A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas

Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price …

Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever. – Goodreads

Apparently, I read the first book back in May 2015. I don’t remember reading it. I ordered a sample on Amazon and seriously, did not remember a damn thing. So I purchased the book, read it, and still didn’t remember anything. Usually when I’ve read a book already and reread it, I at least have a spark or a vague idea. Nope.

Anyway, I enjoyed it much more the second time around, if my current review vs. my old one is anything to go by. I enjoyed the character building, and really didn’t mind Feyre. The book is reminiscent of Beauty and the Beast, with a few darker elements woven in.

Now, this is a review of the series. I also read Court of Mist and Fury (#2) and Court of Wings and Ruin (#3). Rather than write standalone reviews for them, I’m going to review the entire series here.

I devoured the first book. I sped through the second book. But the third book? I’m a little sick of it, and I’m drudging through it. The primary element that kept me reading was the romance. Maas is fantastic at it and the tension in book one and two kept me interested. Once the tension petered out, I lost interest in book three. According to Goodreads, there are three more books slated to be published — I’ll be honest, I probably won’t read them.

They were easy reads. I enjoyed them. I was hooked and had a hard time putting them down, most of the time. If you enjoyed the Throne of Glass series, give these a shot. Maas is a great writer and does a fantastic job at weaving a story, constructing a magical world and building her characters. However, I’m ready for a new Maas series — I’m burnt out on this one.


A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas

16096824When 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! – Goodreads

Well, I’m in a book hangover right now. You know, the kind where you’re so upset that you turned the last page that you can’t bear to start another right away? One of those.

I’ll be honest, I was a little annoyed with the book in the beginning. I thought that Feyre was overly stubborn and kind of an idiot (seriously, who the hell insults a murderous Fey? Do you have a death wish?). Though her survival instincts and resilience was strong when she had to take care of her family, it’s like it all disappeared when it was only her.

However, once I got over that, I fell in love.

First, the worldbuilding is great. It was so easy to picture the beauty and the terrible creatures that lurked there. The story is very Beauty and the Beast meets the dark faeries, which I surprisingly enjoyed (I am not a huge fan of faerie-lore). Except instead a library he gave her a room of paintings. She even wears a gold gown to dinner one time. Also they dance at a festival (which, in my head, was to the tune of “Tale As Old As Time”).

One gripe is the concept of the blight: I literally had no clue WTF that even was for the entire book. I kind of knew it was a curse, I knew it was bad…but it never really explained WHAT it was and how it could take shape.

The character development was fantastic, and I loved all of the characters by the end, the good and the evil. Though Feyre annoyed me at first, she grew on me, and I really liked her by the end. I think I also have a fictional crush on Tamlin. Lucien was like the sassy faerie version of Ron Weasley…but mostly I just pictured that because he’s a redhead.

I REALLY loved the romance in this book. Sure, it was a little Stockholm Syndrome-y/instalovey, but it worked. Totally worked. This book is definitely intended for older audiences—maybe fifteen and up? There are some pretty steamy scenes that don’t leave too much to the imagination. There aren’t any throbbing rods or glowing flowers or anything, but there’s no secret that they’re doing it.

Overall, loved the shit out of this book and highly recommend it. I rated it a 5/5 and added it to my favorites list. I think I like it better than the Throne of Glass series!

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Top Ten Tuesday: 12/9


Top Ten New-To-Us Authors We Read In 2014

1. Brandy Colbert – I read Pointe back in May and fell completely in love with Brandy’s writing style. Pointe itself is a really good, albeit creepy, story and she just made it that much more amazing and creepy. I really hope she writes more, I will read it all. heiresses

2. Maria V. Snyder – I’m currently on the last book of the Study Series and now I can’t imagine not loving everything Maria writes. It’s all SO good.

3. I had heard of Rainbow Rowell before, but I didn’t read any of her books until this year. I started with Fangirl and it was really cute!

4. For years, I’ve been hearing about Stephanie Perkins and her all-around amazingness but I finally read one of her books, Anna and the French Kiss, this year and I wondered why I had waited so long! It was lighthearted and funny, slightly predictable though. I can’t wait to read her other books!

5. I am a big Pretty Little Liars fan, and when I found out that they were based on books, I had to read them. I tried to start with the first, but I just couldn’t get through it and set it aside for a long while. This year though, Sara Shepard (the author of the Pretty Little Liars series) came out with a new book! The Heiresses was SO much better than the PLL book I never finished and I’m so glad I gave her another shot. Technically, she wasn’t new to me since I tried her previous series, but it still counts because I never actually finished a book of hers until this year.

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233828406. Shawntelle Madison – I had never heard of Madison until I stumbled across Under My Skin on Net Galley. I absolutely loved it! She has another series that I’m excited to try.

7. Sherry Thomas – I spotted The Burning Sky at Barnes and Noble and fell in love with the cover—I know you shouldn’t choose your books based on their covers, but the jacket description sounded good, too 🙂 So happy! I might even consider reading her historical romance novels, if the mood strikes.

8. Liane Moriarty – I really enjoyed Little Big Lies, and can’t wait to try out some of her other books.

9. Sarah J. Maas – I picked up the first Throne of Glass book in February and read the rest in the same week! Very, very excited for her 2015 releases.

10. Elizabeth Vaughan – I can’t remember which book made Warprize pop up as a recommendation on Goodreads, but I’m glad it did. I loved the Warprize series, but wasn’t as thrilled when I branched out to Vaughan’s other series.

