Thursday, June 9, 2016

Staff Picks

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Mass

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

After catching up on Sarah Maas's The Throne of Glass series, I needed more of her wonderfully developed characters, so I picked up A Court of Thorns and Roses and then I eagerly awaited the next book in the series, the recently released, A Court of Mist and Fury.

Feyre is a young human woman forced to breach the wall dividing the human world with the Fae world to hunt food to provide for her nearly-starving family (Hunger Games anyone?). She kills a wolf, who was really a Fae in disguise and agrees to live among the Spring Court Fae in exchange for sparing her family. The overall plot features many themes from the Beauty and the Beast fairytale.   Feyre learns that life among the Fae is full of strife and danger. The story is full of suspense and well-developed characters. It does feature a love-triangle between Feyre and two High Fae Lords, Tamlin and Rhysland.

I really love how Maas masterfully develops her characters and realistically describes how people mature and grow.  I especially appreciate that this book series shows a young woman learning from her experiences and accepting herself and learning that it's ok to break up with someone if that person is abusive rather than thinking she was "stuck" with that person or that something was wrong with her own character or that the abuse was her fault.  This is a series for older teens and adults. It does contain multiple graphically detailed sex scenes.

Meredith Causey
Information Services Supervisor