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.
Sarah J. Maas is one of my favorite authors. The beautiful way she creates worlds and the cultures within them, the depth of her characters, the beauty of their pasts (bad or good), their talents. She knows how to write a compelling story that draws you in and keeps you stuck.
But I'm really disappointed at the turns she's been taking in her books. I've been a fan of Throne of Glass for a long time, and her sex scenes in there are tame and usually fade to black...
A Court of Thorns and Roses is listed a YA novel, but if I had teenagers, I WOULD NOT let them read this series. I even had to put it away for a while and decide if I could continue listening to it.
Her sex scenes are graphic and descriptive, and honestly, I don't think you need that to make a story good. Sex scenes don't move a story forward, they just attract readers who want a steamy scene.
I read Maas's books for her stories. However, in this book I finally just started skipping the sex scenes.
And guess what! I didn't miss a thing.
This shouldn't be listed as a YA novel.
Now that my rant is over, I will have to say I fell in love with the story. Feyre isn't the strongest female lead out there, but she's got her head on straight. She will do anything to save her sisters and dad, even when they don't do anything to help her.
Tamlin was the beast in this Beauty and the Beast story. Man, I fell in love with him instantly. I loved the culture of the Fae world. It entranced and horrified me.
The trails Feyra must go through as this book progesses gets scarier and scarier. She gets stronger and learns how to kick butt even though she's only human among Fae thrity times stronger than her.
This book was hard to put down (story wise, I did mention I put it away for a while because of the intense sex scenes I decided to ignore).
I love the characters in this book. I need the second one.
3 out of 5!