Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: ACOTAR #1
Audience: New Adult
Length: 419 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Release Date: May 5, 2015
Recommended for Fans of: fairy tales & retellings, high fantasy
Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price …
Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.
Original Review (2017):
The story started off a little slowly for my tastes, but the world was so rich and the characters were so bold that I was easily hooked. And of course, I’m a sucker for fairy tale retellings.
I really appreciate how well this book stands on its own. It may be first book of a fantasy series, but it tells a complete story with a satisfying ending that makes it stand out from other first-books. That being said, it leaves just enough questions unanswered to get me excited for the next book without relying on a major cliffhanger. I really enjoyed this retelling of Beauty and the Beast and I can’t wait to see what the rest of the series does with that story in the vibrant and dark world that Maas has created.
I loved this a lot more reading it the second time because I have so much love for this series. I originally gave this book 4 stars, but I bumped my rating up to 5 on the reread. It was nice to be reintroduced to this world and be reminded of who Feyre was in the beginning and where she came from, because it makes her journey in the next books that much more incredible.
I do still think that the story drags in the middle, but it didn’t bother me as much rereading it because I enjoyed spending that time with Feyre and watching her growth. If you find this story too slow or just aren’t into it…STICK WITH IT! It’s worth it for A Court of Mist and Fury! ACOMAF is one of my favorite books of all time, and the way it takes this lush, dark story to the next level is something everyone should experience.
Do you reread books? What’s the last book you reread, or one you would like to?