Book Review

Book Review- A Court of Thorns and Roses

Book: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy, Retellings, Paranormal, Magic

First Published: May 5, 2015

Spoilers Ahead

This book has been on my TBR since 2018. Know that I read this book with an open mind and no expectations. Now, let’s proceed to what this book is about:

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a terrifying creature arrives to demand retribution. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she knows about only from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not truly a beast, but one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled her world.

At least, he’s not a beast all the time.

As she adapts to her new home, her feelings for the faerie, Tamlin, transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But something is not right in the faerie lands. An ancient, wicked shadow is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it, or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.


The Story

This is just a simple retelling with nothing much added to it to make it exciting. To be honest, some parts of this book reminded me of a ton of other stories (from anime, and gaming to other books), it almost feels like this one is an amalgamation of all those other ideas. There is nothing wrong with that but I just wish it wasn’t that obvious.

What I had a problem with was the pacing. This book is so slow. With so many unnecessary descriptions but at the same time, not enough of them.

I want Maas to show me the world that she is building. I want her to show me the negative effects of what her villain is doing to this world and those who inhabit it. I want her to make me mad at Amarantha. Mad enough that when Feyre saw her for the first time, I would be ready and hype enough about what will happen next.

But nope, this story just used the characters to tell me what is happening to their world. There is a lot of telling and not enough showing.

I wouldn’t mind the slow-paced if it was spent building up everything but nope. All the details you need to know were cramped into one chapter. An info vomit from one of the characters. And it all happened, 100 pages before the story ended.

Then, that ending. I didn’t expect anything and still, it was a letdown. I even wished that they just let Feyre die. That would have been more interesting.

This just feels like SAO all over again. If you know what I mean.

The Characters

I don’t have much problem with the characters. Feyre is the typical heroine, smart but with a dash of stubbornness. At least, she is self-aware.

Tamlin was fine but I’m not a fan of all the snarling.

Rhysand is disgusting but over time I kinda understood his character type but he is still disgusting. I am still not a fan of what he did to Feyre.

Lucien has an interesting background story but is still quite a common character.

And that villain, Amarantha is probably the most boring villain I’ve ever read. And those trials and that riddle? Really?

Overall, it was a bunch of generic characters but make them Fae.

Final Thoughts

I give this book a 3 out of 5 stars. I didn’t hate this book, I just wish there is more to it.

I was also not a fan of the author’s writing style. I hate that she keeps repeating phrases and the way she describes certain emotions. To be honest, I even ignored those em dashes… so many em dashes.

If you’re looking for something slow-paced with tons of things happening around the end, try reading this one.

There you go. Shout out to my friend Vim of The Booktopus Reads who bullied me to finally read this book.

As for reading the other books, I think I’ll pass, for now. I have a lot of other books I’d rather read at the moment. Maybe, someday I’ll give this author another try. Because, why not?

Thank you so much for reading. As always, let me know your thoughts about this book in the comments section.

If you have other fantasy book recommendations, I would really appreciate it!

I’ll talk to you again next week.

Have a good weekend and Happy Mother’s Day to any Mom reading this.

Keep safe!

See yah!

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