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.
What I Thought
I want to start by saying that I read this book because of the hype. There is so much hype surrounding A Court of Thorns and Roses right now! Like, so much! Everybody seems to just love this book. Because of that, I think I set my expectations too high, because while I did enjoy it, this book just was not the phenomenal read I was expecting.
A Court of Thorns and Roses is a very loosely based retellings of Beauty and the Beast. I really enjoyed reading the parallels between the two tales, as well as the differences between them.
Another thing I loved were the characters. Sarah J. Maas really created some incredible characters. I especially loved the relationship between Feyre and Tamlin. Although, I have to say, my favorite character would probably have to be Nesta. She had so much depth, and I hope she plays a greater role in book 2.
I felt like, aside from the beginning, the first half of story was a bit slow. It wasn’t until about halfway through the book that I really started to feel invested in the story and its characters. This was disappointing for me, because the first couple of chapters really made me fall into the story, but then it just stopped for a while for me.
The ending though, was very good! I did not expect it to go that way at all, and that’s all I’ll say.
Overall, I did enjoy A Court of Thorns and Roses, and I do plan on reading the sequel, I just didn’t love it as much as everyone else seemed to. Perhaps I just wasn’t in the mood for a fantasy book?