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      About the Author

      Sarah J. Maas is the #1 New York Times and internationally bestselling author of the Throne of Glass, Court of Thorns and Roses, and Crescent City series. Her books have sold millions of copies and are published in thirty-seven languages. Sarah lives with her husband, son, and dog.


      Dimensions 25.4 × 4.7 cm
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      ‎ Bloomsbury Publishing (16 February 2021)

      Language ‏

      ‎ English

      Paperback ‏

      ‎ 448 pages

      ISBN-10 ‏

      ‎ 152664116X

      ISBN-13 ‏

      ‎ 978-1526641168

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      ‎ 440 g

      Dimensions ‏

      ‎ 20.3 x 25.4 x 4.7 cm

      Country of Origin ‏

      ‎ United Kingdom

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      ‎ 1.00 count


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      13 reviews for A Court of Thorns and Roses Paperback – 16 February 2021 by Sarah J. Maas (Author)

      1. Shaljami

        I have to start by saying that this book consumed me wholly and I devoured it completely. While the first few chapters slowly grew on me, the rest owned my nights, days and every available unoccupied thought. There is something about fantasy fiction, that just expands my imagination to untraceable lengths  I don’t remember the last book that I finished in five days.A story about a nineteen year old girl Feyre, who kills a wolf unknowing of its consequences. A beast comes to capture her and takes her back to his lands to never return to her family. Is the beast really all beast? Is this magical land really all that which meets the eye? Are the legends she heard as a child, just legends?The descriptions of this magical world was simply spell binding. I drank each and every scene literally out of the palm of the author’s hand. The characters Feyre, Tamlin, Lucien, Rhys made me laugh, weep and anger at every scene. The dialogues, emotions all wrapped up so full bodied. To the extent that each conversation I closed the page on, kept playing in my head until I opened the book again.The plot moves efficiently and effortlessly through till the climax scene and beyond. The main themes love, friendship, loyalty, family, freedom, righteousness, sacrifice are just a few to be named.This is a masterfully crafted piece of work, I can’t wait to read the other four parts. For all those who love fantasy romance, please don’t miss out on this one.

      2. Maitry Singh

        Spice, romance, action everything you name it. This book has it.

      3. Piyali Bhadra

        Just finished reading the ACOTAR series, and must say it’s a wonderful read. It got me out of my reading slump, so brownie points for that.The story starts slow, with a peek into Feyre’s life as a hunter, who hunts not by passion but under compulsion. As you read further, the character opens up and along with it opens a world of mystery, beautiful ugliness and surprises.The invincible beasts or faeries from the beginning are exposed with their vulnerabilities, the wounded skin and gruesome wounds. Their scars get exposed and it shows how everyone is vulnerable at the hands of something or the other, no matter how powerful you assume yourself to be.The need for comfort, a sweet gesture, and a kind hand is not lost even on the fearsome, powerful gifted faeries. In that note, Sarah J. Maas builds a fantasy world that can be seen as a parallel of our worlds. Where even the most powerful ones may fall prey to someone with the taste for better evil.As the story progress, you see a little glimpse of human even in the deadliest of foes. Someone who denies to have emotion being driven by love and hatred to ruin a beautiful world. At some point, you are able to feel Amarantha’s pain and logic behind her actions, no matter how unreasonable they are. They all maje mistakes, driven by love and the desperation to save their loved ones from a greater evil.But one character that I would like to mention among all will be Nesta. She doesn’t have much to do, a minor character in this book, but I really loved the way she is written a lot. She doesn’t show her love or care like others. She keeps them to herself and shields her heart against even her closed ones, because that heart has been brutalized by those she loved ones. But her love is strong, fierce and protective. It can stand true under the most inconvenient circumstances, against the deadliest opponents. I hope to read more from her in the next books.I will end my review here, with a hopeful heart to uncover tales from the land of faeries and magic.

      4. Grishma

        Good quality and is original

      5. Bhavna

        Can’t wait to start reading it. Already in awe after looking at the book!!

      6. Barsha

        I am pleased to have purchased this book. I found the characters to be complex and well-written, the plot engaging, and the magical realm beautifully created. Reading through the rest of the series!

