You guys. I can’t stop thinking about this series. I’ve read many books since I first finished this trilogy (plus novella) but I cannot stop thinking about it. And I have no friends who want to hear me talk about this book in great, painstaking detail the way that my soul needs to talk about it. So, lucky you! I’m going to discuss this book at length. (Also feel free to go ahead and read my review on this amazing, beautiful, gorgeous book here!)
First post is going to be a bit (a lot) spolier-y so if you haven’t read them yet don’t read on. Do not spoil this one for yourself! Read the books!
Anyway. I highlight lines in my books when the lines hit me hard. Either they’re beautifully written or they portray the exact, fitting emotion. So these are the lines that made me pause the first time I read A Court of Thorns and Roses! (So often times I’ll just highlight one specific part of a sentence, but without the rest of the sentence it can be sort of difficult to see the beauty in the highlighted section. For that reason I’m going to write the entire sentence out when it’s necessary, and underline the actual part I did in my own book.)
“It was impressive – truly impressive – to see Nesta so ramrod straight, to square her shoulders and look down her nose at the young acolyte, a queen without a throne.”
“… her coat like fresh snow in the moonlight.”
“Because when you look at it – when you acknowledge it – that’s when it becomes real. That’s when it can kill you.”
“‘What else is different now?’ I asked, trailing him up the marble front steps.
He didn’t stop this time, didn’t even look over his shoulder to see me as he said ‘Everything.'”
“… his golden hair caught and held the morning light as if it were spun from the sun itself.”
“Aland of lethal beauty.”
“I barely felt their stinging kisses or the warm blood sliding down my face.”
“… its texture like liquid night.”
“… myth given flesh.”
“… that the air beneath its wings whispered promises of death.”
“I could have sworn tendrils of star-kisses night trailed in his wake.”
“The sky was and eddy of molten amethyst, sapphire, and ruby, all bleeding into. a final pool of onyx.”
“Rhysand smiled – heartbreaking in its beauty …”
“For though each of my strikes lands a powerful blow,
When I kill, I do it slow …” (Describing love)
“… and gently set my arm down. As it met with the floor, I had to close my eyes to brace against the flow of that poisoned lighting.”
“A lick of cold kissed down my spine.”
“Horrific, stunning – the face of a thousand nightmares and dreams.”
And now all of the adorable (even though I secretly hate how cute it is) Tamlin and Feyre moments that made my heart gush!
“‘You drove me mad,’ he growled, and the sound trembled down my spine, long my breast until they ached. ‘I searched for you , and you weren’t there. When I didn’t find you,’ he sad, bringing his face closer to mine, until we shared breath, ‘it made me pick another.'” (Regarding the tradition of Calanmai.)
“I knew – I knew I was headed down a path that would likely end in my mortal heart being left in pieces, and yet … And yet I couldn’t stop myself.” (Feyre regarding her feelings for Tam.)
“‘Not forever,’ he said onto my mouth.
And though I knew it was a lie, I put my arms around his neck and kissed him.” (Tam sending Feyre away for her safety.)
And last, but most certainly the very best: all the beautiful moments between Rhys and Feyre that (having read the entire series I can understand fully, even though they seem innocuous and unimportant during the first read through. (Get ready to freak swoon with me, ya’ll!)
“There you are, I’ve been looking for you … Thank you for finding her for me. (Rhys to Feyre when the picts have her surrounded).”
“Standing before me was the most beautiful man I’d every seen.” (Feyre regarding Rhys)
“Though it might have been the biggest risk I’d ever taken, I blurted, ‘So you’re not part of the Spring Court?'” (Feyre instinctively not wanting to let Rhys go just yet.)
“What’s your name, love?” (Rhys to Feyre, trying to find out her name, just once.)
“- and just one person said you would win.” (Rhys betting on Feyre)
“I’ll heal your arm in exchange for you.” (Like we know that was much deeper of a trade than it actually appears.)
“And as for Fire Night … I had my reasons to be out then. Do not think, Feyre, that it did not cost me.” (My god, my heart! Again, meaning more than it appears, which we don’t learn until the next book!)
Just literally the entire part where Feyre wants to give up in her cell and she starts hearing music.
Just literally the entire part where Rhys catches Feyre and Tam together kissing when he could have been freeing her! His reaction to that selfishness.
“‘When you healed my arm … You didn’t need to bargain with me. You could have demanded every single week of the year … Every single week, and I would have said yes.’
A half smile appeared on his sensuous lips. ‘I know,’ he said, and vanished.
Basically everything Rhys does in chapter 44.