BOOK REVIEW: A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES BY SARAH J. MAAS





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.






Non-spoilery review





Wow. WOW. WOOOOW.



No joke, this was legit me after reading this book. I had every intention of just writing 'kjdgnksdkeyboardsmash' but I think I'll write a real review. 

If you're into fantasy, I highly, highly recommend you give this book a go. And if you're a fan of Sarah J. Maas and have been anticipating this one for a long time now - I guarantee, you will not be disappointed. 

It was everything I wanted it to be.

I'm not usually the biggest fantasy person. I'll be honest, sometimes there's just too much going on for me, a lot of info dumps, and I tend to get lazy and not take it all in, which leaves me confused. A Court Of Thorns and Roses, however, was just the right amount. It was fantastically paced. The story was really fascinating to read about, with lots of hidden twists, and enough interesting characters to keep you hooked. 

I can't fault this book at all. I adored it. 

We're following Feyre, a 19 year old huntress who ends up crossing paths with a couple of powerful Fae, and being transported to the Spring Court as punishment for a crime she committed. I don't want to say too much, as mentioning a lot of the plot may cause me to spoil the story, and I know you'll enjoy it all so much more if you discovered it by reading. Nobody likes a spoiler!

But we do meet Tamlin.

Tamlin...


- NEW BOOK BOYFRIEND ALERT -

I know I'm not alone in this, a lot of readers seem to have a lot of love for Tamlin, and  I don't blame them one bit. He is my Fae bae. It's meant to be. You seriously have to meet him, because he will show you his charm, his courage and his beastly power.  I love him so much, and I will continue to fangirl over him. I'm super excited to see what he does in the next two books as he is proper badass and yet so romantic and sweet. Gah! Just please don't hurt him, Sarah! For the sake of all fangirls everywhere - please! My tiny Tamlin-loving heart can't take it!

And of course there are a few other male characters, who I do worry may start a love triangle in future books. One, I know, has potential and I can see people starting to ship it online already. I'm begging again, Sarah - I don't have the strength for another love triangle. I'm extreeeemely happy with Feylin, they are the OTP in my heart for this series, so please don't split them up!

In case you didn't know, this book is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast. This will sound very odd to you all but I've not really seen Beauty and the Beast (I know! I know! Bad me *slaps self*) but I do intend to watch it, and especially after reading A Court of Thorns and Roses. So, if you're a fan of the movie, you should consider trying this one. A retelling is always fun! I did watch some of it once but I was sick and I was incredibly tired and fell asleep. I do intend to watch it though, which may cause me to go 'Oh my goodness, that's supposed to be __ and this happens as well when ___', which is what I want. We'll see! But as a non-watcher of the movie, it was still enjoyable regardless of it being a retelling. 

It's a New Adult Fantasy, which is a genre that really needs more love and attention. There's a huge gap in the market and it needs to be filled with books like these. It's exactly what we love about fantasy books - especially in Young Adult - but with new themes and older characters, things are handled differently and less... censored. Not in a smutty way, though, don't worry.

This book is a fantastic start to a new trend that could be happening and I bloody well hope it does, because then it's a magical new genre that is waiting to explode in the book-verse. 

Every single character in this book was interesting and had a purpose. They were all brave as hell and truly proved themselves, some surprising me with their actions, whether they're secretly evil or good. The story was so amazingly told and I just love her writing style. Sarah, you did real good! From start to end, it was brilliant and exciting, and I couldn't put the book down. When I was at work, I was anticipating when I could go home and finish this story because oh my god!

I don't want to spoil you all but I can't stress how much I enjoyed this book. The end was so tense and I haven't read a book that had me this gripped in a long time. I'd say it was on par and possibly even better (in my books) than Throne of Glass. And I loved Throne of Glass! Sarah knows how to write her female protagonists. 

Those last few chapters though, oh man. 

Roll on May 2016 - it's too long to wait! Tamliiiiiiin, I need youuu.




Are you intending to read A Court of Thorns and Roses? If not - why? You should! A wonderful start to I know what will be an exciting and eagerly anticipated series. Sarah J. Maas has started to shape and set a bar for what NA Fantasy needs to become, and they have high expectations to try and beat this. I can't stop gushing about this book, I adored it so much.
Please, go buy this book or borrow it from a library - anywhere! - just read it!

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