A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas

A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Beauty & the Beast retellings are my favorite, and this one was pretty sweet. There was a Cinderella element woven into the story as well.

Feyre (Fay-ruh) encounters unusual prey in the stark winter woods. She hunts to feed her family, but her latest kill puts them all in danger. A monstrous beast barges into their home & takes her to his home to live out the rest of her days. It’s the same B&TB premise set in fairy land. Of course, Tamlin is an alluring beastie & things are mysterious.

Feyre does some foolish things in the Fae world that land her in danger, but overall she’s a likable MC. Tamlin made me swoon. I loved the banter between Lucien & Feyre, he was my absolute favorite character. Rhys was compelling, I can’t quite decide if I should trust him. I love a mix of good & bad in my heroes & villains. Very well done.

I figured out the fairy riddle right away. I think Sarah Maas does it that way so we can feel clever. There’s a bit at the very end that leaves the door open for another book, but no cliffhanger. I’d pick up a second installment in a heartbeat, I hope there’s more to come.

Highly recommended.

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The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury

The Sin Eater’s Daughter (The Sin Eater’s Daughter, #1)The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow. I need to think about this. Deep thoughts & stuff.

Okay, I’ve mulled it over, and I’m giving The Sin Eater’s Daughter 5 stars. Beautiful writing, interesting story. He love triangle wasn’t angst ridden or really a big deal at all. The concept of sin-eating is new to me, I’ll have to find out if it’s an actual cultural thing or if the author invented it for the story.

Twylla was raised and trained by her mother, the Sin Eater, until she was 13 years old. I use the term ‘raised’ very loosely. Mom popped out babies from unknown fathers, but didn’t take care of them. She’s been training Twylla her from an early age to be the next Sin Eater. The Queen has a different destiny in mind for her and shows up at her front door. She’s offered the choice to leave her family behind forever and become the Queen’s daughter, and so begins her new role as the kingdom’s goddess.

She is now Daunen Embodied, immune to poison, and engaged to marry the prince. Future Queen. Her touch is death to all but those of the pure royal bloodline. When her complete roll is revealed a few years later, it’s a terrible thing. The Queen tells her that the gods require it, and Twylla obeys.

Twylla has always been isolated, in both her lives. At the castle, the only friend she ever had was violently taken from her. I was able to accept her character’s naive, sometimes foolish behavior because of this. No one can touch her, they flinch away in fear when she walks by. She’s starved for even the smallest kindness.

She’s 17 now. The Prince, a stranger, returns after several years abroad. Twylla is suddenly in the awkward company of her betrothed much of the time. She’s never been around ‘boys’ and now – here they are, several, and she has no idea how to even converse normally with them.There’s a sick, evil plan nestled deep in the Queen’s heart. I will tell you no more.

I wasn’t sure how I felt about the ending. I had to think on it because I wasn’t 100% satisfied. It leaves the door open to the next book without feeling like a cliffhanger. I won’t withhold a star, what I will do is grab the next book when it’s published.

Recommended.

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Uprooted by Naomi Novik

UprootedUprooted by Naomi Novik
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’m all full of warm fuzzy happiness. This dark, once upon a time-ish tale was just right. There’s a deep friendship between Agniezska and Kasia that doesn’t include mooning over boys. In fact, the one man that looms large in their lives is a monster they avoid talking about.

The Dragon is a wizard and a hermit. He comes every 10 years and selects a girl to take. The villagers allow this. In return, he protects them all from the dark power of the Wood. The girls have known their entire lives he’s going to come and take one of them when they turn 17. Ten years alone with him in his tower and they assume he’s a crusty old pervert who will force himself upon them. He always picks the beautiful, talented girls. Kasia shines above all others their age, so they all assume it’ll be her. Agniezska is an unapologetic mess. Things take a surprising turn when The Dragon comes down from his tower on the feast day and makes an unexpected choice.

The Dragon is not friendly. At all. He’s bitter and mean. He reminded me of a younger, attractive version of Severus Snape. A very dapper Snape with clean hair, overly concerned with appearance. He is not sweet or sentimental and he never becomes so.

Obviously, I love him. He rivals young Magneto, singleminded, bent on fighting and destroying a threat to them all. The Wood.

“The power in the Wood isn’t some blind hating beast; it can think and plan, and work towards its own ends. It can see into the hearts of men, all the better to poison them.”

I love this book. I will read it again. You should read it. Do it. Do it!

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