Hello lovelies and welcome to all things ACOTAR. I wanted to wait until I had finished the series before I popped over here to tell you my thoughts. Warning…there may be mild *SPOILERS*.
I jumped on this band wagon a bit late and I read these books as slow as I could. It took me 13 days to read all four books. Which okay, for some is kind of fast and for some maybe not. Seeing as how A Court of Wings and Ruin is 700 pages and A Court of Mist and Fury is close to another 700 pages, you get the point.
A Court of Thorns and Roses
There was so much to love about the first book in the series. Sarah J. Maas does an impeccable job of world building and the characters are easy to love. Feyre, for example, is such a strong female lead. She’s hard not to like; hunting to help her family survive and loving them regardless of their shortcomings. Maybe she’s a little naive, but she makes up for it with her sheer stubbornness and will to survive. In this story we have the human world, the Fae world and lots and lots of magic.
When Feyre makes a split decision to kill a faerie that may threaten her very survival and her families next meal, she’s unaware it will change her entire world. When a beast shows up on her doorstep and drags her back to the Faerie lands, Feyre must learn to cope with her captor and work through her hostility. She may be the very person who can help break an old curse that’s threatening the Faerie lands.
A Court of Mist and Fury
This was my absolute most favorite book in the entire series; one that I may re read. (Which, y’all is something I NEVER do). This is a pretty massive book at 626 pages and probably took me the longest to read because I did not want it to end. The internet is full of “I survived chapter 55” merchandise and that, in itself, kept me completely engrossed in the story. What was so special about chapter 55??
I soon found out. However, when I read through chapter 54… y’all. I. Was Not. Ready. It’s not very often that a YA fantasy book will make me cry, but I sat there sniveling like an idiot. The raw emotion that Sarah J. Maas was able to convey through her writing blew me away. There was so much authenticity to a certain character and that is why I’d gladly reread this story time and time again.
A Court of Wings and Ruin
This may have been my least favorite in the series, but I still thoroughly enjoyed it. There was one particular word that was way overused and could have been a tad distracting and took away from the story. But honestly, I didn’t mind it as much as some others seem to have.
On that note, I despise battle scenes and they often appear in most YA fantasy novels. It seems they are inevitable. So I cringed, knowing it would happen eventually. I was surprised to find that I didn’t exactly hate it when war finally broke out. The scenes weren’t drawn out, full of mundane explanations of what was happening. On the contrary, Sarah J. Maas gave enough detail but kept it short enough that I plowed right along. While ACOWAR wasn’t as emotional as ACOMAF, there were still moments that made me hold my breath and unable to put this book down.
A Court of Frost and Starlight
This is a fun little novella that gives the reader a further, in depth look at several characters. It switches points of view from Feyre to Rhysand, even to Nesta and a few more. It was fun to see where all of the characters were headed within the aftermath of war. It also has me begging to have more in this series. I’ve seen several reviews that hated this book, but as a novella, it was perfect for me.
I just adored this series. Some of my favorite bookish quotes showed up throughout the four books. I totally fan girl over all things Feysand and have been scouring the internet to see what I can get my hands on (and not drain my bank account).
Have you read this series? How about Throne of Glass? I think I’m moving it to the top of my TBR pile.