Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #1
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens on May 5, 2015
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She stole a life. Now she must pay with her heart.
When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she knows about only from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal but Tamlin -- one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.
As Feyre dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility to a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow over the faerie lands is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it... or doom Tamlin -- and his world -- forever.
“I was loosened, a top whirling around and around, and I didn’t know who I danced with or what they looked like, only that I had become the music and the fire and the night, and there was nothing that could slow me down.”
Sarah J. Maas has done it again. What it is, I don’t quite know, but I’m still recovering. A Court of Thorns and Roses is an incredible retelling with a faerie twist, and if it was any other author I would have been weary. Like her Throne of Glass series, Maas’ writing is effortless, with perfect pacing, and characters that are to-die for — a sure breathtaking read for all fantasy and fairytale lovers.
Feyre and her family are poor and impoverished, yet they are still above begging for food and clothing… for now. For now, Feyre is the sole provider for her weak father and two older sisters, which means she must hunt and bargain just to keep her family alive. So when she encounters a seemingly ordinary wolf preying after the same doe, Feyre must risk the consequences of breaking the Treaty in order to keep her family alive.
When a beast-like creature comes knocking at her door demanding retribution, Feyre is dragged to the magical faerie lands, where she must live out the rest of her life in her captor, Tamlin’s, estate. There, she begins to learn that the myths and legends told about the fae are not all true — that some, even, are capable of love.
A Court of Thorns and Roses uses aspects of Beauty and the Beast with a sprinkle of faerie lore. And honestly, that sprinkle was just enough to get me hooked from start to finish. I. Could. Not. Put. The. Book. Down. I couldn’t. Readers are dragged into the faerie realm just like Feyre — blind, hesitant, and kind of unwilling (mostly). But by the time we get there, it became impossible to drag your eyes away. Tamlin’s world is a stark contrast to Feyre’s mortal land — full of life, mystery, and smoking hot fae boys. It’s as if Maas’ writing was its own kind of special faerie wine.
Feyre is a fighter. Feyre is a survivor. She’d do absolutely anything to take care of her family, even if it means giving herself up to a creature she’s only heard from in legends. Sure, we can say that she’s strong and brave and a kickass huntress, but what I thought was most admirable was how stubborn — so humanly stubborn — she was. I liked that she never forgot where she came from and who she was, despite being thrust into a world where everyone and everything was bigger, scarier, and just plain stranger.
Tamlin and Lucien are hands down my favourites of the novel. The golden boy and the red-headed charmer — they are such a pair. I absolutely loved their interactions, especially the ones where Feyre is in the same room to make it that much more hilarious and awkward.
Maas does this thing where she introduces a PERFECT SPECIMEN of a love interest to swoon over, and then completely twists things around by introducing ANOTHER PERFECT SPECIMEN. But before you groan about another frustrating love triangle, it’s not so much about these guys being Feyre’s potential suitors as much as them being swoon-worthy characters. They’re written so well that it’s so, so bad for
us Feyre to go down this path. Still. Still.
In terms of the actual romance, you needn’t worry about insta-love or hopeless pining. This book was steaming hot, which I’d have to categorize as borderline YA/NA. Again, it came down to the characters of the story — all of them are so naturally and compellingly written as individuals, which makes the interactions searing with chemistry.
Despite the major shockers and surprises in the novel, I can’t say I was all that surprised reading A Court of Thorns and Roses. It’s that brilliant and that enthralling, and if you are a fan of being completely blown away by a story, read this book.