YA-book review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Thorns and Roses, the first in the A Court of series, is one of those young adult books that is widely read and widely loved and it wouldn’t surprise me in the least if the series is turned in a movie trilogy at some point. Initially I was hesitant about reading the story because of its super star status. No Facebook group, no Goodreads group, no decent young adult book blog, doesn’t have a post or 100 or review up about this series. Once you read the book you understand why.

A Court of Thorns and Roses is set in a wondrous fantasy world of Prythian, a world divided into human realms and faerie realms. The two realms are not interacting any more because of a tumultuous history. In the human realm lives Feyre, a 19-year old young woman who is very poor and hunts to feed her family. Until one hunt goes very wrong and the wolf she kills turns out to be a faerie. Suddenly she is thrust into the faerie realm full of dangers, adventures, romance, intrigue and a curse.

When you set out to read A Court of Thorns and Roses, the start is initially very slow. There is the story set-up and it all goes about at a snail’s pace and it made me really really not like Feyre. She immediately got the clueless air-for-brains dodo status and it’s actually the characters surrounding her like Lucien, Alis and Tamlin and later Rhysand that made me keep on reading. Fortunately for me, Feyre grows on you and she grows throughout the story, though she will never become a favorite character of mine. She lacks that charisma and intelligence I love in female lead characters.

That aside, A Court of Thorns and Roses is a wonderful story where nothing is at it seems and you discover what on Prythia is going on alongside Feyre as she is out POV-character.

One of the other main characters is Tamlin. Let me tell you, he is one complex character. He’s got that domineering male alpha thing going on, but on the inside he’s quite gooey. It’s obvious he’s been badly hurt in the past and he carries that hurt with him. There were a few instances where I wondered if he had multiple personalities.

I quite liked the writing style of this author, despite the slow pace at the beginning. With her words she creates a violent, sexy, mysterious world populated with quite the cast of characters who aren’t always what they seem.

Should you read A Court of Thorns and Roses? I say: don’t be fooled by this series super stardom within the genre, it is well deserved! So yes, A Court of Thorns and Roses is a book I can definitely recommend!

A Court of Thorns and Roses Book Cover A Court of Thorns and Roses
A Court of
Sarah J. Maas
Fantasy, Romance
Bloomsbury USA Childrens
May 5, 2015
My own personal library

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.


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    I love-hate these books. Just like you, I quite dislike Feyre, because she is so whiny and boring. I’ve only read ACOTAR and ACOMAF so far, but both books started out too slow with too much misery and whiny Feyre. The second half of the books, however, is quite enjoyable. And Rhysand is rather nice too.

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      Well I do have to say that Feyre grows on you in the second and third books, but like Rhysand she has a martyr complex that I really don’t like in her. But yes, the second half of ACOTAR is a lot better. 🙂 Will you read the third book?

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