Belated Book Review – A Court of Thorns and Roses

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I was lucky enough to get ahold of a proof of this book! You have no idea how excited I was! But, because I am a kindly soul (sometimes) I will refrain from posting any spoilers. Needless to say, the book is worth the wait – ie. The finished copy of the book won’t be released until sometime Spring 2015. Suckas.

As a whole, I was pleasantly entertained and gripped by A Court of Thorns and Roses, written by Sarah J. Maas. Though I have some complaints, the book is exactly what I would expect from a Young Adult novel about Faeries. Despite this, it is not a book for the tender hearted, but if you’re like me, and you’ve become numb to violence, ala Hunger Games and Game of Thrones, then I wouldn’t fret about being disgusted too much.

Following flip-flopping heroine Feyre, we are introduced to the various Courts of the Faeries, and as the novel digresses into a painfully predictable (and yes, sometimes boring) retelling of Beauty and the Beast, Maas plays her trump card in the final act, gripping you to the pages until the very end, and consequently leaving opportunities for a series that will (hopefully) step away from the Beauty and the Beast retelling. Maas’ other series Throne of Glass, which was originally intended a retelling of Cinderella, managed to step away from the fairy tale and pleasantly surprised me with fantastic sequels.

The heroine is my main problem with this book, and she never really comes into her own, even at the end of the book. Though Feyre is indeed a strong and independent woman, which I greatly admire, but she is also really whiny at times, putting it simply. And the love triangle becomes a more suffocating plot line, when I’m really more interested in this wonderful world Maas has created.

Overall, despite my many criticisms (maybe I’m just in a really pessimistic mood right now), I really did enjoy A Court of Thorns and Roses. Hopefully, with further books, Maas will step away from the crutch of the love triangle, especially when the main corners of said triangle, heroes Feyre and Tamlin,
have no chemistry on the pages. It’s a pity when the third corner of the triangle, a secondary character you don’t even begin to know til the end of the book, is more interesting than your main heroine. But I digress. I’m an avid reader of Maas’ books, and despite its lackluster heroine, Maas has created a world fascinating enough to make me want to read more from this series.

Some more highland wanderings….

As you may know, I’ve been galivanting across Scotland, my homeland, for quite some time now. Here is just a taste of my adventures.

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Hiked to the bottom of Mt. Doom in the Isle of Skye

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Just a bit of highland traffic

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Made my first snowman! Meet Surly Olaf!

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Slain’s Castle – the inspiration for Dracula’s Castle!

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Hikes in a beautiful winter wonderland outside of Ballater

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Found a lonely forest swing

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Hiked up to the coronation Seat of Dunadd

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Enjoyed a beautiful sunset from the top of Castle Moil in the Isle of Skye

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Galivanted across Edinburgh

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Swam in the Faerie Pools of the Isle of Skye IN NOVEMBER!

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Pretended to be a mountain goat in Burn O’Vat

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Stayed in the beautiful village of Kylakin and played my first game of Risk with a bunch of wonderful people!

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Enjoyed round after round of free drinks at pubs all over Edinburgh

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Explored the beautiful ruins of Dunotter

And this is just to start!