A Court of Thorns and Roses : A Court of Thorns and Roses

  • by Sarah J. Maas
  • Narrated by Jennifer Ikeda
  • Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses
  • 16 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When 19-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 over the faerie lands is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it... or doom Tamlin - and his world - forever.

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I REALLY thought I was going to love this one.

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Yes. I think the second half of the book is redeeming enough to make it worth the listen.


Any additional comments?

The first half of the book was a boring 2 stars. The remaining story was a much better 4-5 stars, so I'll settle with a rating of 3.The writing, as mentioned by most readers, is really good. Except for a few things that irked my Inner Nazi. Like the fact that people breathe words throughout the whole book:

"Please," I breathed.

Or the repeated use of strange expressions:

My insides turned watery.

Or lines that make you want to gag and roll your eyes:

"You look lovely," Tamlin murmured, and something in his soft tone made me want to purr.

And the fact that everybody likes to constantly respond with nonchalant shrugs.

Anyways, on to the story...

The beginning started out great, with a kick-butt Katniss--I mean, Feyre, hunting and providing sustenance for her useless father and sisters. She skewers a wolf for its pelt and then a fae beast-man comes to take her to the world of the faeries as payment for it. And then the story goes downhill. Except it rolls down a rather flat hill, and it doesn't pick up until past the midway point.

I don't know if this is intentional or not, but the romance between Tamlin and Feyre takes center stage, leaving the dark, interesting and mysterious fae world doom and gloom curse as a meager subplot. I wouldn't have minded the romance as the main plot if the romance hadn't been so stale. There was zero chemistry between Tamlin and Feyre. Zilch. Nada. And I think that is partly due to Tamlin's blahness. He is a handsomely-masked dude with the hair and build of a model. And he's a beast. A vapid beast, who is oh-so-kind-and-courteous; nothing but a gracious host to our feisty heroine who hates his guts for a few pages. It was really hard to swoon over Tamlin when all he made me think about was Aslan the lion from Narnia.

I was totally robbed of an awesome, bitter Beast who could have warmed up to conflicting feelings of love. But nah. All we get is a Mr. Niceguy who has a temper that only applies to the villains of the story. So yeah, the whole romance thing with these two was a drag to get through. I also didn't like the subtle signs of insta-love from Tamlin, who grits his teeth when he asks Feyre if she is in love with anyone (on her first day at his manor).

Once we get past the lovey-dovey, falling in love phase, things finally start to get interesting. We finally find out what is really going on and the truth of the curse, and things get serious for Feyre as she takes matters into her own hands to save Tamlin and his world of butterflies. This 40 or 30% of the story was SO GOOD! I was hooked all the way to the end. Another great thing about this latter half of the story: We are introduced to Rhysand. Holy Mother of The Cauldron. Now THAT is a character I can swoon over. Here's to hoping Feyre dumps Tamlin's boring tush for this saucy chap in book 2.

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- Bookworm "YA connoisseur-wannabe"

Possibly the most nauseating thing I have ever read

In a nutshell, this is essentially Katniss Everdeen put in Disney's Beauty and the Beast, right down to the gold gown and the library the Beast gives her, except this time it's an art gallery. The main character, I'm assuming, was meant to strong willed and hardheaded, but instead she's nothing more than a petulant child.
Spoilers
If there's a single feminist bone in your body, don't read this. She is forced to live in the house where the beast is and can't leave and then falls in love with him, and then is forced to leave, and she goes along with it. Towards the end, she willingly becomes a slave and is painted so that no one but her owner can touch her. She is forced to drink something that makes her not remember what she does with this owner, and then after a couple 'poor me' lines, she feels bad for him. But it's all okay! Because love was the answer to everything! It's all very cliche. Not a single thing was unexpected or surprising. An entire race is about to be enslaved, but all she cares about is her beast--who isn't even going to die. It physically hurt to roll my eyes so much. I sped it up and requested an exchange. Overall, it felt like the worst Mary Sue fanfiction I've ever had the displeasure to experience (from being in a car for 42 hours without wifi on a road trip. It's the ONLY thing that could have gotten me to finish.).
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- Jordan

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-05-2015
  • Publisher: Recorded Books