A Court of Mists and Fury, the second book in Sarah J. Maas' series, comes out on May 3rd (mark that on your calendars, friends!). And for the entire month of April, Bloomsbury has been hosting a readalong of the first book. I'm excited to team up with them to share my FIVE reasons for loving A Court of Thorns and Roses.
1. I’m a sucker for fairytale retellings
I love retellings! I always enjoy seeing how an author takes a familiar story and puts their own twist on it. ACOTAR is loosely inspired by Beauty & the Beast and Tam Lin and while I’m only familiar with the former, Maas sprinkles a bit of that story throughout while keeping the world purely hers.
2. The world-building is incredible (as can be expected from Sarah!)
I can’t say enough about this fantasy world! From Feyre’s beginnings in the forest and the home shared with her family to the Fae court and more, Maas makes it all come alive with her vivid imagery.
3. Feyre is a normal girl, who uses resourcefulness and determination to survive.
Super powers of any kind are very cool but there’s something to be said for the “normal” girl. The one who relies on nothing but herself to keep moving forward. That’s what I loved about Feyre. She taught herself everything she needed to know to survive and protect her family. She’s compassionate and kind. She also has a spine of steel when the moment calls for it and shows so much bravery in face of many obstacles.
4. Feyre and Tam learning to love each other.
No doubt about it, this is a love story. Feyre and Tam are completely different people who are wary of the other’s motives and intentions. Both have endured their own kind of tragedy which have led them to be who they are but beneath the surface, it’s clear how kind and filled with longing they are. It’s all this that makes their slow burning romance that much more intense and passionate. (And I loved their unexpected moments of banter!)
5. I’m curious about everyone!
There are lots of other people in this world! There’s Feyre’s family and other Fae like Lucien and Rhys. If there’s a way to get every one of their back stories, I would love to. Whether they play a big or small role, Maas makes each of them worth knowing.
Why do you love ACOTAR?
And if you haven't picked up this series yet,
I hope I convinced you to!