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Welcome to my book review of “A Court of Thorns and Roses” by Sarah J. Maas.
“A Court of Thorns and Roses” was a wonderful retelling of Beauty and The Beast. Feyre is the youngest sister of three. Her mother passed away years ago and her father doesn’t help anymore. She promised her mother on her death bed that she’d take care of her family. Now she’s forced to hunt in the dangerous woods. If she goes too far, more than just animals may prowl. One day, Feyre strayed too far because she, as always, needed to feed her family. She found a large wolf and an innocent deer. She had a gut feeling it was a fae. She had an ash arrow. She killed the beast after she watched it kill the poor, innocent deer. Next thing she knows, Tamlin, another fae, is breaking through her door and demanding her life for the life of the fae she killed … or she can come and live with him.
“A Court of Thorns and Roses” definitely gets a 5 star rating. Sarah J. Maas is such a wonderful author. This is the first book I’ve read written by her but I have heard amazing reviews and comments about everything she’s written. The retelling was done beautifully. There was contrast in the characters but aspects of the original “Beauty and the Beast” was still underlying. The flow of the book made me want to continue and never stop. Only downside is that this is the first book in the trilogy and book three isn’t out until May of 2017!
I want to start by saying I love the contrast between Feyre in “A Court of Thorns and Roses” and Belle in “Beauty and the Beast”. Belle loves to read but Feyre can’t read. However, Feyre doesn’t love to paint and both are in the art field.
At the end of this book, I will say that I was not on team Tamlin or team Rhys. I was really unsure what was going on towards the love interest side Tamlin obviously fell for her but he was still used her. Let’s talk about that. He set up the whole “treaty” being broken just to set up Feyre and then sent her away. How did he not think that she’d come back? Seriously?
I do love that he showed her how happiness could be. It seemed like the head-over-heels in-love high school relationship in a sense. She wasn’t really sure what love should be but she’d do anything to make him happy. I really love how he played the violin and then danced with her. I loved all of the paint and how he just let her be. There was a lot of good that he gave her for sure.
I love how she was entranced by the drums. Even though she was told to stay in the house, she still left to hear the music and see what was going on. This was the first time we met Rhysand. He had a fox mask and saved her from the two female fae from other courts. That night is the same night that Tam pinned her to a wall and basically attacked her, aka just bit her on the neck. Even though it could be seen as sexy, I didn’t see it that way. It was very … loss of control and just ugh. I don’t know. He is the Beast, I suppose, but he had no control and made it seem like she was his and he could do anything he wanted.
Jumping to the end of the book when Feyre goes against Amarantha. Amarantha gives her a riddle or three tasks. I guessed the riddle right away; love. The entire time Tamlin was sitting back but Rhys paying attention to Feyre. I was unsure about Rhysand the entire time. I had my ups and downs about him. I loved how he was the only one who bet that she would beat the worm. I loved that through the deal they made that he helped her beat the riddles in task 2. In task 3, I was expecting them to be Lucian, Rhysand, etc… or maybe her sisters. I don’t know. I wonder how much her killing the first two fae will weigh on her though. She definitely doesn’t like killing. She refused to kill if she didn’t have to.
My first thoughts on Rhysand after the deal bond thing was disgust because he drugged her with faerie wine and made her dance on him and it was just disgusting … but he also never did anything to her except save make out with her to save her from Amarantha’s wrath after she snuck off with Tamlin. He put blue markings on her to show her that his hands never left her waist and no one else ever touched her. She started looking forward to those nights because it was an escape. Rhys healed Feyre and took care of her multiple times throughout the horror so I really have no idea where I stand.
He’s still a mystery. At the very end, he looked shocked and rushed off. I think the mating bond set into place between them. If the mating bond was going to be between Tamlin and Feyre, I think it would have already happened. So in reality, even though Tamlin is the Beast, I think Rhysand is the end game. I’m really excited for A Court of Mist and Fury (book 2).
Please let me know your own thoughts on “A Court of Thorns and Roses” just make sure you be respectful to others and mark it with “SPOILERS” first. If you haven’t read it, I highly recommend reading the book. Sarah J. Maas is an amazing author.
In the meantime, keep calm and stay epic,