Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Genre: YA Fantasy
Synopsis: 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.
After picking up this book the day it came out, it sat on my bookshelf for months. Don’t ask me why it never made it into one of my monthly TBR lists. I’m a huge fan of fantasy but I think after attempting to read the “Throne of Glass” series I was not super keen on trying this one. I just felt like all the hype may have been just that, hype. Boy was I wrong! This book. THIS BOOK. I literally can not stop thinking about this book. Lets break it down.
What I liked: So this is supposed to be a retelling of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ which made me a little nervous. Retellings can go so wrong and frankly can be pretty boring. There’s nothing about this that is boring. There were enough aspects of the original ‘Beauty and the Beast’ that it could have an inspired by sticker, but it’s incredibly original. Maas builds a world where the stakes are continually high. From the very first page Feyre’s need to survive makes a gripping tale, her kidnapping makes for an intriguing tale, and the beautiful, magical, and slightly animalistic world makes for a heated tale. Maas’ writing is rich and descriptive. This felt like a real world and I was 100% invested after the first chapter. For a book I felt so reluctant to read, I flew through this one. Whew, this is one hot book. Frankly, I think it’s a little hot for YA. The romance between Feyre and Tamlin is breathtakingly steamy. I continuously flipped through the pages, reading as fast as humanely possibly because I was so wrapped up in their relationship.
What I didn’t like: That it ended. Seriously. I spent about 2 hours trying to figure out any information about the sequel. Will we see Feyre and Tamlin in the next book? Questions.
Overall, this book is incredible. In fact, it has inspired me to make a second attempt at the Throne of Glass series. Maas hit this one out of the park 5/5