A tale as old as time itself – filled with magic, fear of the unknown and of course, romance. A Court of Thorns and Roses (ACOTAR) is a subtle retelling of the classic tale Beauty and Beast. While there are a lot of parallels between the two stories, ACOTAR follows a story line that’s uniquely independent and at times feels more like Belle’s favorite fictional story than that of her own. ACOTAR has far off places, magic spells and a prince in disguise, the only thing missing is daring sword fights. There’s certainly enough bravery, fighting and danger but swords would be a woefully inadequate weapon of choice among these faerie courts.
The sharp contrast of terror and beauty, thorns and roses, make this book so hard to put down. Even though death and destruction loom, everything wonderful seems heightened in the faerie world and especially in a place that is constantly blooming with stunning flowers, graceful fields and the overwhelming smell of spring. Not to mention the elegant handsomeness of all the faerie men.
Feyre, our main character, lets all her fears melt away for one evening during the summer solstice celebration, dancing to her heart’s content and enjoying a glass of magical faerie wine. Even though you can’t have the real thing, mix yourself up something bubbly, sweet and fresh, and soak up the wonder that’s found in these pages.
Goodreads synopisis: When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.
“It smelled like summers spent lying in the grass and bathing in cool pools. I’d never smelled anything so fantastic… It was like a million fireworks exploding inside me, filling my veins with starlight.” – Sarah J. Maas, A Court of Thorns and Roses
Solstice Faerie Wine
- 1 oz gin
- 0.5 oz lemon juice
- sugar cube
- lemon peel for garnish
Place the sugar cube in the bottom of a champagne flute. Combine gin and lemon juice in a shaker with ice. Pour gin mixture into the champagne flute and top with champagne. Garnish with lemon peel and dance the night away.