Place(s) Traveled To: Prythian - Unnamed Village // Spring Court // Under the Mountain
First Line(s): The forest had become a labyrinth of snow and ice.
Its not a huge secret that I wasn't the biggest fan of Throne of Glass (my review) but I gave it the old college try and read 3 of the books before calling it quits. And just because I didn't like one series doesn't necessarily mean that I'll give up on an author entirely so when I heard that Sarah J. Maas's newest series was going to be based off of a fairy tale I was intrigued. I do love a good fairy retelling after all. At first I was a little disappointed that A Court of Thorns and Roses was using Beauty and the Beast as its primary base as that is one of the most over done fairy tales in print and on screen. But A Court of Thorns and Roses wasn't just a Beauty and the Beast retelling it also contained elements of East of the Sun, West of the Moon and Cinderella.
A Court of Thorns and Roses started off a bit slow for me and I really disliked Feyre's sisters. To me its not all that realistic for the youngest sibling to take care of the older ones but its a common enough trope and does help add to the Cinderella aspect of the story. I did start to enjoy this one once Feyre moved into the faere world and I enjoyed getting to know Tamlin and Lucian. Lucian is one of my favorite characters in this whole story and I really hope that we get more of him as the series moves forward. I also believed in the friendship and growing chemistry between Feyre and Tamlin and this one totally made my heart ache at times.
While I did mostly like A Court of Thorns and Roses Feyre did annoy me a lot of the times and I also don't like the use of the pointless breakup. Seriously, the whole second half of the story could have been avoided if Feyre and Tamlin just talked to each other and were honest. But that would be too easy and you wouldn't have 'drama' so while I wish that things had occurred in a different way I do know that they could have been worse. Overall, I liked the second half of the book but did find that things got a bit repetative at times and am not a fan at the potential brewing of a love triangle to this story. I hate love triangles with a fiery passion and if that happens I will not be a happy reader.
As endings go, this one is relatively mild. I have a pretty good idea on where the next two books in this series will go (assuming that its a trilogy) though only time will tell on if my thoughts are correct or not. I am interested to seeing where things will go but I'm not dying for it as I am with some series that I've read. I like the concept of A Court of Thorns and Roses and like most of the characters. If you are like me and you didn't enjoy Throne of Glass then you might want to consider trying out this book. It has a different tone to it and Feyre, while annoying at times, is a lot stronger and more likable (at least for me) than Celaena.
Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins is a book that I was really eager to read so I was very happy when I picked up a copy at ALA MW. This was one book that I cHex Hall by Rachel Hawkins is a book that I was really eager to read so I was very happy when I picked up a copy at ALA MW. This was one book that I couldn't wait to read and I started it almost immediately. And let me tell you that it was love from the first page. I was instantly drawn to the character of Sophie. I loved her voice. It was so fresh and unique and sounded so very real. Sophie is smart and she doesn't put up with anything from anyone. She enters Hex Hall at a bit of disadvantage from the others in her school as she wasn't raised in the magical world. But she doesn't let that disadvantage slow her down. Nor does the desire to learn all she can about being a witch mean that she's willing to compromise knowledge for what is right. Sophie has a clear head on her shoulders and its refreshing to see.
Hex Hall was a delight to read and I hated to see it end. Trust me on this one, when you read the ending you'll feel the same. Hex Hall is part of a trilogy so there is a bit of a cliff hanger to the ending. Which I have to say I hate! I so prefer books that could also work as stand alones. But at the same time the fact that I can't wait for the next book is a testament the amazing story and world that Rachel Hawkins has created. I loved the world that Hawkins created. She is a gifted writer and knows just the right moments to drop in a little bit of history that will add to the moment but not distract the reader with too much detail. Hex Hall will be available on 02 March and if you like strong heroines and a hint of magic and mystery then this is a story that I would recommend that you check out.
As originally posted on my blog Ticket to Anywhere...more