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A Court of Thorns and Roses – Sarah J. Maas | Young Adult Series ReviewA Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1) by Sarah J. Maas
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens on May 5th 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 416
Format: Hard Cover
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four-stars

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.

Fans of the classic story of Beauty and the Beast will enjoy A Court of Thorns and Roses, a Young Adult Fantasy series from Sarah J. Maas. There are 3 (soon to be 4) books in the series: A Court of Thorns and Roses, A Court of Mist and Fury, and A Court of Wings and Ruin. I read most of the series while in bed with the flu. They were easy to read and a bit addicting.

In the first book, A Court of Thorns and Roses, a human girl named Feyre lives in a world inhabited by humans and faeries. A war between the races resulted in the two being divided by a magical wall. Little is known about the fairies and the humans are struggling. There’s also signs that the wall is weakening.

Feyre’s family was once wealthy, but her father’s poor choices led to them going bankrupt. Now, Feyre must hunt and trade to support her family. One day while hunting, she makes the mistake of killing a fae. After she returns home, a monster crashes through her front door and accuses her of murder. He demands she returns with him to the Land of Fae to repay the debt. To save her family, she agrees and learns that the monster is actually a shape changing High Fae named Tamlin.

Once she’s on the other side of the wall, she learns that the fae are not exactly how she imagined, and decides she could get used to living there, especially when she starts to form feelings for Tamlin. However, there is a sickness spreading across the land and it’s threatening Tamlin’s court. Feyre decides she must find a way to stop it or face destruction of her new home and the family she left behind. But how does she defend her own race and save the one she’s grown up hating? She must learn to stop sacrificing her own happiness for happiness of others, in order to find her true purpose.

Parts of the first book felt like they dragged on. Feyre’s admiration of Tamlin were a little too much for me at times. However, it becomes clear later on why Haas may have written it that way. Most of the series is full of exciting twists and turns that neatly fall into place by the end of the third book, and that’s very satisfying to me. However, it’s important for readers to know that this series is definitely for older Young Adult readers. Much of what drives this series forward is the sexual tension between characters. This is nothing new, but many books in this genre gloss over sex scenes. This series does not. It’s nothing like erotica, but it’s definitely made for mature audiences. If it’s something that makes you blush or you’re a parent that doesn’t want their teen reading such things, I suggest you move on to a more PG-13 book. However, if you’re mature and feel it’s just part of life, the series does reflect an evolving relationship built on love and freedom of choice.

I won’t be giving a full review of all the books. Feyre’s story is so full of twists and turns that I would surely spoil it. You can, however, see my ratings below. If you like Young Adult Fantasy (and can handle the touchy subjects above), I highly suggest you read it. I look forward to book 4, which is supposed to bridge the gap between this series and a new set of books to follow. While I feel like this series wrapped things up pretty well, I would like to see more from these characters. If you read this series, let me know what you thought in the comments below.

A Court of Thorns and Roses – Sarah J. Maas | Young Adult Series ReviewA Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2) by Sarah J. Maas
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses,
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens on May 3rd 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 624
Format: Hard Cover
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five-stars

Feyre survived Amarantha's clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can't forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin's people.
Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world torn apart.

A Court of Thorns and Roses – Sarah J. Maas | Young Adult Series ReviewA Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3) by Sarah J. Maas
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses,
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens on May 2nd 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 705
Format: Hard Cover
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four-half-stars

Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series.
Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin's manoeuvrings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit – and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.
As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords – and hunt for allies in unexpected places.
In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.

A Court of Thorns and Roses – Sarah J. Maas | Young Adult Series ReviewA Court of Frost and Starlight (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3.1) by Sarah J. Maas
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses,
Published by Bloomsbury YA on May 1st 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 224
Format: Hard Cover
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The Winter Solstice. In a week. I was still new enough to being High Lady that I had no idea what my formal role was to be. If we'd have a High Priestess do some odious ceremony, as lanthe had done the year before. A year. Gods, nearly a year since Rhys had called in his bargain, desperate to get me away from the poison of the Spring Court to save me from my despair. Had he been only a minute later, the Mother knew what would have happened. Where I'd now be. Snow swirled and eddied in the garden, catching in the brown fibers of the burlap covering the shrubs My mate who had worked so hard and so selflessly, all without hope that I would ever be with him We had both fought for that love, bled for it. Rhys had died for it.

A Court of Thorns and Roses – Sarah J. Maas | Young Adult Series ReviewA Court of Thorns and Roses Coloring Book by Sarah J. Maas
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens on May 2nd 2017
Genres: Coloring Book
Pages: 96
Format: Paperback
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This must-have companion invites readers to experience the vivid imagery of Sarah J. Maas's #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series. 46 pieces of stunning original artwork bring to life favorite characters, creatures, and moments, including the lush beauty of the Spring Court and the glimmering vibrancy of the Night Court. Join Feyre as she falls in love, wages war, and explores the haunting and deadly world of the Fae.

Series Review - A Court of Thorns and Roses Young Adult

four-stars