Hey lovely readers!
Today’s post is a character review of sorts. I want to talk all about Feyre from A Court of Thorns Roses. If you follow me on Twitter or follow my blog you know how much I adore the ACOTAR series. Like it’s one of my favorite series ever. And Feyre and Rhysand are one of my most favorite fictional couples of all time. So let’s get into my thoughts about the lovely Feyre!
I jumped on the bandwagon with these books only last year, and I’ve now re-read them so many times. And it’s pretty much all because of Feyre. It’s hard to point and one great reason for loving her, because honestly it’s a lot of small things. But I guess the best place to start is at the beginning. When we first meet her she is literally keeping her family from starvation. That’s such a huge thing for such a young person to take on. And I was able to relate to that very personally. I grew up dirt poor and at times had to help support my family, while my older sister sat by and watched. That kind of thing changes you, it forces you to grow up much faster than other kids your age. And often it makes you feel as if you don’t fit in with the people around you. I think that describes Feyre perfectly throughout the entire first book.
Now I want to talk about her relationships throughout the series. Obviously she starts out as falling in love with Tamlin and it totally makes sense why. He gives her unconditional love for maybe the first time in her life. She doesn’t have to do anything to earn his love, just be herself. And he loves her for exactly who she is and all that she has done for her family. That is a truly beautiful thing and no matter what happens later I’ve always loved Tamlin for giving the gift of himself to Feyre. And then she literally saves the race of Fae all by herself. If that doesn’t scream bad-ass woman warrior I don’t know what does.
Going into the second book we start to see Feyre come into her own a bit more. And this is what ultimately leads to the demise of her relationship with Tamlin. Book two is absolutely my favorite and it’s 100% because of the relationship between Feyre and Rhysand. And here’s why. Some people have told me that they hate Feyre in this book. I’ve heard she’s whiny, unappreciative, and that she should have treated Tamlin better. I’m sorry ummm no, what book were you reading. Because to me they both made mistakes, but it is Tamlin who refuses to see Feyre. He refuses to understand her and try to be what she needs. But Feyre, she acknowledges that Tamlin just wants to keep her safe, and she tries to give him that. In the end it tears them apart.
I think Feyre has every right to hate Tamlin at this point. She has every right to be angry and to complain and to be sad. Again this goes back to a post I did awhile back, we tend to judge female book characters so harshly. We think if they’re sad, if they complain, that they are weak and annoying. No, just no. It is in those moments of humanity that I connect with book characters the most. Those moments remind me that while these characters aren’t real, that even though I’m reading fiction, I am not alone. It is in this book that Feyre proves her strength. She discovers who she is and what she stands for all while remaining steady and kind. And in the end she gives all of herself again to save those she loves most. I do not know any female book character who is better to look up to. She personifies beauty, strength, and above all grace in the face of countless hardships.
And now on to Feyre in book three. Let me start by saying that what she does to Tamlin is pretty crappy. However, I do think it was a necessary evil so to speak. No one is perfect, not even Feyre. And this again is what makes her so relate-able, she makes mistakes. But in this book more than the others we see her love for her people, for her friends, for her lover. We see just how far she is willing to go to save everyone again. I don’t think you could ask for a greater sacrifice. And of course I have to say this, the way she loves Rhysand is everything. Love is not always easy, but the way she loves him, wholly and unconditionally is the most beautiful thing. In the end she moves past what happened with Tamlin, she forgives and I love her for it.
It’s funny how view points and opinions work. I recently read a YA series with a heroine that was completely unoriginal. There was nothing remarkable about her, basically she was forgettable. And I have heard things like that said about Feyre and the ACOTAR series. And you know what? That’s completely fine! That’s the thing about books, there’s something for everyone. Us hardcore readers we see the beauty in books, the truth. We tend to read one genre more than others, for me it’s new adult romance, but we can see the differences in each story even if the plots are similar. We can see the uniqueness of our favorite characters because we can identify with them. That is Feyre for me, she exemplifies all the things I aspire to me, yes even the negative traits, the ones people judge her for. Imagine what it would be like to be invisible, to not be see for who you really are by the one you love most. Imagine how much pain and damage that would cause you. That was Feyre with Tamlin, and if that doesn’t show you her strength, that she came back from that I don’t know what will. 🙂
I hope you enjoyed my musings guys. I’ve been working on this one for so long it’s nice to finally get my thoughts out there! Remember, these are just my humble opinions. I have a post all about Rhysand planned next. I’m very excited for that!
Thanks for reading guys! Talk to you soon! ❤ Adrianna
*Covers from Goodreads