      7. Nikita SJ

      8. AlphaGirlReviews

        When I was done with the Fever series, I thought no book can ever fill in the void left by those books. And then, A Court Of Thorns And Roses happened to me. I deliberately kept away from fantasy novels all these years because I did not find the point in reading something that is unreal. In fact, I hardly ever read any fairy tales. Fairy tales never really interested me. A Court Of Thorns and Roses is the modified re-telling of the fairy tales, Beauty and The Beast and East of the Sun and West of the Moon. I have never read or watched Beauty and the Beast. All I knew about it was that a cursed beast falls in love with a human lady and her love for him breaks his curse and transforms him into a man. So, I started reading the book with this minor outline in my mind. And I what the book delivered was way beyond my expectations. I was left utterly astounded by the time I finished the book. With the fairy tale’s premise, Sarah J. Maas has created a phenomenal new world with magnificent characters. I loved this book and here are my reasons why.Points I Liked About A Court Of Thorns And RosesFantastic Feyre: Feyre is the main character and narrator of the series. She may be poor but she never lets go of her dignity and pride. She is trapped in a completely new world with strange new people but she doesn’t lose herself to either fear of the unknown or glamour that appears before her. She is strong and self-reliant, probably because of the years she spent in utter poverty. What is more touching about her is that despite being ill-treated by her family, she only cares about them. Her concern for her family is slightly distressing especially when you know that they do not really care for her.Medium Paced: The story advances at a medium pace, which is fair enough considering its plot. Initially, the book felt a little slow but once Feyre is in Prythian things get faster and interesting.Beautiful Writing: Sarah J. Maas’s writing is just too good. Even though you know how the story will end, her writing keeps you on the edge of your seat. Her writing is descriptive yet concise. She has ensured that the readers have something to look forward to by the end of every chapter.Points I Did Not Like About A Court Of Thorns And RosesTerrible Tamlin: I am someone who falls in love with almost every good male lead I read about. It needs a lot of effort on the part of the hero to make me dislike him. So, when I say I do not like a hero it means that the character must certainly be overly clichéd or extremely boring. And Tamlin was both. Firstly, the name Tamlin itself sounds so childish. The writer has plucked elements from different fairy tales and merged them all into one novel and Tamlin’s character is inspired by a ballad, Scottish Borders. But the name Tamlin is too soft for the character described in the book. The name paints a feeble picture of a lanky man and does not evoke any sense of admiration for a High ranked Fae.Secondly, Tamlin falters heavily in the second half of the book. Feyre is badly hurt on several occasions in her attempts at saving Tamlin. But her efforts have no effect on him whatsoever. Though his behaviour is clearly justified in the book, as a reader it disappoints me. The central character ends up looking too weak, which robbed the sense of awe I generally feel for strong male characters. I do not expect perfect characters that always save the day with unbelievable actions. I just felt that Tamlin could have looked a little less weak. Now, that I have started reading the next book in the series, I understand the need for making Tamlin look the way he did.Final View: Sarah J. Maas’s fictional world of Prythian is highly engrossing. It was an interesting read and I found it next to impossible to keep the book down. You will like the book for the following reasons:you like the original version of Beauty and the Beastyou like fantasy and romance fictionyou like strong female leads in a storyyou are a Sarah J. Maas fanIf none of these points apply to you then kindly do not cross this path. The fae realms might just claim your life.

