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

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

A Court of Thorns and Roses

Written by Sarah J. Maas
(Bloomsbury USA - 5/5/2015)
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #1
Genres: Faery, Fantasy, New Adult
Format: eARC (416 pages)
Source: NetGalley, Publisher
Rating: 4 Stars

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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.
FTC Disclosure: This book was provided to me from the author or publisher (NetGalley, Publisher), free of charge, with the understanding that my intention is to read it and provide feedback in the form of an honest review. I am not compensated in any way in exchange for positive reviews, and I don’t let anything other than the book's contents affect my opinions and review.

My Thoughts

This book was an interesting experience for me. As much as I love Sarah Maas’s Throne of Glass series, I had been avoiding A Court of Thorns and Roses until it fell into my lap. By that point, I couldn’t even remember WHY I’d been avoiding it, but about halfway through the book, I realized: ohhhhhh… this is New Adult.

Yes, so, welcome to my first ever New Adult book review. (It’s not that I have anything against NA; it’s just that I prefer YA and was sort of assuming that this book was YA.) IN ANY CASE… I very much enjoyed A Court of Thorns and Roses!

This book so very clearly bears the marks of Sarah J. Maas — in writing and theme and richness of world and story. I was immediately intrigued by the opening chapter, which introduced this book as a much darker tale than that of her YA series. Feyre was a fascinating character from the get-go, and the danger of that forest really served to set the scene well.

What I enjoyed most about this book was the rich and imaginative world. I love seeing the author’s imagination in all of the different faeries and the way that their world and magic work. The depth of the lore, and the way she twisted it into someone familiar yet completely new, was remarkable.

Another great facet of this book is that Feyre is an artist — but in such a different way than one might typically encounter in a teen book. She wasn’t walking everywhere with a sketchbook. She was just observing the world around her and appreciating the beauty of a color palette, a shape, a shadow, a pattern. That is much the way I see the world (which is evident from my instagram), and I really enjoyed relating to a fictional character in that regard.

The romance was a nice one. I enjoyed the very slow build, and it was fun trying to puzzle out some of the mystery behind Tamlin’s behavior. The NA aspects of the story, though, were fine — just not really my thing. This wasn’t a case of instalove, but it did sort of feel like a slow drip suddenly turning into a rushing waterfall. Alas.

All in all, I enjoyed this book as much as any other Maas tale, and I will definitely be reading the sequel! Recommended to anyone who likes a good fantasy novel and is comfortable with some more adult-ish scenes.

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  1. This makes my heart super happy! I love it when people also enjoy the books I’ve loved, and it’s even more awesome when it’s a book by one of my favorite authors. I think Sarah did a brilliant job with her storytelling in A Court of Thorns and Roses, and I definitely can’t wait for more!

  2. Ahh, this book is just pure magic, for me. I think I’ve already mentioned how much I love this book on another post of yours, so I won’t make you read my manic ravings again about how much I love it ;) Glad you liked it!

    I was thinking… If it’s NA, then I’m a bit confused as to why Bloomsbury Children’s are publishing it (I’m pretty sure they are). The Bone Season series is NA – right? – and that’s published by the adult division.

  3. Wait what? This is an NA? It’s not that I don’t like it either – I just don’t read it too often. I wasn’t expecting this one to be an NA at all and none of the reviews I have read before mentioned it, so thanks for doing so! I didn’t know it was a retelling when I read my first review of it either, so I guess I am learning more every review I read. Looking forward to trying it, at least :)

    • Aha, well, I’m glad that my review was helpful for you! Yeah, those are two things that I didn’t know/remember when I was reading this book. Maybe everyone else already knows that it’s NA and that it’s a retelling, so that’s why they didn’t bother to mention it in their reviews? I dunno! In any case, I’m glad we know now!

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