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A Court of Thorns and Roses Hardcover – May 5, 2015
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Gr 9 Up—When 19-year-old Feyre kills a wolf in the barren woods near her home in Prythian, she thinks it might be enough to help her family survive another long winter. Instead, a monstrous creature soon comes to the cottage, accusing Feyre of murder and demanding she return with him to the Fae realm as payment for the life she took. Feyre finds herself held on a lavish estate belonging to an elite Fae creature known as Tamlin. Over the course of her captivity, Feyre soon learns that life in the Fae realm can be as much of an opportunity as a punishment. When her feelings for Tamlin shift from loathing to lust, Feyre also realizes little will be able to keep them apart—not even the threat of evil lurking on the borders of the estate. Something that has cursed Tamlin for centuries may destroy him and his realm if Feyre can't find a way to stop it. Maas follows up her "Throne of Glass" novels (Bloomsbury) with this series opener. Readers will find the author's trademark blend of action, romance, and witty banter as well as a sexier, edgier tone. This retelling of "Beauty and the Beast" and "Tam Lin" (with elements from ancient Greek mythology thrown in) has a strong focus on Feyre's physical attraction to Tamlin, but characters lacking in dimension detract from Feyre's strengths as a capable but rash heroine. Uneven pacing includes a slow start followed by a game-changing information dump, and then a more action- and less romance-filled second half. VERDICT A weak fantasy with strong romance elements. Good for fans of Maas's previous books looking for a more mature read.—Emma Carbone, Brooklyn Public Library
“A gorgeously written tale as lush and romantic as it is ferocious. Absolutely spellbinding.” ―Alexandra Bracken, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author
“Simply dazzles. . . . the clamor for a sequel will be deafening. . . . Maas' Throne of Glass series has been a smash hit. . . this new series is primed to follow in its footsteps.” ―starred review, Booklist
“Readers will find the author's trademark blend of action, romance, and witty banter as well as a sexier, edgier tone.” ―School Library Journal
“Sarah J. Maas delivers what may be her best work to date. . . . Enchanting, spellbinding and imaginative. . . . The world-building is stellar, as only Maas can imagine it.” ―USA Today Happy Ever After
“Suspense, romance, intrigue and action. This is not a book to be missed!” ―The Huffington Post
“[T]he sexual tension and deadly action are well-supported by Maas' expertly drawn, multidimensional characters and their nuanced interpersonal dynamics. . . . Sexy and romantic.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“Elements from 'Beauty and the Beast,' 'East o' the Sun, West o' the Moon,' the myth of Persephone, and the legend of Tamlin are seamlessly interwoven with clever allusions, while the faerie world is resplendent in its initial beauty and then horrific in the brutality Feyre later encounters.” ―BCCB
“A dazzling world, complex characters and sizzling romance. Feyre is a charming heroine with a perfect amount of flaws and strengths, and her chemistry with Tamlin is wonderfully tangible.” ―Top Pick, RT Book Reviews
“A well-developed world. . . . [Feyre's] grit and boundless loyalty demand that her foes--and readers--sit up and pay attention.” ―Publishers Weekly
“I was afraid to put the book down!” ―Tamora Pierce, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author, on HEIR OF FIRE
“The pages fly by.” ―Booklist on HEIR OF FIRE
“Will leave readers ravenous for more.” ―Kirkus Reviews on HEIR OF FIRE
“Readers will devour Maas's latest entry . . . A must-purchase.” ―School Library Journal on HEIR OF FIRE
“An epic fantasy readers will immerse themselves in and never want to leave.” ―starred review, Kirkus Reviews on CROWN OF MIDNIGHT
“Series fans . . . will be thrilled by the prospect of deepening adventures in the next volume.” ―Booklist on CROWN OF MIDNIGHT
“A thrilling read.” ―starred review, Publishers Weekly on THRONE OF GLASS
“A must-read for lovers of epic fantasy and fairy tales.” ―USA Today Happy Ever After on THRONE OF GLASS
“Fans of Tamora Pierce and George R.R. Martin, pick up this book!” ―RT Book Reviews on THRONE OF GLASS
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Sarah J. Maas takes us on a journey between human and faerie. Feyre is a human who must take care of her family. Little did she know one hunting trip would change her life forever. After killing a wolf she has been taken by a faerie. Forced to live with Tamlin, she soon realizes she is falling for him.
