Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses – Sarah J. Maas

Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses – Sarah J. MaasA Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #1
Published by Bloomsbury USA
Published: May 5th 2015
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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.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

In your reading life, you will come across good books, bad books, just okay books, and amazing books. A Court of Thorns and Roses (ACOTAR) isn’t any of those. ACOTAR is in a class of its own. It is in a class that leaves you speechless and in love. It 100% took my words because really how do you describe the perfect book? You don’t. But I will try.

A Court of Thorns and Roses is the story of Feyre, a normal girl living in a world that is split between human and Fae thanks to a 500-year-old war. Feyre is the sole provider for her father and two sisters. One night, while hunting in the woods for food, she comes across a wolf and makes the decision to kill him, a decision that completely alters the course of her life. Soon Feyre is faced with the fate of her decisions; she must give her life for the life she took. She must go to the Fae world with Tamlin a Fae Lord and spend the rest of her days in his manner. As Feyre begins to grow close Tam and learn about his world and the evil that is brewing over it she must decide whether to find a way to help him or lose him and his world forever.

Like I said, I don’t have the words to describe this perfect book. There was just so much I loved about it. I love the setting and the characters and the fairytale elements and the myth elements. I loved the way the plot unfolded and the pacing of it. I love the writing and the storytelling element. Sarah really created an amazing world with amazing people. Feyre, Tamlin, Lucien, and Rhys all bring something different to the table and each plays an important part in Feyre’s story. The way these characters are interwoven into each other’s lives will leave you hooked and wanting more.

And can we talk about the sexiness??? Wowza! I mean, I blushed in some parts. It was very feral and animalistic, but also tastefully done. It wasn’t added in the story as sex for sex sake like some stories do. It served a purpose and pretty fan worthy. I won’t say more about that, but just be prepared in case reading in public.

All I can say is ACOTAR is a magical reading experience. As a girl that loved Maas’ first fantasy series Throne of Glass, I loved ACOTAR even more. It hit me in all the right places. It left me breathless and awestruck and yearning for more. It broke my heart and made me laugh and smile and crushed me when it ended because it was over. Simply put…this review was almost written with emojis. Need I say more! Oh, okay…READ IT!

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A Court of Thorns and Roses Masquerade Ball – The Fashion

A Court of Thorns and Roses Masquerade Ball - The Fashion

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Masquerade Balls are truly magical events. There is something truly inspiring about the ability to let your imagination run wild when it comes to fashion. There is a no-holds bard for fashion and a Masquerade and A Court of Thorns and Roses falls perfectly in line with this.

Truly I had a lot of fun dressing the 5 integral characters, Feyre, Tamlin, Lucien, Rhysand and Amarantha, for the A Court of Thorns and Roses Masquerade Ball. Each character brought their own personality and vibe to the table which made picking out clothes and masks for them both easy and difficult because I couldn’t narrow it down.

 

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Rhysand is a very flashy and showy kind of character. He isn’t shy about knowing how attractive he is so when I came across this look of a dressed, but half dressed model in a flashy gold coat I knew it was perfect for him. He isn’t the least bit timid so it is within reason that he would what to show  off some of his toned body and then would keep his mask simple enough but still powerful.

 

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Lucien, the loveable sidekick. He is a very funny guy with a quirky personality. When I came across this suit of pattern mixing I knew it was all him. He would be able to pull it off with no one even batting an eye at him. And the mask, well if you read the book you will understand why I picked that mask. Honestly I think it was made for him.

 

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Tamlin, oh Tamlin. There is no hiding he is my favorite of the 3 boys. #TeamTAMLINforLIFE. But he was also one of the hardest of the boys for me to dress. I wanted to give him justice. When I was searching I found his mask first. A simple green mask with gold seemed perfect for Fae from the Spring Court. But his outfit had to be perfect. It had to be no fuss but powerful. Tam is a nice guy but he also is a powerful guy and I needed the clothes to show that. And then I came across this model. This look SCREAMED Tamlin to me. The suit underneath is nothing special. It is a perfectly tailored grey pants and vest. But the coat, that coat is what stood out as Tamlin. You could rule a country in that coat and that is exactly what I picture my Tamlin doing.

 

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Amarantha. She is one mysterious character, but a huge part of A Court of Thorns and Roses. She is part of the Night Court and very very powerful. I don’t want to say too much about her but I think the shoes and the dress convey a lot. She is a powerhouse and very scary. Basically I wouldn’t want to run into her in a dark alley…a light one either.

 

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Feyre was by far the HARDEST on the 5 to dress. There were just so many options for her. I saw more dresses that I would want and that I could picture her wearing than I thought possible. But as I started to narrow them down I saw this gorgeous gown and it sung to me. It said spring, as did the butterfly shoes and butterfly mask. And since a good chunk of the book takes place in the Spring Court it was the theme I chose to follow. Plus I’m kind of in love with the back of the dress and that mask.

