A Court Of Thorns And Roses by Sarah J. MaasA Court Of Thorns And Roses by Sarah J. Maas

A Court Of Thorns And Roses

bySarah J. Maas

Hardcover | April 28, 2017

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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!

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 over the faerie lands is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin--and his world--forever.

Sarah J. Maas is the #1 New York Times and internationally bestselling author of the Court of Thorns and Roses series, as well as the Throne of Glass series. Her books are published in over thirty-six languages. A New York native, Sarah lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and dog.www.worldofsarahjmaas.comwww.facebook.com/theworldofs...
Title:A Court Of Thorns And RosesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:432 pages, 9.55 × 6.43 × 1.57 inPublished:April 28, 2017Publisher:Bloomsbury USALanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1619634449

ISBN - 13:9781619634442


Rated 2 out of 5 by from Don't understand all the hype It is just another variation of Beauty and the Beast. The book is dull, boring and generic. The ending of the book dragged on and I was so glad it was over. I was hoping to get into this series and buy the rest of the books but I'm not really interrsted. Total disappointment.
Date published: 2018-11-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED THIS SERIES I bought this book on a recommendation from the cashier cause i wanted to try something new. I loved this books so much I finished the book in two days. Than the rest of the series that week. It's addicting and worth every penny.
Date published: 2018-09-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meh.. (but stick for book 2) I was bored pretty much all of the time; Lucien and Rhysand are the reasons I'm excited for the second book. General thoughts: - Tamlin gave me the creeps. - Maas' antagonists (who are supposed to be intelligent, cunning and merciful) make foolish mistakes and seems to give every tool to help the protagonist defeat them. - The pacing was weird. And why do people click their tongue and purr that much?
Date published: 2018-09-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good This book was really interesting, but the other books in the series are definitely much better. If you didn't like this book that much I recommend sticking with the series and reading the second book.
Date published: 2018-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Love This Book This My Be A Teen Book But It Could Also Be Marketed To Adults As Well.
Date published: 2018-08-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book, Great Series A little bit slow to start, but still good. Worth reading to get to the others in the series. I've recommended it to others who have loved the series as well.
Date published: 2018-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from New favourite I love fairy tale retelling's and adored this book!
Date published: 2018-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Series, worth the read!! The author is really amazing and having already loved her other books I decided to read this series as well. This quickly became my favorite of her books due to its complex and well developed characters and captivating story line. Through the books many important messages about self worth and understanding as well as abusive relationships are semi-consciously explored. I absolutely love the characters and would highly recommend this book.
Date published: 2018-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another Favourite I read this book and loved it. I've recommended it multiple times, and each person loved it (nearly!) as much as I did.
Date published: 2018-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a good book/series!! I am so happy that I finally jumped into this series. It is so good, will not disappoint! It was incredibly hard to put down, but I wanted it to last forever! It was an interesting feel. Not sure what the timeline is supposed to be as it has some aspects of centuries before and some aspects of modern day, but I really liked it. It added to the individuality. Feyre was an interesting character but I loved watching her growth and healing. I was disappointed in Tamlin, and not because of the author, but because of him! Read to find out more! You won'd be disappointed!
Date published: 2018-08-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Must. Read. I really enjoyed this book! So much happens and you're just on the edge of your seat the entire time!
Date published: 2018-08-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good This was pretty good but I don't like feyre so it's hard to enjoy the book.
Date published: 2018-08-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Favourite series A bit of a slow start but it was a wonderful beginning to a new fantasy world. I absolutely love this series and its characters!
Date published: 2018-07-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Neat story I very much enjoyed the story line and fantasy world as well as the endearing twist on the classic tale of beauty and the beast. However I found the writing style a little difficult to get into and also found that the author repeated herself a lot throughout the story which took away some of the enjoyment for me. Overall I will admit that this book was worth the read and the ending is utterly genius and incredible and got me stuck in the series.
Date published: 2018-07-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Captivating A great story which draws you in. Beautiful language, and a strong heroine to boot. Perfect for lovers of Young Adult Fiction.
Date published: 2018-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow! Absolutely lovely book. It had an amazing world with characters who worked perfectly for the story. Would recommend.
Date published: 2018-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved it! OMG. I loved this book, loved it! If you loved this book read the thrid one, A Court of Wings and Ruin. not as good as the first one but it is filled with funny comments from our favorite Lliyrans. #plumreviews
Date published: 2018-07-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Mixed feelings! This is a tough one for me to rate, because spoilers ruined my reading experience for this book. If not for the spoilers, I would have loved it. It's a little hard to say just how much I would have loved it, but I definitely wouldn't have been angry for half of the book like I was. Thinking about it still makes me angry and I finished this book about four hours ago... I loved the world. I loved the characters. Feyra was pretty stupid a lot of the time, but I loved it. I loved the pacing. I loved Tamlin. Tamlin <3 <3 I also really liked Lucien. Lucien was excellent. But the spoiler stuff. Just... no. Made me so angry. I'm so angry. I couldn't enjoy this book the way I was supposed to. Knowing things from future books ruined my experience with some of the characters. I also probably would have read the second book if not for the spoilers (although not right away since this book works well as a stand alone, and there is nothing urging the reader to continue, except to be back in the same world with the same characters again). The ending would have prevented me from rating it 5 stars though, even if I loved it that much without the spoilers. Because it was sooooo dumb. Such a copout. Not a thing. The entire last chapter just had me rolling my eyes so hard it hurt. Like... really? Seriously? ugh. I'm so torn on a rating for this. It's not the author's fault my reading experience was ruined by knowing things ahead of time. It wasn't her intention for readers to know what's going happen in the second book before they read it. But knowing what happens in the second book, I just can't give it more than three stars. It makes me so angry. I would recommend this book as a stand-alone, definitely.
Date published: 2018-06-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Court of Thorn and Roses This book seems separate from the rest of the series. It is good minus Feyre.
Date published: 2018-06-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good fantasy The book has a very interesting premise in a fantastical faerie world and the plot is attention grabbing. The characters are where this book falls a bit flat for me, especially Tamlin, but I think the ending sets up for the second book nicely and I'm interested to see where it leads.
Date published: 2018-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great start to the series! Right from the beginning of this book, it was intriguing and set the tone for a dark and mysterious atmosphere. I can say that there was very few pages that did not have me interested - it was a hard book to put down. I'm hoping the rest of the series is as good as the first book! #plumreview
Date published: 2018-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Amazing Honestly, some people may disagree but this book got me hooked on reading again after almost a year of keeping my books closed. I got it a little over a month ago and it took me less than 3 weeks to complete it and I was hooked and still am, since I'm almost at the end of the second novel. This book has everything from a hatred towards another kind, a different race-love relationship, suspense on what will happen next and so much action packed into every chapter. The story make take a slower start than I would of expected but I would recommend anyone to give this book a try! I would no doubt give this book 5/5 stars.
Date published: 2018-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome One of the best book I've read in a long time. A perfect balance between action, love, hurt and mystery. Can't wait to read the second book! A real promising serie...
Date published: 2018-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourite series! I read this book last year and finally writing a review. I loved this book, one of my favourite series. I can picture myself re-reading this book again and to go back to the characters.
Date published: 2018-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourites! I first read this book when it came out and all I can say is that it had a beautiful storyline and addictive characters! I highly recommend! Keep in mind this series is more along the lines of New Adult rather than Young Adult due to the descriptive sexual scenes (mostly in the sequels).