      9. Teisha @ Girl Writes Reviews

        Bow Down to the Queen of YA FantasyThis book, with its magic, fairytale roots, and steamy hot romance, deserves ALL of the stars. I loved it!Here are the five reasons why I gave A Court of Thorns and Roses 5 out of 5 stars (and then some):★ FAIRYTALE RETELLINGI was a little wary of this story when I discovered that it was a fairytale retelling. I love the story of Beauty and the Beast. Growing up, I watched the Disney version all of the time (but not as much as I watched Pocahontas). However, in the past I have struggled to find enjoyment in Beauty and the Beast retellings. Particularly Beastly by Alex Flinn — I did not enjoy the book or the movie.I think I was worried that A Court of Thorns and Roses wouldn’t feel original, but it was the complete opposite. Maas has written an incredibly unique story that is grounded in the fairytale we all know and love, but is also independent and utter creative genius (Maas is definitely honing and owning her writing skills!). Yes, there is a curse, and magic, and a love story. But there is also dark magic, and steamy romance (and I do mean steamy!), and blood and gore, and court drama — basically, all of my favorite things wrapped up in one neat, rose-colored bow.There were some twists on the original story of Beauty and the Beast that I really enjoyed. For example, in the original story, the residents/servants of the Beast’s home are cursed and transformed into household items. However in ACOTAR, rather than being transformed into household items, Maas’ cursed characters must wear masquerade masks, and have done so for 50 years since the curse was placed on the night of a masquerade party. I also appreciated that, though Tamlin was a beast, that quality did not factor into the curse that was placed on him. Rather, as a Fae, he has the power of shape-shifting, and takes the form of a beast (usually when fighting). So, throughout most of the book, Tamlin is portrayed as a glorious, chiseled, man of steel. Some readers believe that the fact that Tamlin is gorgeous retracts from the Beauty and the “Beast” story line. However, no one writes hot male love interests like Sarah J. Maas, so I am not complaining about Tamlin at all.Overall, I found that I loved the fairytale background of this story more than anything. I enjoyed drawing comparisons between Maas’ story and characters, and the story I grew up with. Maas’ world is so intriguing, engrossing you from the very beginning and never letting you go.★ GENREWhile we know that ACOTAR is a fairytale retelling, that is not to say that it is a children’s book. I went into this book thinking that it was Young Adult. However, there is a particular scene that takes place after the Great Rite on Fire Night (such a good scene, by the way — just wait for it) that made me take a step back and think “Whoa! This is way too sexy and erotic for Young Adult literature.”Looking back at Goodreads, I found that the book was listed as Young Adult and New Adult. But, I would personally classify this book as New Adult. Having read many New Adult novels, I found that the sex rating for ACOTAR resonates with that of a New Adult novel. I think that there is a lot of confusion about the genre of this book because we all know Sarah J. Maas as a Young Adult author. I personally have no problem with this genre. However, for parents who are giving this book to their young children, or for those readers who don’t enjoy sex scenes in their books — you have been warned.I love the New Adult genre, and discovering that ACOTAR fell into that genre made me love it even more. I appreciate the more mature content, and that the characters are closer to my age (Feyre is 19). And, hey, I appreciate the sexy times, too. (There is no shame in my game… Because, who am I kidding? I have no game.) I had also never read a New Adult Fantasy before, so I was glad to be exploring new territory.I’m absolutely impressed with Maas as a writer. She is not afraid to be different, to venture out to new places. I love that she is entering this new genre, and look forward to seeing what else she has up her sleeve for the future.★ FEYRE, THE PROTAGONISTWhen I started reading ACOTAR, I was sure Maas was going to give us another Celaena Sardothien: a badass girl who is nearly invincible, yet lovable and cool. However, Feye (pronounced Fay-ruh) is so different from other fantasy protagonists I have read, because she is so unapologetically human. She is normal, and she is flawed, and I found that I could easily relate to her character. Feyre is unlike the female protagonists we are accustomed to. She is no fighter, not outstandingly gorgeous, and she is also illiterate (a shortcoming that embarrasses her to not end).In the beginning, Feyre is not very likable. She is cold, harsh, stubborn, and hard-headed. But, readers begin to see how her situation of poverty has shaped her to be that way. Once at the Spring Court, where she is no longer burdened with the responsibility of taking care of her father and two sisters (all of whom are ungrateful of her efforts to keep them alive), the ice in her heart begins to melt as she lives in comfort and takes up her passion for painting. Readers witness her character develop as she begins to rediscover happiness and life’s simple pleasures. Feyre easily becomes a character you can’t help but root for and love.