A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)by Sarah J. Maas Published 05 May 2015
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Feyre is a huntress.
She thinks nothing of slaughtering a wolf to capture its prey. But, like all mortals, she fears what lingers mercilessly beyond the forest. And she will learn that taking the life of a magical creature comes at a high price...
Imprisoned in an enchanted court in her enemy's kingdom, Feyre is free to roam but forbidden to escape. Her captor's body bears the scars of fighting, and his face is always masked - but his piercing stare draws her ever closer. As Feyre's feeling for Tamlin begin to burn through every warning she's been told about his kind, an ancient, wicked shadow grows.
Feyre must find a way to break a spell, or lose her heart forever.
"A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)" Reviews
INITIAL REACTION: WILL UPDATE WITH REVIEW LATER BUT KNOW I LOVED THIS. IT KILLED ME AND BROUGHT ME BACK TO LIFE Y'ALL.
A REVIEW IN GIFs :
Me when I received the book:
When I started reading:
When Feyre was introduced:
When Tamlin as introduced:
LITERALLY ME WHENEVER THEY SPOKE TO/LOOKED AT EACH OTHER:
THE PLOT WAS BASICALLY EVERYTHING I WANTED IT WAS...
THEN THERE'S CHAPTER 27!!! AND I DIED SEVERAL TIMES
(more like get off my SHIP, am I right??)
Feyre's character development was ON POINT:
BASICALLY THIS WAS ME AFTER READING IT:
2 1/2 stars. Maybe my rating comes as a surprise or even - if you care - a disappointment, but let me assure you: no one is more surprised or disappointed than I am.
I've had this book on my TBR ever since it appeared on Goodreads without a title, cover or description. I started reading it as soon as it became available and the array of positive reviews from my friends and strangers alike made me feel sure I would love it. But I didn't. It is possible I expected all the wrong things from A Court of Thorns and Roses, and maybe my review can prevent others from doing the same.
Here's what I expected: an intricate fantasy world, supernatural politics and alliances, fast-paced action, a sensual romance - perhaps similar to Cruel Beauty and other Beauty and the Beast retellings, and a flawed but likable heroine.
But this book is, if you ask me, nothing more or less than softcore erotica. Which is fine, if that's what you're looking for.
I personally thought that the fantasy aspect felt like trimmings around a story that was all about a romance between Feyre (the narrator) and Tamlin (a High Lord of the Fae). There are some titillating scenes where Tamlin bites Feyre's neck and they have sex - undoubtedly the best bits of the book and I won't pretend I didn't feel a little hot under the collar myself. But the "ancient wicked shadow" promised in the blurb is only really a source of more romantic angst for Feyre and Tamlin.
However, I *do* like a good romance as much as anyone, so there are other reasons this book didn't quite work for me. In order to express what I mean, I'm going to compare A Court of Thorns and Roses to Cruel Beauty, which is, in my opinion, a better book.
In CB, I felt the chemistry between Nyx and Ignifex as soon as their loaded banter started to fill the pages. They were sexy together, Ignifex was an evil ruler (which was a real problem for their relationship) with blood-red eyes, and the supernatural part of the book was creepy, weird and completely unique. Despite enjoying the actual non-PG scenes in A Court of Thorns and Roses, I never felt any real chemistry between Feyre and Tamlin or any realistic challenge to their relationship.
What makes Beauty and the Beast such a compelling romance? One that demands to be told over and over again in so many different ways? I'll tell you what it is: it's the obstacles, the challenges, the improbability... how can a young woman come to love an ugly beast? We ask. I'll prove it's possible! The author replies. That's why readers fall in love with the beast again and again, even when he is furry and has horns like the Disney version. I loved the Disney beast. [spoilers removed]
Tamlin is not a beast.
“Even as he bit out the words, I couldn’t ignore the sheer male beauty of that strong jaw, the richness of his golden-tan skin.”
Oh my, how could a poor young woman ever love a pretty-faced, golden-haired, completely not evil Fae prince? How weird.
Maas is a good writer and the beginning - before Feyre is taken to the Fae world - made me believe a great book was on the way. When Maas writes action, she writes action really well. But there was far too little of it in this book. It came in behind the descriptions of beautiful Fae men and the Fae palace.
In short: It just wasn't nasty enough. In truth, this felt more like an extended Cinderella retelling than what it was supposed to be. A girl lives in poverty and looks after her rather annoying sisters until one day she is swept up by a prince who takes her to his beautiful palace (after about three chapters). I just find it hard to recommend this when I think Cruel Beauty is similar and yet so much better.
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This book is the result of Bella Swan being thrown into a fantasy world and trying to be Katniss Everdeen. She did not succeed.
OK MORE REVIEW:
I genuinely really enjoyed some aspects of this book, but I couldn't stand Feyre, or Tamlin... or anybody really, except for Lucien. I feel like Lucien was the only character who had an interesting back story, and he was just a much better presence than either of the main characters.
BUT THE INSTALOVE. THE INSTALOVE, GUYS. IT KILLS ME. Also verrrrry problematic scenes, like when it was Feyre's fault for almost getting raped? can you not? "GO BACK TO YOUR ROOM FEYRE BEFORE I DO SOMETHING BAD TO YOU" wow whoa really not cool.
On top of all that, I just found the plot to be incredibly boring. I started getting interested around the 200-page mark, but then it all just went back to being uninteresting again. I know in a status update I said that the book was slow, but what I should have said is that it was boring, because there is a huge difference. A book can be fast-paced and still be boring, and vice versa. I LOVE SLOW-PACED BOOKS. Have you seen how much I loved The Name of the Wind and the Game of Thrones books? THOSE ARE SLOW. BUT NOT BORING. THIS WAS BORING.
That's how I felt anyway, it's my opinion. If you weren't bored by this book, that's awesome. However, I will never lie to you about my opinion. So here we are.
4.5 stars Tamlin is going to set your loins aflame. Phew! My cheeks are still flushed.
I'm also fairly confident this book is going to help change the face of new adult fiction. How awesome to see gifted writers shaping non-contemporary stories that have the coming of age/youthful perspective and vibe of YA books and combine that with the freedom that writing for an older target audience affords them. If you liked the mood and romance of (the excellent) CRUEL BEAUTY but perhaps mourned the missed opportunities of such a seductive premise, ACOTAR more than satisfies. [spoilers removed]
Plus stunning action and gorgeous imagery and interesting characters, including a fascinating anti-hero I'm looking forward to learning more about. Serious Darkling vibes, my friends.
Maybe more of a review closer to release. If I can calm my racing pulse before then.
SPOILER FREE REVIEW: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Psls2...
*Reread April 2016
Took me centuries to reread this but it was worth it!
THIS WAS FABULOUS
s j maas can do no wrong i swear to god
wow. Just wow. Sarah has done it again! This book was amazing! The romance was borderline new adult which I loved but it was also greatly paced. The plot was so well thought out and executed as well. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES!