Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas (NOWORDSNOWORDSNOWORDS)



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Publisher: Bloomsbury
Release Date: May 5th 2015
Source: NetGalley for review! THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART BLOOMSBURY I LOVE YOU FOREVER
Purchase: The Book Depository
Read it in: 4-5 hours
Word Rating: WORDS?! WHAT ARE WORDS?! I HAVE NO WORDS!!

A thrilling, seductive new series from New York Times bestselling 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.

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!
REVIEW

I basically have NO WORDS when it comes to A Court of Thorns and Roses. Every time I start thinking about, I'm suddenly overcome with word vomit and any intelligent thoughts that are in my head turn to mush. So this review is just a mash of how much love I have for this book

I know a lot of people that have read ACOTAR and TOG have measured them up against each other, or have been disappointed that ACOTAR wasn't like TOG, but I honestly think it's wrong to measure them up against each other, as they are, to me, SO different from each other, and I LOVED that.

THINGS THAT MADE ME WANT TO HICCUP RAINBOWS IN SUPREME HAPPINESS

Feyre being unable to read!!! I thought this twist WAS. AMAZING. Of all the Beauty and the Beast retellings I've read, the main character has always loved reading...and Feyre being unable to just made me go speechless with OMG THAT IS SUCH A FABULOUS TWIST LET US DANCE THE CHICKEN DANCE IN CELEBRATION.

CHARACTERS! Feyre was awesome. Feyre was brilliant. FEYRE WAS FABULOUS. She made beautiful art that spoke in the way she could not, and she would do anything for the people she loved. Tamlin was most of the above three although his claws crept me out slightly. And the fact that he was at least a few hundred years older then Feyre but shhh. Lucien was pretty much EVERYTHING IS AWESOME. (I am soooo tempted to put that gif in here, BUT I'M NOT. Mainly because I hate that song with a passion and also it will cling to my brain for days.) Lucien was probably my favourite character. He needed a warm blanket and cuddle and for the world to stop being so mean to him.

The Wordbuilding! Maas did it again and I am jealous...yet AGAIN.

How it was obviously a retelling of a lovely fairytale, but at the same time managed to stand on it's own two feet easily as it's own story!

THE TEENY TINY COUPLE OF GRUMBLEY MUTTERINGS I HAD

I really, really, REALLY didn't like Rhys. There's evil characters that you can root for because they're nice evil (please tell me you get this) but then there's evil that is just evil and you just want them to go drown quietly somewhere.  but I just couldn't get over how he physically and mentally hurt Feyre...and that is NOT right in ANY way. It worries me when I read reviews by people who want Rhys as a love interest more then Tamlin as it just seems...wrong to me. He sees Feyre as an interesting toy or object and I just hated that. By the end of ACOTAR his character had improved slightly, but not enough that I had respect for.

I have to admit that the first 70% was just a smidgen on the quiet side. It focused on the romance and the world building - which was frabjous and I loved reading it! - but the last 30% is just SO mindbogglingly AMAZING, full of blood, action, and awesomeness which I DID enjoy more. Maas writes such amazing action scenes that I felt a little ripped off that I only got 30% of that awesomness.

A SMATTERING OF WORRIES FOR BOOK TWO

I'm terrified that book two will become a messy angsty love triangle and that Feyre will start to fall for Rhys. If that actually happens, I WILL not only have the biggest bookish ragethon on the planet, I will also give up on the series. 

Talking about book two, ACOTAR was tied up SO well, with no traily story ends whatsoever, apart from one, that I'm not really sure why it needs to be a trilogy. That's not because I don't want the series to carry on (I DO! I DO! I DO!), but I'd much rather have the memory of having ACOTAR being that beautiful standalone, then have it tainted with the memory of the terrible sequels that followed (THEY'RE NOT GOING TO BE TERRIBLE THOUGH, THEY'RE NOT, FINGERS CROSSED!)

