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A Court of Thorns and Roses Wrap-up Post + Giveaway

Welcome to the first wrap up post which is part of the A Court of Thorns and Roses re-read organized by Alexa of Alexa Loves Books, Cristina of Girl in the Pages and myself!

  1. What were the differences between your first and second experiences reading A Court of Thorns and Roses?

Well, the most obvious difference is that my initial impressions of Tamlin have been completely changed.  When I first read A Court of Thorns and Roses, I was so enchanted by the Spring Court and everything going on there.  By the end of the book, I already had my suspicions that Rhysand would play a bigger role, but I never expected to love him more than any other male character in any book series in existence.  This time around, it was pretty evident that Tamlin is a possessive fae with no regard for female freedom.  Some of the lines that he said that stuck out to me most are “So, if Feyre can’t be bothered to listen to orders, then I can’t be held accountable for the consequences.”  He also says “No, I don’t want you to live somewhere else.  I want you here, where I can look after you- where I can come home and know you’re here, painting and safe.” The first statement comes off as completely rapey and the second proves that he doesn’t care what Feyre wants, he just wants her to be his female accessory to the throne.  I also loved the beginning conversation between Lucien and Feyre where she says that if she were fae, she would fit in with the weaker servants and he doesn’t disagree… boy are they in for a surprise!

  1. What parallels can you draw between ACOTAR and Beauty and the Beast?

The are several parallels to be drawn between A Court of Thorns and Roses and Beauty and the Beast.  My favorite of which being the curse in the Spring Court.  Amarantha tricked Tamlin and his court into attending a masquerade ball and since then, no one has been able to remove their mask (except for Tamlin who can shapeshift into a beast which frees him).  I had forgotten that Lucien is stuck in a fox mask but it makes sense since that’s my favorite animal and he was my favorite character in ACOTAR.  Another parallel is the fact that Tamlin takes Feyre away from her family and her old life.  He “saves” her from the life she’s been leading, all the while keeping her as a captor in his own home.  Feyre ends up falling in love with him despite their beginning just like in Beauty and the Beast.

  1. What aspect(s) of the world building in ACOTAR is your favorite?  What world building elements do you hope to see expanded upon in ACOWAR that have not been explored yet?

My favorite part of the world-building is the world of Prythian in general! I live for all of the different descriptions of the courts and the events that take place in them.  Between A Court of Thorns and Roses and A Court of Mist and Fury, we’ve gotten a pretty good idea of the way things are run in the Spring Court, the Night Court and the Summer Court so I’m really hoping for more information about the Autumn Court, the Winter Court, the Dawn Court and the Day Court.  I feel like I already have a clear vision of them in my head based on the names, but I want to get to know the characters running them and see how they’ll play into the eventual war.


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10 Responses to “A Court of Thorns and Roses Wrap-up Post + Giveaway”

  1. Sydney West says:

    OMG that candle is amazing. I’m just now reading ACOMAF and man… it lives up to the hype

  2. kelly says:

    OH MY LUV – I want that candle so badly! It is beautiful! I loved Acotar but nothing, nothing has resonated with me since Acomaf! Thanks for the giveaway! <3 Kelly @BookCrushin
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  3. Totally know what you mean about Tamlin! I really need to reread to see what else I notice about him. It’s weird how hindsight can help so much. I feel like that was actually done really well by SJM – not just “ship-switching” for drama… there were signs the whole time that we (and Feyre) chose to ignore.. much like real life.
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  4. Sara says:

    “I never expected to love him more than any other male character in any book series in existence” – this is how I feel exactly :D

    I just finished my reread definitely feel different about Tamlin too. I didn’t sense that they had any real connection and he was certainly very possessive and rapey.

    My feelings towards Rhys have only grown too, knowing now his motivation for all he Under the Mountain. *swoon* What a guy! I cannot wait to jump straight into ACOMAF

  5. Cassie says:

    You need to re-read ACOMAF and you need to re-read it now! I have a book hangover just from the re-read. Insanity.
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  6. Michelle says:

    I really need to reread ACOTAR. After, ACOMAF came out, I just forgot everything that came before.

  7. Your ACOTAR pictures are GORGEOUS! I totally forgot that Lucien wore a fox mask too, but it’s so fitting! I actually forgot quite a bit about his character since he’s not mentioned much in ACOMAF so it was great to familiarize myself with the Spring Court (both the good and bad elements) so I can prepare myself for the role they will play in ACOWAR.
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  9. I haven’t quite finished re-reading (I got a little distracted with Camp NaNoWriMo, lol), but I completely agree with you on how your perceptions of Tamlin have changed. There are little things that he says/does in this book that didn’t necessarily bother me before, but now I’m PAYING ATTENTION. There’s one point where Feyre even points out that “Magic makes [him] a ruthless beast” or something to that ilk, and it actually read like foreshadowing now. Great post!
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  10. Alexa S. says:

    I truly do miss this series! Even though ACOMAF is still my favorite book of the series, I do have fond feelings about ACOTAR just because that’s where it all began.
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