Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses

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Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s
Release Date: May 5th, 2015
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance
Pages: 416
Other Books By Author: The Throne of Glass


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


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.


2 stars- a disappointment. A complete disappointment.

I first started reading Sarah J. Maas’ books recently, finishing the whole Throne of Glass series within a week. Then I heard about her new series- ACOTAR, or A Court of Thorns and Roses.

Worldbuilding, such as Throne of Glass? Check.
A girl who survives on her own and relies on no one? Check.
A kick-ass female character? CHECK, for sure.
Surely it couldn’t be that different from The Hunger Games, could it?
Me at that moment: SIGNMEUP SIGNMEUP SIGNMEUP

Sure, the book was okay at first glance. I got my hands on a copy of the book a day after it was released. I read it through and couldn’t stop until I reached the end- WARNING: COMPLETELY ADDICTIVE- I bet I would have rated 4 to 5 stars while reading. Let me make this clear, this book did not meet my expectations. But it was entertaining for at least a short while, and was captivating, true to Sarah J. Maas’ style.

And at last I finished the book- then everything came to me- like, WHAT? WHY DID I JUST READ THIS?

No. Just no.

I had numerous issues with this book-
1. Can you (Feyre) just sit still for one moment and try not to kill yourself by obeying orders for once? CALM DOWN.
2. Basically, Tamlin (perfect, beautiful, gorgeous, magical Tamlin) is like, “It’s your fault you almost got raped!” Have some sympathy, at least. THIS IS FEYRE. OF COURSE SHE WON’T BOTHER TO OBEY, what did you expect?
3. Herself. Good-looking, dresses, and the tattoo HAD to be of some pretty, flowery inked design. Is it just me, or does it really bug you when characters are flawless? (Cough cough, Feyre and Tamlin.)

Basically, this book just felt like Mary-Sue and Gary-Stu wannabe romance, with random fits thrown in and a boring plot.

The reason I didn’t give this one star was because the book wasn’t ENTIRELY bad. It was good enough to read at the moment (ignoring the flaws) and the character Lucien was truly intruiging. PLUS: Bonus points for having abeautiful cover. Way to go, aced it.

And here is one thing I absolutely LOVED and one thing I disliked:
The cover of this book was amazing- the colours worked out perfectly, the design was nice, the way the title was styled with the font and everything made A Court of Thorns and Roses one of my favourite covers of all time.
The thing I disliked (but didn’t bother me too much) was the title, because the story had nothing to do with thorns and roses.

To sum it up, this book was a fast read and I couldn’t put it down, but so clichéd and the perfectness of the characters irked me. Feyre was NOT a likeable character for me, though Lucien was. The love triangle in this book just didn’t work out for me, but the ending wasn’t that bad.

Although I rated this 1 1/2 to 2 stars, I’m still going to read the sequel. How worse could it get? Throne of Glass was just as bad, but Crown of Midnight was amazing. Who knows? Maybe this series will get better.2 stars- a disappointment. A complete disappointment.
I first started reading Sarah J. Maas’ books recently, finishing the whole Throne of Glass series within a week. Then I heard about her new series- ACOTAR, or A Court of Thorns and Roses.

Worldbuilding, such as Throne of Glass? Check.
A girl who survives on her own and relies on no one? Check.
A kick-ass female character? CHECK, for sure.
Surely it couldn’t be that different from The Hunger Games, could it?
Me at that moment: SIGNMEUP SIGNMEUP SIGNMEUP

Sure, the book was okay at first glance. I got my hands on a copy of the book a day after it was released. I read it through and couldn’t stop until I reached the end- WARNING: COMPLETELY ADDICTIVE- I bet I would have rated 4 to 5 stars while reading. Let me make this clear, this book did not meet my expectations. But it was entertaining for at least a short while, and was captivating, true to Sarah J. Maas’ style.

And at last I finished the book- then everything came to me- like, WHAT? WHY DID I JUST READ THIS?

No. Just no.

I had numerous issues with this book-
1. Can you (Feyre) just sit still for one moment and try not to kill yourself by obeying orders for once? CALM DOWN.
2. Basically, Tamlin (perfect, beautiful, gorgeous, magical Tamlin) is like, “It’s your fault you almost got raped!” Have some sympathy, at least. THIS IS FEYRE. OF COURSE SHE WON’T BOTHER TO OBEY, what did you expect?
3. Herself. Good-looking, dresses, and the tattoo HAD to be of some pretty, flowery inked design. Is it just me, or does it really bug you when characters are flawless? (Cough cough, Feyre and Tamlin.)

Basically, this book just felt like Mary-Sue and Gary-Stu wannabe romance, with random fits thrown in and a boring plot.

The reason I didn’t give this one star was because the book wasn’t ENTIRELY bad. It was good enough to read at the moment (ignoring the flaws) and the character Lucien was truly intruiging. PLUS: Bonus points for having abeautiful cover. Way to go, aced it.

And here is one thing I absolutely LOVED and one thing I disliked:
The cover of this book was amazing- the colours worked out perfectly, the design was nice, the way the title was styled with the font and everything made A Court of Thorns and Roses one of my favourite covers of all time.
The thing I disliked (but didn’t bother me too much) was the title, because the story had nothing to do with thorns and roses.

To sum it up, this book was a fast read and I couldn’t put it down, but so clichéd and the perfectness of the characters irked me. Feyre was NOT a likeable character for me, though Lucien was. The love triangle in this book just didn’t work out for me, but the ending wasn’t that bad.

Although I rated this 1 1/2 to 2 stars, I’m still going to read the sequel. How worse could it get? Throne of Glass was just as bad, but Crown of Midnight was amazing. Who knows? Maybe this series will get better.


✰✰ // 2 Stars

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5 thoughts on “Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses

  1. Ahh I was so looking forward to reading this book:( but now idk anymore. Also, I love your blog so far (we sound like the same person haha).

    xx,
    Nicole the fangirl 🙂

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    • The first book wasn’t that great, but I recently finished ACoMaF and it was a lotttt better… I think it’s worth reading the series (I wrote the review before ACoMaF came out). Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

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  2. It seems to be the way SJ Maas operates – I also didn’t love ToG and yet it’s one of my favourite series right now! She just starts the first book off a little slow setting everything up for the series plot and there’s so much room for character growth.

    I hope you enjoy ACoMaF – it’s one of my top reads for 2016 so I hope it can redeem the series for you!

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    • I recently finished ACoMaF and it’s amazing! (Just the way how ToG wasn’t amazing but Crown of Midnight was.) I guess the main reason why I hated ACoTaR was because of Tamlin- I hate Gary-Stu, ‘golden boy’, perfect (usually blond) male characters (like Jace from TMI, Jason from HoO… you know what I mean?)

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  3. Thanks for your critical review of ACOTAR. It just seems really tough to keep every book in a series up to the same standard for many writers. One thing I agree on; it irks me when the title doesn’t really connect obviously in some way to the story. Will take my time getting to this one…

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