Friday, August 14, 2015

Book Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses

Title - A Court of Thorns and Roses 
Author - Sarah J. Maas 
Series - A Court of Thorns and Roses #1
Genre - YA Fantasy
Published - May 5th 2015
Publisher - Bloomsbury Children's 
Format - Hardcover 

A thrilling, seductive new series from New York Timesbestselling author Sarah J. Maas, blending Beauty and the Beast with faerie lore.

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.

Perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore and George R. R. Martin, this first book in a sexy and action-packed new series is impossible to put down!

Feyre made a promise on her mother’s death bed to look after her sisters and it’s what she’s done ever since her father hasn’t been able to. Forced to hunt in the dangerous woods Feyre is thankful to find a deer that will feed her family but she’s not the only one hunting. A massive wolf also hunts the deer planning to make a meal of it attacks but she’s kills the wolf using her only ash wood arrow on the wolf. Feyre suspect that the wolf was one of the feared fairies. Unable to bring the wolf back with her Feyre skins the wolf bringing with her it’s pelt and the deer that will feed her family. While sitting at home with her family that the door explodes open revealing a massive wolf who wants her to come to fairy or he will slay her family in revenge for his fallen friend.

To save her family Feyre leaves her only home traveling to a world that hates her kind the land of Prythian which is to be her new home. Upon arriving at Tamlin’s home she finds it not to be as expected the lord of the lands isn’t unkind he’s actually very nice and care about his people. The more time Feyre spends with Tamlin the more she finds herself falling for him even if she doesn’t know what his face looks like and he shifts into a mighty wolf. However things aren’t easy blight has spread across the lands treating the fairies. Fearing her safety Tamlin sends Feyre back to her family in the human world. Yet Feyre isn’t happy in the human world and misses Tamlin knowing it could be her death she sets out to be with him. What she finds will cause her to risk everything and change her life forever.

I love Feyre she’s a great character taking care of her sisters even though they aren’t willing to get dirty. Feyre is only 19 but she’s had to endure so much it’s made her tough, but she still has her soft side the love of painting. I like the relationship between Feyre and Tamlin is grew out of kindness and friendship into a love that changed everyone’s future. Tamlin is the fairy lord who’s cursed by this evil fairy queen that if he can’t find just the right human girl they are doomed forever. However his love for her sends her away but her love for him brings her back. I enjoy a book when the characters fight for love willing to risk and do things that they have to survive to protect those they love. We also had Rhysands the Night Lord but I’ll just say this tough choice could be in Feyre’s future.

I’ve had this one on my TBR Forever with the hints of being about Beauty and the Beast I knew it was a must read. As I started reading I noticed it’s not really a traditional Beauty and the Beast story but actually an East of the Sun west of the Moon fairy tale story. I was so hooked to the story especially since it was reminiscent of my favorite fairytale, it was hard to put down as a retelling it’s beautifully executed. I admit the concept for the retelling may not be new but the author had done a brilliant job creating a captivating new story. I really enjoyed the authors writing style it flows along from start to finish and it’s well written hard to put down. The characters are well developed, I was able to connect with Feyre cheering her on as she took on the tasks, and I loved the characters. I honestly didn’t know what to expect since this is my first book by the author and I loved it. I loved everything about the A Court of Thorns and Roses. It’s an amazing story that captured my heart as well as my imagination. I can’t wait for the next one it’s going on my auto by list. Don’t you just love that cover stunning!!! One of the best books I’ve read all year. 

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