Book Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses


Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #1

Genres: Young Adult/New Adult, Fantasy, Romance

Publication Date: May 5, 2015

Rating: ★★★★

Links: Goodreads | B&N | TBD | Amazon


Yes, that’s right. I started this series. After hearing about it for so long, I finally picked it up. In fact, I finished this book a few weeks ago now and I’ve been the hardest time trying to express my thoughts about it, so I’m going to go for a more untraditional format for this review.


Things I Liked

➳ The world-building – Sarah J. Maas is an amazing world-builder. I could practically see the mortal village where Feyre grew up and smell the flowers of the Spring Court.

➳ The magic – I thought the magic system in ACOTAR was really interesting. My only complaint about it is that I feel there’s a lot that wasn’t explained but I’m looking forward to learning more about it in the next book.

➳ Most of the characters – The characters in this novel were very interesting and well-developed. Tamlin really grew on me although I know he’s going to mess things up haha.

➳ The way the plot ties together – About two-thirds of the way through the story, the Faes’ history is explained and everything clicks. I love when an author drops subtle hints throughout the novel and then everything ties together and that’s exactly what happened in ACOTAR.


Things I Disliked

➳ The pacing – The beginning of this novel was honestly really slow. It wasn’t so slow that I considered DNFing it, but it was slow enough that I wasn’t picking it up every chance I got. It took until I hit about the two-thirds mark for things to pick up and then I was really eager to see what happened.

➳ Feyre – I’ve mentioned a few times how I hate female characters who try so hard to be tough and independent that they just act cold-hearted and Feyre is one of them. I understand that she’s been through a lot, but after a while her attitude just got irritating. There’s a fine line between tough and rude and I think she crossed it a lot. So overall, I sympathize with her and I definitely don’t hate her, but she’s not one of my favorite MCs as of right now.

➳ It could be a bit repetitive at times – There were certain phrases that I felt like I read a thousand times. Everyone always “growled” and Feyre was always smelled the “metallic scent of magic.” This isn’t a major criticism, it just got a little annoying after a while.


Overall, I feel that the positives outweighed the negatives. This wasn’t my favorite book ever, but I really enjoyed it. I always hear that the second and third books are much better so I’m looking forward to continuing on with this series.


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