A Court of Thorns and Roses
Author: Sarah Maas
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #1
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Fantasy, Retelling
Release Date: May 5, 2015
Now she must pay with her heart.
Lose yourself in the seductive and breathtaking new series from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Sarah J. Maas.
When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution. 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 over the faerie lands is growing, 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!
First Sentence: The forest had become a labyrinth of snow and ice.
I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for a honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.
My whole body literally shook when I saw a Bloomsbury package in my mailbox. Never mind that I was in the middle of an important school assignment, never mind that I have a friend in the other room currently waiting for me – I immediately teared open the package and proceeded to jump up and down and scream, scaring everyone in my house because hello, it was A Court of Thorns and Roses so how could you not? I proceeded to stroke A Court of Thorns and Roses for awhile to the amusement of my friend (thank goodness she sort of understands my weirdness) and couldn’t wait until finals were over so I could finally sit down to read the beauty.
“MURDERERS!” the beast roared again, hackles raised.
I snatched another dinner knife off the table, the best I could do unless I found a way to get to the quiver. “Get out,” I snapped at the creature, brandishing the knives before me. (ARC 34)
A little less than the first half of A Court of Thorns and Roses was sadly slow for me. I understand why it’s slow – to develop the relationships between the different characters and to introduce us to the world of the Fae – but the beginning half of A Court of Thorns and Roses was nevertheless slow. It did eventually slowly pick up for me at around page one hundred and thirty, but it didn’t really reach a decent pacing until around page one hundred and sixty. From then on, A Court of Thorns and Roses had a decent pace.
The second half of A Court of Thorns and Roses was really intense. Like, it was so intense that I didn’t want to read on in fear of what would happen next. I had to put the book down awhile, tell myself that hey, since Feyre is the main character, nothing really life threatening will happen to her right? I mean, how would we have a story then? I had to take deep breaths and keep myself reading on, hoping that I was right.
“How old are you, anyway?”
Lucien tsked. “So young, and so grave! And a skilled killer already!” (ARC 79)
As for the promised hot fae men, I sadly didn’t fangirl or swoon over any of them. It seems like there’s a pattern here: I never swooned over Chaol or Dorian in Sarah J. Maas’ debut novel, Throne of Glass, and now I didn’t swoon over any of the hot fae men in A Court of Thorns and Roses. Hopefully that will change in book two because I do want a favorite guy.
For people who were looking forward to reading A Court of Thorns and Roses because it’s a Beauty and the Beast retelling, I can tell you that on that aspect, it definitely doesn’t disappoint. There are a lot of parallels between A Court of Thorns and Roses and Beauty and the Beast – being taken away to a whole another place, eventually returning home, and let’s not forget about all the dancing.
Overall, I’m extremely conflicted about how I feel about A Court of Thorns and Roses. A Court of Thorns and Roses had a slow beginning, but it does pick up eventually. I can’t forget how I was a little bored with the slow beginning though. Before I even started reading A Court of Thorns and Roses, I heard that A Court of Thorns and Roses was better than Throne of Glass, but that sadly wasn’t the case for me. So yeah, I’m still extremely conflicted about how I feel about A Court of Thorns and Roses to this day.