Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses

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Instagram was teeming with ACOTAR references these past months and, even though I tried to resist I caved and finally read it. I was hesitant because I was more than once disappointed by YA books praised by many. Thankfully this was an exception. My faith in the YA genre is thereby restored.

ACOTAR, or A Court of Thorns and Roses, is about Feyre, a human girl, who falls in love with a fairy. Feyre ends up imprisoned in the magical fairy land because she killed a magical creature. The plot is a combination of a love story, a fairy tale and an action adventure. It is well written and it has kept my attention to the end.

After killing a magical wolf Feyre is captured and taken captive. Shortly afterwards she begins to show symptoms of the Stockholm syndrome, like, falling for her captor. How unexpected!

The story is told through Feyre’s perspective, a human girl in possession of great survival and hunting capabilities. These proved to be essential and enough while living in the human realm. Will they be enough in the fairy kingdom? She fumbles around a lot, and maybe that’s why the story unfolds so painstakingly slowly. I didn’t really see where all this was going, until about 200 pages into the book. Which is a lot, if you ask me, and I think many feel like abandoning it. But my advice is, wait for it…

The story finally picks up after Feyre’s quest and purpose becomes clear, well over halfway through. The pace of the book felt like a slow stroll turned suddenly into a full on, albeit short chase.

There are a lot of fairy tale elements in the book. These were not something I expected. At certain points it full-on turns into Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast, which kind of baffled me.

Will she be victorious? All fairy tales have a happy ending but this books is the first in a series of six (I think) so I expect much more action, romance and fairy dust on the way. I will definitely read ACOMAF, A Court of Mist and Fury.

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