Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #1
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Summary from Goodreads:
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 over the faerie lands is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.
I don’t even know where to begin with this book…
I guess I could start with the fact that Sarah J. Maas can do no wrong. At least for me. She is such an incredible author. The journey she takes you on through her books is just unbelievable. Like really… I don’t know how she does it. (That’s probably because I am not that creative, but that is beside the point).
So let’s start from the beginning. I was hooked on this book from the first page. I started reading it immediately after I finished Heir of Fire (so amazing, btw) and I just fell right into this new world.
**“I threw myself into that fire, threw myself into it, into him, and let myself burn.”**
I could definitely see the Beauty and the Beast elements. The taking her to the castle, him technically being the “beast”, a curse to be broken, and so on. This was my first fairy tale retelling and I really enjoyed it. I liked seeing how a story can be torn apart, twisted, and put back together into something beautiful, but different.
**”Be glad of your human heart, Feyre. Pity those who don’t feel anything at all.”**
The book was kind of broken into two parts, before the Mountain (more beauty and the beast elements can be found here) and Under the Mountain. And what happens right before they go under the mountain is nothing compared to the sick and twisted happenings that go on under the mountain. Like Rhysand! Really! Do you have to be such a critter!
HOWEVER! After it is all said and done, I do see what he was doing and why. That still doesn’t change the critter-ness of it. Like why take such an interest in Feyre.
**“There are those who seek me a lifetime but never we meet,
And those I kiss but who trample me beneath ungrateful feet.
At times I seem to favor the clever and the fair,
But I bless all those who are brave enough to dare.
By large, my ministrations are soft-handed and sweet,
But scorned, I become a difficult beast to defeat.
For though each of my strikes lands a powerful blow,
When I kill, I do it slow… ”**
And that ending! I was not expecting that to happen. I can’t wait to see what happens in the sequel! It is just open to so many things. I really don’t know where were are going from here, but I can’t wait to find out.
What were your thoughts? I’d love to know!