Review 225. Sarah J. Maas – A court of thorns and roses.

16096824TitleA court of thorns and roses.
Author: Sarah J. Maas.
Pages: 432.
Published: May 5th 2015 by Bloomsbury Children's
Sort: A court of thorns and roses #1.
Source: I got to borrow the ARC from Judith. THANK YOU.
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.
Rating:

This book is steamy, I’m not kidding. The chemistry sparks right from the pages and we get some sexy times that made me swoon. How often do you hear me say that? Let me tell you: I hardly say it, but only master Sarah can make me feel that. It’s also not hard when you keep imagining Richard Armitage as Tamlin (and other hot actors I picked for my movie cast).

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This story is mind-blowing. I love what Sarah did with the original Beauty and the beast story and I dare to say she almost made it better. The combination with the faeries works so well and I loved the explanation behind the curse that plagues the faeries and how it could be broken by performing three hard tasks. Those different fairytale elements made the plot complex and creative.

The characters were great, but what else did you expect? Feyre is a character on her own. I sometimes feel authors re-use characters from previous series, but that’s not the case here. Feyre definitely resembles Celaena in some traits, but she is herself. Her loyalty to her family is admirable. Her father is crippled and can’t work for money, so Feyre is the one who has to take care for him and her two sisters. She does a great job, but it also means she can’t live for herself. That changes when she is dragged to Tamlin’s house to spend her life there, paying for the mistake she made. Instead of whining and crying, Feyre decides she must do everything in her power to escape. She takes her vow to her family very serious and she can’t let them down. What I like about Feyre is that she is kick-ass in the moments that need strength, but she also has a vulnerable side. This made her realistic and an easy character to feel connected with.

Tamlin, Lucian and Rhsyand are the main fey in this book. Tamlin is exactly how I remember the beast. He can be rough, but he is trying and there is a complexity to his character that I can’t explain without spoilers, so you have to see it for yourself. His chemistry with Feyre blew me away and it sizzled from the pages. Lucian is the sarcastic side-kick who made me laugh out loud. He reminded me a little of Sturmhond and Thorne – and there is Rhysand. He is the type of character you are supposed to hate, but you can’t. He has the same complexity as Tamlin and I can’t wait to see more of him in the sequel.

This book is also beautiful. The prose and the world-building with all its details; it made me feel like I was walking right there and no matter how brutal it could be, I WANTED to be there. The creepy faeries aren’t enough to scare me away and Tamlin’s Spring Court sounds lovely and warm.
So what I’m trying to say is, read this book. NOW. It is amazing.

44 comments

  1. I totally agree, this book was amazing!!!! Not as good as Throne of Glass, but I still loved it... OMG I can't wait for the next one........

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  2. I so want to read this book, I cannot wait for it to be delivered by mail one of these next days (hopefully)!

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  3. I'm so excited to read this one later this week!! :D I am not usually a fan of Fae books but this is one of them that I've heard so many good things about - even Rashika and Aimee love it so much, and since they're my co-bloggers, I have complete faith in their tastes ;) I had thought this was originally a clean, YA novel but apparently there are a lot of steamy scenes too and my excitement doubled when I heard about that!

    Faye at The Social Potato

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    1. The steamy scenes definitely added something extra to the story :D

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  4. OMG I'm so SO excited for this book!! *-*

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  5. I am freakishly excited for this book. I keep hearing SUCH great things about it (though I have also come across some people who've been disappointed by it too) and I already have a copy to review. Ready to dive into it very soon. :)

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    1. I think there will always be people who are disappointed by books, simply because we all have a different taste :)

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  6. To tell you the truth,I am actually surprised at your reaction to the romance:) A book that made Mel swoon?Then definitely I need to read it:)
    I am quite excited for this book.I love Beauty and the Beast and Sarah J.Mass,and also faeries! I can't wait to read it and I hope I'll love it as much as you did.

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    1. Haha, I know right? I think it is Sarah's magic ;)

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  7. I was surprised when Sarah ventured out to NA, and boy was it a fabulous decision for her. That gave her more space to write about our harem of fabulous Fae men (Tamlin and Lucien are my favorites!) and the chemistry between Tamlin and Fayre was definitely spot-on. And yes, the prose was beautiful and I loved it! <3 Awesome review, Mel!

