Book #71: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

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.

This book took me three tries to read  it. The first time, I wasn’t impressed with the narrator on the audio. The second, this time for a FB book club (OwlCrate Book Club), I actually made a solid effort, but the story was taking too long to get into. The third, and final time, was another audio attempt.

I finished it in the third try.

I wanted to finish this book because all of my book club pals were reading the other books and I wanted to be a part of their experience. Fandom is a real form of peer pressure, only it’s almost free to be a fan.

To be honest, it was the last third of the book that got me. If you can get through two-thirds of world building and boring romance building, then the last third will get you. Or, at least, it did for me. I actually liked the last third and was rooting for Feyre all through it. I even found my favorite character, which isn’t Feyre.

This book is a romance first and foremost. It has an in depth world and it is rich in magic. The writing can feel a bit boring, but I’m more of an action girl. Give me guts and glory any day.

However, in all of this, I’m actually looking forward to continuing the world. Now that I understand Maas’ style, I’m more inclined to read her other books. I’m going to continue her work, but I’m not a Maasassin just yet. Though, I do love what the fandom calls themselves. Badass name, guys.

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