ARC Review ~ A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas

Series: ACOTAR #1
Genre: NA Fantasy Retelling
Page Length:  432 Pages
Publication Date: May 5th, 2015
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Source: ARC (Thanks Jenna!) 
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A thrilling, seductive new series from New York Timesbestselling 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.

Sarah J Maas has done it again. Not only has she completely captured my bookish heart through her story-telling and plotting, but she's elevated herself to an even higher place of adoration in my eyes. My love for this woman and her books knows no limit!! As if you all didn't already know about my SJM book-related obsession... ;) 

At first I was afraid A Court of Thorns and Roses would be just like Throne of Glass. Too often I see many similarities between different series by the same author. I'm glad to say that the only things that ACOTAR has in common with ToG is a harem of hotties, a strong protagonist, blistering romance, and a phenomenal book all in all. 

Feyre is a bit Katniss-esque (except I like the former better) in her fierce loyalty and protectiveness of her family. Feyre hunts to feed her family and accidentally kills a fae disguised as a wolf. Tamlin whisks her off to his manor in Prythian in retribution and things get very interesting from there as Feyre learns more about the fae and the troubles plaguing their lands. 

The setting was so enchanting, I loved how Sarah added layers upon layers as we delved further into the book. The world-building was fascinating, I yearned for every piece of information Sarah shared. The writing is stellar as usual, and I commend her for the twists and turns, the complexity of the plot, the foreshadowing, the organization, the lyrical prose, the themes. Oh gosh it was all that was to be expected and more. She delivered a book to satisfy her readers' every wants. 

I loved the complexity and the different tiers to this book. There's the light moments, the sad moments, the inspiring moments, the happy moments, the devastating moments. Sarah brings out all of our emotions. She had me blushing, screeching, cooing, swooning, squealing, she can make us readers feel anything and everything. The fae aspects were memorizing. Learning about their traditions, their culture, their abilities, their way of life, and everything else was so interesting.

I adore all of the characters, and they truly shined. Feyre's bravery and tenacity had me rooting for her to succeed the whole time. Tamlin *fans self* is one hot fae. Like whoa. I can't even count the number of times he made me swoon. He's so thoughtful and sweet yet badass and hardcore. Lucien's bluntness and hilarity kept me smiling, while Rhys and his bad boy self kept me thoroughly entertained. 

Perfectly executed, wonderfully developed, the romance was a success. It had sparks, sweet moments, tension, SEXY TIMES. A Court of Thorns and Roses definitely has some scenes that had me blushing and swooning and ohhh were they hot! I couldn't have asked for a more passionate, sweeter, and stronger romance than Feyre and Tamlin's. They both have had such burdens to bear and seeing them together to lift it off each other... *squeals*


I adored the fairytale-retelling aspect. Sarah put a spin to the tale and I saw connections that were twisted and made different, I loved how she altered the retelling to fit her story, she didn't fit her story to be the retelling. She veered off course, she made it her own. It's not as closely followed as some other retellings are, and I love that. It's A Court of Thorns and Roses first and a retelling second. I loved how everything eventually clicks and the intricacies of the curse and ohhhhh it's wonderful. 

Ummm where's my 10 million stars banner?? Sarah J Maas has done it again. She's delivered a story filled with phenomenal characters, a luscious setting, searing romance, heart-racing action, and inspiring themes. This is right up there with the Throne of Glass series and has found its way to my favorites shelf!


27 comments:

  1. I'm so excited that you loved this one. I've heard nothing but amazing things. I have it pre-ordered and cannot wait to read it in a few weeks! Great review.
    Cassi @ My Thoughts Literally

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  2. YAAAAAY!! SO happy to hear that this one worked so well for you! I have to wait till my preorder arrives, but I'm totally dying to get my hands on this one!
    It simply sounds like something I'll LOVE 100%!!
    Great review Rachel!

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  3. Haha...I know how much you love Sarah J. Maas' books Rachel, so I'm so glad this one didn't disappoint you! xD And I completely agree with everything you've said here. The story is amazing. The characters are unforgettable, and the tension in the romance is so incredibly hot. Thank you for sharing and, as always, wonderful review! ♥

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  4. Aaaaah, I love the sound of this book. I love fairytale retellings and Beauty & The Beast is one of my most favorite ones! I'm not the biggest fan of Sarah's book, but I really want to read this one. I already pre-ordered this one so I cannot wait for my copy to arrive soon. Beautiful review. <3 Benish | Feminist Reflections

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  5. I'm pleased you enjoyed this just as much as I did, I think I may actually prefer it over Throne of Glass (which I completely loved) ;-) super excited for the sequel.

