Thursday, 27 July 2017

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

So, this book has been on my TBR list for ages, as I absolutely loved Sarah's Throne of Glass series, so I was hoping I'd love these set of books just as much. So, I bought it.

You can maybe tell how excited I was to read it by the fact that it was a new buy, and put onto my last week's TBR post (see HERE).

Here's the book:

Feyre is a huntress.

She thinks nothing of slaughtering a wolf to capture its prey. But, like all mortals, she fears what lingers mercilessly beyond the forest. And she will learn that taking the life of a magical creature comes at a high price...

Imprisoned in an enchanted court in her enemy's kingdom, Feyre is free to roam but forbidden to escape. Her captor's body bears the scars of fighting, and his face is always masked - but his piercing stare draws her ever closer. As Feyre's feelings for Tamlin begin to burn through every warning she's been told about his kind, an ancient, wicked shadow grows.

Feyre must find a way to break a spell, or lose her heart forever.

So, I must admit that it took me a while to get into this book. I don't know if it was because a few people have told me they DNF'ed this book, or just because I had a bit of trouble understanding some of the history inside the book. All I know is that I was tempted to give up after I didn't get caught up in the story from the beginning.

I'm not used to not getting into a book straight away, so it put me off a bit. However, I pushed through and kept at the book, and boy am I glad I did. It took me a while, but I got pulled into the world, and Sarah didn't disappoint.

Yet again, I fell in love with a book that is very similar to Beauty and the Beast, but what can I say, I love that kind of story line.

It was nice to see the slow build between Tamlin and Feyre, and even the slow budding friendship of Feyre and the other Fae that she is living with (I especially loved the friendship between Lucien and Feyre, it made me want a friend like Lucien). In fact, Lucien was hands-down my favourite character of the lot, well, after he stopped being a bit annoying in the beginning.

The romance between Tamlin and Fayre made me so wistful in this book. One scene, especially, just made me wish I could climb inside the book and become a part of the scene as it just sounded so magical. It was when Feyre and Tamlin dance in a meadow during a Summer solstice celebration. The imagery in that scene just blew me away, and it had to have been one of my favourite scenes in the book.

Of course, romance isn't the only thing that is part of this book, there's a lot of intriguing hints peppered through the pages that I didn't pick up on until the very end, but what I can say is that there is a lot of action jam-packed into the last part of the book. I feel like the majority of the action in this book was near the end, and maybe that's why I had trouble getting into the beginning of the book, but either way by the end I couldn't put the book down, and didn't want to put the book down, until I had devoured the whole thing.

I could talk about the plot all day, but I don't want to spoil anything for you if you've not read the book, all I can say is if you love faerie stories and you love a book that is both action-packed and romance filled you will surely like this book.

Have any of you read the book? Do you agree with me? Comment below!


  1. I TOTALLY understand people who DNF this book. While I like this series more than Throne of Glass, the structure of book 1 is poorly done. it's 75% romance and not much plot and 25% action and stuff happening. But I really love that 25% that has stuff happening and book 2 really fixes this issue. I hope you like ACOMAF, it's my favorite SJM novel!

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  3. I thought ACOTAR was a lot more engaging than Throne of Glass. I was hooked immediately and wanted to read the entire series. I pushed through TOG and forced myself to keep reading the entire series. I didn't really like TOG until Heir of Fire.
    I think Maas does a great job building characters and linking the book to traditional fairy tales.
    And I LOVE Lucien. he's like my twin, just adorable and the BEST.

    1. Lucien is my favourite! Though, I do like Rhysand (even if it may be an unpopular opinion right now lol)
      but I'm the other way round, I love throne of glass, this was a bit harder to get into than ToG for me :)

  4. I'm not a fan of fantasy books but I've seen this one EVERYWHERE and I really liked your review so I think I'll add it to my TBR list. We'll see how that goes!

    1. Fantasy books is the main genre I read :') if it helps I've been told the second book in this series is a lot easier to get into :)