Feyre's survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price ...
Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre's presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.
A Court of Thorns and Roses, by literary goddess Sarah J. Maas, is a beautiful retelling of Beauty and the Beast, Tam Lin, and East of the Sun. It follows 19-year-old Feyre, who, after killing a wolf while hunting for her starving family, is taken by a beast-creature who demands repayment for what she has done. The beast, Tamlin, turns out not to be an animal, but an immortal faerie who rules the Spring Court. As Feyre becomes more used to living in the world of the Fae’s, a passion with Tamlin is ignited. She soon realized though that a dark shadow has been cast of the faeries’ world, and she will have to find a way to stop it or risk losing everything she has grown to love.
I’ll just start by saying that I am absolutely in love with anything Sarah J. Maas writes, so I couldn’t read this book fast enough, knowing I would adore it. After finishing it in a day, I can safely say that it is my favorite book of 2015(thus far). Maas does such a wonderful job of building the world she is immersing her readers in. I could picture the beauty of the Spring Court, the harshness of the winter woods, and every other setting perfectly. The character’s are written equally beautiful, each one offering something different for the reader to relate to, to fall in love with, even the evil ones. And don’t even get me started on the men in this book...whew!
Beauty and the Beast has always, always been my favorite princess story, and I feel like ACOTAR did it justice. I haven’t read Tam Lin or East of the Sun, but I am very interested in both now and will surely check them out. While ACOTAR borrowed elements from these other tales, it did a wonderful job of building its own unique story.
As soon as I finished reading I was ready to immediately pick it back up! It’s become a daily struggle that I know I will lose soon. A Court of Thorns and Roses is a book that demands to be read and reread countless times! Waiting for the sequel is going to be utter torture. I cannot wait to read more of Feyre’s story!
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