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July 20, 2015

Shelley Liked It: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Series: A Court of Roses and Thorns # 1
Format: Hardcover | 416 pages
Release Date: May 5, 2015
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's
Source: Library
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy | Romance

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.




A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES is Sarah J. Maas attempt at retelling Beauty and the Beast. Not sure what version she was trying for, Disney's or Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve's original story from 1740. The story features 19-year old Feyre who is the bread winner and hunter for a family that saw its fortunes dry up 8 years before. Feyre is the kind of character who when she agrees to do something, she tries hard to ensure that she gets it done. 

She promised her dying mother that she would take care of her family which includes a lame father, and two arrogant older sisters Elain & Nesta who don't lift a finger to help Feyre out but are quite happy spending Feyre's hard earned coin. Feyre is two separate characters. One is a brave hunter who takes on a wolf while hunting for food for the family, and later takes on a Queen for her lover and new family. The other is a meek, subservient tool for her father and sisters to use up until there's noting but frustration and anger behind. 

Which is probably a good thing that after killing said wolf, a rather unpleasant creature comes knocking on the families door demanding justice for the wolf's death. I know that a whole lot of readers have lost their panties over Tamlin, but I found Lucien and Rhysand just as interesting, and not because I like twisted triangles. I linked Lucien because he challenged and pushed Feyre and actually HELPED her at a key point in the story while Tamlin stood by like a mannequin. I mostly liked Rhys because he mostly doesn't change his stripes from the first time we meet him, until the final outcome.   

Rhys plot devices are rather interesting from the moment he shows up, and I'm not sure I want to know what happens next between him and Feyre now that a deal of sorts is in place. We shall see. Feyre is NOT Celaena so please try to cease comparing the two characters. She would lose every single time in a match up of skills, and badassery. Yes, even with what happens at the end! I hate to say this, but if this book was a standalone, I would have been perfectly happy at how the story ends. I would have been perfectly happy had Maas took a page out of Veronica Roth's playbook. Don't know what I mean? Read Allegiant.

Let me say this for the uninitiated....if you give someone a drug-like substance, and they can't remember what they did afterwards, then it's a form of mind rape. No matter how you try to cover it up, or sugar coat it because it was apparently "necessary." Yeah, no it wasn't. I have to say that the most entertaining point of A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES is when Feyre decides to take on the Queen of the Fairy's machinations for Tamlin. The Evil Queen really has her claws sunk into Tamlin and the rest of the Fairy. She wants humans to be under her thumb, and has been around since the last human/fairy war that left the world split in half. Feyre goes through a series of tests that she must pass, or die.

Sometimes it takes a while to write a review because my inner sarcasm becomes my outer sarcasm, and I can't help but stop and rewrite the entire thing for fear of offending anyone's sensibilities. I adore Sarah J Maas as a writer, and know that this series will do well. I know that people have already labeled Tamlin as their next book boyfriend. I give Sarah an A+ for her world building. Then again, I would have been shocked had it changed from her Throne of Glass series.

PS - Did anyone, anyone at all figure out the Queen's riddle from the moment she laid it out for Feyre? :::raises both hands::: 

So, will I abandon ship and take chances with the sharks, stay on the lifeboat for one more book, or wait out the repair crew hoping the ship doesn't sink? I think I'm staying in the life boat for now.  






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43 comments:

  1. Oh wow - great review. I didn't even realize it was a Beauty and the Beast retelling. I do have a copy but haven't had time to read it yet but I'm curious how I'll feel about it now.

    Karen @For What It's Worth

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    1. This is one of those stories that because I love the author, I wanted to see what else she can do. She is an impressive writer, that's for sure.

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  2. I'm actually ready to read this one. I've been beating around the bush about which format I'd like to read it in. I just don't want to spend that much on an ebook when the print version is a couple dollars more. Hopefully, I'll figure it out soon because I want this book badly. Great review!

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  3. I saw the cover back when it was released and it made me want to read it, still haven't though. I heard it was about Beauty and the Beast a few months back and was surprised. Had no clue lol Great review!

