discussion | a court of thorns and roses by sarah j. maas (spoilers)

I’ve finally managed to read this book! It was about time! So now that everyone’s talking about A Court of Wings and Ruin, I’m going to talk about the first book, lol. Only there’s a slight problem… I felt a little bit let down, disappointed. Not saying that it’s a bad book but I have a lot of complicated and mixed feelings towards it.

It all began when I watched Beauty and The Beast for the first time (the original animated movie) a month ago and I fell in love with it. I was so obsessed that I went to watch the movie starring Emma Watson even though I had heard mixed reviews about it. Still loved it. I was on a Beauty and The Beast mode and so I needed more. I’ve heard a LOT about ACOTAR that I had in my list of 20 Series I Have Yet To Read. I had Sarah J. Maas’ series first in the list because wherever I went, I saw her name and how amazing her books were. The fandom is huge, there’s so much beautiful fanart and one of her series was a Beauty and The Beast retelling! Naturally, I got curious and I went ahead and picked it up immediately.

There are things I liked about this book but there are lots of others that I disliked. The plot, overall, was great (Beauty and The Beast, huh) and it was a fairly entertaining read, but nothing more. You shouldn’t go into it expecting a lot. Only 20-30% of the book is worth reading and still, contains lots of problematic things. I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone right now but since there are many people saying that the second book is sooo much better, I’ll have to wait and see.

First of all, Feyre. If I was to sit with her, I’d probably just be like “Okay, Feyre. WHAT THE F?”. I’ve never been so struck with the inconsistency that came with her character. In fact, I think I’ve finally understood what’s “inconsistency in a character” thanks to her. Feyre is a hunter when it all started. She has been taking care of her family for years and so at first, she seemed to me like a really strong badass character BUT the second the Fae came visiting her aka Tamlin, she becomes stupid, clueless and irritating. I mean she does a stupid thing after another and another and doesn’t seem to think anything through. I understand that at the beginning she wasn’t really supposed to trust the people around her since it was a whole new environment for her but when it happens lots of times and Feyre keeps ending up doing things with bad consequences, that’s stupid! The Suriel literally told her to stay with the High Lord but the second he told her that she needed to go, she went anyways. Thank God for Nesta! I didn’t like her initially because she was kind of mean to her father. I still don’t understand why she treats so poorly her father by the way but her brain works and she has some agency, not like her sister. Feyre only does what everyone else tells her to do. There’s also another problem. She goes from hating Fae to loving them and back to hating them and of course, thanks to Sarah J. Maas’ writing, we get loads of paragraphs talking about the same thing over and over again. Which brings me to my next point: The writing (lol).

Okay, to be honest, being a non-native speaker, I tend not to pay much attention to the writing. If it’s too simple, it’s okay. If it’s too complex, it’s okay. Nearly everything is fine for me because (1) I can’t do better and (2) maybe the stucture, syntax or whatever can only be better judged by someone who really knows his grammar well (???). But the writing in this book? It’s not about this. Too many repetitions! It almost felt like the author was just trying to find words to add to make a sentence longer or more poetic or even just for fun. Examples?

There were many ideas that were repeated in several chapters and like… WE GET IT, okay? No need to say it 4 times. I really really loathed the writing and was extremely disappointed, especially in the first 60-70% of the book where it was so boring and so slow. My last fantasy read was “The Name of The Wind” by Patrick Rothfuss and oh my God, the difference in storytelling is appalling. I know that each author has his own style but like, I’m sorry, this is just downright bad. Yes, Sarah J. Maas has an attention for detail and she knows how to describe beautiful scenery at times but no, it doesn’t make it good because a book needs cohesion and needs structure. In Fantasy, we also need some more world building. Right? There wasn’t much discussion about the powers of the Fae or how they were “Fae” (if that makes any sense). When I was reading, it almost felt like I was reading about vampires, or any other creature wearing a mask as a matter of fact. We didn’t know how their magic worked and what was the difference between a High Fae and a normal Fae… I might be missing something/wrong, I don’t know, especially that I’m new to Fantasy so I didn’t really have a big problem with this point but still, it would’ve been better to stop adding unnecessary words and build a better setting. I think I should read the second book to have a final opinion because I see lots of people who said that “A Court of Thorns and Roses” might as well be a prequel although I don’t know when because I was really disappointed. I feel like Sarah J. Maas could do so much better, especially if she leaves the dashes alone a bit (too many!!).

