Format: Hardcover | 416 pages
Release Date: May 5, 2015
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy | Romance
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 is Sarah J. Maas attempt at retelling Beauty and the Beast. Not sure what version she was trying for, Disney's or Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve's original story from 1740. The story features 19-year old Feyre who is the bread winner and hunter for a family that saw its fortunes dry up 8 years before. Feyre is the kind of character who when she agrees to do something, she tries hard to ensure that she gets it done.
She promised her dying mother that she would take care of her family which includes a lame father, and two arrogant older sisters Elain & Nesta who don't lift a finger to help Feyre out but are quite happy spending Feyre's hard earned coin. Feyre is two separate characters. One is a brave hunter who takes on a wolf while hunting for food for the family, and later takes on a Queen for her lover and new family. The other is a meek, subservient tool for her father and sisters to use up until there's noting but frustration and anger behind.
Which is probably a good thing that after killing said wolf, a rather unpleasant creature comes knocking on the families door demanding justice for the wolf's death. I know that a whole lot of readers have lost their panties over Tamlin, but I found Lucien and Rhysand just as interesting, and not because I like twisted triangles. I linked Lucien because he challenged and pushed Feyre and actually HELPED her at a key point in the story while Tamlin stood by like a mannequin. I mostly liked Rhys because he mostly doesn't change his stripes from the first time we meet him, until the final outcome.
Rhys plot devices are rather interesting from the moment he shows up, and I'm not sure I want to know what happens next between him and Feyre now that a deal of sorts is in place. We shall see. Feyre is NOT Celaena so please try to cease comparing the two characters. She would lose every single time in a match up of skills, and badassery. Yes, even with what happens at the end! I hate to say this, but if this book was a standalone, I would have been perfectly happy at how the story ends. I would have been perfectly happy had Maas took a page out of Veronica Roth's playbook. Don't know what I mean? Read Allegiant.
Let me say this for the uninitiated....if you give someone a drug-like substance, and they can't remember what they did afterwards, then it's a form of mind rape. No matter how you try to cover it up, or sugar coat it because it was apparently "necessary." Yeah, no it wasn't. I have to say that the most entertaining point of A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES is when Feyre decides to take on the Queen of the Fairy's machinations for Tamlin. The Evil Queen really has her claws sunk into Tamlin and the rest of the Fairy. She wants humans to be under her thumb, and has been around since the last human/fairy war that left the world split in half. Feyre goes through a series of tests that she must pass, or die.
Sometimes it takes a while to write a review because my inner sarcasm becomes my outer sarcasm, and I can't help but stop and rewrite the entire thing for fear of offending anyone's sensibilities. I adore Sarah J Maas as a writer, and know that this series will do well. I know that people have already labeled Tamlin as their next book boyfriend. I give Sarah an A+ for her world building. Then again, I would have been shocked had it changed from her Throne of Glass series.
PS - Did anyone, anyone at all figure out the Queen's riddle from the moment she laid it out for Feyre? :::raises both hands:::
So, will I abandon ship and take chances with the sharks, stay on the lifeboat for one more book, or wait out the repair crew hoping the ship doesn't sink? I think I'm staying in the life boat for now.
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