Imagine a world where you’re desperate and starving. You’re the youngest of your siblings, yet your siblings don’t step up to the plate, and neither does your surviving parent. This is how A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas opens up.
Overall, the first book in this thrilling saga had me intrigued with its slow-burn romantic-fantasy involving a High Fae named Tamlin (a nod to the main purpose of the story: to retell the Anglo-Scottish ballad of Tam Lin), High Lord of the Spring Court, and a human named Feyre, who is taken from her father and two sisters after killing a wolf unknowing that it was a faery.
Sarah J. Maas excells at vivid and creative ways of intertwining description and the proses to bring a unique voice to protagonist Feyre. And the hints of inspiration from Beauty and the Beast just had me breathless.
However, while this book has a subplot for Feyre’s illiteracy, its sentence structure and vocabulary do not mimic this focus. The vocabulary is complex and has varied sentence structures.
Character development seems to be a strength for the author, which I envy.
I think this will appeal to many teens who love a good romantic-fantasy with a bittersweet ending.
As for my personal score, I would rate this 4.5/5 due to its easiness to understand and enjoyable characters with many plot twists.
Next week, prepare for A Court of Mist and Fury.