A Court of Thorns and Roses (ACOTAR #1) by Sarah J. Maas

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Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses, no. 1
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance
No. of Pages (Hardcover): 416
Date Published: May 5th of 2015
Synopsis (via GoodReads): 
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.
Rate: 5 of 5
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I’ll be straight-up, I didn’t expect to like this book and kept my expectation low because I’m not really fond of Young Adult and the Fantasy genre. It has been quite a surprise that I fell for this book head over heels–and I mean full on in loved with the book that I cannot wait to blast through the series! It’s both a relief and an assurance that I know that the series will stretch on because a.) I’ll have more to read of this but b.) that would take forever. Doesn’t matter, at least there’ll be more! Haha. This is my first Maas book so I don’t have anything else to compare it with but I will most certainly am be coming back because duh. I have heard of all the hubbub about Sarah J. Maas but I’m not really one to pick up a book because it has been raved about. And also it’s fantasy. After this, oh boy, I will be reading maybe all of her books in the future.
COVER || I just want to get this out there before I really delve into my thoughts on it, I did not like the cover. Forgive me, but I didn’t. I’m reading the second book of the series now and I like that one’s cover better. Perhaps, the red of this one was just too intense for my taste. I am a reader that picks up a book because of its cover and I’m really evaluating myself now because if I let the cover of this one stop me, oh boy, I’ll be missing I would have missed one hell of a tale. I’ll be working on not judging [books] by their cover in 2017, I promise. 😛
ABOUT || It’s a classic tale of a man whisking a girl away and making her a princess but there’s this certain something that gives the tale a whole new spice. Maybe it’s the way it was written, the little details, or just the general plot and how it has certain twists–of that I am not really certain–but I know, I just know it’s hella good. Take it from me, I’m a hard shell to crack when it comes to fantasy-cross-romance books. There’s just this something that I cannot quite put my finger on.
THOUGHTS || It’s a book filled with ups and downs like the moment everything is alright and good, something will happen bad and I had been on my toes all the while not having any inkling as to what will happen next. It has been quite hard to predict what’s gonna happen. I love-hated the fact that there are conflicts that arise every now and again–but that’s what made it all the more interesting, I think. The mild suspense is excellent. The love scenes are beautiful, erotic but tasteful.
The characters were a bit lacking. I suppose, this is because it is in the perspective of Feyre. She hardly interacted with anyone so it’s a bit understandable. I will be waiting for character expansion in the next book, though. The characters of Tamlin, Lucien and Rhysand, I feel, are like mines full of gold and when explored could take the series to new heights. Also, I know it’s so bad of me but I don’t like Feyre, the main character. Can you believe it? I hate the main character yet I love the series–how can this be?! I like her story, but not her. Let’s see if the second book would manage to endear her to me. Just a little bit of segue before I proceed, I want to mention that I love Feyre’s name. I could say that all day. Fey-ruh, Fey-ruh, Fey-ruh. Seems fancy. LOL.
I liked the pacing of this work. Though some people found the slow progress a little irritating, for me, it didn’t feel like it was lulling. I felt the constant progress through it that I know the author is trying to move the story along in fluid motion. And I think that it was executed real well. I was hardly bored while reading.
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For once, I am allowing myself to get embarrassed by the fact that I actually love this book and I cannot wait to finish reading the second one mainly because I am really desperate to make “FeyRhys” happen. PLEASE. Seriously, this was one of the few things that made the past few weeks of my life a little more bearable. This is certainly not a new tale but there are certain dimensions to the book that made it a little more interesting than the generic fantasy genre books.
OTHER QUALMS (may contain spoilers) ||
*Is it bad that I’m not rooting for Tamlin? I KINDA LIKE THIS WHOLE RHYS THING. But that would technically make this book null. But I like Rhys. I am so conflicted.
*Major qualm tho (and really the reason why I’m Team Rhys): I don’t understand how Feyre just fell in love with Tamlin–like, why? I know, he’s a beautiful SOB but surely that’s not the only reason. It seems like theirs is a “love” that happened too hard, too fast. I don’t like it.
*And OMG, that bit in the end where Rhys stumbled when he looked at Feyre–what was that?????
*I kinda liked the resolve where Feyre died in the end (don’t hate me), but of course they’ve got to revive her. Pssh. 😛

Do I recommend it? Do you even have to ask?
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Cover image and Synopsis via GoodReads; Gifs via Giphy.
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5 Comments

  1. I agree with you on the cover thing – I definitely prefer the cover of Mist and Fury over Thorns and Roses.

    Also, Rhys? Actual bae. Tamlin can go suck a lemon for all I care – Rhysand, Rhysand, RHYSAND! 🙂

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