Monday, July 18, 2016

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Thorns and Roses
Sarah J. Maas
4/5 stars

A Court of Thorns and Roses, the first of a series, is an engrossing YA fantasy with an exciting plot and lots of action.  It is very loosely based on the Beauty and the Beast story, which gives it a familiar feel, but it also contains some lovely twists and turns.

I would give a synopsis, but it is a difficult plot to explain--especially if one doesn't wish to give spoilers.  Suffice it to say that there is a strong-willed heroine who fights fairy creatures, falls in love, and makes difficult choices.  There is also a handsome fairy Lord, a curse that needs lifting, and a sadistic Queen.

Yes, these are all standard fantasy cliches, but Maas writes well enough to give life to the story.  Her characters had backstories that explained their actions in a credible way, and the plot progressed in a believably.  Despite it being over 400 pages, I read it quickly and was completely immersed in that world while doing so.  I cared for the characters and was interested in what would happen next.  I look forward to the next book in the series.

Note: This book contains graphic, consensual sex scenes.

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