A Court of Thorns and Roses
Summary: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.
I don’t know what it is about Sarah J. Maas’ books, but for some reason, no matter how much I enjoy them, they always seem to be missing that extra something for me as a reader. Unfortunately, A Court of Thorns and Roses is the same way. It’s an entertaining and sexy retelling of Beauty and the Beast, but, ultimitely, not much more than that.
I wished I had it in me to feel remorse for the dead thing. But this was the forest, and it was winter.
When 19-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, she soon finds herself being whisked off by a mysterious stranger to an enchanted world filled with magic and danger. Held captive in a castle, one thing becomes clear: if Feyre’s not able to escape, she may be stuck in this dangerous world forever.
Feyre is your typical fantasy protagonist, and is quite similar to Maas’ other main character Celaena Sardothien in terms of personality. She’s feisty, loyal, stubborn and brave; yet she is quite vulnerable underneath her tough exterior. While I found Feyre easy to like, I didn’t quite find her especially memorable compared to other protagonists in the genre.
At the core, A Court of Thorns and Roses is mostly a romance, just like the story its modeled after. The more time Feyre spends alongside her captor, Tamlin, the more she begins to feel oddly drawn to him. Soon their relationship as captor and captive begins to progress into something much more; something neither of them could have predicted.
Say what you want about Sarah’s books, but she sure knows how to write romance; and A Court of Thorns and Roses showcases that talent. The chemistry between Feyre and Tamlin is full of sparks and longing, and there are so many scenes between them that are just undeniably hot.
However, as much as I loved it, I never really felt the build-up in their romance. It seemed to go from zero to one hundred too quickly – they met, and then they almost instantly fell in love. There really wasn’t a “middle stage” of their relationship, and I wish there was a bit more focus on that stage of the romance.
A Court of Thorns and Roses is a bit slow and romance centered for the first 70%, but the last 30% is filled with nonstop action and danger, and for that I can’t complain. If you’re someone who enjoys Sarah’s Throne of Glass series, this won’t disappoint.