BOOK REVIEW: A Court of Thorns and Roses

THRONE OF GLASS series author Sarah J. Maas takes on a new fantasy world in A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES!

I was lucky enough to get my hands on an early copy of A Court of Thorns and Roses, the first of the new series by Sarah J. Maas. As someone who loves the Throne of Glass series, I was very excited to pick this up (though I must admit I was a little upset it meant Maas was not working on the next ToG book). The book comes out on May 5 and is definitely worth picking up. Here is my review (spoiler: I loved it!).

Feyre is used to risking her life for her family, just like she’s used to the rumors of the fairies beyond the wall. But when she kills a wolf, she is not prepared to be taken into the world of the fae by a “beast”. Though over time, she realizes there is beauty in the fae world, and she would do anything to help them fight against the blight threatening to destroy their powers. But as time runs out, Feyre learns that there is much more to this story than what her fae friends were able to tell her.

I THINK I knew at some point that this was a Beauty and the Beast adaptation, but I did not remember by the time I started the book. However, it did not take me long to catch on to the story’s pattern.

I loved the way Maas worked the aspects of Beauty and the Beast into this story. It let me have an idea of what was coming, but not be sure exactly how it would occur. And while there may not have been many big surprises, there were still puzzles to work through and it was fun to see exactly how the pieces fit together. While the secrets were frustrating, they created a more mysterious adventure.

My one complaint is the main romance in the book did not seem believable for the first half. Perhaps it was that I preferred the personality of Tamlin’s friend to the romantic lead, himself. However, as secrets were revealed and motivations made clear, this issue became moot and I was set for book feels for the rest of the tale (as old as time. Get it?). I loved the added depth to the characters and the way it all made sense in the end, despite the confusion and secrets leading up to it.

Overall, this was a great take on a story I already knew and loved. It took a well-known fairy tale, and turned it into something brand new, but just as enchanting. I am curious to see where it goes from here, as this was the first book of a new series my Sarah J. Maas.

RATING: 4.5 Out Of 5 Stars

A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES is out May 5, 2015. The book is currently available for pre-order.

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