My rating: 4 of 5 stars
My rating: 3.5/5 stars.
MY EXPERIENCE WITH THE BOOK:
I had great fun reading this book! Not a lot happens, but I’m a hopeless romantic who was pulled in by the main protags’ quirkiness.
Beth aka Bridget Jones with a filter: I loved Beth and found her completely relatable. I totally agreed with her reasoning and shyness.
Jennifer was the more funny and interesting character, however sadly she was more of a support-role than main character. I highly valued Jen’s views on marriage, pregnancy and feminism. It wasn’t overbearing and for me, I was so glad to finally see a woman who wasn’t focused on having, or even liking, children.
Lincoln was the shining star in this book (for me), and I loved his character development. It was subtle yet profound. His backstory was heart-breaking but also reminded me of History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera.
Just to be clear; this is not a love triangle. Well, at least for these three anyways^.
I mostly valued how this book represents long-term relationships, whether they fall apart or grow stronger, and whether it’s a waste of time to spend on somebody who you’re not going to end up with.
This plot is achingly slow, but worth it. Now don’t get me wrong, my favourite work by Rowell is Eleanor & Park, but this was really great to read now that I’m older. Plus, the 90s nostalgia was certainly enjoyable, and barely mentioned mainstream highlights!
There’s something like 82 chapters in this book! Holy heck! I barely even noticed since I gobbled it up. For the majority of the book, you either see the email/chat log of Beth and Jennifer, or you see Lincoln’s bystander reactions. The emails flew well and you could barely tell they were script-like.
I can’t find the quote but there’s a time when (view spoiler) I can’t find the exact quote.
Too short IMO, but I get that Rowell was building up to her “meet-cute” moment.
If you haven’t already seen my mass post, click on my Book Clubs page to see which book clubs I find the most fun to engage in, on GR. Continue reading
We’ve entered the last quarter of the year, so I thought it would be great to reflect on some of my favourite and least-favourite books of 2017. My reading goal was to read 150 books this year, and as of 2nd of September, I have read over 230 books. It’s analysing time! Continue reading
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
If you are related to me in any way, I’d appreciate if you didn’t read this post. Unless you wanna read about me having the obscene hots for fictional characters. Thanks.
SECOND TIME READING
Rating change: 5/5 stars.
I was a bloody fool before; only giving it 3.75 stars. I spit at my past self. Forgive her: I was just salty I actually like SJM for once.
I’ve already reviewed this book, and it’s already so wildly popular, so I’ll save you guys the drabble.
Updates from this reread
April 24, 2017 – page 367
84.95% “2: My kink, you ask?
Why, it could only be Rhysand saying “good girl”, of course.”
April 24, 2017 – page 344
79.63% “2: I forgot about the party Rhys took Feyre to… wow was that part of this book????? I read these pretty much back to back and I’m shocked. I guess a lot more of this happens in ACOMAF, huh? ☺👏🏻😍😧”
April 24, 2017 – page 344
79.63% “2: “‘And, Feyre,’ he added, his voice a caressing murmur, ‘I don’t like my belongings tampered with.'”
I’M READY TO COMBUST AND DIE BYE.”
April 24, 2017 – page 344
79.63% “2: ahhhh the simpler times, when Rhys was just a dick and Feyre loathed him.
BUT NOW I KNOW WHAT THEY ALSO THOUGHT THAT ISN’T REVEALED HERE AND IT MAKES ME ALL ☺☺☺☺”
April 24, 2017 – page 331
76.62% “2: “I’ll heal your arm in exchange for you. For two weeks every month, two weeks of my choosing, you’ll live with me at the Night Court.”
IT’S STARTTTTINGGGGG YES MY BBYS”
April 24, 2017 – page 329
76.16% “2: it’s just so weird to read this book and firstly, not realise all the clues, and secondly, not imagine what I already know from ACOMAF.
I envy those who are reading this series for the first time. This series is just one of those that you wish you have a memory-eraser for after, then to read it all over.
April 24, 2017 – page 283
65.51% “2: okay… it’s almost laughable how coincidental Amarantha’s curse is.”
April 24, 2017 – page 255
59.03% “2: This is such a wonderful book to escape from reality, isn’t it? :)”
April 24, 2017 – page 234
54.17% “2: FYEAH GUESS WHO HAS JUST JOINED THEM FOR BRUNCH
THAT’S RIGHT; THE MAN, HIMSELF.
