A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas

July 10, 2015 Review 52 ★★★★½

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas
ACOTAR by Sarah J. Maas
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Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Source: Purchased
Pages: 432
Release Date: May 5th 2015
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #1
Genres: Fairy Tales & Folklore, Family, Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, New Adult, Retelling
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A thrilling, seductive new series from New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas, blending Beauty and the Beast with faerie lore.

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.

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!
This book may be unsuitable for younger readers due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence. Note that this review itself does not contain any inappropriate material.

aliseWell, you’ve probably seen plenty of reviews for A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES by now so I will make this quick: read it if you haven’t already.

Glorious characters are glorious, Maas writes an amazing cast as usual and there is really nothing bad I have to say about the characters. Also as per usual, I ended up with way too favorite characters and couples to ship because everyone is just so awesome. I can’t wait to see how they all further develop in the books to come (plus I still have so many questions!)

Speaking of couples I ship, the main romance here is great. Feyre and Tamlin’s relationship is one I could watch grow over and over again and never get tired of it. The romance does have a large part in the story but there are other elements that get just as much attention.  After all, Maas created a whole new unique world with Fae lore and that isn’t something you want just glossed over-and it isn’t.

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As for the pacing, I wish there had been more action and plot in the first half but it is forgivable since this is a series and I would rather have this time spent truly developing the story and relationships rather than rushing into things. The second half was awesome, and it was what made me really made me fall in love with the story.

Those of you who dislike cliffhangers have nothing to fear here, ACOTAR has a well wrapped up ending, and it’s a relief not having to sell what remains of my soul for the next book (I already owe some to Bec and some for other miscellaneous bargains I’ve made). I’m still really excited for the books to come though, especially because of one part towards the end View Spoiler ». Anyways, I’ll just be hanging out here until the next Maas book comes out and ruins my life.

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Overall: 4.5

52 Responses to “A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas”

    • Alise

      SPOILER: From what I was thinking and from what I’ve read from other people I’m guessing it’s imprinting! Like he imprinted on her before he disappeared. It’s been awhile since I read the scene though, haha. Thank you!

        • Alise

          LOL, I’m really worried as well. It will definitely complicate things which I’m on the fence about because DRAMA but I am really curious about Rhys as a character. Ooh, that’s a good one too. I should go reread the scene. I hadn’t thought of that, now I really can’t wait to see!

  1. Rashika

    I feel like everyone has theories about what’s up with Rhys………… I HAVE SOME THAT ARE DRIVING ME INSANE to the point where I am considering not reading the sequel. Have you heard what the author said about changing the ship in book 2?

    I really did enjoy this book though and I am so glad to see you did too, Alise! It’s definitely my favorite from the author (seeing that I didn’t like her other series) and I am hoping things don’t become too complicated that I am turned off by the series .-.

    Lovely review! :)
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    • Alise

      Yeah, I’ve read so many! I haven’t heard that, do you have the link? I’d love to read it. Rhys really interests me so I’m not totally against him becoming a love interest, although not much would probably come from it.

      I’m glad you liked this one! Yeah, I’m curious to see what the next books will hold. Thanks :)

  2. Joy @ Thoughts By J

    OMG ALL THE YAAAAS. This book left me in such a massive book hangover – I couldn’t read anything for a month and a half. Maas never fails to impress me with her writing and world-building. And she has changed the way I view the fae. ALL THE LOVE FOR THIS BOOK!
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  3. Abby @ Enthralling Reads

    I’ve seen some raving reviews about this like yours and I just want to read the book and see where’s the hype coming from. Ohhh goody! I am in for character development, fan-yourself-romance, and action-packed books. I’m glad the book have those.

    Fantastic review, Alise!
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    • Alise

      You should read it and see what you think! I really liked the romance in this one and the fantastical worlds and writing only Maas can create. Thanks :D

    • Alise

      Thank you! I know that feeling, I get a lot of my books from the library too! I really hope you like it :)

    • Alise

      Thanks! There were some slower parts, for sure. Since it was a series opener I kind of let it go but I wish more had happened as well. Same, hope we both enjoy the sequel!

