A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

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 jeweled 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.

Review:

Guys, this was SO GOOD. It’s one of those books that makes you want to reread it the second you’re finished with it. You devour it and you just need to go back and relieve the awesomeness again. It’s THAT good. I read it in two days and never even felt the time pass.

It’s a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, but with Sarah’s stunning writing, it becomes so much more than that. It becomes a story on its own, original and breathtaking, with compelling characters, set in a beautiful world that screams fantasy. It’s the story of Feyre, a human girl who kills a wolf in the woods, only to later find out it was actually a faerie; she must pay retribution for what she’s done and, when Tamlin, the beast, comes to collect her, she goes with him to his court. The Spring Court. There, she finds out about a curse placed upon it and she discovers more and more about the world of faeries, which endangers her.

I am having trouble expressing just how much I loved this book and this story. It’s beautifully written. The best part for me was the fact that it didn’t feel like a retelling, it felt original and only when I really sat and thought about it did I spot the similarities with The Beauty and the Beast. For me, that’s a plus. I loved the twists and turns that Sarah weaved in the story and I cannot wait to see what’s in store for us in the next book.

I adored the characters. Feyre is an incredible female character and I loved her interactions with the three boys in her life: Tamlin, Lucien, and Rhysand. She’s smart, determined, ruthless when it comes to protecting the ones she loves. Her relationship with Tamlin shocked me, I absolute disliked him. With that being said Sarah has GREAT character building. On the other hand, I loved that Sarah wasn’t afraid to explore a more sensual relationship between them and she did it so well – those scenes are sexy and hot and I loved them. I have my issues with Rhys, but I’m very curious to see where their relationship will end up in the next book. As for Lucien, bless his soul, he must be protected at all costs!

All in all, read this book and do it now. It’s fantastic. If you’re a Maas fan, this is definitely for you. If you’re only now looking into her, I’d recommend starting with A Court of Thorns and Roses, it’s easier to get into than Throne of Glass and it will allow you to familiarize with her beautiful writing. 

Favourite quotes:

“I threw myself into that fire, threw myself into it, into him, and let myself burn.”

“We need hope, or else we cannot endure.”

“I love you,’ he whispered and kissed my brow. ‘Thorns and all.”

If you would like to purchase this book you can do so by using the link below to purchase it from The Book Depository! 

http://www.bookdepository.com/?a_aid=books4joy

Pages: 419

Format: Paperback

Rating: 5/5!

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