Now Tamlin! Oh, man. His relationship with Feyre is very problematic and abusive. Tamlin isn’t aware of the word “consent” and likes to do anything he wants.  He literally told her to lock herself in her room because otherwise he might not be able to control himself and he might rape her or do something really bad to her. In fact, when she went out (which was really stupid because, they explicitly told her NOT TO but that’s Feyre: stupid) and she encountered Tamlin, he bit her! So the next day she wore her clothes in a way that she let her bruise visible but no one did anything about it. Everyone just kept telling her that it was her fault because she didn’t follow the rules. Ugh! He’s the “Beast”, he’s the ruler, the High Lord so don’t you dare disagree with him basically. “Don’t ever disobey me again” says he.

There is lots of abuse in this book, and not just with Tamlin. There’s also Rhysand. He mocks her, abuses her and invades her privacy! I still can’t understand how there are couples that people ship in this book because seriously, at times, I almost have the impression that this book says: Rape is okay and abuse too, if you were wondering. Do bad boys have a free pass to abuse you sexually and treat you poorly?

But you know what’s worse? Feyre’s approval of all of this! She was grateful even! Can you imagine? Grateful because she was abused? Also, aside from this, I really don’t know when did Tamlin and Feyre connect and most importantly HOW. Is it just about the looks? Tamlin is really boring as a love interest and is *drum rooooll* ABUSIVE. I mean, he even made your dessert disappear, Feyre! That was another scene that I really didn’t like because how dare he? I know that he was worried she might fall sick but it again gave the impression that if he doesn’t approve of something, then it just won’t happen. I really couldn’t buy their romance at all. I think it was mainly physical anyways. Instalove! Just kept rolling my eyes at it in this book.

Amarantha, the evil woman in the book, I found her to be rather gentle. Too gentle. She gave the easiest tasks to free Tamlin and… Wasn’t it already too late? I do like her backstory though. The only character that caught my interest in this book was Lucien. I wish there were more parts about him in the book. I really liked him but the character was soooo not developed. In fact, I wish he was the main character. Well, unless he’d also do something as stupid as Rhysand because initially, I liked him too. But now? Nope. Also, I’m not sure how this can be a Beauty and The Beast retelling. The main reasons I loved Beauty and The Beast were: (1) books (2) we should see more than physical beauty (3) don’t settle for less than what you deserve. In ACOTAR we get very handsome “beasts” and Feyre settles for abuse and is happy about it…

Not a big fan, yup. I am still going to pick up the next book though, to see if it really gets better.

Let me know what you thought of the book! What are your most and least favorite characters? What did you think about Sarah J. Maas’ writing? And if you’ve read her other books, is it worth resuming the series? I’d love to know what you all think of this love triangle too. I find them quite annoying in books but what can I do? 

I hope this wasn’t too long. I know I haven’t said anything (especially about the ending) but these are the main points that I had to talk about. I hope you’ll enjoy it! 😀 ❤

PS: Bear with me please, I’m sorry about the non-consistent posts but I’m still trying to survive finals! 😦


The Constant Battle: Books vs eBooks

Hellooo everyone ♥

I know that we’ve seen this question pretty much everywhere and there have been tons and tons of answers already but I just wanted to share my opinion and hear yours as well.

Lately I noticed that I had a difficulty reading an actual physical book due to neck/back pain (due to studying/sitting for too long in my desk) which made me really uncomfortable whenever I had to stay in a particular position to keep reading especially that the ones I’m used to -the positions- aren’t exactly neck/back-friendly (also, I don’t read while laying down). Normally, your book should be at your eyes’ level and, not being Muscle Man, my arms won’t stand it for more than a few minutes and will get incredibly sore so the solution for me was: ebooks (or get active but naaah)! So I was just wondering: Are ebooks really that bad? and I wanted to use this platform to discuss it and know what are your thoughts on it.

Before going into listing the pros and cons of each of the physical books and the ebooks, I just feel like I need to say something first. I haven’t always been a reader. I only started by the time I was 14 or 15 where I had finally access to my school’s library and the Harry Potter series. In Morocco, we sadly don’t have this habit of reading. Due to that, reading is pretty much considered a luxury. Also, books are kind of very expensive (Illuminae? 40$ – Homegoing? 27$, all in paperback, let us not talk about the hardcovers) and hard to get by in English because it is not our first language and we do not prioritize it compared to Arabic and French. I went to the biggest library in my city only to find like 50 books in english, total and all of which are romance outdated stuff, that I do not particularly enjoy. Luckily, I’ve found this amazing bookshop in Tangier, a city 200 miles away, that gets all the new releases, have an amazing customer service and they ship books to wherever you are in Morocco. Still expensive (not at all compared to the others though) but it’s fast and it works for me.

