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

I loved the idea of a Beauty and the Beast reimagining, and Sarah definitely delivered! It is a really interesting spin on the classic fairy tale we all know and love— if you don’t love Beauty and the Beast, you’re wrong. Sorry. Right off the bat, I REEEAAALLLYYY wanted to like Feyre, but there was something that just didn’t connect with me. I still can’t put my finger on what that was. Maybe it was her shaky relationship with her family—that’s something that always nags at me. I did get over my dislike of Feyre and came to really enjoy her character. The one character I couldn’t really get behind was the love interest. For me, he was portrayed as too perfect in the main character’s eyes even though he didn’t do much of anything.

I feel like a lot of worldbuilding got left behind in this book to make room for the romance. The world of Prythian is wonderfully imagined and even though it was great, I wanted SO MUCH MORE worldbuilding from the first book. I kept finding myself going back to that giant map with the two islands and the huge continent and thinking, “okay, why is there a ginourmous map when we only go here, here, and here? Three places—that’s it! Why isn’t this map just of the lower half of Prythian?” As a standalone, the worldbuilding doesn’t work so well. But, luckily this is a series, so if you want more of Prythian, keep reading!

I found the first half or so of ACOTAR to be a slow build up that was a really weird contrast to the tense ride during the last part of the book. It's like this switch was flipped and suddenly I was reading a VERY different book. The first book works great as a standalone— the plot of ACOTAR is it’s own beast… ha, see what I did there. That being said, that plot folds in nicely with the expansion of books 2 and 3. I did enjoy this book, but will probably only come back to it to reread the series as a whole. Knowing that there's so much more to come in the other two books are what make this one so enjoyable.
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