Date published: 2018-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic I got this as part of a set for my birthday after a reccomendation. The person who reccomended it said that if I liked Harry Potter I would like this. I was skeptical at first, because obviously Harry Potter is in a league of its own, but I’m so glad I gave it a go. It’s hard to explain without giving spoilers so I will just say this; they are vastly different but the author has that same skill to draw you into the story and create a running movie through your mind as you read. I couldn’t put this book down, which hasn’t happened for me in years. I’m almost done the second book and they just keep getting better! If you love fantasy, sexual tension, action, emotional depth... give this series a try!
Date published: 2018-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book was great! I happened to buy this book as an impulse buy a few years ago, but I loved it so much I'm coming back to write this review. The characters are amazing and Maas really makes them come alive - at every twist and turn I felt for the characters. If you haven't already read this book, go do it now!
Date published: 2018-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved !! Borrowed this book from a friend and loved it so much i purchased my own copy and then the entire series so far, great story !
Date published: 2018-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My FAVOURITE Series My dad had to convince me to buy this, but I'm SO SO SO happy I did. This book is magical, and the series just keeps getting better as the books go on!
Date published: 2018-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible series!!! This is such an amazing book, recommended to everybody! Love the characters, and the author is pure brilliance. Can't wait to read her other series!
Date published: 2018-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! I was a bit hesitant to read this series because I was so hooked on Throne of Glass, but it turns out that I was very wrong!! I absolutely love this book and it is totally different than Throne of Glass. You can't even tell that it's been written by the same author. This book is the perfect combination of fantasy, romance, and adventure. It was an amazing read and I couldn't put it down! I also loved how, like Throne of Glass, as a strong female main character. I would 100% read this 100 times!!
Date published: 2018-04-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Book!!! This book was great. One of the best story retellings I've ever read.
Date published: 2018-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Life-changing I've had this series since it came out at the start and it is one of my favorite still to this day; I've read the series probably 15 times. The characters have such a unique personality and they follow such a different story line, Maas has beautiful writing and she brings this series to life. I found that the beginning of the first book was a little slow but it definitely picks up. The second book is hands down my favorite. To anyone sitting on the fence about this, you will not regret it so just buy it!
Date published: 2018-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must Read! It did have a slow to start to the book but you still wanted to know what was to come. Once it got good it was good and you couldn't stop reading it. Took me 4 days to finish so that means i must of liked it.
Date published: 2018-04-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So far so good Literally just started this book and I can tell it'll be a good one!
Date published: 2018-03-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Why didn't I read this earlier I loved the main character and I can't wait to read the next book! #plumreview
Date published: 2018-02-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worth the wait I finally got around to reading this and boy was it worth the wait. I really enjoyed the unpredictability of the characters, and the unconventional nature of Feyre as the female lead. The world building was well executed and the plot twists, though unsurprising, were well executed. The love story was very engaging and steamy as well.
Date published: 2018-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MY NEW FAVOURITE SERIES I absolutely adored this series, I just could not put it down!! I have already recommended all of my book worm friends to read it!!!
Date published: 2018-02-02
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not to My liking I am so sorry, but this story just didn't appeal to me. I feel like the plot dragged on for a really long time and although I do enjoy stories about fae and magic...this book just wasn't for me. I was also frustrated at the main character at times... You can give the book a try if you want..
Date published: 2018-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best book of 2015 I heard so many say that this book was ridiculously slow and that they had trouble getting through it, but I didn't find that at all. And I was never a Maas fan to begin with so there was really nothing enticing me to read this besides it being in a genre I enjoy, so I almost didn't read it. But it was at my library so I figured I would give it a try, and I am so incredibly glad I did. I loved this from the very first chapter. I loved Feyre and the world and the writing. I was not especially impressed with Throne of Glass because I had little interest in the story or characters, and I suppose that distracted me from the writing. I finally see what people were talking about when they said that Sarah J. Maas was a beautiful writer. I have always especially enjoyed stories about the fae, but I especially enjoyed this one because it is the first I have read that was set completely in its own unique world and had no connection to our own. It was not a contemporary fantasy, an urban fantasy, or a secondary-world fantasy. Also it was dark in a way that wasn't simply gritty like Holly Black's stories--it was evil and looming and immersive. I loved that the faeries weren't all stuck at the age of 17. As much as I love Julie Kagawa's Iron Fey, I always found it odd that they all looked like teenagers when they were immortal. Wouldn't they likely prefer to be frozen at the age of approximately 25, not 17? Tamlin, Lucien, and Rhysand were men, not boys. Some have listed this as YA, some as NA, but it felt like an adult romance to me. This is the most similar retelling of Beauty and the Beast to the original story that I am familiar with that I have ever read. Aside from the fact that Tamlin was not stuck in his beastly form the story had all the same important points and was so clearly recognizable, but at the same time was so different, with different stakes. The world was amazing and the threats and accomplishments more impressive. The characters are deep and their loyalties complex. Feyre is one of the strongest heroines I have seen in any genre in a long time, and leagues and leagues better than Celaena. Her love for Tamlin was inspiring, and Rhysand... I haven't found a character that captivating since the Darkling. I cannot wait to find out what will happen next, while Feyre deals with her new life as a fae, her dept to Rhysand, and likely a new threat from the king of Hybern.
Date published: 2018-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing I don't think i could love a book any more than i loved this book, I was really surprised that the other books in the series follow the same characters i thought it wrapped everything up quite well, but i am so glad that they continued with the characters, I was so happy for Feyre and Tamlin when this ended.........that ship sunk quickly
Date published: 2018-01-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 4 stars I had a hard time getting into this book, it had a slow start. Once it got good though, it got really good! I would definitely recommend pushing through the first few chapters as it was quite an enjoyable read after that ;)
Date published: 2018-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Amazing This book was incredible! It has so many genres (i.e. romance, adventure, fantasy...) mixed into one so it caters to anyone! I also loved the main character. It was so refreshing to see a strong female protagonist in a YA novel. I can already tell this series is going to be one of my favourites.
Date published: 2017-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An exceptional book I bought this book when it was on sale a few months ago as a vacation read. I am not going to lie, I did not instantly fall in love. The first few chapters detail the life of Feyre and are quite slow. I had a hard time reading past the first 4-5 chapters, but I am really glad that I stuck with it. Once this book took off, it took off running. It is fast paced, intense and electrifying. I honestly could not put it down. As soon as we got back from vacation, I purchased the next two books in the series. Sarah J. Maas is an exceptional writer and kept me fully enthralled the entire time. I do have to mention though, that this book is not for young children. I would not let my 13-year-old niece read this. I would recommend a reading age of 15+ for this novel due to its graphic nature and scenes of sexuality.
Date published: 2017-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Very Pleasant Surprise! Very pleasantly surprised! I stumbled upon some (very good) fanart of this series and tracked it down from intrigue. I generally give YA fiction a grain of salt and don't expect it to read like adult fiction... more easily-solved problems, less intricate plots and characters with a bit less depth. It's YA fiction, after all - and I'm not saying YA fiction can't be GOOD, not at all (I loves me some Harry Potter, like many in the world). I'm just saying that it wouldn't be YA if it were written for adults. Potential possible spoilers: I've seen a few reviews here complaining for exactly those reasons - that the book indeed tended to be 'too convenient' here and there, and things sometimes just magically worked their way out (and, lo, I'll be honest; I guessed that riddle right off and had to wait another 50 or so pages for Fayre to catch up)... but taken on its own merits, not expecting anything out of it... (I had actually managed to open directly to Sex Scene in book, paging through it when it first arrived, and I snickered at the cheesiness, taken out of context...) ...I've been Very Disappointed by YA fiction I very much wanted to like, of late. This one very much surprised me, and I'm heading off to Amazon to order the next two.
