Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #1
on May 5, 2015
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Paranormal, YA
Source: ARC borrowed thru Around the World ARC Tours
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!
~ The only thing you need to know about this book is that it is awesome and you should read it. Honestly, request May 5th off now, and maybe May 6th too, because you will probably get a book hangover from all the feels.
~ I took 9 and 1/2 pages of notes (front and back, so 19 pages of notes). I felt like Hermione discovering books for the first time. Plus, there’s a lot going on, and I knew within a few pages that I was going to want to have book babies with A Court of Thorns and Roses, so I wanted to make sure I had detailed notes to get me through the agonizing wait for book 2.
~ The description of the book compares it to Beauty and the Beast, and yes, there are parallels between the two, but there’s so many fairytale legends interspersed throughout the novel, it just feels magical. Maas has reimagined faeries in a fresh and exciting way, making even the familiar fairytale tropes seem reborn. I admit, I have not read any of her books before, but now I get the hype surrounded her, and it’s much deserved.
~ The opening, set in an icy forest, reminded me a bit of A Game of Thrones beginning… ominous and dark and now I’m wondering if George R.R. Martin’s direwolves are really just faeries in disguise and Sarah J. Maas figured it out?
~ Set in a world where humans were once a slave to the faeries until they rose up 500 years ago. At that point the faeries kept their land of Prythian, and cast out the humans. There has been a treaty protecting the peace, but it’s beginning to fray. Feyre and her family live close to the borders, and it’s no longer safe to be out late. However, Feyre is the Katniss of her spoiled family, so someone has to hunt up dinner.
~ Feyre is a much better person than I am, because she promised to take care of her sisters (who are both older and delusionally spoiled-which wasn’t something I thought someone could even be, but they are). I probably would have have taken care of them in a more Italian mafia kind of way, if you know what I mean.
~ Even before Feyre is taken away to the faerie lands, I was hooked. I loved how tough she was, and how pragmatic she is and casual about her booty call, Isaac. I loved the trip to the town, and Feyre’s dealings with the female mercenary. Hell, I loved that there are female mercenaries in this book. Although, unfortunately, the female mercenary wasn’t given a name, so she’s not listed below. She’s still very cool.
~ Usually I’m not one to love author comparisons, but I do love Kristin Cashore’s novels, because they are fantasy novels where the female leads get to be strong and capable and fierce, and where they get to do the saving sometimes. Sarah J. Maas is a separate and equally wonderful writer, but the reasons why I love Kristin Cashore’s novels are the same reasons why I am now a huge fan of Maas.
~ You know your friends who are all “I don’t like YA”? And you feel the need to challenge them to expand their horizons? Well, if they like fantasy, then you can definitely get them to eat their words with this one. Feyre might just be 19, but like most fantasy novels, age ain’t nothing but a thing. There are riddles and tasks and epic battles and magic and female mercenaries, this book has it all.
~ Tamlin is perfection. Perfection! And he is mine. So take a step back from my latest book boyfriend, ladies and gents, because I have an arrow made of Ash and I’m not afraid to use it. However, just in case someone physically tougher than me wants to fight me for Tamlin, I would be willing to take ownership of Ryhsand as my latest book boyfriend.
~ Maas has created some wonderfully complex characters- ones that you like almost against your will (Nesta, I’m talking about you, you are such a Lady Mary, but I think I like you anyway). Even the villains have some depth.
~ Also, worldbuilding: Maas has game, ya’ll. I loved the 7 Faerie Courts (Summer, Spring, Fall, Winter, Dawn, Day and Night)- although Night Court always cracks me up, because I’m old and remember the show Night Court with Markie Post and John Larroquette. I loved the history of the Deceiver, and the nagas, and the Suriel and the Bogge. Basically, I loved everything.
~ Basically, I’m in love with this book. You should read it, before I buy up all the copies in May and build a ginormous book fort out of them and pretend that it’s Tamlin’s estates.
Feyre- Cooler than you are, but not in a way that will make you hate her. She’s the youngest of 3 daughters and she takes care of her entire family.
Tamlin- shapeshifting faerie who comes for Feyre when she kills one of his people. Wears a mask 24/7 due to a curse, lives in the Spring Court. *Book Boyfriend
Lucien- Tamlin’s friend and confident, from the Autumn Court. *Book Boyfriend 2nd Runner Up
Elain and Nesta- Feyre’s older sisters, who are still very dependent. Elain is mostly sweetness and light, but Nesta has a giant attitude, which she has her reasons for.
Andras- a faerie in wolf’s clothing. Hehehe
Alis- bird masked faerie servant who attends Feyre. Even her back story is hella interesting.
King of Hybern- rules a large island, not one of the 7 courts, sits on a throne of human bones and greatly resents the treaty that freed humans from faerie enslavement- 500 years ago, so the dude can hold a grudge.
The Deceiver- uh, name is pretty self-explanatory, but I love the mystery too much to spoil anything further.
Rhysand- hot fae from the Night Court. *Book Boyfriend Runner Up
Aunt Ripleigh- a fictional aunt of Feyre’s who is only included here because I really dig her name.
Clythia and Jurian- star-crossed lovers, only Jurian is not exactly a Romeo.
Attor- kind of a vampire faerie. He’s gross and we do not like him. At all.
Claire Beddor- oh, poor, poor Claire Beddor. *shakes head*
I literally can’t pick just one. But I guess I’ll go with Nesta’s secret, up until that point I had basically written her off as a complete rhymes with witch. Layers, my friend, layers.
Stop the Clock:
2014 for me was all about The Winner’s Curse (and the sequel is fabulous, btw), but A Court of Thorns and Roses is looking to be my favorite of 2015. I have a feeling it’ll be the one I’m recommending and talking and tweeting and dreaming about. And I swear, if I win the lottery somehow, I will be like Oprah and hand the shiz out of this book- a book for you, and for you and for you! 🙂
A Court of Thorns and Roses gets a Midnight Book rating of: