Author: Sarah J Maas
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #1
Publication Date: May 5, 2015
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Summary from Goodreads: 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.
I loved everything about this book. The setting, the characters, the romance, the plot - it is all amazing. Literally this book is everything that you want in a high fantasy novel. This book was definitely more mature than I expected it to be. I also love how Maas was able to put a completely new and original spin on Beauty and the Beast. There were elements that were clearly inspired by the original tale and then there were elements that were totally new. I loved this story.
The characters were amazing. Feyre was fabulous, she is a sassy teen/young adult who evolves into a strong woman. I swooned over Tamlin - hello yummy. I also loved his sidekick, Lucien. Each character was consistent, even the secondary characters and the villains. The romance is steaming hot - give me more please!
The plot moved at an excellent pace. I loved the inclusion of plot elements that were reminiscent of the original tale. While there wasn't a lot of action and adventure, I never felt like it was lacking. The last quarter of the book was intense!
Honestly, I loved this book so much that I'm tempted to read it again right now. I really don't know how I am going to wait for book 2. Also, I will buy anything Sarah J Maas writes.