Tuesday, May 19, 2015

So This Is What People Mean by a Book Hangover: A Court of Thorns and Roses

Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses
Author: Sarah J Maas
Genre: (Mature) Young Adult, High Fantasy, Fae
Source: Bloomsbury Australia

A thrilling, seductive new series from New York Timesbestselling author Sarah J. Maas, blending Beauty and the Beast with faerie lore.

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.

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

So confession: I've never ever experienced what people refer to as a "book hangover"- when a book is so incredible that you spend the next days-weeks-longer not being able to pick up another book because you're basically stuck in the world of the amazing one.

That is, I'd never experienced a book hangover until this beautiful, beautiful book.

I very much doubt that I'm going to be able to do this book justice in a review.
There's an approximately 100% chance I'm going to sound like a gushing mess.
There's an approximately 0% chance that this "review" will make any sense at all.
But onward!

So, The Writing.
Sarah J Maas' writing is freaking stunning.
I am quite possibly the worst visual reader in existence.
I can't picture characters, I can't picture places, I can't picture scenes.
But I can in this book.
And I can in the Throne of Glass series.
Because Sarah J Maas can spin words made of pure magic.

And my god, the Characters
Feyre is a magnificent badass.
The villain was...well maybe she was a bit of a typical villain. But she was detestable enough, and you can tell that bigger evils are coming.
And, hot damn the swoons. Lord have mercy on my ovaries.
Tamlin was this balance of sweet and sexy (and actually, on the reread hilariously awkward lol)
Lucien is my favourite. I may have a thing for snarky tension-lightening sidekicks.
And Rhysand. Won't say too much about him, but lawdy lawd.

And the Actual Plot
Maybe just that little bit cliched.
The romance... *casually fans self*
The action and build up is incredible throughout, but exceptional in the last section.
It doesn't end on a cliffhanger.
But it definitely leaves you wanting more and more and more.
The best kind of ending.
(But seriously where is the next book, me needs it)

If you like Sarah J Maas
If you like great world building
If you like fabulous characters
If you like magic
If you like books
Pick up A Court of Thorns and Roses.

Overall: 10/10
Plot: 5/5
Romance: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
World Building: 5/5
Characters: 5/5
Cover: 5/5