Release Date: May 5th, 2015
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #1
Genres: Fairy Tales & Folklore, Family, Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, New Adult, Retelling, Romance
Feyre is a huntress. She thinks nothing of slaughtering a wolf to capture its prey. But, like all mortals, she fears what lingers mercilessly beyond the forest. And she will learn that taking the life of a magical creature comes at a high price . . .
Imprisoned in an enchanted court in her enemy’s kingdom, Feyre is free to roam but forbidden escape. Her captor’s body bears the scars of fighting, and his face is always masked – but his piercing stare draws her ever closer. As Feyre’s feelings for Tamlin begin to burn through every warning she’s been told about his kind, an ancient, wicked shadow grows. Feyre must find a way to break a spell, or lose her heart forever.
Sarah J. Maas wrote the first incarnation of her debut novel, Throne of Glass, when she was just sixteen. Since its publication, it has been shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Teen Book of the Year and has sold in sixteen languages. The sequels, Crown of Midnight and Heir of Fire, are New York Times bestsellers. When Sarah is not writing, she can be found watching everything from Star Wars to Hayao Miyazaki films and reading fairy tales.
A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES is a Beauty and the Beast retelling (with a few other fairy tales thrown in), and a bloody good one at that. Beauty and the Beast is the fairy tale I love to read retellings of the most and I’m so glad that ACOTAR was unique and amazing and just blew me away. The characters, world, the romance, everything was exactly what I ever wanted.
Sarah J Maas’s writing has always gripped me quickly, and ACOTAR was no exception. Told in first person, unlike the Throne of Glass series, I was absorbed in the story from the first chapter and couldn’t stop. Sleep was the only thing that forced me to put ACOTAR down (and that was after I read 70% in one sitting). Feyre narrates the story, and as a girl who takes joy in art she describes everything wonderfully, painting a picture in your mind. The pacing is nice and steady, speeding up and slowing down as the story needed. And the characters! Oh the characters! I wish I could write fantasy and characters as well as Maas does.
All the characters were amazing and developed so well. Our main character Feyre frequently puts others before herself, so brave and determined and kind. Lucien is sarcastic and snappy and loyal. Precious Tamlin takes on so many burdens alone. And Rhys, bloody Rhys, who liked to play games and I thought I would hate him but then he developed and oh poor Rhys.
I have so many feelings about all these characters. Seriously, I’m tearing up writing this. So let’s move on while I’m still writing a decent review and not straight out fangirling. It’s quite the struggle.
The world of Pyrthian was so interesting. With all the courts, the creation story, the different types of fey. It was wonderfully developed. The first half mainly focuses on the Spring Court and Tamlin, but the last half we get a get to see the major struggle the world is facing and get to know the other Courts a little better and immerse ourselves in their politics. I loved it.
Last but not least, the romance! I really just want to squeal at you all about it. TAMLIN AND FEYRE 5EVA!!! are about the only words I can think of haha. This romance was marvellous. It’s slow burning and takes it time to develop, and the tension is great. And the depth of the feelings the characters have for each other and the lengths they’re willing to go to save each other gave me so many feels. I may have cried once or twice over them.
I need to stop now because I’m about to be overwhelmed by feels again. This is another life ruining ship to add to the list. What I will say though, since this is basically a New Adult fantasy there is a bit of sexy times, which I am not complaining about. It’s very well written, not overly detailed. Neither does it happen excessively because heart wrenching plot gets in the way.
Oh and I need to mention briefly now (since I don’t know where else to put it in the review) there were some big family feels in ACOTAR. Feyre will do anything for her family, for her sisters, even though they don’t seem to treat her the best at times. And, being part of a family of three girls myself, it really resonated with me. And then there were the scenes later in the book I can’t speak about other than to say SISTER FEELS.
ACOTAR wraps up well enough that it could easily be a standalone, but GUESS WHAT IT’S THE FIRST IN A SERIES. There’s a few plot points dropped near the end that I cannot wait to follow. Feyre is struggling with some of the things that she had to do at the end, there’s something up with Rhys, and some other things I want to mention but can’t because SPOILERS. I’m very very interested to see where the plot goes next. May 2016 hurry up.
Anyone who loves fairy tale retellings needs to pick this up. Anyone who loves good romance needs to pick this up. Anyone who loves fantasy based around faeries needs to pick this up. Basically everyone read this.