Feyre is a huntress.

She thinks nothing of slaughtering a wolf to capture its prey. But, like all mortals, she fears what lingers mercilessly beyond the forest. And she will learn that taking the life of a magical creature comes at a high price…

Imprisoned in an enchanted court in enemy’s kingdom, Feyre is free to roam but forbidden to escape. Her captor’s body bears the scars of fighting, and his face is always masked – but his piercing stare draws her ever closer. As Feyre’s feelings for Tamlin begin to burn through every warning she’s been told about his kind, an ancient, wicked shadow grows.

Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Publication Date: 5th May 2015

Series: Yes. It is the first instalment of the trilogy.

First of all, I would like to point out that this is a romance novel. Second of all, I would just like to say, I did not hate it. Quite the opposite actually, I think I may have actually liked it. ???

This novel is loosely based on Beauty and the Beast (*cough* My favourite Disney film alongside Mulan *cough*). I didn’t actually know that. I was skimming through reviews and comments and saw those words and didn’t pay much heed to them. Until I was halfway through the book and read reviews properly while I was bored, at that point, I slapped myself around the head with the book. I’m speaking figuratively here.

I bought this on an impulse without knowing anything about it other than the fact that Sarah J. Maas wrote it, whom by the way, is now added to my list of favourite authors.

The Characters:

Feyre is a huntress. Can we just take a moment to admire her name? (Pronounced as “Fay-ruh.”) It’s so damn pretty. Sarah J. Maas keeps coming up with such gorgeous names. 0.0 Anyways…She comes from a wealthy family which has now fallen into poverty and Feyre hunts to keep them all alive. The first chapters confused the hell out of me as Sarah describes her family in a way that makes them instantly dislikable but Feyre still seems to love them fiercely. Her sisters exclude her, and are selfish while her father is a stupid crippled that only seems to wallow in self-pity. I kept on rereading the first bits as I thought I was confusing myself but no, Feyre loves them. I guess this sorta falls into the Disney thing of “slave-around-be-kind-and-all-things-good-will-come-to-you.” You can see elements of the badass Celaena but Feyre is nowhere near as cold-blooded and distant. She’s her own character.

Tamlin. Sarah really does have a thing for Fae. And hot, brooding, mysterious, fit men that are hundreds of years old. *cough* Rowan *cough* He captures Feyre and takes her away from her family, and into his home. The way everything was orchestrated struck me as strange, wrong and impossible. Until two thirds of the book in, in which everything clears up and the plot moves. Tamlin wears a mask. It ain’t even a scary scary mask that gives you nightmares… It’s a masquerade mask. Yes. I had to stop there. A sparkly mask meant for balls. I’ll stop there. Not much of Tamlin is revealed despite him being a main character. Apart from the fact that he can be scary when he’s mad. Much of the action that shows how damn powerful he is happens off the pager and is merely implied. Between Rowan and Tamlin, Rowan wins any day. Basically, I don’t particularly like Tamlin that much.

The secondary characters have depth to them and the are developed as the story progresses (which isn’t until two thirds of the book is gone.) No characters are the same as when you first meet them. Layers are peeled off and you start to figure out their true motives which makes it all the more interesting. (Rhysaaaand! Mark me anytime *flails arm in front of him*)

The Plot:

You can’t tell me you’ve never seen Beauty and the Beast before. If you haven’t, then get out, go away and don’t come back until you have! ?

This book is loosely based on Beauty and the Beast, but instead of Belle teaching the beast how to be civilised and how to be gentle, our mysterious masked Fae is the one taking Feyre to magical places and teaching her words. (She’s illiterate.) Basically here, the Beast does the wooing.

The plot really doesn’t get a move in until two thirds of the way in. In those two thirds, we get the occasional glimpse, the occasional dust, but for the most part, it’s just Feyre exploring and learning more about her surroundings and Tamlin.

What proper pissed me off was how the book started though. Feyre kills a Fae, and another Fae comes along and demands that she go and live with him as retribution. LIKE WHAT THE HELL. Unrealistic and it made me wanna throw the book across the damn room. BUT WAIT! There’s an explanation! It came almost way too late, meaning for – again – two thirds of the book and I was death-staring the book and wondering why and how the hell was I supposed to imagine such an atrocious event happening.

The Writing:

Sarah J. Maas writes brilliantly. She brings magic into everything she describes and it really made me feel as if I were in the forest, or in the castle etc. This is YA romance, and I must say, there are some very steamy scenes in it ? Sarah’s writing style is engrossing, intelligent and easy to read, making it perfect for all readers!

The Conclusion:

Epic kickstart to the series. Don’t get me wrong. I enjoy it but after reading the Throne of Glass series, I expected better. Definitely better than Throne of Glass’ first book but I prefer the plot of the other series though. Can’t wait for the next book and see how things progress!

Positives: 

  • Engaging
  • Easy To Read
  • Some great plot twists
  • It was nearer the end of the book that you start to get some blood-pumping action scenes.

Negatives:

  • The first 60% of it was myeh. The last 40% was more exciting and almost like the trials in The Saga of Darren Shan. If you haven’t read it’s, THEN READ IT. 
  • Slightly reused characters.

Rating: 4 Stars – See my rating system. I don’t know. Somewhere around 4 I guess. Although it’s a better start to the series than Throne of Glass and I really enjoyed the book, it just didn’t particularly ring with me.

Owned: Yes!!

Buy your own copy on Amazon here!

Recommended for: Those that like Beauty and the Beast, fantasy romance lovers and fantasy lovers in general! Oh and if you love fairytale retellings. And I feel that I may have to point out that this book is for a mature audience.


Have you read it? Which of Sarah J. Maas’s books is your favourite? Let me know in the comments below! Oh and do you like my new style of reviewing? I’m sorta trialling it. What do you think of it?

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  1. Ahh, so glad that you really liked this! I LOVED ACOTAR and am dying for the next book to come out. 😀 I am SO Team Rhys! Haha. He is just the best. EEEE, too excited! Great review! 🙂

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