Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publication Date: May 2015
Genre: Young Adult Fiction/Fantasy
Series or Stand Alone: Series, Book One
Synopsis can be found here.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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Feyre is kidnapped to the faerie realm after she kills a faerie in the shape of a wolf. Whisked away to Tamlin’s home, she is looking at one goal- to escape and get back to her family. But awful things prowl at night, much worse than Tamlin and there are rules to this game that she does not understand.
When it becomes clear that the realm is in danger, as well as her human world, Feyre must decide if her feelings for Tamilin are worth the risk of everything she has left.
This is my first Maas book. I know, I know. Everyone and their dog has read her Throne of Glass series. So I know she is hugely popular and well liked. Still, I tried not to go into the story with any expectations.
I’ll be honest. A Faerie girl I am not.
I don’t really love the world of the fae. The different courts, unless done well, can be overly dramatic or romantic. I like a bit of gore and gruesomeness when you talk about faerie court. There are few books that grip me in this area.
Happily, A Court of Thorn and Roses is one of them.
Feyre is a typical heroine nowadays, starting out with nothing and being the sole provider for her ungrateful family. (Hint: Katniss) But as the story moves, Feyre grows into a better, stronger and more likeable character. Sure, she may make some bad choices but all of them were well thoughtout. I saw the true motivation behind every one of them and I liked her for it. It’s not a main character who just does stupid stuff and you can’t figure out why. She thinks. She plots.
Tamlin is dreamy as only a faerie can be. Between him, his best man Lucien and a very important dark faerie Rhys, the men of the story are all strong and cunning, smart and balanced. There are hints of vulnerability and viciousness in all of them. Well balanced and positively frightening, the faerie men are captivating.
I love the new twist on Beauty and the Beast tale. It’s true enough to be recognized but different enough to only be a passing thought. The story captures so much more, including lots of secondary characters and some really nasty baddies. I couldn’t wait to get home and read it. I didn’t go to the gym. I didn’t go out with friends. I actually told my co-worker I wanted to go home so I could read this story and why wouldn’t they let me? I was only thinking about the story during the work day anyway!
A Court of Thorn and Roses captures your imagination and your heart, throwing you into a world of magic and love and twisted, sick faeries. There are beautiful creatures and blood chilling monsters. There are curses and raps and riddles and tests. There are roses and love and castles and friendship.
And there are faeries that will make your mouth water.
Rating 9 Ridiculously Awesome like Cookies and Ice Cream