A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Synopsis: "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."
Review: I honestly feel like a spoiled child because Sarah J. Maas write INCREDIBLY well. Basically ACOTAR is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast and I LOVED IT. She made such an ingenious fantasy twist of Beauty and the Beast where you could find the resemblance of the original story but it could also easily count as a whole new story.
I loved the plot don't get me wrong but I was able to predict some parts which was fine honestly because it did have to stay somewhat true to Beauty and the Beast. However I loved almost everything that happened because the plot was written wonderfully well and every single character was so strongly developed. It was just so AMAZING.
Let me go back and start at the beginning. I loved the way Sarah J. Maas started this book because I knew this was a retelling, but I didn't know for which story and I honestly didn't figure out it was Beauty and the Beast until 100 pages in.... oops lol. Anyways, the beginning of this story introduced Feyre (our Belle) is introduced with her father, whom she loves, as well as her two sisters, Elain and Nesta. Their fantasy world is crazy cool. There is magic and faeries but in this world faeries aren't seen as whimsical, glittery cute things, but instead evil and cruel monsters.
Feyre is the savior of her family because while her sisters stay at home and only know how to spend money and her father earns pennies from his wood carvings at can't do much with a crippled leg, Feyre goes off each day to try and hunt for food even though she has to brace the scary woods.
I don't want to put this as spoilers but if you REALLY don't want anything known don't read the following. One day Feyre kills a wolf. A while later a faerie shows up at her door and takes her away from her family (lol sound familiar?) So yes his name is Tamlin (and the Beast of the novel). He's our typical cold Beast whose heart warms up to Feyre. Strangely their love was so immediate to me that I figured their love out before I even figured out this was a retelling of Beauty and the Beast...
I LOVED finding the connections. For example the Suriel was clearly the mirror and Amarantha was the cursing witch lady. Gaston was Rhysand, Lucien was probably one of the inanimate objects and Alis was mostly like the Momma teapot.
The thing I was most proud of for my read was the riddle given by Amarantha. Why? BECAUSE I FREAKIN SOLVED IT IN ONE SECOND. (I swear) Seriously, if I were Feyre they'd all be saved in one second lol. JK I wouldn't have been able to hunt though...
Overall I absolutely LOVED LOVED LOVED this book. The plot twists, incredible action, romance, and fantasy ideas all really made this book probably one of my favorite books ever but my favorite would HAVE to be the beautiful writing. I wanted to almost just make every line a favorite quote... I need to go and buy a copy... I don't want to ramble on and on because if I could I would literally write a paragraph for each sentence of this book because it's that amazing so just and check it out because this was such a well written book and I think everyone would enjoy it!
Cover: ★★★★★ (GORGEOUS)
Favorite Quote(s):" The forest had become a labyrinth of snow and ice."
"The snow fell and fell, dancing and curling like sparkling spindrifts, the white fresh and clean against the brown and gray of the world. And despite myself, despite my numb limbs, I quieted that relentless, vicious part of my mind to take in the snow-veiled woods."
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