A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
DNF @ …I don’t even remember. I got about 130 pages in.
Edit: it was 31%
I’m literally shaking my head as I write this post. I thought this would be the book. The book of popular love and opinion that I would agree with all the hype and fangirl just like everything. I think just a combination of a bunch of things gone wrong ended up with the perfect book storm, and it kicking my book butt.
Once Upon a Time…
When nineteen-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.
So, honestly, there is nothing really wrong with this book. Honestly. The writing was good, the plot was interesting, the characters were decently captivating. I liked Feyre well enough, and Tamlin and that other guy…Lucien, maybe? Yeah, him. I thought they were interesting.
However, my biggest issue was I just couldn’t connect with it. I was about 130 pages in the story, and I literally could not care if I set it down and never picked it back up. I wanted to feel something for it, and I just couldn’t. I didn’t root for Feyre like I do most heroines, I wasn’t invested in the ship of Tamlin and Feyre, and when there was danger? I was literally like eh.
So what could have been the problem? Did I just not connect with Maas’s writing? Was the story just not interesting? Were the characters boring?
I really don’t think any of that was the problem. I think there were two – perhaps three – major things going on at the time that created the perfect DNF book storm for this.
The first being that I could see a ship forming, and I knew it wasn’t the right one. I clearly could see Tamlin and Feyre were being brought together, but I’ve seen from a million posts that Tamlin is not the guy that I should be fangirling over. I get really intense about knowing which person I have to ship over, and when I don’t? I never forgive that book (I’m looking at you, Red Queen). So I think I immediately disconnected from the feels and ship because I knew that it wasn’t the right dude.
The second being I had a lot of personal things going on at the time. I had a really terrible week that week, and I was heading into a book slump fast. I don’t think any book would have made me happy.
The third? I do think there was a bit to do with the book itself. Maas’s writing is very to the point. She goes from one thing to the next, and there isn’t the imagery that you get in Caraval or The Star-Touched Queen. I don’t think I connected as much with her writing as I would had it been a bit…more? You know? Ugh, I don’t even know. I’m so confused by this book.
However, even though I DNF’ed this, I somehow still want to continue with the series. I’ve heard that A Court of Mist and Fury is supposed to be amazingly good, so I might just give it a shot. Because I don’t want to shake my head at myself for not liking a book that I thought I was going to love.
Check it out:
What do you think? Do you get upset with yourself when you don’t like a book you thought you would love? Have you read this series? Is ACoMaF better? Should I try it out? Let’s discuss in the comments below!
Also, lol, “mini”. Do I even know what “mini” means?
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