A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas


An incredible, can't-put-down beginning to what's bound to be an incredible series. And honestly, I think I might like it more than Throne of Glass.

When nineteen-year-old Feyre kills a wolf in the woods to help feed her starving family, she is thrown into a world she never imagined. A beast-like creature, one of the faeries Feyre and her family have been frightened of since the last war that almost ended in the extinction of the human race, storms into her home and takes her back to his home, in trade for killing his friend. Feyre is brought to a magical place she only knows about from legends, and is expected to live there for the rest of her life.

And though Feyre starts out hating Tamlin, the Fae who brought her to this place, that hate soon turns into something more than she ever thought. Her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a passion that burns through every lie and warning she's been told about the Fae. But an wicked curse grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it, or Tamlin and his world will be doomed.

HOLY SMOKES THIS BOOK WAS INCREDIBLE. I was hooked from page one, and I couldn't put it down. I literally fell asleep reading it. It was everything I could hope for in a Beauty and the Beast retelling, and so much more. I was surprised and pleased at every turn. In Beauty in the Beast, Belle loves to read; in this novel, Feyre loves to paint. In Beauty and the Beast, the Beast is constantly in Beast form; in this book, Tamlin can turn into a beast, but his face is always concealed by a mask. It was the subtle differences between this story and Beauty and the Beast that I love, and make the book stand out. I was surprised and pleased at every turn. Plus, I loved the amount of romance in this book; it's so much more than in the Throne of Glass Series, and I love me some romance.

Feyre is such a badass. She's tough and clever, passionate and fiery. She was her own person, willing to fight and kill for those she loved. She reminded me a lot of Katniss--especially in the first twenty pages. But Tamlin and Lucien...I LOVED THEM! Funny and sexy and mysterious, the Fae were killer (no pun intended), and I was totally sucked into their world, desperate to find out more. Tamlin has to be up there will my favorite fictional men. Scary but kind; warm but cold. He was bad boy, but also the good guy hero. It was an interesting dynamic that I just couldn't get enough of.

Feyre and Tamlin were the definition of delicious tension. It was a slow burn into a fiery, captivating inferno. I was desperate for every interaction, just hoping something incredible would happen. And boy, it sure did. This book had the most graphic sex scene I've ever read in a Young Adult novel. I mean, it wasn't like erotica level. But it was pretty damn explicit, and it was incredible. I love that YA is becoming more accurate and more reflective of young adults nowadays, and that means sex is usually involved. Not every young adult is having sex, of course, but they are thinking about it either abstractly or not, and it's great to see that be included in a YA book. I was surprised, and a little shocked--but in a fantastic way.

Sarah J. Maas is an great fantasy writer. She has a way of writing scenes that seem pretty insignificant, and you think to yourself "this probably should have been edited out" because it feels like filler. But then, BAM, whether it's twenty or two hundred pages later, the scene answers a question you didn't even know you needed to ask. It's incredible.

But seriously all, you need to read this book. I am practically hyperventilating at how good it was.

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