“He also said you like being brushed, and if I’m a clever girl, I might train you with treats.”
I had a fair number of misgivings about this particular book. I had put off reading it for a long time partially because I had not been very fond of the first Maas book that found its way into my hands. I could not be more thrilled at the fact that I finally decide to pick this one up and read it. A Court of Thorns and Roses is a retelling in the form of Beauty and the Beast, as Feyre hunts in the forest to provide for her family kills a faerie and is soon forced to leave her home, her father, and her sisters as punishment for the life she took.
The book began slowly, but in a way that kept a reader’s interest. For the most part, the beginning of the tale is very unassuming. We get brief insights into the curse, though little more than that, and get to know the characters quite well during the first half of the book. It was not until the plot twist that I truly began to fall in love with this book. The subtle and wonderful deviations Maas takes with her version of the story are not only creative, but they are truly mind-blowing.
Our Beauty is a painter instead of a reader, something we learn early on in the book. In fact, Feyre is unable to read at all. I was thoroughly impressed with not only her development but also the development of her sisters and the other characters in the faerie realm. From top to bottom, Maas builds a world filled with magnificent characters and the most amazing plot. By the time I was finished, I was truly enamored with it all.
There is only one piece of this story that I had a problem with and it came at the very end, involving a character called Rhysand. My opinion of him fluctuated greatly throughout the course of the novel. I both hated and loved him, both felt uncomfortable with his actions and impressed with them. Had he made one single decision at the end, I might be less weary and disgusted with him, however as it stands I still feel somewhat adverse about reading the sequel and it is entirely the fault of this character. Make of that what you will, but I think Maas missed an important opportunity here to do better.
At the end of the day, though, I deeply enjoyed this book. It was creative and magnificent. If nothing else, Maas deserves a standing ovation for the brilliance of this novel.