In a magic world?
With fae, a wall between the magic beings and humans, full of dangerous characters?
And a curse that can be lifted only by a girl who hates the Beast’s kind?
You’ve got it all in The Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas.
Although on the slow side, this tale will enchant you and you will reach the end without even realizing it. It was written for young adults and this is the kind of tale that will sweep them off their feet.
As an adult, I did want more to the story and I wanted Feyre to have clearer goals, true. So I waited and waited and there it was, the moment when a human girl has to prove her love in the most cruelest of ways. Beautifully written with a touch of fairy tale and a dose of darkness, this story will win you over. Believe me.
If you are a writer and you are looking to write a rendition of an old tale, this is a great example of the way a traditonal story can acquire new meanings, and be deepened in a realistic way.
This story also shows the power of the imagination with a world that's unique and a world where the girl is not winning everybody's heart, in a world where friends can send you into danger on purpose. It's a world where a lover can choose another one over you. It's a world where your family can give you nightmares.
And some unique twists on top.
It was so refreshing.
In so many ways, this story reminds me of "Avatar," of this human who has a handicap and wants to walk with the aliens/otherworldy creatures and slowly gets to understand them. But in so many ways too, this story reminds me that original fairy tales are much more cruel than the softened one we read to our kids nowadays. The original fairy tales are much darker and the stuff of bad dreams. In a way this story is much closer to the traditional fairy tales, which touch us in the deepest places.
I'm looking forward the sequel: A Court of Mist anf Fury & A Court of Ruins and Fury.