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A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
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really liked it
bookshelves: fantasy

Perhaps the first half was far too long-winded and roundabout, with a romance that was only vaguely believable because of how starved and broken the characters already were, but the second half was completely worth it. Then, the savagery and twisted politics of an immortal race were finally on full display – it really put the phrase 'the long game' into perspective.

And to be perfectly honest, Feyre only really became interesting then as well. Maybe she was too familiar with hunger and helplessness, but she still grew strangely pliant and subdued during her months at the Spring Court. Yes, she was recklessly brave in the beginning, risking the wrath of the Fae she so despised and feared, but even that had dampened within weeks. (view spoiler)

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Of course, besides the excessive descriptions fantasy books seem particularly prone to and the initial mysteries so abstract they were bordering on bland, this book had a few other problematic areas. Diversity is one that many readers complained about, and rightly so; even in the very first chapters, Feyre had mentioned the myriad of races and species inhabiting Prythian, and yet every character that we encountered was undoubtedly white. It was simply a shame, given the infinite arsenal of possibilities that Maas could have easily tapped into, and how very well she had handled feminism, abuse (domestic, physical, emotional, sexual) and PTSD in the sequels.

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Reading Progress

May 27, 2017 – Started Reading
May 28, 2017 – Finished Reading
May 29, 2017 – Shelved
January 20, 2018 – Shelved as: fantasy

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