June 13, 2022

REVIEW A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses Book 1) by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses Book 1) by Sarah J. Maas 
Rating: 3 Stars
Release Date: May 5, 2015
Format: Audiobook (Personal Library)
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's

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After years of hearing the hype about Sarah J. Maas's A Court of Thorns and Roses series, I finally succumbed and read the first book. I can safely say that I understand (most of) the hype now - there are still a couple of aspects of the book I don’t get the frenzy over. 

First of all, the worldbuilding for the series is amazing. Incredibly detailed, yet also incredibly easy to understand. I had no issues envisioning Prythia and the various areas of the world that Feyre traveled to. After finishing this book, I’m excited to travel to the courts of the other High Lords. 

The Beauty and the Beast retelling aspect didn’t really click for me until the end of the book. I guessed initially that it was related to the masks that are forcefully bonded to the fae's faces, but it took a long time for the truth to be revealed. With this in mind, I have to say I’m also not sure who the final love interest for Feyre is. The Tamlin/Feyre romance feels very forced and is definitely not something I could get behind. I’ve been told that the storyline gets better in the next book, so I will hold out hope that the romance improves by then.

There’s so much to admire about Feyre - she’s fiercely determined to protect her family (despite the lack of care they show her). She’s also very scrappy and headstrong. Feyre reminded me of another one of the author’s female heroines - Aelin from Throne of Glass is very similar to her. I haven’t really seen anything to make any of her family members redeemable (her older sisters couldn’t even be bothered to teach her to read), but I’m curious on whether or not that will change in subsequent books. 

Jennifer Ikeda gave a solid performance for the audiobook narration. If you’re already an audiobook fan, then it's worth giving a listen. If you’re not a fan of audiobooks, then it's up to you about which format you read the book in (you’re not missing anything by not listening to the audiobook). 

I will definitely be reading A Court of Mist and Fury because I’m curious about the storyline, but I’m not in any particular rush to do so. If you’re like me and questioned whether you should keep reading, I recommend that you keep going! The ending of the book does make the confusion of the first part more bearable. 

About the Book

Feyre is a huntress. And when she sees a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she kills the predator and takes its prey to feed herself and her family.

But the wolf was not what it seemed, and Feyre cannot predict the high price she will have to pay for its death...

Dragged away from her family for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding even more than his piercing green eyes suggest.

As Feyre's feelings for Tamlin turn from hostility to passion, she learns that the faerie lands are a far more dangerous place than she realized. And Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.

About the Author

Sarah J. Maas is the #1 New York Times and internationally bestselling author of the Throne of Glass, Court of Thorns and Roses, and Crescent City series. Her books have sold millions of copies and are published in thirty-seven languages.

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