★ TAMLIN & AN IMPENDING LOVE TRIANGLESince we have discussed Feyre, I believe that it is only appropriate to take a glance at her love interest: Tamlin.Tamlin is a bae Fae warrior, with magical abilities. He is also gorgeous, kind-hearted, and strong. And, he places Feyre’s happiness and well-being above all else. But, he is not perfect. He is flawed, haunted by his family’s past, by his own mistakes, and the lives he has taken. But, through all of that, he still strives to do and be good.However, I admit that while I love Tamlin, I am worried that Maas has a love triangle in the works for Book 2 of ACOTAR.Because Rhysand.Rhys, a sexy, dangerous Fae, is a force of nature who seeks to dig his claws (or rather, talons) into Feyre. And, I can’t say that I hate him. I actually like his character, although we witness him do some terrible things (even to Feyre). He seems edgy, fun, and is incredibly witty. (Maas does this thing where she makes you fall in love with all of her characters, even the morally ambiguous ones.) While Tamlin is all gorgeous and good, Rhys has that hot-but-tragic thing going for him.I am already struggling with the love square Maas has going on in the Throne of Glass series (between Celaena and her three love interests — Chaol, Dorian, and Rowan). I don’t think that I will be able to handle the emotional roller coaster of another of her love triangles. But, I think that as long as no one else is introduced, as long as this does not move into the quadrilateral stage, everything will be fine.★ SUPPORTING CHARACTERSWhile Maas’ main characters are at the center of attention, her supporting characters keep this book afloat. With less focus and fewer appearances, Maas’ supporting characters still manage to steal our hearts and the show.First, there is Lucien, the red-haired, one-eyed Fae who is Tamlin’s best friend. He is initially rude to Feyre, but eventually warms up to her. They easily develop a sort of big-brother-little-sister relationship. I would consider Lucien to be the story’s comic relief. He is humorous and sarcastic and I adore his character.There is also Amarantha, the story’s evil villainess. She is a Fae ruler who has a particular hatred for humans, which is not good for Feyre. She is cold, calculating, and cruel. But she has a backstory (all the best villains have backstories). And, I don’t want to spoil you all, so I will just say that, when you learn her backstory, you realize why Amarantha is so harsh and unforgiving. Although, while I can sympathize with her on some level, I find her evil ways to be too much at times. However, I still find her to be an interesting, well-written character.And of course, there is Rhysand, whom I mentioned earlier. He is incredibly important to the story of Book 1, and will have an even larger presence in Book 2. I cannot wait to learn more about his character, because he is so enigmatic and intriguing and I just know that I am going to love him.HONORABLE MENTIONSMaas’ WritingI believe that ACOTAR is Maas’ at her best. As I stated earlier, we are definitely seeing Maas hone and perfect her skill — each book she releases is always better than the last. What I liked most about Maas’ writing in ACOTAR was her use of first person. Throne of Glass is written in third person, and with changing character perspectives. I find that I can tend to get bored with certain characters. But, with ACOTAR, told from Feyre’s perspective, I felt engaged throughout the entire book.Faerie WorldI literally want to live in Prythian, in the world of the Fae that exists beyond The Wall (just without all of the drama). Maas depicts the Spring Court so beautifully and vividly. It seems like a literal heaven on earth.Other than the beauty of the Fae world, there are the parties and festivities. I mentioned Fire Night and the Great Rite earlier, two very interesting festivities held in the Fae world. And then there are parties and gatherings celebrating the seasons, such as Summer Solstice and Midsummer. It is all so fantastical and fun, readers are just dying to step into the pages.***There is not much else I can say about A Court of Thorns and Roses. I LOVED this book! I have no idea how I am going to wait an entire year for the sequel. It’s going to be excruciating, but I am sure that it is going to worth it. Because Sarah J. Maas is a fabulous queen of writing, and every word she writes turns to gold.

