Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

A Court of Thorns and Roses #1
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books
Publication Date: May 5, 2015
Rating: 4 Stars
Source: Purchase
Pages: 416

Summary (from the back of the book):

She stole a life. Now she must pay with her heart.

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she knows about only 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 Feyre dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility to 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 over the faerie lands is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it… or doom Tamlin — and his world — forever.

From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Sarah J. Maas comes a seductive and breathtaking new book that blends romance, adventure, and faerie lore into her most unforgettable story yet.

I was kind of nervous to pick up this book for several reasons. One reason being that I have kind of been turned off of books about faeries and such in the past. But I think that Sarah J. Maas has fixed that problem for me. Another reason being that my two loyal blog readers didn't love it as much as everyone else. Ahh, but I shouldn't have worried because it doesn't take much to impress me. I loved it!

If you read my last review, you will know that I am a big fan of Beauty and the Beast. Therefore, one of my favorite things about this book is the fact that it's a retelling of that story! And a really good one at that! I loved that I could easily pick out all the different characters and events and such from Beauty and the Beast that were adapted to this book.

Another thing that I really liked about this book was the fact that it was more new adult than young adult. This book was like an answer to my bookish prayers! Because I have been really wanting to read books about characters moreso my own age. But I haven't really cared for all that many of the new adult books that I have picked up so far. And this one just kinda fell right into my lap. I just read Sarah J. Maas's other series and loved it so I had to read this as well! So yeah, like I said, an answer to my bookish prayers! Now I don't have to feel like such a cradle robber thinking that Tamlin can bite my neck anyday! ;) I really liked that there were STEAMY parts in this book! And they got actual detail and not just kinda blown over! That made me happy! I hope there's lots more steamy moments in the future of this series!

I really liked Feyre. I love how dedicated she was to her family despite how completely useless and ungrateful they were for everything that she did for them. It made me so angry how they all just sat around looking pretty while she was out making sure they had food to eat. And how her sister would beg her for money. Go make your own money, you vultures. I felt bad for her family, but I didn't care for them at all. And I completely hated Nesta in the beginning. I still don't like her, but she grew on me just a little bit.

I also found her to be really brave. She killed a faerie disguised as a wolf while out hunting and a faerie beast comes to claim her life in exchange for the one she took. So she has to choose between going to live with him in Prythian for the rest of her life or being shredded to ribbons right there on the spot. She leaves everything she knows behind to go live with this creature that she hates. And she chooses this option, holding onto the hop that she might one day escape and be able to go back to her ungrateful family who would probably only miss her when they ran out of meat from the deer she just killed.

And I found her to be really selfless. First of all, everything she did for her family was completely selfless. While she is out and about in Prythian she goes off to catch a Suriel who has answers to the questions she has (and has to answer them) and while she's asking the questions they are surrounded by some other unholy form of faerie that are out for blood and the first shot she takes with her bow and arrow is to save the Suriel and not herself. And then at the end, everything she does is for the sake of all the faeries in Prythian and she knows that it will probably be her doom. But she's just SO GOOD! And I kinda love her.

Also, she's a painter and that speaks to the artist in me.

Then there's Tamlin. I really liked him! I thought that Feyre and him were a great match (A STEAMY MATCH). He has a lot on his shoulders during this book as he has to keep going out and ridding his court of awful beasts that keep wandering in. And there's something evil plaguing the lands. And to top it all off, he's cursed. But he does his very best to make Feyre feel at home rather than feel like a prisoner. And he's good to her and I just really liked him.

Rhysand... now he's another story. He pretty much came off as a complete and total creep to me. Feyre truly would have probably been doomed without him, but he did not help her out of the goodness of his heart. I don't even know what to say without giving lengthy, spoilery descriptions of every creepy thing he did... I don't care if underneath it all he had good intentions. His intentions perhaps were good for the faerie people, but they were not good for Feyre. They were just creepy and I want him and his creepiness to go away. If there ends up being some kind of love triangle here with him, I will scream.

I liked Lucien! He's not Feyre's biggest fan in the beginning and he's kinda rude, but he warms up to her. And he's really loyal to Tamlin and I liked their friendship. Seemed like Lucien pretty much got the short end of the stick in EVERYTHING in this book though. Poor guy.

I liked the setting and descriptions in this book. To be perfectly honest, I don't even actually remember any of the descriptions, but I liked them because I could clearly picture in my head what the spring court and everything looked like. So I figure even if I don't remember it, it must have been good.

I am really excited to see how Prythian deals with the aftermath of this book! And also to meet more of the faerie courts. And hopefully see Rhysand get his butt kicked.

I gave this book 4 stars because I found it to be a little bit slow in the beginning. Also because Rhysand is creepy and I could completely do without that. 

What did you think of this book if you've read it? Are you excited to read it if you haven't?


  1. AGREED ABOUT EVERYTHING INCLUDING RHYSAND. I didn't like him at all tbh, and I found his methods of going about certain things... well, slightly on the sexual harassment side. But it seems like I am the only one that feels that way! UGH. How are people mooning over him and wanting him and Feyre to be snuggly?? He's practically a rapist! Grrr, that grinds my gears because I LOVED THIS BOOK besides that... basically 90% of this book really worked for me, except him, his actions, and the ending (with what's going on with him and Feyre). I don't like Rhysand.

    Anyway. Rant over. Great review, Cyra!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    1. The whole book I was waiting for this Rhysand fellow to be introduced because I saw people talking about him in good ways and such. And then I'm like 'DID WE EVEN READ THE SAME BOOK?' Because he's so gross! I will be so mad if they don't find a way to undo Feyre's oath to him!!!!!

  2. Ah! I'm so glad you liked ACOTAR! I cannot wait for ACOMAF and I know it's gonna so good if not better!!!! Totally agree with you about Feyre, she is an awesome character!

    1. I am dying for ACOMAF! I need it like yesterday, I think that I like this series better than Throne of Glass, it's so amazing!


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