Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses
Author: Sarah J Maas
Date published: May 2015
Genre: YA Paranormal/Fantasy Romance
Rating: 3.7 stars
Dear Sarah J Maas Stop playing with my goddamn emotions. Regards,
An emotional wreck
I can’t help it. I have this love/hate vibe with Sarah J Maas’s books. I love her writing style, I love her plots, I love her imagination. I love the fact that she always has bad ass, strong female characters who give absolute no shits about what people think of them. I love the fact that these characters are not perfect, they are flawed as hell and that is ok. While I definitely enjoyed A Court of Thorns and Roses, there are a couple of things that don’t sit well with me in this novel. Again, love/hate relationship with Maas’s work which is ironically much like the way she portray’s romance in her novels…
What bothers me though is the romance in Maas’s novels. I feel like I have to warn Throne of Glass fans that this is very different because it is essentially Paranormal Romance rather than Fantasy.
I have noticed a trend in Maas’s novels. She evidently has a thing for the “bad boy” cliche because in every Maas novel the female protagonist falls in love with the dude that initially treats her badly, in this case it is Feyre who falls in love with her captor Tamlin. Stockholm Syndrome much? However, Maas has a knack for character development and by the time you’re halfway through the novel you’ll be cheering that “bad boy” on. I will not deny that I’m one of those people but I also know that first love interest in a Maas novel is just a warm up and she will most likely destroy it in the next book.
There also are two incidents in this novel that are basically sexual assault and main character kind of brushes it off… That pissed off the feminist in me because while I understand that this is just fiction there are a lot of young girls and guys who love this trilogy. I would hope that they are smart enough to know that forcing someone to do something against their will or being forced to do something against your will is not OK. These two incidents romanticise assault and that is a dangerous game to be playing.
Beside the problems I have point out above I did enjoy this novel. Even though I am confident my OTP will be annihilated in the next novel I will continue this series. I hope that the next two books will explore the world a little more indepthly. The magic is interesting, these Fae are very different from the Fae in Throne of Glass. I am really keen on seeing this world grow. If you love Paranormal Romance and Fantasy you might enjoy ACOTAR. And for those of you who have not read Throne of Glass just yet, you can check out my review here.