BLOG TOUR: A Court of Thorns and Roses – Sarah J Maas

A Court of Thorns and Roses-2While this book was released a few months back, it takes a little while for things to arrive down south, as it were. But as proud, bookish Capetonian, I’m happy to be participating in the South African blog tour for Sarah J Maas’s A Court of Thorns and Roses! (Henceforth abbreviated to ACOTAR.)

Anyway, if you have yet to read a copy, here are my 10 reasons for checking it out, accompanied by some graphics of my favourite quotes.

ACOTAR quotes

Fairytales: Who doesn’t love fairytales, whether a retelling or a whole new fantastical world? We’ve got a combination of Beauty and the Beast, Tam Lin and East of the Sun, West of the Moon, along with some of the author’s own imaginings.

Feyre: She’s a strong character – not necessarily in physical fighting strength, although she is certainly adept at labour-intensive outdoor work to keep her family fed and sheltered – but in sheer fortitude and determination. Our MC may be rather prickly in terms of personality, but she cares deeply for those around her.

ACOTAR quote 2

Tamlin: Our lethal alpha hero, who holds the weight of the world on his shoulders, and takes care of all those in his realm. He’s got a good heart beneath his fierce demeanor, and a rather lovely face to match.

Romance: The romance takes precedence in this novel – I’d describe the book as a romance with fantasy elements, rather than a traditional high fantasy with romance as one aspect. And it’s quite a scorching relationship to boot, setting hearts (and loins!) aflutter.

ACOTAR quote 3

Lucien: A precious cinnamon roll, too good for this world. Yes, really. Can you tell he’s my favourite? A red haired courtier and emissary, with a sharp tongue, a fox mask, and a plethora of horrors in his past.

Rhys: A firm fan favourite, I can’t really tell you more about him without giving away aspects of the story, but Tall, Dark & Dangerous certainly has a cult following among Maas readers. (I’m Team Tamlin all the way though. JUST SAYIN’.)

ACOTAR quote 4

Heroine with a hobby. I always like my characters to have interests apart from general survival (ha!), and in this case, Feyre loves to paint. She adores and appreciates art in all its forms, and our stoic MC is happiest with some drawing supplies and a blank canvas.

Gorgeous prose: The fairy world is richly detailed and described, and it’s a feast for the senses.

“I lingered at the edge of an open field of lanky meadow buttercups. The vibrant green-and-yellow field was deserted. Behind me arose a gnarled crab apple tree in full glorious bloom, the petals of its flowers littering the shaded bench on which I’d been about to sit. A breeze set the branches rustling, a waterfall of white petals flittering down like snow.”

The world’s about to end. I can feel it-9

Snark & banter. I adore a good back and forth, and these characters give as good as they get, whether it’s Lucien and Feyre snarling at each other, Tamlin and Feyre couching their feelings in loaded words, or Lucien giving BFF Tamlin a good ribbing.

The pretty. I know you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but come on. (Also, I couldn’t think of a tenth reason. SO SUE ME.) Can’t wait to see what the rest of the series is going to look like.

The world’s about to end. I can feel it-7

About the book (you can purchase a copy from Raru.co.za):

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 grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it… or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

Add it to your Goodreads TBR pile.

Tour schedule:

Monday – 17th Aug
Tammy @ The Book Fairy’s Haven: Q & A with Sarah
Nerine @ This is my world: Review

Tuesday – 18 August
Hannah  @ Fully booked reviews: Top 10 list

Wednesday: 19 August
Monique @ Paranormalsphere:  Review of ACOTAR

Thursday: 20th August
Kara  @ Blog of a Bookaholic  – Review
Tammy  @ The Book Fairy’s Haven – Review

Friday: 21 August
Hannah @ Fully Booked reviews – Review
Giveaway post:  Win 3 copies of SJM – TBA

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18 thoughts on “BLOG TOUR: A Court of Thorns and Roses – Sarah J Maas

  1. Unfortunately, as hard as I tried, this book just wasn’t for me. There was a scene around the middle (I believe you’ll know what I mean) that made me stop reading instantly. It was a huge deal breaker for me and something I was just unable to forgive. But I seem to be the odd one out in that respect.

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    1. Ah yes. I am v conflicted, because it’s not something I generally am okay with, but I’ve overlooked a lot of that type of scene in a lot of the UF I’ve read. But you have an excellent point, and I totally understand how that was a deal breaker.

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  2. I really, really, really adored this one, like A LOT. I think I fell in love with all of the characters – Feyre, Tamlin, Lucien… and yes, Rhysand, too ;D It really was more romance than fantasy, but the last 30 percent was such a roller coaster ride of energy and emotion, and I loved it! Also, I really liked how the heroine didn’t know how to read, either. I didn’t expect that at all and it was a lovely surprise.

    Faye at The Social Potato

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  3. AWESOME review! I personally like Rhy but hehe Tamlin is pretty gorgeous too. I thought the beginning was a bit slow but oh man that last part was AWESOME. I love the faerie court and how Feyre proved herself many times over during the trials. So excited for the next book!

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