I mean, who knew that these magical, slightly effeminate creatures that I always pictured as magical trees, could be so snarky and devilishly cute?! Not me, I guess…
…although I guess I should’ve, having already had a taste of Sarah J. Maas’s awesome talent with writing characters from the Throne of Glass series.
A thrilling, seductive new series from New York Times bestselling 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.
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Format & Pages: Hardcover, 416
Published: May 5, 2015
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
COVER REVIEW: What a perfect choice. The black body and trees show the darkness and creepiness of the plot, but the red adds a sensual and rich tone.
This is not a sane review. I fangirled a lot and the rambling just went on… and on… and on. But it’s all spoiler-free! So if you don’t mind a general lack of ‘concise writing’, then please continue reading.
Sarah J. Maas has done it again. She has really f**king confused me! What is it with her and Fae lords?!
This was my basic reaction to every single character I was introduced to: ‘Oh shit, she/he’s hot as f**k’. And that is a… VERY good thing. But when the two main love interests are almost equally sexy and interesting, how are you supposed to choose a side?
Our main character is Feyre, a young huntress who’s basically the Katniss Everdeen of this series. She’s the youngest of her family, and she’s been providing for them for a long time. Her sisters are snotty-ass brats, but she has kept them warm and fed (well, relatively speaking). But one day she accidentally-on-purpose kills a Fae lord in the woods, and the friend of this Fae comes barging into her house, demanding she be punished for her murder. He drags her away from her family and brings her to his mansion in the Spring Court of the Fae (which is like the best frickin punishment EVER). Anyways, she has to save him from a curse, they have a romance, there’s another guy called Rhysand (who’s kinda bad, kinda good), and the villain is this bitchy Fae queen/whore called Amarantha.
I didn’t love Feyre. I mean, she was kinda boring and pretentious. Maybe it’s because I’m used to badass Celaena, but Feyre just felt bland. But I don’t even care about her, because I was here for the hot Fae lords.
So we start with Tamlin. Tamlin is this High Fae Lord who’s been put under a curse by Amarantha, and he needs… something…. to set him free (I don’t want to give you spoilers). When we were introduced to them as a ship, I was like “Hellllllz yeah, these two are my OTP4LIFE!” And they were super cute together, with the courting and the painting and everything.
Also, on the side, we have Lucien, who’s Tamlin’s friend. I FUCKING LOVE LUCIEN. He is the best wingman ever, as proved by when Feyre goes to dine with them, looking sexy as f**k, and he says:
“Well, I’m late for something incredibly important.”
And then he just vanishes!
He also is just too damn adorable/hilarious to dislike. I can’t tell you how many times I smiled at his mistakes, or laughed at his snarkiness, or giggled at his overall hotness. Good Lord, the pure sexiness of this book was too overwhelming for me. *fans self*
So, here I am, shipping Tamreye really hard, and then we meet this Rhysand.
Standing before me was the most beautiful man I had ever seen.
Bitch, are you still complaining about your punishment?! I really f**king hope not.
Rhysand ends up being this kickass sexy spy who… does a ton of spoilery shit that I can’t tell you, but long story short: I SHIP THEM REALLY HARD TOO.
You don’t even know how internally confused I am. Tamlin… Rhysand… Lucien’s not really in the picture, but STILL… I guess I’m honestly leaning towards Rhysand more, probably because I tend to fall for the bad boys, but also because he is more interesting than Tamlin. I mean, at the end of this book, you still don’t know much about him! And who can resist a tease like that?
Sarah J Maas always writes plots that SLAY ME. They’re just so frickin awesome. She gets the fantasy genre.
This plot was just the right amount of creepy, and thrilling, and racy, and cute, and HEART-POUNDING action.
I realllllllly don’t want to get into too much detail about this plot, since I think the characters’ personal journeys were the more focal points of this book.
All I want to say is that even though peeps around the internet might tell you that this was a romance novel, and it wasn’t very interesting… THAT IS NOT TRUE. At least not from the way I experienced it. Maybe it’s because I am such a diehard Sarah J Maas fan, but this book was action packed and it had fantasy galore. It was not all lovey-doveyness, there was real KICKING ASS going down.
So, if you feel like avoiding this story because you don’t like romance, then I urge you: IGNORE THE HATERZ, and pick it up. You will probably not regret it.
ψ Amazing characters
ψ Badass plot
ψ THE BEST DIALOGUE EVER
ψ This is not a standalone!
ψ Based on ancient fairytale
ψ Some slightly racy/steamy parts (this is only a bad thing if you’re not a fan of that)
ψ Boring beginning
ψ THE SHIPS ARE F**KING CONFUSING
If you’re a Sarah J. Maas fan, then you definitely should read this! It is the essence of her witty writing style, and I couldn’t recommend it highly enough. If you are a newbie to her writing… I mean, I still really really really would recommend this to ya, but Throne of Glass might be a better introduction to her style…? I dunno! I fricking loved everything about this book, and that’s all I can say.
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Sarah J. Maas wrote the first incarnation of the Throne of Glass series when she was just sixteen, and it has now sold in twenty-three languages. A Court of Mist and Fury, the second book in the A Court of Thorns and Roses series, will release on May 3rd, 2016. A New York native, Sarah currently lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and dog. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Hamilton College in 2008 with a degree in Creative Writing and a minor in Religious Studies.
Have you read ACOTAR? Did you like it?! I keep hearing that people kinda hated it, and I just… what? Are you thinking about reading ACOTAR? Lemme know! Oh, and have I mentioned how much I adore the male characters in this book? Because… I do… *hehe*