After months of seeing readers rave about Sarah J. Maas, I finally gave in to see what all the fuss is about – and boy, oh boy the fuss is very much due!
But I’m getting ahead of myself!
Like I mentioned in my previous post, I was in a major book slump last month, so I was in desperate need of something to pull me back into reading, and I thought I might as well give A Court of Thorns and Roses a try…
I know everyone told me I will love it, and I was warned on numerous occasions that it will blow my mind; but I will admit that I had my reservations based on previous experiences where I was heavily disappointed by popular choice reads. I know everyone told me I will love it, and I was warned on numerous occasions that it will blow my mind, but why didn’t anyone express to me how MUCH I will fall in love with this book??
But I’m getting ahead of myself!
This is my feeble attempt at a review of A Court of Thorns and Roses:
There is no way to summarize this book in a few short sentences but I will provide a watered down outline of what the book is about…
When nineteen-year-old Feyre kills a wolf in the woods one afternoon on a hunt for food, she has no idea that a beast of a creature will soon show up with a hunger for vengeance. After being dragged to the magical land beyond her human realm, Feyre discovers that her captor is no beast… His name is Tamlin, and he is one of the deadly, deceitful faeries who once ruled the mortal world with a vicious hand.
As she spends more time on his estate, she realizes that Tamlin is not at all what she expected, and the legends her people told in whispers about the dangerous world of the Fae are not all true. Drawn to the beauty and magic of Tamlin’s land, Feyre soon calls it home; but with a closer look she discovers that something is terribly wrong, and a darkness is spreading into the Court. With time slowly running out, Feyre needs to find a way to save Tamlin and his world or she will be forced to watch all she’s come to love perish.
This thrilling, passionate retelling of our beloved fairy tale, Beauty and the Beast, will leave your heart fluttering and your mind screaming before the story is even close to being over. It reminded me a lot of The Wrath and The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh – a book that you know I absolutely adored – but it was so much MORE. There was more suspense, more action, more fantasy; just more MORE! Don’t get me wrong, I still love The Wrath and The Dawn, and I highly recommend you read it if you haven’t, but while TWATD was serene and enthralling and in general a more subdue read, ACOTAR was a big blow out around every corner that I could never really predict.
Let me start with the fantasy world that Sarah J Maas created for us. It was absolutely enchanting in every possible way! I loved reading about the mystical creatures and the power each of them possessed; as well as the sheer beauty of the realm in which Feyre found herself to be living in.
Compared to most fantasy fiction books, the author doesn’t assume that the reader is familiar with anything, so in a sense we get to experience everything first hand right along with the narrator. The descriptions were clear and detailed more than enough for me to form a picture in my mind of what was happening in the story. If I can sum it up, I would say this book is for ALL readers, and not just for someone who reads a lot of fantasy books. (I speak as someone who only recently started exploring the fantasy genre and I know how difficult and confusing it can be to read a book with a lot of jargon that I am not familiar with. It’s one of the reasons I was so intimidated to start reading fantasy books in the first place.)
Now here is where I found a lot of familiarities with TWATD: the characters. We have this strong, bold heroine who never backs down from a fight. She is fierce, loyal and above all that she is a survivor. Feyre is honestly one of the most tenacious – and serious – female characters I ever read about, and geez this girl is lethal! I love her!
Then there’s Tamlin, the shape shifting, immortal High Fae who is so unlike what we anticipate him to be. He is broody, snarly and powerful, but beyond this he is a compassionate protector and generous to a fault. Much like our heroine, he is a character brimming with unexpected, beautiful qualities that makes you hold your breath whenever he enters a room – or you know; a scene! There is just one teeny tiny gripe I had, and that is his name! I’m not usually one to complain about such things but when Lucien waltzed into the story I thought he was the lead male love interest based on the name; and also because I didn’t read the blurb before I started the book so I had no idea what to expect.
Speaking of Lucien, he was an awesome secondary character! As Tamlin’s right hand man, he takes a while to warm up and trust Feyre, but when he does he becomes a dedicated and loyal friend. He is snarky, sarcastic and mischievous with a blasé attitude about most things. Of course, as we learn more about him we discover that he hides a world of pain and heartbreak behind that charismatic personality, and he feels more than he lets on.
There are a few more characters that I am just DYING to write about because they all contributed a vital part to the story, but if I mention them in this review then I will be taking something away from the incredible experience you should have.
What I will say is that Sarah J. Maas really hit the nail on the head with this book, and if I believe every second picture in my Instagram feed about A Court of Mist and Fury, then I am in for an even bigger thrill when I read book two in this series. If you enjoyed The Wrath and The Dawn or if you want to give fantasy romance a try then I highly recommend this book for you!