      10. Clodia

        RATING: 4 – @clodiareads on IGWARNING: THIS REVIEW IS SPOILERYI went into this book kinda expecting to read just another boring, trivial, YA fantasy. I’m happy – you can’t even imagine how much – to say that it surprised me a lot, in a positive way.I’m not giving it five stars for a few reasons: first of all, the Faerie world is becoming a little bit too mainstream in my opinion and I would love to read about new, more original worlds. Second, I hated the romance side of this book. HATED.This book could’ve been perfect – I’m not kidding – if Sarah J. Maas didn’t decide to add a spoon of 50 Shades of Grey in the mixture. Why, Sarah? WHY?If you plan on reading it, expect a lot of focus on male bodies, especially muscles, they’re everywhere, in every thought of the main character and they’re the main reason behind the romance, which to me sucks. Anyway, let’s start with a more detailed review.Story:The story is nice and interesting. Everything is well explained since the beginning and it doesn’t sound forced or clichè – well, at least until the romance starts. I must say that it gets a bit boring when Fayre goes to live in Prythian: all those chapters in which she basically just walks around, discovers her new home, eavesdrops conversations and hates on Tamlin without a valid reason, after a while they get annoying. Luckily it’s just a phase and the story goes back to being interesting when Tamlin forces her to leave Prythian. I liked the idea of the curse, the fact that no one could actually tell Fayre what was going on and that she had to figure it out all alone. The best part is – obviously – when she gets Under the Mountain and accepts to complete three tasks in order to free Tamlin from Amarantha’s curse. It kinda reminded me of The Hunger Games, but in a very different way, and I absolutely loved it. There are two main things I truly appreciated in this book: the characters have so much depth and structure, their stories are long and detailed, almost all of them feel very three-dimensional, which isn’t an obvious thing (cough cough The Cruel Prince cough cough). Their actions don’t feel weird or out of nowhere, there’s always a clear reason behind everything. Honestly, they feel so real. I also really enjoyed Sarah’s writing style: she’s clearly a tell writer, which means you shouldn’t expect too many descriptions, beside the necessary ones. Is this a bad thing? Not at all, at least for me. She puts in her writing the necessary details you need to understand the world you’re reading about and see with your imagination’s eyes what she wants you to see, but at the same time she does not extend into long-winded descriptions that make you want to skip the paragraph and move on. The only thing I have to criticize – and it’s a very bad one for me – is, as I previously said, this feeling of 50 Shades wannabe. Tamlin’s muscles are the main focus of Fayre’s thoughts most of the time, even when he’s doing regular things, like opening a door or serving her a plate of food. Ridiculous and unnecessary.Characters:Fayre: she’s our main character, a teen girl forced to hunt in the woods every day to sustain her family. She lives in a hovel, with a father who’s almost a ghost and two sisters who never raise a finger to help her. But she promised her mother she would take care of them and that’s why she goes out every day, risking her life, to bring food home. She’s also illiterate, meaning that she never learned to write or read. I like this major flaw she has because it makes her different from the typical, perfect YA heroines, it makes her real, flawed, problematic. It also creates – later in the book – a situation where, without the help of someone else, she would’ve died because of this, bringing down Lucien with her. I LOVE THIS! I find very unrealistic when YA protagonists always manage to beat their enemies and overcome their obstacles, just thanks to their smart ass and their countless qualities. Fayre isn’t like that: she is smart – of course – but she’s not perfect, she makes mistakes, she doesn’t always know how to act and she can’t do it alone. I also really enjoyed her love for art and painting, this side of her which wasn’t necessary for the purposes of the story, but it made her three-dimensional and unique, giving Sarah the opportunity to describe things like Fayre would see them, with the artist’s eye. Fayre is that girl who immediately steals your heart and she grows on you with every page you turn. The only thing I didn’t like about her is how she behaved with Tamlin at the beginning of her stay in Prythian, how she was always rude and cold, even though he was trying to make her feel comfortable, even though he was always nice, sweet and kind. That didn’t make a lot of sense to me, just like it didn’t make sense, later on, her crush for Tamlin, which – for me – was really out of nowhere. I get it, he’s hot, strong, with a good hearth, I get that he’s likable, but I didn’t really get when she fell in love with him. How did that happen? To me, it felt clichè and forced, given the fact that it almost seems like she falls in love with him because he has ripped abs, huge arms, golden hair and perfect jaw.Tamlin: to be honest, to me he’s indifferent. At this point I don’t hate him – of course, he didn’t do anything wrong (yet) – but I don’t love him either, and not because there’s something bad about him. It’s just that, among all the characters, he’s one of the few two-dimensional. He doesn’t really grow or develop through the story, he’s the same since the beginning: nice, kind, sweet, with a deep love for his territories and his people and a great moral code. He just doesn’t make me go WOW. But – having read some little spoilers here and there – I know that this should change in the next book.Lucien: he’s one of my favorites! Just like Fayre, he’s not perfect, he makes mistakes and regrets it, he’s peevish and a bit harsh at the beginning, but then he starts to get close to Fayre and they develop a trusting friendship. He helps her while she’s locked Under the Mountain and she promises Tamlin to always protect her, even though he’s not the one in love with her. There’s nothing much to say about him, because – despite everything – he’s a very background character, but I liked him.Amarantha: she’s our villain, with a capital V. She’s cruel, hateful, sadistic. She’s just the worst. But I loved her. I mean, I hated her and everything she did, the pain she inflicted with joy, the deaths she caused with no regrets, the perverse pleasure with which she cursed Jurian and forced him to live forever, trapped in his own eyeball, after torturing him and destroying his body. Oh my God, how much I despise that woman. But I also loved her as a character, I loved how Sarah built her story and gave her a reason behind this cruelty. She’s not just a bad woman, she goes bad because people make her suffer and this is her reaction. It’s isn’t right or justifiable, but it makes sense and it gives her character an interesting facet.Rhysand: I don’t have much to say about him, given the fact that he was present just at the very end of the book. I have to admit that he has the typical bad boy charm. I don’t like bad boys in real life – if I could, I would punch all of them right in the face – but I’m a sucker for bookish bad boys and I just don’t understand why! I think it’s because they have more room to develop, to change, to grow, to astound me and I enjoy witnessing all of this, almost being a part of it. Rhysand is loyal to his court and everything he does – good or bad – it’s for the sake of his people: that’s why he serves Amarantha, why he’s willing to lose his dignity, to be her “whore”. That’s also why, in the end, he betrays her and helps Fayre to complete her three tasks, he literally saves her life twice! We love him just for this reason, right? I still don’t have a clear image of him and I guess I’ll have to wait and read the sequel to really understand what’s going on.That’s it. I thought I was starting another plain, boring fantasy series, but I had to change my mind and I honestly can’t wait to read A Court of Mist and Fury!

