A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas, published May 2015 by Bloomsbury Children’s.
Read: May 2014
Genre: Young Adult/New Adult/Fantasy/Re-telling
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Goodreads Synopsis: Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator, and killing something so precious comes at a price.
Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion, and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.
I’m a BIG Maas fan (or at least I was before she destroyed my life with Queen of Shadows, full review to follow for that one…). So when I saw she was coming out with a new Fantasy series, which is also a Beauty and the Beast re-telling (one of my favourite Disney movies), I knew I had to get my hands on it. I pre-ordered this one and dove straight into it, falling in love with the story, just as much as I drooled over that delicious cover.
*Warning* – some very minor spoilers ahead…
A Court of Thorns and Roses took a little time for me to get into, but generally, I really loved it. Typical Maas, she creates a complex story, with many well-developed characters, and weaves a strong romance throughout the many Fantastical elements. I’d never read any Fae-related books until the Throne of Glass series, and I really love Maas’ take on the mythological creatures. For me, ACOTAR felt more Fae-heavy than the TOG series, but that in no way stopped me from finding it highly enjoyable.
Maas builds the BEST worlds! You can tell that this book is a great build-up for what’s to come, and I can’t wait to delve back into this world – book two can’t come quick enough! I loved the sarcasm and sark from Lucien, I thought the “evil” was so well written, and Maas definitely upped the steam-levels in this story! For me, Maas excels at writing romances (Sam, anyone?), and then subsequently takes great pleasure in wrecking your heart. She’s already doing a great job of ruining my TOG-ship, and although this is only book one in the trilogy, I’m pretty sure she’s going to go stomping all over my ship in this series too. I can feel something brewing with our loveable-rogue-bad-boy Rhysand, and I’m not too happy about it.
There was a lot packed into this read, and while some of it was a little… strange and almost uncomfortable (they are Fae after all), the majority of the read had me gripped. Maas has a way of writing that just forces her readers around her pinkie finger, begging for more, while covering their face with their hands for absolute fear of what comes next. What a woman.
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