New ACOTAR reader.


  • New ACOTAR reader.

    Posted by Raphael_Fantasy_Writer on January 5, 2024 at 11:30 am

    Hi guys,

    I have just started reading ACOTAR and just finished the first book ( A Court of Thorns and Roses). As a man I was sceptical at first at reading it, but I loved the book and immediately got the whole series, got the TOG (Throne of Glass) series and the two Crescent City novels. I hope to read them all this year and then some!

    I would love to discuss what you guys thought of A Court of Thorns and Roses.

    Kat replied 1 week, 1 day ago 4 Members · 10 Replies
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  • Cory

    January 5, 2024 at 11:36 am

    I need to know everything about your opinion! What did you like about it?

    I read the first 3 books in the ACOTAR series. The first book was a 3 stars for me, the second was a 5 stars and the third book was a 2 stars.

    Maybe coming from Fourth Wing, ACOTAR lacked in many areas for me. I couldn’t connect with Feyre because she seemed a little too spoilt. Really ungrateful despite the fact that she killed a fairy and was not killed but brought to a palace and really well looked after. I understand that there were ulterior motives and she needed to be weary, but not act quite so mean.

    The second book was a joy for me. I really liked it. There were many elements that made me excited.

    Throne of Glass was better than Acotar for me. But I only read the first book. I couldn’t get into the second one as much. But the trials, the mystery, the magic, those were very good in TOG.

    So yes! I want to know everything you loved about the book!

    • Raphael_Fantasy_Writer

      January 5, 2024 at 12:33 pm

      What I loved most about the book where a few things:

      The beginning gave me the impression that this book would have a protagonist similar to Katniss everdeen (Hunger Games) with her hunting for food, living in poverty and needing to provide food and other facilities for people other than yourself. It made me feel like this protagonist would have stoicity and a strong heart. Also a person who craves solitude, like myself.

      Two worlds divided from each other – It gave me a Narnia vibe, a world of beauty hidden in a world of suffering. Especially with the given History between the human realm and Prythian I could tell there would be some politics involved, and possible a war and or revolution.

      Love interest (even though I am a man I do have an opinion on this) – I was glad to know that Tamlin wasn’t the one for Feyre. Rhysand is going to be fierce competition for Xaden Riorson. They both have “shadow daddy’ vibes, more or less the same look and apparently both have a pretty tragic backstory. And if you made me choose, I really couldn’t.

      Things that didn’t sit to well

      Feyre as a character. Like you said, aside from seeing it from her perspective, she was given immunity and behaved like a spoiled brat. She had everything she wanted and even her family was provided for (Pampered, to say the least.)

      Feyre after he resurrection – Sure, she had a traumatic experience, but I really felt like she could be a bit more grateful and not sulk around. She didn’t really have anything to be depressed about and it really distanced me from Feyre.

      • Cory

        January 5, 2024 at 2:00 pm

        The beginning – You are so right, now that you said it, it is akin to the beginning of Hunger Games.

        Two worlds divided from each other – Again, really beautifully said!

        Love interest – We love a man’s opinion in the context of romantasy books! Haha, and you are right, right now, the whole fantasy community is divided between who’s better Xaden or Rhysand? That is the question indeed. Although I will like to throw in a spanner and say that Nyktos (from A Fire in the Flesh) needs to be considered too.

        I love it that you cannot pick between Rhysand and Xaden. I mean, Rhysand doesn’t really have any red flags. Xaden does. But I prefer Xaden because of his ultimate human form. Ugh, but then Rhysand looks more beautiful, the way I imagine him. SO HARD!

        Feyre as a character – Spoiled brat indeed. Although I also understand that she is a young woman who was hauled from her family. I get it, but she could have acted a touch more decent.

        Feyre after her resurrection – I agree again!

        So I feel like we like and dislike the same things about Acotar, actually. I find it so exciting to discuss fantasy books with someone, whether we agree or disagree!

    • Kat

      March 3, 2024 at 9:22 am

      I finished reading the last book yesterday. Here are my thoughts. Some spoilers ahead!

