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

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas [twitter • website] 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, […]

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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.

Magan: Cress by Marissa Meyer

Cress by Marissa Meyer (website | twitter) Other Books Written by This Author: Cinder (Book #1) | Scarlet (Book #2) Publication Date: February 4, 2014 Publisher: Feiwel & Friends Pages: 560 Target Audience: Young Adult Keywords: dystopia, fairy tale retelling, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel Format Read: ARC borrowed from Sasha (Thank you!) Summary: In the third book of the Lunar Chronicles […]

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January 28, 2014 - 7:19 am

Judith - Oh, Cress! I wish I could just sit here keyboard slamming my feelings, but that might not be the best way to write something coherent as well. But this book is just so good! I love how this series gets better and better with every book and how Marissa Meyer flawlessly adds more brilliant characters to the already large cast. I absolutely adore Cress, and Cress and Thorne, and Cinder and Kai, and Winter! I have a feeling Winter is going to be even better (don’t you love her already?!) and ahhhh. More please!

January 16, 2014 - 2:33 pm

Lisa is Busy Nerding - IS WINTER THE END?!
I had no idea.

You did SO MUCH BETTER with your review than mine!
(told you so!)

January 16, 2014 - 11:15 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - Oh my gosh, I AM SO EXCITED TO READ CRESS! And yes, that needed all caps. I’ve been hearing that Cress is just as wonderful as Cinder and Scarlet and that makes me SOOO happy. I can’t wait to see how to handles the growing cast of characters and the whole world. So freaking excited.

January 16, 2014 - 1:25 am

Lucy - I’m going to have to read/listen this one and Scarlet back to back. I loved Cinder so I don’t know why I”m dragging my heels to catch up!

January 15, 2014 - 6:53 pm

Alexa S. - I love how your review so perfectly describes your fangirl feelings towards Cress! My review, which I’ve just finished, devolved into fangirling… and it certainly didn’t do the book justice as much as yours did. Everything you’ve said here is an opinion I absolutely agree with! Cress was FANTASTIC, and I’m certainly looking forward to reading Winter (though the wait may kill me)!

January 15, 2014 - 12:22 pm


January 15, 2014 - 8:22 am

Bailie @ The Hemborg Wife - Ahhhhhh I cannot wait to get this, I think I have to wait a bit longer for it to come out in Europe but I am sure I will read it in a day so a little wait is ok!

January 15, 2014 - 7:26 am

Amy @ bookgoonie - I can’t wait. Marissa is genius.

Magan: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer Publication Date: February 5, 2013 Publisher: Feiwel and Friends Pages: 464 Target audience: Young Adult Keywords: dystopia, fairy tale retelling, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood Format read: ARC from Macmillan at ALA Annual (Thank you!) Previously Reviewed: Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer Summary: Cinder needs to figure out how […]

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February 10, 2013 - 11:07 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - I didn’t read this because I STILL haven’t read Cinder yet but I’m going to. I promise. Especially because you gave Scarlet a READ THIS NOW rating 🙂

February 3, 2013 - 4:53 pm

Tara - This book just left me with all the feelings! I loved how Cinder’s and Scarlet’s stories intertwined and I cannot wait for Cress. Thanks again for letting me borrow 🙂

February 1, 2013 - 9:21 pm

Kelly - I’ve only seen glowing reviews for this, which makes me want to re-read Cinder so I can be as prepared as possibly to enjoy it! And a brooding bad boy? My fate is sealed!

January 31, 2013 - 11:08 am

Cynthia - Dying to read this one!! I loved Cinder and can’t wait to find out what happens to her and Kai in this sequel. Also eager to meet these new characters, I’ve been hearing lots about Wolf. =D

January 30, 2013 - 7:30 pm

Suz @ A Soul Unsung - Oh wow! Now, I’m really super excited and can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of Scarlet, if it’s all of that and so much more! *g*

I know that I instantaneously fell head over feet for Cinder and broody boys are one of the best things ever written in fiction, true facts.

Fantastic review!

January 30, 2013 - 3:28 pm

Stormy - I cannot wait for this book. I thought at the beginning of 2013 that Divergent #3 was going to be my most anticipated book of the year, but at this point I realize, nope, I’m WAY more excited for Scarlet. And like you, I also always want more Kai!

January 30, 2013 - 3:27 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I couldn’t agree more with you about everything you just said about Scarlet. I loved how Meyer weaves these stories together. And Wolf was such an interesting character. I’m also not exactly sure how I feel about him. I mean, I love him, but also I am a but wary (and maybe even scared) of him as well. I hate waiting for Cress. And I have a long wait on my hands 🙁

January 30, 2013 - 2:18 pm

Annette - I kind of only skimmed your review, because I’m about 1/2 way through Scarlet — but I’m really excited to finish it! I’m loving it too!

