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A Court of Thorns and Roses, (ACOTAR, #1)


A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Published by Bloomsbury Children’s on May 5, 2015

Genres: Fantasy, Retelling, Romance, New Adult

Pages: 419


“Be glad of your human heart, Feyre. Pity those who don’t feel anything at all.”


I picked A Court of Thorns and Roses up because I had heard so. much. talk about it. Of course the series is now three books in and when the third one released earlier this year that’s all anyone was buzzing about online. Curiosity bit me hard enough and I bought the kindle version for my international flight.

I ended up reading a quarter of the book in one sitting.

This book had me hooked immediately. I wasn’t sure exactly what it was about. All I knew was faeries were involved. I definitely did not know it was a beauty and the beast retelling.

I love retellings so much (check out the Lunar Chronicles if you enjoy retellings) and I had no idea I had picked one up. But the retelling of the fairy tale was not what kept me hooked.

I haven’t read a Sarah J Maas book since 2014 when I tried desperately to read the Throne of Glass series. I didn’t make it past the second book, but I wanted to read ACOTAR because I heard so many good things about it. I wanted to give Maas a second chance. I’m so glad I did.

Feyre is a stubborn human who is the sole provider for her family. Her father lost all their fortune and they have been starving in a little house for years. She hunts food for them and one day a large wolf that didn’t look completely animal wandered into her hunting grounds. Killing the beast set her up for events she never could have imagined. I ended up rooting for Feyre a lot of the time. She’s headstrong and does whatever she wants (or whatever she thinks needs to be done) and I respect her a lot for that. She definitely had more guts that I would’ve in her situation.

But of course, we cannot forget The Beast. Tamlin. Maas took this one literally since Tamlin is a Fae who can shapeshift. Into a wolf/beast type creature. I fell for Tamlin fast. Immediately once he started to speak and behave I was already on his side. Even if that meant his friend Lucien was part of the deal.

I honestly do love Lucien. At first I wasn’t sure if I should like him or not, but he ended up being the funny friend that we all know and love. He bantered with Feyre and is fiercely loyal to Tamlin, so of course I ended up liking him.

A Sarah J Maas book wouldn’t be complete without a love triangle and boy did she set one up for the rest of the series. I don’t want to give away much more than that because I forgot about it until the possibility grew nearer.

ACOTAR kept me on edge most of the time. Not every page had me hanging on every word but that’s what keeps a book balanced for me. I was completely lost in the world Maas wove and I can’t wait to see more of it in the sequel.

This book was a pleasant surprise for me because I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it or not. I wanted to love Throne of Glass but that just wasn’t quite the right series for me. I can’t wait to get my hands on A Court of Mist and Fury and see what everyone is up to.


4.5/5 stars

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