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A Court of Thorns and Roses

Written by: Sarah J. Maas
Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
Length: 16 hrs and 7 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (306 ratings)

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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.

©2015 Sarah J. Maas (P)2015 Recorded Books

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Exceedingly Silly but Fairly Clever

This is a pretty typical 'Beauty and the Beast' story. Human female protagonist, handsome monster. Reminds me of the 'Twilight' books. Got this book on sale and it wasn't great but whatever. This book is...meh

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Extraordinary

I have wanted to read this book for a while but just never got around to it as my TBR pile is out of control I'm so happy that I decided to use my audible credit and just listen to it is so good and I can't wait to get to the rest of the series #Audible1

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Gripping story

Took me a bit to get used to the audio quality. eventually the story overtook me and I didn't notice it anymore.

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Didn't get much sleep!

I couldn't put this audiobook down, or should I say turned it off! I even passed out a few times, not wanting to go to bed! I was hesitant about the narrator's voice but grew to truly enjoy it. The story was slightly predicatable at times, but I really enjoyed it.

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good solid first book or standalone

it's good a solid first book and capable of being a stand alone story. well this is clearly one of many the book is well done it's in first person the story consistent concise it gives you a little moments in what I now consider to be classic Mass fashion there's little Snippets of information that you wouldn't think matters that round into the conclusion beautifully for this particular book I feel like Farrah's not as smart as the reader very likely is I found myself periodically figuring stuff out before which is always fun. but a little odd wonderful story though I would highly recommend an excellent author and the narration is quite well done captivating story I enjoyed listening to the whole thing.

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Perfect listen

Jennifer Ikeda brings to life a wonderfully spun tale of trauma, romance, and a deadly world of mystic intrigue. In this dark reimagining of beauty and the beast, you find yourself swept up in whirlwinds of emotions, Maas’ words are masterfully carried by Ikeda’s easy to listen narration. Even though I’ve read this book cover to cover several times, I found myself more gripped than ever before, physically wincing in tense scenes and chuckling at foreshadowing. A great adventure written by one of the most talented fantasy YA/NA authors of this generation.

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Another fun read by Maas

While I prefer the Throne of Glass series, this is another fun read by Maas. This series feels a bit simpler, less developed, but still fun. perhaps the intricacies will increase as I read on.

The reader is good, with a wide range for the different characters, although sometimes there is a bit of a whine to her voice, perhaps for the character, that sometimes annoyed me. Still a great read though.

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Excellent

The first book in a series that quickly became my new favourite. I plan to listen to them all again.

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Solid story.

Every year, my wife and I love looking at the Goodreads Choice Awards. We always find some great books to add to our overflowing TBR lists, and it’s fun to see if any of our favorites found their way onto the list. We have this ongoing joke from one year to the next: “Who will win Best Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction? Sarah J. Maas or Sarah J. Maas?”

I don’t mean any disrespect, I do read some young adult fantasy, and Maas has won every year since 2015. One could argue that YA fantasy is one of the most competitive markets in the book world right now. So, I thought that I should really give her a shot.

I truly appreciate the patience with which Maas cultivated her story. There was no rush to the prize. A Court of Thorns and Roses was a scenic trail with many unforeseen turns that eventually led to a satisfying conclusion. It takes some true skill to write a story this long – sixteen hours on Audible – while keeping the reader (or listener) involved. Maas has certainly mastered this.

In other ways I saw many familiar patterns, shades of other books, some older and some more recent. I think that these are part of the formula that makes this genre work. The typical YA audience appears to have certain expectations that they want or need in their fiction, but then again, I think it’s the same for any genre.

A Court of Thorns and Roses was a bit of an experiment for me. Am I a YA fan hidden inside the body of a mature man, or have I just found a connection with a few YA authors? As it turns out, it is the latter. I enjoyed my time spent with Maas’ characters, but if she is the best of the best in the genre, I’m good with the handful that I’ve come to love.

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Beauty & The Beast

A good Beauty and the Beast tale with it's added twist, violence and of course romance

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  • kathrine
  • 2015-06-19

Entertaining!

Great adult fairy story. Wonderful twists and new ways to present an often done, overly familiar trope. I was surprised and delighted many times. Not your typical YA story. I'd actually enjoy a sequel to this story. Which is not something I say often. :)

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  • Bookworm
  • 2015-05-21

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 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 it 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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  • The Anime Adict
  • 2017-09-13

Bad ending and Immaturity

I would like to say that while I realize that I'm not the target audience for this book, I'm male and not a teen, I truly enjoyed the first ten hours of this book. The opening was well written and thought out and set up a character I could sympathize with and understand and cheer for. It was interesting with a different set up than usual. I was already thinking of ways to afford the rest of the series a third of the way in, shifting my purchasing plans around to make room for more. Mean finally a main female lead that isn't drowned in her emotions, is practical and mature, and I don't have to read Ilona Andrews hurrah!

Then the rest of the book happened.

