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

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas ★★★★½

“Don’t feel bad for one moment about doing what brings you joy.”

I received this e-book from Netgalley. This does not affect my review or opinion. All thoughts are my own and I’m being 100 percent honest. Thank you to Netgalley and Bloomsbury Publishing for providing me this e-book for reviewing purposes.

‘A Court of Thorns and Roses’ by Sarah J Maas is definitely worth the hype

A Court of Thorns and Roses is an amazing fantasy book written by the talented Sarah J. Maas. Maas is such a wonderful storyteller. She definitely knows how to keep the reader’s attention. This novel has the perfect mix of action, gripping plot and amazing characters and world-building.


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 jeweled 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 have been wanting to read this book for a while now and when I saw A Court of Thorns and Roses on Netgalley I was beyond excited. I have heard a lot of things about this new cover and I personally like it. I like the original artwork but I like this one as well.

I will start off with something that might bother some readers, the story is quite slow-paced. I personally don’t mind a book that has a slow-paced story as long as the author succeeds in keeping the novel interesting enough. A Court of Thorns and Roses definitely was interesting enough to keep reading. The plot takes a while to really start but that doesn’t mean it’s not action-packed or dull. I like reading about the world the characters are in and I also like it when the author makes sure I get to know the main character. Maas definitely succeeded in all these things. I appreciated Maas not starting too early with Feyre diving into the important quest. She took her time and made sure the reader understands the characters and the world they’re in.

“Rhysand stared at me for long enough that I faced him.
“Be glad of your human heart, Feyre. Pity those who don’t feel anything at all.”

I immediately fell in love with these characters. I definitely loved Feyre the most. I feel like she is so honest and vulnerable. I felt a connection with these personas and that’s something I really appreciate in a good book. From the very first page I was concerned about Feyre and wanted to make sure she was okay. Everything felt very natural and I got swept away from the very first page until the last. As a reader you follow Feyre on this epic journey. At the end of A Court of Thorns and Roses you can see the character growth.

The world-building was also very good and I could picture myself wandering in this magical world. I also had no problems with the magic system in A Court of Thorns and Roses. Everything was clear and well thought of. I liked the idea of these different Courts and getting to know the Spring Court.

The only thing I wasn’t a fan of is the fact that Feyre basically gets drugged multiple times and I just wasn’t comfortable while reading those scenes.

Sarah J. Maas has a pleasant writing style. I didn’t get bored one second while reading A Court of Thorns and Roses. She really knows how to get the reader to read her books in one sitting. I totally get the hype and am definitely excited to see what the next two books have in store.

Would I recommend it?
Yes, oh absolutely yes. I love Maas’s writing style. The characters were exactly what I was hoping for, what I needed for this novel. Maas just knows how to write. I think this is a great novel and will definitely read the next books in this series.

Trigger warnings
Death, murder, captivity, torture, violence
Representation in this book
Young adult, fantasy
Publication date
June 2, 2020
Bloomsbury Publishing Plc (UK & ANZ)
About the author
Sarah J. Maas is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series and A Court of Thorns and Roses series, as well as a USA Today and international bestselling author. Sarah wrote the first incarnation of the Throne of Glass series when she was just sixteen, and it has now sold in thirty-five languages. A New York native, Sarah currently lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and dog. Empire of Storms, the fifth Throne of Glass novel, is available now.

She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Hamilton College in 2008 with a degree in Creative Writing and a minor in Religious Studies.

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