April 24, 2017 – page 231
53.47% “2: “This was the happiest moment of my life.”
I feel like sobbing, Tamlin was so nice and not an ass?????? 😦 :(”
April 24, 2017 – page 220
50.93% “2: HA remember when the Night Court were the bad guys????
April 24, 2017 – page 208
48.15% “Ummm… no offence (and by that; I mean with complete offence)… I want my Rhys back ty. Bye Tamlin (though he’s being super hot now, I cannot stand him compared to Rhys).”
April 24, 2017 – page 198
45.83% “Holy hot damn, I forgot how well SJM writes fanfic-level SMUT.”
April 24, 2017 – page 189
43.75% “”Standing before me was the most beautiful man I’d ever seen.”
MMM YES BITCHES GUESS WHO JUST TURNED UP（*＾3＾）”
April 24, 2017 – page 148
34.26% “2: okay so I think my glasses are giving me a major headache but I’m continuing to reread this anyways!
It’s so weird to read this without Rhys being introduced yet… I don’t like it, guys. I pretty much hate Tamlin (bc ACOMAF events).”
April 24, 2017 – page 66
15.28% “2: serious why is this taking me so long to read?? I’ve read it before? I hate reading slowly…
Thoughts so far; really enjoyed how terrified Feyre was but still confronted Tamlin.
However it’s still so weird to read about Tamlin after knowing all the shit that goes down in ACOMAF.”
April 23, 2017 – page 32
7.41% “I’ve been reading way too slowly omfg the guys aren’t even in it yet (but guess who just burst through the dooooor).
Idk if I can handle reading this book since reading ACOMAF. I know so much now.”
April 23, 2017 – page 0
0.0% “2: GUESS WHO IS THE BASIC GR GIRL?
This is a REREAD. Any comments I make in updates will be lead with “2:”.”
Additional thoughts (why this book moved from a 3.75 to a 5 star rating):
This reread has given me a new appreciate towards this series. I think I have sentimental value of this first instalment after reading ACOMAF .
This has been written in such a beautiful world.
Reading the start was extremely slow for me, but pretty much after Rhys strolled into the picture, I was done for.
I felt so bittersweet, reading about how nice Tamlin was. It’s hilarious to think Rhysand was actually being mean when he first met Feyre.
In no way, is this story original. Obviously. But I than further than the retelling; the love triangle politics that takes place is extremely simple. Am I mad? No.
But if lack of originality and/or love triangles annoy you: stay clear from this series.
This book makes me so happy and I’m glad I finally got around to rereading it!!! I’m just upset I have to do uni stuff again before reading the next one
FRIST TIME READING
How can I love a book by SJM dearly; but LOATHE ToG sooooo much?????
Seriously– all you have to do is check out any of the 4 reviews I’ve made for the ToG series, and you’ll get a hint on how much I hate the series.
I gave this book a chance bc the sequel beat Lady Midnight, and I was pissed.
I’m gonna say now; if the sequel is anything like the initial instalment, I still think it isn’t greater than LM. For sure.
I’m almost 100000% sure that this book was FanFiction (pls no comments saying “it kinda is, it’s an adaption of Beauty and the Beast-” I know. What I mean is, I feel like I could upload this story onto The Vampire Diaries and nobody would question it.
I’m a big twihard, and I tend to mention twilight (somehow) in every review I make. SJM’s mating theology is great, I appreciate it, and I read a lot of it in the twilight fanfic universe.
However, SJM’s was a little too…… feral. Weird? Odd? Borderline threatening?
Seriously, I love this book so so so so so so so much more than any of the ToG books. Her protag was way more likeable, instead of the whole “oh look at me, I’m practically a warrior princess, I’m invincible– except when even the smallest of challenges come to me– then by all means, I’m a DID.” Classic.
It isn’t a book I would rave about, but if it were against ToG, oh helllll yeh, I’ll read it over again even. I’m excited to read the next one, but I’ll probably be more critical bc it’s my book’s arch enemy.
I read reviews saying we are supposed to ship Feyre with Rhys????????? I have no complaints, he gives some biiiiiiig Damon (Salvatore) vibes, but his relationship IN THIS INSTALMENT neither transcended anything but manipulative dominator. (So I’m low key shipping it). Honestly, I wouldn’t be mad if she ended up with Tam. I’d be a little disappointed since their entire relationship was cliche, and too instalove, but hey, they’re both strong enough characters for me to care and read further on.