But like I said, there were a ton of dress options I came across. And although I picked the flower one I wanted to share a few that were also in the running because HELLO GORGEOUS!

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So there you have it, my take on what the 5 important characters would wear. Sarah at What Sarah Read styled looks for what she thinks all seven courts would wear and they are fabulous. Make sure you head over to her blog today and take a look.

If you had to dress Feyre which of the dresses would you pick?

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The Masquerade Ball!
May 11: Novel Sounds & Alexa Loves Books – The Soundtrack
May 12: Icey Books & That Artsy Reader Girl – The Decorations
May 13: Jenuine Cupcakes & Writer of Wrongs – The Food
May 14: What Sarah Read & Andi’s ABCs – The Clothing
May 15: Fiction Fare & Belle of the Literati – The Casting Call

 

A Court of Thorns and Roses Masquerade Ball – The FashionA Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Published by Bloomsbury USA
Published: May 5th 2015
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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.

Perfect for fans of Kristen Cashore and George R. R. Martin, this first book in a sexy and action-packed new series is impossible to put down!

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About Sarah J. Maas

Sarah J. Maas is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series and A Court of Thorns and Roses series, as well as a USA Today and international bestselling author. Sarah wrote the first incarnation of the Throne of Glass series when she was just sixteen, and it has now sold in thirty-five languages. A New York native, Sarah currently lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and dog. Empire of Storms, the fifth Throne of Glass novel.

She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Hamilton College in 2008 with a degree in Creative Writing and a minor in Religious Studies.

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Review: The Start of Me and You – Emery Lord

Review: The Start of Me and You – Emery LordThe Start of Me and You by Emery Lord
Published by Bloomsbury USA
Published: March 31st 2015
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Following her pitch-perfect debut Open Road Summer, Emery Lord pens another gorgeous story of best friends, new love, & second chances.

Brimming with heartfelt relationships and authentic high-school dynamics The Start of Me and You proves that it’s never too late for second chances.

It’s been a year since it happened—when Paige Hancock’s first boyfriend died in an accident. After shutting out the world for two years, Paige is finally ready for a second chance at high school . . . and she has a plan. First: Get her old crush, Ryan Chase, to date her—the perfect way to convince everyone she’s back to normal. Next: Join a club—simple, it’s high school after all. But when Ryan’s sweet, nerdy cousin, Max, moves to town and recruits Paige for the Quiz Bowl team (of all things!) her perfect plan is thrown for a serious loop. Will Paige be able to face her fears and finally open herself up to the life she was meant to live?

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Perfection. That is the only word that comes to mind when I think of this book. Emery Lord easily has given us the perfect book with her second novel The Start of Me and You. If you know me you know how much I loved her debut Open Road Summer. It was fun and smart and sassy and serious. It has a special place in my heart and life. Honestly I didn’t think I would love anything she wrote as much as I did Open Road Summer. And then I read The Start of Me and You and everything changed. This book. Oh this book!

The Start of Me and You is about Paige. Paige has a great group of core friends, a basic home life with divorced parents and an all-consuming crush. But Paige also has the looks of pity given to her every day. A year ago her boyfriend died in a freak accident and her life was upended. Trying to get back to normal Paige decides she is going to accomplish a list of things and on that list is to date her crush Ryan Chase. But as Paige knows so well, nothing goes as planned. Soon she finds herself spending time with Ryan’s nerdy cousin Max, joining Quiz Bowl and learning that getting back to normal is different than you expect.

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Okay so my summary doesn’t do the book justice. I mean it is impossible to describe perfection. It just is. What I can say is that Emery Lord is the master at writing strong friendships, adorable boys, and swoon worthy romance. Every part of this story just felt real. Paige’s grief, her relationship with her parents, her crush on Ryan, her friendship with Max, and finally her three best friends.  Paige, Tessa, Kayleigh and Morgan were a thing of beauty. Having a core group of friends myself I can say with certainty that Lord nailed every aspect of a great, strong friendship. Every person needs friends like these. Emery wrote something that felt true and real and genuine and I love her even more for it.

Another bright spot, as I mentioned, was the development of a friendship between Max and Paige. Paige was so lost when Max came into her life. She was living in this horrible in between phase, scared to step out of her comfort zone or to get close to anyone. But there was something about Max. He came around right when she needed someone. They were total opposites but that was okay. They formed a solid friendship and possibly the foundation for something else, but the friendship was the part that really got me. And that endeared me to them and Max in general.

I don’t know what else to tell you besides you just need to read this book and maybe give your besties a hug. As I’ve said for Open Road Summer, Emery Lord has all the elements you look for in a book. It was true for that book and true for The Start of Me and You. Bring tissues and your feels and prepare to enjoy the beauty that is Emery’s writing. I beginning to think the girl can’t write fast enough as I already need MORE!

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