The last four hours of the book was a chore to get through. Our fierce, practical, strong, observant, hardened and smart heroine, became a dithering, weepy, witless child! I'm sorry this is one of my pet peeves, someone who has gone through the losses, the poverty, and hardships that the main heroine had, someone that has had to take care of a family that neglects and hates her in the face of sheer poverty; wouldn't break under the comparatively tiny difficulties she faced in the end. Once more, there was far too much virtue signaling in the end, if I had heard the paraphrase of "oh what have I done" before the last hour trudge I wouldn't have been able to finish the book. Honestly the heroine is someone whose used to having to do what you have to do to survive, putting your emotions aside and paying the cost and moving on; not dickering and self tormenting simply to seem virtuous and likable. Mean, I know women that have been through poverty, abuse and so on, they wouldn't even blink over the 'hardships' the main had to face in the last four hours; nor would they sit around and wait for someone to save them without trying everything they could to fix it themselves. Another star gone.
Not to mention forty minutes on dickering on a choice that really wasn't a choice and should have been handled in ten.
Beyond that the male characters are the typical meat puppet stand ins that exist to make the main character have plenty of love interests, to save her when she gets in over her head or does something stupid and make her seem more valuable than she would be in reality. Really it's good there were only three males, because all of them were blah and stereotypical. Honestly Tomalin is basically Beast from Beauty and the Beast, Lucian guy with a razor tongue that's really a nice guy and Reese is your atypical bad boy that isn't that bad. They have no personality, desires, dreams, triggers or depth of any sort. Since this also a put of a peeve for me that's another star gone.

As for the narrator she did a fantastic job bringing the characters to life and she is a large part of the reason why I enjoyed the first 10 hours and was able to make it through the last four.

Honestly, if not for the strength of the first five hours, I would have given this book a 2 or even 1 star. Still, if you can handle another, how this character that goes from strong to weak, smart and resourceful to weepy and stupid, a plot twist you could see a mile away, a lover interest based solely on the male's hotness and being a decent person since he as no personality, a riddle that given a certain emotions popularity was simple to solve; than you might like this book. As for me I'm getting a refund and nixing my plans to buy the rest of the series.

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  • Samantha
  • 2015-11-05

Hard to Finish

Would you try another book from Sarah J. Maas and/or Jennifer Ikeda?

Yes i enjoyed Sarah J. Maas's other work

What was most disappointing about Sarah J. Maas’s story?

I had high expectations when I started this book but was very disappointed. The main character was winy and I felt much of the beginning of the book was redundant and difficult to get through.

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  • Kandice Rose
  • 2015-05-30

loved it!

I always enjoy the retelling of beauty and the beast and this version was different from all the others. One of my favorites.

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  • Brandi Hart
  • 2015-05-27

Loved the story, not the narrator (sorry!)

I really liked the story (it pales next to the throne of glass series to be honest) but it still was very original and the character development was wonderful.
I just couldn't get on board with this narrator. I kept looking at other reviews and no one mentions it at all so it's probably just me.

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  • Brette
  • 2015-05-07

LOVED IT!!!

Which character – as performed by Jennifer Ikeda – was your favorite?

I thought narrator did a great job with the story. The voices of Feyre and Tamlin were good, my only complaint is that sometimes the narrator struggled to fully differentiate the voices of the secondary characters like Lucien and Alis.

Any additional comments?

This was such a great, complete story. I was completely drawn in right from the beginning. The book has slow and fast paced parts, but hardly any parts that are boring. I found this book by chance and I am so glad that I did! This book has no insta-love between the characters, thank goodness. It can hard to find books with somewhat believable relationships between the characters. The secondary characters are interesting and have depth.

The world that the story takes place in is interesting and lays the possibility for an overall good series.

My only complaint with the story concerns my confusion for why Feyre, the main character, ignored the warnings of others multiple times and did some silly things that would cause her to have to be rescued. I also felt that maybe the reader was not always being informed about the full extent of some of her thoughts and feelings in some parts of the book. But these things are small, and can be attributed to human imperfection.

Overall the book is great and I enjoyed that it was new adult rather than YA, I haven't really had the opportunity to read a new adult book since its a smaller genre. Being 20 years old, I appreciated that the main character was close in age to myself and didn't have the immaturity found in a lot of YA books. The content was somewhat similar to YA, but a little more mature.

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  • Jordan
  • 2016-06-11

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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  • Haley
  • POULSBO, WA, United States
  • 2015-05-20

Wonderful

A great reimagining of Beauty and the Beast. It's by far my favorite retelling. A well earned romance, great world building, and a plot that keeps you guessing.
I believe this is the first book in a series (cannot wait for the sequel!) but I appreciate how this book is a complete story on its own. Too many books end on cliff hangers nowadays, A Court of Thorns and Roses is a breath of fresh air.

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  • L. Myers
  • Arkansas, USA
  • 2018-06-04

A lot of inner dialogue

I decided to try this after reading all the “Throne of Glass” series, since they have the same author. I wanted so badly to love this series like I do the other but I just don’t.
It reminded me of what I hated about, “The Hunger Games” series. So much inner dialogue by the main character. The same character, btw, that I didn’t even for the first half of the book. Feyre over analyzed every single thing and its insufferable at times.
I may or may not give the second book a chance, I have a few other books on my reading list right now and I definitely will read all those before considering the 2nd of this series.

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  • Clovescentbook
  • 2019-04-15

Une relecture magique

J'avais lu ce livre en version française, papier. Mais je n'avais que moyennement accroché. Alors j'ai décidé de lui donner une deuxième chance, et j'ai été éblouie.