While this book was released a few months back, it takes a little while for things to arrive down south, as it were. But as proud, bookish Capetonian, I’m happy to be participating in the South African blog tour for Sarah J Maas’s A Court of Thorns and Roses! (Henceforth abbreviated to ACOTAR.)
Anyway, if you have yet to read a copy, here are my 10 reasons for checking it out, accompanied by some graphics of my favourite quotes.
Fairytales: Who doesn’t love fairytales, whether a retelling or a whole new fantastical world? We’ve got a combination of Beauty and the Beast, Tam Lin and East of the Sun, West of the Moon, along with some of the author’s own imaginings.
Feyre: She’s a strong character – not necessarily in physical fighting strength, although she is certainly adept at labour-intensive outdoor work to keep her family fed and sheltered – but in sheer fortitude and determination. Our MC may be rather prickly in terms of personality, but she cares deeply for those around her.
Tamlin: Our lethal alpha hero, who holds the weight of the world on his shoulders, and takes care of all those in his realm. He’s got a good heart beneath his fierce demeanor, and a rather lovely face to match.
Romance: The romance takes precedence in this novel – I’d describe the book as a romance with fantasy elements, rather than a traditional high fantasy with romance as one aspect. And it’s quite a scorching relationship to boot, setting hearts (and loins!) aflutter.
Lucien: A precious cinnamon roll, too good for this world. Yes, really. Can you tell he’s my favourite? A red haired courtier and emissary, with a sharp tongue, a fox mask, and a plethora of horrors in his past.
Rhys: A firm fan favourite, I can’t really tell you more about him without giving away aspects of the story, but Tall, Dark & Dangerous certainly has a cult following among Maas readers. (I’m Team Tamlin all the way though. JUST SAYIN’.)
Heroine with a hobby. I always like my characters to have interests apart from general survival (ha!), and in this case, Feyre loves to paint. She adores and appreciates art in all its forms, and our stoic MC is happiest with some drawing supplies and a blank canvas.
Gorgeous prose: The fairy world is richly detailed and described, and it’s a feast for the senses.
“I lingered at the edge of an open field of lanky meadow buttercups. The vibrant green-and-yellow field was deserted. Behind me arose a gnarled crab apple tree in full glorious bloom, the petals of its flowers littering the shaded bench on which I’d been about to sit. A breeze set the branches rustling, a waterfall of white petals flittering down like snow.”
Snark & banter. I adore a good back and forth, and these characters give as good as they get, whether it’s Lucien and Feyre snarling at each other, Tamlin and Feyre couching their feelings in loaded words, or Lucien giving BFF Tamlin a good ribbing.
The pretty. I know you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but come on. (Also, I couldn’t think of a tenth reason. SO SUE ME.) Can’t wait to see what the rest of the series is going to look like.
About the book (you can purchase a copy from Raru.co.za):
When 19-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it.
Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.
As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae.
But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it… or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.
Monday – 17th Aug
Tammy @ The Book Fairy’s Haven: Q & A with Sarah
Nerine @ This is my world: Review
Tuesday – 18 August
Hannah @ Fully booked reviews: Top 10 list
Wednesday: 19 August
Monique @ Paranormalsphere: Review of ACOTAR
Friday: 21 August
Hannah @ Fully Booked reviews – Review
Giveaway post: Win 3 copies of SJM – TBA