Author: Sarah J. Maas.
Published: May 5th 2015 by Bloomsbury Children's
Sort: A court of thorns and roses #1.
Source: I got to borrow the ARC from Judith. THANK YOU.
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 grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.
This story is mind-blowing. I love what Sarah did with the original Beauty and the beast story and I dare to say she almost made it better. The combination with the faeries works so well and I loved the explanation behind the curse that plagues the faeries and how it could be broken by performing three hard tasks. Those different fairytale elements made the plot complex and creative.
The characters were great, but what else did you expect? Feyre is a character on her own. I sometimes feel authors re-use characters from previous series, but that’s not the case here. Feyre definitely resembles Celaena in some traits, but she is herself. Her loyalty to her family is admirable. Her father is crippled and can’t work for money, so Feyre is the one who has to take care for him and her two sisters. She does a great job, but it also means she can’t live for herself. That changes when she is dragged to Tamlin’s house to spend her life there, paying for the mistake she made. Instead of whining and crying, Feyre decides she must do everything in her power to escape. She takes her vow to her family very serious and she can’t let them down. What I like about Feyre is that she is kick-ass in the moments that need strength, but she also has a vulnerable side. This made her realistic and an easy character to feel connected with.
Tamlin, Lucian and Rhsyand are the main fey in this book. Tamlin is exactly how I remember the beast. He can be rough, but he is trying and there is a complexity to his character that I can’t explain without spoilers, so you have to see it for yourself. His chemistry with Feyre blew me away and it sizzled from the pages. Lucian is the sarcastic side-kick who made me laugh out loud. He reminded me a little of Sturmhond and Thorne – and there is Rhysand. He is the type of character you are supposed to hate, but you can’t. He has the same complexity as Tamlin and I can’t wait to see more of him in the sequel.
This book is also beautiful. The prose and the world-building with all its details; it made me feel like I was walking right there and no matter how brutal it could be, I WANTED to be there. The creepy faeries aren’t enough to scare me away and Tamlin’s Spring Court sounds lovely and warm.
So what I’m trying to say is, read this book. NOW. It is amazing.