 OVERALL

Is ACOTAR better then TOG?! I really don't think it's fair to measure them up against each other. In some places, YES ACOTAR is better then TOG, but at the same time, YES TOG is better in places then ACOTAR was!

Rating:
 5 Stars
 

 SO! TALK TO ME IN THE COMMENTS!! HAVE YOU READ ACOTAR?! IF YOU HAVEN'T, ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO IT?!?! IF YOU'VE READ IT...TELL ME WHAT YOU THINK! (And also take note on the fact that not a single gif is slipped into this review. CONGRATULATE ME. IT WAS VERY HARD WORK.)

26 comments :

  1. A Court of Thorns and Roses seems reallly interesting even though I'm not into intense romance... I love awesome characters and Sarah J. Maas's writing though, and I have it on hold at the library, so we'll see. I do love fairytale retellings, so I'm excited to see how this one is done.... but books and priorites and exams :( It sucks to be fifteen sometimes (and I know that Year twelve will be worse sooooo.....)
    Thanks for the review Ella! Good job on the gif-less-ness
    -Shanti

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    1. I'm not a fan of intense romance either, but ACOTAR focused a lot on the world, the adventure and the story, so the romance didn't swallow the whole book up (even though the romance was squeee adorable have to admit ;])!

      THANK YOU SHANTI XD AND GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR EXAMS! :')

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  2. I'm sorry to bore you with a question like this but, since I am much younger than you, I must ask. Is "A Court Of Thorns And Roses" appropriate for younger kids? (Like 10,11,12)? I ask this because the cover seems a little... Hmm. Please don't talk to me any different because I am younger, it sort of bugs me when people do that. ;) Thanks!

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    1. Not at all Tenley, it a good question to ask, actually! I absolutely hate it when older people treat me like a child so I know how you feel :)

      I firmly believe that it depends on your maturity when it comes to reading and it doesn't matter what your age is. ACOTAR however is New Adult which is normally more mature then Young Adult and which is a genre that's normally aimed at 17 years old and above. ACOTAR did have a few sexual scenes but other then that was mostly alright thought it was a little violent in places, but I have to admit, I wouldn't recommend to anyone under the age of 14. Did that answer your question?

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    2. Yes it did! I'll wait for now, but I'll definitely read it when I'm older! BTW, You're getting REALLY good at replying to comments!

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  3. I literally just started reading this and em enjoying it a lot so far. But it's Maas and I'd probably buy her shopping lists if she chose to publish them. >.> I've seen a couple of reviews where people have been quite disappointed by it--but fingers crossed I'll love it the whole way thought. Great review. :D

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    1. EEEEK, can't wait to see what you think!! :D Hopefully you'll love it and we can fangirl over it together!! LOL, SO WOULD I. XD

      THANK YOU!

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  4. Yesssss! You know that I've read this one because we were going to buddy read it, but then I trailed behind (or rather, you just sped ahead). UGGGHHHH I LOVED IT SO MUCH!! But I didn't really know how to express it so in my review I just resorted to a list... Ooops!

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    1. Your review was great! :D LISTS ARE BEAUTIFUL THINGS HEHE. XD Ohh I was terrible buddy reader wasn't I?! I just left you for dust! X/

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  5. Yeah, I think it's important not to compare them too much as well (although it certainly is strange that she's starting this series while she's writing another one, so I guess it's inevitable that that happens). CAN'T WAIT FOR BOOK TWO.

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  6. So much praise did this book already, I'll be very disappointed if I don't love it either. The cover is beautiful though, so lucky you got your copy of the ARC, I'm still waiting on my pre-order. Your review has me more excited though <3 Benish| Feminist Reflections

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    1. ISN'T THE COVER LOVELY?! *pets it proudly* Oh thank you ;D

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  7. I am dying to read this book! I've lost count how many rave reviews I've read so far,and all of them have tempted me so much,that I can't wait to get my hands on a copy.
    Wonderful review Ella!

