A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah Maas

Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses
Author: Sarah Maas 
Genre: Fantasy Fiction
Rating: 5/5

“But I lived in that moment – my life became beautiful again for those few seconds when our hands grazed.”

While trying to put food on the table for her father and sisters, Feyre kills a large wolf in the woods and is soon faced with a dangerous decision: be taken as prisoner to Prythian, the faerie realm, or die.  As you may expect, Feyre agrees to be taken prisoner and join Tamlin at his estate. Having no choice but to try and adapt to the faerie realm, Feyre’s hostility towards Tamlin and his dangerous world begins to fade. Unexpected feelings for Tamlin begin to grow and the realm that she once feared becomes her home. Feyre’s newfound happiness, however, is short lived once she learns of the dark shadow that is wreaking havoc across the land. Feyre must fight to save everything she loves before this shadow takes over.

“Don’t feel bad for one moment about doing what brings you joy.”

A Court of Thorns and Roses is a five book series, however, you really only need to read the first three books. The 4th book is just an epilogue and the 5th book is an add on in the perspective of a different character. For the purpose of this review, I will focus on books one through three.

When I started this series, I was worried that it would be similar to The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. If you have already read my review for The Red Queen series, then you know that it wasn’t my favorite. To summarize, the story was an endless cycle of the main character being captured by the same villain and her love interest being too scared to admit his feelings for her. It got old very fast. I was pleasantly surprised to find that A Court of Thorns and Roses was nothing like that. Even though the stories intertwined, each book had its own plot and conflicts. The second book was actually probably my favorite which NEVER happens for me in series. Usually the middle books of a series are slow burners that build up the plot for the last book, but A Court of Mist and Fury was just as exciting, if not more than the others. 

“Better to die with my chin held high than groveling like a cowering worm.”

The fantasy elements of this series were great. The faerie descriptions and overall magical components were both creative and unique. I didn’t expect the faeries to be so disturbing, but the descriptions of some of these characters made the hair on the back of my neck stand up. This, combined with the enemies to lovers romance trope, made it impossible to put the books down. If you enjoy fantasy, dark romance, action, or thrillers, then you will enjoy this series!

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