A Court of Thorns and Roses

A Court of Thorns and Roses

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"Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from stories, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin, a High Lord of the faeries. As her feelings toward him transform from hostility to a fiery passion, the threats against the faerie lands grow. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse or she will lose Tamlin forever"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, 2015.
ISBN: 9781619634442
1619634449
Branch Call Number: MAA Y
Characteristics: 419 pages : map ; 25 cm

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chris_keo
May 29, 2020

Gotta love a book that romanticizes and justifies instances of threatening sexual assault and non-consensual drugging followed by groping and humiliation. Just kidding, it's terrible! The real fantasy here isn't the faeries and magic; it's the idea of a healthy relationship.
Feyre is clever for the most part, but the finale makes her look like a complete idiot. Also, it's not particularly relatable that she starts out ugly and malnourished, only to bloom into a hottie after obtaining a magical fairy sugar daddy.
In addition to that, the power imbalance between a SUBSTANTIALLY older man (because he's immortal) romancing a young woman who he houses and feeds (forcefully) is pretty messed up. Just because he looks young and he's hot doesn't mean he's not a creep.

Have I mentioned before that this is my favourite series ever? Because it is. My absolute favourite. This reread just completely proved to me why I adore SJM and why I live for these characters.

Let's be real. Sometimes, fantasy heroines get old. They do stupid things for stupid reasons, and you kind of laugh and shake your head and go along for the ride, wondering all the while what you'd do in their shoes because it has to be better than what they're currently doing. I do not feel that way about Feyre at all. Even going back to the beginning, to her human life with her sisters and her being taken by Tamlin in beast form, I felt like I would've made the same choices as she did. Despite myself, I fell in love with Tamlin all over again, even knowing where this story goes and how far he falls from the beautiful, damaged, golden High Lord he is here. And that, to me, is the mark of a good writer.

Something that stood out to me this time around was just how amazing SJM is at creating characters that you have to love. I had to love Tamlin. I had to love Lucien. I was so in Feyre's head that I had no choice. The meadow scene with the pool of starlight, the dinners together, the Summer Solstice - there are so many scenes that left me clutching at the book with so many feelings that I just have to take a step back and tip my hat to Sarah. Even after 13 books (13!!!!) I can still reread one of her early works and go along for the ride all over again, feeling the same feelings as the first time but amplified because I'm already in love with it.

One last little thing: foreshadowing. My goal is to one day have a series so completely planned out that I can foreshadow things in book one that won't happen for a book and a half, because it gives me chills now to read certain lines and pick up on things that I never would have in my first read-through. Yes, I adore Rhysand, but what makes me adore him even more is the journey we all take with Feyre in getting to know him and having him morph from this villain-with-a-heart-of-gold character to the literal perfect man that all of us would kill for. I almost feel like he has to win me over all over again after spending so much time with Tamlin here.

Anyways, this is much more of an inconsistent ramble than a review, but I just can't talk about this book, this series, and the world of SJM enough. I truly believe she deserves all of the hype that she gets. She's someone I admire so much, and I can't wait to continue my reread of this series.

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CORI D. MORRIS
Apr 03, 2020

This entire series is phenomenal and exciting, I love Feyre, her stubbornness, strength, and her character journey. If you love Faeries, magic, adventure and romance this book is for you!

JCLMirandaA Mar 26, 2020

Feyre, a desperate human who hates the fey is forced into their world and finds herself a captor of a High Lord with a lot to hide and with another threat lurking over them. Maas did some fantastic world-building (that just gets better in the subsequent books in the series). I think this is a good first book, but honestly, the next books in the series blow this one out of the water. However this own is a great introduction into this world and the characters, with a fantastic love story and vile villain. Great start to a wonderful series.

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Futuregohangurl
Mar 10, 2020

loved this book. read it two times. book 2 is good as well so far. an excellent series

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Katiepronk
Feb 18, 2020

Loved this book!!! It has a great story line with lots of twists and turns, great romance, and fabulous characters! There were definitely a lot more graphic scenes, sexually, than what I am used to reading but that could just be me. All in all, this YA, Fantasy, Romance can be easily dubbed as one of my favourite book and book series!

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fantasyqueen
Dec 26, 2019

court of thorns and roses 1

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Ariel_69
Dec 23, 2019

THIS. BOOK. Y'ALL.
As an avid lover of YA fiction and romance novels I picked this book up thinking it was going to be a run of the mill type story. To my eternal surprise this is EASILY the BEST YA FICTION ROMANCE BOOK I HAVE EVER READ.
A warning to anybody just starting this series:
Yes the first novel will be full of the usual YA Romance tropes and character flaws in both the romantic interest and the Main Character but unlike so many others these flaws are crucial plot points used for CHARACTER G R O W T H!
This is not a book about a poor girl who has a knight save the day. She is not emotionally dead and is actually a very convincing portrait of a modern woman.
The way this series takes on the subject matter of Abusive Relationships with a true Grey Moral Line to them, the path of recovery from many different types of abuse and the way that friendship and personal accountability force you to heal and grow from the pain... make this book truly a work of art. As a woman reading this novel I cried and felt my heart heal along with our main character.

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olive_sheep_17
Nov 17, 2019

The moment I started reading this book, I fell in love with it. It just completely pulled me into the fantasy/reality based world. I instantly became addicted.

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B00ksRcool
Oct 18, 2019

This is an exciting twist on the Beauty & Beast tale and set in the land of faerie. Overcoming conflict, finding acceptance & love, and sacrificing everything you are for what you believe. A solid young adult book.

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CORI D. MORRIS
Apr 03, 2020

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Feb 18, 2020

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Dec 31, 2019

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Nov 17, 2019

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BohmieS
Feb 02, 2019

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Chloe_2006
Nov 08, 2018

Chloe_2006 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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andyli365
Jul 27, 2018

andyli365 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 1 and 2

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BohmieS
Feb 02, 2019

Sexual Content: Throughout the entire series there is lots of sexual content. You have been warned. Many of her other books do not feature of this so I was slightly surprised.

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BohmieS
Feb 02, 2019

Violence: Lots of battles, injuries and blood & gore.

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JHope24601
Jun 15, 2018

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Towards the end the book there are a lot of intense moments and the series as a whole does have a lot of intense/violent scenes

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JHope24601
Jun 15, 2018

Sexual Content: This series and book contains a fair amount of sexually explicit content

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faithmurri99
Apr 01, 2018

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Lots of life-or-death situations with monster-esque creatures

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faithmurri99
Apr 01, 2018

Sexual Content: Several attempted sexual assaults as well as two borderline erotica sex scenes

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faithmurri99
Apr 01, 2018

Violence: Graphic fight scenes

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starkshadow
Jul 30, 2017

Sexual Content: Tamlin kisses Feyre's breasts and the inside of her thigh, bites her neck, and grabs her breast. They are naked together and do have sex, though that is not described graphically at all. Feyre mentions that she had recreational sex with a boy from her town.

GCPL_Teen Jul 23, 2017

Sexual Content: Explicit Sexual Content

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nnkm13
Jun 28, 2016

If you thought this was good wait till you read the second one, A Court of Mist and Fury. I am hooked on this series like I was with Twilight and Hunger Games but MORE! She did such a good job writing this book/series. I can't believe it took me checking it out 3 times and getting past the first chapter till I finally fell for it. ;) kid you not this series is rated #1. I have read over 100 books in the past 2 years an this has been the best! Read it!!

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Fongpen
Jul 24, 2015

"If it grieves you... I don't think it's absurd at all".
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