A Court of Thorns and Roses Review

by Sarah J Maas

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA

Print Length: 419 pages

Release Year: 2015

Genre: YA Fantasy

Avg. Goodreads Rating: 4.24

Available at Amazon, B&N, or your local library/Libby

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 jewelled mask, is hiding far 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. (Goodreads)

First of all, the newest editions of the A Court of Thorns and Roses trilogy are utterly beautiful. The old editions were also beautiful, but I find the more minimalistic approach more eye catching and visually stunning. Kudos to the artist, whose line work is delicate and perfectly detailed. 

A Court of Thorns and Roses is an interesting series. The first book, from which the series gets its name, is particularly interesting and introduces us to Maas’s interpretation of fairies. The story is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast with a sinister twist. The book, for the most part is a relatively faithful retelling, but as the climax approaches things take an absolutely horrifying turn; making this story an intensely entertaining ride. 

The book is not without its flaws. The writing tends to border on cliche at times (like with Feyre, our protagonist, letting go a breath she did not know she was holding oh my!) and the fantastical elements of the book occasionally taking the backseat to the romance. Ultimately, the flaws are not hard to disregard though, as the overall story is quite engrossing and an easy read.

Being the start of a much grander story, A Court of Thorns and Roses does a good job setting up the books to follow. A Court of Thorns and Roses, at this point, might as well be required reading for fans of YA fantasy.

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