La Belle et la Bête is one of my favorite fairytales of all time. The fairy tale is written by French novelist Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve and published in the year 1740 in the magazine of La Jeune Américaine et les contes marins. It was later on changed by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont in the ear 1756 creating the retelling that has become so very common to us today. Although the credit to La Belle et la Bête is given to these duel authors, researches at Durham and Lisbon have found evidences that this story dates back 4,000 from it’s 1700 French publication. Over time this tale has been render by fairytale fans all over the world. I’m sure Beaumont nor Barbot de Villeneuve would have image their rendition surviving through out centuries from story to story tell to eventually becoming motion a picture, and yes a cartoon! For those who are brave enough to watch an hour and thirty minute move in black and white spoken entirely in French I would highly recommend 1946 La Belle et la Bête as well as the opera soundtrack of of Philip Glass!
It comes with no surprise that this fairy tale has survive so many centuries, captivating new audiences with it’s magic for centuries. This is why when Sarah J. Maas became another name of authors to retell which is now considered a classic French fairytale, it took no time for me for me to read her adaptation titled A Court of Rose and Thorns.
Read June 28 2015
If you are reading ACOTAR because you want to see the original novel re-uttered in the writing style of Sarah J. Maas you are going to be sorely disappointed. There isn’t much of the original tale in this novel, just the basic concept of it shown through a veil of Maas creation. For those of you who are already formally with Maas’s work, already have the knowledge that she as an author is going to present to us a strong heroine especially after her debut series Throne Glass. Feyre is no different from the heroine of ToG series, if anything they could be long-lost twist sisters considering that they both:
-Make sacrifices for others
-Have an unending amount of courage
-Have natural talent and wit when situations seem utterly helpless
Their traits truly echo the writing style of Sarah J. Maas, despite how similar the characters are they have a strong wall of differences. Celaena is vanity in the flesh while Feyre and her family have been dealt a heavy blow, thus resulting in Feyre being harden by life’s hardships. Yet like Celaena Feyre does have one passion that keeps her happy, instead of reading like Celaena it’s painting! When readers first meet Feyre is not only loveless but also harden by work as her older sisters are unable to do hard labor remembering the days when their family lived off wealth, making Feyre a hunter.
As a character I did not like Feyre, the majority of the novel Feyre was angry. Even so the banter between her and the other characters allow me to forget how irritating she is. I have to be honest if it wasn’t for the character appearances of Rhysand I would have probably would have tried reading the novel a different time.
Rhysand is my dream boyfriend. Rhysand is the reason why I preorder A Court of Mist and Fury! Rhysand is the high lord of the Night Court. He is of course in traditional Sarah J. Maas fashion completely swoon worthy and utterly fictional! He reminds me what the Darkling from The Grisha Series could have been if he were an anti-hero instead of a villain.
Rhysand is the high lord of the Night Court.
Rhysand can walk amongst the shadows
Rhysand is dreamy
Rhysand has wings
When thinking about what rating I would give this novel I would automatically consider giving it only a 2 star review because of the initial plot of the novel is not that original nor is it very exciting as a reader to read a protagonist be so angry throughout the majority of the book. However towards the end of the novel near the Cliffhanger Residential Parking, that authors love to double park into the novel start to reveal a deeper plot, a deeper meaning, and perhaps a more epic adventure for Feyre to explore. This is why when it comes to the first novel of a series I’m always willing to give it .5-1 star higher than I would if it were a stand alone, considering that SINCE it is a series the author is only leaving bread crumbs for us to fallow until the true grand scale of the plot is shown to us!
Thus I gave this novel 3.5-4 stars!
I can’t wait to read A Court of Mist and Fury!
That cliff hanger was horrible!
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