A Court of Thorns and Roses (ACOTAR): When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a terrifying creature arrives to demand retribution. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she knows about only from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not truly a beast, but one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled her world.
At least, he’s not a beast all the time.
As she adapts to her new home, her feelings for the faerie, Tamlin, transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But something is not right in the faerie lands. An ancient, wicked shadow is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it, or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.
(THIS IS FROM THE BOOK COVER-USUALLY I WRITE MY OWN SYNOPSIS BUT I COULDN’T HAVE SAID IT ANY BETTER MYSELF!)
“We need hope as much as we need bread and meat. We need hope, or else we cannot endure.”
What can I say about ACOTAR that hasn’t already been said? Love her or hate her (Honestly, how can anyone not love Sarah J Mass?) She is a master of words. I have yet to be disappointed by her work, and I’m totally impressed that she never fails to deliver interesting, genuine, and enchanting characters.
I fell hard for Tamlin and got completely swept up in his kindness and strength. Feyre kicked ass throughout the entire book, and her heart really brought the story to the next level. I loved this one so much I finished it in one sitting. Sleep be damned!
ACOTAR definitely falls into the grey space between YA and Adult Fantasy, sitting comfortably in the ‘New Adult’ category. Be prepared that some scenes are definitely for a mature audience. I’ve said this before, but do your research and make sure you are comfortable with the content.
I found an old interview where Sarah explained how one of her favorite fairytales morphed into ACOTAR…….
𝘐 𝘢𝘴𝘬𝘦𝘥 𝘮𝘺𝘴𝘦𝘭𝘧 ‘𝘞𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘪𝘧 𝘉𝘦𝘢𝘶𝘵𝘺 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘢 𝘩𝘶𝘯𝘵𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘴? 𝘈𝘯𝘥 𝘸𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘪𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘉𝘦𝘢𝘴𝘵 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘢 𝘴𝘩𝘢𝘱𝘦-𝘴𝘩𝘪𝘧𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘧𝘢𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘦 𝘭𝘰𝘳𝘥?'” 𝘴𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘢𝘺𝘴. “𝘐’𝘷𝘦 𝘣𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘰𝘣𝘴𝘦𝘴𝘴𝘦𝘥 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘧𝘢𝘪𝘳𝘺𝘵𝘢𝘭𝘦𝘴 𝘮𝘺 𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘳𝘦 𝘭𝘪𝘧𝘦, 𝘴𝘰 𝘪𝘵’𝘴 𝘯𝘰 𝘴𝘶𝘳𝘱𝘳𝘪𝘴𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘣𝘰𝘰𝘬 𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘳𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘰𝘧𝘧 𝘢𝘴 𝘢 𝘳𝘦𝘵𝘦𝘭𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘨.”
This brings me to the first location of importance: Sparkling Lake
‘There, in a clearing surrounded by towering trees, lay a sparkling silver pool. Even from a distance, I could tell that it wasn’t water, but something more rare and infinitely more precious.’
This quote is from one of my favorite scenes in ACOTAR. A lot is revealed about the relationship forming between Tamlin, Feyre, and Lucien at this point. We begin to understand some of the more profound struggles surrounding not only their friendship but the immortal world as a whole.
Let’s be real; there isn’t any part of this book I don’t love. But Chapter 18 definitely changed a few things for me. 😉
This brings me to the Second location of importance: Tamlins Garden
“Who wants someone around who’s covered in thorns? Thorny, Prickly, Sour, Contrary.”
I understand that Feyre is meant to be portrayed a certain way, but I liked her from the first page of ACOTAR. Who else would promise their dying mother that she would take care of her family..even though her family treats her like trash?
We could all use someone as loyal as Feyre, but I can’t tell yet if she’s incredibly gullible or not. A Court of Mist and Fury arrived this afternoon, so I guess I will find out soon!
This map is from: :https://ofmidnightravings.wordpress.com/2017/12/05/top-ten-tuesday-bookish-settings-id-like-to-gatecrash-into-2/