Date published: 2017-12-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this! I was hesitant to start reading this book but once I did I couldn't put it down, I finished it so quickly because I just wanted to know what was coming next. I am so excited for the rest of the series!
Date published: 2017-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exactly What I'd Been Missing THIS BOOK…WAS EXACTLY WHAT I HAD BEEN MISSING IN MY LIFE. Where to even begin? The world building was spectacular. Having grown up reading Robert Jordan, Terry Goodkind, and Terry Brooks, I am not easily impressed by fantastical worlds. Especially for being a YA novel, I commend Maas on creating a world into which I lost myself for about a week. Maas’ descriptions of the world were almost lyrical, and they most definitely cast a spell on me. I found myself walking through the wintery forest of the human realm, and then strolling through lush gardens, dangerous woods, and high-ceilinged and luxurious rooms. As for the characters. My goodness! They are fully rounded out, with their positive attributes, flaws and all. The female lead was relatable, and I felt sorry for her at times, and at others felt that she was really empowered, and motivating. THIS IS DEFINITELY NOT A STORY ABOUT A WEAK FEMALE CHARACTER! Now, regarding the men… The Fae are incredibly gorgeous, and depicted in a manner where you can almost feel them brush up against your arm, as if you can almost smell them. They were quite enjoyable to read about it. But this wasn’t a book where every single male character was unrealistically perfect. No, it is explicated that the High Fae are simply more superior to humans, which then explains their “unnatural” beauty. The human male characters are all described in a very realistic, and human (aka. flawed) manner. And finally, I would like to discuss Sarah J. Maas’ writing. Upon opening this book, I instantly felt that Sarah is not only a born storyteller, but that she is also a great writer. There are some storytellers who have a good story in mind, but simply do not know how to put it on paper. But Maas is not one of them. Throughout the book, Maas was in control of every single character and event in her story. The story flowed perfectly, and I wish that I could forget it all, just so I can read this book and experience it all over again! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS EXCEPTIONALLY-WOVEN STORY OF LOVE, LOYALTY AND MAGIC!
Date published: 2017-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good series! Such a good book series by far one of my favourites!
Date published: 2017-11-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from 2.5 Out Of 5 Stars (Bumped Up To 3) For the sake of this review, I'm giving this book a solid three-star rating, but, given the option to dole out half-star ratings, I'd give this book a 2.5 out of 5 stars. No matter how many times I read it, I can't get over the obvious lack of world-building and the shallow, two-dimensional characters. There is nothing remotely original enough about this book to set it apart from all the other retellings on the market. In my own personal opinion, the only thing that made these books such a huge success was Rhysand. Otherwise: dull, nonsensical descriptions of prancing faeries and a mindless, insta-love romance. Thank God for Rhys.
Date published: 2017-11-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Ending was cliche for me I actually liked how the book started and the pace it took, despite what other reviews say. The climax of the book with the task was the best part for me. But, it was the ending that was a downer, in my case. I bought the first book, but I think I'll read the others from the library to find out what happens.
Date published: 2017-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! It has been a long time since I have been so enchanted by a book. The imagery was amazing. A great read for all ages.
Date published: 2017-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Seriously. Awesome. I was hesitant to read this because it's kinda historical fantasy ( well not strictly historical but there's like swords, no technology etc) BUT then I read it and it was the best decision of my life. Fairies, love, choices, action. Lived up to the hype and exceeded it. I IMMEDIATELY blew through the 2nd and 3rd book after this one. Cannot recommend this enough!
Date published: 2017-11-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice Not a really good start but it gets a lot better towards the end.
Date published: 2017-11-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Its ok The starting of it is really slow but it gets better as it moves on but the other books in these series are better
Date published: 2017-11-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from amazing book I rad this book so quick and I loved it so much that right after finishing it I immediatl bought the rest of the series!!!
Date published: 2017-10-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Deliciously Delightful! I'm probably the lone wolf out here in the world, this was my first Sarah J Maas novel. I know shame on me. Sarah's novels have been on my to read books list for seemingly forever I decided to jump right into A Court Of Thorns and Roses, and I was not disappointed. I'm a sucker for anything Beauty and the Beast. Yes, this re-telling is probably so loosely based there are only brief fragments of the original work seen within this novel. But it got me, and I'm hooked. There were some flaws within this novel -- nothing can be perfect (where would the fun be in that). BUT, I really enjoyed the roller-coaster of a ride this entire novel. I read it in like 1.5 days because I just needed to know. I kid you not when I say this novel is enthralling. It had me up super late at night thinking about these characters. Where I want these characters to do within the next novel, where they will probably go that is going to upset me (in the best way possible). Yes, I'm the type of person when a character is doing something you disagree with you your pairing isn't happening I hate and enjoy it all at the same time. I just love all the feelings that novels can give you. I really enjoy books that have characters with deep and rich backgrounds. Where you can see that character grown and change with every interaction. And I feel like that happens with each character within this novel. Feyre, Tamlin, Lucien and even Rhys. Tamlin...super new favourite. He is so ahh, he just makes me so happy. I love you thorns and all; like common I'm dying now, crying. It's beautiful. Things got pretty steamy in some scenes, which I was expecting a bit but not to this degree and from what I hear it just gets spicier.. totally down for this entire series. I know there are going to be wrenches thrown into the mix in the next installment! I super can't wait! Considering this novel is so popular and has been out for a few years I have managed very well to avoid any sort of spoilers regarding this series ! W00t W00t !! Starting the next installment today after work! But hoping to go to sleep at a decent time tonight. I'll keep you posted!
Date published: 2017-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this!! I was hesitant to give this book a try at first because I figured it was going to be another typical YA novel (just a heads up, do not let your kids read these books). I was delightfully surprised by this book. It was very captivating and written very well in my opinion. 10/10 would recommend if you're a fantasy genre fan. Be prepared to want to read them all!
Date published: 2017-10-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Beauty and the Beast retelling complete with Celtic folklore This book started off a phenomenal series that started off strong and remained engrossing until the end. The story is a loose adaptation of Beauty and the Beast, and follows Feyre as she navigates the mysterious world of the fey after being taken prisoner for killing one of their own. The characters are so well developed that they have their own complexities, and will keep you guessing. Full of romance, adventures and heart pounding suspense, this book is a fantastic read for anyone who enjoys fairytale retellings, Celtic folklore or just a good fantasy story.
Date published: 2017-09-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from In love! This book sucked me in right away, and after that I couldn't stop from reaching for it every chance I got. Excellent read and very captivating
Date published: 2017-09-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from awesome A great fantasy that has you hooked with every page!!!
Date published: 2017-09-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It has to start somewhere..... Ugh. Well it is the beginning. On his own, this book is MEH at best. But since I read the series, I know it is worth it. You just have to get pass those long chapter that goes nowhere for a while. The second half get better, but really the great stuff only start in book two.
Date published: 2017-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Page turner I have not read fantasy like this in a very long time. I don't even remember the last time I was this invested in a book. Sarah J. Maas did a great job with this Beauty and the Beast retelling. You can definitely recognize some parts of the fairytale we all know and love, but the story stands on its own and doesn't rely on the fairytale to go forward. I love how the main character develops through the book and how all the others are introduced.
