Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Page Count: 416
When I started this book, I thought “Why do so many people love this book?” I thought it was boring and slow and I just did not understand the hype. Until the second half of the book. The second half was so good that it made up for the first half.
A Court of Thorns and Roses is a fantasy, Beauty and the Beast retelling. It follows our main character Feyre who takes care of her two sisters and their father. She’s the only one that can hunt for them, therefore she provides there food and warmth. When she’s in the woods one day she spots a deer and also a large wolf. Or is it a faerie? (Faerie’s are immortal beings who live across the wall in Prythian.) Feyre kills both the deer and the faerie and takes them home.
A faerie enters their home, shortly after, blaming them for killing another Faerie and he gives Feyre the option to die now or to go and live with him in the Spring Court forever. She chooses to go with him. She realizes quickly that she’s not being kept as a slave there. In fact, it’s a much better life than the one she had with her family. The faerie that came to fetch her, Tamlin, is oddly nice and welcoming to his home and his emissary, Lucien, does not seem to like her at first. Both Tamlin and Lucien and the other faerie’s in the Spring Court all wear a mask over their faces due to the blight. As Feyre is spending her days with Lucien and Tamlin, she’s growing to enjoy her time there and warming up to Tamlin more and more.
This story definitely has some elements of the Beauty and the Beast story but Sarah J. Maas, makes it her own. All the characters were great! Feyre was definitely easy to relate with and Tamlin was just wonderful. Unfortunately due to the hype of this book and the fact that it came out 2 years ago, I have seen tons of spoilers so I’m sure my love of Tamlin won’t last, but just let me have it for now! Of course, near the end of the book, I’m starting to also like Rhysand (gasp!) The writing was wonderful in this book. I see why so many people love Sarah J. Maas and the world building was maybe one of my favorite parts of this book. I can’t wait for the next one and I don’t need to recommend this book because everyone has already read it. (It seems that way) And if you haven’t, it’s ok, I’m right there with you. I’m very late to this trilogy but I’m glad I finally picked up so you definitely should too!