      11. Kindle Customer

        Not a perfect book, but a good book 1.I bought the trilogy. All together they were the best books I’ve read in a while. Separately, they were not perfect but I’m okay with that. I read a lot and tend to dislike books that show no character growth, or have wishy-washy villains, or have insta-love, or have love result from H saving h from sexual violation, or suffer from deus ex machina. I don’t particularly care if something is obvious because sometimes I want to read something that is easy and obvious. My brain doesn’t want to be challenged 24/7. Also, I love good dialogue- dialogue makes a romantic connection feel real rather than insta-lovey. Is dialogue action-packed? No. Does it slow down pacing? You bet. At this point, you’re probably wondering where this review is going? Well, I think that knowing more about me as a reader might make it easier to see/ relate to my views for this book.Now the fun stuff! ***SPOILERS***Feyre (the h):This character is complex and goes through several changes throughout the series. In this book, she has her ups and downs. Initially, she is hardened, street-smart and capable with a cynical eye toward romance and happiness and outright hatred and prejudice towards the fae. She also has love for a family who seems to dislike and neglect her. She is not very likeable. But does that make a book bad? No. (Hello, Wuthering Heights.) It is, however, more rare to write an h this way because readers in general tend to want to relate to an h, particularly when it’s written in 1st person perspective. So many readers might not be able to get into the story because of their dislike for Feyre. When the far remove her burdens that largely drove who she was, Feyre changes. She doesn’t have a purpose to keep her going, to shape her. The pacing of the book suffers a bit here while she tries to sort herself out. She tries to make love and painting her new purposes, and while she has the determination to do so, the fit just isn’t right. Does this make the book bad? No. While many people won’t like to read about an h that seems somehow “less” this downward arc was necessary to fuel the inevitable reversal toward a more fitting purpose. It drags a bit for sure, but makes the reversal feel more right, more true later on. Did she rush into something with Tamlin. Her feelings do feel a bit rushed but ultimately fit her as a character- going all-in has always been her style from the start. In that sense, the character is consistent. Also, her reluctance to voice her love made me think that deep-down she might have confused love with gratitude. Tamlin was her savior in many ways. For all of these reasons I liked Feyre.Tamlin (the H):Tamlin was the 1st high fae Feyre had any meaningful interactions with in the 1st book. I never really liked him as an H. He was pretty but basically hollow. He struggles with uncontrolled rage. He had just as much hatred for humans as Feyre did for fae, and his elitist attitude was hinted at throughout this book (though not substantiated until book 2). He also adheres to fae tradition in weird ways- his willing participation in the Fire Night ritual is distasteful because it borders on infidelity (especially since we later learn in book 2 that he can designate a replacement). Tamlin has from the beginning been primarily focused on Tamlin. When things get tough, he sends Feyre away; he doesn’t consult or listen to her, but just decides, hinting at his desire to treat her like a possession rather than a person. When he gets a moment of freedom under the mountain he attempts to have sex with Feyre (his wants) instead of trying to escape with or save her (her needs). When Feyre is dying, he can only bring himself to beg for her life, he isn’t moved into action. All of these things hint that Tamlin is not a good fit for Feyre. Many readers will not like to read about an H that is so lacking/ ill-fitted. The beautiful part is that these things are only ever hinted at in the writing, not outright stated so you will want to root for Tamlin while also feeling something inexplicably lacking in him. I thought about it lots before I picked up book 2, where my thoughts regarding Tamlin were cemented. Tamlin could not have been written more likeable though. If he was the perfect H then Feyre falling for Rhys in book 2 would have felt like a betrayal, instead of fated, and then Feyre would’ve been worse than unlikable but detestable as an h.Lucian:A secondary character who is both interesting and flawed. He hates Feyre at first, but ultimately warms up to her. He is loyal to a fault, siding with Tamlin over and again, even when he thinks it is wrong