I absolutely loved Tamlin and Feyre together!!! There was something so magical (pun not intended) about the two of them together. Reading their journey and the lengths Feyre went through for Tamlin was beautiful.
The first half was a little slow, but the second half definitely made up for that. By the time it was over I wanted to jump right into A Court of Mist and Fury.
I will say this, because I know so many people that have already read both, A Court of Thorns and Rose and A Court of Mist and Fury. I've been told I will fall in love with Rhysand. I am trying to be open minded, but we shall see because I loved Tamlin and Feyre so much together.
Once again Sarah J. Maas builds another awesome world without the descriptions being too cumbersome. It is a retelling of three fairy-tales/folk tales: Beauty and the Beast; Tamlin (which is a Scottish ballad, I think); and East f the Sun, West of the Moon. It takes place in a world where both fae and humans live, except they live in different areas and the humans hate the fae. The main character Feyre kills a wolf, which happened to be one of the fae and as a result she has to go live among them as punishment. However, she soon discovers that not everything that she was told about the faerie world is necessarily true, as she lives in the house of one of the High Fae, Tamlin.
As I mentioned before, the world-building in this book is great, and I also appreciate how there is a map of this world at the beginning of the novel so that readers can see the various places where the novel takes place.
So much happens in this book, however it does start off kind of slow. The plot takes so many twists and turns I wasn't expecting, especially in the last 150-200 pages which was really unexpected. There is of course romance, however it isn't really insta-love, which is common in most books. The romance develops over the course of most of the novel. I cannot say anything more about it because otherwise it might spoil some other plot points.
The characters were really enjoyable, except Rhysand, who is introduced later on in the novel, and of course the other villains. I enjoyed seeing how Feyre develops throughout the novel, especially in her relationship with her family and her relationship with Tamlin. Lucian was also a pretty cool character, even though he came across as a jerk most of the time, it was still enjoyable to his development as a character.
I really need to read A Court of Mist and Fury (the sequel), but I don't know if I could wait a whole year for the third book to come out if I really like it. But I am planning on reading it soon-ish.
I am giving this book 4/5 Stars because there was great world-building and character development and I didn't want it to end. However, the several steamy scenes made me feel a bit uncomfortable and didn't really seem necessary.
So when I got the urge to read a Sarah J. Maas book, I decided this book was a better choice than Throne of Glass. After all, it's around the 6/7 book she's published, so she had to have her craft down. Well, I ordered this book, read it over a period of three days (which is long for me; during the summer, I tend to read a book every 1-2 days), & I loved it.
To say the least.
Maas has created a completely original world of mortals & immortals. I don't have much experience with faeries, so this book's canon was completely new to me. In this book, faeries can lie & iron doesn't burn them. Now, I thought the iron thing was true after watching Maleficent (wonderful movie, but the way), but in this book it isn't. In fact, the faeries are separate from the mortals and their own caste system.
This book showcases a stable cast of characters. First, we have Feyre. She's stubborn, loving, brutish, & sincere. She annoyed me at times, but overall I loved her; she's the kind of heroine I can truly root for. Second, we have Tamlin. He's the typical, brooding angry love-interest set on being alone forever. He felt flat to me, but I didn't hate him. Next, we have Lucien; Tamlin's friend. He was an okay character, he was something to keep the action-moving, but I won't miss him if he's not in the next book. The other cast of characters are moderately to very fleshed out; though, Amarantha seemed flat, which was a letdown seeing as she was supposed to be so scary.
Now, I will say this book's plot structure is unusual. We get a lot of ups and downs in this book; numerous red herrings, & a few bait 'n switches. Somehow I managed those things & still managed to love this book, but if an uneven plot grinds your gears, you may want to gird yourself before reading.
& now we have to talk about this book's sensuality. Man oh man, was this book very descriptive when it came to acts of a sexual nature! I mean, it was by no means graphic or lewd; it was very tasteful, but this is my second time reading an Upper YA book with such clear depictions of amorous...undertakings! I think it works well in this book, seeing as Feyre is 19 & not underage, but it did catch me off guard. If you're a prude, want "clean" books, or tend to avoid steamy romance, this book may offend you (but you will continue reading...).