Happy Tuesday Bookish Babes!
I hope you are all enjoying this month of love so far. I have another book I adore and this one is of fantastical proportions. ✨
“I came to claim the one I love.”
With words as those I can’t help but swoon. But those words are uttered not by a rogue prince charming, but by a human girl out of her element who must go against all odds to save her beloved and a people who despise her.
Fairy tale retellings are among my top favorite stories to read. Even more so when you get a bad ass protagonist like Feyre who must complete herculean efforts among those that are strong, agile, and cunning… Fae. A Court of Thorns and Roses (a.k.a. ACOTAR) is a mixture of a Beauty and Beast retelling with the Scottish Ballad “The Queen of the Fairies.” If you know those, you may think you know what will happen in the story, but OH-Ho! You do not my friend. Sarah J. Maas makes this story as twisty as the deadly beautiful Fae realm itself.
ACOTAR made me swoon and gasp plenty of times throughout the book. It is romantic but sometimes books helps us deal with real life situations more clearly by setting them in a fantastical setting. In ACOTAR I learned what love is… and isn’t. It shows how far the human spirit is willing to go for the ones we love. How much we are willing to sacrifice. That when love demands more of us, we give it, freely despite the cost.
But it’s not just a traditional romance. There are also other types of love shown. The familial love that binds us in complicated and tangled ways. Feyre both loves and resents her family for the things that they’ve allowed her to do. The love of a country that has been taken over by evil, that forces Tamlin’s hand to do the unthinkable in order to save the Fae land he loves. Love underlines all their actions in thorny (see what I did there?) and intricate ways.
Full Disclaimer: ACOTAR is the first of a trilogy and the second book happens to be my favorite, but this is where it all starts. I strongly recommend you read this series because it’s just SO GOOD. But I do adore this book and its brave depiction of the ultimate sacrifices we make when we love, hard. ♥️