A Court of Thorns and Roses (Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)

by Sarah J. Maas

4.15 of 5 stars 103 ratings • 46 reviews • 143 shelved
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A Court of Thorns and Roses (Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)

by Sarah J. Maas

4.15 of 5 stars 103 ratings • 46 reviews • 143 shelved
THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore and George R.R. Martin, this first book in a sexy and action-packed new series is impossible to put down!

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 over the faerie lands is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin--and his world--forever.
  • ISBN10 1619634449
  • ISBN13 9781619634442
  • Publish Date 3 December 2015 (first published 5 May 2015)
  • Publish Status Out of Print
  • Out of Print 3 March 2021
  • Publish Country US
  • Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Imprint Bloomsbury YA
  • Format Hardcover
  • Pages 432
  • Language English

Reviews

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I love it! Im surprised I love Rhys better than Tamlin in this book. They’re both wicked but Rhys is more mysterious. There are only a handful of major characters introduced here, with a few minor characters who helped build the mortal world of Feyre. No major cliffhanger, so you’ll do fine if you want a HEA ending, but know that there are still stories yet to uncover and why Rhys suddenly stumbled when she stared at Feyre, that alone will make you want to read the next book. The riddles and the plot twist all makes sense and I suggest you to keep reading when you tire of the “Beauty and the Beast” retelling because it’s not(?) Funny thing is, this book seem like a subtle retelling of “Cinderella” (where Feyre is bullied by her 2 sisters in the first few chapters), “Beauty and the Beast” (when Feyre was captured by a shape-shifting High Lord Tamlin and fell in love), “Snow White” (Amarantha the villain and her 7 little dwarves or 7 High Lords bound to her because of some black magic)

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kiracanread 4 of 5 stars
Thank you to NetGalley and Bloomsbury for providing me with an advance reader copy in exchange for an honest review.

I definitely requested an arc of this book because of the hype, I don't read or enjoy a lot of fantasy, especially YA fantasy, so I was sceptical about reading this book and kept putting it off, but here we are, I've finally gotten around to it.

A Court of Thorns and Roses has some characters that are likeable and others that really aren't, and I think it gives this story a really good balance between love and hate for the reader and 'Rhysand' is quite a morally grey character, which gives him a lot of depth in this story.

I'm definitely going to have to pick up the next book in the series to see what happens next, I never realised I could get so hooked on a YA fantasy series, but i'm dying to find out what happens with my favourite character.

(I'm not telling you who my favourite character is in case something horrible happens to them and you're all reading this and pitying me)

But overall, I'm incredibly glad that I got the push I needed to read this book, I've never read any Sarah J. Maas prior to this, and hadn't intended to - but now i'm hooked!

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cornerfolds 5 of 5 stars


UPDATE 3/24/2020: Oops, I guess I've read this four times?? I never do re-reads but the coronavirus is ruining everything including my concentration so I decided to pick ACOTAR up again. Somehow I didn't realize I'd already read it three times... Good news, it was still great and I actually finished a book!

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Like everyone else, I saw this book ALL OVER THE PLACE for months leading up to its release. Apparently unlike everyone else, I didn't actually pay attention to what it was about. I knew it was written by the author of Throne of Glass, which I still haven't read. What I didn't realize was that it was a Beauty and the Beast retelling. Don't ask me how I missed that bolded text at the top of the synopsis. I have skills.



Once I took a good look at the book on the shelf at Target I thought I might faint from excitement. A part of me was really irritated that I'd somehow missed it, but then again, at least I wasn't dying of anticipation for months like the rest of you!

Let's be real for a second. I've had a crush on the Beast since before I knew what having a crush was. When I thought boys were icky, I thought the Beast was the real deal. So, while I love most all retellings, I am a huge sucker for BatB retellings! After Cruel Beauty blew my mind earlier this year, Sarah J. Maas had a lot to live up to. And HOLY CRAP did she deliver!



I've found the whole fairy (faery? fae? you know what I mean) angle to be really hit or miss over the years. Some books have it and some just totally miss the mark. I wasn't sure how making my Beast a fairy was going to work out, but A Court of Thorns and Roses totally pulled it off.


---Characters---
Tamlin (Beast) was totally, 100% amazing. I absolutely LOVED the fact that he could shift between "man" and beast because it made my love of the Beast seem way less creepy. I liked that he wasn't exactly what I'd expect from the Beast. He was never awkward, for example. Tamlin was a gentleman from day one, which kind of threw me off a little, but it was honestly pretty refreshing. I feel like there are way too many jerk "heroes" in YA fiction these days, so it was nice to have one who wasn't an ass. Don't get me wrong, he wasn't warm and cuddly, but he was never outright mean either. Feyre, on the other hand...

The protagonist of this story, Feyre (Belle) was not initially likable. She wasn't particularly nice or relatable... But I will definitely say that Sarah J. Maas has mad character-writing skills because I ended up loving her. And despite the insistence in the book that her name is pronounced "Fay-ruh," it was always "Fair" in my head, because really? That's what it looks like. And... well, Belle/Fair. Come on.



