A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Published by Bloomsbury Children’s on May 5, 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy, Romance, Retelling
Pages: 416 Format: Hardcover Source: Gift
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.
At last, everyone can breathe a sigh of relief for I have finally read a Sarah J. Maas book. *Cheering crowds in the distance.* With A Court of Thorns and Roses, she winds a tantalizing tale, inspired by Beauty and the Beast while exploring the world of Fae. I thought her writing was great and it really sucked me in. Plus it was nice to see a Young Adult book not shy away from sex and seductiveness. Not gonna lie, it was hot.
The adaptation and retelling of Beauty and the Beast was done so freaking well. Why yes, it is my favorite Disney movie and I love it to pieces so seeing this tale come to life in such a unique way was great. It felt new though and that’s down to the intricacy of the world Maas created. Strangely enough I do not read a lot of books with Fae but I’ve always been so intrigued by them in popular culture. Like in Lost Girl (great show, go check it out!)
She created a riveting world that was full of unique and creative creatures that leap from the page. The characters were well fleshed out with complex emotions driving their actions. Feyre, Tamlin, Lucien, Rhysand, all of them were intriguing and I felt pulled in by their arcs. Each layer of their personality was pulled back for the reader to delve into and get to know their intricacies but still leaving a little mystery surrounding them.
My biggest issue with this book was the manipulation and misuse of power dynamics within the story. Much of that comes with Rhysand’s arc but even Tamlin’s hold over Feyre is still a bit problematic. I realize that the original Beauty and the Beast story is essentially Stockholm Syndrome but ACOTAR just seemed so much more intense by comparison.
Overall I really liked A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas but felt the manipulation really hampered my love for it. The world created within these pages was so intriguing and unique with amazing characters that the reader becomes invested in. I’m worried that I will have the same problem with A Court of Mist and Fury but I’ll still be checking it out since I’m invested now.
So, have you read A Court of Thorns and Roses yet? How did you feel about this retelling? Let me know in the comments below!