Book Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas ★★★★



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 jeweled mask, is hiding for 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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My thoughts:

Okay, so first of all it took me a ridiculously long time to read this because of a ridiculous reason. I have heard of this even when Sarah J Maas was just starting to get hyped, and obviously I was intrigued. But then she kinda blew up overnight and everyone just started talking about it and fangirling/fanboying over it and basically over hyping it that I became petty and refused to read it ever. Lol I know. I didn’t want to be THAT mainstream but thankfully I got that out of my head and decided to give this a go.

Like the synopsis stated, this is about Feyre (Fey-ruh) and the harsh life she’s living and one day while she’s out hunting she accidentally kills a faerie, which is impossible to do because of course. She then proceeds to be imprisoned in the fae realm forever as punishment and the guy who keeps her, Tamlin, she falls in love with. This is apparently a retelling of beauty and the beast and I can for sure see that.

What I liked about this book first of all is the writing style. Sarah J Maas is really good at showing and not telling, which makes a whole world of difference if done right. There was never a point where it felt like an information dump, nor were there any significant elements that were glossed over. The characters are very relateable and even though there were a few tropey characteristics, they were all pretty unique. The language is also very easy to read and she does a good job at pacing the story well enough that you are kept engaged.

With all those said I did have some few issues about it. There was a pretty big chunk of the book where I constantly felt annoyed and irritated by Feyre and Tamlin. They acted with a little bit more pettiness and immaturity than I would have preferred especially with the character development that should have happened already by that part of the story. It was also a little slow going for the first 2/3rds I’d say but when it picked up, it picked up good.

This books has garnered four stars from me and I have better expectations for the next book especially seeing more people saying it’s an improvement from this one. Have you guys read this book? The whole series? Every Maas book ever? I’ll get there! Working on her books slowly but surely 🙂

What did you think of this book? Comment down below so we can talk about it!


Lots of love,



21 thoughts on “Book Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas ★★★★

  1. Andrea says:

    I for one absolutely loved the book (the entire series if I’m being fair right now)! I understand what you mean with the character development, but honestly, when I think of the first book it’s like thinking of this far away thing… Feyre goes through so much more character development! The second book is definitely better than the first, I remember that much. I think it might have been my fave from the series? i don’t really know, since ACOWAR was hella good as well, ah! The possibilities! I feel you on the writing- SJM definitely has that down to an art! It was one of the first things that lured me in and I am in absolute love! Thank you for the lovely review! Looking forward to hearing more of your thoughts on the next two books on your blog 😀

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    • tornpagesandroses says:

      Oh for sure the second one is waay better than the first and I love that because it means the author is improving as well 😊 I can definitely see why someone wouldn’t be keen on these books though, as it is in many books, more so on the YA genre. I’m looking forward to finish Mist and Fury and move on to Wings and Ruin and finally finish this story ARC because man Sarah J Maas pumps books like nobody’s business 😂😂

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  2. malanielovesfiction says:

    i started the throne of glass series and it was too cheesy for me. but you loved this one so I might try this series instead!!!! I want so much to like Sarah J Maas because so many people in the blogosphere talk about her books so maybe this is the series??? ❤ ❤

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    • annmarieswaim says:

      I was the same. I hated TOG when I read it. Then I heard all the hype around ACOTAR and couldn’t resist any longer. I’m glad I gave into the hype. I enjoyed this series a lot. I even went back and tried to finish her TOG series. Only got through half of book 4 though. It got boring, IMO. But everyone I’ve talked to has urged me to power through because it gets really good again. We’ll see 🙂

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  3. readarella says:

    I get the same way when things get over hyped — I read The Hunger Games before anyone even started talking about it then BAM overnight I felt like it just blew up! I refused to read or watch the second and third books and movies still to this day lol! Stubborn, I know!

    I felt the relationship in this book was seriously comparable to Beast and Belle sometimes! Though Lucien was my fave, I need to hurry and read the second and third book before I forget what happened in the first lol!

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