A Court of Thorns and Roses
by Sarah J. Maas
Summary: 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.
This book was... Well, it was one of those books that you finish and you just want to hug it tightly like you've just found a new best friend. I loved it. Really, really, really loved it. Seriously, I love the Throne of Glass series, but this one? This is the one that has earned her a spot on my favourite authors list.
I can't even properly put into words all the things I loved about the book. The plot was one of those ones that kept me thoroughly hooked from start to finish (my best friends wanted to Skype call, I chose to finish this instead) -- it's definitely my favourite out of all the Beauty and the Beast retelling's I've come across so far. And the writing? The writing was excellent, and the world was crafted so well and I adored it.
What I loved most of all though was the characters and the relationships. They were so complex and just - jkfldjhfd!
Feyre wasn't perfect, there were a few times in the book I found her frustrating, but she was great -- she wasn't strong in the typical sort of way...she's in a world where, physically, she's really weak in comparison to what she's up against, but she's strong in so many other more subtle ways and she was just awesome. And the romance... It was one of those ones that is messy and a little messed up but it's so entertaining to watch it all play out.
The side characters were great too, even a few I hated at first ended up becoming some of my favourites (and I have so much respect for any author that can flip my opinion like that).
I can't wait for the next book in the series to read more about them.
If you haven't read one of Sarah's books yet, I really recommend doing something to change that, because they're awesome and this one is no exception. I'd rate it 5+ stars out of 5.