A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Book One of the A Court of Thorns and Roses series
Published on May 5, 2015
Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy
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“…your human joy fascinates me–the way you experience things, in your life span, so wildly and deeply and all at once, is…entrancing. I’m drawn to it, even when I know I shouldn’t be, even when I try not to be.” pg. 172
A delicious twist to Beauty and the Beast, Feyre, a 19-year-old huntress, must forfeit her life and become captive to a High Fae after she kills a wolf in the woods but her captor is more than meets the eye and the world of Fae is more dangerous than she could have ever imagined.
For a full synopsis, visit Goodreads.
Tempo Productions has optioned this book for film. (Source)
A Court of Thorns and Roses was one of those books that you had to trust the author enough to not let it frustrate you when you have unanswered questions for a majority of the book. Luckily for me, this wasn’t my first Sarah J. Maas rodeo. After having read Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight, I had no issues having faith in Ms. Maas. And man, was it rewarding.
The beginning reminded me a lot of two familiar stories. Two ungrateful sisters (Cinderella) and a worthless parent (Hunger Games but this time it’s the father) who rely on Feyre to hunt to keep food on the table (Hunger Games). It surprised me because going into it, I believed the story to be a sort of retelling of Beauty and the Beast. But then the plot moved along and I was seeing more similarities to Belle and the Beast.
Just like her Throne of Glass series, ACOTAR had a way of sucking the readers into another world. It was clear that Maas drew upon other stories, like the ones I mentioned, but she also managed to create one that was distinctively hers. I took in every page with such interest. Maas had me even reading this book on the treadmill! I finished in 24 hours. It astounded me how much detail and story she can fit in 416 pages.
There were some really great characters in this book. Tamlin was *siiiiigh*…let’s just say if the beast that wanted to capture me was Tamlin, there would be no need for any coercion–I’d go willingly. Chapter 21 and Chapter 27 were OH MY GOD. When the synopsis mentioned the words “seductive” and “sexy”, I didn’t quite expect that but I wasn’t complaining. I liked that the author took it to a more risque direction because I mean, Feyre was a 19-year-old girl. And you’re probably kidding yourself if you think people that age were prudes.
However, outside of those scandalous scenes, it felt like Feyre was younger than 19. It wasn’t that she acted immature per se…it was just, she didn’t have a great handle on herself, which is something I would have expected from a 16-year-old. That was my first issue with the book. My second qualm was any time her family was in the picture. I didn’t understand why her father was like that…or why her sisters were idiots. And maybe this makes me sound like a cold-hearted bitch but I couldn’t comprehend why Feyre felt so loyal to them. This was such a small part of the book though so it didn’t bother me that much.
The real magic of ACOTAR was Tamlin and Feyre’s love for each other and the way they proved it. Each had to go through a great ordeal because of how they felt and that not only made the story that much more exciting but it made the readers believed just how strong their convictions were.
Another plus? There wasn’t a major cliffhanger in the end. And yet…the second book can’t come soon enough.
4.5 OUT OF 5 STARS
A real page-turner, Sarah J. Maas once again reminds audiences why she is a legitimate voice in not only Young Adult fiction but in the Fantasy genre, as well. Despite not being perfect, A Court of Thorns and Roses is exhilarating, addicting, and a must-read book of 2015.
Want a visual of the ACOTAR world? Check out the author’s very own Pinterest board for the book here.