A Court of Thorns and Roses

A Court of Thorns and Roses

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THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER 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.
Publisher: [S.l.]: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2015
ISBN: 9781619634459
Characteristics: 432 p
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cartym12
Apr 06, 2021

As a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, this novel takes off in brand new directions. The "beauty" takes the lead and faces never-before seen challenges, both internally and externally in this fantasy land that is a combination of dreams and nightmares.

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brendvduong
Mar 31, 2021

The book starts off a bit slowly, especially compared to the action-packed second half, but I found the beautiful descriptions to be worth it. Stepping into a whole new realm was a bit difficult to wrap my head around, but everything was thought out so well I felt comfortable reading about it. I honestly found it difficult to relate to Feyre’s situation and disliked her family for not bothering to try at all. This is why I was a little confused as to why it took her so long to warm up to Spring Court (and am still not fully sure why), but I enjoyed her character development and how much she was willing to sacrifice for her new world. Feyre starts off as someone a bit standoffish but becomes a brave, resilient young woman who has learned to trust others. I especially loved this book when I found out that it was based on a medley of three different tales woven into one, I only recognized Beauty and the Beast but was happy to learn about new ones. All in all, I enjoyed stepping into this descriptive faerie realm and exploring right alongside Feyre.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Mar 26, 2021

Let me tell you, this book is worth all the hype!! If you are into fantasy, faeries, royalty, adventure and romance then this is the book for you!! This book captured me from the very beginning. The story of Feyre brings hate, love, fear, compassion, and anger all in one! There are so many parts of this book that I love with all my heart. Sarah J Maas has done a wonderful job of bringing her words to life through the eyes of the readers. This book has really brought me into the genre of fantasy romance of another world. I finished the entire book in a matter of two days! I just couldn’t put it down. After finishing the book, I’m eager to read the second one to see the story live on. I would recommend this book to readers of the ages 16+. I love this book so much to the point where I want to own my own copies of this series! This book will not disappoint fans of fantasy romance. 5 stars
@MissPeachPrincess of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

WPL_Erin Mar 12, 2021

Favourite series in the world.

A fun retelling of Beauty and the Beast with amazing world building, rich and dynamic characters and fantastic action.

LoganLib_Sheridan Feb 16, 2021

I love this series and can't wait for the fifth book to come out! Reading it now I can see the twist of the second book coming but it is also still such an unexpected 180 when you first read it.

I think faerie books might just be my favourite thing. I love the magic and intrigue of faeries, the moral ambiguity. The tense and dramatic relationships that always seem to happen in faerie. The genre just has so much to offer.

This is a loose Beauty and the Beast retelling which I love as Belle might be my favourite disney princess. It has all of the elements of a cursed prince who spurned a wicked sorceress looking to save his land by falling in love.

I think this book definitely gets you excited and has a lot to offer but there is just some reason I love the other books more... I just can't put my finger on it at all (if you know you know).

Though the relationship feels a smidge forced, especially at the end, I do love Feyre's character development as she learns more about Prythian and realises her strength. She is a little bit typically masculine in strength for me but she avoids being entirely two dimensional. I do love the character growth in the rest of the series.

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kerstinrosero
Jan 22, 2021

I really wanted to love this book. There were a lot of things to like: It was nicely written, and there were times the prose flowed like water and wine. I was swept along for much of the ride.

It was the story that didn't quite vibe with me. The first few chapters introduce us to Feyre and her dire circumstances. She is the only character in her family who has any survival skills, like hunt and earn money, and all her sisters do is complain about the food and make fun of her hobbies while her father does nothing to intervene. The beginning sounds like the set up for an AITA post (no Feyre, you are NTA).

Then her circumstances change completely: She gets taken captive for something she did (warranted, in the eyes of the Fae—to them, she did something terrible) and is forced to live in a huge manor where she can eat whatever she wants and do what she pleases. Still, she hates everyone there. The thing is, though, at this point, I haven't really "bonded" with her character and never understood why she was being so petulant. I can definitely understand why she's unhappy, of course, but she wasn't strong and defiant (or quiet and calculating, or even terrified); to me, she just sort of sulked and steamed at the ears through a lot of the book, and when she did act, it was... not in tune with what a woman with honed survival skills would do.

I think a good starting point for me in any book is identifying with the characters, and because I didn't really care much about Feyre, I couldn't get too excited about the rest. By the time things looked up and I started caring about her character, the book ended, lol

I think the book was well written and had an interesting premise, it just wasn't for me.

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Alexis_W
Jan 19, 2021

Sarah J. Maas' A Court of Thorns and Roses is an incredible high fantasy novel that retells the classic story, “Beauty and the Beast,” but with a unique twist. When a human woman named Fayre Archeron kills a High Fae in the forest, the High Lord of the Spring Court, named Tamlin, whisks Fayre to the Fae lands--Prythian--as punishment for her crime. Though Fayre initially hates the Fae, that hatred lessens as she learns more about Tamlin--and about a curse that plagues Prythian.
Though I was skeptical about A Court of Thorns and Roses’ praise at first, the book certainly didn’t disappoint. I finished it in one sitting, propelled by the magical worldbuilding, romance, and exciting plot. The novel does have mature content, so I would recommend it to readers 15 and up--especially if they plan to continue the series. The novel fully deserves a 5 star rating.

