Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #1
Published by: Bloomsbury USA Childrens on May 5, 2015
Genre: Fantasy, New Adult, Romance
Source: ARC From Publisher
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.
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!
It was so easy to fall in love with A Court of Thorns and Roses! It was an insanely quick and easy book to read, despite being 432 pages. I read it in one sitting and the time flew right by!
A Court of Thorns and Roses felt like something refreshing and new, but at the same time, it was also so clearly a Sarah J. Maas book. It has a different tone and story than Throne of Glass, but I still think it was pretty easy to see Sarah’s voice and style in the book. It almost made me feel like I was reading (and loving) Throne of Glass all over again. The stories are totally different, but I just felt right at home with Sarah’s writing and epic storytelling.
I absolutely ADORED the faerie lore, politics, and history. Sarah J. Maas has created another freaking EPIC world and the fact that it tied into Beauty and the Beast just made it even better.
A fantastic touch of new adult!
What’s this? A fantasy new adult book? HELL YEAH!!
One of my favourite parts about A Court of Thorns and Roses was the new adult vibe. It didn’t feel like young adult, which was kind of refreshing for me. At the beginning, Feyre describes her “friends with benefits”-esque relationship with another guy in her village, and then later on we actually get a few hot-n-heavy scenes. Plus the tone of the book just felt more mature than your typical YA.
AND OF COURSE WE HAS SWOONY BOYS!!!
Tamlin was a HOOOOTTIIEEEE!! He was a perfect representation of “the beast”. I loved how he had the different sides to him: the powerful, dark, and dangerous warrior; and the sweet, gentle, sincere faerie. But I really appreciated how even when we saw his powerful/dark side, he wasn’t an asshole. He was still a nice guy.. just with a bit of an edge.
His romance with Feyre slowly developed over the course of the book until it became this hot, passionate piece of DELICIOUSNESS! Their chemistry was over the top delish *_*
A few minor complaints
Sadly, I didn’t think this book was quite perfect. But my complaints are pretty minor:
- Feyre had a few annoying moments. She had a stupid habit of doing things she was told not to do. For instance, Tamlin would say, “It’s going to be really dangerous tonight. Please stay in your room until dawn. I don’t want you to get hurt.” Then, naturally, she’d leave her room, get into trouble/danger and require saving. This happened multiple times and it started to annoy me… Especially because Tamlin always had a good reason for saying these things; it’s not like he was just trying to control her.
- There were a few long periods of time where nothing was really happening. Feyre was just wandering the grounds or exploring the manor. To be fair, I wouldn’t say I was bored during these periods, it just wasn’t exactly “action packed” or “edge of your seat”. I still enjoyed reading the book, it just wasn’t super gripping during those parts.
- I though the ending was a bit rushed. View Spoiler » [The queen died in like three seconds. I feel like after all that build up maybe there should have been more of a fight. I understand WHY she died so easily/quickly, but it still made it feel anti-climactic. Then when Feyre was turned into a faerie I felt like she didn’t react AT ALL. Her whole being had changed… she became an immortal, for heaven’s sake! And yet she just kind of sat there so calm and collected, like, “Yeah, I’m immortal now. No biggie.” I don’t feel like she was affected by the change at all, but she should have been. « Hide Spoiler]
I’m so ready to dig into this new series! I’m DEVASTATED that I don’t have the whole thing in front of me to binge read. I feel like this is exactly the kind of series you’d want to read straight through. Everything felt so real and vivid; I could have slipped into this universe without even realizing.