Title- ACOTAR Series
- A Court of Thorn and Roses
- A Court of Mist and Fury- By FAR the best of the series
- A Court of Wings and Ruin
- A Court of Frost and Starlight (novella)
- A Court of Silver Flames- Nesta’s Story
Rating– 4/5 on average (ACOMAF was 6/5 just because of the ending)
Genre- Fantasy romance
POV- First person, past tense
Trope- Enemies to Lovers, Immortality, Feminism, Shape Shifter, Magic vs. Humans, Forbidden Love, Love Triangle
Similar/Comps– From Blood and Ash (On my TBR), The Cruel Prince (On my TBR)
My emotions- The second half of ACOTAR I was on the edge of my seat. However, the epic ending of ACOMAF had me screaming and throwing the book across the room in disbelief that I had to wait for ACOWAR.
Feyre- courageous, strong, determined, in love, provider for her family, protective of her sisters, willing to do anything for the greater good and to save the innocent
Tamlin- stubborn, controlling … just wait and see
Ryshand- wait and see until you read the 2nd book, ACOMAF
Each character had the strengths and flaws
Plot/Blurb for the first, ACOTAR-
When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a terrifying creature arrives to demand retribution. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she knows about only from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not truly a beast, but one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled her world.
At least, he’s not a beast all the time.
As she adapts to her new home, her feelings for the faerie, Tamlin, transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But something is not right in the faerie lands. An ancient, wicked shadow is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it, or doom Tamlin-and his world-forever.
She describes the settings beautifully and very detailed.
“Rhysand stared at me for long enough that I faced him.
“Be glad of your human heart, Feyre. Pity those who don’t feel anything at all.”
“I love you,’ he whispered, and kissed my brow. ‘Thorns and all.”
A bit slow in the first half of each novel, but the second half always picks up
The Bone Carver scenes
Under the Mountain scenes
What I’d change-
Faster pacing for first half of each, though I understand why Sarah did it that way. It may have made the endings more effective.
ACOTAR. The “All is Lost” moment didn’t feel as strong as I had hoped for and didn’t relate as much to what I thought mattered to her more than anything. The climax scene was intense & kept me on the edge of my seat.
ACOMAF- Oh my Flippin Flip! Are you kidding me? Everyone needs to flippin read this. Sooo good. 6/5 big ole fat stars! I’m on a book buzz. I love the emotional tug & the utter strength of so many characters. That’s the overall word I’d use- strength.
ACOWAR- I loved the third book in this series, especially the witty banter and flirtatious comments. I felt satisfied with the ending and had adequate closure. But, there were too many characters overall with too many Lords and names to keep track of so I couldn’t always tell who was speaking and then needed to reread sentences often because one person’s action beat response was mixed within another persons dialogue.
ACOFAS- I’m glad I got to read about the happily ever after in this novella. But it could’ve been condensed into an epilogue. I didn’t enjoy the new POV of more characters and how it switched from first person of a few to third person of the others. I understand that was probably an attempted set up for Nesta’s story in the next novel but overall I was bored by A Court of Frost and Starlight.
ACOSF- I enjoy Sarah’s writing more in the first person. For some reason, I just don’t believe Nesta’s trauma. I don’t believe her feelings about her sisters and father. I don’t know why but she doesn’t feel real and I didn’t connect. I love a badass, sassy heroine & I love stubborn qualities in an enemy-to-lovers type of situation. But her desperation and pain from the event in book 2 just didn’t come across as epic enough. Maybe I’m the only one with this thought. I recommend this book to fantasy readers and those who aren’t afraid of 750 chunky pages. (Oh and lots of intense sex, lol)