January 30, 2013 - 11:02 am

Rachel - I haven’t read this yet (obviously), but the intertwined stories is what has me impressed the most/the main reason why I’m looking forward to this book. I liked Cinder, but I wasn’t the hugest fan of some of the characters, so I’m looking forward to having the same story from Cinder, with some new characters as well. Great review!

January 30, 2013 - 10:44 am

Alexa Y. - I absolutely loved Scarlet (and thank you again for letting me borrow it!). I think Marissa Meyer is wonderful writer, and I love how she’s turning these classic fairytales into something new and fun and modern. I can’t wait to get my hands on a finished copy – and to read the next installment when it FINALLY releases!

January 30, 2013 - 9:19 am

Janita @ Book, Interrupted - SO EXCITED! OMGOMG I just ordered this and it’s getting sent to me soon and I am freaking out so much. I just started reading Cinder all over again to prepare for the awesomeness. Everyone who has reviewed this has loved it! So glad that you liked it too! EEK!!

January 30, 2013 - 6:04 am

Lori - So happy to hear you loved it! I have no idea where she’s going to take us with this series and I love that.

January 30, 2013 - 5:47 am

Hemborgwife - I have had this is my amazon cart to pre-order for ages and this is really prompting me to actually make the purchase!

January 30, 2013 - 12:53 am

Bookworm1858 - I always want more Kai too! Jen Ryland/YA Romantics initially freaked me out, making me think there was a love triangle (with Thorne) but I’ve now read Scarlet and am relaxed on the Cinder/Kai front even if the evil queen is trying to get in the way. So glad to read someone’s thoughts who adores Kai like I do!

Magan: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Cinder by Marissa Meyer Publication Date: January 3, 2012 Publisher: Feiwel & Friends Pages: 387 Target audience: Young Adult Keywords: fairy tale retelling, Cinderella, Beijing, future setting Format read: ARC from Jess at Gone With the Words (Thanks!) Summary: Set in Beijing, Cinder is a futuristic retelling of the classic Cinderella fairy tale, in which she’s […]

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January 15, 2014 - 7:00 am

Magan: Cress by Marissa Meyer, Magan - […] Marissa Meyer (website | twitter) Other Books Written by This Author: Cinder (Book #1) | Scarlet (Book #2) Publication Date: February 4, 2014 Publisher: Feiwel & Friends […]

December 4, 2013 - 5:05 pm

Who Knew I Would Like Cyborgs So Much? | Hopeful Happiness - […] is another Cinderella retelling that is just amazing and lovely. Read that instead.”Magan @ Rather be Reading says, “I sincerely wish a blog had blatantly stated SKIP EVERYTHING ELSE AND READ THIS NOW. I […]

January 30, 2013 - 12:01 am

Rather Be Reading: Book Review of Scarlet by Marissa Meyer - […] Scarlet (Lunar Chronicles #2) by Marissa Meyer Publication Date: February 5, 2013 Publisher: Feiwel and Friends Pages: 464 Target audience: Young Adult Keywords: dystopia, fairy tale retelling, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood Format read: ARC from Macmillan at ALA Annual (Thank you!) Previously Reviewed: Cinder (Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer […]

December 18, 2012 - 7:04 am

Magan: 2012 End of Year Book Survey - […] Tell You Mine by Pip Harry Cinder by Marissa Meyer Daughter of Smoke and Bone and Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor […]

September 23, 2012 - 11:05 pm

Magan: Shelve It -- September 24, 2012, Magan - […] for us to give away to one of you guys! It’s a brand new release, just published last week. Add the book to Goodreads and check out my review of Burn for Burn. Enter below! The giveaway is open for one […]

September 20, 2012 - 6:38 am

Lori - I agree with everything that you said! I was pretty apprehensive going into Cinder. Cyborgs and Cinderella? Uh..what? But OMG it works! I was swept off my feet. I’m so anxious for Scarlet now.

September 18, 2012 - 9:37 pm

Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl - YES! Magan, I’m so glad you loved Cinder! I adored this book the moment I started it, and I’m so excited by your review! It makes me want to read it all over again. I’m starting on Scarlet soon, and can’t wait!

September 18, 2012 - 12:34 pm

Jamie - I think I need to read this one because of your review PLUS so many of my most trusted bloggers are here in the comments raving! I just didn’t think it was a ME book.

