Friday, May 20, 2016

A Court of Thorns and Roses

Feyre is a huntress. She thinks nothing of slaughtering a wolf to capture its prey. But, like all mortals, she fears what lingers mercilessly beyond the forest. And she will learn that taking the life of a magical creature comes at a high price...

Imprisoned in an enchanted court in her enemy's kingdom, Feyre is free to roam but forbidden to escape . Her captor's body bears the scars of fighting, and his face is always masked - but his piercing stare draws her ever closer. As Feyre's feelings for Tamlin begin to burn through every warning she's been told about his kind, an ancient, wicked shadow grows. 

Feyre must find a way to break a spell, or lose her heart forever. - excerpt from book.

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas  is the first book in a series and sort of a retelling of Beauty and the Beast. After completing the book, I wouldn't say it's a retelling but more likely inspired by it. There were some similarities but only at a minimal. I was quite drawn into the book after a few chapters as the background stories of the world is still quite mysterious. The world was so magical and I could tell there was more to it than what I've read. This world is unique, full of magic and full of darkness at the same time. If I was a fantasy character this world would be an exciting world to live in.

The characters of the book are very very interesting people, they pull you in and keep you wanting for more of their stories. I could not help but fall for Tamlin, he is such a gentleman and also cheeky at times. I really love his personality and often hoped for more interaction between him and Feyre. Feyre was a tad annoying at first but her character truly grew and that made the story progress really well. I really think their personalities can compliment each other so well. As for the side character of the story, I wanted more about him because he is so mysterious, reading about his past is so satisfying.  I felt that all characters truly play an important role in the plot.

When a certain character showed up at the second half of the book, things got so so much better. This character gave me the same feeling that the Darkling did in Shadow and Bone. I truly love this new "villain" in the book. When there was more content about him I was like who cares about Tamlin, I want this guy right now =P. I love that the author has written so many fantastic characters for the story. They will capture your attention so well that you forgot they were not real.

The plot of the book was very smooth, it started slow and then it escalated a while. After the first twist in the book, everything in the book was so so good. I think all the incidents that happened was just so shockingly good. The timing for every incident was just perfect, my attention was constantly captured, it was not easy putting down the book at all. It was always such an exciting plot to read, especially towards the end because it was just surprisingly good.

This was such a fantastic book, such a great start. It ended good too and makes me wonder what else is there to happen in the second book. This book set the bar so high that the second book will have very high expectations. Right now, the second book is out and there have been so many great reviews for it. Honestly, comparing this series to the other series that this author is writing, it feels so different. This book was just too good and then the other one is bumped down because of this book. I have already picked up the second book and will be reading it soon. I highly recommend this book to YA fantasy lovers and readers who enjoy books with faeries. I also recommend this if you enjoy fairy tales retelling.  This is easily one of my favorite fantasy right now.

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