  4. Ju @ Fictional Skylines

    Same! Except I felt like the romance overtook the plot in the beginning but that changed, thank goodness. ~ SPOILER ~ I’ve read so many theories about the Rhysand thing in the end too but I don’t understand anything because whenever anyone mentions “imprinting”, I collapse in laughter at the thought of Jacob and that little girl from the Twilight series.
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    • Alise

      I said the same thing to Bec while I was reading, I wanted more than just the romance during the beginning-ish parts so I’m glad that changed later on as well. LOL, I know what you mean. I had that thought too and I’m desperately trying to keep the two separate but now I’m reminded. THANKS JU, GOSH. ;)

  5. Sarah J.

    ACOTAR is one of those few books that I immediately read along with all the hype and I wasn’t disappointed. I’m happy to see you enjoyed it, Alise! I honestly don’t know how I feel about this Rhys guy. I personally hate him, but I seem to be in the minority.
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    • Alise

      Same here! Usually I’m a bit afraid but this is Maas, after all. Rhys seems pretty complex, I’m anxious to read more about it. Up until the very end I really disliked him too, aha. I thought he was heartless and evil xD

  6. Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews

    YAY I LOVED reading your thoughts here and sharing in ALL THE FEELS Alise ♥♥ Maas is officially a life-ruiner, there is no going around it! This new world, it’s characters, the ROMANCE, the SHIPS, the magic. THAT ENDING! GAH! I already can’t wait for more :D Oh and I NEED to know about your Rhysand theories!! Gimme gimme gimme!
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    • Alise

      Oh, a life-ruiner for sure. The feels, I swear. I KNOWWWW, I’m so excited that this is going to be a series, the more Maas books, the better. SPOILER My theory was imprinting. If that is the case GAH I NEED THE SECOND BOOK.

  7. Wattle

    I’m still so on the fence about wanting to read this one. The only book by Maas I have read was Throne of Glass, and it was so slow to begin with, is this one similar?

    Maybe I should just finish the series I started and then think about reading more lol so many positive reviews for this one make me think it might be worth a shot though. Hmmm.
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    • Alise

      I would say so, yeah. I didn’t have any troubles with ToG but found the beginning of this slow so I’m worried you find it the same as well. Like, it’s entertaining but very romance based so not too much happens otherwise until the halfway mark.

      Aha, pshhh, who does that? ;) If you read this one, let me know what you think!

  8. Cait @ Paper Fury

    I’M SO INRIGUED BY RHYSAND I SERIOUSLY CANNOT EVEN. OMG. I think he’s like the most interesting character there. xDXD I’m one of the weirdos who wasn’t completely sold. I liked it but I didn’t love it. :( I shall stay a wild Throne of Glass fan though because fjaldks Chaol and Dorian and Celaeana ajfldsk. Anyway. I loved the 2nd half of this book though. OMG SO DARK AND CREEPTASTIC.
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    • Alise

      ME TOO. Right? He seems so incredibly complex and I can’t even guess at what his true movies are. AND ROWAN, DON’T FORGET ROWAN. Me too, the 2nd half really impressed me.

    • Alise

      It really is, I wasn’t a huge fan of Fae either until this! Agreed, I hope we get to see more of the world. Thank you!

    • Alise

      That’s how I felt too, the second half had a lot more going on. Ahaha, right? I’m anxious to see where that goes. Thanks :)

  9. Rachel @ A Perfection Called Books

    I really enjoyed this book too, Alise! The characters were wonderful, and I loved the world-building and Maas’ beautiful writing. I thought the first half was a bit slower, but I was just so fascinated by everything going on. The second half was definitely epic though. I need to know what Rhysand saw too… I’m glad the book didn’t end on a cliff-hanger. I’m excited to see where the story goes too :) Lovely review <3

    • Alise

      Yay! :D I agree, it was. So glad it picked up after that, and I hope that same pacing continues on into the next book. Definitely excited! Thank you :)

  10. Brittany

    I honestly don’t think I’ve seen ANY negative reviews about this book, and the hype kind of scares me. I’ve had this one sitting on my desk for months now and I feel like a total failure because sometimes it seems like I’ve the only YA blogger who hasn’t read it yet xD haha. As soon as I dig myself out of the huge pile of ARCs I have to read and review, I’m definitely going to dive into ACOTAR. Lovely review! <3
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    • Alise

      I’ve seen some talking about the pacing issues but yeah, there aren’t too many completely negative reviews. I know what you mean though, I get anxious about the hype as well. Have you read her other stuff? If you like that then I don’t think you will be disappointed in this one! :) Thank you!

  11. Alise

    I really liked it, it has a bit more romance than fantasy and yes, does have sexual content. It’s being marketed as New Adult. Glad it interests you!

  12. Anissa

    Lol, that GIF at the end – perfect! I loved ACOTAR. I haven’t even had a chance to review it yet, it was so hard for me to get my thoughts all together.

    Also, I’m kind of shipping the other ship, if you know what I mean? I think theres something terribly wrong with me, I normally end up on the wrong ship. I said ship so many times in that sentence I felt like it looks like I’m actually talking about a pirate ship xD

    Great review! =D
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    • Alise

      Thanks :D

      DUDE. ME TOO. I’m usually totally wrong on these things too but ever since QoS… I can’t wait to see what direction she will go in with this series.

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