I decided to read this book as after reading ‘Uprooted’. I was dying for another beauty and the beast retelling and I had seen multiple posts on Instagram or ‘bookstagram’ on how amazing this book is. So, stating the need, I purchased the ebook and the sequel was quickly purchased too (a good sign).
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.[blurb from Amazon]
I have to say I was a little nervous to read A Court of Thorns and Roses purely because I had seen so many good reviews and normally when a book is so hyped up, it really disappoints. I hadn’t read Throne of Glass or any of the books in that series so I didn’t know what to expect from Maas.
Well, my nervousness was certainly unneeded. I really liked A Court of Thorns and Roses. I genuinely think it is a really great series opener, and I couldn’t even wait to buy A Court of Mist and Fury so I bought it straight after. I am 100% in love with these two books and I can’t wait to get my grubby hands on the third.
Feyre, isn’t prolifically badassy, she’s just normal. This made me really empathise with her as we see her own strength of character as a human and since it is written in first person, we get to know all of her insecurities too. I loved how she stood up to the High Lord’s and wasn’t afraid to say her opinion either.
A Court of Thorns and Roses certainly isn’t for younger readers either. Maas includes the steamiest and most poetically described sexy times I’ve read in a long time. It was actually refreshing to read about Tamlin and Feyre together against the backdrop of the novel and it shows Maas certainly knows how Young Adult fiction should be recognised (the scenes only get better in ACOMAF).
Besides Feyre, there are three other main characters : Tamlin, Lucien, and Rhysand. Tamlin is BEAUTIFUL , and also a bit of beast. He’s very broody, somewhat shy, he shoulders responsibilities he never really wanted and is just drop dead gorgeous. Lucien, is sassy as hell and also sexy. I think sexy men is a theme within both of the novel. Job well done Maas! … Rhysand. Oh lord. He’s made from night and dark and I just. He is my favourite by far. I’ve seen a lot of reviews that just hate A Court of Mist and Fury, but I equally loved that. And, if you’re a lover Rhysand (without spoilers) you’ll lurrrvvvvee this novel.
I literally cannot wait for the third novel to come out next May. Have you read these two novels? Did you love Rhysand as much as me? Or did you fall in love with Tamlin instead?
The links to purchase both novels are below, you just have to click the book covers!