Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #1
Published by Bloomsbury Australia on May 1, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
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A thrilling, seductive new series from New York Timesbestselling 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.
Perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore and George R. R. Martin, this first book in a sexy and action-packed new series is impossible to put down!
Tamlin. Lucien. Rhysand. These are the names of the Fae Lords in Prythian who gripped my heart with their strength, fierce protectiveness, power and bonds they will form with the heroine. How is it, that Sarah J. Maas can make us desire and fall in love with every single male character there is? I’m sorry Chaol, Dorian and Rowan, but these three Fae have stolen my heart.
A Court of Thorns and Roses featured a brilliant take on the Faerie world called Prythian. It’s divided into Faerie lands and Mortal lands, with each faerie court ruled by a different lord. I was drawn to the imaginative fae creatures, from the beautiful and powerful rulers, to the ones that wear a mask, to the truly monstrous creatures that could shatter your mind. There was such a magical, glimmering beauty about the world, with a shot of absolute terror at these powerful creatures, and it was executed perfectly.
The book is split up in two distinct parts – the first where Feyre is imprisoned in the Faerie lands. We’re kept relatively in the dark about her strange circumstances and where she stands with her two captors, but patience will be paid off as she slowly learns her boundaries with them and later, her purpose in the world. The start didn’t make sense to me, but Feyre’s capture will leave a simmering sense of mystery that will be eventually unveiled. Although this part was much slower than the 2nd half of the book, I lavished the development between the characters as Feyre learnt about the world.
“Because your human joy fascinates me – the way you experiences things, in your life span, so wildly and deeply and all at once, is…entrancing. I’m drawn to it, even when I know I shouldn’t be, even when I try not to be.” – Tamlin
Once all is revealed, Feyre will unleash her true potential as a strong, brave, passionate huntress character. While she’s a relatively mild character in the first half, she’s given the chance to exhibit her loyalty, her strength and her power, as a temptress and as a huntress. She’s totally badass, who isn’t scared to test the waters and would do anything to protect those she loves. I love how she truly earnt her place as an equal amongst the Fae, even at the disadvantage of being a human.
The romance was totally hot, with super sexy scenes between Feyre and Tamlin. Although it isn’t as graphic as some NA books, it doesn’t shy away from the hot bedroom action and talk, and it will have your heart pounding. I think it would be safe to read for the typical YA reader though, if you choose to skip particular scenes. Although the romance has a clear front runner, there’s a lot of chemistry between her and Lucien with their fun and wary banter and the handsome and dangerous Rhysand. She definitely flirts with danger and knows how to use her charm and intellect to get what she wants.
He jerked his chin at the time. “It’s yours. Don’t bury it in my back, please.” – Lucien
A Court of Thorns and Roses, brings me back to a time when I lived for paranormal romance. From a heart pulsing and sizzling romance, to a strong heroine that develops over the course of the book, to an incredible world of monsters and beauty, this book excels in every element. It takes time to build the story through Feyre’s capture into the Prythian – the Fae world, the trust which Feyre will develop for the mysterious Lucien, and the love that she will form with the powerful Tamlin. This was a brilliant, sexy and strong paranormal book, with a guaranteed book hangover as no other book may compare.
Rating: 5 out of 5
Thank you to Bloomsbury Australia for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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