A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

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This week, Sarah J. Maas’ shiny new Fantasy NA novel was released! Her Filipino fans are celebrating and I’m one of them! I’m glad to be participating in the Philippine blog tour for A Court of Thorns and Roses and I have my review to share with y’all today!

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Book #1, A Court of Thorns and Roses
Published by Bloomsbury Children's on May 5th 2015
ARC from Blog Tour
416 pages
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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 hype for A Court of Thorns and Roses, from the moment Sarah J. Maas announced it, has been immense and pretty crazy. Not gonna lie, I was one of the many who was very eager to read it from the beginning. Maybe some of you got curious too and maybe some feel wary. Well, I’m here to tell you what all the fuss is about: THIS BOOK IS FREAKING AMAZING.

“Who wants someone covered in thorns?”
“Thorny. Prickly. Sour. Contrary.”

In fact, I highly advise just skipping my rambling review and going to the bookstore to buy this book already instead. But in case you still need a little more convincing (you skeptic bookworm you) let me count off all the things I loved about A Court of Thorns and Roses.

“Magic- everything was magic, and it broke my heart.”

Feyre is an inspiringly fierce protagonist. Much like Katniss, she hunts to feed her family. When she mistakenly kills a fae disguised as a wolf and another beastly fae comes to punish her afterwards, she is forced to leave her father and two sisters so they may be spared. She’s admirable in this way but also in so many others. I adored her spunk and while some may try to compare her with Celaena, I think she was entirely her own. It was easy to root for her to get through the challenges set upon her way and also to find happiness and love, quite possibly with her captor, Tamlin.

“He was exactly as I’d dream he’d be.”

Where do I begin to describe this man? He’s beautiful- even wearing a mask. True story: I swooned. A lot. So much. Tamlin is the mysterious powerful beast who drags Feyre to the fae Spring Court. Though he forces Feyre to stay in his court, we quickly see that he does not do it out of spite. As Sarah carves out his character and his essence is revealed in the way he just kind of wants Feyre to like him and how he’s there for her all the time and how he gives her those strip-me-bare gazes, you just melt. Tamlin, you guys, is a fictional character to fall in love with for sure. Between him and Feyre, the romance was just burning hot. Correction- set you on fire hot.

“Give me everything.”

If you didn’t know yet, Feyre and Tamlin are inspired by Beauty and the Beast and I just love the parallel with this fairytale retelling. Seriously, it was incredible. It follows the tale very closely but it still put a very fresh, earnest and thrilling spin to it. Of course, this can be attributed the brilliant writing- Sarah totally rocked the hell out of this story. I was utterly taken and I’m so dying for more.

Everything. That’s what I loved about it if you haven’t guessed. Feyre’s braveness, Tamlin’s heart, Lucien’s wit, Rhys’s gorgeous face, the intensity, the feels, the writing, the storytelling, the author, the book- everything. I was blown away. I think you will be too. In fact, I know it. Now, GO READ IT. *throws ACOTAR at you*


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Hazel @ Stay Bookish

Hazel Ureta is an advocate of stories. She is the blogger and Editor-In-Chief of Stay Bookish because she loves talking about books. She enjoys reading Young Adult novels the most and writes them too.
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  1. Kyla F. on May 8, 2015 at 12:13 am

    The first time I saw this on Goodreads, I really wanted to read it so bad since I’ve heard a lot of great things about all of Sarah’s novels. But I’m afraid ACOTAR won’t live up to my expectations because of “the hype”. Well, I’m still excited to read it. And by the way, great review! :)

  2. Darlene on May 8, 2015 at 12:24 am

    Wow, a new book from Sarah J. Maas!!! I think it will be totally epic and amazing. Though I’m new from following your blog, I really think you are great and I trust your opinion. So I know this book will totally blow my mind as expected from a Sarah J. Mass book.

  3. Raisa Faye A. Bangsal on May 8, 2015 at 1:27 am

    Reading the synopsis of Maas’s new book already got me hooked! I hope I get a chance to win this book and fangirl with all of you!

  4. Alena @ Anatomy of a Booknerd on May 8, 2015 at 1:44 am

    I’ve been really excited for this book! AAAAAHHH!!!!

  5. Marie Bernadette G. Quilala on May 8, 2015 at 2:15 am

    Really really hoping that I’ll win this giveaway so I can finally have a copy!!!! I heard it’s an epic fantasy, has a badass heroine & a swoon-worthy dude! Who wouldn’t want a Beauty and the Beast retelling? I think this will be it.

