Details: 416pp, Bloomsbury hardcover
Release date: May 5, 2015
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses, book 1
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Summary (from Goodreads): 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.
My thoughts: Sarah J. Maas has done it again, another book to sit atop my (metaphorical) favorites shelf! While it’s not absolutely perfect in every way, it sets the bar pretty damn high for the rest of the New Adult subgenre, if it is in fact New Adult (maybe New Adult Fantasy would be more true).
Every review I glanced at before I read this contained a warning that it was a New Adult book…which almost discouraged me from reading it. If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you may have noticed that I tend to prefer my literature to be at least reasonable as far as sexual content goes: I ABHORRED Fifty Shades of Grey and did not go on to read books two and three (and I almost threw my iPad across the room while reading book one), I stay away from reading YA contemporary for the most part, and I stay clear away from the NA subgenre because almost all of it is marketed as soft erotica. I just have not yet met a sex scene that has not made me cringe with awkward way the descriptions sound. Until ACOTAR. The two scenes we get an explicit description of struck me as realistic considering the fantasy world, and I shipped the characters enough to root for their *ahem* pleasures. THANK YOU FOR YOUR TALENT, MS. MAAS!
Going off of that, the chemistry between the characters is constantly evolving through the book and my anticipation of the culmination of each character’s advances grew very consistently. I am such a fan and I WILL GO DOWN WITH THIS SHIP. Also, Beauty and the Beast retellings haven’t been entirely uncommon in recent years, but I like the way this world is created and built, relying heavily on the characters and their personalities. The descriptions of the scenery and imagery are simply a happy addition in the case of this book.
Like a few other bloggers, I too found this book a little slow to take off. The event that really sets the story in motion — Tamlin coming for Feyre — I questioned the logic of until about three-quarters through the book. I think I could’ve used a little more reasoning behind that at the beginning because it made me question so much about where the story was going and if we were missing any more details.
A quick summary: I AM READY FOR BOOK TWO, PLEASE AND THANK YOU! I can’t wait to see which direction this story flows in next. 4/5