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  8. Coming from you, the fact that you felt that ACOTAR improved on Beauty and the Beast is high praise indeed! And I KNOW you're a lot like me when it comes to romance so the fact that this one made BOTH of us swoon says volumes :D Maas can literally do NO wrong in my books, I loved Feyre, and you're right, she was totally unique ♥ - and of course, I loved Tamlin, Lucien and Rhysand! I didn't love this QUITE as much as ToG but I have a feeling the sequels might just end up making this a close contender ;D Fantastic review^^ xx

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    1. True. I think she can just write anything and I will love it.

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  9. Ooh love the use of an Armitage gif here! I hadn't thought of Richard for Tamlin, but that would be amazing!! (I also see you picked Fassbender for 2nd choice - uhhh yess please!) I loved this book - it's a fantastic retelling, but with so much more! I so agree with your review!

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  10. Lovely review, Mel! I do plan on reading this one (my first Maas!) but I worry about a love triangle forming in the next book. :( Hopefully one won't. Because otherwise this sounds so good - love that it's on the sexier side, and my favorite heroines are ones that are tough but also vulnerable.

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    1. She is one of the few authors that can rock a love-triangle, although I would appreciate if it will stay away in this series!

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  11. I finished ACOTAR today and I loved it just as much as you did! I'm not sure what did it for me with this book but the moment I finished it I knew that I loved this book so much!
    I can defiantly see celaena is Feyre but I have no issues with that as I love both of their characters. I unfortunately have not seen beauty and the beast but this book made me want to see it so bad!!

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  12. Haha...I saw this one and I'm like "Mel is going to love it!" xD So glad it lived up to your expectations! And I completely agree with you - Feyre is such a strong protagonist and the romance scenes here were so smoking hot. ;) Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous review! ♥

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  13. Ahhhhhh! So much hype around this book, and now after reading you review I am sooo curious, I want to read it! So glad that you enjoyed it :3 it's always a good day when someone ends up in love with a book.

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  14. Gah, I still haven't gotten to my re-read of Throne of Glass so I can get to Crown of Midnight right after! I really should, though -- it's about time I hopped on the Sarah J. Maas bandwagon and get as excited as everyone else for her new releases! (Because tbh I wasn't that excited for ACOTAR until before this review, heh.)

    I didn't know this was a retelling of Beauty and the Beast! I love that Sarah was able to write the fairytale in a way that made it better; it kind of reminds me of what Marissa Meyer did with Cinder. I appreciated the Cinderella story so much more after I read that! And now I'm curious about these faeries and their curse. It sounds like such an interesting adventure. :)

    And based on your description of Feyre, I just know I'll love her. We don't need heroines who are strong all the time, but ones who have weaknesses and are as human as all of us. Also, I love that family seems to play a huge role in the story. It sounds like we'll get some very heartwarming family relationships. <3

    Those 5+ flowers are enough to convince me to read this! So glad you enjoyed this one, Mel. Fingers crossed that I will, too! Awesome review!

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    1. GET ON THE TRAIN MEG :)! Marissa made Cinderella even more epic.

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  15. A steamy version of Beauty and the Beast? My..my...need more of that.

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  16. I'm thrilled to see that you ended up loving this one too Mel, I did have my doubts when I went into this book, as I'm not normally one to read fae books, but Maas once again completely blew me away with her gorgeous writing and amazing characters. I need book two like now!

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  17. Aw, yay :D Gorgeous review Mel. <3 I'm oh so happy that you loved this book so much :D I'm excited for it, yet nervous too, as I have heard some bad things :p but it seems so awesome too. I hope I'll love it like you did :) But huh. How old is Tamlin? Since that actor is pretty old, hiih.. Just curious :D Thank you for sharing your thoughts sweetie. <3

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    1. You know, I didn't even pay that much attention to ages, haha. I guess he is somewhere into 20?

