Thursday, December 24, 2015

[Review] A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

16096824A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Rating: 5 Stars
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #1
Version: eBook
Release Date:  May 5, 2015

Goodreads synopsis:

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.
My love for YA literature first began with The Iron King by Julie Kagawa, which was also set in a faery world. After that, I read many of the popular YA faery books at the time and for a while faeries were the only thing I read about. Some were great, some were okay, but none met the expectations that The Iron King set - until now. A Court of Thorns and Roses is truly a magnificent piece of work that captures and holds your attention throughout the entire story.

I thoroughly enjoyed the plot, when I found out this was a Beauty and the Beast retelling, I thought I had it all figured out, but nope - I was definitely taken in surprise. Sarah Maas does a great job keeping the reader constantly at the edge of their seat. I also really enjoyed the setting and "format" of Prythian aka Faerie World, and I could almost imagine how some of the scenes that took place look like thanks to the great detail that Maas puts into her setting development. A unique thing about Maas's faerie world are the faerie courts and rulers - usually, there's only the standard Winter and Summer courts, but there are seven in this series an I loved the bits of insight we get to each one.

The book has a great cast of characters; Tamlin, Rhys, Feyre, Lucien -  they all have so many layers to them and it was fun going through each of their "layers" as the story progressed and we learned more and more about them. They're very multi-dimensional and Sarah does a fantastic job developing each and every one, including the villain; even Amarantha has more to her as we discover the story of her sister and her "love" for Tamlin.

I definitely see a love triangle coming into play, and I'm not sure how I feel about that yet. On one hand, if Feyre ends up with anyone other than Tamlin, that'll be a little odd since the entire first book focuses on Feyre and Tam's relationship and the obstacles they had to go through. On the other hand, I am 100% ready to get more of Rhys in the second book.

Overall, if you like fantasy, retellings, or just need a good book to read, get this one!

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