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March 6, 2016

Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

 

Review:  A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

A thrilling, seductive new series from New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas, blending Beauty and the Beast with faerie lore.

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!

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A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Published by: Bloomsbury  on May 5, 2015
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #1

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Gabby-2013Ever since I read Throne of Glass I’ve been dying to read more from Sarah J. Maas. Though I’ve been meaning to pick up the rest of the Throne of Glass novels, I’ve been seeing her novel A Court of Thorns and Roses popping up all over the internet and couldn’t resist giving it a read. I will say that I was blown away by the story that Maas weaves into A Court of Thorns and Roses’ pages. It’s an epic story that readers won’t soon forget and will leave them breathless in anticipation of the next novel in the series.

              Having been hunting in order to provide for her family for years now, Feyre knows to avoid the wall that divides the human world and that of the faeries. When Feyre kills a wolf while hunting, she’s forced to leave her family behind and enter the faerie realm as penance for the murder. Feyre’s captor, Tamlin, is an immortal, god-like faerie lord who offers her a place to live within his estate. Eventually working past her initial hatred of him and his kind, Feyre soon learns to become allies with Tamlin, and delves deep into the world of the faeries. Then, she discovers that there’s a dark threat looming over the land— one that threatens both the humans and the faeries. Desperate to protect her family and Tamlin, Feyre must work to stop the ensuing darkness, even if it costs her her life.

               Initially, I wasn’t blown away by A Court of Thorns and Roses. The first quarter of the novel felt a lot like watching Feyre adjust to her new life within the faerie court and, at the time, I couldn’t bring myself to like her character or the characters around her. However, I overcame this about a quarter of the way into the novel. The slow-burn romance between Feyre and Tamlin is one that I quickly became invested in because if there is one thing that I love more than well-written romances, it’s Beauty-and-the-Beast-esque romance that burns so freaking slowly.

              The relationship between Tamlin and Feyre is one of the major focuses of the novel and is breathtaking. Everything about the two characters sparks with attraction and chemistry. The slow-burn romance between Feyre and Tamlin is also incredibly seductive. It’s impossible not to be dragged deep into the novel, eager to see more develop between the two characters.

              Beyond this, there are so many secondary characters in the novel who are well-written and add to the plot. Characters like Rhysand and Lucien, specifically, push the plot forward and aid Feyre and Tamlin in their respective journeys. Plus, the hidden antagonist of the entire novel is a total badass who sent shivers down my spine.

              The structure for A Court of Thorns and Roses in terms of plot was interesting. It felt like every quarter of the novel was something new. The last quarter of the novel, was by far the biggest shift in the story. I can’t say too much because of spoilers, but readers who have read the novel know that when Feyre finally confronts the big-bad the novel takes a turn in a direction that is very unexpected considering everything we’ve read thus far in the story.  I’m definitely not complaining— it helped contribute to how awesome the story was.

              I would recommend A Court of Thorns and Roses to readers who are fans of Sarah J. Maas. Readers who are looking for a beautifully written novel that goes from romance to action in no time at all should give it a read. Readers who want a novel with a male love interest who is incredibly sexy should also give A Court of Thorns and Roses a read. Readers who are also fans of the faerie genre should give it a go.

 

About Sarah J. Maas

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Sarah J. Maas is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series (Queen of Shadows, Book 4, will be out in September 2015), as well as the A Court of Thorns and Roses series (out 5/5/15).

Sarah lives in Bucks County, PA, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much tea, and watches an ungodly amount of TV. When she's not busy writing, she can be found exploring the historic and beautiful Pennsylvania countryside with her husband and canine companion.

 

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  1. Mandy Sickle
    3/6/2016

    Great review!!! I love this book one of my favorites of 2015!!!

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