Rereading ‘A Court of Thorns and Roses’ (ACOTAR) by Sarah J Maas

I feel like I’ve gone off the deep end with rereading lately, which slowly is costing me on goodreads. Has anyone else had issues with goodreads acknowledging the added dates on a book you’ve shelved? I guess I’ll figure it out eventually. Other than that this has been pretty unprecedented with me, since I typically don’t reread books. I have favorites of course, but I’ve always been hesitant to reread a book since there are a lot of books always coming out, and a limited number I’m able to read in a year. Cut to 2020, which has been interesting to say the least, and a few things have changed, mainly that I’m not as easily able to pop into a Barnes & Noble and peruse the shelves. A Court of Thorns and Roses was not the first of my series to be reread, so there will be another post like this covering Holly Black’s Folk of the Air trilogy, which I reread in May!

So, first if you haven’t read A Court of Thorns and Roses, there will be of course spoilers ahead, but also I definitely recommend them if you like Fantasy with a lot of Romance in it. I had a friend recently make that comment about the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas, so it bears saying that there is an emphasis on relationships and character growth versus adventure based or average Fantasy. If you’re all into what I just said, pick up this series, it is my favorite of Sarah J Maas’ series!

While this wasn’t my first reread, considering the Folk of the Air, this was still part of an unusual trend for me, which I guess fits since it’s 2020. So, why haven’t I reread before this? Well, I do, but not the full book/series. When I get nostalgic about a book instead of just reading the whole thing, I go to moments that are my favorite, and it helps me get excited to pick up books similar, or just sitting on my TBR. It weirdly enough makes a great reading motivator, but it also can mean that I’m not really working on my reading challenge since reading a few moments isn’t reading the book. These two series in my particular are a part of a niche in the fantasy genre that I love; the Fae (I might need to do a top 5!). While they are part of the same niche though, both are very different in how the cover this Fantasy race, for Sarah J Maas it’s more of an elf based race with powers. That’s a pretty simplified version of it, but it’s hard not to when Holly Black focuses on the truth aspect of the Fan a lot.

This reread was pretty entertaining, since I don’t think my moment rereads ever went back to A Court of Thorns and Roses, it always went to Mist and Fury, and Wings and Ruin. I think we can all guess why on that lol. Reading the first book again though really made me look at the interactions between Feyre, Tamlin, and Lucien even more. Tamlin in the beginning of the book is the enemy, he’s this wild, unknown, and frankly terrifying creature that just bursts into her home and takes her away. It really follows the logic of the Beauty and the Beast, so kudos to Maas for that, but it also sets him apart for Feyre. She doesn’t trust him, and assumes he hasn’t told her everything in terms of the crime she committed or its punishment. Lucien on the other hand doesn’t like or trust her, but puts up with her because of Tamlin. The romance was a little iffy the first time I read the book, even before Rhys, but it was just even more bleh after. Mainly because Tamlin just gets angry so easily on things, and has a bad habit of just not explaining things. Most of the incidents that happen in this book before going Under the Mountain could have prevented if he had just said ‘hey please don’t go out during this party because ‘x’ is happening’. He doesn’t even need to say the full what really happens, just that he could be dangerous during that time. Is it just me thinking that?

The character that I had a harder time with in this book though was Rhysand. I love him in Mist and Fury, and in Wings and Ruin, but this one was a struggle when it came to the bigger moments of him. I get it, we’re supposed to hate his guts in this book, at least up until those last crucial moments, but I feel like Maas might have done too good a job. While I can excuse his anger at Tamlin and back it, and maybe even the gripping of Feyre’s mind, Under the Mountain was a lot. Feyre had to be under the influence during most of this, and doesn’t even remember, but the things she does or was told about are pretty bad in comparison/in terms of the respect he gives her later on. Before anyone goes and says but it was to throw off Amarantha, or that it was part of his “mask”, it’s still pretty bad and worth pointing out. These actions outside of all that reasoning, and in the real world would not have been okay at all, honestly they would have had Feyre running far away from him. It almost makes that mask concept a little hard to swallow when we get to book two, and he’s instead all about respecting Feyre’s choices, opinions, body, etc. In fact, even Maas seems to compare Rhys and Tamlin for the next two books to the point that I was like, ‘I think we get it’. The Rhysand always gives me a choice statement was maybe my one gripe after rereading, it comes up quite a bit.

I really loved rereading these books, and going on this wild ride with Feyre again. The world and characters are incredibly detailed, and the plot just pulled me in all over again. I still would like to see more growth on Nesta, given that she is frankly very mean still, even if it’s just part of how she deals, but we are getting a new book for her and Cassian so hoping we’ll get to see that soon!! What were your thoughts on a Court of Thorns and Roses? Let me know in the comments below!

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