Welcome to my Friday Book Club! This week I read A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas.

Blurb:

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.

From bestselling author Sarah J. Maas comes a seductive, breathtaking book that blends romance, adventure, and faerie lore into an unforgettable read.

Promises & Payoffs.

Promises and payoffs were something I learned about in Graduate school. As writers we set promises at the start of a novel, which we must then pay out by the end. As readers of ACOTAR, we are promised romance and adventure told through the lens of faerie lore in a way that is both seductive and breathtaking. That’s a big promise! In some ways, it held up to those promises, the romance was seductive as Feyre and Tamlin came together. In other ways, I don’t think it held up to it’s promises.

I do wish that the Faerie world was given more life throughout the novel. While I loved hearing about pools of starlight, there was less of that than I would have liked – though I will say that I am a reader who enjoys more description than some others. I also appreciated Feyre’s reunion with her sisters, who I thoroughly hated in the beginning, and came to understand by the end. And, as often happens with me, a side character was my favorite – Lucien’s snark and sad backstory made me feel for him deeply.

In the end, I liked ACOTAR.

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