is the worst right now!! Lucian is still near to my heart, but he just can’t really compare to Mor, Cassian, Azriel and Amren. They are the best squad that I want to be part of 🙂
I absolutely love this world. Sarah J. Maas does such an amazing job of building the world with its magic system. It is complex and nuanced, but it totally makes sense to me. Also, the actual physical world. I love how much detail we get about each of the different courts. I could really visualize myself there. I have a perfect image in my mind of each place she describes. Sometimes descriptive writing can be too much and get boring quickly, but Maas does an amazing job incorporating it into the story. You almost don’t notice the descriptions of their surroundings, and that is the mark of a great writer to me. By the way, I want to live in Velaris so badly!! Preferably in a townhouse somewhere in the Rainbow!
The Politics and War:
I am really not a fan of books with a ton of politics. It generally bores me to no end (this was a huge reason why I didn’t like The Cruel Prince, for example). Also, war scenes are generally not my jam. I just don’t enjoy reading them. It is usually confusingly written, in my opinion, so it is hard to follow along for me. These books did such an amazing job keeping these things interesting and coherent. I found the political intrigue to be fascinating, and the war scenes kept me on the edge of my seat. This is huge for me, and I don’t know if I’ll ever find another series quite like it. (Although, I will say that I have not read Maas’ Throne of Glass series yet, so…)
I am in love with this series. I am sad that Feyre and Rhysand’s story is basically done and we will be moving on with Cassian and Nesta. Especially since I can’t stand Nesta right now. I hope that changes quickly in book 4. The next book needs to come out ASAP. I don’t want to wait to dive back into this beautiful world with these awesome characters!
Thank you for indulging me in my fervor over this series!
Are you a fan of the A Court of Thorns and Roses series? Who is your favorite character? What court would you want to live in? How do you feel about the future of the series? Let’s talk in the comments!
Love and happy reading,