Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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★ ★ ★ ★ ★ – Near Perfect, easily one of my all-time favorites.

“A Court of Thorns and Roses” by Sarah J. Maas, is a different kind of retelling of the well-known fairytale “Beauty and the Beast”.

Warning: This review might contain spoilers.

Feyre is a self-trained huntress. After she kills a big wolf, she gets a visitor from the other side of the wall. Large and beastly, he commands retribution for the life she took, Feyre is given a choice: Go with him to Fae World to live for the rest of her life, or be executed on the spot.

Honestly, this summary was hard to write. I don’t know whether it’s because the feels are still tampering with my brain’s ability to form coherent thoughts, or if it’s just the books that’s hard to summarize.

But, to put it bluntly: I loved this book. The familiar mixed with something new is my favorite thing about retellings, and this one was no different. I’ll go more into detail below in the spoilery bit.

Thoughts while reading:

– This book was suggested to me as young adult, but I would classify it as New Adult.

– Feyre’s family is annoying, selfish and wimpy. It’s rare that I find an excuse to dislike family bonds in books, but these just rubbed me the wrong way.

– The courts seemed pretty well developed to me. The way the land of the Fae was built up was one of my favorite things about the world-building of this book.

– The Evil Queen gave me shivers. My creepo alert rang viciously whenever she was mentioned.

– Tamlin was kind of an ass. I realize he didn’t have a choice, and of course, he still made me swoon. But come on… Sacrificing friends kinda sucks… and lying about it just makes it worse.

– Lucien was one of the more developed characters with a complex background and a fun personality. Although, he was kinda aloof to human needs.

– Rhys ❤ ❤ ❤

– I found the whole “Heart of Stone” to be a little too convenient, and I couldn’t quite follow the logic. But I’m not complaining.

In this next section, I’ll delve deeper into the story, and there will be spoilers. Please skip this part of the review, if you wish to avoid it.

There were parts I liked, and parts I disliked. But the things I liked, far outweighs the things I wish were different.

I wasn’t a fan of the start of the book. I’ve read another one of Maas’ books (Throne of Glass) and I absolutely loved the opening there. In ACOTAR, I thought the opening lacked the kind of hook I had expected.

However, the book soon changed that, and I found that I couldn’t put down the book.

Another part I didn’t particularly like was Feyre’s family. I don’t know if it’s just me, but I find that family—any kind of family—needs to have some kind of redeeming quality to make up for the bitching (pardon my french) of the rest. However, even the “nice” sister was incredibly naive and selfish. Even her deceased mother didn’t seem to give the fondest memories. It bugs me.

But, for every dislike there’s something I absolutely loved about this story.

I am a sucker for fairytale retellings. And I love when I get surprised. Some may argue that Tamlin isn’t exactly “beastly” considering that he is… well.. Gorgeous and stuff. But I didn’t mind. I loved the spin on the curse, and I liked that it wasn’t just love that could raise it—It was a refreshing twist to have Feyre literally fight for her love.

The characters. I kinda loved most of them. They had flaws, sure, and I probably hated all of them at some point because they didn’t listen to my advice, but mostly I just enjoyed them.

The villain. As evil, creepy, sadistic and downright yucky she was—I mean, wearing a dead guy’s eye as a ring? Ewww—the author also made her become an interesting villain. Not one who will ever receive any kind of sympathy from me, but interesting. Definitely interesting.

Honestly, I just love this book. And you should read it. If not for anything else, then to discuss it with me. I’d like that.

Recommended for: I would recommend it for YA lovers who doesn’t mind that the characters get a bit of action in the bedroom. It’s not full-on erotica, but it definitely calls for a more mature audience. Perhaps not something I’d give my 13 year old sister, but maybe when she’s closer to 17.

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