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


Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Published: Published May 5th 2015 by Bloomsbury Children’s

Genre: YA, New Adult, Fantasy, Romance

My Rating: 4.5/5

“A life for a life–but what if the life offered as payment meant losing three others?”

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

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it… or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.”

Let me just begin by saying that SJMaas is my queen. I love her writing no matter what and she is just stinking creative. What a wonderful soul that woman is!

Okay, now that my worship session is out of the way, I’m kind of mad at myself for waiting so long to read ACOTAR. It was really really amazing, even compared to Throne of Glass, which is so high on my list of all time favorites.File Jul 07, 2 24 19 PM

Once again, Maas creates a world torn between fae magic and mortals. This time, it’s a literal wall separating the humans from the terrifying fae. But the fae world is kind of super amazing. There are seven courts: Spring, Autumn, Summer, Winter, Dawn, Night, and Day. The fae encompass what court they’re in, which is pretty cool when she gets to some of the descriptions of different High Fae and their courts. Just take my word for it.

As you have probably heard, this is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, so I think you might get the plot already. Beauty is taken to live with Beast and they fall in love despite their differences. Just add some faeries, blood shed, and evil, and that’s this book.

Our beauty is Feyre. She’s a very strong and artistic woman. Maas does an amazing job with her female characters (Like Celaena). They are so openly truthful about their flaws, but they still embody these strong willed and independent women that you can’t help but love and hate.

Processed with VSCO with q3 presetThen there is our beast, Tamlin. Maas is so great at writing these animalistic Fae men (like Rowan) and it’s my favorite way to view faeries. I much prefer the man-beasts that she creates to the Puck-like tricksters some authors depicts. Tamlin is certainly strong, but he’s also very stubborn and set in his ways. It’s easy to love Tamlin when he is being his true self, but there is this side of him that doesn’t want to show weakness and it’s hard to stand sometimes.


This book is an adventure, to say the least. I really enjoyed the characters, and the plot is creative. It’s nothing like Throne of Glass, and I think that’s one reason I love it so much. It’s so nice for a favorite author to write something new and unique, while still staying true to their writing style.

The only issue I have with ACOTAR is that it can get sexually graphic, which is actually something that I really don’t enjoy. I’ve already begun A Court of Mist and Fury and it’s even more so. I’m pushing through because I love Sarah J Maas so much, and her worlds are amazing. But I physically cringe when I think of how young some of the readers are.

So what did you think of ACOTAR? Do you prefer ACOTAR or Throne of Glass more?


3 thoughts on “Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

  1. I totally agree with you in the sexually graphic aspect. It was a little too aggressive in detail for me, and I’m 27 and married. Personally, I feel like the target audience is a little younger than what I would feel comfortable reading at that age.

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    1. It’s published by Bloomsbury Children and I feel like that gives it the impression that it is appropriate for the younger side of the YA audience. For the most part, it is, but when it gets sexual it goes so far beyond what a parent would think their child is reading with a book like this. It’s almost deceiving.

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