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Book Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

 

  

To put it bluntly, when I first heard of this relatively new young adult novel, I thought “Oh no, no, no, writing a ‘Beauty and the Beast’ adaptation is never going to work, you can’t beat the original”. How surprised I was to find that I actually extremely enjoyed the novel. As I’ve said, it’s a loosely based version of the original fairy tale. When I say ‘loosely’, I mean it’s very different and there are only a few real similarities to the classic story.

The story centres itself on Feyre, a young girl living in a very poor environment, struggling to provide for her near-useless father and siblings. One day when she’s out on a hunt for food or anything that could bring them money, she encounters a rather large wolf, but little does she know at the time that it’s actually a faerie. She soon has to pay the consequences for killing the animal when a monstrous creature turns up on her doorstep requiring the sacrifice of her life. She makes a deal with the creature to go and live with him on his estate, in the extremely dangerous world of the fae on the outskirts of her human town. When she arrives not all is as it seems: with a curse upon the household and the faerie lands, Feyre finds herself fighting for her life, and the unexpected love for her enchanting captor.

For a young adult novel, there is a fair amount of steam and sexiness as Feyre falls in love with her caring protector. Her eventual fight for his protection is very admirable and somewhat inspiring considering the unusual way they meet. But the novel really does draw the reader in, filling the mind with beautiful imagery. I can’t help but want to go the land of the fae myself and experience some of its wonders. Feyre is such a feisty character, I cheered her along from start to finish. The characters in general are so intense and well thought through, you’d think they were real people. The creatures she comes across are fearsome to imagine and made me feel extremely uncomfortable. All in all I expect most readers will fall in love with the beautiful Tamlin as much as Feyre does, you can’t help but feel sorry for him, even when he’s occasionally annoying.

A real page turner from front to back, I quite literally didn’t put the book down and was so glad to hear the sequel ‘A Court of Mist and Fury’ had just been released. I headed straight to my local bookshop for the new instalment and sulkily await the next in the series.


 Written by Lauren Noding


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