Saturday, May 9, 2015

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


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!


"The seven Courts of Prythian, each ruled by a High Lord, all of them deadly in their own way. They are not merely powerful - they are Power."

Faeries. I love those stories. They are fascinating and a little bit disturbing in their own way. There's no way I wouldn't go for it as soon as it was released. I absolutely love Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas, so I have really high expectations of A Court of Thorns and Roses. It still manages to exceed everything. The book is simply stunning.

Throne of Glass is dark, brutal and deadly beautiful, able to suffocate you with endless twists and struggles that will certainly leave a mark in people's heart. This book still has these elements. But it's more natural, more subtle. The tension is built more slowly, yet explodes just as gloriously. I love the perfect balance between danger and easy humor. The plot flows more smoothly and in a more relatable way. There are so many perfect moments in the book that will be treasured forever. It's endearing

A girl with hate in her heart for our kind has managed to fall in love with a faerie. And a faerie whose father once slaughtered the human masses by my side has actually fallen in love with her too?

It's easy to love Feyre. She has this kind of positive energy that is well-hidden on the surface, but is powerful in its own (sort of twisted) way. Of course, being raised in a brutal environment, she has every reason to be bitter and cynical. But her humor and bright side is just captivating. Saying that she has a strong will doesn't even cover it. She's determined when she wants to do something. The most special thing about her is that she's, well, illiterate. But that only solidifies the fact that she's deadly smart and resourceful. I'm not even ashamed to say that I love this book more than Throne of Glass solely because of her.

Of course, that's not the only reason. While the characters in Throne of Glass are remarkable in their own way, they are more like gods being put in a high pedestal. Even with faerie unearthliness, all the characters that I have come to love are more human. Their minds and intentions are complex in a surprisingly human way. I feel closer to the characters in this book than I ever have with those in Throne of Glass series. 

There are those who seek me a life time but never we meet, and those I kiss but who trample me beneath ungrateful feet.

Reading A Court of Thorns and Roses is dangerous when it is impossible to contain all the emotions threatening to drown out everything else. This book sways my mental integrity like no other. That has everything to do with the bond between Feyre and Tamlin. I couldn't remember loving a relationship between two characters so much in other books, not when they shine brighter than everything in my mind. I love the easy atmosphere between them when they are both in a good mood, and the intense chemistry that makes my toes curl. They are just perfect together. There are no other words describing it. There are also a lot of pain, pain that can potentially lead to problems later on. I itch to find out the answers and just can't seem to come to terms with it. Reading this book is almost the equivalent of experiencing what Feyre is going through in the book. It just proves just how much of a master writer Sarah is.

I don't know what else to say about it. Words can't describe just how amazing this book really is. I have a feeling this is going to one of my favorite books of all time.

Rating: 9/10

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