When 19-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.
©2015 Sarah J. Maas (P)2015 Recorded Books
I thought narrator did a great job with the story. The voices of Feyre and Tamlin were good, my only complaint is that sometimes the narrator struggled to fully differentiate the voices of the secondary characters like Lucien and Alis.
This was such a great, complete story. I was completely drawn in right from the beginning. The book has slow and fast paced parts, but hardly any parts that are boring. I found this book by chance and I am so glad that I did! This book has no insta-love between the characters, thank goodness. It can hard to find books with somewhat believable relationships between the characters. The secondary characters are interesting and have depth.
The world that the story takes place in is interesting and lays the possibility for an overall good series.
My only complaint with the story concerns my confusion for why Feyre, the main character, ignored the warnings of others multiple times and did some silly things that would cause her to have to be rescued. I also felt that maybe the reader was not always being informed about the full extent of some of her thoughts and feelings in some parts of the book. But these things are small, and can be attributed to human imperfection.
Overall the book is great and I enjoyed that it was new adult rather than YA, I haven't really had the opportunity to read a new adult book since its a smaller genre. Being 20 years old, I appreciated that the main character was close in age to myself and didn't have the immaturity found in a lot of YA books. The content was somewhat similar to YA, but a little more mature.
Yes. I think the second half of the book is redeeming enough to make it worth the listen.
The first half of the book was a boring 2 stars. The remaining story was a much better 4-5 stars, so I'll settle with a rating of 3.The writing, as mentioned by most readers, is really good. Except for a few things that irked my Inner Nazi. Like the fact that people breathe words throughout the whole book:
"Please," I breathed.
Or the repeated use of strange expressions:
My insides turned watery.
Or lines that make you want to gag and roll your eyes:
"You look lovely," Tamlin murmured, and something in his soft tone made me want to purr.
And the fact that everybody likes to constantly respond with nonchalant shrugs.
Anyways, on to the story...
The beginning started out great, with a kick-butt Katniss--I mean, Feyre, hunting and providing sustenance for her useless father and sisters. She skewers a wolf for its pelt and then a fae beast-man comes to take her to the world of the faeries as payment for it. And then the story goes downhill. Except it rolls down a rather flat hill, and it doesn't pick up until past the midway point.
I don't know if this is intentional or not, but the romance between Tamlin and Feyre takes center stage, leaving the dark, interesting and mysterious fae world doom and gloom curse as a meager subplot. I wouldn't have minded the romance as the main plot if the romance hadn't been so stale. There was zero chemistry between Tamlin and Feyre. Zilch. Nada. And I think that is partly due to Tamlin's blahness. He is a handsomely-masked dude with the hair and build of a model. And he's a beast. A vapid beast, who is oh-so-kind-and-courteous; nothing but a gracious host to our feisty heroine who hates his guts for a few pages. It was really hard to swoon over Tamlin when all he made me think about was Aslan the lion from Narnia.
I was totally robbed of an awesome, bitter Beast who could have warmed up to conflicting feelings of love. But nah. All we get is a Mr. Niceguy who has a temper that only applies to the villains of the story. So yeah, the whole romance thing with these two was a drag to get through. I also didn't like the subtle signs of insta-love from Tamlin, who grits his teeth when he asks Feyre if she is in love with anyone (on her first day at his manor).
Once we get past the lovey-dovey, falling in love phase, things finally start to get interesting. We finally find out what is really going on and the truth of the curse, and things get serious for Feyre as she takes matters into her own hands to save Tamlin and his world of butterflies. This 40 or 30% of the story was SO GOOD! I was hooked all the way to the end. Another great thing about this latter half of the story: We are introduced to Rhysand. Holy Mother of The Cauldron. Now THAT is a character I can swoon over. Here's to hoping Feyre dumps Tamlin's boring tush for this saucy chap in book 2.
Great adult fairy story. Wonderful twists and new ways to present an often done, overly familiar trope. I was surprised and delighted many times. Not your typical YA story. I'd actually enjoy a sequel to this story. Which is not something I say often. :)
A great reimagining of Beauty and the Beast. It's by far my favorite retelling. A well earned romance, great world building, and a plot that keeps you guessing.
