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I’m a rereader. You know this if you follow this blog. I have reread Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door, Isla and the Happily Ever After, Twenty Boy Summer, Parallel, Throne of Glass, Divergent, A Court of Thorns and Roses, just to name a few. I’ve been rereading books I love for a long time and I always love them just as much as I did the first time. But what I haven’t have happen until recently is still loving the book but loving it in a completely different way after a reread.

Before I explain stop reading RIGHT NOW if you ahve not read A Court of Thorns and Roses and A Court of Mist and Fury unless you want to be spoiled.

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If you read my review of A Court of Mist and Fury you know now much I loved that book. How I was sucked into a relationship I never saw myself shipping. You saw I’m on Team Rhys now. It was a complete contrition to what I said in my review of A Court of Thorns and Roses. Up until reading ACOMAF I was strongly all for Tamlin, but that all changed as I got to know Rhysand and what he stood for and who he was. To be honest I’m not a ship switcher. I have never done it before, but if it is done in a way that is natural and organic then I understand it. And I understood it in Maas books. It made sense and worked for me. But what I didn’t expoect was while rereading ACOTAR that I would have such a different feel and vibe of Tamlin.

After finishing ACOMAF I decided I wanted to go back and reread ACOTAR just to see how things played out after knowing a little bit more about what happened in the background. I was excited to see how I would look at things differently. But as I was reading I started to have a second opinion on the book. Don’t get me wrong, I still love love love it, but I was reading it differently which had never happened to me. I started to question things. I started to question my beloved Tamlin and I started to form theories.

This was completely new to me. I have reread tons of books in series knowing what will happen and never once started to look at things in a new light. Instead of seeing Tamlin as I once did, I saw him almost as an abuser. He followed typical abuser behavior and I couldn’t beleive I never saw that in the two times before when I read it. He took Feyre away from her family, was kind to her when he knew she needed to feel love since her family never showed her that, and turned on her as soon as he got what he wanted. I had never saw that and it all became so much clearer after reading ACOMAF and then listening again to ACOTAR. Was this something Maas did on purpose? Was this part of the story that you need to know everything to understand?

I also couldn’t stop wondering about the masks the Spring Court was cursed to wear. Masks hide your true self. They are a way to disguise what you don’t want people to see about you. The Spring Court members became something else once those masks were removed. They changed and showed who they were. Were the masks a metaphor the whole time and I missed it?

I’m still struggling to answer these questions. I still have no idea what the real answer is but I do know this is the one and only time (so far) where I read a book again and every thought I had was changed because I knew more information.

Has this every happened to you? Do you ever reread a book and say…what was I thinking, why did I see something that way? Share your stories below!

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What I Love About A Court of Thorns and Roses

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What I Love About A Court of Thorns and Roses… It seems like such a simple statement to make. Like the answer should be right there, easy to put down on paper. But the fact is I love so much about the book it is hard to narrow it down (and be coherent about it). You see I fell in love with Sarah Maas’ writing when I read the first 3 books in the Throne of Glass series (1, 2, 3) but  she captured my heart with ACOTAR.

I guess that I what I can say I love the most…Sarah Maas’ fantastic writing.

You can’t really love every aspect of a book if it doesn’t have a solid author behind it and ACOTAR has just that. Sarah brought to life a story I was familiar with (Beauty and the Beast) and merged it with fairy tales and folklore I have never heard of. She gave layers to amazing characters that I have fallen in love with and ones that I love to hate. She brought my imagination to life with the world she created and made me absorb it all (and read the books twice already). From the characters to the settings to the fantasy elements to the fashion, there isn’t one things I can’t say I wasn’t in love with. She brought the story to a level that transcended past the word love and I can’t wait to see what is going to happen in A Court of Mist and Fury (which is 100% coming to Mexico with me so leave me alone at the pool people!).

And speaking of ACOMAF, I have a feeling we will be visiting a certain Night Court in this book. Here are some of the dresses I think Feyre would be wearing:

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All found on Pinterest.

So what do you love about A Court of Thorns and Roses? What are you most excited for in A Court of Mist and Fury?

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A Court of Thorns and Roses Prize Pack

If you follow me on here or anywhere on social media I’m sure you have heard how much of a fan of Sarah J. Maas‘ books I am. I was a hard no when it came to fantasy books until Alexa convinced me to read Throne of Glass. Since then my reading life has never been the same.

A Court of Thorns and Roses Prize PackA Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1) by Sarah J. Maas
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Published: May 3rd 2016
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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 Kristin Cashore and George R. R. Martin, this USA Today and #2 New York Times bestselling first book in a sexy and action-packed new series is impossible to put down, and features a teaser for the next book!

On May 3rd the paperback of Sarah’s second series, A Court of Thorns and Roses (and the second book A Court of Mist and Fury), will be out in stores. In celebration Bloomsbury is allowing some lucky reader the chance to win a paperback of A Court of Thorns and Roses. If you are familiar with the series then you need to add this to your collection. If you are new to the series don’t miss the chance to read it. Seriously one of my faves (stay tuned for a post detailing why in the future)!

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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?

BLOG TOUR STOPS

May 5: Perpetual Page Turner – Blog Tour Kick Off with Sarah!
May 5: Lili’s Reflections – Top Five Fairytale Retellings
May 5: Words Read and Written
May 6: Bookish Broads – Lightning Round

May 6: Dark Readers
May 6: Fiction in Fiction in Fiction
May 7: Paper Riot – An Interview with Sarah

May 8: Polished Page-Turners – Would You Rather…
May 8: So Many Books, So Little Time
May 8: Behind the Pages

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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