Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses-Sarah J. Maas


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cooltext1889161239 copyA thrilling, seductive new series from New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas, blending Beauty and the Beast with faerie lore.

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about 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 she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into 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 grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

Perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore and George R. R. Martin, this first book in a sexy and action-packed new series is impossible to put down!

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+++Warning: A Court of Thorns and Roses is MATURE YA or NA. Some scenes are 18+ and there are several depictions of graphic violence and gore. 

A Court of Thorns and Roses is perfect for fans of Holly Black, Melissa Marr, Aprilynne Pike, and Julie Kagawa. If you love fairy tales with edge, dark and graphic tales of violence and peril, A Court of Thorns and Roses will be your new obsession. 

PROS:

  • A Court of Thorns and Roses is unlike any Beauty and the Beast retelling I’ve read. Combining the gritty horror of fae with a protagonist that can’t read, it’s a whirlwind of surprise and unexpected strength. 
  • The fae are wicked, positively sinful, and there’s no doubt that if they capture you, untold torture and sadism will occur before death. They’re vile, horrific beings who like to play with their food. Some scenes are intensely graphic and full of raw, brutal gore. If you like dark and twisted, add this to your TBR stat.
  • Feyre. (Sidebar: “So Cady. Actually it’s Katie. Yeah, I’m gunna call you Cady” I’ll always think of her as Fair and not FeyRuh). Feyre is one BA heroine. She’s not perfect. She accepts her faults and emphasizes her strengths. Feyre is inventive, quick, and crafty, she is a problem solver who despite her terrible circumstances, flips the switch on her fear and channels her inner warrior. She’s a lesson in perseverance, selflessness, and inner strength. Feyre loves deeply when she opens her heart and challenges expectations. Feyre shows the reader the beautiful resilience of the human spirit and what we’re capable of if we push ourselves and have faith. 
  • The variety of fae, their mannerisms, their descriptions are straight out of nightmares. Each is unique and leaves a lasting impression. The dangers are real and there are several moments where you’ll wait on bated breath, hoping against all odds for Feyre’s safety.
  • Tamlin is introverted, quiet, and stand-offish. Scarred by his past and melancholy, Tamlin is not your typical romantic lead. He’s brooding and awkward, he insults as often as he compliments (not on purpose) and doesn’t know how to socialize. And yet…Tamlin is a beautiful soul when he opens up. He’s light and attentive, he does everything in his power to make Feyre feel comfortable and welcome. The scene with the starlight lake. OMG swoon. 
  • Together, Feyre and Tamlin are passion incarnate. They’re aggressive, charged, the attraction is primal and fierce. The heat jumps off the pages.
  • Lucien is a jerk. He’s cocky, bold, decietful, and puts Feyre in unnecessary danger for laughs. He’s got a wild side that is mildly tantalizing and his sarcasm is addictive. There’s just something about him that draws. Lucien brings both darkness and light to the plot. He’s protective, angry, and has a past that is horrendous. Despite his serious issues, Lucien’s tale is a harrowing one of so much pain that you can’t help put root for his survival and happiness. 
  • Amarantha is a sick and terrifying villain. Just when you think she can’t possibly get worse, she throws another curve ball that will make you shiver. 
  • Rhysand is sexy and sinister. The perfect temptation. He’s much more than he seems on the surface. He’s a complex character that you’ll love to hate.

CONS:

  • The 3 trials were a bit of a let down. The second especially had a quick fix that left me feeling dissatisfied. 
  • Towards the end, several scenes blurred together as Feyre slipped into hopeless intoxication. The in-between was a little slow.

If you like any of the following, you’ll enjoy this:

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