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.
Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: New Adult, Fantasy
Number of Pages: 421
Publishing Date: May 5th, 2015
After seeing so much hype surrounding Sarah J. Maas and her fantasy novels, I decided to give a few of them a try. I’ve never been much of a fantasy reader, so I was a bit intimidated by her books because they were definitely out of my comfort zone. I read Throne of Glass and I really enjoyed it (you can read my review of that book here), however, after waiting for my online order of the rest of the TOG series to arrive, I decided to pick up my recently purchased copy of A Court of Thorns and Roses to see if I would enjoy this series as well. Needless to say, I think I enjoyed ACOTAR more than TOG… which is strange considering I devoured and loved TOG. But there was just something about ACOTAR that completely and utterly mesmerized me. Perhaps it was the fact that it was based on the classic Beauty and the Beast. Perhaps it was the multiple characters that captured my attention immediately. Or perhaps it was simply Maas’s beautiful and intricate writing that had me fully enamored within the world of Prythian and faeries and wondrous courts full of beauty and magic.
The rest of this review contains spoilers!
The plot of this book captivated me after about 20 pages. I will admit, the beginning was a bit slow, but as soon as Tamlin entered into the story and chaos erupted, I was hooked. I went into this thinking that it’d be a direct copy of the Beauty and the Beast fairytale classic, but it was so much more than that. The world that Maas created is fascinating and each chapter made me more curious as to what the curse that effected Tamlin and the Spring Court was, as well as who the antagonist of this novel truly was. The book picked up the pace even more as soon as Feyre went Under the Mountain. Just when I thought the plot was going to go one way, it would go another. I really loved the fact that Feyre was just this tiny human being that was willing to fight against this magical faerie that everyone in Prythian is terrified of in order to save Tamlin. The last task that Feyre had to complete was probably the biggest plot twist for me, because I definitely was not expecting Tamlin to be the last person she had to stab. But then, once again, Feyre basically SLAYED her task, leading to freaking Amarantha having a meltdown and killing Feyre, which in turn caused me to freak out because in my head I’m thinking “Wait, what, NO, THERE’S A SEQUEL THIS CAN’T HAPPEN.” All in all, the plot of this book had me enthralled and fascinated with the romance, the action, the characters, and the overall plot of defeating the evil self-proclaimed High Queen of Prythian.
I really, really loved Feyre’s character. At the beginning of ACOTAR, she seems to be concretely unemotional, only showing affection towards her family because she feels the weight of keeping them alive on her shoulders. However, once she enters into the Spring Court and into Tamlin’s house, her true qualities of being caring and loving shine through, as well as her strength and passion.
“I threw myself into that fire, threw myself into it, into him, and let myself burn.”
I had so many ups and downs in regards to how I felt about Tamlin in ACOTAR. There were times when I genuinely liked his character, but then there were times where the actions that he took were so annoying. Or, actually, it was the actions that he didn’t take that annoyed me most. Feyre worked so hard to save everyone and then there was Tamlin, doing basically nothing…? They literally were able to sneak away during a party and instead of asking her if she’s okay or trying to make a plan to escape or doing something productive, he just starts making out with her. Really, Tamlin? Really? But I still can’t help how much I loved him in this book during certain points. (Me reading this section of my review after reading ACOMAF: lolololol)
“I love you,” he whispered, and kissed my brow. “Thorns and all.”
Lucien’s character was one of my favorite parts of this book. He’s such a loyal friend and he’s witty and funny and, GAH, I JUST REALLY LOVE LUCIEN, OKAY.
“Do you ever stop being so serious and dull?”
“Do you ever stop being such a prick?” I snapped back.
Dead—really, truly, I should have been dead for that.
But Lucien grinned at me. “Much better.”
To be frank, at the beginning of this novel, I really hated Feyre’s family. They literally made the youngest of their family go out and help them survive whilst they did basically nothing, and I found that so irrational and angering. Thankfully, though, I grew to like Nesta and Elain just a bit after they appeared a few more times throughout the novel. Rhysand’s character had me confused because he was kind but then he was supposed to be kind-of-the-villain so I didn’t really know how to feel about him at all. He reminded me of Warner from Shatter Me (and you all know how much I love Warner) in this book, so I held out hope that his character would be further explored in the next book, especially after Feyre’s bargain with him.
“Be glad of your human heart, Feyre. Pity those who don’t feel anything at all.”
As always, Sarah J. Maas’s writing style is enchanting. Each scene was so detailed and descriptive and I was never bored at any point within this novel. Her writing is easy for me to read, yet it’s full of loads of information that fully enamor me within this world.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I think I might love it more than I loved Throne of Glass. This book was packed full with romance, action, witty character lines, a bit of humor, and satisfying world building that made me extremely excited to see the story continue in A Court of Mist and Fury.
Have any of you read ACOTAR? Comment your thoughts below!