A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES - SARAH J. MAAS

 

Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Published: May 2015

Genres: YA Fantasy

 

 

SYNOPSIS

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.

 

NICKY'S REVIEW   ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

What a splendidly warm welcome this novel was for me to re - enter the fantasy genre! The story of Feyre, a huntress, and Tamlin, a high lord creature, who becomes her captor in a land of gore, wonder and glory which Feyre did not know existed. Admittedly, it did take me a few chapters to get my head around the characters, and navigate the world I was being transported to. But once I was there, I was enthralled and felt it went strength to strength as the story went on. This is a tribute to the intricacies in the writing style, and the exceptional character development. In the beginning, Feyre is somewhat obstinate, and Tamlin comes across as quite discordant. They are both manifestations of their environments and circumstances, and I think this was reflected exceptionally well. Overall, I found it refreshing to allow myself to be swept away by this YA novel. Sign me for ACOMAF!

 

TAY'S REVIEW   ⭐️⭐️

It'll come as no shock to you that I've seen this book suffocate our feeds as the fantasy series that everyone seems to be hooked on. Naturally, I had high expectations and typically, no dice. The most frustrating part is that I was completely encapsulated at the start, surrendering to the Katniss Everdeen undercurrents and fits of sympathy for female protagonist Feyre as the youngest member and yet full-time “guardian” of her impoverished family. BUT her romantic storyline escalated far too quickly (literally out of nowhere?) and suddenly turned into the unconvincing, cliche-ridden YA story I had feared. Feyre's behaviours began to really irk me, and in my opinion there is no coming back from the decision she made towards the end. Its only atonement was Maas’ ability to deliver the story (albeit not a great one) through descriptive language and eloquent composition. 

 

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