Original Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses
Year Published: 2015
Published by: Bloomsbury Children’s
Number of Pages: 416
First Sentence: “The forest had become a labyrinth of snow and ice.“
Goodreads Rating: 5/5
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.
I loved this book so much! I didn’t know what to expect as this was my first Maas book, but I fell heels over head in love with it. It is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast although it only keeps the basic idea of the original fairytale.
Feyre is such an amazing character. She is strong and independent, empathic and caring, and just all round amazing. I loved the fact that she doesn’t just shrug off all the trauma she experiences/has experienced in her life. She is damaged and knows it, but never stops fighting. Loved her so much.
Tamlin is a brilliant Beast. He is just as grumpy and mysterious as Belle’s Beast, which is all just hiding a good and loving heart. He can be slightly annoying though, due to all the mystery business (it annoys me when it comes to the Beast as well). It does turn out that there is a very good reason for the mystery in the end though.
The fairies are brilliant. These are your dark and somewhat evil fairies, not the cute Tinkerbell type (although she can be mean). Nah, these are proper badasses although some are still quite nice and caring. They are also shapeshifters, at least the more powerful ones. Really cool and it was interesting to read about their world.
The plot overall is great, although I can see why some readers might find it slow at times. For me, those parts were more like breathers and just as interesting as the rest of the book.
Do I recommend it?
Yes yes yes! Go purchase it right now if you don’t already own it and if you do go read it now!