A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Rating: 4/5


Genre: YA Fantasy Romance


Recommended Age: 16+ (some mature sexual scenes, make sure you have permission from your parents to read this!)


Favorite Quote: “He was gone when I awoke, and I was certain I had dreamed it.”


What happens when you kill a wolf in the woods to only find out that it was actually a fairy? What happens when you’re kidnapped by a beast-like creature from your family who will certainly die without your helping hand? What happens when the fairytales you’ve heard in your infancy are actually true? What happens when the beast who kidnapped you was actually a lethal, immortal High Fae? This is the world Feyre finds herself in. As she schemes to journey home, she begins to learn about what strange things have befallen Prythian and she begins to feel strange emotions towards her captor. What will Feyre do? Will she flee at her first chance or will she save this world she was brought into against her will?


In a world of vampires and werewolves there has to be some solace for the many who crave a new world, a new lore. This relief came in the form of A Court of Thorns and Roses and the Throne of Glass series and thus almost overnight Maas became a household name. The Court of Thorns and Roses saga has become widely popular and because of this popularity I decided to not only host a readalong of the book but to read it carefully for myself to discover the reason behind this insane popularity. While I had issues with all of my usual points, for the most part I enjoyed my journey through Prythian with Feyre. The book is a very easy read and the writing is very high fantasy and very descriptive. The pacing, while off in some areas, is fairly well done and the plot developed at a slow, but somewhat natural rate. The characters were also very well detailed and you can tell Maas knows way more about these characters than we probably ever will, which is what all great authors possess.


While for the most part I found the book to be a very beautiful and unique retelling of Beauty and the Beast, I had some minor issues with it. The fact that the book is called a retelling of Beauty and the Beast is my first issue. The book makes several allusions to many other fairytales. Cinderella and The Princess Frog are some of the other fairytale retellings I read in the book. This book should really be regarded as a retelling of many fairytales rather than just Beauty and the Beast (but for what it’s worth they probably say that it’s a Beauty and the Beast retelling because that will bring in the big bucks). I also felt that the pacing was a bit slow in areas and that the author tended to repeat phrases and became too detailed in areas as well. While the book did pick up at the end of the book, the beginning was fairly slow. I also felt that the quality of writing suffered when the pacing and the plot dwindled. There were some odd phrases in the book and I feel that making the book a 270 page novel rather than a 420 page one would have fixed a lot of these issues.


Overall, I enjoyed the book and I loved reading this book along with my readalong group, but I dread any potential slow parts of the next novel.


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