to do so. A trait that becomes more obvious as the series progresses. Lucian has potential.Rhysand (villain/other H):Rhysand was the most interesting character in the book (although Nesta was a close second). Rhys was the evil queen’s right-hand man. He has done terrible things. Yet, when we meet him (not my favorite bit of the book because of the gross circumstances I do not favor, as mentioned above) there is evidence that he is not all that he seems. He appeared to be interested in Feyre romantically, but the “why” part is not there. Also, it is not 100% certain WHAT drives his actions. He is a mystery. Why did he decide to help her time and again? Why, if he likes her did he decide to put her through nightly humiliation? Why use her to torment Tamlin? He is clearly not 100% a good guy. He is complex.Other things people often talk about:The sex. There is a lot more sex in this book than in other “YA” books. It seems like that has somehow lead to some amount of controversy. I find that notion very strange as many eons ago when I was a teen, sex was a big part of being a teen- whether or not to have it, who had it, when they had it where and how, what type of birth control to use, etc. Suggestions that a book would have any type of influence on those things are just silly. Teens have sex. It’s a fact. Wishing it otherwise does nothing productive. Also, the sex in this series is not “explicit.” Every time I see this adjective used, it makes me laugh. I have read many romances and even some erotica. If you truly want something “explicit” check out erotica- phrases like “the apex of my thighs” or the “the length of him” are not “explicit.”The copious dialogue. Lots of readers don’t like the extended dialogue and also wish to have seen more of the fae world. I am just guessing here, but I am thinking that they are meaning that they wanted less talk and more fairy magic. But, fae are known for more than just their magic. Another key attribute of fae has to do with their words- being able to only speak in rhyme, only speak the truth, answer any question posed, etc. This attribute can be very interesting (see Mortal Instruments series or Dresden Files). And indeed it was put to use throughout the series, sometimes well done other times much too dues ex machina for my liking. Dialogue can be a type of action when done well enough. In this book, it probably could’ve been better but was good enough for me.The Fire Night and rape culture. Honestly, I am bothered by this one. I am never fond of rape or sexual violence as a plot device which is why I tend to avoid historical romances almost entirely. In this book, I think the Fire Nite ritual was used in part explain a bit about fae magic and in part to push forward the Feyre-Tamlin relationship while introducing Rhys. I think it both went too far and not far enough. Tamlin’s participation cheapens his feelings toward Feyre, just imagine someone saying, “I love you, truly, but I need to go have sex with someone else.” And then he came back to Feyre AFTER HAVING SEX WITH SOMEONE ELSE, and bit her to clearly show his possession of her. It doesn’t sit well, does it? Additionally, the three fae with bad intentions suggest to Feyre that fae tradition gives them the right to violate her just because she is present. That makes all fae seem brutal and detestable. Thus, it goes too far. But, what about the converse? The Fire Night ritual is supposed to be necessary to ensure the bounty of the land for the next year. But, the spring court is the only court that has/ observes this ritual en mass? That does not really make sense to me. The need for this ritual, especially considering mated bonds are a rare and extremely valued thing, is not properly explained. It really could’ve been omitted from the book and is one of the few things about the book that I truly did not like.The masks. Some people like them, some don’t. The reason given for them was that they were yet another obstacle to a human girl falling in love with Tamlin. I really didn’t mind them but I did not like Feyre’s reaction to the removal of the masks. While it was consistent with her character (she always had an eye for pretty guys), I thought that it cheapened her character to have her feel relieved that Tamlin was so pretty without his mask. It was very superficial, and further proof that there wasn’t much of substance to their “love.”While book 1 is my least favorite of the series, I still really liked it and will definitely re-read it again. Books 2 and 3 get even better and I am looking forward to further writings as well. Hopefully we will get to see what happens to Nesta, Elaine, the 6th queen, and Bryaxis.