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Top Ten Tuesday: 12/2


Top Ten Books We’re Looking Forward To In 2015

215703181. Shadow Study by Maria V. Snyder – So incredibly excited for this—it’s made multiple lists of ours! I’m definitely planning on setting aside a weekend to finish this—I know I won’t be able to put it down.

2. Untitled (Throne of Glass #4) by Sarah J. Maas – It wasn’t until I saw this on several people’s Top Ten Sequels list several weeks ago that I realized this was an actual thing. I love the first three, and this one will be no different.

3. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas – Again—I love the Throne of Glass series and all that Maas has to offer, so I will definitely be picking this one up!

4. The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows – She’s a princess, she’s magical, she’s a spy—basically, Princess Wilhelmina is a BAMF. I’ve never head of Jodi Meadows before, but I’m definitely anticipating this release.

5. Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge – It’s inspired by Little Red Riding Hood and sounds like an interesting read.

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6. First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen – the Waverly Sisters from Gardenspell are back and I AM SO EXCITED. It comes out in January, so I won’t have to wait very long for it.wicked

7. Shadow Study by Maria V. Snyder – duh. If you’ve been reading my posts for the past month or so, you’ll know I’m completely addicted to the anything Maria V. Snyder writes. This is the beginning of a new series, the Soulfinder Series, but it continues Yelena’s story. Can’t wait to get my hands on this!

8. Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen – I love every single thing she writes, and according to her, this book is different from her usual. I’m very intrigued to see how it’s different.

9. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard – this is a debut novel and I’m very curious to see how it’s written. It’s about a world that is divided by blood – common Red blood and elite Silver blood – and a girl named Mare who is a common thief thrown into the Silver court as a long-lost princess. It sounds very intriguing and different!

10. Wicked by Jennifer L. Armentrout – the first in the Wicked Saga, it’s about Ivy Morgan, a girl that lost everything to evil creatures and has sworn her life to the Order to hunt them down, and what happens after she meets Ren Owens, a handsome man that is demanding to lay claim to her heart and soul. It sounds like something I don’t normally read, but the cover really drew me in. Plus, it takes place in New Orleans so I’m pretty sure I have to read it!

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Top Ten Tuesday: 10/7

Ten Books for Readers Who Like Character Driven Novels

1. Luna Lovegood from the Harry Potter series is basically my spirit animal. She’s so unashamedly herself, quirks and all and I absolutely admire that. She’s brave, beautiful, and so smart.

2. Firefly Lane’s Tully Hart is another of my spirit animals. She’s afraid of absolutely nothing, she is independent and strong willed. She goes full throttle after what she wants and doesn’t let anyone, or anything, stand in her way. Plus, she’s funny! I’ve always wished I had a sense of humor like that, off the cuff remarks and all.

3. Last but not least, Tris/Beatrice from the Divergent trilogy. I LOVE all of the books and she is such a strong, amazing character. I love that even through her fear, she pushed through and followed her heart. She continuously fought for what she believed to be right and once again, didn’t let anyone stand in her way. I feel like the characters I always admire the most, and the ones that stick with me, are the ones that I am least like, and I am definitely nothing like Tris!


4. Alanna from the Song of the Lioness series is a total badass. I read the Song of the Lioness series for the first time when I was 14. Though a girl, Alanna decides she craves adventure and wants to be a knight. So, she switches places with her twin, Thom, and becomes a page at the King’s castle. Basically it’s full of sword-fighting, hiding her gender, kicking tail, and a very complex character profile. By the end of the series, I felt like I knew Alanna. I’ve read the series several times since then, just for the characters!

5. Though part of my love for Piper Kerman‘s character is from Netflix’s version of Orange is the New Black, I also love her character in the book (it’s more lovable than the show version). It’s a memoir of Kerman’s life in prison (which I suppose makes her a real life character?) but I found myself really enjoying her personality and story.

6. Would it be a post if I didn’t mention the Study Series? Yelena is convicted of murder and in exchange for her life is chosen to be the Commander’s food taster. Maria Snyder has painted a multifaceted character whom I felt instantly connected to (yet still wondered about her secrets and mysteries) in the first book. It’s Yelena’s character that makes the series as awesome as it is.

7. If I had a British alter-ego, it would be Bridget Jones. In fact, after reading Bridget Jones’s Diary for the first time, I caught myself occasionally using words like ‘loo’ and ‘lift’ and ‘bloody hell’. I sympathized with Bridget, laughed with Bridget, and read all of the sequels because of Bridget. Helen Fielding has a wonderful main character, but didn’t skimp on the secondary characters, either.

8. The Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas is extremely character driven—in fact, I almost put the first book down because I was having a difficult time getting it to it, but it was the way Maas constructed Celaena that kept me going. I’m definitely glad I did, because I fell in love with all of the characters.

9. I am a huge John Green fan, but Quentin and Margo from Paper Towns are my absolute favorites. I read this book when I was seventeen and really felt like I could identify with these quirky, different, but completely normal characters.

10. I really feel that the characters and relationships in Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin are what made the story as good as it was. Yes, the cheating with your best friend’s fiancé bit was interesting, but honestly, it’s the characters that move the story forward and kept me engaged. Darcy and Rachel are so different—you expect Rachel to be complex and Darcy to be shallow, but Giffin brings out a complexity to both of them that makes you want to finish the book in a sitting. You find yourself feeling for Rachel, but feeling for Darcy too. Rooting for Dex, but hating him for cheating.


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