Book review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

A court of thorns and roses book coverA Court of Thorns And Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Published by: Bloomsbury
Format: Paperback
Source: Bought, Buy on Waterstones, Book Depository
Goodreads rating: 4.30

Synopsis: 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.

I have a confession. When I was initially eyeing this book up and judging it shamelessly I thought whattheheck, I’m going to hate it. A modern fantasy fairytale retelling, completely not my thing. Nope – I avoided Disney fairy princessy movies as a kid and would gladly continue in that fashion. But this book stayed on my radar. So when all the hype died down I picked it up and fell completely in love with it. The world, the characters and even the writing. If I were to pick a Disney princess – you know from the old pack – I would pick Belle from Beauty and the Beast which ironically is the fairytale Sarah J. Maas retold in this book.

Themes – Survival
From the very beginning in A Court of Thorns and Roses we are thrown into the world of fairies and mortals, we follow the story of 19 year-old Feyre, who in a moment of desperation, who is the breadwinner for her family commits a monstrous act by killing a faerie wolf. So when Tamlin, another faerie wolf comes to collect for this debt, Feyre becomes his captor and must enter the Fae lands. Throughout this entire book, the theme of survival, independent survival and making it on her own merit is demonstrated profoundly by Feyre.

I love the characters, but mostly I am in love with Feyre. Feyre is independant and strong minded, she is the breadwinner, and despite unfair treatment from her family she is compassionate towards them. She reminds me of Katniss, except more proactive For me, I love Feyre because her humanity isn’t seen as a weakness and I think this is what I love the most about her.

Writing style
Sarah J. Maas is a weaver of worlds and creator of beautiful and consistent and imperfect but perfect characters. She brings together the world and characters to tell their story harmoniously and before you know it you are flipping pages and then you’ve read the last sentence and are completely and utterly hooked.

I’m excited and positively giddish that Sarah J. Maas has released the second book, A Court of Mist and Fury and I’m furious at myself for not having read it yet but don’t you worry I have it and will very soon be reading it!

Have you read A Court of Thorns and Roses? What did you think? Do you ship Tamlin and Feyre?