A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas | Review

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

My Rating:

     At this point, I think  I could read anything that Sarah J. Maas has written and love it.  She has definitely become one of my favorite authors! This book is full of action, romance and fantastical fantasy and will leave you wanting more after you read the last page.  
A thrilling, seductive new series from New York Timesbestselling 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.
Warning: there will be some spoilers in this review, so if you haven't read the book yet please go do that before reading this! 

     Like I already said, I loved this book! I honestly don't think I've read a book where faeries are a main focus, and I've seen a lot of not so great reviews for books about faeries, but this book definitely did not disappoint and Sarah did a fantastic job with the faerie aspect.  
     First off lets talk about Feyre's family.  I just wanted to punch them so bad at the beginning of the book.  Especially Nesta and their father.  How could they act so ungrateful and treat Feyre so badly.  Aghh, it made me very irritable! They didn't even try to help themselves, they just made Feyre responsible for their survival.  It was very frustrating to read.  When she was taken away by the beast (aka Tamilin) I was actually happy that Feyre wouldn't have to be with them anymore.  Then later on when Tamlin sent her back I felt so bad for her, but once she arrived and you learn more about Nesta and how she wasn't tricked by the glamour and actually tried to rescue Feyre, it actually made me like Nesta a little bit.  Even though she had this really hard exterior and didn't act like she loved Feyre, she risked her life to go find her and it showed how she truly did love her sister.

     In most books when someone is kidnapped or taken you usually just assume that they are going to be treated horribly or become a slave and that was exactly what Feyre was thinking as well when she was taken by Tamlin.  When she got there and was told that she could do whatever she wanted and was treated actually very nicely, it took her awhile to wrap her mind around that.  As a reader it also took me a bit to get use to that as well since there are so many stories about people becoming prisoners and slaves.

     I did like the character of Feyre a lot, she was a very enjoyable main character to read about, but there was some points in the story when I just wanted to smack her and be like "What the heck are you thinking!?" There were points in the story when she made some really stupid decisions and I just had to shake my head at her.  For example, the night of the fire/sex ceremony thing.  She was told by multiple people that for her own safety she should stay in her room, lock the door, and not come out until morning.  What does she do, she goes outside right during the middle of the ceremony because she was curious.  Really?? She almost gets herself killed, but we do get to meet Rhysand in that scene!

     Speaking of Rhysand, and the main love interest Tamlin, I really can't pick a side.  I'm more drawn towards Tamlin because they already have that relationship built, but there is also something about Rhysand that I'm drawn to.  Personally, I'm usually drawn towards the bad guy more, and I really like Tamlin and Feyre together, but I can see this become a full fledged love triangle in the next book.  Feyre does have to live with him for a week every month so that's just asking for things to get heated up.  I really have no idea what direction this is headed in or any guess at who the endgame is but I'm excited to see what happens!

     Although this is a Beauty and the Beast retelling, it is very much it's own story.  You can see the different elements in the plot that are influenced by it, but it doesn't define the story.  

     Overall I loved it and if you haven't read you should go do that right now!

~ Jacey

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