A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1) by
the queen Sarah J. Maas
Published: May 5, 2015
Source/Edition: Bought at Barnes & Noble, Hardcover
Summary Provided by Goodreads:
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.
(I was literally just like JD — the one on the right — after reading A Court of Thorns and Roses last night)
HOLY CAULDRON! Is the second book out yet? Cause I really need it — like right now! What is this sorcery? Who did Sarah J. Maas sell her soul to? Did she make a deal with a crossroads demon? I’m still in awe at the perfection of this book. I read it straight until 6 in the morning and I couldn’t fall asleep! I was internally and externally fangirling and I still am! It’s really hard for me to form coherent thoughts right now so if my review doesn’t make any sense, it’s because I’ve been left stunned by A Court of Thorns and Roses.
I don’t even know where to begin. I don’t like faeries. They never interested me. I swore never to read another faery book after reading The Iron King by Julie Kagawa. When SJ released this book, I was conflicted. She’s my favorite author and I had to trust that it would be good, despite the faeries. I am so glad that I trusted her because this book does faeries right! I have to credit this to SJ’s amazing and detailed writing. Her world building is impeccable and I love that we got to see so many different kinds of fae and the power that they posses — all equally interesting, powerful, and frightening. I love the land of Prythian. I like how it’s separated into Courts and that we learned about each one.
The concept and the plot of the book: perfect. It was so dark and gloomy and serious — even more so as you get towards the end! As a reader, I was — no joke — freaking out. I was nervous. I was crying. I was yelling. It was some serious stuff. There is certainly an evil there and it’s amazing to see how SJ can write such beautiful scenery of the Spring Court but then write the atrocities and wickedness of the antagonist. I was able to guess some parts of it but overall it surprised me. I really enjoyed the ending and I was glad with how it ended!
I threw myself into that fire, threw myself into it, into him, and let myself burn.
The romance, oh. my. goodness, that romance. It was on fire. I mean even I was fiercely blushing as I read it. I can’t even imagine how Feyre’s heart was handling. I’d have to reread it and ask myself, ‘Did I just seriously read that? Like what’. It was a wonderfully written romance. It wasn’t instant, it was my favorite kind: the slow, burning, passionate, deep, intimate, anticipation-filled kind. It was beautiful. It was realistic. It was on point. Thus, bringing me to my next point: the characters. I love them. I love them all (not in the same way, of course). I love Feyre, who is strong in so many different ways. She pressed on even when harsher things surrounded her, when things looked bleak. She has so many things going for her, even when she doesn’t see it herself. I am in love with Tamlin. There are no words. He’s beyond perfect. I love everything about him: his strength, his love, his heart, his limericks. Lucien is another wonderful character. He’s hilarious and witty. He’s just so cute. I couldn’t help but loving him. ACOTAR was filled with great characters, Alis, Rhysand, and Amarantha. Even the antagonists were very well-written with great backstories.
I can’t wait to see what the second book has in store for us! I’ve got to say, I love this even more than Throne of Glass and that’s saying a lot! I love SJ’s other series — it’s my favorite actually. I can’t say that if you loved Throne of Glass you’d love A Court of Thorns and Roses because they’re very different from each other. ACOTAR is written with even more mature content and leans more towards New Adult than Young Adult. Either way, they are both amazing and you should pick up a copy of ACOTAR right now or if you do own one, don’t keep it waiting on your bookshelf! Read, read, read!