Date published: 2017-07-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Page turner I have not read fantasy like this in a very long time. I don't even remember the last time I was this invested in a book. Sarah J. Maas did a great job with this Beauty and the Beast retelling. You can definitely recognize some parts of the fairytale we all know and love, but the story stands on its own and doesn't rely on the fairytale to go forward. I love how the main character develops through the book and how all the others are introduced.
Date published: 2017-07-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Slow start but.... Although the starting was slow, the last 100 pages were page turners
Date published: 2017-06-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from pretty good it dragged on a lot but it got much better later. lots of cliches though, still a good read nonetheless
Date published: 2017-06-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable beauty and the beast retelling I picked up the handover of this book for $8 - what a deal! It did come with a small marker dot on the bottom, but other than that, the book is in perfect condition. I am a fan of beauty and the beast retellings, so I did enjoy this book and didn't find it slow or boring to get to the action. The pace does pick up about halfway into the book and from there the suspense really keeps you hooked into the story. It's a good start to a series, but I didn't get the "must continue" feeling I have gotten with other series. It's a series I will keep in mind though for when I'm looking for something else to read. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-05-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The action is slow to come Maybe it's because I've heard of this book for so long and how it was fantastic and how ACOTAR was the best serie in the world, but... I was quit disappointed. I can say that Maas has a really good writing but I found her first book a little boring. Like, there were no big action in the first 150 pages and it was just Feyre discovering the manor and the garden. And when the action came, I feel really happy because I really like this part. But the first 150 pages didnt got me stuck on the book. And I didnt really like how it ends.
Date published: 2017-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awestruct I am not able to describe in words how amazing Sarah J. Maas is... this book is just... wow!
Date published: 2017-05-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from yes if you like sarah j maas, you will love this book.
Date published: 2017-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Was recommended to me I admit- i love these kinds of stories. The start was kind of... doubtful. Reasoning-wise, plot-wise. And it didn't help that I read reviews before reading it. So it kept echoing in my head, Katniss/Beauty (Beauty&theBeast) as I read on. Until! She started having her own personality. Tamlin is too good to be true. Indeed. Anyway. I love this book- the art is inspiring. But i love the second book more to be honest.
Date published: 2017-05-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Started a bit slow but very enjoyable overall.
Date published: 2017-05-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fun This was a good retelling of Beauty and the Beast with good development in the female lead compartment.
Date published: 2017-05-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from This was a ... decent beginning This may get a tad spoilery. For one, I think this book dragged a lot for the first half. I understand why it had to take as long as it did, since otherwise it would feel more like insta-love than love (it was a bit fast and shallow at times but overall I thought it was fine), but I just felt like it was too long; I didn't like the writing enough to be okay with what.. 200 pages of Feyre exploring the manor and grounds? Sure some interesting stuff happened every once in a while, like when Feyre drinks the faery wine, but other than that it was slow. I did like Feyre, and Tamlin was okay (though I was already spoiled for book two so I had a harder time enjoying them). The second half was much better, with Amarantha. I know she's a villain (and sort of flat if you ask me since we hear a lot about her but don't have a lot of time with her), but I wish we knew more about her. I'd actually be interested in a novella about her backstory if Sarah ever decided to write one. I will say though that some of the things she does (mainly with the male characters) is gross. If you're buying this for someone younger, be aware that there is definitely some explicit sex in here, i.e. it doesn't just fade to black, though the words she uses aren't so blunt. I know that I read YA before I was actually YA.
Date published: 2017-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gorgeous Fairy Tale Retelling It should be noted that, yes, this book is a (fabulously written) retelling of the classic "Beauty and The Beast" story. In some parts and scenes, this fact is obvious, but it should also be noted that this book has so much more to offer than a place on the shelf of over-done fairy tale retellings. Because, if I'm being honest, I was quite tempted to shelve it there myself. And not only for that, but also because this book had so much hype surrounding it that I was hesitant to read it, certain it would never live up to my extremely high expectations. But it did, and then some. I could gush about this book for ages. It was so beautifully written, and the characters so unbelievably real, that many times I found myself setting it down for a moment to absorb what I'd just read. And when I was forced to leave it for other reasons, I was itching to pick it up and return to the story. Obviously, I loved it. But I would also say this book broke my heart several times, because of how fluid and descriptive Maas's writing style is. It sucked me in, brought tears to my eyes, and I would love to go back and do it all over again. I'm eager to finally hold the sequel in my hands and continue on with Feyre and the faeries of Prythian. I would never want this gorgeous tale to end!
Date published: 2017-05-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Dark and Intense Fantasy Novel I was not prepared for how much I'd come to love this series. The first book is dark and captivating. It was intense. I love books about fae, and the world Maas created is fantastic. The characters are complex, and the relationships truly interesting and compelling. There's also a good dose of romance and I enjoyed that too. The cliff hanger made me want to continue with the series, and I'm glad I did.
Date published: 2017-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can't get enough! I read this a year ago and reread it again just recently, and I fell more in love with the characters and the story. Such a fantastic beginning to an epic story! Sarah J. Maas has become my favourite author and among all her books, this was the one that I started with and will forever be grateful to the recommendations for this book! Such a unique world and swoon-worthy characters that anybody else pales in comparison!
Date published: 2017-05-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Must read series!! The first couple of pages seemed boring to me and I thought about not reading it but omg i'm so glad I read it!
Date published: 2017-05-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing book! The first 150 page, if i remember right starts out slow, but then it gets action filled real quick. I really enjoyed this book, and I'm looking forward to the the next books in the series. 4.5 stars from me for Sarah J. Maas
Date published: 2017-05-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous. I initially had a hard time getting into this book, but once we entered the realms of the Fae I was hooked. I could not put this book down. I read it shortly after the release of the second one. I devoured that one as well. Fabulous, simply fabulous; that's all I can really say.
Date published: 2017-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I absolutely Adore all books by SJmaas This book is masterfully crafted, I just finished reading it for the third or fourth time and enjoy it thoroughly each time. It is such a lovely world and story spun. Same with A Court of Mist and Fury.
Date published: 2017-04-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good This was a good start to the series.
Date published: 2017-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this This was a great novel, I would highly recommend it.
Date published: 2017-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING ! Such a good beauty and the beast retelling.
Date published: 2017-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lived up to all the hype!!! I had high expectations for this book due to all of the hype surrounding it. It was everything I expected it to be and more. The story is interesting and captivating and I can't wait to read the next one!
Date published: 2017-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the Best Books I've Ever Read This was the first book that introduced me to Sarah J. Maas's writing. I cannot express enough how much I loved this book, and since then I've read the sequel, A Court of Mist and Fury, and I am looking forward to reading the third instalment. Do yourself a favour and read this book - you will not regret it!
Date published: 2017-03-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from LOVED IT This was my first book by Sarah J. Maas and I absolutely LOVED IT. There were some character development flaws, sure. But on a pure emotional basis this was one of my favourite books that I read in 2016 - so much so I've read it two more times since.
Date published: 2017-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Amazing I went into this completely oblivious as to what would happen. I read the short summary and I thought of tiny faeries, I was wrong. As ACOTAR went on I found myself loving it more and more. It was the right mix of high fantasy and deep romance. Feyre is an amazing main character. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Captivating and Enthralling I bought this book with relatively low standards because I had recently finished the latest installment to the Throne Of Glass series at the time (Queen of Shadows) and I needed something to read, so I picked up ACOTAR. Little did I know I was going to get BLOWN AWAY BY THE SHEER GREATNESS OF THE BOOK and honestly Sarah J Maas is a queen.