September 18, 2012 - 2:13 am

Jess C - I also enjoyed Cinder. At first I thought Meyer was trying to trick us by making us think we knew what was happening, but I was to swept up by the story to notice.

September 17, 2012 - 10:53 pm


Seriously, I fell in love with Cinder, and I’m so glad that you convinced me that I should read it straight away. It is BRILLIANT. (And thanks for lending me Scarlet – equally brilliant!)

Everyone needs to listen to you and just read Cinder NOW.

September 17, 2012 - 7:08 pm

Kristen Evey - “You know those books you see pop up a TON on review blogs? You read incredible reviews for the book and add it to your TBR list on Goodreads, but somehow it takes you months to pick it up?

Yup, that was me with Cinder.”

This is still me. I even bought it. It’s sitting on my bookshelf looking pretty and enticing. It’s not that I don’t want to read it. I do. I want to read it A LOT! But, I want to savor it and don’t want it to be over. Haha. Doesn’t make sense, but, there it is. I keep telling myself once I’m done with my library books I’ll read it, but then I keep checking out NEW library books. Sigh. I will read it soon, I swear. Great review, btw!

September 17, 2012 - 6:46 pm

Jess @ Gone with the Words - *happy dance* It makes me insanely happy when someone loves a book I loved, but even moreso when I had the pleasure of giving that book to them!

Awesome review, Magan! As always. 🙂

September 17, 2012 - 5:51 pm

VeganYANerds - I so know what you mean and this book is the same for me, I’ve seen it around on so many blogs but part of me just didn’t think it was for me. However I do like the idea of a Cinderella re-telling that is original and the fact that the characters are well done makes this appeal to me. Great review, Magan, I promise to read this sometime soon!

September 17, 2012 - 5:35 pm

Magan - YAYYY, Anna! YIPPIE! This book evokes the happiest of thoughts in me, so I’m glad you feel the same way! 🙂

September 17, 2012 - 5:35 pm

Magan - Tara, it was totally YOUR review that screamed READ THIS RIGHT NOW to me. I had no choice but to pick it up after I read your review. (Thanks for that!) I hope you L.O.V.E. Scarlet!

September 17, 2012 - 5:34 pm

Magan - Holly, I decided yesterday when I went to the library that I’m going to create a modified TBR list on Goodreads — one that includes WANT THIS NOW books so I don’t have to scroll hopelessly through my list when I’m searching for things that strike my fancy. Please, please read Cinder soon!

September 17, 2012 - 5:33 pm

Magan - Rachel, YES — exactly YES to what you said. Maybe because it’s written in third person I felt like I knew more than the character did and it was kind of like keeping a secret? I dunno. Something about having the knowledge in advance just worked for me!

September 17, 2012 - 5:32 pm

Magan - Karen, I’m so glad you’re going to continue on with Scarlet. (It’s ah-mazing & I loved it just as much as Cinder). Hope you love it too!

September 17, 2012 - 5:31 pm

Magan - LISA! LISA! DO IT. As in soon. I loved it so, so much. Not one day — ASAP.

September 17, 2012 - 4:59 pm

Lisa - I am one of those blogger you’re screaming at to stop everything and read it now! Because it’s just sitting on my little shelf.

One day!

September 17, 2012 - 4:28 pm

Karen - I feel bad that I didn’t like this one as much as everyone else did. I didn’t dislike it – I just wasn’t as captivated as others seem to be.
Having said that, I’m still interested in Scarlett to see where the story goes.

September 17, 2012 - 4:19 pm

Rachel @ hello, chelly - I felt the same way about this book! I read it recently too and I wish I had read it much much sooner.

I also agree about guessing where things were headed. Usually I prefer being surprised.. but in this case, when my suspicious were correct I wanted to jump up and down in excitement. I loved being right, loved Kai, him and Cinder, so many to list.

Great review 🙂

September 17, 2012 - 3:06 pm

Holly - I am the same way! I actually still haven’t read Cinder! I always add books to my “want to read” list, but for some reason, when I go to the bookstore, I pick up 10 other books, except the ones on my list! But I’ll definitely have to pick Cinder up now! This was such a great review! 🙂

September 17, 2012 - 11:11 am

Tara - I was the EXACT same way with this book! I bought it at a signing ages ago and just recently got around to reading it. Why did I wait so long?! Now I’m just super anxious for Scarlet (hurry up February)! Such a great review Magan 🙂

September 17, 2012 - 10:58 am

Anna - I love it I love it I love it soooooooo much your review made me sing and dance a little in my head at my desk.