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Reading: "A Court of Thorns and Roses"
Reading: “A Court of Thorns and Roses”

“To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life.”

–W. Somerset Maugham

I don’t know about you, but real life is not impressing me lately. Between the news of the terrible conflicts roiling our world, the increasingly dire manifestations of climate change, and the fact that it is February, I needed to escape. Although I’m not usually into YA, romance, or fantasy, I decided to try something new, and ventured into A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. This skillful retelling of Beauty and the Beast turned out to be just what the doctor ordered.

In addition to a captivating journey into a realm of magic and romance with nods to Celtic and classical mythology, Maas offers readers a deeply feminist story.  When the main character kills a wolf who turns out to be a faery, she must pay for his death by becoming a prisoner of the Spring Court, presided over by the handsome and intriguingly volatile Tamlin. Although she has hard time dealing with the intricacies of her new world and its politics at first, Feyre shows herself to be resilient and resourceful. Eventually, she takes centre stage in rescuing Tamlin, showcasing her bravery and turning the old fairy tale tropes on their head. Moreover, Maas challenges traditional notions of romance by presenting a love story that defies stereotypes and puts female agency front and centre.

This is the first book in a five-part series, so there’s plenty more escapism available if you’re so inclined. I’ve only just started the second book, and so far it’s living up to its promise.  And no matter what, it never hurts to try something new once in a while, especially when the world is offering up the same-old same old.