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REVIEW: A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES

SYNOPSIS

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from the legends of her ancestors, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin— one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world; not to mention one of the High Lords of Prythian.
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.

THE  BREAKDOWN

A Court Of Thorns and Roses is about a human girl and huntress named Feyre (FAY-RUH). On one of her hunting trips to feed her family, Feyre comes across a doe and an abnormally large wolf. It turns out that that abnormally large wolf was a disguised Faerie. Tamlin, the High Faerie of the Spring court, comes busting into Fayre's family home and explains to her that a life for a life is only fair. Tamlin tells Fayre she has a choice between death and going to live in Prythian with him forever. Of course, Fayre chooses to live. Fayre is taken to Prythian. Tamlin tells Feyre that she isn't a prisoner and is free to go where she please. Feyre doesn't listen and busies herself with planning her escape.

One of Feyre's biggest concerns is a promise to her mom that she would take care of her family before she died. She'd later find out that they are well taken care of. Feyre begins to befriend everyone like Lucien who is the very sarcastic Emissary of the Spring Court and her maids. Through her friendship with Lucien, she learns how to trap a Suriel to get information out of it. She finds out the truth about the status of Prythian and Tamlin.

As time goes on, Tamlin begins to grow on Feyre. Tamlin tells her about Calanmai or Fire Night which is the Great Rite ritual. It's a dangerous place for a human girl to be, but she doesn't listen. She leaves her room and ends up face to face with lust hungry Faeries who want to have their way with her and she is forced to retreat or be raped. Lucien finds her and rescues her. Everything is good until she wakes up the next day and finds Tamlin. Feyre isn't happy with him and it pisses Tamlin off causing him to go beast mode. She likes it and his point is made.

Eventually, Feyre returns home to the human world where she gets to see her family again. She isn't there for long before things just don't sit right with her. She puts a couple of pieces together and returns back to the Spring court which is empty. She also learns that Amarantha, the reason why Faeries don't have all their power and why the other courts are prisoners, took Tamlin. Feyre runs off to save Tamlin and... AND... The rest you'll have to read to find out.

MY THOUGHTS

"I love you," he whispered, and kissed my brow. "Thorns and all."

Here are some things you should know: 

  1. I did not hate Rhysand for one second. I was taken aback by him at first. He really likes to appear out of nowhere. I've liked him since Fire Night or Calanmai. Yes, after that night he was a douche, but I couldn't bring myself to hate him. He was always tempting.
  2. Tamlin is delicious. Everyone knows that.
  3. Fayre deserved better from the beginning. After everything that happened to her in life, she deserves a happily ever after.
I jumped for joy when I read the first few pages and read that the lead female character is a badass,  tough cookie. Who doesn't love that? I love how Feyre doesn't need Faerie powers to keep up with them. She is a woman of her own. There are times when I understood why Tamlin didn't have the patience for her, but she is a force to be reckoned with and they all knew that. Feyre is the girl that comes out of a dream and makes you realize that you've never encountered anyone like her before. This dream would involve the eventual savior of the universe.

I like how everyone seems to gravitate towards Feyre. She is unapologetically herself. She is given dresses and all that she can possibly want, but she rather wear men's clothes. I don't blame her. Who wants to wear a dress when they're on guard all the time? Not that a dress can stop because nothing really can.

Lucien and Feyre's friendship made me laugh. His sarcasm is through the roof. Lucien and I could hang together because he gets it. He's helpful and loyal. He saves Feyre and he is willing to do anything to save Prythian even if that means lying to Tamlin and giving Feyre tips. Lucien finds humor in the tension between Feyre and Tamlin. The tension is thick. A knife can't cut through it. If Calanmai isn't enough to prove the tension between the two, then the day after when Tamlin practically claims her by biting her tops the cake. Can you imagine being under some sort of spell in the middle of a ritual and being able to find that one person you want most out of all the people that's in the crowd without failing? I was smiling extremely hard on the train when they finally cut the tension with sex. I mean FINALLY, right? That scene was short and hot. Good for them. 

As for Amarantha, she deserved to what she got. She is hateful and spiteful. There isn't a place in a world like Prythian for Amarantha. She needed to go. Sarah executed the ending so well. The build-up was crucial and it was almost painful to even think for a moment that Feyre wouldn't be able to succeed, but it's Feyre and anything is possible. Sarah was able to keep my emotions running wild and I like that. I was at the edge of my seat at this point and that makes for a wonderful read.

Sarah wrote a beautiful story with a beautiful plot and end. It's consistent. One can never become bored while reading. I constantly wanted to know more and to read more. I tried many times to put the book down and I just couldn't. I love how she makes the reader love Tamlin and then shift their attention elsewhere. I'm giving this book five stars. Looking back there are many things that would piss me off about Tamlin, but the story itself is too good. Tamlin can't take away from how well written it is. This is a story I'd recommend for anyone to read. 

Stay tuned for A Court of Mist and Fury. I can't wait to dive into what happens next. x

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