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A Court of Thorns and Roses | Book Review

5th July 2016

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.

A Court of Thorns and Roses, the first book in Sarah J Maas’ new series. Loosely based on Beauty and the Beast, the book follows Feyre as she leaves her starvation behind and is thrown into a whole new world of High Fae and their biggest threat.

I have to say A Court of Thorns and Roses is one of my favourites. I read it twice now and I love the characters and the development that happens throughout. I really enjoyed the story progression and meeting the different characters. I think Maas has a true talent in writing strong female characters. You can see that through the Throne of Glass series, and this is no different. Feyre is strong and independent and that’s before we meet the main love interest. She doesn’t change for a man she just builds on what’s already there. She has very real thoughts and feelings that feel like more than a plot device. They make her feel like someone who you could relate to.


He’s the perfect hero, the man that every girl wants. The blonde hair, the big house and all the power. You watch as this cliche man struggles to build bridges with this young woman. It’s cheesy at times, but you buy into the fairytale system. That’s what I love about this book, the retelling of the fairytale and the beliefs you go into this book with.


A slimy, leering know-it-all. He is the poster boy for villains everywhere. He is the most sleechy character, you cringe as the words come out of his mouth. All you can feel is utter disgust and repulsion at the way he treats Feyre. But he also has a likeable quality about him, the villain you love to hate.

This book has one of the best story arcs, and all the progression happens naturally. You watch the characters grow into their stories and I love it. I love the way this book can go from slow lovingly paced to heart-wrenching fast paces in a flip of the page. The story keeps you on your toes. You’re learning something new about the world and the characters with every page turn. The whole world is so well connected and described it feels like you’re really there.

I adore A Court of Thorns and Roses. Bravo to Sarah J Maas for outdoing herself.

Are you a huge Sarah J Maas fan? Do you love her books almost as much as I do? Let me know in the comments below.

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