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    1. GET YOUR HANDS ON A COPY SOOOON MISHMA!! :D Hopefully you'll love it as much as I did, AND THEN WE CAN FANGIRL INTO THE SUNSET TOGETHER xD

      Thank you! x)

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  8. This book actually looks amazing and I've heard mainly positive raving about it. I think it's also nice that the last 30% really sped up because I love it when books start slow and then slowly build up to a heart pounding ending. That said, I think I'll wait on reading this one because the fact that the word "seductive" is used in the first sentence of the blurb makes me a bit wary.

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    1. IT'S SO AMAZING ANA! And yes, slow build ups can be amazing but the last 30% of ACOTAR was just SO mindblowing ASDFGHJKL!!

      Hope you love it if you get round to reading it!!

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  9. I just ordered this because I cannot wait another minute. I am praying I enjoy this one. I usually don't do so well with "hyped" books. Great review :) Thanks for checking out my STS. New GFC follower :)

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    1. You're obviously waaaay more patient then me! ;') I was literally bouncing off the walls in impatience as soon as I saw it on netgalley, haha.

      OMG THANK YOU THANK YOU THANNNNNK YOU!

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  10. I actually really like books that have a slow start. (Not all slow. Don't get me wrong, I like action too.) But then you have time to develop character's, the world, the friendships, and such.
    Awesome review. I'm not sure if I'll be reading this yet, but I'll keep my eye on it.

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    1. No, I love me a nice relaxed beginning too! I just hate those books that are soooooo sloooooooow and nothing happens and it drives me INSANE. *shudders*

      Thank you!

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  11. I didn't think I would love this one as much as I did, but... I did. I REALLY, REALLY DID. I loved it so much and I loved how Feyre didn't read, too. Since this was a Beauty and the Beast retelling, people would immediately think, "Oh she's based off Bella, she should love to read".but newp. I loved the little details that set her apart, too. And Tamlin. I need Tamlin in my life.

    Faye at The Social Potato

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  12. I'll admit I was a little bit hesitant on this one because NA and I aren't usually the best of friends, but I ended up loving this one as well Ella. Sarah writes such amazing romantic relationships, and her world-building is nothing short of extraordinary. It's going to be horrible waiting for the second book! Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous review Ella! ♥

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  13. Well Hello Ella. Romi says. Then sees you posted this on the 5th of may. WELL. My feed didn’t come through, so I subscribed to you through bloglovin, as I still actually haven’t got an email saying this post was posted. Strange. And an excuse!

    I’m glad to hear you liked this (though can’t imagine how you managed to read it in 4-5 hours! It took me… considerably longer), though I have to say I kind of compare it to Throne of Glass. I had unreasonably high expectations before starting, I admit to this, and that meant I didn’t like this nearly as much as I would have, otherwise. But in general, I don’t like it as much as Throne of Glass, and since they both come from the same author, despite their differences and similarities, I will look between the two and compare them, for good and bad.

    While I don’t hate Rhys like you, I do dislike him, but… I feel the same way about Lucien. He was just as harmful to Feyre as Rhys was, and I don’t really find myself able to appreciate or forgive either for the things they did, even if they started changing in the end- I could never trust either (also, I too have a feeling a love triangle is going to merrily skip it’s way in, which, if it does, will probably make me start to dislike Tamlin because of how it would most likely affect his attitude and EH- but also, Sarah J. Maas does writing very well. We have a love triangle in Throne of Glass and that is okay. So I shouldn’t worry. WE SHOULD NOT GIVE UP, ELLA. STAND BY ME.)

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  14. Hey there! Oh my God, I'm so looking forward to starting this book/series! I keep reading reviews and oh God, my interest/motivation for it keeps growing and I don't know what I'm waiting for to get my hands around this baby! Loved this review, completely enjoyed it! I also love your blog so I'll be coming around more (or at least try to)!

    P.S: Thanks for passing around my blog ♥

    Cya around!
    ~L.

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