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A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas • Magan Reviews

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A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas [twitterwebsite]
First Book in the Series
Publication Date: May 5, 2015
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s
Pages: 416
Target Audience: Mature Young Adult
Keywords: Faeries, Magic, Fantasy, Beauty and the Beast Retelling
Reading Challenge: Flights of Fantasy with Alexa + Rachel

Summary: After Feyre unknowingly breaks the treaty between humans and Faeries, she’s faced with the choice of living in Prythian away from her family for the rest of her life with the Faeries or dying to pay penance for the wolf she killed. She doesn’t know that her choice will lead her to love, luxury, danger, and longing.

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A Court of Thorns and Roses

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This is what Sarah J. Maas’ work does to me: It makes my imagination burst and absolutely come alive. My goal was to find a few images that would maybe scratch the surface of what types of scenes were cinematically running through my mind, but Sarah’s writing is just so, so much more. There’s depth and detail and emotion and clarity. But best and most of all, there’s passion that courses through Sarah’s writing. It’s obvious she doesn’t rush a story for publication purposes; she mulls over all the details and intricacies until everything is so beautifully, wonderfully balanced.

I have a confession though. I was so nervous that I wouldn’t love A Court of Thorns and Roses as much as I love her Throne of Glass series. Well, false. The way this Beauty and the Beast retelling made my inner child resurface and blossom into something new and amazing as an adult (because let’s be honest, the connection between Feyre and Tamlin is …phew, steamy) was incredible. It gave me so much to relate to, even as a person who doesn’t read a ton of fantasy and often has a hard time getting absorbed in the world.

Feyre is a poor, young impoverished woman. Since her family’s fortune disappeared and her mother passed away, Feyre’s been solely responsible for making sure her disabled father and two heads-in-the-clouds sisters have food to eat and clothes on their back. She daily puts herself in danger’s way, but is extremely under-appreciated and often overlooked. One day as she’s hunting in the woods, freezing and exhausted, she has to make the decision to kill a wolf that’s threatening to hunt the deer she’s had her eye on. She’s hunted down by another giant beast because she’s broken a treaty between the humans and the Faeries. Her choice is either to live with the beast in Prythian on the other side of the wall that will forever separate her from her family, or die. She chooses to go.

In Prythian she takes up residence with Tamlin, the beast who claimed her from her home. He’s a shape-shifter, but mostly lives in his Faerie form, not all that unlike humans, but with curved ears, and a very attractive physique. Tamlin’s home (i.e. mansion) is a luxurious, spacious, and peaceful haven from the life Feyre knows back home. She’s torn between leaving her family behind (How will they survive?) and embracing the luxury of Prythian’s Spring Court.

Tamlin is frequently protecting the land, easily disturbed by Feyre’s abrasive attitude, and is extraordinarily giving even though he doesn’t have to be (and often, Feyre doesn’t seem to deserve his generosity). Lucien is Tamlin’s right hand man with a lot of gumption, a hot temper, a crazy sense of humor, and is very protective of Tamlin, leaving him very cautious around Feyre.

Feyre and Tamlin are essentially enemies. They’ve been brought up to hate one another. For nearly 500 years, it’s been Faeries versus humans.

Sarah J. Maas made me love everything about this childhood fairy tale all over again. I loved Feyre’s story — the escape from her depravity and meeting Tamlin, who pulls her out of her miserable fate to something so much more. Knowing what to expect, but with added elements of the scenery, haunting Attor and other creatures, and the brutal separation that leads the two lovebirds back together really gave A Court of Thorns and Roses its own identity.

And plus, how much more fun is it to read a grownup Beauty and the Beast retelling with super hot, steamy, sexy scenes? Sign me up for more of Tamlin and Feyre’s story, please.

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An early copy of this book was provided by the publisher.

May 8, 2015 - 1:49 pm

Magan - Me too, Alexa! I was so pleasantly surprised that it was another HUGE hit for me. It’s got me in a fantasy mood now, craving SO MUCH MORE!

May 8, 2015 - 11:55 am

Alexa S. - I’m seriously SO thrilled that you enjoyed A Court of Thorns and Roses, M. Isn’t it so, so lovely? I think Sarah has done a brilliant job writing something different from her Throne of Glass series, and I certainly need MORE.

May 7, 2015 - 1:36 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - YES! So excited to read your thoughts. I just loved this one too. I was so scared it wouldn’t live up to my expectations having recently fallen in love with ToG.
I loved how it really was its own story but you could easily spot BatB too!

May 6, 2015 - 8:18 pm

Faith - So glad you liked it! Can’t wait to read it because its more Sarah J Maas 🙂

May 6, 2015 - 4:41 pm

Julia Anne @ Peach Print - I’m so happy to hear this book doesn’t disappoint!! I actually have yet to read Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass series (I know, I’m terrible), but once I do, I’m definitely going to get cracking on this newest release. A grownup Beauty and the Beast retelling? Count me in!

May 6, 2015 - 2:31 pm

Magan - Yani! It was released yesterday! RUN TO YOUR BOOKSTORES TO BUY IT! RUN! 😉 I hope you enjoy!

May 6, 2015 - 10:16 am

Yani - I cannot wait for this to be in our local bookstore’s shelves. I want to read it now. I can’t bear the hype anymore. It’s torture.

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