“The forest had become a labyrinth of snow and ice.”
A Red Raven Reads review of “A Court of Thorns and Roses” by Sarah J. Maas
Think a semi-erotic version of Beauty and the Beast and throw in some fairies. Tada! That’s the book.
We meet our protagonist Feyre (supposedly pronounced “fey-ruh,” but I say “fair” in my head) after she’s just killed a big, bad wolf—that was really a fairy. This breaks the treaty between the mortal and fairy world, and in exchange for the “wolf,” Andras’s life, she must give her own in the form of tossing away her life as a peasant hunter and living as a guest in the “beast,” Tamlin’s, manor. And sexiness ensues.
This book is beautifully written, focused, creative, romantic, nostalgic, and shows the excellence typical of miss Sarah J. Maas. All hail the queen! Concerning the romance, it was descriptive in a way that I totally wasn’t expecting, that was totally well done, and that I totally loved. Totally. It reminded me of experiencing fairytales as a child, and I adored every moment.
Feyre is MUCH, MUCH better than Celaena, the protagonist from Throne of Glass, but she’s still… difficult. She’s naïve and kind of stupid, both traits that are difficult to appreciate, but at least she wasn’t mean. She’s likeable but her actions sometimes were just like… what?? You dumbass. However, I still liked and sympathized with the character despite her downfalls.
A Court of Thorns and Roses is sexy, fearless, and spellbinding to the very end. It’s a book that will take you back to your childhood and throw you right into the here and now all at once. It’s a kind of magic that’s difficult to explain. I suppose you’ll just have to read it to find out. Wink wink, hint hint.
This book earns every one of its four out of five stars. It was a great read, and even though I’m not a series person, I can’t wait for the next chapter of Feyre and Tamlin’s love story. I highly recommend this book to lovers of YA, fantasy, and romance that will take your breath away.