Friday, March 6, 2015

A Court of Thorns and Roses

Author: Sarah J. Maas
Info: Bloomsbury Children's, copyright 2015, 416 pages
Release Date: May 5, 2015
Netgalley ARC

A review in 10 words (or thereabouts):  The only thing between the end of magic and the destruction of the human world is a young woman willing to make a stand.

When nineteen-year-old hunters 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 rules the 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 grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it...or doom Tamlin - and his world- forever.

~Goodreads Description

Whoa.  So that was kind of awesome.  And steamy.  And incredibly gory.  And I think I love Sarah J. Maas just a little bit.  Her dreams must be wild and dangerous.

Feyre is a survivor.  When her family falls from fortune and must scrape the dirt to live, Feyre steps up and does what needs doing to put food on the table.  On a hunting expedition in the woods near her family's hovel, she makes a decision one evening that will change her world, all worlds, forever.

There are faeries that are animals.  Faeries that are monsters.  And faeries that make you swoon.  I can only hope that somehow this world and Celaena Sardothian's world meet somewhere, somehow.

As I fell deeper and deeper into the story, I realized that it was a story I was familiar with, plot points that I'd seen before.  There were elements of Beauty and the Beast...riddles that had to be solved...neglectful parents and haughty siblings.  And I think that's why I loved it so much.  It was familiar, but it was unique, and edgy, and new, and Sarah J. Maas has a way with words.    There were a few words she used A LOT in the story.  There were lots of muscles.  Lots of growling.  Lots of talons.  But the characters brought everything together.

I loved Feyre and Tamlin.  They were both fierce and full of fire.  Warriors and lovers.  Opposites and mirror images.  But my favorite character, who we didn't really get to know all that well, was Feyre's sister Nesta.  She was abrupt and harsh, but in the end, she was the most truthful and genuine of them all.

Feyre is told over and over again to not trust the world around her, that things aren't always as they seem.  Maas creates that experience for the reader.  There are twists and turns, red herrings and tiny mysteries, words spoken and forgotten that always keep you guessing and wanting more.  She effortlessly creates whole worlds with interesting and dynamic characters, allowing he reader to become absorbed into the chaos and eager for just a little more.

So, so good.  (And did I mention steamy.  Made me blush a few times...just a heads up :)

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