Finally, with a week to go until the third book is released, I am on the ACOTAR bandwagon. I read this book in little over 24 hours and have already requested the second instalment at the library. If you have been living under a rock the past year or so and don’t know what this book is about ACOTAR follows Feyre, a poor girl trying to provide for her family by hunting. One day hunting in the woods bordering the wall into the fae realm, Feyre kills a giant wolf in order to protect her own kill. It turns out this wolf was a fae and as punishment for her actions Feyre must decide by forfeiting her life or living out her days in the fae realms.
Maas very much has a niche and she fills it perfectly. Her fans have a level of dedication to her novels and characters that you rarely see and demonstrates just how well she writes fantasy and builds worlds that readers can immerse themselves in. I found myself invested in the story early on and found it difficult to put down. I didn’t predict all the twists and turns of the novel and found myself racing along with the plot. Maas writes intriguing and likeable characters, even the malevolent ones are appealing in their own way.
I enjoyed the loose links to Beauty and the Beast. This is effectively an adult version of that story. Much more complex and layered, I loved the feeling of escaping into an adult fairytale. I feel this might be a good starting point for those that are new to fantasy and want to pick something up to try. While the story is high fantasy and very immersive, it still has a familiar concept that might help the transition.
This was an easy read that I didn’t want to put down. Maas has done it again and I do plan to follow the series through. i give A Court of Thorns and Roses three roses. I know this may feel a little harsh despite my positive review and if I had of read this five years about I quite possibly would have rated it a full five, but young adult fantasy is not my preferred genre these days. I find I usually only pick these books up occasionally for an easy read. If this is your favourite genre, I guarantee you will love these books.