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Friday, March 11, 2016

Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses

Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #1
Format: Audiobook
Narrator: Jennifer Ikeda
Release Date: May 5th, 2015
Length: Novel (433 pages/16.1 hours)
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Source: Purchased
Buy: Audible, Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Rating: 4.0-stars

Melissa's Review:

A Court of Thorns and Roses is book one and is a promising start to a new series. Feyre, a nineteen-year-old woman has been taking care of her family since her mother passed. The family experienced some hard times and wound up losing their money, status and house a few years back. This means that Feyre, the only responsible one in the bunch, goes out to the woods each day to hunt for food. She had no clue her life would have such a major change that morning. She's hunting like usual and spots a deer and a wolf, she manages to kill both animals but this is where the issue arises. The wolf was fey, and the fey will want repayment in kind.

Feyre is whisked off to live with the fey as punishment. I kept waiting for the ax to fall on her head, but it didn't really happen, she's treated quite nicely. There's something going on, though, Tamlin, the fey high lord, and his court that Feyre is living with have some secrets, and we don't really find out more until towards the end of the book. You can, however, see Feyre and Tamlin growing closer as the story progressed.

A Court of Thorns and Roses is a retelling of Disney's Beauty and the Beast mixed with Tamlin. It leads for an interesting read, but it was a tiny bit silly at parts. The fey in the book mostly had animal masks on their faces that they were unable to remove. It did explain why, but I felt it could have been something other than masks. I tend to enjoy fey books though this one has some inconsistencies for the fey characters that don't mesh up with others in the genre. It threw me off a bit, but again it's something I could look past. The twists and turns were quite nice but be warned that the story does get dark. All in all, I was quite pleased with A Court of Thorns and Roses and recommend this book if you're looking for a fairytale retelling, or a nice fey read.


18 comments:

  1. I need to try a book by this author, I have the 2 first of her other series... soon!

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    1. I need to try out her other books :D Hope you enjoy!

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  2. Ok, this is the second great review I've read for this title in two days, I really think you're pushing my buttons, girls . . . Sigh, I gotta start this series!

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    1. I liked it! There is a bit of silly bits in it like the masks though but overall the book was awesome :D

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  3. gorgeous cover! and as always, great review Mel ;)

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    1. I'll admit, the cover lured me in lolol

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  4. I loved this story. I do agree with you though, some times were a bit silly. I just chalked it up to it being because it's a YA novel. The one thing that kinda bothered me about this was the curse. It was so specific that it kind of had me rolling my eyes that of course out of all the odds, Feyre was the key. :\

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    1. lol it was quite specific. I'll be interested to see what happens in the next book. Is a new curse going to spring up? Or is it the aftermath of what happened?

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  5. I've been meaning to get to this one since it came out! Perhaps I'll try the audiobook. :)

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    1. I enjoyed the audio version :) Hope you like it!

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  6. I remember seeing this book when it first came out. I've not tried this author or narrator before. Looks like it was pretty good.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

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    1. She has a slight lisp at the beginning then it either disappeared or I got used to it. Enjoyed it though!

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  7. Hmmmmm, I was not too keen on her other series *coughs mary sue*

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    1. Good to know! I'll keep that in mind if I want to read her other series lol

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  8. I've had this one on my tbr pile for way too long. It sounds like a fun read even if a little silly in spots. I can get along with that.

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  9. I'm really drawn to fey stories. I have this one on my shelf, but I don't generally start a series until a few are out and I've read some good reviews. It's a little disappointing to hear that the fey are so oddly portrayed here, but I am glad that you liked it overall. I have a soft spot for retellings as well. Great review!

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    1. Yeah, I'm the same way most of the time. Maybe wait until book two comes out :)

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