That is to say that physical books are not thrown out for cheap in this country and we have a hard time to get copies. I do get sometimes the “Why so picky? Just read in French!” and I’ve tried. I really tried! Translation just… UGH! It’s just not the same. Whenever I hear Damon or Enzo’s voices in the French version of The Vampire Diaries (or ANY other translated TV show), it makes me cringe. Same for a translation of a work of fiction! It takes away all of the good things. And I’ve used Damon and Enzo as an example because I love their voices and it’s a shame not to hear it.

Enough about my life, let’s talk now about: Books vs. Ebooks! So here are some pros and cons of reading a physical copy and an ebook based on my own experience.


1) The cover and the prettiness 

Books are pretty. There are some with horrendous covers and I hope that they’ll stop making those one day but in general, covers are pretty. They’re so good to look at, thing that you usually don’t get with an e-reader because you don’t get the shiny parts and to feel the cover with your hands (weird, i know). And besides have you seen a hardcover? I know that all books are pretty to start with but the hardcovers are just magnificent and a pretty collection or series look so good on a shelf so it serves both as a decoration and  as a source of nerdy pleasure.


2) The Shopping Experience™

I hate shopping. Like, a lot! But when it comes to books, it’s a whole different story. I know that I usually don’t have the possibility to go to a bookshop because if I go, I know in advance that I won’t find what I’m looking for aka an english book, ANY english book. But if you live abroad or if you aren’t as picky as me when it comes to language/translation and you’re a true bookworm, chances are you’re going to spend hours there. Sometimes when I feel like reading in French and I go out to buy the books, I usually stay there for so long and one book leads me to another. Sometimes I fear being kicked out for staying in one place for so long, reading the title of each and every book looking for something that might interest me, flip through it, sneakingly smell it… Why kicked out? Because the bookshop I love is crazy small and if I stand somewhere, I usually block the way for other people…

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3) Meeting potential friends

It doesn’t happen a lot, I know. But usually with a physical copy, people, some people, come to you and ask you “What are you reading?” and sometimes they have read the book and sometimes you’ve read loads of similar books too! And just imagine for a second if you happen to love the same authors or characters or anything that’s bookish. Wouldn’t that be amazing? It only happened to me once but I really enjoyed it! Especially that it wasn’t an attempt at flirting (which is a big issue where I live) but actual interest in literature.

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4) Stolen or ruined? Okay

Imagine you’re reading while taking a bath and a book gets soaking wet. Now imagine if your iPad gets soaking wet. Both hurt but one less. When I went to Belgium, on my way to the hotel (10min walk), I had a backpack with a few books and it started raining. I LOVE rain! And I completely forgot about the possibility of getting my books wet. It’s only when I went to the hotel that I noticed that all my books were ruined. Still readable, but ruined. If the same thing happened to my iPad though, I’ll be much more upset because that bad boy needs loads of savings to get bought. Same for if it’s stolen!


1) Very light

I don’t know about you but whenever I go to school, I usually take loads of copybooks and sometimes textbooks too which makes bringing a book with me, or two… Hard. Sometimes I hold it in my hand and go out but it can’t always work out so I’d rather have an ereader which are made to be very thin and light with aaaall the books. In case of travelling, it makes it easier too.

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2) Multitasking

I hope this is no crime but yes, I multitask while reading. I like to read while doing other things because I don’t really have the luxury to spend hours on reading while forgetting about my school work / my required reading / food… It happens sometimes -not multitasking- but it’s mainly during holidays. Most of the time though I like to write notes and use both my hands without having to pick up a book, go back to the page where I was and then go back to my writing and pick up once again that book and patati patata… With an ebook it’s much more simpler. One click and you’re okay!

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3) Access and Price

For a physical copy, you have to go out and purchase it or order it and wait weeks for it to come. For an ebook, again, it’s one click away. You can do it all from your bed! Also, it’s less expensive. Maybe if you do have a library in your city and you can get new releases for free or if you have loads of resources to get a book for really cheap, this probably won’t speak to you. But when you’re looking at a book that you’ll take for half its price just because it’s an electronic version… In my case, I don’t even need to think about it. It’s ebook all the way! Of course, there are some exceptions: when the ebook costs way more than 10 Dollars.

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4) Dictionary, Notes and Search options

I personally use either the iPad or the iPhone to read and iBooks is amazing! I just love it! It’s so easy to use. (I haven’t really tried other platforms though. I was wondering about whether to get an ereader but I don’t know if there’s a difference so if anyone of you thinks that an ereader is better, please let me know!) Sometimes when I come across a difficult word, I don’t need to go pick an actual dictionary or go to Safari to look it up. It’s all there and it’s really useful. Also, I can highlight anything I want and apply the same color code I have for physical books and not only that, but I can add notes too! No need for extra pencil or tabs which is really my favourite thing.

