Book Review!!! A Court of Thorns and Roses
So, I’ve decided to start reviewing books because I read a lot and I love to talk about the books I’ve read. I feel like, to be a great writer, you have to immerse yourself in literature and let it inspire you. (read inspire not copy!)
I’ve decided to start with a book from a series I love – A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. Please be warned – this is a NOT SPOILER FREE! Read with caution 😉
The first installment in this series features our protagonist -Feyre, a 19 year old young woman who hunts for food so her family doesn’t starve. Her older sisters Nesta and Elaine act like they’re not poor while their father does little to help them. It is up to Feyre to save the family.
The world they live in is divided by a wall between the Fae- or faeries, and humans. Humans fear the Fae, as they have powers and do horrible things to people. At least, that is what humans believe.
The book opens with her in the forest, about to shoot a doe when a large wolf appears. Fearing for her life and needing money and food, she decides to kill the wolf. Much to her surprise, she does and she then proceeds to skin it and sell the hide.
Upon her return home, after selling the wolf’s hide, her house is invaded by a large beast that demands answers for his fallen friend, the wolf. As a Fae, this beast is terrifying when he tells them that whomever killed his friend must come with him as punishment. Ferye, being the dutiful daughter, admits it was her and lets herself be taken. Her horrible family does little to stop her.
The rest of the book then takes place on the other side of the wall, where the Fae rule. The beast who kidnaps her – Tamlin, takes her to the Spring Court, where it is later revealed, he is the ruler of. There she meets Tamlin’s other friend Lucien, a Fae who takes a instant dislike to the human.
Much of the book is spent with Tamlin trying to be nice to her even though she’s his prisoner. After a while, she finally accepts that he’s not a monster and begins to fall in love with him.
There’s some foreshadowing about their relationship and it’s importance in breaking a 50 year old curse that I liked. One thing I didn’t like was that Ferye could have prevented A LOT of trouble if she would have just told Tamlin she loved him when he said it to her. Stuff like that irks me but if she would have then the story would have been different so I get it.
I will say that Sarah J. Maas does a fantastic job creating sexual tension because both characters are dripping with it throughout the story and you find yourself rooting for them to finally hook up. There were a few things I didn’t care for (mostly Ferye’s internal whining, I can’t stand characters that whine) but they were not important enough to turn me off the book.
Apparently if Ferye had said I love you then the curse placed over the Spring Court would have been lifted. As a result, Tamlin lets her return to the human side of the world. Since she didn’t say it – cuz she’s a ho – Amarantha ( a supreme bitch) invades the Spring Court and takes Tamlin for her own. Tamlin of course refuses her but he can only do so for a little while, according to the curse.
Ferye finds out and decides to go Under the Mountain – where Amarantha’s court is – and rescue Tamlin. Doing so causes her and others psychological damage as they have to endure countless horrors at the hands of Amarantha. She’s one crazy bitch. We also learn more about a character named Rhysand who plays a major role in the next book.
Sarah’s storytelling is addictive and I found myself reading this 400+ page book in less than 2 days. I will also warn those with young children who want to read this – There is graphic sex in this book. It is described in detail, so if you don’t want your 12 year old to read something like that, don’t buy them this book. As an adult, I thoroughly enjoyed the sex scenes 😉
Overall, I loved this book. I felt like I was in the Spring Court with them, witnessing Ferye and Tamlin’s interactions first hand. I give it a 4.5 out of 5 only because Ferye’s incessant whining pissed me off 🙂
4.5 out of 5