A Court of Thorns and Roses (Sarah J. Maas)

>>>>  Nº 6 on My 2015 Reading Challenge – A book written by someone under 30 <<<<

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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.

The first thing you should know about A Court of Thorns and Roses is that it is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast.

It follows Feyre, once rich and part of a good family, but after her father has lost their fortune, she (the youngest of 3 sisters) has to protect them and hunt to keep food on their table. Her land was once rules by Fae, but there was a revolution and as a response the land was divided into human and Fae territories, which neither is supposed to enter the other. One day, while hunting, Feyre kills what she thinks is a wolf, only to latter find out that she actually killed a fairy and as payment, a high Fae, Tamlin, takes her to live in Prythian, in his Spring Court, forever.

**** WARNING – THERE WILL BE MAJOR SPOILERS ****

Since I told you that this is a Beauty and the Beast retelling, you can guess what happens next, right? Feyre spends some time trying to get away, but she slowly but surely falls for Tamlin (who wouldn’t). This get complicated then, there’s a great darkness over the fairy lands, a Faerie Queen that rules all the lords through magic, and in order to protect Feyre, Tamlin sends her back home…

That doesn’t last long… after Feyre has gained some senses – it only takes way too long – she goes back, only to be captured and presented to the Queen, and then she has to go through a series of trials in order to free herself and her loved ones.

There are a few twists along the way, and be warned, Fairies can LIE!

I really loved this book. SO SO SO MUCH!

  • I thought the World building was pretty great and I can’t wait to see more of it, mainly all the other courts in Prythian.
  • I’m quite intrigued about Rhysand. As of now, I don’t ship him with Feyre, though I have to agree that the last scene hinted to some higher connections between them. I can’t wait to read about that one week a month that she’ll be spending at his court… forever!
  • I love Lucien. He might be my favorite character of all!!! He’s so snarky, I love him.
  • This book is HOT! Be warned, do not read this in public. I’m serious. From that corridor scene between Tamlin and Feyre, to the hot rendez-vous behind the throne… I mean… Tamlin… wow!
  • At first I really hated Feyre’s family, I mean, she’s the baby and she’s supposed to provide for everyone. But then Nesta really surprised me and I can’t wait to see more of her.
  • Amarantha’s back story was amazing, but I wasn’t sad to see her go…
  • Tamlin is so off his game that it’s hilarious!

“You look . . . better than before.”
Was that a compliment? I could have sworn Lucien gave Tamlin an encouraging nod.
“And you hair is . . . clean.” 

I mean… poor baby… yes, honey, her hair is clean, but don’t worry, you’ll get there… and everywhere else…

  • I was really glad that Feyre got turned into Fae, though I honestly don’t know how she’ll be able to live with what she has done. That last task was brutal. I had my heart clenched the whole time. For a moment I thought that the last person would be Lucien, because let’s face it, Amarantha liked to torture Lucien, but when it turned out to be Tamlin, my heart broke.
  • And now that she’s got a long time to live and doesn’t have to worry about finding food, will Feyre finally learn how to read?

Rating: 4.6 Stars

4-5

31 thoughts on “A Court of Thorns and Roses (Sarah J. Maas)

  1. Analee @ Book Snacks says:

    I totally agree!!! I absolutely loved this book! And I don’t ship Feyre with Rhysand either, it just wouldn’t make sense, after what happened in the first book and all. But Rhysand is such an interesting character! I love him. ❤

    • MyTinyObsessions says:

      but you have to admit, that thing when she sees herself through his eyes is kind of weird… I want to see more of him, but I love Tamlin so much, I don’t want her to break his heart…

  2. ravenblake99 says:

    It’s really a fantastic book.I don’t how it’s sequel gonna turn out I mean the curse has been lifted so what’s the next sequel gonna be maybe it’ll be another fairy tale with another female protagonist.*sigh* so many possibilities I don’t know how I could survive with this mystery.Great Review BTW 🙂

    • MyTinyObsessions says:

      it will be based on another fairy tale, but I think we’ll stick with this storyline. If I could bet, I think it will probably involve the Fae King in the other country, who Amarantha served before she went totally crazy. It will probably expand the courts in Prythian.

          • MyTinyObsessions says:

            you think? he was so controlled during the 3 months of the trials, watching them together every night, knowing that she belonged to him (at least in a small part)…

          • ravenblake99 says:

            Rhysand isn’t strong enough to kill the queen but Tamlin is so I think Tamlin is stronger than Rhysand and I don’t want Tamlin to mess up his beautiful face either.I like both Tamlin and Rhysand so it was pretty much hard for me to decide who to root for. 🙂

          • MyTinyObsessions says:

            he was strong enough because of Feyre. She made a deal to free all of the spring court people, so when she was done, Tamlin was free and strong enough. None of the others from the other courts were free until Amarantha was dead…

            But yes, no messing Tamlin’s face, we went a whole book not “seeing” it…

  3. Dani W says:

    This was such a great review! I still need to get round to reviewing ACOTAR, but I’ve struggled because I can’t put my love into words!

    Rhysand was an interesting one for me. I totally want Tamlin and Feyre to be together forever and ever, but Rhysand started to get intriguing along the way, and then that last scene with him totally tripped me up. I can’t stand having to wait to find out why! I think I might be developing a weird crush on him, but I still think he and Feyre don’t belong together.

    Wasn’t the world-building phenomenal?! The history of the world and specifically Amarantha was so well-developed and cool!

    OK, really need to write my own review…

    • MyTinyObsessions says:

      YES! The world is beautiful and so well done! I loved it so so much, and I can’t believe either that we have to wait a year for the sequel… it’s just not fair!

      I’m with you, I want Feyre and Tamlin, but damn it, Rhysand is so interesting! I really like how that just creeps up on you, it starts slowly and when you realize there’s this amazing character that you just don’t know how to feel about…

      get on writing 😉

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