Happy Thursday readers!

I’ve been working on a review for one of my favorite books as of late: “A Court of Thorns and Roses” by Sarah J. Maas.

Rating (out of five): ♥♥♥♥♥

I decided to read “A Court of Thorns and Roses” a second time before whipping up a review, and was so entranced in my reading that I had to stop and take a look at why that was happening.  I began making highlights (which I will share with you farther down) and realized that Sarah J. Maas has a true talent with her writing.  As cliché as this sounds, Maas’ descriptions make you feel as though you are one of the characters.  Every newly discovered location within the book is like actually breathing in the fresh air of the fields of the “Spring Court”, diving in the pool made of stars, and entering the cave that leads to “Under the Mountain”.  Every encounter with another character makes your skin tingle with each touch of a calloused hand and the imagination of a rough spoken voice.  Maas truly creates a world that you can retreat to within the pages, and I appreciate that kind of talent immensely.

 

About This Book 

432 Pages

Released May 5, 2015

Genre Tags: Fantasy, Romance, Action and Adventure, Science Fiction

*Disclaimer*  While this book gives a reading age of grade 9 and up, the romance and descriptions might be more suited for a little bit of an older crowd.  I enjoy the new adult genre, so if there is a teen book that I find interesting it might be because it’s got more adult aspects.

“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 over the faerie lands is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it… or doom Tamlin–and his world–forever.”-Goodreads.

Both of the times that I read this book, I could not spare a moment to put it down.  Wherever I went it was glued to me in some way, which said a little bit about how attentive I was in class that day [YES I read it in a day, less if you really think about it, don’t judge 🙂 ]  As much as I enjoy the feeling of a paperback or hardcover in my hands, I purchased this gem on my Kindle because I’m a freak who likes to read under the safety of my covers at night (it keeps the monsters away).  Okay but seriously, back to the point: this book is amazing in a million different ways.  First and foremost, the main heroine is badass (excuse my French).  Feyre is an ass-kicking (whoops, did it again, it happens), quick-thinking, smart-mouthed gal that is always keeping her family alive and providing for them even though she is the youngest of three children.  The woman’s rights activist in me has always loved a well thought out female character that younger girls can look up to, and Feyre does not fall short.  I adore her character’s spunk, especially when the setting moves into Faerie territory and her wits are tested due to her hatred of their kind.  The male lead, Tamlin, is someone you can’t help but love.  His intentions are so pure, even when he has to kill for the sake of his people’s safety.  The beast within him creates unease with our female lead, but remember how I mentioned she was a badass? 😉  I shall say no more on the matter…

The supporting characters are the chocolate covered sprinkles that coat the best ice cream of your life… (My hunger is making me unprofessional, I apologize).  What I enjoy most about Maas’ characters is that they are complex, they all have a purpose and play important roles in the plot, unlike other stories where the supporting characters are only there for show.  Lucien, the silver-tongued friend of Tamlin, creates much of the emotion in this story.  His issues leave a pit in your stomach, but his wit and sarcasm fill that pit with butterflies.  Rhysand, the dark and dangerous Faerie from the Night Court is, in my opinion, one of the most beautifully written characters in this book.  My excitement cannot be contained for the next installment in this series, where I’m sure we’ll get a lot more about Rhysand’s background and how he became the character that he is.

If I’m being completely honest with you, I love fantasy characters and science fiction, but I’d never thought I’d be a fan of the Faerie genre.  To me they’d always fallen short in the sense that every story I’ve read seems to depict them in the same light: dainty, magical (which is an aspect I do love), and usually in a sideline role.  “A Court of Thorns and Roses” changed my entire view.  (If you have any books in the faerie genre that you love, I’d be happy to hear of them!)  There is so much more detail and dimension put in these characters that I feel like I have a better understanding of the role that the Fae play in fantasy roles.

I can only describe the romance in ACOT&R as leaving you with the feeling like a string is attached to your gut, and it’s being pulled and pulled until finally it’s taut, and can’t be pulled any further.  It is an emotional journey to endure, but I wouldn’t be writing this positive review if it weren’t one hundred percent worth it.  There is extreme delight, and then complete sorrow.  There is suspense, desperation, yearning, but most importantly there is love.  A love so pure that it could break any curse.  It seems like Maas got some of her inspiration for this book from Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.”  I don’t want to spoil the book if you plan to read it, so I’ll leave it at that.

Here are some of my highlighted and absolute favorite snippets from “A Court of Thorns and Roses”:

♥   “If it grieves you,” he said, the words caressing my bones, “then I don’t think it’s absurd at all.”

I chose this one because of the many times a day people are told that whatever upsets them shouldn’t, because there are people that have it worse.  Don’t apologize for your feelings!

♥    “Don’t feel bad for one moment about doing what brings you joy.”

♥    “Because your human joy fascinates me–the way you experience things, in your life span, so wildly and deeply and all at once, is…entrancing.  I’m drawn to it, even when I know I shouldn’t be, even when I try not to be.”

♥  “The sky was an eddy of molten amethyst, sapphire, and ruby, all bleeding into a final pool of onyx.  I wanted to swim in it, wanted to bathe in its colors and feel the stars twinkling between my fingers.”

♥   “I was as unburdened as a piece of dandelion fluff, and he was the wind that stirred me about the world.”

Thank you for taking the time to read this!  I hope you enjoyed it enough to pick up your own copy of “A Court of Thorns and Roses” before the sequel “A Court of Mist and Fury,” comes out May 3rd.

 

-Gabrielle