Date published: 2017-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read it already! This clinches it: I will read anything that Sarah J Maas puts in a book. I loved her Throne of Glass series so much that when I saw that a new book of hers had come out, I ordered it right away. A few months later (yesterday) I started reading it, not knowing a thing about it. I hadn't even bothered to read the dust jacket, I was that confident in Maas' writing. Well, I wasn't wrong. I loved it. Sarah just has this way of writing that is... well... delicious. I've never described a book using that word, but I don't know how else to say it. Once again, I closed the book a day and a half after starting it, and felt like I'd just come out of a world I'd been in for 2 weeks. Or like I'd just woken up from a long, beautiful dream. Or that I'd just finished a delicious 8 course meal of all my favourite foods. Get the picture. It was that satisfying. It was such a perfect combination of fantasy, mystery, passion, relationships... etc. It didn't matter that it was predictable, because it also wasn't! I knew the story, I knew essentially what was going to happen but I didn't care! From page one I was pulled into Feyre's world, into her emotions, and was totally invested in the outcome of her story. I will admit that I was initially disappointed that I knew the answer to the High Queen's riddle before I'd even finished reading the first two lines. I like a story that surprises me at the last second and that didn't happen in this book. But it doesn't matter. This story wasn't about me and my ability to solve a mystery. It was all about Feyre and her journey from hatred to love. She can't even read! She didn't have the kind of upbringing that would make her immediately know the answer to the riddle! What's important to the story is that she needed that time to figure it out for herself. That's what makes this story that much more beautiful. On another note, during the first third of the book I had every intention of handing this book off to my 14 year old daughter when I was finished but I quickly realized that I'm not going to be able to do that. It's just a bit too racy for a teenager, in my opinion, or for someone who hasn't experienced the kind of passion described between Feyre and Tamlin. It's perfect for new adults or adults though. One of my favourites for sure! Okay, enough gushing. Just read the story!!
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing!! Fantastic! I was heartbroken to find out I have to wait for the next book in this series to come out
Date published: 2017-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Refreshing This book is such a unique re-telling of Beauty and the Beast, I was pleasantly surprised. Sarah J. Maas REALLY knows how to tell a story. The first part of the book was a little more story building, but still super interesting. Once it picked up though, I couldn't put it down. There were so many "WHAT?!" moments as well, and I love books that do that. I was basically just on edge reading certain parts, and kept talking out loud at the book, and that's always a sign of a good book for me.
Date published: 2017-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read this! Great book, great series, can't wait for the next one!
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING!!! Was hesitant to read this book in the beginning but it is a must read! I was not able to put it down and finished it within two days! Sarah J. Maas is such a wonderful writer and truly made the characters people that I felt I knew. I cannot wait to read the sequel!
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 4.5 Stars but THE BEST SERIES EVER. Sarah J. Maas has done it again. I'm hooked. AGAIN. WHAT A RIDE.
Date published: 2017-01-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Book This was everything I needed when I read it. It was darkly romantic and an exciting read. The twists and turns were a nice surprise in a retelling, as most retelling stick fairly strictly to the fairy tail. The only reason this was not a four start was the ending. I feel a love triangle coming on and I have no interest in that.
Date published: 2016-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing!! LOVED this book! I wanted to scream whenI finished it. I definitely recommend this one :)
Date published: 2016-12-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great retelling of Beauty and the beast I always love retelling, but this one had a new twist to it : magic. Great read, but I would not recommend for less than 15 years old because it has a bit of mature content.
Date published: 2016-12-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Liked it Overall, I liked A Court of Thorns and Roses but the story fell a bit short for me and I wasn't too keen on the main characters. Initially I wasn't sure if I enjoyed it enough to continue on with the series. In then end, however, I read the sequel and am so glad that I did. The sequel is a major step up, so I do recommend reading the first book!
Date published: 2016-12-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Great Start to the Series! While this book leads to great things, it starts off slow. The romance is not the best and the characters need some work, but the story itself is nicely written with complex spells and curses and magic. There's action and mystery, as well as ambition and tragedy. It's the perfect blend to keep you engaged!
Date published: 2016-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Huge hit! It's rare that the second book in a series exceeds the first, but this one sure did. The twists in this one had me going back and re-reading the first book with a whole new perspective. I can't wait for the 3rd book to come out!
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An Enjoyable Read If you're sitting around with free time on your hands and no specific books to read, definitely give this one a try. It's a pretty fast read and while the beginning may seen to drag a bit, it will pick up. Just think of this: the sooner you read A Court of Thorns and Roses, the sooner you will be able to read A Court of Mist and Fury which was AMAZING
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read, especially for Maas fans! I can't even begin to describe this book. It was such a wonderful roller coaster ride of emotions and the world that Maas creates for her characters is unreal. This book is a page turner and keeps you on your toes. Amazing book for anyone who loves fantasy.
Date published: 2016-11-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from decent This was alright, have some issues with the male main character, too territorial.
Date published: 2016-11-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Well, this was...something. Does anyone else feel like this is a hybrid retelling of Beauty and the Beast meets Cinderella? I loved the story that Sarah J. Maas has set up in A Court Of Thorns And Roses, the first book of its series. I loved the complications that presented themselves one by one and, with their execution, clarified a bit of the story and how the Faerie realms are built and governed. The plot was fascinating. The background, the history and the subtle cliffhanger making the readers lust for more of the story was masterfully written which, accompanied by the beautiful writing by Sarah J. Maas, made A Court Of Thorns And Roses and exquisite summer read. The things that brought the book down from a 4.5 starts to 3.5 for me were the characters. To be more specific, Feyre and Tamlin. I don't hate them, although I have been told I will very soon hate Tamlin if I don't already by book 2. Here's the thing: I could not relate with either one. I found both of them incredibly attractive. Like, incredibly, but I just couldn't get over the fact that some of the things they did would be done by no sane person or faerie. Feyre is almost as stubborn as me yet she did everything that, not only I wouldn't, but also many stubborn people would not do. For example: opening up to Lucien and Tamlin so easily. Now, I am not saying that if I was to only see faeries for the rest of my life, I wouldn't open up to them at some point. I would, but it wouldn't be so quick and with so much information at once. Plus, it was just weird that she never complained to her sister or anyone ever in the human world about her father. By that, I mean the kind of complaining that's subtle and almost not a complaint. For example: "I don't know, Man, it's just hard sometimes with dad being so prideful", and then just ending the conversation a few sentences after that or just at that. That would've made her more mundane as a human for me. But I have to give Feyre credit where credit is due. Here intelligence in getting through the three obstacles, figuring out what the riddle was, her hunting skills and her need for protecting innocents are the only reasons I don't hate her. She is a very weird character for me because where she is very one dimensional in many situations, she is also very complicated in others. Onto Tamlin. In all honesty: I am infatuated with his looks and body. I admire the beauty he is on the outside. On the inside, however, I have more ambiguous thoughts. Tamlin is an innocent, good looking, brooding guy who didn't want the throne he was given and dedicates his life to not be like his father or brothers who took in another faerie just like him but with a better sense of humour and better hair. I tried to like Tamlin because he gave some sort of sanctuary to humans, tried to redeem himself and prove that not all faeries are assholes to humans which is an amazing thing for a faerie, especially of his ranking/in his position, to want to and accomplish to do. He is handsome, has a good heart and is powerful which is the perfect ingredient for anyone for me to be attracted to them, power couples are my favourite types but I just couldn't like him the way I liked other characters that have loads of power. It was just something about him from the beginning of the book that made me see him as more of an older brother to Feyre and Lucien. (And for all you wondering, no I do not ship Feyre and Tamlin, actually I don't ship her with anyone right now.) What made me dislike him was the fact that he made no effort to help Feyre. And I know, I know, he couldn't do it because it'd put his life in jeopardy as well as Feyre's, but it just...I don't know, it was just enough for me to dislike him. Rhysand is a very liked character in this fandom and I understand his allure and stuff but I neither like nor dislike him. For now, I am very neutral about Rhysand. He is hot, though, but very rude so I am just very neutral about him. LUCIEN is my favourite, okay? He is funny, has red hair and is funny and has a great personality and is funny. What more is there to want in someone?????? Nothing. There is nothing to want more in a friend, boyfriend or girlfriend. Nesta and Elain were interesting characters mainly because when you first read about them you don't think they'll mean much to the plot or ave any sort of impact on you, the story or Feyre but the surprising part is: they do. People don't realize this because of the hot faeries and the diverse story not revolving mainly around the sisters but they are crucial to it. Think about it. If not for her sisters, Feyre probably wouldn't have become the character she did and fell in love with Tamlin or learned the importance of relations bigger than just family bonds. If not for her sisters, Feyre wouldn't have cared as much as she did to give a fake name, she wouldn't have been able to so easily go back to the faerie realms and reclaim her love and, at the end, became what she did. Her dad was obnoxious. Absolutely obnoxious and arrogant. Anyone who can put their children's lives in danger due to their pride is an arrogant, selfish person that i have little to no sympathy for. All in all, this was a good first book. I enjoyed it, I enjoyed the problems, the writing and the impactful relations that helped move the plot.
