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

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Review: ‘A Court of Thorns and Roses’ by Sarah J. MaasA Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #1
Published by Bloomsbury USA on May 5th, 2015
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fairies, Fantasy & Magic, Historical, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 416
Format: Hardcover
Source: bought online
A thrilling, seductive new series from New York Timesbestselling author Sarah J. Maas, blending Beauty and the Beast with faerie lore.

When nineteen-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.

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Well it wasn’t what I was expecting because the first half dragged on with nothing happening until the 280 page mark. Then it got loads better! I only wished that the second half was included in the first half because without all the information, you as a reader were left blind with nothing happening which causes a lot of people to stop reading. I know I wanted to stop at one point.


The writing wasn’t as well written as I hoped. The romance was meh for me since I felt the characters were so disconnected. I couldn’t feel any pity or remorse for them. I couldn’t find too much of a personality from either Tamlin or Feyre. And that’s something something because I wanted such strong characters. The way they got together felt too unbelievable. One moment they’re friends, the next, not so? I wanted a gradual love..One with long gazes and stares and flirting, but there wasn’t. Even though I found more of a fighter in Feyre during the three tasks, I necessarily didn’t believe that she would become instantly brave and courageous in an instant. That bothered me too.


The pacing was just way too slow or way too sudden which is why I dropped a star. The war with the Faeries is more exciting than the love story and there were just tons and tons of info dumps and I was trying to take it all in. It would have worked better if Feyre figured this all out on her own so we wouldn’t be overwhelmed with all the information. Lucien is annoying but protective in a big brother way and he and Rhysand were my favourites. Rhysand because from the moment he helped Feyre I knew he was doing it for some other good reason, which Feyre found way too late. Thought there would be some sort of love triangle or love square, but it didn’t. Thank goodness!


Here’s hoping more of the second half appears in the sequel because I really like the magical element to this world. And that Feyre will be faster at decisions and figure out clues faster because I was constantly yelling at her about everything. Overall, a good start to a series but didn’t have that feeling of a page turner that TOG had. The twist to Beauty and the Beast is slightly creative, I might add.



Love won’t feed a hungry belly. (19)
Don’t feel bad for one moment about what brings you joy. (172)
You’re exactly as I dreamed you’d be, too. (212)
I wanted to fade into it, wanted the light of that sun to burn me away, to fill me with such joy that I would become a ray of sunshine myself. (374)
It was this I was fighting for, this I had sworn to save. (375)
I couldn’t kiss him deeply enough, couldn’t hold him tightly enough, couldn’t touch enough of him. Words weren’t necessary. (378)
Do you actually intend to put yourself at my mercy, or are you truly that stupid? (379)

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  1. Tiffany (About to Read)

    January 26, 2016 at 10:47 AM

    I loved this one! I do agree that the second half was more fast paced. I have a feeling the sequel will be even better.
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    • giselle

      January 27, 2016 at 4:10 AM

      Let’s hope so!! I really like the cover too

  2. The Cover Contessa

    January 20, 2016 at 8:37 AM

    For me this book dragged for more than half of it. I kept waiting for it to get better. The ending was pretty good, but that was where everything happened. I needed stuff to happen earlier and lead me thorough the book. I’m hoping the second one moves more than this. I have such high regard for Maas’ writing, which was good in this book. But I can tell she wrote this before the ToG series, and I wasn’t as impressed as I wanted to be. Nice review!
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  3. Beth @ Fuelled By Fiction

    January 13, 2016 at 6:56 PM

    I felt pretty similarly about this book! I’m glad to see another review that’s not all love or hate! There were bits about this book that I liked (I actually did like the character Lucien!) but I mostly didn’t like it that much. It was meh in most places, a little rapey in other places, kinda good in some places, but over all… *shrug.* It was just whatever. I don’t plan on continuing with this series and am now pretty hesitant to read ToG.
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    • giselle

      January 14, 2016 at 11:22 PM

      Yeah I was right in the middle. Liked it but didn’t love it or hate it enough. I like Lucien too..He’s one character I’m interested in seeing again. You’re right that it was all over the place. Maybe it was trying too hard to be one type of genre.. Completely understandable! I loved TOG when it came out but I’ve gotten pickier lately so who knows what I’ll think if I ever reread it again..

  4. Sophia Rose

    January 12, 2016 at 9:53 PM

    Good to know that I need to be patient with the first half. Nice review, Giselle!
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    • giselle

      January 13, 2016 at 3:44 PM

      Yes very patient because it’s more about developing their relationship than anything

  5. Krystianna

    January 12, 2016 at 3:02 PM

    I’m sorry to see that you had some issues with this book, Giselle! I think I may still give it a try though I’m scared because of all the hype. I recently read Maas’s Throne of Glass (book 1) so I’m hoping I’ll enjoy this one too.
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    • giselle

      January 13, 2016 at 3:45 PM

      Definitely! But the ending made up for it. I knew she wouldn’t let me down heh. I usually stay away from over-hyped books too but it’s Maas and I love her writing

  6. Sasha and Sarena

    January 12, 2016 at 12:44 PM

    When Rhysand first came into the picture, I didn’t like him, but by the end I did! I agree the second half was much better–I think her ToG series is better than this one, though I wouldn’t call this overhyped. Great review, as always 🙂
    Sasha @ The Writing Duo

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