(A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)
Be glad of your human heart, Feyre. Pity those who don’t feel anything at all.
From the author who brought readers the New York Times Bestselling Series Throne of Glass comes a breathtaking dark fantasy spin on the age-old fable of Beauty and the Beast.
In a Court of Thorns and Roses, Sarah J. Maas brings us to the divided land of Prythian, where humans live south of the wall, and the god-like faeries live in magical lands north of the wall.
19 year old Feyre hunts every day to keep her father and sisters from starvation. When she encounters a large wolf in the woods, she kills it in cold blood, suspecting it is one of the faeries who terrorize human lands. But when a beast from the north comes to her home and accuses her of murder, she is faced with a choice: die, or live the rest of her days north of the wall.
Once Feyre agrees to live north of the wall, she learns that her captor, Tamlin, is the Lord of the Spring Court, one of the High Fae who once ruled over the human race. As she unravels the secrets he desperately tries to keep from her, she finds herself caught in a web of lies, curses, and her own mixed feelings toward Tamlin and his people.
Fresh with romance and dark with magic, a Court of Thorns and Roses is a finely woven tale of murder, true love, and courage.
This book devoured me. Consumed me. Made me all swoony.
Feyre and Tamlin had me like:
HOW CAN THE OTHER BOOKS END UP BEATING THIS?
And the end was so breathtaking and dramatic that I nearly cried. (And can anyone else sense a future love triangle???)
Nerd rant over. Back to all seriousness.
While the cover has more of a rough/dark fantasy edge and is full of foreshadowing, the title was full of promise. Upon reading the description of the book, I concluded that this was another twist of Beauty and the Beast – my favourite fairytale. I didn’t quite know what to expect of a Court of Thorns and Roses, but I suspected it would have more of a Cruel Beauty feel (see my review here).
I was wrong.
There were similar aspects to Cruel Beauty in a Court of Thorns and Roses, such as a young brave girl being forced to live with a monstrous, evil “beast”. Both Nyx from Cruel Beauty and Feyre from a Court of Thorns and Roses have to solve riddles to save their “beasts” and their people from an even more devastating and evil force.
That’s pretty much where the similarities end.
In a Court of Thorns and Roses, there are elements of Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, Hunger Games, and Game of Thrones. Politics, secrets, magic, and super-steamy sexual tension are wrapped up into one very attractive book.
The Belle/Beauty element is Feyre, a 19 year old artist who, surprisingly, can’t read. (If you are unfamiliar with the Disney Belle, she is famous for her love of books.) She sacrifices her freedom to save her father and two sisters from the wrath of the beast.
The beast-like element is more about the faeries ability to shapeshift than anything else. Tamlin and his court are cursed to wear the masks they wore to a ball many years ago, but aside from this mask he is described to be extremely attractive.
The book slowly unfolds for the first half of the book, spending a great deal of time world-building and settling Feyre into her new home. The second half of the book picked up quite quickly, and I found it easier to keep reading the closer to the end I was.
The tone of the book is dark, with fantasy elements and a strong sexual current. I would only recommend this book to kids around 14 years old and up. This book is meant for an older audience, and while it IS a YA read, it would probably interest adults as much as older teens.
I cannot wait to pick up A Court of Mist and Fury as soon as it is released ❤
*This review was written in January 2016, but not edited or published until June 2016*
**updated review for #kristenandkelseysfortybookchallenge = STILL ACCURATE. I also love how I sensed the future that the next book holds for Feyre and Rhys. I cannot believe how quickly I changed ships once I read the sequel!! **
Cover Appeal: 5/5
Perfection. Lovelovelove. I mostly bought this book due to the cover.
So beautifully woven together, leading seamlessly into the next book.
I cannot praise this book enough.
KH Rating: 5/5
Reread and updated in 2017
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