A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Genre: Fantasy, Retelling, Young Adult, Romance
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens May 5th 2015
Rating: 4/5 ⭐️
Summary: 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 over the faerie lands is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin–and his world–forever.
Review: This was my first Sarah J. Maas book and I thoroughly enjoyed it! I will admit, I was a bit hesitant when I saw all of the hype around this book, especially with the fact that the sequel A Court of Mist and Fury just came out this past May. Nonetheless, I just couldn’t keep myself away and just HAD to get my hands on this series! And it definitely didn’t disappoint. It had all of the elements that make a great story: unique plot line (in this case, a retelling of Beauty and the Beast), intriguing characters, and unparalleled universe.
❝Don’t feel bad for one moment about doing what brings you joy.❞
I’m in the very small minority when I say this, but the first half did feel slow-paced for me. I found myself reading for hours on end just so I could get closer to finishing the book, but I soon found that the second half DEFINITELY made up for the slow pace. The plot started picking up and the [good kind of] anxiety and stress made it worth the wait. Yes, I know that sounds backwards, but usually the best books do that to you and you don’t regret putting yourself through that one bit. The amount of things that happened during that half of the book just made everything worthwhile.
❝I love you, thorns and all.❞
One of the new aspects of books that I have found to appreciate more this year is character development. I personally had to go through a lot of “character development” in the past year, so I definitely appreciate that angle more now than I did previously. Feyre’s development between the halves was really rewarding to read. For Feyre to start off as being a naive, albeit a very tough, teenager who saw herself as independent and self-serving, she actually lived up to that self-depiction in the end and even went through a phase of self-actualization. She made her claims of herself in the beginning a reality to not just herself, but to others as well as the book closes.
On a different note, Tamlin did live up to the “beast” title of the story being retold. He did start off as a very gruff, bordering on hostile, man. But as the story goes on, you can’t help but to fall for the person behind the mask (no pun intended-you’ll know what I’m referring to if you’ve read it). However, as opposed to Feyre, Tamlin seems to be taking a reverse character development at the end of the book. Without giving much away, the reader can start to notice how he’s taking a few steps back in the “character development” aspect in that he’s starting to go back to his initial colors or that he never really changed after all. After skimming through it several times after finishing it, I noticed that there were bits and pieces throughout the book that prove that Tamlin never really did experience any development. He was abusive and controlling throughout the entirety of the book and only ever cared about what would benefit/hurt him. I will go more in depth with this topic in my upcoming review for ACOMAF 😏😋.
And let’s just say that you should definitely keep an eye out for Rhysand while reading this 😉.
❝Be glad of your human heart, Feyre. Pity those who don’t feel anything at all.❞
Overall, I really enjoyed this book and hope to reread this series before the third and final installment comes out next May! I’m so glad that this was the book that finally introduced me to the queen that is Sarah J. Maas and I hope to continue to read her stories for many years to come! I hope you all enjoyed this review and if you haven’t gotten a chance to read this book, hopefully this did the convincing for you to do so! If you have read it, feel free to leave your thoughts down below!
Talk to you guys soon!