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A Court of Thorns and Roses : A Court of Thorns and Roses : Book 1 - Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Thorns and Roses

A Court of Thorns and Roses : Book 1

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Published: 1st May 2015
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Lose yourself in a land of legends, a fae world so sumptuous that you may never return home . The tantalising start to a seductive high-fantasy trilogy from the New York Times bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas. Fans of Laini Taylor and George R.R. Martin will find it irresistible

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. The start of a sensational romantic fantasy trilogy by the bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series.

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4.3

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93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Engaging characters (13)
  • Well written (11)
  • Page turner (8)
  • Deserves multiple readings (7)
  • Suspenseful (5)

Cons

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  • Younger readers (4)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

ITS A PRICKLY PROBLEM....

Book one of this much lauded YA Fantasy series is, to put it mildly, an extraordinary reading experience. It must be said, however, that ACOTAR starts off relatively slowly. The reader is...Read complete review

Book one of this much lauded YA Fantasy series is, to put it mildly, an extraordinary reading experience. It must be said, however, that ACOTAR starts off relatively slowly. The reader is introduced to the book's principal character - Feyre - who is a huntress who kills for her own survival and that of her family. Her father is a broken man. Crippled, both physically, financially, and metaphorically. Her mother died when she was younger. He sisters are unloving, and facetious. Her brothers were something our heroine were not blessed with.

Fate brings Fayre and a beautiful, fully grown wolf together in the sunlight dappled reaches of the nearby Forest. Destiny steps forth to convince Fayre to kill the wolf. She does so, and her life is never the same again. For the wolf she killed was anything but. Fayre is captured for the kill and punishment is either instant death, or lifelong banishment into the enemy's kingdom. She chooses the latter to save her family, and this is where the book's true nature takes form and steals the reader's heart.

For this is where we meet Tamlin, and Lucien. The sworn and hated enemies who aren't. It is easy to detest them both, but read on, and your feelings toward them will soften. Moments of breathtaking excitement and beauty follow. Chapter after chapter, after chapter, feature cliffhangers and profound plot twists, that quite literally, take your breath away, and make it impossible for the reader to put the book down. A chain of truly stupendous OMG moments leave the reader in tatters when they realise they must put the book down eventually to rejoin society. Chapter thirteen is where the book finds it's street cred from a fantasy perspective. And chapter eighteen is a good way for the reader to determine if they are still human, and if they still have a heart than can be broken.

This book is structured, and written beautifully. Pacing is perfect, too. A harsh critic would give it four stars and say, 'its only book one of a trilogy, and you need to leave room for improvement...' Well, I ain't no harsh critic. This book is worth full marks, and if the rest are even better, then no doubt the world will get to hear of it. ACOTAR is the first Sarah J Maas book that i have picked up and it is truly gorgeous in just about every was imaginable. My good fortune lies in the fact that book two is less than three months away. That gives me time to read this one again (and again, and again) in readiness, or go and purchase the other titles in her world wide best selling catalog.

Either way, I can't lose. It's a prickly problem that I am delighted to find myself in a quandary over.

Yo to that.

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a waste of money

this book was an absolute waste of money. nothing even happens till the last 100 pages!! i nearly stopped reading it so many times but i was told the sequel was much better....Read complete review

this book was an absolute waste of money. nothing even happens till the last 100 pages!! i nearly stopped reading it so many times but i was told the sequel was much better. i don't recommend anyone torture themselves by reading this book. i don't understand the high ratings, it is sarah j maas' worst book so far (and queen of shadows was awful)

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4.0

This series gets better!

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from Australia

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Pros

  • Engaging characters
  • Well Written

Cons

  • A Bit Slow

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This particular book wasn't amazing but the rest of this series is phenomenal! Definitely worth the read

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5.0

great reading

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Pros

  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Engaging characters
  • Page-Turner
  • Well Written

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Gift
    • Older Readers
    • Younger Readers

    Comments about A Court of Thorns and Roses:

    Wonderful read, second book of series. Can't wait for next episode.

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    5.0

    This is a stunning read!

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    from Brisbane, Australia

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    • Deserves Multiple Readings
    • Engaging characters
    • Page-Turner
    • Well Written

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      Best Uses

      • Young Adult Readers

      Comments about A Court of Thorns and Roses:

      This books was a major page-turner and had me on the edge of my seat 24/7. The plot seemed predicatable straight away but soon turned to something completely unexpected. I then proceeded to read the second book which was even more amazing then the first one.

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      5.0

      Make sure you have the second book at the ready

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      from Nsw

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      • Engaging characters
      • Page-Turner

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          Comments about A Court of Thorns and Roses:

          It's an amazing page turner couldn't put it down, love the story had to go out and buy the second book right away!!

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          4.0

          Addictive!

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          from Perth

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          Pros

          • Deserves Multiple Readings
          • Engaging Characters
          • Page Turner
          • Well Written

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            • Gift

            Comments about A Court of Thorns and Roses:

            Loved this book. I didn't want to put it down. The characters are engaging and the story is well written. A perfect way to ignore the cold weather and get caught up in another world.

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            4.0

            Beauty and the Beast retelling

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            • Engaging Characters
            • Suspenseful

            Cons

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              • Gift
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              Comments about A Court of Thorns and Roses:

              A Beauty and the Beast retelling with echoes of the first few Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, books. Maas is a strong writer and her world building is strong. Suitable for older YA readers who like fantasy.

