A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Publication: May 5th, 2015; Bloomsbury
We haven’t featured a Book Hangover since October of last year when we featured The Shatter Me series. It’s not to say we haven’t read exceptional books, I just haven’t read any that have left me with symptoms of withdrawal like the divine ACOTAR. I have to admit I’m not a big fantasy reader, then I saw the cover for A Court of Thorns and Roses, I was so taken with it we featured it as a Cover Crush. Imagine my surprise when I saw this book was about one of my favorite sub genres the fae! This book immediately swept me away and was deliciously imagined.
I wasn’t immediately connected to lead character Feyre, I thought she was a bit cold and smacked a tiny bit of another poor girl with a bow and arrow, but it wasn’t long before I realized how wrong I was. Feyre is a badass with a capital B! Her loyalty to her family, her strength and above all her bravery are what ended up endearing her to me. She was courageous almost to a fault but her actions kept me glued to the pages.
The world that Sarah has built is unlike any other I’ve come across before. Let’s be honest the Fae lore has been done before, thankfully she kept the core characteristics that are integral to fae stories (beautiful, cruel, with other fantastical creatures) but then added her own unique twists and elements that elevated the story. I’d elaborate but that would ruin the fun.
I’m always a sucker for romances that start out where the two main characters do not like each other and then there is a slow build and burn to mutual attraction and love and this story could be the blueprint for that. The fact that the beautiful and mysterious Tamlin has half his face obscured by a jeweled mask only adds to the intrigue. I absolutely loved watching the romance between these two unfold and I honestly wasn’t expecting how sexy some of the scenes between Feyre and Tamlin would be which on more than one occasion gave me literal butterflies in my stomach. Oh and Tamlin? The tall, green eyed, drink of water, with the insane fighting skills, and secret kind heart? I fall at your knees. You put the crush in BookCrushin.
Beyond the amazing world building, epic romance and great character development, the world was peppered with exceptional side characters, I am particularly drawn to Rhys a sexy as hell but naughty fae who kept me guessing the entire book! I almost found myself shipping Feyre and Rhys for a minute (sorry Tamlin!) but here’s hoping he gets a book of his own or at least a romance of his own because, REASONS!
If you like sweeping, breathtaking storytelling, romance, and adventure than pick up A Court of Thorns and Roses, and maybe a bottle of Advil, because trust me you’ll be left with a beautiful book hangover too.
Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price.
Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jeweled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.