Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, New Adult (Some may say YA, but I’ll explain below)
Format: Audio, provided to me by eStories. Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
Description (Source: eStories):
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 over the faerie lands is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin-and his world-forever.
Wow. I’m on a roll with listening to amazing books this month. I could.not.stop. listening to this book. I found myself devising ways where I could listen to this book as much as possible and finished it in only 2 days (it was a 16 hour book!). For my note about why I would not classify it as YA, there are a few steamy scenes. More steamy than other YA novels, but tastefully done and not overly graphic. Just be prepared for a little more romance than usual.
TLDR; Strong heroine, a good amount of romance, likable characters, unique story.
If I could give it more, I would.
What I liked:
– The narration by Jennifer Ikeda took me a couple chapters to get used to. Her voice wasn’t annoying and there was nothing in particular that bothered me, it just took a little while to get used to the cadence of her voice. Once I did though – she blew me away. Emotion surged out at just the right places, and she gave each character an easily distinguishable voice.
– Feyre is a strong and likeable character. She has her flaws (hot tempered, impulsive), but she is also loyal and feirce. I really appreciate that Maas didn’t make Feyre the typical heroine, nor the damsel in distress. You know the heroines I am talking about – good at everything they try, super humble, prettier than everyone else and has no idea, everyone wants to get in their pants, etc. Feyre is a skilled hunter, but she taught herself at the age of 14 through trial and error. She didn’t pick up a bow and become a prodigy – she is skilled, but had to work for it. She is described as beautiful, but not mind-blowingly breathtaking. She is on the brink of starvation, so when we first meet her she has sharp features and sallow skin. Feyre also can’t read. I love flawed heroines, it makes their victories mean so much more.
– The building relationship between Feyre and Tamlin. I love that it wasn’t all “OMG I’ve never connected with anyone before but with one touch from you I can’t control myself”. It took time for Feyre to learn to love him. I know some may consider this a spoiler, but come on. You knew it was coming, right? TBH I’m not really shipping them together though. We’ll see what comes next, but I feel like Maas is building toward something else.
– The pacing of the story was perfect. There were lulls in the action, but the lulls led to interesting character developments and insights into Feyre’s mind.
– Steamy scenes. As I mentioned above, there were some pretty hot and heavy scenes.
– Supporting characters were strong as well. I love Lucien; I can’t wait to discover more of his backstory.
– The ending. THAT ENDING.
What I didn’t:
Would I recommend this book to family and/or friends?
YES. I’m already 3/4 way of the way through the next book.
Link to purchase book:
I was generously provided a free copy of this book to review by eStories. My experience with them has been very good so far – open communication with the marketing manager and an easy to use app with great sound quality.
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Have you read this series yet? What did you think? I am hooked!