Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses
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Note: I would like to emphasize that this series is written more toward the New Adult genre than the Young Adult genre. Because the NA genre focuses on protagonists in the 18-30 age range, the content, especially the sexual content and the language, is much more mature than the average YA novel.
19-year-old Feyre has supported her struggling family for years by hunting for meat and skins to sell. But now it seems she has gone too far. Feyre must answer for the life she took, even though it was only the life of a wolf. But when another wolf comes to claim her life in exchange for the life she has taken, she realizes it was not only a wolf, but one of the faeries from north of The Wall. (Hmm, anyone think Game of Thrones for a second? It’s a little bit of that, in new/young adult form.)
Her captor, Tamlin, turns out to be not just another faerie, but the High Lord of the Spring Court, one of the seven courts of faeries: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter, Dawn, Day, and Night. This High Lord, like the others, can shape-shift from human to animal form whenever he wishes.
Even though Feyre has been raised to hate the faeries, after their long history of violence and cruelty toward humans, Tamlin begins to make her see them differently. He shows her that not all faeries are alike, and not all of them abuse their strength and power. While she lives in the Spring Court with Tamlin, Feyre begins to better understand their kind and let go of her own prejudices and hatred. A friendship slowly forms between Feyre and Tamlin, and it does not take long for them to be swept off into a passionate romance.
But all is not well in the Spring Court. Feyre sees that some kind of curse hangs over Tamlin and the faeries of his court. She desperately wants to help him, but does not know how. By the time she unravels the mystery hanging over the Spring Court, it may be too late to break the curse. Will Feyre be able to save Tamlin, the only man she has ever truly loved? Will she find a way to break the curse over him and his court? Will she be strong enough to defeat the her that is responsible for the terrible curse in the first place?
In this breathtaking, heart-racing retelling of the classic fairytale Beauty and the Beast, Sarah J. Maas grabs ahold of you and doesn’t let go till the end. I had high hopes for this book, and honestly, it blew me away. If you love fairytale retellings with action, fantasy, and an oh-so-steamy love story, then this book may be written just for you.
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