Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #1
Published by: Bloomsbury Childrens
Pubilcation Date: May 5th 2015
Genres: Action & Adventure, Faeries & Elves, Fairy Tales & Folklore, Fantasy, New Adult, Retellings, Romance
A thrilling, seductive new series from New York Times bestselling 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!
What happens when your favourite YA author writes a NA novel, let alone creates a brand new NA series? Mind-boggling happiness and pinch-me-to-wake-up moments, thats what! I know I’m so late to the party with this review; I actually read this in the summer but was having some technical issues with my blog so I never got the chance to review it – oh well, better late than never! And I friggin’ loved it, clearly:
“Because all the monsters have been let out of their cages tonight, no matter what court they belong to. So I may roam wherever I wish until the dawn.”
I knew before going into this book that it would be a [magnificent] retelling of the Beauty and the Beast fairytale, but I honestly could not even remember what happened in Beauty and the Beast, or when I last saw it. I mean, I can remember some of it. Mostly the singing teacups and ornaments, though.
Teacups and ornaments aside, this book was truly a beautiful retelling. The story is simply fantastic, and Sarah J Maas puts her own unique spin on it; romance, magic, danger, betrayal, faeries – what more could I ask for? Although the first half of the book is much slower paced than the second half, I did not mind at all. I can never seem to get enough of Sarah J Maas’ writing.
“You look . . . better than before.”
Was that a compliment? I could have sworn Lucien gave Tamlin an encouraging nod.
“And you hair is . . . clean.”
The story is told in Feyre’s perspective, and although she definitely was not Celaena/Aelin, there were some slight similarities. I’m not complaining though, I friggin’ love both of those characters. Anyways, Feyre, who is human, has committed a crime and is taken to the Spring Fae Court, where she is forced to live with Tamlin and Lucien (I love that name so much). They are both Spring Fae. Don’t worry, there’s no love triangle between them.
There are seven fae courts, but 4 (Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter) are separated from the other 3 (Night, Day, Dawn) by a mountain. It’s probably easier for you to understand if you look at the map — I wanna talk about the more juicy stuff now!
“Do you ever stop being so serious and dull?”
“Do you ever stop being such a prick?” I snapped back.
Dead—really, truly, I should have been dead for that.
But Lucien grinned at me. “Much better.”
The relationship between Feyre and Tamlin was one that grows and takes some time, thank goodness, because I absolutely detest insta-love. Lucien is hilarious, the friendship and bond that he has with Tamlin was great. I don’t remember all the little details anymore because it’s been a couple of months since I read the book, so I’m going to jump to something we should all be talking about: RHYSAND. He just came in and I was like WOAH, Fae of the Night Court, indeed. This turned the book from like into love for me.
Rye-sand? Rees-sand? The back of the book has a list of how the names are pronounced, but once I get something into my head it’s stuck. So to me he’s Rye-sand. I know, most of you all want to shoot him, because yes, he is evil, but do I care? NOoOoOo. Do I prefer him to Tamlin? Yes, so much more. I don’t know what it is, and I don’t know if this will turn out to be a love triangle, but I sincerely hope so. And I’m team Rhysand. I’m putting some other thoughts in a spoiler so DO NOT open if you haven’t read this book yet: View Spoiler »I don’t know how Feyre and Tamlin could split up, after all that she went through for him… BUT THAT ENDING WITH FEYRE AND RHYSAND?? Are they mated (or whatever the heck it’s called)??? OMG. Let me be on the winning ship, I’m always on the losing ship! « Hide Spoiler
“Rhysand stared at me for long enough that I faced him.
“Be glad of your human heart, Feyre. Pity those who don’t feel anything at all.”
I can’t wait to see what is going to happen in the rest of this seres. All in all, ACOTAR is fantastic and if you haven’t picked up a copy yet you definitely should!
Have you read ACOTAR?
What do you think? Anybody on the same ship as me?
|Overall:||4.7 / 5|