By: Sarah J. Maas
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Feyre should have known better than to shoot a wolf in the woods—especially a magical wolf who came from the forbidden boundaries of the Fae world. When a High Fae Lord comes to Feyre’s house, demanding her life in exchange for the faerie’s she took, Feyre agrees to be taken to his house if he will spare her starving family. When she arrives at the mansion, she soon begins to lose herself in the magical land and to the High Fae Lord, Tamlin.
• Profanity (sh*t d*mn, h*ll, whore, and b*lls)
• Violence (evil creatures roam the night and cause hallucinations, shooting a wolf, a gory nightmare, descriptions of blood, a magical beast tries to draw in its prey, descriptions of magical creatures tearing humans apart, stabbing people in the heart, a wormlike monster chases its victim, a faerie’s wings are hacked off, a head is impaled on a stick, breaking bones, a group of men attempt to rape a woman)
• A family is in poverty and is starving
• References to past sexual encounters (mild descriptions)
• Reference to taking a brew to have “safe sex”
• Several sex scenes (quite descriptive, including oral sex, kissing breasts, mentions of sexual fantasies, lap dancing, and references to sex slaves)
• One character is a prostitute
• Lots of drinking and drunkenness
A Court of Thorns and Roses contains less action than the author’s Throne of Glass series, and focuses more on the romance aspect. The genre is also new adult, not young adult, meaning it has more sexual content than you would usually read in a YA book. That said, Sarah J. Maas’s writing is still breathtaking and compelling, and the fantasy world is intriguing.