Think Beauty and the Beast, but darker and with more faeries.
After Feyre, a human girl, kills a faerie disguised as a wolf she finds herself faced with brutal consequences for the crime she committed, to be served in the faerie land of Prythian. Dragged from her home by a vengeful and terrifying Fae who takes on a beastly form, Feyre must adjust to life in the home of her captor.
As she soon comes to find out, all in Prythian is not as it seems, especially when it comes to her feelings for Tamlin, her High Fae jailer. When dark and dangerous forces swirl on the borders of the Spring Court – some kind of deadly blight seizing the magical lands and threatening to harm all those who live within its boundaries, Feyre must decide what she is willing to fight for before it’s too late. This unnamed evil lurks around every corner forcing Feyre to come face to face with terrors so powerful they could destroy everything she cares about. To what ends will Feyre go to save what she loves?
Every chapter of A Court of Thorns and Roses has you anxiously wondering what will happen next, what new secrets are hiding between the pages. No character is who they seem — everyone has a role they are playing, yet you can never be quite sure what it is. Twists and turns come at the most unexpected moments and help move the plot along in a rushing swirl of action and emotion. This river pulls you to love the evil characters and hate the good. Sarah J. Maas develops wonderfully real and deeply flawed characters that the reader can’t help but feel for and relate to (even if some of them have wings and spout magic). As fantasy fiction, A Court of Thorns and Roses perfectly blends elements of the supernatural (faeries, magic, and exquisite worlds) with a realness that flows from the heartfelt emotions and compelling relationships between characters.
A Court of Thorns and Roses is the first book in A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas and is successful in introducing an intriguing world of complicated characters (to say the least)! Fair warning: this book ends on quite the cliff-hanger, so be prepared to jump straight into book number two, A Court of Mist and Fury. My favorite book in the series is probably A Court of Mist and Fury, but don’t take that to mean I didn’t thoroughly enjoy the first book. Read it and you’ll see what I mean!
For the cleverly crafted characters and for the constant revelations that never ceased to surprise me I give A Court of Thorns and Roses four stars. I would recommend this book for readers who enjoyed the faerie aspect of The Cruel Prince by Holly Black, or for fans of fairytale retellings like The Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer (check out my review of Cress from that series)!