A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas

When ni77493_original.jpgneteen-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 grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it… or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

(via Goodreads)

A retelling of Beauty and The Best, Maas brings us the story of Feyre, a poor human doing her best to protect her father and two sisters from starvation. While out hunting one day, she kills a wolf. Unbeknownst to her, she has killed a faerie. And she is dragged into a world of danger and destruction.

I am a big fan of a retelling and I was really excited to get into this, especially with the rave reviews.

I liked this book. It was an interesting and face paced read. I liked the relationship between Feyre and Tamlin, and found it believable…and then Rhysand came along…and my love triangle hackles blared.

Seriously? Can we go one YA book in this whole universe that doesn’t have a love triangle?!

Besides that broken record tantrum –

I found Feyre a little like Celaena until the story got going. I found her love of art a nice change to the love of books. I found her inability to read an interesting twist on the usual YA heroine. It gave her a vulnerability in a world she seemed to match despite her human status (or frailty).

I loved the faerie world: the different courts and the Court of Amarantha (Under the Mountain). I wanted to see more of it. I hope they expand on it in book two (which I have borrowed from a friend so I don’t have to wait for it to get to the library shelf!).

3.5/5

 

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