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

Posted August 20, 2015 by Suzanne in Reviews / 2 Comments

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

4.5 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: May 5th 2015
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #1
Published by Bloomsbury USA Children's
Pages: 416
Format: eBook
 

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“Action, magic and romance seem to be the main ingredients Sarah Maas has expertly blended for this book”
~ Under the Covers

Nineteen year old Feyre pays the ultimate price when she kills a giant wolf when out hunting. Dragged from her home by a beastly fae and taken to the fae lands, where humans are forbidden, she must adjust to a world full of power and magic. However, her distrust and hate of Tamlin, the High Fae who took her, slowly transforms to something entirely different as she spends more time in his court. But, there is a growing shadow on the fae lands, a shadow that threatens to not only destroy the fae, but cross the border into human lands as well.

I don’t know why I picked up this book, on the surface it is the kind of book I avoid; the heroine is too young and it centres around fae, something I’ve never really enjoyed. However, the power of a beautiful cover should never be underestimated so I picked it up. And thank god I did. A Court of Thorns and Roses has been one of my favourite books this year.

Action, magic and romance seem to be the main ingredients Sarah Maas has expertly blended for this book. It did take me a while to warm up to this book, but, it all seemed to be part of the plan. Feyre, at first is a hard character to like, she’s had a difficult life and it’s made her bitter and angry, full of hate, something that is understandable, but not very pleasant when your squatting in her head. However, although at times not comfortable to read, I’m glad she didn’t try and sweeten Feyre up, it would have been completely incongruous with her life experiences. But, as the book goes on, her hostility melts away and her view of the world and the people in it begins to change, and it’s at this turning point that I then found the book very hard to put down.

This book is very relationship-centric, something I enjoy, but if you want a story that focuses on the politics and maneuvering of a fae court, this book isn’t it. A Court of Thorn and Roses instead focuses on the changes in Feyre and her actions because of her growing relationship with Tam. However, we do get a glimpse into the fae court and I really hope we get a more in depth look at the faerie world and all its politics in the next book.

I love it when a book surprises you, I didn’t expect to enjoy this as much as I did but I found myself thoroughly engrossed. I now cannot wait to see what happens next and will be eagerly anticipating the next book in the series….and checking out Sarah J. Maas’ backlist!

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About Sarah J. Maas

Sarah J. Maas is the New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series (Queen of Shadows, the fourth book, will release globally on September 1st, 2015) and the A Court of Thorns and Roses series. She currently resides with her husband and loyal canine companion in Pennsylvania. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Hamilton College in 2008 with a degree in Creative Writing and a minor in Religious Studies. Sarah is represented by Tamar Rydzinski of the Laura Dail Literary Agency.

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Gosh, we all seem to be admitting our ages…and I hate that I am at the point in life when admitting my age is a “thing”…whodda thunk it? I was kind of hoping I would remain 21 forever. However, I have moved out of that New Adult stage of my life and am now strictly in the Contemporary Romance age zone of 28. I would prefer to be in an Urban Fantasy arena, but I don’t think I own enough black leather. However, I could probably squeeze into some PNR, I am fully prepared to give a horn job to my favourite demon, or suck on my sexy vamps…fangs and I am definitely up for some heavy petting with some fine looking shifters. Than again their’s always Sci Fi…I am fully prepared to do the right thing and help some poor alien race with more 6 packs than a supermarket repopulate their planet. Not that I am loose woman or anything.

Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?
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I’m looking forward to reading it…Thanks for the review Suzanne

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I’m not usually a fan of the fae but this looks sooo good!