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

May 7, 2015 Review 40 ★★★★★

ARC Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
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Publisher: Bloomsbury
Source: Netgalley
Pages: 432
Release Date: May 5th, 2015
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #1
Genres: Fairy Tales & Folklore, Family, Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, New Adult, Retelling, Romance
Feyre is a huntress. She thinks nothing of slaughtering a wolf to capture its prey. But, like all mortals, she fears what lingers mercilessly beyond the forest. And she will learn that taking the life of a magical creature comes at a high price . . .
Imprisoned in an enchanted court in her enemy’s kingdom, Feyre is free to roam but forbidden escape. Her captor’s body bears the scars of fighting, and his face is always masked – but his piercing stare draws her ever closer. As Feyre’s feelings for Tamlin begin to burn through every warning she’s been told about his kind, an ancient, wicked shadow grows. Feyre must find a way to break a spell, or lose her heart forever.

Sarah J. Maas wrote the first incarnation of her debut novel, Throne of Glass, when she was just sixteen. Since its publication, it has been shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Teen Book of the Year and has sold in sixteen languages. The sequels, Crown of Midnight and Heir of Fire, are New York Times bestsellers. When Sarah is not writing, she can be found watching everything from Star Wars to Hayao Miyazaki films and reading fairy tales.
This book may be unsuitable for younger readers due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence. Note that this review itself does not contain any inappropriate material.

I received this book for free from the source listed above in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES is a Beauty and the Beast retelling (with a few other fairy tales thrown in), and a bloody good one at that. Beauty and the Beast is the fairy tale I love to read retellings of the most and I’m so glad that ACOTAR was unique and amazing and just blew me away. The characters, world, the romance, everything was exactly what I ever wanted.

Sarah J Maas’s writing has always gripped me quickly, and ACOTAR was no exception. Told in first person, unlike the Throne of Glass series, I was absorbed in the story from the first chapter and couldn’t stop. Sleep was the only thing that forced me to put ACOTAR down (and that was after I read 70% in one sitting). Feyre narrates the story, and as a girl who takes joy in art she describes everything wonderfully, painting a picture in your mind. The pacing is nice and steady, speeding up and slowing down as the story  needed. And the characters! Oh the characters! I wish I could write fantasy and characters as well as Maas does.

All the characters were amazing and developed so well. Our main character Feyre frequently puts others before herself, so brave and determined and kind. Lucien is sarcastic and snappy and loyal. Precious Tamlin takes on so many burdens alone. And Rhys, bloody Rhys, who liked to play games and I thought I would hate him but then he developed and oh poor Rhys.


I have so many feelings about all these characters. Seriously, I’m tearing up writing this. So let’s move on while I’m still writing a decent review and not straight out fangirling. It’s quite the struggle.

The world of Pyrthian was so interesting. With all the courts, the creation story, the different types of fey. It was wonderfully developed. The first half mainly focuses on the Spring Court and Tamlin, but the last half we get a get to see the major struggle the world is facing and get to know the other Courts a little better and immerse ourselves in their politics. I loved it.

Last but not least, the romance! I really just want to squeal at you all about it. TAMLIN AND FEYRE 5EVA!!!  are about the only words I can think of haha. This romance was marvellous. It’s slow burning and takes it time to develop, and the tension is great. And the depth of the feelings the characters have for each other and the lengths they’re willing to go to save each other gave me so many feels. I may have cried once or twice over them.


I need to stop now because I’m about to be overwhelmed by feels again. This is another life ruining ship to add to the list. What I will say though, since this is basically a New Adult fantasy there is a bit of sexy times, which I am not complaining about. It’s very well written, not overly detailed. Neither does it happen excessively because heart wrenching plot gets in the way.

Oh and I need to mention briefly now (since I don’t know where else to put it in the review) there were some big family feels in ACOTAR. Feyre will do anything for her family, for her sisters, even though they don’t seem to treat her the best at times. And, being part of a family of three girls myself, it really resonated with me. And then there were the scenes later in the book I can’t speak about other than to say SISTER FEELS.

ACOTAR wraps up well enough that it could easily be a standalone, but GUESS WHAT IT’S THE FIRST IN A SERIES. There’s a few plot points dropped near the end that I cannot wait to follow. Feyre is struggling with some of the things that she had to do at the end, there’s something up with Rhys, and some other things I want to mention but can’t because SPOILERS. I’m very very interested to see where the plot goes next. May 2016 hurry up.

Anyone who loves fairy tale retellings needs to pick this up. Anyone who loves good romance needs to pick this up. Anyone who loves fantasy based around faeries needs to pick this up. Basically everyone read this.

Rating Report
Overall: 5

40 Responses to “ARC Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas”

  1. Kirsty-Marie

    Okay, I was iffy about this because of it being NA, so glad it’s not too much because waaaay out of my comfort zone. But everything else? YES. Because I love well developed characters and and I need to know all the feels. And a full on 5, Bec, high praise from you! ;)
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    • Bec

      It’s handled pretty well. Nothing in too much detail, and it’s not too vague either.

