Hello everyone! I’m back with another thrilling installment of Book Reviews by a Movie Watcher (BRBAMW)!!! Today, I’m making (100% valid) assumptions about the plot, characters, and romances in A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas.
For those of you who are new to BRBAMW, I am provided with the cover and summary of a book that I have never previously heard of. Using this information, I create my own version of the plot, provide detailed analysis, contemplate choices in cover art, and (primarily) ask questions which reveal exactly how lost I am. Enjoy the confusion that is about to occur, because I have no clue what to make of this book.
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.
Let’s first talk about the names – these get me every time. Feyre and Tamlin? None of these names make sense. How are you even supposed to pronounce them? Where are they coming from?!? Why did someone think this was a good idea? Why was this even necessary? I have so many questions. Something tells me that the book itself contains even more made-up names. *cringes*
This sounds like the textbook definition of Stockholm Syndrome. I hate to say it, but it really does. The girl gets taken by a lethal “faerie,” falls in love with him (because why not?), and tries to save him along with his “magical” world. Sure. Someone please explain to me why this isn’t a perfect example of Stockholm Syndrome, because this is starting to take a creepy and thoroughly disturbing turn. And you’re saying children read this book? That makes things even more terrifying. Next thing you know, every middle schooler will own a copy of Fifty Shades of Grey and swear by the franchise.
This also reminds me of Beauty and the Beast for some reason. Beauty and the Faerie? That also adds a disturbing twist to things. Are faeries even comparable to monsters? Maybe these faeries are? I’m going to go with yes – these are terrifying, potentially blood-sucking (but definitely bloodthirsty) faeries. Sounds about right. The real question is, does he glitter? Or is that only a vampire thing? Something tells me it doesn’t chalk up to the Disney movie, let alone is suitable for small, nightmare-prone children, but who am I to judge?
The whole plot is very concerning for the safety of the girl. She seems to fall in love with this mysterious and ill-described creature fairly quickly, considering it’s included in the plot summary. Does she know he’s a monster? What does she see in him? I’m assuming he tries to kill her. Multiple times. Even after she saves his world. Because that makes perfectly logical sense.
I also don’t understand the title. It has nothing to do with the summary of the book… And other than the images printed on the cover, I can’t find any connection between the book and the title. I don’t see anything about thorns, roses, or courts. Talk about misleading.
My Outline of Plot:
Feyre, the huntress of the woods, kills a wolf. This is an awful crime in A) her society or B) her kidnapper’s society. Therefore, someone makes sure that she pays for the life that she took. She is dragged to a magical land that she’s only heard about. Once she gets there, she tries to escape her stalker/kidnapper/retribution invoker/boyfriend and fails multiple times. That is, until her captor forgets to latch her lock shut one day. The second she realizes his mistake, she forgets any feelings she may have fostered for him during her kidnapping, finds her way out, and sprints away from the dungeon (insert inevitable fire-breathing dragon, which perfectly parallels the damsel in distress scenario). She keeps running for at least two miles. Maybe more.
During her daring escape, she accidentally bumps into someone who looks familiar. She can’t figure out why she recognizes this strange man or where she’s seen him in the past. The man stops her to ask where she is heading. Feyre, having recovered from her Stockholm Syndrome (or suffering from the amnesia/confusion resulting from her concussion after tripping and bashing her head on some rocks), readily replies, “Anywhere but here.” She keeps running, only to realize where she had met the man before. He was the dangerous man who took her away from the wolf and brought her to this wretched land.
Feyre runs back to find the strange man to give him a piece of her mind. Once she finds him, she runs up and begins to punch him with fury. He takes her weakling punches like they are nothing (duh, he was able to overpower her at the beginning of the book, he’s clearly able to do so now). He stops her punch with his hand and inquires calmly as to why he is being so viciously attacked. As her anger increases, Feyre explains that she wanted to hurt him for hurting her. Clearly. Why else would she be so outraged?
He gives up and lets her punch him, causing zero harm whatsoever (as we already established, she’s a weakling). His love for her kept growing, and her love started to return, causing her to eventually give up. She was even weaker from being held captive, followed by running for many miles. The monster carried her back to his home and took care of her until she felt well again.
Happy ending? For the monster, yes. For the girl, maybe? Because she’s lost all ability to rationalize due to her impressive and equally oppressive Stockholm Syndrome?
For the real book based upon the summary: 2/5 cauldrons
For my version of the book: 5/5 cauldrons (even I would read that, which is definitely saying something)
This was an…interesting one. How
far off completely, perfectly accurate was I? What should I review for my next BRBAMW?