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

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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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