PJV Quickie: A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES by Sarah J. Maas Blew. Me. Away. I am a fan of Sarah J. Maas’ first series, and I expected to like this one…and I’m overjoyed that it not only met my expectations, but well surpassed them. I could not stop reading. I couldn’t put it down. I was upset that I couldn’t drive and read.
Review: The world of A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES was a world of humans and faeries, stuck in a war that has been going so long that most of the humans are clueless about the fae that live on the other side of the boundary, both races hate each other. Feyre, struggling to survive by becoming a hunter at a young age, the girl kills a wolf in the woods that separate humans and fae. That night a beast comes for Feyre and drags her to his home. In forfeit for the life she took, she gives up her freedom to a very intense fae.
The world Maas created was highly original and well constructed, but the characters and their emotional transitions are what did me in. Feyre was similar to Maas’ Throne of Glass main character, Celaena, but she is more innocent and compelling at the same time. Feyre’s story is more of a coming of age story as she is enlightened about the real world and sheds her stereotypes and racism toward fae. At first I doubted Maas’ plot as I read the book, thinking she was making the characters act oddly just to push forward the storyline and force tension. But, in the end…it all came together and I was ashamed…so ashamed for doubting Maas. She’s a genius. A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES was like a well-formed puzzle and I didn’t even see the last piece until the very end.
Can I say it again? This book rocked my world.
I have one thing negative to say though, this book is not what I would consider a Young Adult, even though it is classified as this on some lists. This is definitely New Adult, but I don’t think genres are updated enough to classify this correctly. Hence, the YA genre on some lists. Please be aware of this, especially when giving this one to your teen. New Adult is very different from YA. The tone is YA, the story is not. The main character is 19, the characters engage in sexual encounters that are explicitly detailed. This is not a book I would recommend to a teen audience. This is a mature Fantasy with an intense romance subplot. There are graphic and violent scenes, death, destruction and all that good stuff that adults get to read. Enjoy. This is a must read.
Recommendations: For fans of Maas’ THRONE OF GLASS series, you have to read this one. I did mention it is more intense thought, New Adult, not Young Adult. Fans of fantasy and romance, have at this one!
I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. MaasSeries: A Court of Thorns and Roses #1
Published by Bloomsbury USA on May 5th 2015
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance
Also in this series: A Court of Mist and Fury
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 over the faerie lands is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin-and his world-forever.