Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publication: May 5th 2015, Bloomsbury USA Children's
Format: e-ARC, 432 pages
Source: Netgalley (From Publisher! Special thanks to ThroneofGlassPH)
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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.
As someone who has stepped into adulthood, you might think I'm not anymore bound to the wonders of fairy tales but in fact, they have been a huge part of my upbringing, thus my continuous love for them. Sarah J. Maas' new novel will indeed fill up that fairy tail void while also bringing a more mature flair that will set you on fire.
So the story starts with Feyre hunting in the forest, when she kills a wolf out of safety. Her life takes a turn when a beast shows up in her family's home and takes her away for killing the wolf. She must live in Pyrithian, under the rule of the beast, who is in fact the High Lord of the Spring Court, Tamlin, a fae. Faeries are believed to bring terror to humans and the fact that Feyre must live with them brings her to utter despair. But Tamlin and faeries such as Lucien and Alis prove that maybe there's something more than just what the tales have told.
Beautifully written, A Court of Thorns and Roses is my first Sarah J. Maas novel, unfortunately, however it did set me up to finally read my copy of Throne of Glass! The landscape of the whole novel was thoroughly written, gave the readers the chance to know the characters a lot better and built great tension towards the upcoming conflict. What I noticed about ACOTAR was its ability to make up conflicts here and there without losing the idea of whom the real enemy is. Let's say there were proper warm-ups before the main event.
Feyre is a favorite character. She's feisty, no nonsense and honest. She may not be able to read and write (which might seem like a total turn off for me if she were a guy) but she's charming and cares for those she loves. She's not one to give up and even with the trials she had to face (and by trials I mean, A LOT), she kept strong and determined.
The hot faeries on this novel. I mean, Tamlin? Lucien? Rhysand? SAVE ME NOW! I was going through hell and back because they were soooo hot! Tamlin is not only hot but intellectual! And he donned one of my favorite features in fictional male characters: GREEN EYES. However, LUCIEN STOLE MY HEART... And as Alexa of Alexa Loves Books put it, "BECAUSE IT'S LUCIEN". Everything he did, from smirking, to being absolutely against Feyre, to protecting her for Tamlin, now that's special. Rhysand was also a sexy surprise while reading towards the end of the novel. He totally won my heart with his manipulation.
ACOTAR was also filled with magical moments that blew me away. Bathing in starlight? CAULDRON YES PLEASE! Aesthetically speaking, ACOTAR brought color and vibrancy. It also brought a streak of violence as well as sexual tension, which I'm sure riled up readers. BLESS YOU SARAH... BLESS YOU.
However, I did find the book a little slow paced. Though character development and world building was present, I just found some parts a tad slow and could be left out and should've been replaced with more Lucien, which I also found lacking in some parts, that's why please, please, Sarah, LUCIEN NOVELLA PLEASE! *CRIES BUCKETS OF TEARS*
Sarah J. Maas' ability to drag me into different sets of feelings is unbelievable. No wonder she is a favorite author of many of my blogger friends. Her writing is indeed gorgeous and I know I will not get tired of. Good thing it is never too late to ride the Maas' train.
A Court of Thorns and Roses is a Beauty and The Beast retelling that will definitely please readers out there most especially Sarah's fans... Get ready and prepare to be enchanted by this adventure.
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Sarah J. Maas is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series (Queen of Shadows, Book 4, will be out in September 2015), as well as the A Court of Thorns and Roses series (out 5/5/15).
Sarah lives in Bucks County, PA, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much tea, and watches an ungodly amount of TV. When she's not busy writing, she can be found exploring the historic and beautiful Pennsylvania countryside with her husband and canine companion.