Monday, April 6, 2015

Book Review: A Court of Thorn and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Members of the Vise Library were selected to review A Court of Thorn and Roses.  We received a copy of Sarah J. Maas's book for an honest review.

About the book:

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.
Perfect for fans of Kristen Cashore and George R. R. Martin, this first book in a sexy and action-packed new series is impossible to put down!

This book is anything but predictable and is full of adventure the whole time.  There is so much action and deception in the first novel of a new series by Maas.  Feyre is the sole caretaker of her family.  Her family is very poor and starving.  She is out hunting for food one day and kills a wolf.   She gets quite a bit of money for the wolf and feels like her family will be okay through the harsh winter.  However the exact opposite appears to happen.  Tamlin, a High Fae creature who can transform to a human-like form, tracks down Feyre.  It turns out the wolf that she killed was also a High Fae and she must either be killed or agree to live at the home of Tamlin.  She chooses to stay alive, but she can never return back to her family.

Feyre does not set out to like Tamlin or befriend his friend Lucien.  She is always trying to look for ways to escape or defend herself.  However, Tamlin does not want her as a slave. He has enough problems of his own to worry about.  There is a sickness all through his land that brings very dangerous creatures near.  Tamlin is very powerful, but the blight that plagues the land has weakened his magical abilities.  One night he is hurt trying to kill a creature that dangers his people and Feyre starts to care about and understand Tamlin.  She realizes that Tamlin is very different from the stories she has been told about the High Fae.  

Things start to escalate not only between Tamlin and Feyre, but with the evil surrounding them.  They begin to care deeply about each other, but Tamlin must send Feyre away to protect her from the very evil that is taking away his powers.  Lucien is very upset at Tamlin and so is Feyre.  What happens next is the real guts of the book.  Feyre finally uncovers the actual truth behind the curse and what part she plays in it to protect Tamlin and his lands.

This book was so imaginative and I didn't want to put it down (This is pretty much how I spent my Easter Break; sorry family!).  I wanted to find out what was going to happen next.  I found myself on edge at certain parts of the book (can't discuss those!  Sorry, you will have to read it for yourself!).  I loved seeing the change within Feyre.  I also enjoyed her finding help in some unlikely places.  There are so many parts of this book that has things not appearing as what they really are.  There are so many games of deception being played that you will be on the edge of your seat to find out who and why they are playing a very dangerous game.  If you are looking to escape to a whole new world and find adventure along the way, make sure you check out A Court of Thorn and Roses and thank me later!  (It's worth noting that Sarah J. Maas will be in Nashville May 8 at Parnassus books for a signing for this book.  I plan on being there!!)  Look for a copy of this book to be added when it publishes in May!

PS I love how Mass writes to her dog in the acknowledgements by thanking her for being the best dog ever.  A girl after my own heart!
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About the author:

Sarah J. Maas is the author of the New York Times and internationally bestselling Throne of Glass series. A New York City native, Sarah currently lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, with her husband and dog.

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