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review 2017-11-02 23:43
A Court of Thorn and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
A Court of Thorns and Roses - Sarah J. Maas

Wow, just wow... I loved, love this book. I can't believe it took me so long to read, but I am glad it did. I truly needed a distraction that only this could have provided.

 

This is not very young adult as I had originally thought. I was shocked that there was sex. Some of it pretty descriptive, not smutty or very erotic, but no closed doors here. Would I let my teen read it? Probably, even if I thought no, it wouldn't matter. She already has... Lol

 

This is easily within my top five favorite books I have ever read. I see countless rereadings in the future and so look forward to buying a complete physical boxed set when this series is finished.

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text 2017-10-29 14:07
Reading progress update: I've read 80 out of 432 pages.
A Court of Thorns and Roses - Sarah J. Maas

Much better than anticipated so far. Young adult, but not the sappy, eye roll kind, the good kind. I am kicking myself though because I picked this up not expecting to get sucked in, I don't typically like starting a series until all books are published. Daughter has all three books and I have a feeling I am going to be impatiently waiting for more. 

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text 2017-08-03 23:59
July Recap
Rebound: A Boomerang Novel - Noelle August
The Breakup Support Group - Cheyanne Young
A Court of Thorns and Roses - Sarah J. Maas
Follow Me Down: A Novel - Sherri L. Smith
Stalking Jack the Ripper - Kerri Maniscalco
Ferocious (Vicarious) - Paula Stokes
The First Time She Drowned - Kerry Kletter
Bad Blood (The Naturals #4) ((The Naturals #4)) - Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Follow Me Back - A.V. Geiger

I finished a much loved series this month...The Naturals.  with the final book in the 4 book series, Bad Blood...loved it, btw.  I also really enjoyed the conclusion to Vicarious Duo, with Ferocious, which I received an ARC of.

 

I also finished up a few reading challenges, 3 of them this month, actually.  A few of the books I've read this month were read just for this purpose.  Like the Breakup Support Group, Stalking Jack The Ripper and The First Time She Drowned.  I'm actively trying to start less of these so I can finish some of the super long ones.

 

 

The BOOKS 

 

(Audiobook) Rebound by Noelle August

Finish Date:  07/02

4 STARS

 

(Kindle eBook) The Breakup Support Group by Cheyanne Young

Finish Date:  07/07

2.8 STARS

 

(Audiobook) A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas

Finish Date:  07/11

4.3 STARS

 

(e-ARC) Follow Me Down by Sherri Smith

Finish Date:  07/13

4.3 STARS

 

(Audiobook) Stalking Jack The Ripper by Kerri Manisculco

Finish Date:  07/20

3.8 STARS

 

(e-ARC) Ferocious by Paula Stokes

Finish Date:  07/24

5 STARS

 

(Audiobook) The First Time She Drowned by Kerry Kletter

Finish Date:  07/26

4.3 STARS

 

(eBook) Bad Blood by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Finish Date:  07/30

5+ STARS

 

(Audiobook) Follow Me Back by AV Geiger

Finish Date:  07/31

3.7 STARS

 

 

9 Books Total 3,181 Pages (including Audio's)

5 Audiobooks, 2 eBooks, and 2 Netgalley e-ARC's

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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review 2017-07-22 19:55
Watch out...roses have thorns.
A Court of Thorns and Roses - Sarah J. Maas

 

Book Title:  A Court of Thorns and Roses

Author:  Sarah J Maas

Narration:  Jennifer Ikeda

Series:  A Court of Thorns and Roses #1

Genre:  High Fantasy, Fae, Romance

Setting:  Prythian Spring Court, Land of Fae

Source:  Audiobook (RB Digital)

 

 

 

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Book Theme Song

(this link will take you to my tumblr post with video)

Preserved Roses by Blackbriar  --If you've read ACOTAR then watch it…and you will see…if not…then still watch it, because it has the right feel. ♫

 

 

 

 

My Thoughts

 

I need to have a clear head when I start a fantasy series, to really be able to immerse myself within it.  Unfortunately, I wasn't able to do that while listening to this.  I just had too much on my mind.  That being said, I feel like this has the makings of  a 5 star read (even the narration was awesomely done) as evidenced by all the 5 star ratings out there for ACOTAR.    If I could change one thing about this it would be to make it a little shorter in length.  Long books always seem so daunting to me, that I go into them feeling less than excited as it is.

 

Essentially, ACOTAR is highly imaginative start to what might be a very appealing series.  The Beauty and the Beast aspect is only a backdrop to the story overall, because it really is so much deeper than that.

 

 

 

Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  4.5/5

Main Characters:  5/5

Secondary Characters:  5/5

The Feels:  4/5

Addictiveness:  4/5

Theme or Tone:  4/5

Flow (Writing Style):  4.3/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4.3/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Narration:  5/5

Ending:  5/5  Cliffhanger:  to be continued…

Total:  4.3/5

 

Will I continue this series?  Yes, and hopefully I'm able to fully immerse myself in it when I do.

 

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review 2017-06-01 20:43
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
A Court of Thorns and Roses - Sarah J. Maas

Maybe it's because I can see influences beyond the norm for YA fantasy, influences from sources I loved as a kid, like Lloyd Alexander and Andre Norton, that I really enjoy Sarah Maas' work. I find it easy to read, though not exactly simplistic, and entertaining in a blockbuster sort of way.

 

Feyre wasn't exactly a character I could relate to, and I found myself annoyed at her maybe more than I should have, but I understood her motivations, mostly, for being as confrontational as she was--fear--and as sometimes willfully dense as she could be--her behavior of Fire Night, I can only assume, was a product of her desire for Tamlin.

 

Tamlin's an inoffensive character, and if you think that's weak praise, you haven't read much romance, LOL! I found myself gravitating towards Lucien, I adored his snark, and the way that he actually seemed to build a relationship with Feyre. I loved the use of the different fairies, and the use of the Beauty and the Beast themes was well-handled--I especially liked why she returned home, and how her sisters were handled; it was really different for a BatB retelling. And the last hundred and fifty pages take on more themes from the myth that inspired the BatB fairy tale: Eros and Psyche, with Feyre having to prove her love through a series of tasks, and being made immortal at the end of it. Spoiler.

 

And yet it was that last hundred and fifty pages, that take place in the kingdom of Under the Mountain (aka Hades) that lost the book that star/half a star. I like Rhysand. I'm going to put that out there right now. He grew on me. But Maas has a problem, and that problem is her waning interest in her main male characters. In defense of Throne of Glass, it at least took a few books before it happened, where here it takes, oh, about three hundred pages. I just wanted more of Tam and Lucien, and much, much less of this character I was still getting my bearings with. And my resistance to him is also why I'm not rushing to pick up the second book, honestly.

 

All in all, though, a truly enjoyable book, and a new take on Beauty and the Beast, a notable one in a sea of BatB retellings.

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