- Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses (Book 1)
- Hardcover: 432 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens; 1st edition (May 5, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1619634449
- ISBN-13: 978-1619634442
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.6 x 9.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2,844 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,842 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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People... I'm a mom, I have a life, and NO time to read. I read this series in under 5 days.
I honestly thought, just from reading reviews and plot lines that this was just another supernatural series, destined to not live up to it's great predecessors of supernatural series greatness. I even waited to read this after I bought it. I was SO wrong with my initial thinking.
I fell into this series.. into the words. The characters. The plot. Everything about this book had me so enveloped into the story and world. I just completed the third book, and I am re-reading this first one again because I do not want to escape the magic of the world Sarah J. Maas has thrown me head-first into. I could not stop reading until I finished the last book and I still beg for more, as any good series would leave you wanting.
Read this book if you... Want to find yourself 6 hours later, finished with a book and buying the second one immediately following finishing the first; need a good romance novel; want to lose yourself in an amazing series; love books that leave you weak in the knees, crying uncontrollably, breathless, or so excited you're hurling your fist in the air without realizing (yes, my husband was REALLY confused)..; enjoyed Harry Potter, or Twilight, or Pride and Prejudice, Romeo and Juliet, Hunger Games, The Alchemist, The Magicians, The Goldfinch... or etc.etc.etc... ; want to read something that you will remember forever.... THIS is the book, and series, you should read.
This book was so much frickin' fun. Seriously so good, I couldn't put this book down. I think one of the reason it got some low ratings is because it is a romance book with a side of fantasy and perhaps some people were expecting the reverse? Since this is a re-telling of Beauty and The Beast I expected a romance and enjoyed it a lot. I am fine with the entire novel being one big slow burn with a side helping of epic fantasy.
I thought that the author found a great balance of old and new in this fairytale ,and some parts were very original. The ending was admittedly a bit unrealistic and predictable (not just the parts that's aligned with the original tale), so this book is probably a 4/5, however I loved this so much and had such a blast reading this that I'm going to give it 5/5.
I can't wait to read the next book, so much so that a cheapskate like me might actually buy it at the inflated Canadian Kindle price rather than wait for it to eventually end up as a daily deal! (This is saying something since Netgalley has made me really cheap about buying books)
Sorry this review didn't really talk about the book much and was just a rambling, fangirling mess, but I warned you :P
This is not YA…is it? It can’t be…. really? I think it has got to go under the NA (New Adult-ranges from ages 19+ or “college age”) category now. Because I would NOT let a younger teenager read this.
Okay I bought this because it’s a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, I mean who wouldn’t! Sarah J. Maas is an EXCELLENT writer. And the retelling was amazing. I will honestly say I thought it resembled Juliet Marillier’s version of Beauty and the Beast, at certain parts but IT’S NOT.
Feyre fights for the survival of her family; after being left destitute due to her father’s bad business dealings and debts-Feyre hunts for food and sells what she can for whatever else they need to survive. The dynamics of the family was great and goes along with the oldest stories I’ve read of Beauty and the Beast. Feyre made a promise to her dying mother to take care of the family, which has kept Feyre going all these years. She is a surviver, she taught her self how to shoot, how to skin hides, and she does this solely for the purpose of her promise to her dying mother.
When Feyre kills a wolf, a HUGE beast/wolf/bear/creature comes for retribution for that kill. Feyre agrees to go with this creature and live in the dreaded faerie lands with no chance of every going home and seeing her family again.
I enjoyed the faerie aspect of this story as I feel it stays true to the original idea that faeries aren’t to be trusted. I loved every aspect of the faerie world and all that came with it.
I enjoyed the mystery behind what’s killing or taking over the faerie world and the concept behind and involving the faerie world and how it affects the human world. It was amazing and extremely well written.
The romance was awesome in the aspect of a GOOD MAN! I am tired of seeing these girls fall for the “bad guys” and somehow “change” these guys. It’s unrealistic but you can have a brooding character who underneath is gentle, good, and kind and I loved that about Tamlin.
I loved Tamlin’s character for all the reasons written above. Plus the fact that he was willing to do whatever it takes for the good of his estate and the people on there. He was good man. I liked him.
Overall the story was phenomenal and amazing. However the reason why I could not recommend this to younger audiences is the fact that there is a graphic sex scene. Now, it does NOT go on for pages on end or chapters but it’s graphic enough that I would not recommend this to younger audiences. I am disappointed that if this book is considered YA that it would be so graphic.
Sexual Content: heavy (as mentioned above)
Drugs/Alcohol: mild/moderate (faerie parties and drinking)
*for those sensitive to that kind of content I would recommend you “OBTAIN” the book before buying it*
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This was a very lovely retelling of Beauty and the Beast and contained many elements from the original story.Read more