A Court of Thorns and Roses is marketed as a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, but I found very little of the well-known fairytale in this story. Instead, I found a brand-new faery tale, full of suspense, action, drama and just a hint of romance.
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.
The reason this book is one of my favorites is the writing style. It's not super easy to read, but then again I've never liked super-easy-to-read books, I feel they sort of look down on the reader in a way. This one is written so lyrically, with almost every sentence crafted beautifully so that it contains some message or secret revelation (it's all explained later in the book) that is just enchanted me.
As for the characters, this is one of the books that has one of the best character's arches ever. Character development from a person you hardly like, let alone respect, to a completely swoon-worthy, fangirling-over hero. At least that's how it was for me. Feyre was quite likeable, too, although I can't say I saw anything super-special in her. We can't expect her to be Calaena after all, can we? *wink*
The world-building is so so complex that sometimes this might put you off the book. That was one of my main problems. It gets a bit over-descriptive at times, and i hate that in a book, although it's necessary, but I think the author can always find inventive and interesting ways to give you the info, without just dumping it on you. But that's just my opinion.
The thing that makes this book stick with you long after you're done reading is how much it makes you care. I don't know why, it just does. It just... does.
Of course, there's the matter of Lucien, who, if you, like me, have been shipping the h*ll out of with Faere, with any female really, or with yourself, well... Let's just say you're in for so much pain. But it's a gorgeous pain, heartbreaking pain, so that's ok.
Seriously, this book....