Book Review a court of thorns and rose by sarah j maas

Book Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Synopsis for “A Court of Thorns and Roses”:

“Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price…
Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.”

“A Court of Thorns and Roses” is an excellent new adult fantasy story. My kind of favorite story really, so I might be a bit biased here, but I’ll try to be as objective as I can.

Since this is fantasy, let’s talk about the world Sarah J. Maas has created. And the world is great. Gritty and brutal, but magical and beautiful. One of the facts of Feyre as a character is that she doesn’t know how to read, and it makes sense in the context of the story, as she has had to provide for her family and she hasn’t had time to do things like practice her reading and her writing.

“Do you ever stop being so serious and dull?”
“Do you ever stop being such a prick?” I snapped back.
Dead—really, truly, I should have been dead for that.
But Lucien grinned at me. “Much better.”

― Sarah J. Maas, A Court of Thorns and Roses

The characters are also wonderful, complex, and relatable in both their motivations and emotions. Even if it’s not clear right away, since Feyre doesn’t know Lucien and Tamlin very well in the beginning, and she is very distrusting and guarded against the Fae.

Though, the book does have an issue for me. The beginning is awesome. And all the second half of it is just as awesome. High stakes, romance, good-looking lords, sassy and clever dialogue, a riddle. All kinds of fun stuff.

But between the beginning and the awesome, the story slows down. There is nothing wrong with the story in those parts, but it slows down as the reader needs to know Feyre better, and the Fae she’s living with and to give them time for the romance to blossom.

“Because all the monsters have been let out of their cages tonight, no matter what court they belong to. So I may roam wherever I wish until the dawn.”

― Sarah J. Maas, A Court of Thorns and Roses

I’ll admit, I like my stories with lots of actions, so it was a little difficult for me to get through the slow part. Difficult, but not unpleasant. The story is well written and crafted, immersive and enthralling.

Tamlin is so adorably awkward when he tries to interact with Feyre. Especially in the beginning. Just adorable.

Lastly, even if I’m always loving the sweet frustration of cliffhangers, this book doesn’t end in one. Of course it is the first of a trilogy, so it leaves unanswered questions and the characters have things they need to deal with, but there is no cliffhanger. The story of this book is wrapped up nicely, opening up the characters for a bigger, nastier mess in the second book.

“Be glad of your human heart, Feyre. Pity those who don’t feel anything at all.”

― Sarah J. Maas, A Court of Thorns and Roses

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Narration: Time

or When a Story is Told

PAST:

The Past Tense is the most common in storytelling. It describes the story and the events from a point in the past.

The past tense is simple yet complicated. It can cause problems with writers that can’t use all the past tenses.

On the other hand, it is something the reader expects to see in a story, which makes it invisible. Sometimes when a story has a format that is too weird, it can take the reader out of it. So Past Tense Narration is a safe bet, because it is what readers are used to, what they have seen time and time again.

Great with character backstories and building tension and conflict, the past tense is an easy go-to for most writers, no matter the Point of View or the Voice.

PRESENT:

The second most common tense in storytelling, the Present Tense is simple and uncomplicated. Everything that happens, happens now, in the moment and the Narrator is the vessel through which the reader experiences everything. It is spontaneous, and most times it’s used with the First Person PoV. It is intimate and can be fast-paced.

But the Present Tense can be tricky because it doesn’t fall back on other tenses, so sometimes it can be difficult to convey conflict and tension. Many writers fall into the trap of adding trivial little details and happenings in their story, just because the Present Tense allows it.

FUTURE:

The least used tenses for Narration, are the Future Tenses. The events are happening at some point in the future and the story takes an almost prophetic tone.

~Harris

Intro | View | Voice | Time

Every Artist is a Child

Life is hard. Life is difficult and as we grow up and we grow old, life likes to slap us and know us down, dedicated in teaching us important “lessons”.

