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Beauty & The Beast On Steroids: A Review of “A Court of Thorns and Roses” by Sarah J. Maas

16096824Goodreads.com Description: “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.”

 

 

About the Author

3433047Sarah J. Maas is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series, as well as the A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

Sarah lives in Bucks County, PA, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much tea, and watches an ungodly amount of TV. When she’s not busy writing, she can be found exploring the historic and beautiful Pennsylvania countryside with her husband and canine companion.

My Review

Sarah J. Maas has a new fan! I absolutely loved A Court of Thorns and Roses!

This well-written fantasy was actually a recommended title for me. I recommend books to others, but I rarely discover books or new authors based off of word-of-mouth. I’m so glad I went against my norm this time.

First off, A Court of Thorns and Roses was recommended to me by one of my critique partners since I’m working on an urban fantasy. ACOTAR was a perfect exploration into the intricacies of writing a fantasy. Maas nailed it with the perfect pacing and carefully crafted characters. The emotions that she put in her details was just phenomenal. The story of Freya, a human girl struggling to take care of her sisters and father, taught me important details about how to let a fantasy story unfold. These are not stories that are written quickly. There are too many important details to go through. Well-developed worlds, like the one Maas detailed, require time. Important lessons! Thanks Allyson!

I absolutely adored Freya. She’s strong with such unbelievable bravery. I especially appreciated her ability to think on her feet. A necessary skill for her environment. Rhysand, the personification of darkness, is a character I appreciated for his cunning and his honesty. I admired the character of Lucien for his ability to look beyond his circumstances. There were things in his life that could have easily dampened his outlook on the world. Not once did I get the feeling, however, that Lucien was depressed about life. Finally, I loved Tamlin’s patience and willingness to sacrifice himself for love.

ACOTAR is a great rendition of the “Beauty and the Beast” fairy tale. In the beginning, there were elements of Cinderella (evil stepsisters and a parent who seemed not to care) apparent in the first few pages. But it was “Beauty” that prevailed throughout the book. There were obvious comparisons to the traditional story, but Maas found a unique way to spin her tale.

I so appreciated Maas’s use of language and description. She made me want to sit down and play around with deepening my own descriptions and weaving in emotional details. Excellent work!

Rating: 5-hands-up5-hands-up5-hands-up5-hands-up5-hands-up (5 Hands=Excellent, 4 Hands=Very Good, 3 Hands=Good)

Coming Soon: My review of A Court of Mist and Fury

 

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