I believe this is the first book in a series (cannot wait for the sequel!) but I appreciate how this book is a complete story on its own. Too many books end on cliff hangers nowadays, A Court of Thorns and Roses is a breath of fresh air.
In a nutshell, this is essentially Katniss Everdeen put in Disney's Beauty and the Beast, right down to the gold gown and the library the Beast gives her, except this time it's an art gallery. The main character, I'm assuming, was meant to strong willed and hardheaded, but instead she's nothing more than a petulant child.
If there's a single feminist bone in your body, don't read this. She is forced to live in the house where the beast is and can't leave and then falls in love with him, and then is forced to leave, and she goes along with it. Towards the end, she willingly becomes a slave and is painted so that no one but her owner can touch her. She is forced to drink something that makes her not remember what she does with this owner, and then after a couple 'poor me' lines, she feels bad for him. But it's all okay! Because love was the answer to everything! It's all very cliche. Not a single thing was unexpected or surprising. An entire race is about to be enslaved, but all she cares about is her beast--who isn't even going to die. It physically hurt to roll my eyes so much. I sped it up and requested an exchange. Overall, it felt like the worst Mary Sue fanfiction I've ever had the displeasure to experience (from being in a car for 42 hours without wifi on a road trip. It's the ONLY thing that could have gotten me to finish.).
It starts out with a lot of promise; an independent and strong female character. A quarter of the way through she becomes simply annoying, and is an ungrateful pain that doesn't listen and has no concept of reality. Her character progressively gets weaker and weaker and she relies more and more on a quintessentially masculine character. Not my style.
Wow, I really enjoyed this book! It got me interested from the start. I like fantasies.Especially ones that star strong woman.
"Ok for a young teenager."
The accent of the narrator jarred terribly with the overall feel. Very immature feeling book.
entertaining, worthwhile and fandabbydosey
Cannot really say without spoliers, but when she enters the fae worlds was were the story really got going:)
no I have not, but she did a good job :)
i almost did!!!
a wonderful crafted story with a great narration and if you enjoyed any other Maas books you will love this one. Even if you have not, its well worth a listen :)
"My fav novel to read but not to hear"
I read this book when it came out as I am a huge Sarah j Maas fan so I wanted to listen to it for it to come alive and I have to admit the woman's voice was rather dull but as the story it self it is one of my favourites with a kind of beauty and the beast twist.
"Epic Beauty and the Beast retelling"
I loved the story, especially as I knew it was a retelling of Beauty and the Beast. I thought the descriptions of the two worlds were really detailed and the characters were well constructed and layered. I wasn't as keen on the narrator for this book, sometimes she spoke too slowly for me, which made it difficult to get into at first, but once you're wrapped up in the story you don't notice as much. I liked Feyre, she isn't always a likeable character but her flaws made her more interesting and relatable to me. If you like Throne of Glass give this a try. I wonder whether I would have loved it more if I'd read the book and not listened to it.
I wasn't too sure about this title at first as its a little out of my comfort zone and I'd never heard of the author. However I was blown away by the story and the narration was first class. Would definitely recommend
"Okay start, but ultimately disappointing."
This book started out quite well and seemed promising, however it very quickly went down hill. The story is just so long winded and rambling, and the main character became increasingly annoying. I kept listening, kept hoping the story would pick up again but after listening to 11 hours of I finally gave up.
"Great listen! Thoroughly enjoyed this book"
SJM has a gift for bringing the fae to life to depict a different dimension and the strife between the fair folk and humans. She creates a world where I am transported from reality as with the throne of glass I loved farer I loved tam and I loved lucian. A kinder lovelier heroin than throne of glass I hope there are more books in this series
I absolutely adore Sarah J. Maas's other books - and this one might be great as well, but...
The narrator has a voice which sends me to sleep, and I just can't get through the story. It is slow, low and monotonous - she makes the Speaking Clock sound animated.
I'm going to ask for my money back, as there is no way I'll ever make it through the story with this snooze-worthy narrator. If you suffer from insomnia, though, then this is the recording for you...
I have read her books before but this is a soppy romance, rather than a science fantasy novel. So perhaps
The story was ever so slowwwwwwwly drawn out and the narration matched but that is not the fault of the narrator.
Most of them
Don't waste your money
I can't even put it words. It was just simply amazing. The way it was written and the way the reader made it sound came together perfectly.
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