A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Ugh.  I would not have made it through this book if it weren’t for the constant encouragement by my trusted book-loving friend Kelly.  She insisted it got better, and while she was right, it took 250 pages to get there.

I honestly don’t know why the first 250 pages existed.  I mean, I do, but they were so derivative and repetitive and blegh.  It’s a stereotypical Beauty and the Beast story, except like….without any of the fun drama and disgust captured far better by Cruel Beauty or The Hollow Kingdom.  They fall for each other far too quickly, and they’re both attractive, nice people….isn’t the whole point of the fairy tale the fact that at least one of them is a little bit beastly?

HOWEVER.  Things make a turn in the last third of the book, and I enjoyed the ending so much I almost find myself looking forward to a sequel.  Things got darker, more complex, and a lot more interesting.  I wish the whole book had been that way! 

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When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution.  Dragged to a treacherous magical land she knows about only 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 Feyre dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility to 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 over the faerie lands is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it…of doom Tamlin–and his world–forever.

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Sarah J. Maas comes a seductive and breathtaking new book that blends romance, adventure, and faerie lore into her most unforgettable story yet.

Release Date:  May 2015

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