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  4. I know this wasn't a favorite with most people but it is nice to see that you did like it even if you didn't love it. I so need to read this.
    Great review!

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  5. All I can say is that after Throne of Glass, I was expecting a completely different type of prose, plot, and characters. It was fairly disappointing. Great review.

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  6. I am almost done with this one. Finishing up today. It took me a lot longer to read this one than anticipated because the pacing in the first part was so darn slow. I am to the good part and it is going much better. I like Lucien better than Tam by far.

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    1. I agree with the pacing issue. Glad I'm not the only one who likes Lucien!

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  7. Haha ... the Allegiant comment. I haven't read this yet, but I plan to.

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    1. LOL Glad someone caught the reference :)

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  8. Dunno. Her other series annoyed me too much

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    1. Understandable. Not worth suffering over something you don't like.

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  9. Hm... I can see me having some problems with this one as well. Still... so curious. I may wait for the next book is out before I decide.

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    1. It is one of those books. You either love it, or have issues with it. I'm always in the middle it seems.

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  10. I have a copy of this but seeing as though I only just finished the ToG series and I adored that so much I feel waiting a while to pick this up will be best to help stop with comparisions. This is the only review I've read of this, shame it wasn't better for you

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    1. I think it's perhaps that I could not care less about the so called romance. I wanted action, and plenty of it.

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  11. I actually really loved this one. But I do have to say I haven't read ToG yet, so there was no comparison for me. I did start reading ToG, but it wasn't the right time to read it so I put it down. Since I enjoyed this one so much it's making me very excited to get back to ToG and fall in love with the series. :)

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    1. I'm glad you did, Lisa. I'm already pandering for someone to send the 4th book in the TOG series to me!

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  12. I've seen this series around. I'm curious about it and hope to one day be able to give it a try. :)

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    1. It you have access to a library, borrow it from them. That way if you find yourself not liking the book, you can just return it.

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  13. I've been thinking about reading this one as it sounds intriguing, plus the fact that's a retelling of Beauty and the Beast has me even more interested. Great review.

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  14. Great review Shelley, I really enjoyed this one, but your review makes some good points, I can understand your frustrations. I liked all the guys too, will be interested to see where things go for all of them.

    Naomi @ Naomi’s Reading Palace

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    1. Thank you, Naomi, I appreciate your comments.

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  15. I would have loved to read your more sarcastic review. I think your first instinct is always the way to go. I am surprised that you didn't love it like everyone else, but that only makes me want to read it more. :D

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    1. LOL! Thanks, I think! B told me that I should write more sarcastic reviews. Perhaps I will now that you agree with her.

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  16. Oh sorry to see it wasn't more than that. I have the two first books of her other series but I haven't tried any. I really shouls start them.

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    1. The Throne of Glass series is definitely my favorite by far.

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  17. I thought this was extremely slow (though not as slow as Uprooted, seriously that one brakes some serious records) but, yeah, gorgeous world-building. I'm not that much into faerie, but there were some interesting creatures! Fantastic review. Glad you, at least, did not hate it :P

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  18. I listened to this one a while back and although I liked it it wasn't ToG.

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    1. Definitely not. Which is why I am hesitant about continuing to the next installment.

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  19. I've been dying to read this one and it's been waiting for me on my shelf for a while. Bummer that it wasn't quite up to expectations. I'll definitely still read it. I may still like it, so I'll give it a chance.

    Tressa @ Wishful Endings

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    1. Thank you Tressa, for your commentary!

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  20. People are raving about this series so I definitely need to start it soon. Sad you didn’t like it too much–I’m going on the rating you gave it here (I didn’t wanna spoil it for myself!). Oh well, is there another book coming out? Hope that one’s better for you! Great review :D

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  21. I really enjoyed this one but then again I hadn't read her other series yet. I felt like the curse was a little too specific and wasn't at all surprised by the turn of events. However, I still enjoyed the world that the author created.

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