I have been wanting to read this book back when it was still whispers back on Sarah J. Maas's website. When the ARCs came out, the green monster of jealousy reared its ugly head (Yes, I will be honest with myself, I get super jealous when it comes to SJM and her writing because she's my all-time favorite EVER!). But then you have awesome people like Mary from Mary's Little Book Blog that give you belated birthday presents like your own physical ARC copy of ACOTAR and you scream in Barnes & Noble like a three year old having a mental breakdown. I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's
Release Date: May 5th, 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Synopsis:My Bookish Thoughts:
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--on 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 shadows grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it...or doom Tamlin--and his world--forever. (Goodreads)
My God. I loved this book... like I REALLY loved this book. It was a nice change of pace from Throne of Glass series, but it was beautiful nonetheless. It's so different in many ways but in the same way it also has parallels to ToG that surprised me. They were minor parallels, but ones that I still recognized as an avid lover of all things SJM.
I was discussing my feelings about this book with Kayla from The Thousand Lives, and I figured out that I thrive on internal conflict. ToG was full of some major internal conflict from the get-go. This book isn't like that. Feyre is a hard, dark kind of character but she has nothing that she's really ashamed of in her past. She was just focusing on her and her family surviving the harsh world. But as soon as she goes to Prythian, things begin to change because you begin to see how everything in the world is so much bigger and hold even more weight. Going back to internal conflict, I expected there to be internal conflict right of the bat like ToG, instead it took a while for the internal conflict to surface. In its place, I felt like there was just a bit more angst. Though Feyre wasn't outstandingly angsty, I will say that Tamlin was the king of angst in this book (take note that the angst wasn't so bad that I rolled my eyes; it was an acceptable amount of angst). Needless to say, the end of this book really created a lot of internal conflict for Feyre--in more ways than one. So I'm very excited to see how that is going to play out in the next book. Like, you guys, I really can't contain my excitement, because EVERYTHING has changed by that final page!
I love the characters in this book. I loved their complexity and their humor. Lucien was hilarious, Tamlin was broody, Rhys was enticing in an odd, twisty way, Feyre was just as interesting and gave you a complex, darker character that you wanted to root for. I saw many similarities between Feyre and The Young Elite's main character (I forgot her name); but where I felt like TYE was just waayyy twisty and the MC too dark of a character to be realistic or one to identify with for the normal YA audience, Feyre wasn't. She was realistic, understandably so, in her darkness. You were able to understand her, and she made so much sense even in her darkness. Yet she still had a flicker of light in her. One that reminded you she was still so very human and still clung to the slightest glimmer of hope. I loved Feyre.
Ah so let's talk about the romance in this book. Many of you probably know that there are some super steamy scenes in this beautiful book, and yes, they are steamy. I'm still surprised that this is being marketed by the YA imprint of Bloomsbury. Don't let this deter you from reading it if that's not your thing, because you will be missing out majorly! The romance between Feyre and Tamlin is an interesting one. It's a charged connection and one that the reader can get lost in. Because I'm such a nit-picky person, I noticed a few things that made me pause. Though their connection is intense, it also seemed a bit off-kilter at times. I don't know if it's because I flew through this book in a day or if it's because it really was a bit too sudden in a few instances. At times, I felt it went from 0 to 60 in 6 seconds flat. This, however, does not mean that you do not ship them, because God you ship them HARD. They are glorious... but I would caution you.. you may want to be careful about getting too attached... just sayin'! Because another High Fae comes in and may or may not make you extremely curious and make you jump ship in exchange for another!
Overall, I totally loved this book! It was so very Sarah J. Maas and with all the Fae legends, it was right up my alley! I need the next book like I need air. Seriously! I am so interested to see how SJM is going to craft this beautiful story. It's going to have a lot of twists and turns and maybe a ship jumping moment in the process, and I'm SO excited for the next one!
If this book came with a warning label it would look a lot like this:
WARNING: This book will make you drool over world building and sexy Fae rulers.
I gave this book 5+ stars on my Goodreads.