Book Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses
Review written by Charlotte Beers, teen volunteer.
A Court of Thorns and Roses, the first in a series, follows the main character Feyre. Feyre lives on the island of Prythian in the mortal lands in a small cottage. When Feyre’s mother died her family lost their wealth, and due to her family’s poverty, Feyre provides for her family by hunting in the woods. However one day, she encounters a beast who she manages to kill with her ash arrow, and is then able to sell the hide in exchange for money for her family. However, she soon learns that this creature was not an animal but a faerie, a magical creature with powers. Due to the treaty established centuries ago that stated should a mortal kill a faerie, a faerie could either kill them or take them to live in the faerie territory, Tamlin then comes to claim Feyre to take her to live in the Spring Court of Prythian alongside the faeries. Initially, Feyre is very reluctant, however, she slowly becomes more accustomed to life there and begins to adapt to life in a place where it is always spring, surrounded by lush gardens full of flowers. She begins to accept the fact that she will live out the rest of her life there, as she falls in love with Tamlin. However, she begins to learn that life there is not all that it seems. The blight, causing dangerous creatures to be roaming about, is raging through the Spring Court with the dangers roaming closer, and Feyre must find a way to stop it in order to save Tamlin and the rest of the Spring Court.
If I were to rate this book from 1-10, I would give it a 9. It starts off a little bit slow, but quickly gets more interesting, so I would encourage you to keep with it. This book has a very strong female main character who displays immense bravery, courage and strength. This book does an amazing job of intertwining a fantasy novel and a teen romance book, into a cohesive and exciting storyline, as a fantasy version of Beauty and the Beast.