A Court of Thorns and Roses by: Sarah J. Maas- #1 in the A Court of Thorns and Roses series!
AGE GROUP: 14 and up// GENRE: Fantasy// AMOUNT OF PAGES: 416// RATING: 4/5
Feyre is just a nineteen-year-old who is suffering from poverty and has to hunt every night to fill her family’s stomachs, but when one wrong move sends an animal to take her away, her life turns upside down.
She soon figures out that the animal is an immortal named Tamlin and she is immediately dropped into his world. The world of High Lords and High Fae. Strong, powerful and definitely dangerous faeries who live in the land called Prythian.
As an illness or rather darkness looms over the lands, Feyre must find a way to stop it and she’s motivated because the icy hatred and fear of Tamlin that once welled in her heart is gone and replaced by a burning passion and some feelings. She can’t bear to see the only person who has ever cared for her in danger. So she needs to pull herself together and stop the shadow that has loomed over Prythian for so long or she’ll instead doom Tamlin and his world forever.
I know A Court of Thorns and Roses might sound cheesy, but I promise you it definitely isn’t.
Before I jump into a review for this book I’m going to say sorry! I’ve been really busy with school and everything but now since the school year has started I hope I’ll post at least every weekend. Now for the review!
I actually really liked this book and I’m currently reading the second (which has 600 plus pages), but I’m really hoping it doesn’t end up trailing on, however, at the moment I love it!
I loved how Sarah J. Maas ended up creating a really good world that wasn’t simple but actually quite complex! The best books have a little romance with a great world and also well-created characters, which is what I thought this book had. I really liked Tamlin as a character because we got to see his powerful side and his loving side. However, I also liked Lucien because he wasn’t your typical book character as he wasn’t described as the one with the strong cheekbones and jaw line, and the glowing one, as Tamlin was. Instead, Lucien was the friend with long red hair and he wasn’t the main focus but I liked him a lot anyway. Now, Feyre was the main character and I loved her too because she was a strong female character and I liked that! She wasn’t born into a loving family yet she still knows how to love and she still loves her family. I really loved all of the characters but one of my favourites is Rhysand! I’m not spoiling anything but OMG I love him so much and I know he’s kind of your typical tough bad boy but at the same time there is something really unique about him that I can’t quite put my finger on. The last thing I loved in the character category was Amarantha, but only because I admired Sarah J. Maas for having TWO main red heads in this book which I loved and thought was super cool, and lastly, for making the villain a woman! I’m pretty sure that in all of the young adult books that I’ve read the villains are all men and it just gets so repetitive! I loved the strong female leads: the main character and the villain and I’m so pleased that Sarah J. Maas made the antagonist a woman! I absolutely love and stand by that!
Now onto the plot! I just stated so many pros so I’m going to state a con. I didn’t think that A Court of Thorns and Roses had a really in depth plot like Harry Potter because I felt like the real plot only kicked off mid way through the book. Although I actually liked the minor things on the side, I really wanted a huge plot where the villain didn’t only appear at the near end of the book. I really wish Sarah J. Maas could’ve made a bigger plot that was more complicated where we could’ve learned more about Amarantha from her rather than learn about her past from a different character. A pro for the plot would be how I was up at night reading this book and wanting to know what was going to happen. Every minor event caught my attention and I loved and absorbed every piece of information. I truly did enjoy this book!
The descriptions in this book were so good and I had not found a book that planted such solid pictures in my mind since maybe even Harry Potter! Props to A Court of Thorns and Roses! I really loved how Sarah J. Maas’s choice of words really spoke to me and I got what each character was feeling at that moment. I’m starting to love Sarah J. Maas as an author!
My last point that I’m going to make is: Some scenes were a little too graphic for me and I’d say the A Court of Thorns and Roses overall trilogy is aimed for mature readers. There’s quite a lot of strong language too which I never like in books but I stayed for the fantasy world and because the book is just really well written and put together! I will definitely be reading this trilogy until the end!