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from DIVE INTO THE WORLD OF FAE'S.... I know a lot of people disliked this book and I didn't know why. It was pretty likable but at the beginning it was very slow paced so I understand some people might discontinue reading. But trust me, Sarah J. Maas was building the anticipation to the point the book had wonderful plot twists and a climax. This book is worth your time because the SECOND book is a hundred times better. You won't regret!
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from its good...but This book is great (what else do you expect from SJM?) but the second book is much much better, so if you can stick it out through this one you won't be disappointed on the second!
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Good Start To The Series The first 30 pages or so were a bit slow. As soon as you to through that I found th book to be very interesting. Second book is even better. I enjoy this series more than the Throne Of Glass Series!
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I didnt know what i was getting myself into I began this book thinking it was an adaptation of a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, I was searching for books to read as per usual, and came across this one. I wasn't expecting that much, although people claimed it was really good. AND IT IS. There were some parts that had me screaming and putting the book down to take a walk because it just plays with your emotions too much. It does start a little slow, but it definitely gets better, especially the second book.
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was okay This was okay, definitely way overhyped. The end was good but most of the book was slow. The second book in the series far surpasses this one. I only recommend this book because reading the second book makes it worth it.
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Over-hyped. #plumreview While this isn't the worst thing I've read, it certainly isn't deserving of all the glowing, five-star reviews it's received. One of the things that I disliked so much about this book was the ending and the inconsistencies of the characters. There's something about Sarah J. Maas' stories that always grinds my gears -- and that is a character claiming that they are something but they fail to showcase/prove it throughout the book. It reminded me so much of Maas' other disappointing series, Throne of Glass(I was only able to get halfway through it till I was completely done with it). In Throne of Glass, it was Celaena -- at the ripe age of 18, she's a notorious and dangerous 'assassin', yet -throughout the first half of the book- she acts like a whiny, reckless, and annoyingly emotional teenage girl (which no 'feared assassin' should be). Which makes you wonder why anyone would be afraid of her. In A Court of Thorns and Roses, it was Amarantha and all the other faeries; we are told that they're so strong and so powerful, but the events show that they're not really that much stronger than the mere mortal that is Feyre. Feyre is always confident that if she could grab that table knife just in time or ANY object that she could use as a weapon, she could beat Tamlin and/or Lucien. I didn't really think that those strong magical faeries could be beaten by a table knife, could they?! -_- The villain Amarantha is the weakest, most pathetic villain I've ever seen in any story. We are CONSTANTLY told about her as the Queen, about her cruelty, about her cunning tactics to control all the courts of Prythian (the faerie realm). Apparently, she tricked her way through and now controls all of the other High Faeries' powers -- but not quite all of their powers (why would she do that? Why would she let them keep some of their powers?! Idiot). As soon as you meet her, you wonder if it was the same person we're constantly hearing about, whose very existence is such a big threat to both the human and faerie realms. But she fails to convince me. She was a poor character, and she was easily beatable by -- not Tamlin, not Lucien, not even Rhysand or any of the other faeries, but (of course) by a mere mortal, our heroine Feyre..... (who would've guessed?). I always appreciate a good villain, a true evil character -- a challenge to the protagonist, but Amarantha wasn't one, nor was the Suriel or whatever her other minions were. I wasn't impressed at all. Amarantha was a weak villain, and that's why Feyre was able to beat her (through some lame riddle about love... such evil, much wow *sigh*). I also didn't appreciate the author's constant use of the word "too" to modify a certain adjective -- for example: "my too-cold body", "the too-bright room", "his too-warm hands", etc. It is used so many times over the 46 chapters of this book that I couldn't help but think that everything is "too" much for Feyre...?! It made me roll my eyes so many times it was painful. Lastly, what happened to Feyre in the end (view spoiler)KINDA reminded me of what happened to Bella from Twilight when she was turned into a vampire (don't know which book, never read any of them). One word: LAME. Anyway, I think this book doesn't deserve the hype it's getting. Or it just wasn't for me. Or both. I couldn't see how it is supposed to be a Beauty and the Beast retelling. I honestly couldn't. I mean, the faeries weren't completely beasts (ugly, hairy, and terrifying) -- they were able to shapeshift back to their perfect and handsome bodies anytime they wanted. The part about their glued masks didn't make any sense -- Tamlin wasn't really taking the role of the beast by having his glued mask hide his face. That was a lame attempt at making it so. Overall, I'm unimpressed. I may read the second installment just to see what happens, since apparently it's better than the first. Like I said, this wasn't the worst I've read, it just wasn't as good as everyone made it out to be.
Date published: 2016-11-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good first book #plumreview Although the book is a little hard to get into those first few pages, it quickly picks up and it gets really good really fast!
Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from KEEP READING I had high hopes for this book when I started it but I quickly grew disinterested as the beginning is very generic and predicticable. However, once I got past the beginning I completely fell in love with the story and the characters and couldn't put it down! The character development is just amazing (especially through to the second book, but I won't spoil that!) and it is beautifully written. Just hang in there through the slow start and you soon will be wondering why you didn't read the book until now. My recommendation is that it is a MUST READ, you won't regret it!
Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely beautiful The story was so unique I doubt you'll find anything like it anywhere else. It's filled with romance, comedy , and a whole bunch of action that got me at the edge of my seat. Never a dull moment and you'll instantly fall in love with the characters.
Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love I loved this beauty and the beast retelling. Sarah doesn't disappoint!
Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved One of my favorite series ever!
Date published: 2016-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loves it! I read Sarah J Mass other series so I decided to give this a try. Amazing! Epic! The story draws you in to the world Sarah has envisioned. The characters are amazing! Everything about the book rocks. Buy both books because you are going to want to continue reading after the first
Date published: 2016-11-05
Date published: 2016-11-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun Read This was a great read to escape to a fantasy land. It kept me interested and I finished the book quickly. The only complaint is I'm not a fan of constant whining and petty problems with the romance side of things. This book had a little of this but not too much. (couldn't stand the 50 shades series or Twilight) I like that the heroine is doing her thing and holding her own.
