Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Release Date: May 5, 2015
Retail Price: $16.99
Overall Rating: 8/10
Genre: High-Fantasy, Romance,
Sarah’s J. Maas’ chilling and amazingly good start to her new trilogy, A Court of Thorns and Roses, was mind-blowing. I loved it so much and it had me hooked til the very end! I cannot wait til the next book comes out. If you didn’t know before, I did not enjoy Throne of Glass that much because it didn’t tick any of the boxes for me but this series definitely did. I can’t wait to follow it, especially since this is the first book. It’s a lot more romantic, action-packed and filled with lots of fantasy, than the Throne of Glass trilogy. I highly recommend it if you loved The Mortal Instruments, Lunar Chronicles and The Infernal Devices.
A Court of Thorns and Roses, is a young-adult romance and fantasy novel that is a blend of “Beauty and The Beast with Faerie Love”. In the novel, we follow the story of Feyre, who is merely a poor teenage mortal human. Everyday she hunts animals to feed the mouths of her unrespectful family but one day, as she ventures through the forest she takes the live of a mythical animal. Killing comes with a price and she is taken by faeries to an enchanted court, where she falls in love with her captor, Tamlin. Falling in love with someone so dangerous and daunting, is a fine line for Feyre to walk on.
A Court of Thorns and Roses is a novel that will grab readers into a world of love, faeries and fantasy, that will keep them up for nights finishing this twisting, yet beautiful book. Pre-order in your local bookstore before it hits the shelves!
*WARNING: THE FOLLOWING CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES*
A Court of Thorns and Roses was beautifully written and each sentence told a thousand stories in them. Sarah J. Maas is a truly talented author. Each chapter was amazing and the ending and beginning was beautiful. There are times where novels have amazing storylines but have been badly written, but A Court of Thorns and Roses had an amazing plot and was still beautifully written.
Feyre was a very unique character and underwent extensive character development through the book. At times, she was reckless and ignorant, which put me off but by the end of the story she was extremely strong and it was easy to put my self in her shoes. I could clearly see why she made the decisions she did, which made it a very enjoying story. She is very much like a fairytale princess but she wasn’t whiny and reminded me of Mulan, who I really respect. I loved how she put others first, like her family who she desperately wanted to save.
Tamlin was also a very unique character, who at first I disliked due to his quiet nature but I grew to like him. He treated Feyre really well and like Feyre, really put the safety of his people first. He shared a lot in common with Feyre, even is he was a High Lord, so it wasn’t a surprise when they fell in love. It really annoyed me how Tamlin was kind of ignoring Feyre when she was trying to save him in Amarantha’s cave but by the end they were they cutest thing. I was so shocked when I discovered he had a curse laid upon him, like the Beast in Beauty and The Beast, and I was frustrated when I discovered that all Feyre had to do to break the curse was to say “I Love You”. That is what made it so magical and fairytale like which I really liked. Their relationship was really well developed and thought-out.
I highly enjoyed and loved the world-building and you can easily tell that a lot of thought and work went into creating it. It didn’t take too much memorising like Throne of Glass did but maybe that is because I loved it and devoured it. I really like how there were different kingdoms and how there was queen who laid a curse among her people. It was set up like a fairytale but it still kept many of the elements of the young-adult genre. It was really good had they still had humans in the world because it made the story a little more relatable to the reader’s which I believe is an important element when it comes to young-adult fantasy novels.
It didn’t really have heaps of humor but it was sufficient enough because I think the atmosphere didn’t suit loads of humor. The action was great and there were many smart twists, which made the story very intriguing. The ending was beautiful. I loved how Feyre had to show her love by going through the three stages and answering the riddle (Just on a side note, a kind of guessed the answer to the riddle and I got it correct 🙂 ). I can’t wait to see how the next book plays out the rest of the story because it didn’t really end on a cliffhanger but there were a lot of unanswered questions. I am really excited to see how Feyre and Tamlin’s relationship will develop and whether or not Rhysand will affect it and turn it into a love triangle. I want to see how Feyre copes as an immortal queen and also what happened to her family.
I am super pumped for the next book and I can’t wait for you guys to read it! What did you think of the book? Share your comments and thoughts about the novel in the comments!
Thank you so much to Bloomsbury for sending this to me!