      Haha I give out a lot of high ratings, it’s just been a while since I’ve written a full 5 star review XD

  2. Renee Bookboyfriends

    Whoops, I am getting over dramatic.
    Anyways, I love the sound of this and there have been so many raving reviews and I shall shall shall read it!!!! ^_^
    Thanks for sharing and I’m so glad you loved it! (I mean look at all those 5 out of 5 stars in your rating!!!!)
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    • Bec

      YES YOU MUST READ IT RENEE. I hope you love it just as much as I do (I’m pretty sure you will XD )

    • Bec

      I feel like I give out 5 stars a lot haha. Maybe I just don’t review that many on here XD

      I HAVE A LOT OF FEELS ABOUT THESE CHARACTERS OKAY. I hope you get to meet them all one day and experience the same feels as I did :)

    • Bec

      Beauty and the Beast is the best fairy tale! Any retelling of it must make its way into my hands (especially those by one of my favourite authors).

  3. Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews

    YES! Gah! This review is perfection. OMG the ship feels in this one were almost too much to bear. The development of the relationship between Tamlin and Feyre was amazing! Wonderfully slow-burn, there was tension, the was attraction and there were OH SO MANY FEELING! I LOVED ALL of the characters, Tamlin and Feyre of course but Lucien and Rhysand too. I can’t wait to get more of them and see how things will go for Feyre in the Night Court with Rhy XD Come on May 2016!! Awesome review Bec ♥
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    • Bec

      I don’t know how I managed to write it and not fangirl all over the place. The characters and story were all perfection. I’m sure things will get even more filled with feels in the sequel. My body is ready!

      Thanks :)

  4. Karen

    Oh yes all the feels. I finished it at 2am in the morning and I was just blown away. My favourite bit however was all the courts. I can’t wait to see more about the Court politics in the following books and where Rhys’ storyline goes… So much to look forward to.
    Oh the sister feels and the romance feels and just all the feels. :)

    • Bec

      The courts were all so very interesting! I definitely hope we get to explore all of them in the sequels.

      You can never have too many feels.

    • Bec

      I loved it SO MUCH. Everythng was woven together so well. It’s a nice introduction to the NA genre with still a lot of YA crossover.

    • Bec

      I hope you enjoy this more than Throne of Glass :) I really enjoyed it (as you can see haha)

    • Bec

      It’s a really interesting and unique retelling! I hope you get the chance to read it and enjoy it :)

    • Bec

      It definitely did it justice in my mind! There were also a few other fairy tales mixed in which gave it a unique twist.

    • Bec

      I don’t know if you can but you should XD It’s out in most places now as far as I know so you should go buy it ;)

  5. Suzi Q, The Book Dame

    This is just a beautifully done review. I am a sucker for a retelling to begin with and love the entire idea behind this book, but have been undecided. Unfortunately, retellings most often leave me disappointed. I have seen some positive reviews, but yours has sealed the deal. It is not often that a book comes along that can make us feel about it the way that you do about this one.
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    • Bec

      Don’t let the small fact he’s fictional stop you, Jeann! Fictional boys are always better :P

      SO MANY FEELS! I’m pretty sure I just walked around screaming at my family about this for a day after finishing. I couldn’t function.

  6. Romi

    I have really loved reading the different reviews and thoughts on this book, and after having read it for myself, continuing to read reviews after writing my own has been really interesting. I’m seeing different aspects, understanding how certain people felt about certain moments, rueing the day I forgot to mention the awesome family relationship (though, really, it is only awesome in the end- but that was so good! I thought those moments might drag, but NOPE), and I really enjoyed this, Bec! I’m so glad it was such a gold star read for you, and you actually reminded me of that thing with Rhys at the end, which I had somehow forgotten about. I know. I don’t even know what my mind is.
    ALSO. Did you feel the hint of love triangle coming in, or was it just me?
    So I was pretty happy with this- it didn’t meet my expectations, but as a fantasy novel, and a B&B retelling, it was solid and exciting, but I definitely think and hope it’ll get better with each novel.
    A Final note: That Supernatural Gif and your 5EVA!!!! Comment made me inwardly chuckle. So go you, Bec. Xx
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    • Bec

      It is really interesting reading reviews of a book you’ve already read. People bring up things you never noticed, and reminding you of all your favourite parts!

      Hmmm there is the potential for a love triangle but I don’t really think it will develop, I just don’t get that vibe from it. Could be wrong though.I definitely think the plot will get better with each novel! This was very much an introduction to the world and characters, I can’t wait to see where it goes next.

    • Bec

      It is definitely a great book to pull yourself out of a reading slump! It’s incredibly addictive. Hopefully you find it the same :D

  7. Ava

    What age would you recommend this for? Because people have been saying its not really YA fiction…

    • Bec

      I’d classify it as New Adult, but could recommend it for upper YA as well (so 16-17+ ish if I had to put an age on it). The characters fit the New Adult age range, and there are some sex scenes, but they’re not overly explicit as you’d find in some Adult books (though not all adult novels have explicit sex scenes or anything either). There’s a lot of crossover.

  8. Olivia

    So glad to see that you were able to love this one! I haven’t read any books by this author and I know how much everyone loves Maas’s books so I know I am going to jump on the bandwagon at some point. I might even start with this one because I am someone who personally loves retellings and can adore them to bits <3
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    • Bec

      Maas has very quickly made her way up to the top of my favourite authors list! I love her writing. Hope you love this one! It’s such a beautiful retelling :)

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