A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
After Throne of Glass, I never thought I would read Sarah J. Maas again. Thanks to my book club convincing me, I decided to give her another try.
Feyre is the only reason her family is alive. Having lost all their wealth, she and her family live in a small cottage out in the woods. Her father is a broken man, longing for the days of wealth. Her sisters do nothing to help and squander whatever coin Feyra can make from the animals she hunts. But Feyra made a promise to her dying mother, she will take care of the family no matter what they do.
With a stomach caved in from hunger, Feyre must go deeper into the woods to find game. And the farther into the woods she goes, the closer she comes to the borders of the fey. Said to be horrid creatures who once enslaved and tortured humans, Feyra must be careful as she hunts. Some fey are rumored to shape shift, and any animal could be one of them. As she sets her sights on her prey fifty-page build-up and loses her arrow, Feyre will forever change her life.
I had my doubts when starting A Court of Thorns and Roses. The blunt and repetitive foreshadowing grew on my nerves, but I have a strict fifty page limit before giving up. On I went, rolling my eyes at every mention of the animals Feyre hunted as being fey. I understood it the first time, I didn't need a reminder every few sentences or scenes.
I will admit Feyre was a great character to follow. She was strong and independent, willing to do whatever she had to in order to survive. I would have liked to see her internally struggle with some of her choices in fey a bit more, but for the sake of the story moving forward they were quickly made. She did have moments where even the fey called her stupid, which I appreciated because she did make bad decisions. But there can't be a story without conflict. I just wish there had been more build up.
Sarah J. Maas has a tendency to add long trends of filler in between highly addictive action parts. I don't understand this, other than to make more pages out of a book. If you cut out all the filler in this book, I could have given it a higher rating. But for the sake of making time pass in her novel, she adds days of Feyre doing much of nothing other than wandering around in her surroundings. Even when we are introduced to the Blight on the fey, instead of back to back action, we are faced with days of Feyre doing nothing.
I'm willing to try one more book in this series. Given how Feyre's character developed by the end of this novel, I want to know more of what happens to her. We also have the chance of seeing what the other fey courts are like, and I very much want to see Maas' twist on them.