Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #1
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Publication Date: May 5th, 2015
Also in this series: A Court of Mist and Fury
Also by this author: Throne of Glass, A Court of Mist and Fury
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 thrilling, seductive new series from New York Timesbestselling 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!
“I knew I was headed down a path that would likely end in my mortal heart being left in pieces, and yet…And yet I couldn’t stop myself.”
Fae. Adventure. Romance. THIS BOOK IS EVERYTHING!!! Seriously, this is one of those times that being a reviewer feels hopeless because I don’t have all the words to properly convey my emotions. I know that despite what I say this review will consist of 95% fangirl and for that I apologize. I just cannot help myself. ACOTAR was everything I dreamed of and more. Fast paced: despite fantasy containing a LOT of new terms, creatures, etc. the action NEVER stopped. Seductive: the tension between Tam and Feyre is a sensual life-force throughout the story that leaves you wanting yet satisfied. Those are just a couple of reasons why ACOTAR is one of my favorite books of 2015 but let me tell you just a little more….
“Be glad of your human heart, Feyre. Pity those who don’t feel anything at all.”
I am no stranger to the genius that is Sarah J. Maas. I fell helplessly in love with Celaena in the Throne of Glass series and because of her I feel like my expectations were slightly high when it came to Feyre. It’s easy to want to compare between the two but there is no comparison besides the fact that they are both bad ass! Feyre is a survivor; a warrior in a girl’s body. I liked that despite Feyre being brave as hell she also felt fear in the situations she found herself in. I feel like in many fantasy novels, especially for heroines, you are either really brave or really helpless. It’s almost as if being scared is looked down upon as a fault of a weaker sex. With Feyre, her fear makes her only that much stronger. To say that I loved her as a heroine, is an understatement. She is a gentle but courageous girl and it’s so easy to see how she ensars the immortal, dangerous, and sexy as sin fae, Tamlin.
“I would never be able to capture that – never be able to paint the feel and taste of him, no matter how many times I tried, no matter how many colors I used”
This is where that 95% fangirl is gonna happen because let’s just say that the romance between Tamlin and Feyre is EVERYTHING. It’s a classic case of boy and girl from different sides of
the tracks mortality. Tamlin is a bit beastly (pun intended) and Feyre is a bit prejudice and yet once they get to know one another you see that they aren’t as different as you would think. My reaction to their budding romance was a physical thing. I felt my heart race and my palms sweat. Now I was under the impression that this was YA, but the heat between them felt anything but young. Don’t get me wrong, it’s tasteful and not tawdry, but holy cow did I want to take a cold shower after a couple of sexy-as-all-get-out moments between them. You’ve been warned.
“One day–one day there will be answers for everything.”
Seriously, I can go on and on about how lovely and thrilling and magical this story is. I didn’t want it to end. I think it’s special when you can finish a book and want to immediately dive back in. ACOTAR is a joy to readers like me that look to get lost in a story and never want to leave. This is fantasy at it’s finest.