Anyway, she was a total badass even when she was afraid and everything she did was ultimately selfless. She was an amazing character all around, despite the fact that she started out as kind of a not nice person.

Even the secondary characters in the book were amazing. I absolutely loved Lucien and, yes, even Rhysand, though he was supposed one of the bad guys. The big bad in A Court of Thorns and Roses is equally well-written and completely terrifying, although she isn't fully revealed until late in the book.


---Setting---
The world building was just as fantastic as the characters! I loved learning all about every part of the fairy world! I really enjoyed the map at the front of the book. I spent more than a couple minutes referring back to it. Every place Feyre went was almost tangible! Tamlin's estate itself was so much fun to explore with Feyre, getting to know all of the rooms as she did.


---Plot---
Just in case I haven't made it clear, I absolutely LOVE what was done with the story here! Not only is the Beauty and the Beast story totally recognizable and familiar, but there are so many new elements that it's just endlessly exciting and amazing and OMG I need book two to come out like, yesterday! The magical backstory added so much! I even loved that everyone was stuck wearing super mysterious masks...

But my absolute favorite thing about this book is that there were so many scenes that brought my love of the movie directly onto the pages... For example, this one:



I'll leave it at that, but suffice it to say there were others that nearly made my little heart explode with giddiness!


---In Closing---
A Court of Thorns and Roses is Beauty and the Beast for adults and it is perfect in every way! May 2016 honestly can't get here fast enough!

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llamareads 3 of 5 stars
I have a deep and abiding love for Beauty and the Beast (thanks, Disney!) so I will slog through pretty much any retelling of it. Even if I've been warned that this is NOT a romance, in the generally accepted genre sense of the word.

That's not to say I didn't enjoy reading this, as there's a lot going for the world building (such as it is) and Feyre's character growth. But Tamlin is just.... bland. Look, I know everybody's hammering on about self-rescuing princesses and I'm all for that, but the freaking love interest has to do SOMETHING to prove he's her equal. I was warned this wasn't a true romance before reading it, so it was pretty obvious when the ripped-from-the-Black-Jewels-series guy showed up what was going to happen, which pretty much makes all that "my twue luuuuuuuuuv" sacrificial stuff at the end completely meaningless. If I hadn't been warned, I think I would've felt a lot more betrayed and would've shoved it back into the library book drop with more force than necessary, never to pick up another Maas book again, but there's enough potential there that I'll keep going with the series.

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moraa 2 of 5 stars
A retelling of the Beauty and the Beast in a harsher, much darker world where Fae rule a world corrupted by shadows and sickness.
Tamlin and the rest of the Spring Court are eventually freed from the curse of the masks placed on them by Amarantha. Perhaps we could have known a little more about her other than the reason why she hates humans.
All-in-all, a good book.

Edit: I don't know why I ever gave it five out of five stars. smh

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Emma (SCR) 4 of 5 stars
This review was originally posted on Star Crossed Reviews I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Firstly I have to say thank you to Bloomsbury for my copy of this book via Netgalley. I've had this book on my TBR pile for like 3 years so I am so glad I have finally found time to read it. Everyone has been talking about this series recently as A Court of Frost and Starlight was released last month. This is classed as a YA book but I don't really agree. There are some scenes that seem a lot more New Adult to me.

One of the reasons I was excited about this book was that it's a retelling of Beauty and the Beast. I LOVE Beauty and the Beast and I'm really into retelling's at the moment. If you're expecting the Disney feel in this book though you will be disappointed. This is a grittier, darker version of the story for sure. Sarah definitely puts her own spin on the classic story.

Feyre lives with her father and her two older sisters. The first thing I have to say about Freyre's family is that they are rather ungrateful. Freyre risks her life in order for them to survive. I did warm to them slightly over the course of the book but only slightly. In the beginning Feyre is annoying but after she stops trying to escape she actually is quite likeable. Feyre goes through so much in this book and my heart was breaking for her as she goes through it all.

Slowly but surely I fell in love with Tamlin. At first he was a grumpy surly man but chapter by chapter as those walls came down I fell a more and more in love with him. If I was a fae I would definitely be in the Spring Court.

I can already see the makings of a love triangle and I'm not sure how I feel about it. I guess I will have to wait until I read the next book to see how it unfolds.

The beginning of this book is quite slow but the action picks up later on. The beginning has a lot of world building so I expect the rest of the series may not be as slow. I liked the writing style. Being a fantasy novel in a made up world there were a lot of unfamiliar words but Sarah easily explains everything for us. 

This was the first book I have read by Sarah J Maas but it won't be my last I am eager to read the rest of this series and possibly Sarah's Throne of Glass series too. 

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Katie King 4 of 5 stars
I tried to read this maybe a year ago, and put it down after the first 10 pages. I randomly picked it up again a few days ago and never put it back down.

Were there conveniences that taped over cracks in the plot? Yes. Were there lame explanations of strange world details? Yes. Did I enjoy it? Yes.