A Court of Thorns and Roses

Life happens in ways you cannot control and sometimes you just need a little escape. I personally look for an escape in a great book. And during these times I have travelled to many a magical land. None as great as Prythian

I often find myself travelling back to this world, as it now contains my happy place. One you will only get to know in the second book. So in the interest of no spoilers I will refrain from mentioning it now.

I adore this book for the most part.

It’s unique nod to beauty and the beast for the first part of the book had me swept up and wishing Prythian truly existed.

I found her characters relatable and realistic. Her heroine has similarities to many popular YA characters such as Katniss Everdeen and Tris from Divergent. Although completely unique as well. She does not shy away from writing a realistic response to trauma and abuse, adding value to dealing with a situation in an appropriate manner. This book will definitely have you discussing the age old debate of whether or not Beauty and the Beast is just a serious case of Stockholm syndrome or judging a book by its cover.

Second part had totally committed to wanting to be Fae. Very few authors have the ability to make you wish you were part of their fantasy world. Sarah J Maas has that ability. Building a world truly magical and believable that I found myself comparing our world to the glory of this fictional one way too often. So here with my warning – don’t get too swept up. These characters and this story is fictional, and if you have a vivid imagination, like myself, you run the risk of becoming unsatisfied with your own life.

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… 

Sarah J. Maas, A Court of Thorns and Roses

My one critique would just be that there is definitely sensitive content in these novels, that in my opinion serve no purpose other than to elicit sexual feelings towards these fictional characters. There is no character development or conflict buildup in these scenes, making them completely irrelevant to the story. They have no impact on the outcome of any of the events. In this novel you can definitely skip the scenes if you are not into these kinds of reads, you will not be missing key information.

I would not recommend this book for young adults or conservative readers.

The writing is easy to follow and the natural flow of this book makes for a quick read, should you find yourself with a few hours to kill. The story builds a natural rhythm with an easy to follow narrative. Building to the great climax of the story, that will leave you with a surprise ending that will have you starting book one again as soon as you have finished the series.

Synopsis

“Rhysand stared at me for long enough that I faced him.

“Be glad of your human heart, Feyre. Pity those who don’t feel anything at all.”

 Sarah J. Maas, 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 the spell, or lose her heart forever.

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