Mini Review Monday: A Court of Thorns and Roses

Happy Tuesday all! I had President's Day off, so today is this weeks Monday. As a result, the first mini review Monday will fall on a Tuesday. I finally decided to start trudging through my TBR shelf, and wanted to start it off with a bang. As a result, I read A Court of Thorns and Roses. The amount of hype around this series, plus the plot, sounded so amazing I was honestly nervous to begin. I have a habit of hating novels people love, so I really did not want this to be true in this instance. Luckily, I was wrong and I wasted needless time procrastinating on this series. I absolutely adored ACOTAR! I ended up devouring it and the sequel (which will be the topic of my next mini review Monday) in about two days.

ACOTAR really struck a cord with me. Feyre was an incredibly relatable character and vaguely reminded me of myself in this novel, but I think most could really see a bit of themselves in her. She is everything a MC should be. She is strong, fiercely loyal, stubborn, hot headed, and passionate. She is very gradual with giving love and trust, which is nice to see. This novel did not have insta-love, although there was definitely insta-lust. She has flaws, like making stupid/reckless decisions but actually learning from them. Or her short temper. Also how passive she can be at times is definitely a flaw. She is also one of the few main characters to actually admit they are pretty, not a stunner but definitely not ugly. In the world of Mary Sue's, she was a ray of sunshine as a result. The other characters were also surprisingly well rounded, although Tamlin at times fell into the alpha male trope. Out of the bunch, Lucien and Rhysand were my favorites. For the first time, I was okay with a hinted at love triangle, mainly because my absolute adoration of Rhys. The writing and were building were also not lacking, which was surprising considering the amount of action in the latter half of the novel. The world Maas created was magical and vivid. It was everything a fantasy novel needs and tread the line between informative and info dump incredibly well.

There were two major complaints with this novel: the antagonist and Feyre's passivity. Amarantha, the antagonist, was just flat compared to the rest of the characters. The reader knew exactly how she looked, but did not have a ton of information on her. The background information and reasons behind her evil was lacking and felt incredibly brief. I prefer a well hashed out villain that is dynamic but still irredeemable. In this case, the villain was spine chillingly evil but did not possess any gray area. I was disappointed. The other thing that grated me was how passive and accepting Feyre could be. For someone who kept her family alive for years and tended to be stubborn, there were times it just disappeared completely and she just agreed to whatever happened around her. It is not as dramatic in this novel as it is in the sequel, but it bothered me. She had tons of fire and spunk. She threw a bone spear for goodness sake. To not have that spunkiness carried throughout the novel just did not sit well.

One of the things I enjoyed the most with this novel was the ending. It was neat, wrapping the story up well but leaving enough questions or the reader to come back wanting more in a sequel. I love an ending that actually concludes, instead of leaving the reader in agony over an extreme cliffhanger.

It has been a very long time since I have enjoyed a novel this much. Sarah Maas is an excellent author, and I cannot wait to see where this series goes.