      12. Ohlookabunny

        Beautiful CoverHaving heard much raving about this series, I was poking around on Amazon when I saw this collector’s edition. It is indeed gorgeous, although I do wish it had a ribbon attached to the book to use for a bookmark. The gold image that flows from the front cover to the back and the texture of the cover are far more appealing than the plain, paper, black covers that are on most hardbacks today, and that alone justifies its presence on the shelf. It wasn’t the first time I had bought a book for the cover.Aside from hearing reviews from fans, I also saw a reference to the book when reading about Patricia A McKillip’s _Winter Rose_, which I had recently read, and its connection to the ballad of Tam Lin. This same fairy tale apparently had influence on Holly Black’s _Tithe_, also. Although the High Lord in Maas’s tale is named Tamlin, the story is obviously a retelling of “Beauty and the Beast.” The story also has borrowed pages from the fairy tale “East of the Sun, West of the Moon,” wherein the main character is taken away from her family by the bear, and the bear prince makes her impoverished family rich. Whereas neither “Beauty and the Beast” nor “East of the Sun, West of the Moon” have fairy characters, aside from a witch or enchantress here and there, in the story Tam Lin, he is identified as an elf. In Maas’s retelling, which court is cursed to wear masks, Tamlin’s friend’s mask is clearly stated as a fox, whereas Tamlin’s mask is only vaguely described, and he is often referred to as a “beast.” The lack of description was a tad infuriating.While set in a fairy tale period of time past, the main character clearly has “modern” ideas. She has no mother and a weak father figure and, furthermore, was tasked by her dying mother to take care of her sisters, despite the fact that she is the youngest. The family has only recently fallen into poverty, and the main character’s upbringing has been neglected. She learns to hunt to feed the family, and, unlike the book-loving Belle of the Disney fairy tale, no one bothers to teach her how to read, although she is presented with a library, at which point, if you were ever in doubt as to which fairy tale was being emulated, you now know for sure. According to the Internet, the character’s name “Feyre” means “Fair, Beautiful,” like the name “Belle.” DYSWSDT? I myself am not a fan of retellings, and even less of “modern” retellings, although I do appreciate influences and notes here and there.As a novel, the story has a single plot line. I have always felt that a story can be a single plot line told in a linear fashion, but a novel requires a bit more substance. Although it was interesting enough for me to finish, I am not sure that I feel compelled to read the rest of the series, particularly if there is no matching collector’s edition. For me, the most interesting parts were the three tasks at the end, and I had already guessed the answer to the riddle. I found Feyre’s modernity and rebellion to be tiresome and in direct contrast to what readers who like fairy tales would desire, and I found her difficult to like, which is basically how I feel about most “strong female characters.” I do not understand how a person who is stubborn and illogical is strong. Stubborn, I can get. Stubborn and dumb at the same time? No.ACOTAR has a Lexile score of 880, which puts it at the lower end of a 4th grade reading level (700-1160). You won’t learn any new big words, and the prose is clearly more commercial than literary and follows the “hero’s journey” template little to no deviation (i.e., no big surprises). It is known near the beginning of the book that the main character is no virgin, and there are racy scenes past the middle of the book, as well as being intoxicated and hints of something like a lap dance while being scantily clad in later chapters. The descriptions of the fairy land (not merely a realm) were not as detailed as those in Julie Kagawa’s _The Iron Fey_ series and were mundane and too similar to the lands of the mortals. The writing was a bit awkward at several points where one character’s actions were in the same paragraph with another character’s dialogue, so there was a bit of a whiplash effect for the reader, and the book could have used a good editor to clean up those areas. So, was it bad? Obviously not that bad, since I finished it. Will I read more of her stories? I can’t say for sure, but probably not unless they issue an attractive collector’s edition worthy of the bookshelf. It satisfied my curiosity, but for Fey-related books, I recommend Jim Butcher’s Dresden Series and Julie Kagawa’s Iron Fey Series. Both have mind-blowing descriptions and intricacies. I’m always interested to read other authors and series that would do a better job on this topic just to see if it’s possible. So, I gave it three stars for being “okay” plus one for a really nice cover.

      13. Yami’s Bookshelf

        A Captivating Journey into the Realm of Thorns and RosesSarah J. Maas, a master of captivating storytelling, has once again enraptured readers with her spellbinding novel, A Court of Thorns and Roses. This first installment of the series takes you on a thrilling adventure, filled with romance, action, and the enchanting world of the Fae.The story revolves around Feyre, a brave nineteen-year-old huntress whose life takes an unexpected turn when she kills a wolf in the woods. Little does she know that her act of self-defense will set in motion a chain of events that will forever change her fate. Dragged into the treacherous and magical land of Pyrythian, Feyre discovers a world she once believed to be mere legend.Maas skillfully weaves a tale of love and danger as Feyre finds herself caught in a web of deceit, surrounded by the immortal faeries who once ruled her world. While her captor, Tamlin, may appear to be a beast, she soon realizes that there is more to him than meets the eye. As Feyre navigates her new surroundings, her initial hostility towards Tamlin slowly gives way to a fiery passion, challenging everything she thought she knew about the Fae.What truly sets A Court of Thorns and Roses apart is Maas’s ability to create a rich and vivid world. Her descriptive prose brings the enchanting faerie realm to life, immersing readers in a world filled with beauty, danger, and hidden secrets. From the lush landscapes to the intricate court politics, every detail is meticulously crafted, ensuring that the reader’s imagination soars.But it is not just the world-building that shines in this novel. Maas’s characters are complex and multi-dimensional, each with their own motivations and secrets. Feyre’s journey of self-discovery and growth is beautifully portrayed, allowing readers to connect with her on a deep emotional level. The chemistry between Feyre and Tamlin is electrifying, their evolving relationship adding an irresistible layer of romance to the story.As the plot unfolds, a sinister threat looms over the faerie lands, casting a shadow of darkness that threatens to consume everything Feyre holds dear. The suspense and action build steadily, keeping readers on the edge of their seats, desperate to uncover the truth and witness the fate of the characters they have grown to love.In A Court of Thorns and Roses, Sarah J. Maas has created a masterful blend of romance, adventure, and faerie lore. With her lyrical prose and clever twists, she transports readers to a world that is both enchanting and perilous. This book is a captivating page-turner that will leave you yearning for more.If you are a fan of captivating fantasy novels that whisk you away to fantastical realms, then A Court of Thorns and Roses is an absolute must-read. Sarah J. Maas’s talent shines through every page, and I cannot wait to dive into the next installment of this enthralling series.

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