Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s
Publication Date: May 5, 2015
Summary (from Goodreads): A thrilling, seductive new series from New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas, blending Beauty and the Beast with faerie lore.
When nineteen-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.
Perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore and George R. R. Martin, this first book in a sexy and action-packed new series is impossible to put down!
If you enjoy retellings with newly imagined settings and plots filled with detail, A Court of Thorns and Roses is the book for you. It is nearly impossible to put down and so action-packed. This book is definitely a must-read!
I am a big fan of fairy tale retellings. Naturally, once I heard that A Court of Thorns and Roses is a Beauty and the Beast retelling, I was intrigued. This book is one of the best Beauty and The Beast retellings that I have ever read. The “Beauty” in A Court of Thorns and Roses is not sweet or even very beautiful. The “Beast” is actually pretty kind and is only a beast when angered. I really enjoyed how the book is similar, yet so different from the original.
There are two settings in A Court of Thorns and Roses. At the beginning of the book, it takes place in an enormous palace described so beautifully that the reader can imagine themselves there. After an unexpected turn of events, the story twists completely and takes place in a dark realm lead by an evil faerie. I love when books have multiple settings, especially longer books like this one, because it adds more excitement to the story.
The plot in A Court of Thorns and Roses is so detailed and intricately thought out. It is classic Sarah J. Maas with various battle scenes. As the book progresses, it seems like Throne of Glass a bit with different challenges that the main character, Feyre (don’t worry, there is a pronunciation guide in the back of the book ;)), must complete each month. I really like the idea of monthly missions in books. It is quite original and a nice change of pace in the book.
I recommend A Court of Thorns and Roses to fans of the original Beauty and the Beast. It is really interesting comparing this more modern version to the classic tales. This book is definitely one of the best books that I have read this year!