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5) Privacy

This might not be the case for everyone but sometimes, I only manage to find one edition of a certain book. And this one edition is very… naked. Now I know there is no shame in flesh and bones but I just can’t. I can’t imagine myself sitting with my family or anywhere, to be honest, with a daring cover. And so here comes the ebook again! The cover? Black, or silver or whatever color your tablet/ereader is! Total privacy and that’s a plus for me!

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Even though we can list so many pros to eBooks, it’s still like “Ugh, something’s missing!” but I would say that I’m neither team physical copy nor team ebook simply because in some cases, the ebook is much more practical (back pain/multi tasking…) than the physical copy and in others, well, you just NEED that book. Also, I’m kind of a minimalist, if I dare say so, in other words, I do not like to have books that are not reaaaally special on my shelves and I wouldn’t go to buy a certain book unless I’ve heard so much about it and I’ve been recommended to read it by trusted fellows. I only buy what I’m certain to love in a physical copy. For other “first-try”, “out of curiosity” books, I’d rather pick an ebook (but if it’s a really pretty cover, don’t judge me, i’ll go with physical copy 😛).

So, this is how I go about choosing between an ebook and a physical copy. Are you team book or team ebook? Are there any pros that you don’t see in this list? Also, do you have any favorite collections of physical books to have on your shelves? Personally, I love the Puffin Classics Deluxe Edition, the Puffin in Bloom Collection, the Penguin Clothbound Classics and Mr. Boddington’s Penguin Classics. Let’s chat in the comments, I’d love to hear your inputs!

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February Wrap-Up (+TBR)

Hellooo! ❤ I hope you’ve enjoyed your February! Didn’t last long, hehe.

Well, this month hasn’t exactly been the best reading month. I also haven’t updated my Goodreads regularly so I’m feeling kinda lost right now because I used to check all the books read during the month to actually remember them and put them on the list (I’m usually confused about whether I’ve read X book during the current month or the month before, not that I don’t remember reading a book at all). The reason is that we’re currently renovating the house and there’s always so much to do with studies, the different commutes I had to do and also me learning how to drive. My driving test was going to be for the 1st March but thank God it was postponed! I was barely ready. Now that I got my second chance, I’m ready to take it a bit more seriously. Anyways, that is to say that I was extremely busy with everything else and I only had time to read during said commutes and it didn’t help at all.


So, looking back on February, here’s a list of the posts that were published:



NIGHT FILM by Marisha Pessl


#TTT: Favourite Graphic Novels

#T5W: Books To Get You Out of A Slump


Get To Know Me TAG


Guess Ze Plot – February Releases

20 Series I Have Yet To Read

Brand New Design Announcement


As I’ve said in the beginning of this post: I haven’t read much. BUT, all the books I’ve read  and that I’m currently reading were and are SO good. I’ve only managed to review Night Film but I’m soon going to post the review of the three other books I’ve finished which are: March: Book One by John Lewis – The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket and The Unseen World by Liz Moore. My favorites? March, The Unseen World and Night Film! I did enjoy The Bad Beginning too but I think that the fact of it being so short didn’t do it for me so I need to read more of the series. I haven’t read these books as a child and seeing all the good reviews, I had quite high expectations going into it so I’m afraid that that didn’t help either.



Now for the books that I started during February but I still didn’t finish, we have Finnikin of The Rock (YES! I’ve started a series yaay) by Melina Marchetta and David Copperfield (that I’m reading in French) by Charles Dickens. I’ve spoken about it on a blog post and on Twitter, I know, but I’m going to say it again: David Copperfield is THE book! I didn’t think I would enjoy a classic as much as I’m currently enjoying David Copperfield. It is so beautifully written, so full of feelings and will make you laugh, wanna hit a wall and cry. Also it is a very bad idea to read this on your way to an important event because if by any chance you’re reading one of the sad scenes, you might go there with puffy eyes, ruined mascara and only feeling like laying down and hiding under your covers. I was afraid not to like it because I’ve read in many places that you’re either a big fan of Dickens or someone who cannot stand him but now I can say that I’m also a Dickens’ trash. As for Finnikin of The Rock, I’m only at the beginning of it as I’m trying to finish David Copperfield as soon as possible so I can’t say much about it but I’m really excited about reading the series!




Now I suck at taking book pictures so I will save myself from embarrassment and I’ll just post pictures from Google of the editions I got :’).


Now for the books that I want to read! You may know by now if you’ve read my last post about series that I want to read more of them and as I’ve said earlier I am currently reading Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta so my goal for March would be to finish The Lumatere Chronicles and David Copperfield.


And that’s it for the February Wrap Up! Do any of these books piqued your interest? Have you read any of these or perhaps are they already in your TBR?