Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #1
Published by Bloomsbury on May 5, 2015
Genres: fantasy, Fantasy & Magic, young adult
When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.
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.
A Court of Thorns and Roses is definitely a book that will have crossover appeal to adults. In fact, I’m not altogether sure it should be categorized as young adult. There is sexual content (more than the average YA book) but other than that it is fine. The main character is 19 so she is on the older side. It would fit in the New Adult category perfectly, actually.
Being as I’m an adult I was fine with everything. I skimmed the sex (though there were some uncomfortable situations- maybe I’m just a prude). And loved pretty much everything else.
I LOVED the characters! When I started reading I felt like this was a Beauty and the Beast retelling. I don’t know if that’s just me, but although it certainly veered off that path, it could maybe almost be considered a loose retelling. And I love that, actually. And the characters all were distinct and well fleshed out. They had strong personalities, making each one very important and leaving a strong impression.
I love the slow build romance, which actually had very little drama in this area (THANK GOODNESS!). And I really FELT this romance and believed it. The ‘moments’ between them were perfect to build it up.
The book is loaded with twists and turns. We’re dealing with Faeries, so things are definitely twisty and unpredictable.
I read this book fast, considering I’ve had very little time for reading lately. But it’s our November book club pick so I had a little push to get through it. I’m really glad it was picked because otherwise I don’t know when I would have got to it. It really was fabulous!