Hello, bookish friends! ✨
Today we’re doing something slightly different and taking a stroll down memory lane. Ever since I finished reading Sarah J Maas’ newest novel House of Earth and Blood and didn’t love it, it had me wondering if I reread her other series would I still love them just as much? When I first read A Court of Thorns and Roses I fell in love with it instantly and gave it five stars. But back in 2015 I was just getting back into the swing of reading so it didn’t take much to impress me…if you don’t believe me, my 2015 Goodreads review is basically me gushing about how much I love Tamlin. Can I get a yikes?!
Now that it’s been just about five years since I read this book a lot has changed and I’ve grown much stingier with my ratings, like a whole lot stingier. I think I’ve read maybe three five star books in the last two years. So naturally I needed to go back and reread ACOTAR and today we’re going to be talk about my thoughts during the reread, if my rating changed, and if I’ll continue rereading the series.
Let’s dive in!
Thoughts During the Reread
💁🏻♀️ Nesta is A BITCH. I mean… we all knew that, right? Don’t get me wrong Nesta is one of my favorite characters in this series but even I can’t justify why she’s so rotten in the the first book. Towards the end when Feyre goes back home we start to learn that there is definitely more than meets the eye with Nesta….but she’s still mean as hell.
🧐 Lucien was the mean one? I have absolutely zero recollection of Lucien being so hostile towards Feyre. So, I was super surprised reading the dialogue between him and Feyre where he admits that if things had gone Lucien’s way Tamlin would have gutted her and been done with the whole situation.
👹 I didn’t hate Tamlin. I thought going into this I would immediately loathe Tamlin’s presence the minute he barged into Feyre’s cottage, but for some reason I just couldn’t bring myself to do it. I am willing to even go as far as admitting that I still kind of felt bad for him in this book after all he’s been through in his life prior to meeting Feyre. However, once they were Under the Mountain I will say that I was definitely a bit peeved that Tamlin used his one chance to see Feyre to try and have sex with her tucked away from everyone else while at a party. But I guess when you figure you’re one day away from dying you want to live a little.
💀 The Suriel. Feyre thinking “stay with the High Lord” meant for her to stay with Tamlin cracked me up every time. Oh honey, you got a big storm coming in the next book.
😭 I’m not crying, you’re crying. You guys… I did not expect to be so emotional during this reread, specifically any time Rhys was present. When I read the classic line “there you are, I’ve been looking for you”, I may or may not have given myself a pep talk to get it together. Then when Feyre was Under the Mountain and Rhys was helping her I was basically reduced to a puddle of tears with every interaction they had. For readers who haven’t read book two (or Chapter 54 to be exact) it’s obvious that he’s helping her but you don’t realize how much or why. Once you read the second book and FULLY understand….it feels like a knife to the heart but in a good way.
So, I bumped my rating down from five stars to four which I kind of figured would happen. I will say though, that I still really enjoyed this reread. Part of me feels like I enjoyed it more this time around knowing everything that will happen in the following books. There are so many little tiny details that become painfully obvious with foreshadowing for the next books that it made me stop and think a few times “how did I miss this?” But another part of me doesn’t know if anything will ever top reading this book for the first time.
Either way, I’m actually really glad I decided to reread this because it also helped me get out of my reading slump which is a double win in my eyes. Initially, I was only planning on reading ACOTAR but after enjoying it as much as I did I am most definitely picking up A Court of Mist and Fury next, and I’m sure this time there will be A LOT more tears along the way.
Until next time,