      The quality of the books varies quite a bit. My ratings are: book 1 – 3 stars, books 2 & 3 – 5 stars, book 4 – 2 stars and the last one – 4 stars.

      I can understand those readers who never picked up the 2nd book of the series a little. The first one is not the greatest introduction to Feyre’s world and it lacks the capacity to captivate immediately (especially in comaprison to the Empyrean series). If you hang in there for books 2 and 3 you will be rewarded though as the story telling improves quite a bit.

      For the story – two worlds apart, clashing and colliding to transform into something beautiful. Works for me every time.

      What I strongly disliked : The story lines that have been told before. I mean come on … there was far too much Beauty and the Beast in the 1st book. The masks that disguise; the main female character taken away from her family to a king’s castle; the “king” having a beast form … and there were more similarities. Not to mention the poisoned apple to surpress Feyre’s abailities – some Snow White right there.

      What I loved: The chapter when Rhysand tells Feyre his side of the story from beginning to end. How he first dreamed of her, how he went looking for at tamlin’s court and all the unraveling that comes with his side of things so we get to experience the full picture. That was beautifully done.

      Feyre as a character – I agree with both of you on her character, especially in the 1st book. OMG … so spoilt and bratty. At times her behavior simply annoyed me. So ungrateful and angry in many ways ( and then later on there is Nesta … phhhew).

      The love interest – I was relieved that Tamlin wasn’t the one., too. My head painted an extremely attractive picture of Rhysand. He’s a captivating male figure. I’m not saying Xaden isn’t but to me they are to different, but yeah @Cory I am with you on that one! The “shadow daddy vibes” work very well for both characters. I don’t think comparing Xaden to Rhys is fair. I wouldn’t dare.

      When I read FW and IF my pulse was racing for most of the time. Always bracing myself for the thing to come and that notion continued throughout both books consistently. The storyline never dragged one bit. ACOTAR was more inconsistentin that regard and not as captivating. Nonetheless, it was a good read and I’d recommend the series to any of my friends.

      Next up is Throne of Glass.

  • Kat

    February 17, 2024 at 7:41 am

    Last night I decided to try out the ACOTAR series and bought the first book. Thank you for the suggestion! The last book was released in 2021 and there are 5 of them so far, but I couldn’t find any info online whether or not the author has made a final decision on book 5 being the last of the series or if another one is supposed to follow. Any insights you can share on the matter?

    • Raphael_Fantasy_Writer

      February 17, 2024 at 12:07 pm

      Glad to have suggested the book. Indeed, the 5th book is the last in the series. I advise if you like it to read the Throne of Glass series and then head on to the Crescent City series, but I won’t say much nore about it, I dont want to spoil it for you. They both are set in the same universe, and if you ACOTAR you for sure would like TOG and CC.

      Happy reading!

      • Kat

        April 6, 2024 at 5:52 am

        I finished ToG about two weeks ago and I enjoyed reading the entire series. Maas did a good job in constructing and developing some beautiful characters along with great plots and some unexpcted twists and turns. I also liked the wrapping up of all those story lines and the final book has a worthy ending. Maas seems to have a thing for quite annoying female lead roles though. Just like in ACOTAR the female lead is quite the annoying brat in the beginning of this series as well.

        The first two books of Crescent City are already in my library and the 3rd one will be added soon. I think I might wait a little longer until the next one is published as well.

    • Violent_Little_Thing

      April 5, 2024 at 3:44 pm

      SJM has recently hinted at a 6th book, but nothing concrete.

  • Violent_Little_Thing

    April 5, 2024 at 3:40 pm

    Not gonna lie, I didn’t like the first book. The second and third books were amazing IMO. I have one more book to go and waiting for it to be available through my library, although I might just buy it at the rate I’m going through books. To be fair though, I read ACOTAR after FW before IF, so it was unfair to that book to go from something so exciting to something slower.

    • Kat

      April 6, 2024 at 5:37 am

      I absolutely agree. It is almost unfair to any other book to follow FW and IF on someone’s reading list.

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