Thursday, 30 June 2016

Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas


A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas
Published by Bloomsbury 2015 (Paperback)
416 Pages

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.

Thoughts

I'd heard a lot about Sarah J Mass, but had never actually picked up one of her books to read. However I knew there was a lot of hype surrounding her and her writing so I was pretty intrigued to discover it. Whilst I was at London Comic Con in May, I stumbled upon a stall run by Bloomsbury and sitting there was a copy of A Court of Thorns and Roses. After having a read of the blurb I went for it and brought it and soon enough I was ready to dive into this world that Sarah J Maas had created.

Nineteen year old huntress Feyre is the main provider for her family, ever since they fell on hard times when their large fortune got taken away. During a rather bad winter Feyre is out hunting in the woods and tracks down a wolf. Wanting to feed her family and earn money she kills it without hesitation. A few days later a faerie beast crashes her home, claiming that the wolf she'd killed was actually a faerie under disguise. The beast gives Feyre two options - to be killed or to live with him in Prythian, the land which faeries call home. Choosing to go with the beast, she starts a new life and soon her feelings for the faerie - Tamlin go from icy to sheer love. However, pure evil grows over the faerie lands and Feyre must find a way to stop it to make sure her and Tamlin's love can be forever.

First of all I am going to say that I absolutely positively adored this book! From the first chapter I was hooked and there were times when I just couldn't stop reading, I needed to know more and get more into the story. The story itself is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast. I love when classic tales get a retelling so I feel that this was one of the reasons why I became so engrossed. That along with the element of faerie lore was so unique and certainly unlike any YA Fantasy that I'd read before. Not knowing anything about Faerie lore I was slightly worried that I'd end up becoming confused, but I was wrong. I caught on pretty quickly as it is explained in great detail. 

The plot twists, I think were what made the book. Each time I thought I knew what was going to happen something ended up changing my mind. I went on an epic journey and it was mainly down to how many twists and turns were within the story and plot line itself. I did find myself gasping in shock at a few revelations towards the end of the book and honestly they will shock you as well.

I found Feyre, our heroine to be a strong willed, determined young lady willing to fight for whatever she feels is right. I'll admit when I first met her I wasn't entirely sure on her, but as I learnt more about her and got to see more into her feelings I started to love her as a protagonist. Tamlin - oh my god what can I say about him!? I literally found him to be perfect in every single way. I loved the mystery surrounding him and I just found him to be a pretty well rounded character. His blossoming relationship with Feyre was simply adorable and I was always going to root for them. I also found the characters of Lucien and Rhysand to be rather interesting. Especially Rhysand, I didn't know wether to love him or hate him and I really hope I find out more about his backstory in the sequel.

A Court of Thorns and Roses was an amazing read! I was literally captivated by the world that Sarah J Maas created and found it to be truly unique. I cannot wait to read the sequel and get transported to the stunning world of Prythian once more.

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Author Bio

Sarah J. Maas is the author of the New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling Throne of Glass series–Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, Heir of FireQueen of Shadows, and the series’ prequel, The Assassin’s Blade–as well as the New York Times and USA Today bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses and its sequel A Court of Mist and Fury. She wrote the first incarnation of the Throne of Glass series when she was just sixteen, and it has now sold in twenty-three languages. Empire of Storms, the fifth Throne of Glass novel, will release on September 6th, 2016
A New York native, Sarah currently lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and dog. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Hamilton College in 2008 with a degree in Creative Writing and a minor in Religious Studies. 


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