ACOTAR Series – S J Maas
Warning: Major plot spoilers may lie ahead, proceed with caution!
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 jeweled 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.
I decided to read this book because of all the hype I saw about it on Bookstagram which was a lot so I honestly wasn’t sure it would live up to it but I actually think it did. Besides a few annoying tropes like Feyre’s naive damsel in distress thing and Tamlin being the Prince Charming everyone wants the Characters were good. ACOTAR seems to be more story driven anyway (but if you prefer character driven stories then read on) with the all “you must win back your love by doing three trials that will probably (hopefully) kill you” thing going on because let’s be honest, Amarantha is just a mega mardy bitch who was upset that Tamlin didn’t want her. Cliche!
Anyway, apart from that the story is fun. You get to meet a fair few characters that bring entertainment to the story, even evil Lord Of The Night Court throws in some comic relief while poor Feyre is trapped under the mountain practically dead the entire time. Along with that you also have the riddle that will confuse you until the end of the book unless you can actually figure it out and then it’s a little anticlimactic anyway (more proof that Amarantha is just mardy and scorned after Tamlin rejected her).
Oh, but let’s not forget Calanmai which is described as “very fairy” which roughly translates as “there will be sex” which, in the modern age is normal even in the Human realms because let’s be honest, the all “sex please we’re British” does really work anymore because not many can keep it in their pants, just like Tamlin! But don’t worry, if you’re mainly reading for the smut and you’re a little let down because there wasn’t as much as you thought even with the “Mature Content” warning on the back page, there’s more to come in the later books, believe me!
Awarded: 4 Stars
A Court Of Mist And Fury
Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court – but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.
Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms – and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future – and the future of a world cleaved in two.
Now we’re at the Character driven book. Yes this is the book where the Characters begin to develop and show their true colours but don’t worry, there’s lots of big plot twists you may not have seen coming!
This is the book in which Feyre stops being naive and whiny and becomes practically insane instead thanks to the love of her life… Yes, we get to see why everyone calls him Tamlin The Tool. Short story, because he’s a moron! Seriously, your fiance just spent months trapped under a bloody mountain and the best thing you think do when you get home is lock her in her own home? Well done Tamlin, you’re a prat! But never mind, good old Mor comes and saves her when she burns the living hell out of her guards, looks like Tamlin’s plan really back fired.
Even better than Tamlin being a complete Prat, we also find out that Ryhsand has been the good guy all along! Yes, that evil High Lord of the Night Court is actually just a dreamer looking for his mate, the probably is, his mate is to marry another and it’s all just a little complicated. Even worse is, he doesn’t tell her, the bloody Suriel does while he’s recovering from the torture he incurred at the hand of Hybern. I told you it was complicated.
Anyway, with Feyre saved from the controlling hand of the High Lord of Morons (sorry, the Spring Court), Feyre is able to train and learn what powers she has without going insane with the help of Rhys, Cassian and Azriel. Oh, wait, did I say Feyre had stopped being naive? Nah, she called Cas Lord for Christ’s sake, definitely still naive! But don’t worry, she might become less naive in time with the help of the others, unless they’re stupid enough to fly into a trap… (Maybe I spoke too soon). Oh, and if you want more of the old rumpy pumpy (yes that is a real British synonym for Sex) then just you wait for Chapter 55!
Awarded: 5 Stars
A Court Of Wings And Ruin
Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.
As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places.
And in this installment we get to meet all the High Lords! Oh yes, we also get to meet Beron, Tarquin (okay we met both these in the previous books but shhhh), Kallias, Thesan and Helion. Oh and Feyre is now High Lady of the Night Court making her Rhys’ equal because he’s all about equality! We also get to meet up with Tamlin again who is now acting like Amarantha in the first book, you know, mega mardy bitch who’s upset Feyre didn’t want him. Oh but by far the best Character’s are Nesta and Elain by far. With Nesta’s fiery fury and Elain’s sweet nature how can you not love them? Well, you can love them even more when it turns out Elain is the real badass of the two but Nesta will always be by her side protecting her!
There are more monster’s than you can shake a stick at (that saying never made sense) and massive armies from every court but never enough to beat the army that Hybern has masses or is there? With the 6 queens of the human realm apparently working with Hybern you would have never thought that the human’s would come to help but they did and it was such an emotional moment because Nesta showed she actually has a heart!
7 High Lords, 1 High Lady, and 1 King. Sounds like the start of a bad joke but actually it’s the beginning of an epic battle to save the lands of Prythian but how will it end? Hopefully with the King Hybern’s head on a spike! Oh, and if you’re wanting sex the yes there’s some in this one too don’t worry!
Awarded: 5 Stars
The ACOTAR Series is a massive rollercoaster of emotion that will make you wish you didn’t have a heart because by the end of this adventure it will have broken more times than you can count. It does have heartwarming and funny moments too though so don’t be discouraged by the overwhelming, heartbreaking, soul shattering experience of it all because I promise, it’s worth losing your heart over!
Until next time, have fun reading guys!