I am so excited to share some of my thoughts on “A Court of Thorns and Roses” by Sarah J. Mass. This is the first book I have read of hers, and I just want to read them all now. I absolutely loved this book, the pacing, the structure, the plot. Everything!! This is mainly a post about my favourite quotes and just something I noticed in the book.
You really should have read this book, if you are reading this post since it will be full of spoilers (unless you like to be spoilt), but here is the blurb anyway:
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.
It is similar to the plot of beauty and the beast, but has more depth to it than Disney’s children’s movie.
During the introduction to the poverty stricken Feyre’s life, there is a great contrast between the practicalness of her actions to her families. The one thing that made me feel really sorry for the way she was brought up, when she talks of her mother:
Perhaps it was a merciful thing that she died.
If anything, it left more food for us.
I really enjoyed exploring the faerie court, and the relationship between Feyre and Tamlin. Its particularly funny looking back and realising that all the odd sentences Tamlin said, were an attempt at courting Feyre.
The friendship between Lucien and Feyre is really sweet as well. The first time Feyre cracks a joke is such a cute moment:
“He also said that you like being brushed, and if I’m a clever girl, I might train you with treats.”
Tamlin tipped his head to the sky and roared with laughter, Despite myself, I let out a soft laugh.
“I might die of surprise,” Lucien said behind me. “You made a joke, Feyre.”
The love between Fayre and Tamlin is really slow. I liked the fact that she didn’t turn into to a shallow person after being whisked away to a luxurious castle, with a handsome and powerful master. The hate melted away, as they became people to her, and she didn’t understand that she was falling in love until it was too late (the best way).
One more quote from this section. When she gets to visit the gallery, its just like the scene when Belle sees the library, and her reaction is beautiful:
Pastorals, portraits, still lifes … each a story and an experience, each a voice shouting or whispering or singing about wheat that moment, that feeling, has been like, each a cry into the void of time that they had been here, had existed.
This feels like such an important part for Feyre, a lot of her internal thoughts are regarding the fact that she will be forgotten. She fears this in the cottage with her familty, and this is only amplified when she is stuck Prythian for the rest of her life.
There is a curse, and she could have broken it. They shared a look just before she left, and if Feyre had only opened her mouth this wouldn’t have all happened. Also if she was able to solve that riddle.
I was getting worried about half way through about where this story was heading, but I should not have been. This was an amazing end. The trials proved Feyre’s strength, and courage. I didn’t really like the fact that she was drugged most nights, and didn’t resist that much (but it also showed us how her mental health had taken a serious blow).
The ridddle, the riddle. The only thing that annoyed me about this book. I read it and knew straight away what the answer was. I really want to know why Feyre couldn’t see it until after she had killed two people. Though I did like it when the Queen taunted her with the answer.
There are those who seek me a lifetime but never we meet,
And those I kiss but who trample me beneath ungrateful feet.
At times I see to favor the clever and the fair,
But I bless all those who are brave enough to dare.
By large, my ministrations are soft-handed and sweet,
But scorned, I become a difficult beast to defeat/
For though each of my strikes lands a powerful blow,
When I kill, I do it slow …
The ending!! Feyre becomes a high faerie plauged with the guilt that got her there. I think it is a very realistic reaction. And I can’t wait to read the sequel to find out what happens next. I was so annoyed when I finished A Court of Thorns and Roses and realised that the next book wouldn’t be coming out for another couple of months. I really wanted to start the sequel straight away.
Such a good book.