Hello friends! Today’s post is my review for A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. A Court of Thorns and Roses is the first (1sts) book in the A Court of Thorns and Roses trilogy.
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.
I’ve read A Court of Thorns and Roses at least 4 times now, and the more I read it, the more I understand why people do not like Tamlin. When I first read A Court of Thorns and Roses, I was all for Tamlin and Feyre. And I genuinely shipped them until people started pointing out how abusive Tamlin is toward Feyre (especially in the second novel).
The writing that Maas accomplishes in A Court of Thorns and Roses was astounding simply because of my first read through. I did not suspect a thing. I truly didn’t. Another thing that I enjoyed about A Court of Thorns and Roses was the action in the novel.
When there was all the hype surrounding this book, and the publisher decided to release the first few chapters I read them. I read them and my hopes for A Court of Thorns and Roses soared through the roof. So when I finally got around to finishing the novel the first time I was definitely disappointed because I set the bar for this book too high. In the end though I still enjoyed the novel.
My second time reading this novel I was drastically avoiding it. I put off re-reading A Court of Thorns for so long, so many different times. When I finally got around to reading it, there were more parts that disgusted me; centred around Tamlin, but there were other points in the novel that I enjoyed reading.
My third time reading the novel had been some time since I last read A Court of Thorns and Roses, because I had read and finished the trilogy.
And now I’ve read A Court of Thorns and Roses, again, and thankfully, I took notes on my reading so I could review it for
you, and for my future self.
ONTO THE ACTUAL REVIEW
I am so so sooooo glad that Tamtool doesn’t have a point of view in A Court of Thorns and Roses, for I fear that I would have ripped my hair out in frustration. Also, whomever came up with Tamlin’s name becoming Tamtool is genius. It’s perfect for him honestly.
Feyre goes through so much in this first instalment and she doesn’t even know that she was being abused, and honestly… Knowing that after the fact it is so clear now just how much she was abused, and how much she just…..accepted it without knowing.
What I enjoyed about A Court of Thorns and Roses, as a whole, is:
- The way that the scenery described in the first few chapters of A Court of Thorns and Roses. It’s probably one of my favourite things about this novel.
- I liked how easily I could fall into the story while reading.
- I enjoyed the pace of the story very much.
- I love that there’s only one point of view, from Feyre.
There’s some great foreshadowing within bits and pieces of the novel that I didn’t truly comprehend them until it had already passed. When I found these moments out, I’d go back a few pages and see if I could see the foreshadowing, that left me freaking out about it all.
Though my most favourite part of the book was the very last chapter. It was so revealing and completely obvious to me of what had actually happened. And had me incredibly ecstatic to read A Court of Mist and Fury, back when it was first published.
In the end, after everything, I’m giving A Court of Thorns and Roses, 4 stars.
If you’ve read A Court of Thorns and Roses, what did you think of it all?
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