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              5.0

              Best book ever!

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              from melbourne

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              Pros

              • Deserves Multiple Readings
              • Engaging Characters
              • Page Turner
              • Suspenseful
              • Well Written

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Gift
                • Younger Readers

                Comments about A Court of Thorns and Roses:

                It was a very well written book. i fell in love with the characters and did not want to finish it. The second book is wayyyyy better. Can't wait for the third book to come out.

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                1.0

                a waste of money

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                from new zealand

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                Pros

                • It Ended

                Cons

                • Boring
                • Not the Author's Best
                • Not What I expected
                • Uneventful

                Best Uses

                • No One

                Comments about A Court of Thorns and Roses:

                this book was an absolute waste of money. nothing even happens till the last 100 pages!! i nearly stopped reading it so many times but i was told the sequel was much better. i don't recommend anyone torture themselves by reading this book. i don't understand the high ratings, it is sarah j maas' worst book so far (and queen of shadows was awful)

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                5.0

                ITS A PRICKLY PROBLEM....

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                from Adelaide SA

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                Pros

                • Deserves Multiple Readings
                • Engaging Characters
                • Full Of Omg Moments
                • Page Turner
                • Well Written

                Cons

                • It Ends
                • It Has Romantic Aspects

                Best Uses

                • Awesome Ya Novel
                • Gift

                Comments about A Court of Thorns and Roses:

                Book one of this much lauded YA Fantasy series is, to put it mildly, an extraordinary reading experience. It must be said, however, that ACOTAR starts off relatively slowly. The reader is introduced to the book's principal character - Feyre - who is a huntress who kills for her own survival and that of her family. Her father is a broken man. Crippled, both physically, financially, and metaphorically. Her mother died when she was younger. He sisters are unloving, and facetious. Her brothers were something our heroine were not blessed with.

                Fate brings Fayre and a beautiful, fully grown wolf together in the sunlight dappled reaches of the nearby Forest. Destiny steps forth to convince Fayre to kill the wolf. She does so, and her life is never the same again. For the wolf she killed was anything but. Fayre is captured for the kill and punishment is either instant death, or lifelong banishment into the enemy's kingdom. She chooses the latter to save her family, and this is where the book's true nature takes form and steals the reader's heart.

                For this is where we meet Tamlin, and Lucien. The sworn and hated enemies who aren't. It is easy to detest them both, but read on, and your feelings toward them will soften. Moments of breathtaking excitement and beauty follow. Chapter after chapter, after chapter, feature cliffhangers and profound plot twists, that quite literally, take your breath away, and make it impossible for the reader to put the book down. A chain of truly stupendous OMG moments leave the reader in tatters when they realise they must put the book down eventually to rejoin society. Chapter thirteen is where the book finds it's street cred from a fantasy perspective. And chapter eighteen is a good way for the reader to determine if they are still human, and if they still have a heart than can be broken.

                This book is structured, and written beautifully. Pacing is perfect, too. A harsh critic would give it four stars and say, 'its only book one of a trilogy, and you need to leave room for improvement...' Well, I ain't no harsh critic. This book is worth full marks, and if the rest are even better, then no doubt the world will get to hear of it. ACOTAR is the first Sarah J Maas book that i have picked up and it is truly gorgeous in just about every was imaginable. My good fortune lies in the fact that book two is less than three months away. That gives me time to read this one again (and again, and again) in readiness, or go and purchase the other titles in her world wide best selling catalog.

                Either way, I can't lose. It's a prickly problem that I am delighted to find myself in a quandary over.

                Yo to that.

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                5.0

                I love Sarah J. Maas!

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                from NSW, AU

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                • Engaging Characters
                • Page Turner
                • Rhysand
                • Suspenseful
                • Well Written

                Cons

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                    Comments about A Court of Thorns and Roses:

                    This book was fantastic. World building, writing. Characters. I love all of Sarah J. Maas' books, and this one didn't disappoint.

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                    Fabulously romantic and verging on the erotic, it demands rereading -- Amanda Craig New Statesman All kinds of awesome. It's magical, enthralling and utterly magnificent - everything I hoped for in a fantasy novel. I adored the world that Sarah J. Maas has created in this truly enchanting novel BookEvin A New York Times and USA Today bestseller Praise for Crown of Midnight Readers seeking the political intrigue of Kristen Cashore's Graceling and ... the deadly competition at the heart of The Hunger Games will find both [here] Praise for Throne of Glass, Publisher's Weekly Fans of Tamora Pierce and George R.R. Martin, pick up this book! Praise for Throne of Glass, RT Book Review

                    Sarah J. Maas

                    Sarah J. Maas wrote the first incarnation of her debut novel, Throne of Glass, when she was just sixteen. Since its publication, it has been shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Teen Book of the Year and has sold in sixteen languages. The sequels, Crown of Midnight and Heir of Fire, are New York Times bestsellers. When Sarah is not writing, she can be found watching everything from Star Wars to Hayao Miyazaki films and reading fairy tales.

                    Visit Sarah J. Maas's Booktopia Author Page


                    ISBN: 9781408857861
                    ISBN-10: 1408857863
                    Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses
                    Audience: Teenager / Young Adult
                    For Ages: 12 - 15 years old
                    Format: Paperback
                    Language: English
                    Number Of Pages: 432
                    Published: 1st May 2015
                    Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
                    Country of Publication: GB
                    Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 12.9  x 2.8
                    Weight (kg): 0.3