A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas is a “loose” retelling of Beauty and the Beast. It follows the story of Feyre as she and the rest of the mortal humans live beyond the border which separates them from the dangerous Fae and faeries on the other side. When Feyre kills a wolf, she is hunted down and brought over the (somewhat) safety of that border, and forced to dwell amongst the faeries who would rip and tear at her the first moment they had the chance.
Goodreads summary of A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas:
When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she knows about only 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 over the faerie lands is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.
My Review for A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas:
I loved Beauty and the Beast growing up. It was a VHS that I lost pretty quickly, so the story always had a special, fleeting, rare quality about it since it wasn’t so readily available to me. I enjoyed Sarah J. Maas’s take on this classic in A Court of Thorns and Roses, and I thought the world she created was incredibly beautiful, and surprisingly original for being a retelling.
Sarah J. Maas portrays all of the characters with a great amount of depth. None of the personalities were too similar, or cookie-cutter. I really felt as though these characters were real, and I cared about them very much.
Maas did a wonderful job in capturing both a dark and light mood throughout the story. I honestly don’t know how to describe how she did it. The dark plot, contrasted to the Spring Court setting really hooked me.
It was both mature and dark in a really beautiful and simple way.
I loved A Court of Thorns and Roses more than I was prepared to. I haven’t been a huge fan of Sarah J. Maas in the past (Throne of Glass), but I feel like this book went above and beyond her other series. My only criticism is that I felt as though she could have easily made this a stand-alone book, but I know she went ahead and turned it into a sequel. I probably won’t be getting around to the next one for a while though, because the “book hangover” is too strong right now and I don’t want it to get any worse lol.
Anyway, A Court of Thorns and Roses totally gets 4.5/5 stars from me.
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