  6. Beth on May 8, 2015 at 2:50 am

    I’M SO EXCITED TO READ ACOTAR! The number of review posts is making me go insane – I promised myself that I’d buy it as soon as I reached 100 bloglovin followers, AND IT TOOK FOREVER TO GET THERE. But now I am there, and I can’t wait to sink my teeth into the Beauty and the Beast retelling with FAERIES. EEEEEEK!
    Beth x
    (Sorry for the excessive use of exclamation marks, Hazel… I’m so excited right now!)

  7. Mishma @ Chasing Faerytales on May 8, 2015 at 5:56 am

    I am actually wondering why I still haven’t read this book even after seeing all these rave reviews.Oh wait,I need to get a copy first for that:)
    Can’t wait to read this story.I hope I’ll love this as much as every one of you did!

  8. Cristian @ TheBookishGod on May 8, 2015 at 5:58 am

    Yaaay! Thanks for the giveaway, I’ve been dying to read ACOTAR! Loved the review!

  9. Jennilyn @ RurouniJenniReads on May 8, 2015 at 6:17 am

    True, so much hype for ACOTAR and lots of positive reviews, too! I am one of those who got curious because of the hype. Hope I can snag a copy.

  10. Nickole Jean on May 8, 2015 at 7:18 am

    Been seeing this on other bloggers too and it looks sooo interesting! I am always interested in retellings of fairytales and beauty and the beast is my favprite of all fairy tales that’s why I wanted this more badly now that you’ve mentioned it.

  11. Inah @ The Bibliophile Confessions on May 8, 2015 at 9:59 am

    *catches ACOTAR from you* I am so excited to jump into the Sarah J. Maas fandom, Seriously! And the hype her books get is so massive. I loved your review, Hazel.

  12. Shelumiel on May 8, 2015 at 11:28 am

    I’m glad you loved this one, Hazel! I haven’t read anything by Maas but, from what I’ve been seeing in the blogosphere, I think I have to do something about it. And soon too.

  13. ReadiculousGirl on May 8, 2015 at 11:49 am

    I really want to read this book! Sarah is such an amazing author, and I am so excited to see what emotional torture she has up her sleeve this time!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  14. Keionda@Keionda Hearts Books on May 8, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    I still haven’t gotten to this book yet but MAN one of these days I am. Just reading about Tamlin made me swoon. ♡♡and I just want to read it Like right.now. Too bad I’m in y he middle of another series. 0_o

  15. Laila BC on May 8, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    OMG! It’s finally here! i have been waiting for this like forevaaarrr!!! I am so excited and I am glad there is lots of sexiness involved…this is such a “beastly” kind of love affair and i always love me some kickass heroine! GREAT Review Hazel :)

  16. Jenelle Riane on May 8, 2015 at 9:20 pm

    Can’t wait to read this! Your review made me even more excited. Thanks for the giveaway!

  17. Alexandria de la Paz on May 9, 2015 at 3:28 am

    So excited for this book!!

  18. Mariz on May 9, 2015 at 9:22 am

    Loved the review. Thank you for the giveaway. :)

  19. Lyka Cabais on May 9, 2015 at 9:36 am

    Loved the review!!! Really makes me wanna win the book and have it ❤ Thank you Hazel for inspiring us, some readers to read more and to share other masterpiece of some great authors out there Hoping to win this one, the book really fits my type of genre hehe

  20. I love your review! Now I’m curious and excited to read this :)

  21. Joy @ The Bookshelf Intruder on May 11, 2015 at 12:48 am

    I’ve only ever heard of good reviews when it concerns Maas. I haven’t read any of her books but I’m convinced she’s good. So I hope I win. :)

  22. jello on May 12, 2015 at 6:33 am

    I can’t wait to read this! Waaaahhh!! Anyway, great review! Thanks for the giveaway :)

  23. Drew Farinas on May 12, 2015 at 9:14 am

    I need a Sarah J. Maas book! Wahhhh. But I cant find a copy here in our local bookstore :(

  24. Christine on May 12, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    I’ve heard such amazing things about this series–so excited to read it!! :D

  25. Haniya on June 29, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    I have been reading such amazing reviews of this book… Glad to know you liked it!!! Cant wait to pick it up!!<3

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