Title: A Court of Thorns And Roses (#1)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Synopsis: A thrilling, seductive new series from New York Times bestselling 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.
Rating: 5 stars
Review: Be still, my beating heart! This book….why has it taken me so long to find you?! I’m so in love with Sarah J. Maas’ books now that it’s unbelievable. She weaves these fantasy worlds with strong, badass female protagonists, and hotter-than-the-sun love interests who are also really badass (Tamlin, Chaol, Dorian….) and you just fall headfirst into them like Alice down the rabbit hole.
ACOTAR is basically a Beauty and The Beast retelling, but with faerie lore woven in there. Feyre kills a faerie – which goes against the Treaty – so Tamlin comes storming into the hovel they live in, and gives her a choice; die or come live in his lands with him. That’s the basic premise of it, and I don’t want to go into any more depth for fear of accidentally spoiling this amazeballs book for you. Go read it. Go.
Feyre took a little time to get used to, and to like, but I just instantly loved Lucien from the moment he appeared. He’s Tamlin’s emissary, and he’s so snarky and sarcastic but with a heart of gold, and ooh…….. I just love him so much. I ship him with Tamlin as a BroTP. There’s some major bromance there, dude. Also, he’s got a really nice friendship going with Feyre that I loved reading – they’re equally snarky to each other.
“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.”
Then you have Rhysand, the sexy and dark anti-hero. This gif basically says how I feel about Rhysand. He’s sexy, and interesting, and I love the Persephone/Hades thing that happens later in the book. I need more Rhysand!
Thank god the next one comes out in early May, because I think I would literally die if I couldn’t get my hands on the book for another year.
Maas gives this book more of a New Adult vibe than her ‘Throne of Glass’ series, which was interesting to read. The scenes between Tamlin and Feyre were smoking, to say the least, veering just barely away from full on erotica to keep it safe for young adult.
I give this book five stars, because it’s a freaking huge deal and I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to read it. If you loved or even liked ‘Throne of Glass’ or high fantasy in general, pick up this book. Not only is it a great story, but the cover is stunning and imagine how good it would look on your shelf. Eh?