BWW Review: A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES by Sarah J. Maas
"Because your human joy fascinates me-the way you experience things, in your life span, so wildly and deeply and all at once, is ... entrancing. I'm drawn to it, even when I know I shouldn't be, even when I try not to be."
~Sarah J. Maas, A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES
Fair Warning: A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES is a BOOK KILLER. It will give readers a huge book hangover and leave the next book read--whatever it may be--with a dull, lackluster finish. It's that good. I literally held the book and hugged it for a couple of minutes after finishing--and I never cuddle my books. It was so tough for me to pass my review copy on to someone else the next day! Since that first initial read, I've re-read the book, and still adore it. I'm highly anticipating the release of the final book in the trilogy this spring.
The best part about A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES, despite it being the first in a trilogy? NO CLIFFHANGER!!!
Even though this is the first in a series, it reads as a stand-alone and readers are left with warm fuzzies upon finishing. Feyre's journey continues, and the second book, A COURT OF MIST AND FURY, *does* have a crazy cliffhanger, but this first book is just a delicious fairy tale!
I was so afraid to read A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES. When I first read THRONE OF GLASS, I'll admit it: I was a little disappointed. I'd wanted to read it for so long, and I'd been promised a story of Cinderella with assassins. There was, however, very little fairy tale present in the text (I've since come to love the series for being an amazing high fantasy adventure). I'm so in love with Beauty and the Beast, and I was so happy that A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES was based on the tale's lore. But how much?
Let's just say...
A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES is now one of my all-time favorite retellings of Beauty and the Beast. ALL-TIME. It is amazing and wonderous and so completely new and different. It holds up against my other all-time favorite retelling of the tale HEART'S BLOOD by Juliet Marillier remarkably well.