Ever so slowly, we lose our fearlessness, our passion and our wonder. We no longer see the world as a child does, with pure joy at every little discovery, with the need to explore, create and satisfy our thirsty curiosity.

Life teaches us to be afraid, to stay put and mind our business. Life, experience and knowledge help bury that child inside each of us.

But an artist needs those qualities. An artist needs to be a child, to look at the world with wonder and joy, to feel no fear, or anything that can hinder or block the creativity and the curiosity that powers his work.

In his heart, every artist remains a child and every child is born an artist. It’s just a matter of whether or not he will let life and growing old and weary stop him in any way.

Book Review: No Rest For The Wicked by Kresley Cole

“No rest for the wicked” is the second book in the “Immortals After Dark” series and I have admit, I enjoyed this book far more than the first, but it wasn’t without its issues.

The main protagonists are Kaderin the Cold-Hearted and Sebastian Wroth. She is one of the toughest Valkyries around, with fighting skills honed over millennia. She’s feared and admired by all different kind of creatures of the Lore, and she has been ‘blessed’ with feeling nothing after the death of her sisters.

Favourite hobby? Killing vampires. She has a very strong hatred for them, due to the fact that it was a vampire she showed mercy to, that cost her the lives of her sisters.  When she could not take the pain, an entity granted her what she wished for the most – numbness and so now, she cannot feel anything.

Until she meets Sebastian Wroth that is.

Sebastian is a very unwilling vampire, turned into what he is by his brothers in an attempt to save his life, when they found him dying. He did not approve, he did not like, so he has spend the 300 years of his vampire life just loathing himself and hiding away in a vampire castle, despising everything that made him what he was.

The story starts when Kaderin is called forth by the inhabitants of a Lore village to deal with the vampire in the nearby castle, namely Sebastian. And as fate would have it, she hesitates long enough for them to find out two very important things. She’s his bride and she makes his heart beat again, and somehow he breaks through her ‘blessing’ and gets her to feel for him, even it is just desire at first.

Kaderin flees, Sebastian follows like the foolish, love-struck puppy that he is.

The whole story happens during an immortal treasure hand, the Hie, that’s held every 250 years and that Kaderin has won time and time again. But this time, she has an extra reason why she wants to win – she can win a key that will allow her to travel back in time and save her sisters.

But it also means she might lose Sebastian, if she alters the past.

I like Sebastian. I like the majority of the Wroth brothers, but Sebastian is my favourite so far. He’s clumsy and a bit insecure, a bookworm and just all around one sexy man. Even when Kaderin frustrates him and he tries to be mean to her, he just can’t do it. Some call that pathetic, I call it a good man. He can’t do anything to her that will harm her and at the end, he even sacrifices himself for her and her cause, even with the thought that he might lose her forever if he does.

Kaderin on the other hand… well I tried. I liked her more than Emma, I’ll say that much, but she sometimes gets too unreasonably stubborn and she takes advantage of Sebastian’s naivete and lack of knowledge about this world in a way that I do not approve. I just don’t like her. I couldn’t get behind her. Boo Kaderin. She doesn’t deserve him. And even at the very end, she does things she knows will hurt him, even if it is just emotionally, just because she knows he’ll stick around and still help her.

Cause he’s a good guy.

The setting of the treasure hunt, I’ll admit, made for an interesting change than the usual set up in some city. It was refreshing to see the different locations the Hie took them and see whatever weird artefacts the frivolous goddess that’s hosting the whole event wanted.

Overall, I enjoyed it. I enjoyed it much more than the first book and it was the book that made me want to keep going with the series. Also, even though it works as a stand-alone, there are some returning characters that we get to know a little better and I like me some expanded universe. The conflict is fairly good, the sex is wonderful, the characters are fun, the action is fast and just as engaging as one would like it to be.

If you want to find the book, and support me, you can find it in Book Depository.

~ Harris

Other books in the series:

A hunger like no other | No rest for the wicked | Wicked Deeds on a Winter’s Night |