SJM’s writing on action scenes hasn’t really improved, but I don’t care too much bc I’m here for the romance. I would looooove to read a SJM new adult or purely adult romance novel. That would be divine. Why must she taint her writing with poor action and high fantasy (nothing against high fantasy– just SJM’s version) themes?????????
Highlighted quotes from my kindle:
“‘Please, Feyre.’ She drew out the two syllables of my name-”
This was funny to me, in my own little world. I’m sure it wasn’t meant to be a laughing matter, sorry.
“I could smell my doom on his death as he said, ‘Now.'”
I’M SORRY I WILL NEVER FORGET LAUGHING AT HOW AWFUL THIS QUOTE WAS, CMON GUYS– CMON. IS ANYBODY ACTUALLY READING THIS AND STILL WORSHIPPING HER LIKE AN IDOL???????? If so, I’d like to talk with you. I’m interested in your mind.
“‘They’re under orders not to even touch you.'”
DANG guys, I swear I have read this line at least 40 times in my twifics, ngl I’m not mad.
“‘I might take an animal form, but I am civilised, Feyre.'”
!!!Flashbacks to when Edward said although he isn’t human, he’s still a man!!!!!! This made me giggle. And also cringe. I’m not really into the whole “fear us, we are sexy and dangerous bc we are……… FAERIES!!! Who are shifters. But FAAAAERIES!!” Idk man I’ll always see them as Legolas’, simple (barely badass no mater how much you deny it) pretty fae. I’m sorry. I wish I could find it attractive in the midst of the “””mysteriousness”””. Like I do to vampires. Buuuuuuuut I don’t.
“‘I’m an immortal. I have nothing but time, Feyre.’ He said my name with such… intimacy.”
LOVE IT. LOVE. I actually can’t remember is Tamlin or Rhys. This will probably determine who I ship Feyre with. But then again I shipped Dorian and Cel hella hard, and look how that turned out for me :((((((
“I hated the smell of these books-”
YEP, CAN’T RELATE TO HER THAT WELL.
“‘And we lied when we told those ancient mortals that we couldn’t speak an untruth.'”
I adore the cleverness of this– this… whatever is. Scene? World? Theory within the world?
“Kissed it carefully– in a way that made heat begin pounding in my core, between my legs.”
Uhhhh hot damn, I forgot SJM is dying to publish smut but couldn’t for some reason.
“‘Yes– all of those female faeries around you were females for Tamlin to pick. It’s an honour to be chosen, but it’s his instincts that select her.'”
I S2G I HAVE READ FANFICS JUST LIKE THIS.
“‘She asked me not to be gentle with her, either,” he snarled, his teeth bright in the moonlight. He brought his lips to my ear. ‘I would have been gentle with you.'”
UM SORRY NOTP I’M A LITTLE TOO TURNED OFF.
“‘I’m sending you home, Feyre.'”
OKAY A LITTLE BIT OTP.
“‘No.’ he paces before the bed. ‘Didn’t you read between the lines today?'”
Okay I hate when SJM does anything in between the lines bc I’m pretty sure she’s the only one that follows the mystery while for me it’s just a shitshow for writing.
“‘Give me everything,’ I breathed. He lunged, a beast freed from its tether.”
SORRY NOPE I GIGGLED V LOUDLY ON THE PLANE WHEN I READ THIS SOAP SCENE.
“‘I love you,’ he whispered, and kissed my brow. ‘Thorns and all.'”
“‘Tell Her Majesty, you human filth.'”
Can this be put on my tombstone??
“‘And I’ll remember precisely where my hands have been. But if anyone else touches you– let’s say a certain High Lord who enjoys springtime– I’ll know… ‘And, Feyre.’ He added, his voice a carressing murmur, ‘I don’t like my belongings tampered with.'”
It’s so wrong for me to find this attractive but I dooooooo hot hot hot dang.
“Rhysand chuckled. ‘If you’re that desperate for release, you should have asked me.'”
“‘Because I’m tired and lonely, and you’re the only person I can talk to without putting myself at risk.'”
“‘The answer to the riddle… is … love.'”
KILL ME NOW. SHOOT ME..
So that’s my thoughts right now. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. Probably bc I was satirically laughing at it.
I’m glad I’m finally pleased by a SJM book!!!