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  18. Is it crazy for me to say that I loved this even more than I loved the first Throne of Glass book? Because I REALLY did. I don't remember the Throne of Glass leaving me so EMPTY and FULL all at the same time. THIS BOOK, I SWEAR. Sarah did it again, and she's just getting better. I REALLY can't wait to see what else she does in the future because I am 100% going to be here to read it. :D

    Basically: I need a support group. Everything you said in this review was spot on, especially that part about not being deterred by the crazy, dark faeries. I would still want to live here, preferably in Rhys's Night Court... *cough*

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    1. I don't think that is crazy! I'm still not sure if I love this one more than the first book from TOG.

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  19. I'm so glad you liked this! I actually thought this was a YA novel, but I'm really surprised that it's New Adult. This is my first time hearing that there were steamy scenes :( but I'm happy to see that everything worked well with you. So excited for its release :D

    Jillian @ Jillian's Books

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  20. I agree! This book was fabulous! I liked Feyre, she felt so relatable. And yes to the swoons! My goodness. I wasn't sure what to expect with this one, but was very pleasantly surprised! Now, I have to wait until the next book for more, which shall be incredibly hard to do! Great review, glad you loved it too :)

    Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight

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  21. I have yet to read anything by Sarah J Maas but I keep hearing good things. I will have to order her books and give them a try.

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  22. Ohhh gosh, Sarah J Maas always writes books that make me feel ALL OF THE THINGS. *hyperventilates* And she's just getting better and better as a write. AGH. TOO MANY FEELS. XD I wasn't quite as in love with ACOTAR as you, but I still enjoyed it! I have to admit Rhys was my favourite. 0-0 I can't wait to see where his character development goes in future books. XD

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  23. My love for this book knows no bounds.

    I actually didn't really feel anything for the swoony scenes, more because Tamlin was... okay to me. I liked him but just like in the fairytale, The Beast wasn't my favorite. My favorite had to be Gaston. I'm SORRY. And I guess, in this book, it would be Rhysand, who made me flail.

    Lovely review <33

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    1. Rhysand is interesting, but he also scares me, haha.

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  24. I loved this one too Mel! And hearing SJMaas talk about his being the series of her heart makes me love it even more. And that last 1/3 MY GOODNESS. All around just so so wonderful. I need more Rhys in my life NOW. :D

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  25. I finally added this to my TBR today. I was drawn to this book from the moment that I first saw it, but retellings often leave me disappointed despite how much I love the idea of them. I am so glad to see how much you loved it. Thanks for the review.
    Suzi Q., The Book Dame

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  26. Everyone keeps talking about this book and all the steamy/swoonworthy moments it has. I just got the book myself and I am looking forward to reading it. A sidekick that reminded you of Sturmhond and Thorne!? I am now even more excited for this book.

    Dreams @ Once Upon A Dream Books

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  27. Uh! Amazing retelling of Beauty and the Beast! I enjoy reading your review :D

    -Dannielle

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  28. I loved this book so much too! The characters were so descriptive and animated. The romance was perfect. The retelling was amazing; I loved how all the little details came together and how Sarah really made it her own. The writing is fantastic as usual. Ahhh lovely review, my dear <3

    Rachel @ A Perfection Called Books

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  29. That's all I need to hear, definitely reading! Hopefully I like it more then Throne of Glass.

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  30. I'm currently reading this one and liking it just as much as you did. The characters are absolutely amazing and I'm loving the depth to Tamlin and Rhysand-I can't wait to see more of them either. You hit the nail on the head about Feyre too, I love how she is strong but also vulnerable.

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  31. Yes, oh my gosh, he would make the best Tamlin. *swoon* I loved him in the Hobbit movies. I read this also and I couldn't agree more with your review. This book just blew me away.

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  32. Totally agree with everything you said, I really loved Feyre as a character because she was stubborn, fiesty and you could definitely see her softer side as well. and Oh boy, how saucy were those guys, especially Tamlin <3 Lovely review, so glad to hear you loved it as well Mel!

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  33. Aww, you must have really loved this one! I liked it, but I couldn't love it. Some of the concepts in the book annoyed me to the max - I loved the characters though especially Lucian, he was my favorite male character :) Wonderful review as always Mel<3 Benish | Feminist Reflections

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