Staff Review: "A Court of Thorns and Roses"
A new fantasy series from Sarah J. Maas is sure to delight her fans, but this New Adult novel isn't perfect. If you are not familiar with the New Adult genre, expect the same emotional highs and lows from YA, but with more sex and violence, although not on the level with "A Game of Thrones." The protagonist Feyre is a young woman who is forced to leave her family and live with the mysterious and handsome Tamlin, a faerie lord, as punishment for killing one of the members of his court. Tamlin and Feyre eventually realize they have romantic feelings for each other, but a powerful curse and an evil faerie threaten their future. I did enjoy the retelling of the Tam Lin and Beauty and the Beast stories, and Maas did an excellent job of building tension and romance between Tamlin and Feyre. However, the clunky plot, questionable behavior of the main characters, and odd pacing of this book were disappointing. Major plot twists set up the rest of the series and attempt to explain some weak aspects of the plot in the final third of the book, but it feels rushed because so much happens in so few pages. Even though I wasn't blown away by this book, I'm intrigued enough to give the next book in the series a try.