I don’t really have favourites, not when it comes to music, or TV shows, and definitely not when it comes to books. But then I read the Throne of Glass series over the summer, and I fell so in love with Sarah J. Maas’ writing, that I just had to read more! And of course, everyone was raging over the A Court of Thorns & Roses series. Lucky for me, I finally had a chance to pick them up!
“The forest had become a labyrinth of snow and ice. I’d been monitoring the parameters of the thicket for an hour, and my vantage point in the crook of a tree branch had turned useless. The gusting wind blew thick flurries to sweep away my tracks, but buried along with them any signs of potential quarry.”
Nineteen-year-old Feyre kills a wolf. When one day a beast-like creature comes to claim retribution for his fallen friend, she is dragged into a magical land. Once there, she learns that the beast-like creature is actually Tamlin, an immortal Faerie who used to rule her mortal world.
Oh, my god. I did not know how badly I needed a Beauty & the Beast retelling until I read A Court of Thorns & Roses. And it’s about Faeries!? Heck, yes! Sarah J. Maas writes magic, honestly. It sometimes takes me a lot of effort to imagine what things would look like. With Throne of Glass, I could easily and vividly imagine the world, and it was even more wonderful in this book.
The main character is Feyre. Pronounced as Fey-ruh. I had some difficulty pronouncing her name, but one I got used to it it was no problem at all. Feyre is a huntress, although she’s not really as badass like Celaena/Aelin. Actually, she is a badass, in her own way. Anyway, she comes from a poor family, with sad backstory, one day she’s hunting, and she kills a wolf. A few days later, immortal Faerie Tamlin barges into Feyre’s cottage and claims retribution. A life for a life. In the end, she leaves her family all Belle like, and goes with Tamlin to his estate in the Faerie realm. Tamlin’s kind of a weird dude, for a while. Just like his friend Lucian. They’re mean-ish, cold, and Feyre really doesn’t like them one bit. But at the same time, I think they’re careful and protective of her. Honestly, these characters are amazing. Rhysand, Pronounced as Ree-sand, is an asshole. Yeah, I went there! But in the end, I actually think I love him. He really grows on you, hehe!
The plot is full of surprises and plot twists. I absolutely love the Beaty & the Beast meets Faerie lore thing. I’m pretty much obsessed with anything Faerie, and it was fun to see how different this was from other books! There’s no Seelie or Unseelie Court, but multiple courts. Like the Spring Court, and the Night Court. This makes it a lot more interesting! There was a noticeable resemblance to Beauty & the Beast, obviously, but it was executed beautifully.
There’s romance in this book, maybe even the start of a love triangle. It wasn’t overwhelming, though. The balance between meaningful plot, character development and romance just work out perfectly. In the romance department, I think I should just mention that it’s a little bit more NA than YA, so definitely better suited for a little older audience.
My review of A Court of Thorns & Roses including spoilers and my favourite part of the book can be found on Goodreads.
A Court of Thorns & Roses was freaking fan-freaking-tastic. I love Beauty & the Beast and Faeries so it could’ve been very disappointing, but it wasn’t! I understand now why everything is so crazy about this series!
About A Court of Thorns & Roses
A Court of Thorns & Roses is the first book in Sarah J. Maas’ new series of the same name. Book two, A Court of Mist & Fury, was released this year. Book three will be coming out next year, as well as some new books that were recently announced. Those are to be released starting in 2018. You can add the book on Goodreads and purchase it from Book Depository!