A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
19-year-old Feyre is hunting in the woods, desperately attempting to find some food to carry her family through the winter. Luck in the world gives her a nice deer and, on the more terrifying side for a mere mortal, a Fae in his wolf form. As a human whose race is told that the Fae terrorize humans (even though the Treaty calls it illegal), she kills the Fae. As punishment, however, the High Lord of the Spring Court, Tamlin, is forced to bring her back to permanently live with the High Fae. All is not right with the world of the Prythian, however; the blight, as it is called, weakens the land. As they face horrors and rituals of the Fae sort, Feyre and Tamlin grow closer together, but they will have to make it through so much more before they can have their happy ending.
This book, much like almost all the other Sarah J. Maas books I have read, is going straight to my favorites shelf. The novel was introduced to readers as a loose re-telling of the Beauty and the Beast fairy tale, which I wasn’t very intrigued by, but the actual book had me hooked-in by the first page. I have to admit, I wasn’t as in love with Maas’s characters in this novel as much as I loved her characters in the Throne of Glass series, but they were still the incredible and layered characters we’ve come to expect from Maas. I very much enjoyed Rhysand and Lucien’s characters, who are other males in the series. Lucien’s snark and humor was absolutely hysterical, while Rhysand is an enigma wrapped in a mystery twice over. I’m interested to see how his character will play in the next book. Our headstrong female protagonist, Feyre, reminds me of a softer version of Celaena from the Throne of Glass series, and I really loved her character. Sarah J. Maas has an uncanny ability to make her readers fall in love with whoever she writes. Overall, the story was absolutely fantastic and the journey they go through is heart shattering. The major plot twist in this book had me clawing at the walls and eating the pages of the book (perhaps that was an exaggeration, perhaps not). If you enjoy books with magic, adventure, love, and dreamy High Fae, A Court of Thorns and Roses is the book for you.
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