April 26, 2016

What I Love About A Court of Thorns and Roses

It is very difficult to really discern what I loved so much about A Court of Thorns and Roses because I pretty much loved everything about this tale. I was very interested in the setting, particularly when Feyre finds herself taken to Prythian. I was swept up in this tale of love and anguish, with the high stakes and the passionate encounters and the impossible triumphs. I adored the characters, because they all leapt off the page and into existence in such a vibrant manner. And clearly, the one thing all of these elements have in common is the way they were written.

A Court of Thorns and Roses reads like a modern-day fairy tale. It's a fresh new fantasy novel, where Sarah uses her insanely amazing writing skills to bring life to this story. There are familiar fairy tale elements present throughout the narrative, but Sarah combines them all into a story that's really all her own. She also successfully captures the narrative style of a fairy tale, her prose beautiful, her characters the main focus and her overarching themes universally relatable. This is a story where the line between magic and reality blurs, where whimsy and action both come into play, where anything becomes possible. And it's a story that I'm head over heels in love with!

In particular, she make Feyre a narrator us normal folk who are reading can ultimately relate to. We experience the fear and wonder of her first few days in Prythian. We slowly uncover the magic of the Fae, and the mysterious events that are beyond our wildest imaginings. But it is truly under the mountain where Sarah manages to write chapters that are both relatable and impossible. The circumstances, the setting, the characters - they all happen to appear in a form that cannot really exist in the realm of reality. But the desire to fight for the person you love, stopping at no cost? The fear of not knowing who to trust or whether you're making the right choices? These are themes that readers will find themselves able to relate to in some way; I know I did.

This novel holds such an incredible story within its pages, and I implore you to read it if you have yet to do so. It's particularly suited to those of you who love fairy tales, and a good ol' romance. Plus, if you read it now, you'll be just in time for the release of the sequel, A Court of Mist and Fury next week. I know that this is a story that I will immerse myself in time and again, and I look forward to discovering the next chapter of Feyre's story! (P.S. For more of my thoughts, check out my review and the playlist I created!)

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