Date published: 2016-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Amazing start to an amazing series!! Very loose retelling of of Beauty and the Beast (more like a nod to it in my opinion) but wonderful still. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from queen maas does it again I was really late on the acotar train and knowing so many people loved it just built up the hype. The writing was wonderful and really makes me wish I was in Prythian
Date published: 2016-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from New favourite series. So excited for the third book to come out, this book is amazing!
Date published: 2016-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BEST SERIES EVER! Honestly, I don't know where I would be right now if it wasn't for this series. This book is so amazing, and the second one is even better. I recommend it 100%. If you don't have it, go buy it right now! You won't regret it, I promise. The beginning is a little slow but it gets so much better. Sarah J. Maas is such an extraordinary author, my favorite one, so you should most definitely read this book and her other series, Throne of Glass.
Date published: 2016-10-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING! Must Read! Why in the heck of it did it take me so long to pick up this book??!! I am such a sucker for twisted tales and I have heard phenomenal things about Sarah J. Maas, that after reading this book I'm really not sure what is wrong with me! I mean Beauty and the Beast tossed up with Fey and twisted into something EPIC with brilliant writing, and dazzling characters!! There's very obviously something wrong with me. A Court of Thorns and Roses was a blow your mind kind of read and I want more! How do you even talk about plot and pacing, when all of the words that I want to say come out garbled. I mean this is one of those books that makes you go OMG and HOLY ****!! Everything in this book, for me was all kinds of perfect. How do you express this kind of love for a book in words, because there are none to do it justice. The setting was fleshed out extremely well, I loved every step through the world Maas created. Every character that she sculpted vivid and had a depth that was beyond what I had expected. This is a perfect example of stepping right into the pages and becoming a part of the book. From the start A Court of Thorns and Roses was the perfect book for me. One of the best things about Feyre is her complete honesty. I'm not even sure that I can properly put this girl into words. She is strong because she feels she has to be, and then she is strong because that's what she wants to be. The snark and the personality of this kick ass character was addictive. This is the type of character that you want to read, you want more of and you route for. A part of me wants to say that she had some huge character flaw but I just can't find one. Honest. She is bad ass, beautiful and everything that so many of us want in a heroine. Her one mistake becomes her saving grace and yet the end of everything she thought to be true. She is totally a case of the end is only the beginning and yet she is far beyond a happily ever after. Feyre's journey is only beginning and yet everything has already changed for her. Seriously I love her and I cannot wait to see how she handles everything I'm not going to lie to and tell you that Tamlin was awesome or that I completely fell for him. The truth is that up until about 3/4 the way through the book I was even fond of him. I'm not sure why there was no connection because by about half way I started to feel that Feyre and him could work. It's a retelling of Beauty and the Beast so it was bound to happen, but part of me worried about their lack of chemistry. Their biggest buffer was his best friend and then Rhys stepped in. Once again I'm not sure how I felt about that. I'm sure that they could create some super steamy, sparks flying and review aflame romance but honestly by the end I was so happy with Tamlin and Feyre. They work in their own way, actually give a crap about each other and after everything I just plain want them to work after everything. I'm not saying I'll rally against the next book if something happens but for all things holy, I really hope the romance can hang in there without adding an extra point. A Court of Thorns and Roses was basically everything that I had hoped and wanted. There are really no words that I can use to express just how awesome this read is. My first Maas book was a total success and I am eagerly looking forward to reading A Court of Mist and Fury now that I have managed to get a semi acceptable review out on this one. If you are a lover of twisted tales, fae and/or fantasy this is a MUST read. I highly doubt we will find many people out there that enjoy fantasy and don't want to hug this book!!
Date published: 2016-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! The YA fantasy book, A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas, begins in the woods surrounding the main character, Feyre, and her family's cottage. She is out hunting and ends up killing a "wolf." Later on, a faerie names Tamlin comes to retrieve her from her cottage and bring her back to Prythian with him as punishment. The story follows three main characters named Feyre, Tamlin, and Lucien. A fourth main character, Rhysand, is introduced a bit later on in the book. Feyre was a very believable character. Most of the things she did made sense, but when they didn't at the time they eventually did. She developed from a lone huntress into a strong, risk-taking, kick-butt female lead. At the beginning, Tamlin was a cold and unfriendly character. He was strong and brave from beginning to end. I loved how when Feyre came along she brought out the best in him. He was so sweet and caring, and to sum him up I can just say he's the heart-eye emoji. Right when Lucien was introduced, I loved him. He was sarcastic and sweet. I loved the conversations between him and Feyre. When Rhysand was first inteoduced I didn't really like him at all since he was really arrogant. I also found him to pretty rude and really cocky. He was also a bit creepy in my opinion. Later on when the motives beh his actions and attitude were revealed he didn't bother me as much. My favourite side character would have to be Alis. She was just so sweet and harmless that I really enjoyed the parts of the book that she was in. Tamlin and Feyre's relationship was absolutely adorable. So was Tanlin and Lucien's/Feyre and Lucien's. Well, every relationship (romantic and friendship was)! All of the relationships were just so well written! I personally couldn't really relate to any of the characters, other than Lucien since I appreciate sarcasm. Despite that, I did feel really attached to all the characters and I care a lot about them. The whole book was full of action. I really loved the fights/challenges, they were really cool to read about! The whole concept of the curse and Amarantha was really interesting. I can tell you that I was never bored while reading this book! My favourite part s of the book were Feyre and Lucien's banter! I wish there was more of that in the book! The ending was absolutely amazing and I would've never guessed that's what was going to happen! I was shocked while reading the late twenty pages or so! I would 100% recommend this book to anyone, especially if you enjoy high fantasy, faeries, and romance! Sarah J. Maas' writing style is one I really enjoy since it's so beautiful and easy to read/understand!
Date published: 2016-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Engaging sweeping tale of fantasy, adventure, romance, and courage I purchased this book a few months ago on my Ipad and love it. I found the lead character to be captivating and the supporting characters to draw you in the further you read into this book. This author does a wonderful job of bringing to life a story that as you go through it will find it harder to put down from start to finish.
Date published: 2016-05-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Slow start, but good enough Well it wasn’t what I was expecting because the first half dragged on with nothing happening until the 280 page mark. Then it got loads better! I only wished that the second half was included in the first half because without all the information, you as a reader were left blind with nothing happening which causes a lot of people to stop reading. I know I wanted to stop at one point. The writing wasn’t as well written as I hoped. The romance was meh for me since I felt the characters were so disconnected. I couldn’t feel any pity or remorse for them. I couldn’t find too much of a personality from either Tamlin or Feyre. And that’s something something because I wanted such strong characters. The way they got together felt too unbelievable. One moment they’re friends, the next, not so? I wanted a gradual love..One with long gazes and stares and flirting, but there wasn’t. Even though I found more of a fighter in Feyre during the three tasks, I necessarily didn’t believe that she would become instantly brave and courageous in an instant. That bothered me too. The pacing was just way too slow or way too sudden which is why I dropped a star. The war with the Faeries is more exciting than the love story and there were just tons and tons of info dumps and I was trying to take it all in. It would have worked better if Feyre figured this all out on her own so we wouldn’t be overwhelmed with all the information. Lucien is annoying but protective in a big brother way and he and Rhysand were my favourites. Rhysand because from the moment he helped Feyre I knew he was doing it for some other good reason, which Feyre found way too late. Thought there would be some sort of love triangle or love square, but it didn’t. Thank goodness! Here’s hoping more of the second half appears in the sequel because I really like the magical element to this world. And that Feyre will be faster at decisions and figure out clues faster because I was constantly yelling at her about everything. Overall, a good start to a series but didn’t have that feeling of a page turner that TOG had. The twist to Beauty and the Beast is slightly creative, I might add.
