I haven't posted in a bit. I'm behind in crits, my blog, and everything else in my life. On the other hand I've been reading, revising, and hanging out with the fam. I think it's a win.
Anyways, I just got done reading A Court of Thorns and Roses, and let me tell you-I have mixed feelings. The characters are fleshed out really well. I like Feyre and Tamlin, I REALLY love Rhys (which, by the way, is the name of one of my characters in the book i'm working on-so weird), and Lucien. I think my hubby is Lucien in real life-that attitude-but I digress.
I love fairy stories. I really like fairy stories that are kind of dreamy: like maybe you're in it, you get lost, and before you know it the book is done and you have nothing left except a year or two of waiting. This is how I usually feel with Robin Hobb or Brandon Sanderson books.
I did get sucked into this book (understatement). It's been kind of hard for me to move on even though Winter (by Marissa Meyer) is just sitting on my desk right now. It's a pretty purple and shiny apple red cover that leers at me every time I leave the bedroom.
In order to purge and get on, I decided to do an overview and go over what I did and did not like about the book.
And don't forget-
Overview- Poor huntress shoots an arrow at a large wolf (unsure of whether it's fae or not) killing said wolf. A large beast comes to get her-offering sanctuary-if she will forfeit her life for the fae that she killed and live on the fairy land past the wall. She agrees to the terms to save her family and herself, only to discover it was a high fae from the summer court she gave her promise to.
-Loved the characters-sexy fae, sympathetic heroine, evil creatures. Really evil creatures.
I would have liked it if Tamlin and Lucien were a little more grey than black and white. Unless it's a court trait, I feel like they should have been a little more shady in their dealings in everything.
-I liked the fact that our heroine wasn't a virgin-I feel that too often society places a female's worth in their piety, and it isn't fair. I like when our female lead has something else to give her man besides her virginity. It also helped take away that "I need you because you were my first" experience with Tamlin.
-I ended up really liking her bitchy sister Nesta. Somehow I have a feeling their mother was tied in with the fae courts and that's what ended up doing her in. It would explain why Nesta wasn't affected by the spell over their family and also how Feyre has a name derived from ancient fae language. I'm not positive, but I think there is a lot there to play with in later books.
-The description of the world is pretty thorough and entrancing. I wish there had been more roaming around outside. I think there were a lot more magical things to see than Feyre had a chance to experience.
-Ugh-Rhysand. I loved him. Loved, loved, loved, loved, loved. Maybe it's the bad boy thing. Maybe it's because he had more thorough conversations with Feyre about what was going on. Maybe it was because he protected her when he didn't really have to. Maybe it's because he could have taken her for more than a week a month. I don't know, but he's the reason this book existed. He kind of has that Hades/Persephone vibe going on-but without the making her do it. I love it. I know I said it again.
-Tamlin and Feyre needed more time together. I had read this reaction from other bloggers too, and I totally agree. Yeah it might be all handsy handsy right now-but the well is eventually going to run dry ladies and gentlemen. Maas has done this to us before (Dorian and Chaol). I guess I'm okay with that if Rhys can be her Rowan.
- You know how the "blight" was Amarantha the whole time? Yeah, I kinda felt bait and switched. like maybe she decided at the last minute to tie it in like that. If she had killed 20 fae children I doubt the courts would have stood by like they did.
-I feel as if Feyre would have had more sympathy and help from the other fae, especially considering what was on the line.
-I don't feel like it was as romantic as it could have been-there was a lot of physical stuff going on there-but nothing that really made me think Feyre couldn't really live without Tamlin if she needed to.