A Court of Thorns and Roses is the first book in an extremely popular high fantasy new adult series. It follows a human girl called Feyre, who while hunting to provide for her father and sisters, comes across a wolf that she kills. It turns out the wolf was actually a faerie and as you can imagine drama ensues.
The pace of the book is rather slow, not a lot happens in the first three quarters of the book. Though I still liked reading even the slow parts, which is, as I just said, the majority of the book. Most of the time the worldbuilding and descriptions flowed smoothly, but there were a couple of times where I was thrown out of the story because I had to roll my eyes at the writing. I mean, what is the purpose of saying a shiver ‘spider-walked’ down her spine? What is that even, a shiver went down her spine, there were no insects involved. I burst out laughing when I saw it again a second time.
It talks about the struggles of home and family, keeping and breaking promises and how that is part of life. I enjoyed the plot and the characters, but it wasn’t outstanding. There are no parts that particularly stand out to me as either predominantly good or bad, yet I found myself wanting to keep reading and enjoying every second of it. It’s a weird feeling because I didn’t really feel anything special for the characters.
Tamlin, the love interest, is supposed to be this swoon-worthy High Fae warrior, but even when he displays strength he comes off as weak. He’s basically a magical brooding teddy bear. Yet, for some unknown reason, I still managed to power through the book in a couple of days while liking it all the way through. I’m trying to figure out how that’s possible, but I can’t come up with anything logical. My feelings towards this book are nonsense, complete and utter nonsense. The only reason I even started reading this series is because I wanted to read A Court of Mist and Fury, which is supposed to be out of this world amazing.
Now, it might seem like I didn’t care for this book at all, but that’s not exactly true. I liked it enough to give it three stars, there just wasn’t anything that stood out, nothing spectacular. A Court of Thorns and Roses left me with mixed feelings. Frustration over the fact that I can’t quite put a finger on what I disliked about it, and excitement for what’s to come next. Thanks for reading this mess of a review, I promise to do better next time!