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Book Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses Trilogy by Sarah J Mass

Hello Readers & Friends,

I have just finished ACOWAR and am suffering from an extreme book hangover. I cried and am not ready to accept the fact that this trilogy is over and I will never be able to experience it for the first time ever again. I am fully invested. I am a Massassin. I thought that her Throne of Glass series was great but this is even better.

So, let's delve right into it. Book one, I gave 3.5 stars to. It's a nice Beauty & the Beast retelling which centres around a young mortal girl, Feyre, being forced to leave her family and live in the land of the Fae after killing one of their own whilst out hunting. Her captor, Tamlin, is High Lord of the Spring Court and essentially this is about the main bulk of the storyline. I found it a little slow for me at the start and Feyre was a little bit weak, so when I finished it I put the series down to rest and sort of forgot about it.

Then I joined Booktok, and everyone was going CRAZY about this trilogy. So I decided to pick up book two, and oh my GOD it blew my mind. The character development for Feyre is unbelievable, and the story suddenly goes from a fairytale retelling to a dark and luscious high-fantasy, filled with drama, action, betrayal and all those good things. I devoured this book, and think it's one of the best fantasies I've read potentially ever. So then I went straight onto book 3, and the ending was perfection. It was exactly what I had hoped for, all of the feels and dreams and just... it was everything.

I can't explain what it is about this trilogy that makes me so obsessed, but I think it's the deep draw I feel for the characters. They are all complex and unique to each other, as striking and relatable as the next. My personal favourites were Cassian and Azriel, but all of them brought something beautiful to the storyline - even smaller side characters.

This is a true good versus evil story, with intricate politics and war at its centre as all the faerie courts must choose whether they want to join the evil Hybern in its mission to enslave mortals, or stand with Feyre for what is good and true. The location descriptions were stunning and vivid, I felt like I could picture every street of Velaris as I read.

I can't really rate this trilogy enough to be honest, I think the only flaw is that the first book isn't strong enough that people would be desperate to continue on with the series. But I also see that when you look at book 1 as part of a 3-book package, it's flaws were necessary. Feyre had to be kind of weak and terrified in book one to make her development all the stronger by book 3. And Tamlin and the Spring Court had to be kind of boring to make the Night Court in book 2 all the more deliciously intriguing. And the romance in book 1 had to be a little stale in order for book 2 to be... spicy, shall we say.

So yes, I won't go on for too long because I feel like I could prattle on forever. But what I will say is that I look forward to re-reading this series later in the year so I can enjoy it all over again - something I have only ever done with Harry Potter. So this is a big, BIG deal.

Love, C x


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