Date published: 2016-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful When I began reading this book, I was hooked. It was amazing! The writing is great, the plot is fabulous.... I couldn't put it down! Retellings aren't something I often read, but this one was incredible! It hooked me from the first page.
Date published: 2015-11-28
Date published: 2015-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best book i've read in awhile! I hesitated at first to read this book because the synopsis didn't seem interesting me, and it seemed liked it was going to be another predictable love story. I decided to give it a try because Sarah J. Maas is an excellent author and I LOVE her Throne of Glass series. Well, everything I had originally thought about this book was wrong. As a different take on Beauty and the Beast, Maas makes the story one that is such an enjoyable read. It is an excellent novel that can appeal to many different readers. From it's magic to it's amazing characters, it has become one of the best books of 2015! You should not hesitate to read this book because you will not regret it!
Date published: 2015-09-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You NEED to read this I absolutely loved this book. I managed to read it in under two hours because I couldn’t put it down. And now I’m suffering a book hangover almost as bad as when I finished Harry Potter and The Mortal Instruments. I guarantee you’ll love the characters, (especially the ones that you think you won’t,) the world of Prythian, and the story itself-which is a twist on the story ‘Beauty and the Beast’. There are elements in ACOTAR that you’ll know are from ‘Beauty and the Beast’ but about 99% are uniquely Maas’. The relationship between Feyre and Tamlin is really well written. As the summary says, she grows to love him-but it isn’t in some clichè/predictable way that I kinda thought it would be. It feels real-as real as a story about faeries and magic can be-and basically all the emotion and pain Maas has written felt real and raw. I cried a couple times… If you’ve read Throne of Glass, then you’ll enjoy reading ACOTAR. Both have hella strong and multi dimensional female leads, but are distinctively different. They’re motivated by completely different things, and love completely different things. You’ll want to read A Court of Thorns and Roses if you’ve read: Throne of Glass The Lunar Chronicles The Shadowhunter Chronicles The Gemma Doyle Trilogy The Hunger Games Graceling
Date published: 2015-07-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Review from Esther's Ever After Sarah J Maas stole the attention of readers everywhere when Throne of Glass came out, and I was one of the many eagerly awaiting to see what her next series would be like. A Court of Thorns and Roses shares some similarities with Throne of Glass, but manages to stand on its own merits. A Court of Thorns and Roses is a captivating story, with a fairy-tale feel to it with a mature perspective to it. Reasons to Read: 1. A rich fae mythology: I loved that Sarah J Maas looked to traditional, older mythology for the fae in her books - these aren't the nice, little faeries that people tend to think of now. I liked that this was a darker story, with complex creatures - not all fae are the same, and there was plenty of variety and differences among them. This really added to the setting and the story, since so much of the book takes place in their lands. 2. Engrossing characters: Not only is Feyre a fantastic protagonist, but the secondary characters are also remarkable in their own ways. Feyre's sisters were some of the most surprising characters to me, as they showed remarkable development despite my expectations and how little page space they were given in the story. And on top of that, many of the fae have important roles and are shown to be complex characters with their own motivations and personalities. No one is one-dimensional. Importantly, partially as a result of the depth of these characters, their relationships with one another are similarly complex. 3. A high-stakes story: This is a book with a high level of maturity (for many reasons), but especially because of how intense the plot is and how much Feyre risks. Her life is very much in danger (at many points) but the stakes are even higher than that - there's a deeply emotional aspect to the story, as well. The plot moves along quickly and it will readily engage readers, but it's the type of story where you really need to prepare yourself - there are no easy solutions. This is the type of book I would recommend to older or more mature readers, as its content is not appropriate for all readers nor will all readers appreciate it (it's fairly graphic, with respect to sexuality and violence). Sarah J Maas' writing is as spectacular as ever and her creativity is showcased through a rich world and developed story. It's precisely the type of book that will leave us all anxiously awaiting the next book in the series! Readers who enjoyed Sarah J Maas' other books are sure to appreciate her newest release. ARC received from publisher for review; no other compensation was received.
Date published: 2015-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Don't hesitate -- get yourself a copy! What an incredible addition to Maas' books: "A Court of Thorns and Roses" is a gorgeous, captivating and addictive read. I was already impressed by Maas' writing with her "Throne of Glass" books, but her latest is a mature, darker edge based on the fae and fairy tales. I liked reading about Feyre and Tamlin, but my favourite character was actually Rhysand. Feyre is a mortal girl, raised in nobility but living in poverty, barely scraping by. Though she is the youngest, Feyre is the only reason her family survives as she hunts and provides for her sisters and disabled father. After killing a wolf who is actually fae in disguise, her life is forfeited to Tamlin, a High Lord fae who comes to collect on her transgression. Tamlin is a good guy -- through and through. He treats his court well, he is courteous and caring to Feyre and dedicated to protecting his people. Also in residence is Lucien, Tamlin's best friend and fellow fae. Lucien is a bit of a smart ass, but fiercely loyal. My favourite character, Rhysand or Rhys, is an ambiguous character. He has no qualms committing terrible acts, and won't hesitate to torture or use force. I like his sarcastic quips, and he has an edge that neither Tamlin or Lucien have -- an edge that allows Feyre to survive. This book is action packed, rich with details and a gorgeous crafted story. This work depicts Maas' natural and skilled progression as an author, and again is a bit darker (although her other books are pretty bloody to begin with) and mature.
Date published: 2015-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the Best Books of 2015! Sarah J. Maas you are amazing at writing books because like the Throne of Glass series, I was instantly hooked !! This is a Fae retelling of Beauty and the Beast which was haunting and compelling! Tamlin has to be one of my favorite male leads (HOT) and her characters are strong and fierce! . Sarah J. Maas is a brilliant writer who knows how to hook you in immediately and finish her books in one day. When nineteen year old Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, she later finds out that it was a faerie in disguise. Torn away from her family, she is forced to live with her captor, Tamlin on his estate. She doesn't trust Tamlin and his court but as time goes on she begins to learn more about their world as well as a curse that has fallen upon their land. What I liked most about this book was how well developed the characters were. Feyre is smart, strong and wants to help provide for her family. Tamlin may have taken a while but it was totally worth the wait. He is hot, swoony and just knows how to make you smile. The book definitely has some steamy parts and took things to a new level than her other series (Throne of Glass) but it was totally appreciated because I kinda fell in love with him. Then Rhys who also surprised me with his wit and his friendship with Tamlin. I look forward to seeing more of his character in the next book! This is one of my favorites of the year! I recommend any of Sarah J. Maas' books because they are full of fantasy, romance and mystery! The world building in this book was created like you can imagine it right in front of you which is easy to do with her books. This retelling of Beauty and the Beast will blow you away with its strong writing and amazing characters. Overall, A Court of Thorns and Roses will appeal to readers who love the elements of romance, action, and a lot more! I am very excited to see what Sarah has up her sleeve for the sequel!
Date published: 2015-04-30

Editorial Reviews

"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