Book Review #70: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas

Thursday, 5 November 2015
Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses
AuthorSarah J Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Format: Paperback
Publication DateMay 5th 2015
PurchaseThe Book Depository / Waterstones

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.

Being a fan of Sarah's 'Throne of Glass' series, I was aware of how well she can take her general thoughts and turn them into something spectacular. Going into A Court of Thorns of Roses, I expected nothing different and I was pleasantly surprised to find that I was right, and that she had really taken things to the next level in this book. Originating as a Beauty and the Beast retelling, Sarah J Maas brings her love of fae into this new world and crafts it so spectacularly that you would believe it was part of the folk tale from the beginning. 

Right from the beginning, Sarah's beautiful writing style and realistic characters pulls readers into this world of mystery and beauty and never makes them want to set the book down. With every page I found myself to be more and more enthralled with Feyre's journey as she is plunged into this new land where everything she knows doesn't come into play. It's a fresh new discovery and Feyre only has one goal - to make sure her family is protected, no matter the cost. As the world around Feyre slowly begins to unravel and the secrets behind the mysterious Tamlin come to light, she is thrust into a situation that threatens everything she knows. It is with no surprise that Sarah manages to construct such an intricate world with dynamic plot and mysterious and strong characters - and she does so in a marvellous way that really blows away any expectations your previously had. It's stunning.

In regards to characters, it is no shock to realise that Sarah has once again created very realistic characters, both in their traits and in their actions, and whilst the dynamics between some of them were a lot steamier than I had first anticipated, they were all really strong and very vivid characters. What I think I enjoyed most about them was the interactions that they all had between each other. There were so many side characters that all had their own backstories and traits that they worked so well together. What is breathtaking is also the way that Mass never fails to surprise her readers with just how much you can empathise with her characters. Due to their likability, readers are automatically drawn into this wondrous world and feel truly impeded into the story, with their emotions often replicating that of the characters.

At it's heart, A Court of Thorns and Roses really exemplifies Sarah's ability to bring all of her elements together to tell a truly fantastic story, one that I can definitely see reader's enjoying. Not only does it embody everything that Sarah is so wondrous at bringing together, but it also starts a brand new journey for readers with so many opportunities for development. This story could literally go in any direction and I for one am incredibly excited to be going along for the ride. I award A Court of Thorns of Roses a 5 out of 5 star rating on my classification scale. Although very different from her Throne of Glass series, fans of her previous work will be excited to learn that Sarah just keeps giving more and more.

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