A Court of Thorns and Roses
Obviously the hype and build up to this book is enormous. I wasn't really sure what to expect; I read Throne of Glass back in 2013 when there was literally no hype at all, and I quite liked it. The first thing I remember about receiving this book was my inability to pronounce the characters names. But like I often do, I made them unique...
The storyline and world building was pretty epic! It followed nineteen year old huntress, Feyre who makes a lethal mistake. She is ripped from her family and taken north, into the land of Faeries, where the legends are strong and the history is frightening. But how long will it take for her to see past the thorns, to see the roses, in the manor, the land and of course the faeries...
I am keeping this spoiler free, but let me just say that ^^ that is only the very beginning. Shit happens in this book. Like a lot. I loved how descriptive Maas' writing style was. The first few chapters are set in winter and wow, I could almost feel the snow amongst my own eyelashes.
However, I also found these first few chapters to be, not similar, but kind of, to Game of Thrones. In fact there were a lot of allusions and alignments with other very well known plots. These included, of course, GoT, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, Greek mythology and Egyptian mythology. It is a B&B retelling apparently, and while I picked up on the others quite easily, the mythology allusions may not be as apparent to other people who do not have my obsession with them...
I really, really loved the first three quarters of the book, but I just thought that Maas crammed way too much into it. This book could have easily been two books. I was extremely happy with the ending, however this is the first in a trilogy, and I can only see one place that it can go. And I don't particularly want to read about it. I think a companion novel would be awesome, but c'est la vie mon amies!
Pages: 432 pages
Format: ARC Paperback
Released: 7th May 2015
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Acquired from: Bloomsbury