    A lovely review! Sharon – Obsession with Books

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  6. YAY! So glad you loved this! I did too. I loved Feyre, I connected to her much easier than Celaena, and I couldn't NOT love Tamlin and Lucien! They were so fabulous together, and I just adored them both. And I agree- steamy for sure! This was a really good one, I totally agree :)
    Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight

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  7. DEFINITELY 10 million stars! I was skeptical going surely it wouldn't be amazing as the ToG series but mannn, it was GREAT. I LOVE TAMLIN and his hotness, the sexy scenes, how awesome Feyre was as a character, and the different love interests. GOSH AMAZING

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  8. So glad you enjoyed this too, Rachel! <3 I definitely agree that Fayre's badassness and love for her family really shone in this one. :) And Tamlin... Oh my. I'll admit that in the first couple of chapters, I thought he was adorable, but then there were sexy times... *blushes* And the world building was so awesome! :D Fabulous review, Rachel!. ;)

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  9. I can't wait to read this novel. I haven't read anything by Sarah J. Maas but my friend is crazily in love with her books. Also, I love retellings so this is obviously one of my most awaited novels of this year. And all the positive reviews make the wait unbearable. :(
    Lovely review as always. :)

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  10. Lovely, lovely review, lady! I think this will officially be my first Sarah Maas book. I'm excited. But nervous! I don't want it to turn into a love triangle. But the romance in this book sounds fantastic and swoony! Can't wait to meet Tamlin. <3

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  11. WOW this book sounds amazing, fantastic review Rachel! I have an ARC which I can't wait to start soon, it'll be my first Sarah J. Maas book and I'm ready to be blown away. Thanks for sharing :)

    Eugenia @ Genie In A Book

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  12. I CANNOT WAIT TO READ THIS BOOK! Seriously, I can't wait. The cover is stunning! I haven't yet read anything by this author yet, but this one will be the first, and I have a feeling not the last. It sounds like such an awesome book, and your review is awesome!

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  13. I WANT!! I've heard of this everywhere, and seeing that you and the other bloggers really like it makes me anticipate this more! So glad you enjoyed this!! The characters sound amazing, and Sarah J. Maas is such an incredibly talented author. A:LFDKJ

    Jillian @ Jillian's Books

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  14. Great review! I have never actually read any of this author's work. I really want to read this one!

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  15. Yay so glad you liked this one! I .... confess... I mean I DID like it, but I didn't love it half as much as Throne of Glass. >-< Which isn't a bad thing I guess, but yeah, I do feel like a cabbage brain for not adoring it like everyone else is. But what did you think of Rhys?! I DIDN'T HATE HIM. I actually kind of liked him by the end. XD AND LUCIEN, MA BABY. I love Lucien.

    Thanks for stopping by @ Paper Fury!

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  16. Wow, this sounds good! I will admit I've not read anything by Sarah J. Maas but she sounds like an amazing author. And I'm happy that it doesn't strictly adhere to the original tale; I have found that that makes it easier for me to enjoy since I don't know exactly what's coming next. Great review Rachel! :D

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  17. I had thought at first that this was a YA, but apparently this was more NA as there are sex scenes, which I am really excited to see because I want to know how Maas does them! So happy about the very positive feedback so far. I can't wait to fall in love with it as well :)

    Faye at The Social Potato

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  18. I haven't read this book yet, but I already ship Feyre and Tamlin! Your review made it hard to wait until the release date. Anyway, great review Rachel! <33

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  19. I am unbelievably excited for the "harem of hotties" haha; this book cannot be released soon enough! I'm almost positive that ACOTAR is going to be the best BatB retelling I've ever read - a place I'd stored for Cruel Beauty - and ugggghhh I don't want to wait. Great review!

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  20. The fairytale retelling aspect was done so well! I also enjoyed how she didn't follow the original story too closely, and made it unique. I completely agree with pretty much everything you mention in your review. I'm curious to find out more about Rhys, though ;)

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  21. I am dying to read this book and I can't wait to get my hands on it!And I adore the fact that it's a NA paranormal romance story.Books in that genre are really rare,and I guess Mass has set the standard really high now:)
    Lovely review Rach!

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  22. I'm thrilled to see that you ended up loving this book too Rachel, I completely found myself lost in this in this fantastic world that Maas created and ended up loving Tamlin. I also was thoroughly entertained with Rhys' character too! I can't for the next book, I need it like asap! Wonderful review Rachel! :)

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  23. And to think I still haven't read Throne of Glass, shame on me!

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  24. I was worried about ACOTAR being similar to ToG (just because shhhhhh I wasn't really a fan of the first book). BUT THIS ONE, I LOVED. I loved how fantastic her world building was as well! I was apprehensive, considering the whole retelling aspect, but she really mixed it up and gave this story a life of its own. Fantastic review, my love x

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  25. I have this one waiting on my TBR for me. Now that I know you enjoyed it, I'm even more excited to read it :) Maybe that will encourage me to get to it faster. haha

    Great Review!

    Michelle @ Book Briefs

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  26. Enchanting is the perfect word to describe this new world! Really, it's the perfect word for this new series overall. I was enchanted by it all and that ending left me begging for book 2! SJMaas really has no equal. <3

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  27. The positive reviews are never ending for this book. Of course it is on my TBR. I just hope that my expectations aren't too high. Thanks for the great review.

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