Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #1
Published by Bloomsbury Children's on May 5th 2015
Genres: Fantasy & Magic
A 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.
Holy shit, this book is a masterpiece, absolutely and utterly mind-blowing. I love what Sarah did with the original Beauty and the Beast story. I usually don’t really know what to do with Fae stories, but the combination of the Fae with the Beauty and the Beast story worked perfectly. It made the story creative and original, and the plot complex.
The characters were complex and had a lot of depth! Feyre is a great character. She was the underdog amidst the Fae, but that didn’t stop her from fighting what she believed in. She’s something fierce. In a way she reminds me of Celaena, they definitely have some traits in common, but that’s where it ends, because Feyre is definitely a character on her own. Tamlin and Lucien. Gosh I love those two! Tamlin has so much depth! A bit rough around the edges, but he tries, and he’s awesome. I loved Lucien’s wit. He’s a bit snarky, but I love him for it. I love how his and Tamlin’s relationship was all about friendship. And then there’s Rhys, whom I haven’t fully made my mind up about (and I can’t delve into that more… because spoilers and all). His character is extremely complex, there’s a part of me that wants to dislike him, but another part that kinda likes him, and GAH it’s so frustratingly good.
As I’ve come to expect of Sarah’s writing, the world-building is epic. It’s so damn good. My imagination ran wild with the vivid descriptions she gave of the world of the fae. Even though some of those vivid descriptions were a bit gruesome, I was there experiencing everything along with the characters 100%.
Hot damn, this book is STEAMY. I think the last YA book I read that was this steamy was Unravel Me. There’s great chemistry that flies of the pages. The sexy times had me swooning and fawning myself (yes it was THAT good).View Spoiler » I also want to talk about that last moment between Rhys and Feyre, because OH MY what was that about?! That was a big moment guys, and it has trouble written all over it… My mind is trying to make up all kinds of scenarios that will explain that moment « Hide Spoiler
I love this book! I adore this book! And I want ALL OF YOU to read it. Books like these are the reason I read. The reason I love reading so much. A Court of Thorns and Roses is everything I could have wished for and everything I wanted it to be. I’m trying to reign in the fangirling, but it was just that good. If you haven’t read it yet, go get yourself a copy!