A Court Of Thorns And Roses by Sarah J. Maas | Review

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A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas, with a Belle (from Beauty and the Beast) pop funko with a fake red rose and a golden rose bookmark

4 stars

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

I was very nervous about starting this series, there is so much love and hype online that it is rather intimidating. But oh boy! A Court of Thorns and Roses is amazing. The world is so rich and vibrant, Sarah’s world building is fantastic I could imagine the Spring Court so vividly.

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” – Summary from Goodreads.

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

I really like Feyre, she is so fiery and protective of her family … and they treated her so poorly that it really hurt my heart. Nonetheless, Elain was such a sweetheart, but Nesta is something else entirely. I felt bad for the way Feyre felt obligated so put herself on the line with her family because of a promise her mother made her make.

The lore of the fae was also quite interesting with High Lords, High Fae and lesser faeries, and the different kinds of magic that different factions possess. It’s the first ‘fae’ fantasy I’ve read that fully explores that realm and it was really engaging.

I will admit to being more than a little surprised that for a Beauty and the Beast retelling Feyre couldn’t read. I mean her reasons make sense but it was still quite surprising. I also enjoyed the slow reveal of curse, how it works, and how its broken.

“I love you… thorns and all.” 

I was very confused while reading because everyone online ships Feyre with Rhysand … but her and Tamlin are the main romance in this novel. I mean Rhys is an interesting and mysterious character, but I obviously haven’t seen why people ship them (yet). To be honest I’m really over the golden boy, dark-haired bad boy love triangle … it’s so cliche.

However, I’m intrigued to find out why everyone hates Rhys so fiercely, especially Tamlin and Lucien. There has to be a story there because sure he’s a cocky bastard, but I certainly don’t get an actual evil vibe from him.

Lucien is great, he’s full of sarcastic sassiness, his banter with Feyre was definitely a highlight. Alis, Feyre’s handmaiden, gave me major Molly Weasley vibes, she warmed my heart.

Amarantha is one completely insane, and vicious villain, the torture she put people through is something else.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed A Court of Thorns and Roses and think I have definitely been sucked into this series and will be reading the next books ASAP.
Highly recommend A Court of Thorns and Roses, the hype is real and justified.

“Be glad of your human heart, Feyre. Pity those who don’t feel anything at all.” 

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