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hadlock
Jan 06, 2021

Feyre is desperately trying to find something for her starving family to eat when she kills a wolf. A faerie creature arrives at her home and offers her a choice for killing a fae creature: death or a life across the wall in the faerie kingdom. She leaves her family with various admonitions and grasps at a chance to maybe return at some point. The manor she is taken to and the faeries she meets are not what she expected from centuries of takes about the Fae. The creature who holds her hostage is revealed to be Tamlin, a High Lord, not the beast (all the time) that she met originally. But there are many secrets, many different faeries, and many ways she risks her life. She begins to fall in love with Tamlin when he decrees she must go back home to save her life. The story after she returns to fight for her love is a series of tests she must win to save Tamlin and his world.

WPL_Jaclyn Dec 23, 2020

Many folks at WPL are huge Sarah J. Maas fans. I have been late to join the party! I really enjoyed the world that Maas immerses readers in; however, I found the storytelling to be a bit slow at times as Feyre explored the Spring Court. The high action ending made up for the meandering plot and has convinced me to read the next title.

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Simba30
Dec 09, 2020

A Court of Thorns and Roses is hands down one of the best series I’ve read. Feyre, the sole breadwinner of her family, finds herself at the mercy of a seemingly heartless, cruel faerie - a predator in the human world. Forced to leave behind her depressed dad and two sisters, she crosses the wall to the land of the Fae, Prythian. Although depressed and wanting to find a way home at first, she slowly begins to fall in love with her captor, Tamlin. She struggles as she attempts to uncover the many secrets that are hidden from her and finds her mindset about the Fae slowly but surely changing. When she is sent home by Tamlin who fears her safety she decides she must go back. Feyre faces brutal tests of her love for Tamlin as she tries to save him and all the other Fae from the cruel rule of Amarantha, an evil faerie who stole the powers of the others. I loved this series so much and the first book is just the beginning. A striking, inspiring story, definitely read this series if you are looking for the perfect romance and adventure story. Fair warning, there are some sex scenes later on in the story, so be sure you are ok with that (or you can skip those scenes).
Age Rating: 15+

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BohmieS
Feb 02, 2019

Sexual Content: Throughout the entire series there is lots of sexual content. You have been warned. Many of her other books do not feature of this so I was slightly surprised.

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BohmieS
Feb 02, 2019

Violence: Lots of battles, injuries and blood & gore.

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JHope24601
Jun 15, 2018

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Towards the end the book there are a lot of intense moments and the series as a whole does have a lot of intense/violent scenes

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JHope24601
Jun 15, 2018

Sexual Content: This series and book contains a fair amount of sexually explicit content

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faithmurri99
Apr 01, 2018

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Lots of life-or-death situations with monster-esque creatures

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faithmurri99
Apr 01, 2018

Sexual Content: Several attempted sexual assaults as well as two borderline erotica sex scenes

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faithmurri99
Apr 01, 2018

Violence: Graphic fight scenes

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starkshadow
Jul 30, 2017

Sexual Content: Tamlin kisses Feyre's breasts and the inside of her thigh, bites her neck, and grabs her breast. They are naked together and do have sex, though that is not described graphically at all. Feyre mentions that she had recreational sex with a boy from her town.

GCPL_Teen Jul 23, 2017

Sexual Content: Explicit Sexual Content

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Rhysand stared at me for long enough that I faced him. "Be glad of your human heart, Feyre. Pity those who don't feel anything at all."

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Juli_246
Mar 15, 2021

“Pity those who don't feel anything at all.”

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Fongpen
Jul 24, 2015

"If it grieves you... I don't think it's absurd at all".
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brendvduong
Mar 31, 2021

Even though she’s the youngest, Feyre Archeron is the only person in her family giving them a chance at survival. Their side of the border- the mortal realm has been left to rot after the War, and after her father lost all his wealth, he gave up entirely. So when Feyre spots a wolf in the
woods while hunting, she doesn’t hesitate to pierce him with an ash arrow- despite knowing deep down that he was a faerie. Before she knows it, Feyre is whisked away to Spring Court in the faerie realm by Tamlin, a lord who can take the form of a beast who was friends with the wolf she killed. She slowly begins to trust her surroundings and the world around her when she catches word of a blight that threatens to ruin the faerie world. It was hard to believe that all Feyre wanted at one point was to stay in her cottage with her father and spend her days painting. Now she is willing to sacrifice to protect her friends and family from the mysterious blight.

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nnkm13
Jun 28, 2016

If you thought this was good wait till you read the second one, A Court of Mist and Fury. I am hooked on this series like I was with Twilight and Hunger Games but MORE! She did such a good job writing this book/series. I can't believe it took me checking it out 3 times and getting past the first chapter till I finally fell for it. ;) kid you not this series is rated #1. I have read over 100 books in the past 2 years an this has been the best! Read it!!

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