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

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Genre: Fantasy, Romance, New Adult

Released Date: 5th of May 2015

Published by: Bloomsbury — Razorbill

A magical, devastatingly beautiful and glamorous tainted world that Sarah J. Maas built-in A Court of Thorns and Roses is fantastically awesome. The main protagonist, Feyre, a mortal human, the youngest in her family and the one who provides everything – food, work, and money, is a brilliant and amazing lady. Her family trapped into a poverty for three years, three years that taught her on how to hunt at the same time to learn the few basics of surviving. In a vast land of their forest, she went beyond than the usual hunting grounds. Feyre, unknown of the true nature of the beast that she was hunting – changes everything in her life. Killing a beast for the sake of food and survival was the only intentions of Feyre, never more, never less. And that single blow made her life unexpected, unimaginable and fascinating.
From the author of Throne of Glass, Sarah J. Mass, a New York best-selling author, delivers us into a new world of fantasy that takes us into the glorious world of faeries. A Court of Thorns and Roses is a story retelling of Beauty and the Beast that had gone wrong. From the usual plot of the old childhood fairy tale, the beauty has to pay the debts of his family but while reading the story, I never realized that I was reading a classic story or even thought that the book is a retelling(Thank you Maj, because of you I realize that the book was a retelling!). From what I see, Maas added a few elements in the story made my interest caught in reading and continuing the book(Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t doubt Maas!). Like the fairy tale we know, in the Beauty in the Beast, Belle loves to read, in the other books of Maas, Celaena loves to play the piano but in this book, Feyre, loves to paint. All characters are inclined to art, whether it is a literature, composition or hues. It is just wonderful how they describe arts and turn it into words. It makes the readers hear every music, to take a glance on every stroke of paint and to remember every melody that will play.
I enjoyed reading this book because of :

  1. The cover: Who wouldn’t love the cover? It is eye-catching! I wanted to see a white UK edition of this book. Definitely gonna buy it.
  2. The consequences: Tamlin was the one who made Feyre pay for her mistake. Feyre will live in the faeries for the rest of her life because payment for a life is another life. I wouldn’t think that Sarah J. Maas can trick her readers. That was interesting…and I was gullible on that part, I should foresee that I should analyze the story but the writing is so elegant that I lost it.
  3. The main character: Feyre has a stubborn character which is a good asset because it is an aggressive and strong personality. Comparing it to Celaena, the same female protagonist of Sarah J. Maas from another series, they have the same stubbornness and irritating decision-making skills but Feyre’s stubbornness is beyond imagination! I am hating her for that but I do love her too.
  4. The plot: I never expected the plot would be gone like that. It was surreal, the descriptive narration of Maas to the world of Faes will make you want to experience what their world would like or feel like. I wanted to live there and be a high lord (This term is used in the book in which the character holds a power to a court.) And the ending!!! It is amazing and surreal! I love it!

Characters of this story are built to be strong and have envious powers. Meet them:

Tamlin : He is a Fae, a beast in his animal form. He is awkward and silent most of the times. He always stares or look after Feyre. For all, I know he always let Feyre do whatever she wants to do in the court. I do love Tamlin and Feyre to end up in the end but how could you have a peace of mind if there are two other male characters to meddle with? And you can’t choose between them!

“He brought his lips to my ear. “I would have been gentle with you, though.” I shuddered as I closed my eyes. Every inch of my body went taut as his words echoed through me. “I would have had you moaning my name throughout it all. And I would have taken a very, very long time, Feyre.” 

Lucien : If you knew who Dorian is in Sarah J. Maas’ Throne of Glass, you can see Dorian into Lucien’s character in A Court of Thorns and Roses. Lucien is playful, he loves to trick Feyre or to meddle with her. He has a lovely and at the same time annoying character which counteracts Feyre’s stubbornness. You will know while reading, who is Lucien, he may have a joyful personality but not all who laugh or who smile are happy in inside. And if Dorian and Lucien happen to be in the same story? Surely, they would be best friends!

“Keep it. I swiped it off a dozing guard on my way in here.” In the dim light, the embroidered symbol of a sleeping dragon glimmered. Amarantha’s coat of arms. I grimaced, but shrugged it on.
“Besides,” Lucien added with a smirk, “I’ve seen enough of you through that gown to last a lifetime.” I flushed as he opened the door.

Rhysand: A High Lord of the Night Court, he was one of the faes who helped Feyre to stand, to fight, to keep on going with her test. But for all we know, magic comes with a price. Everything a mortal asked from a fae should have a payment, otherwise, offers and deals will be off. After Rhysand offers his deal, Feyre accepted it without knowing the consequences of the deal – and with that, we also have no idea, why Rhysand make that deal. In the book, Rhysand shows an annoying character and seems like he is forcing himself into Feyre but that what makes it more exciting. And what makes the readers shipped Rhysand with Feyre is because Rhysand has the mysterious and jolly side.

“What do you care?” I barked, and his grip tightened enough on my bones would snap with a little more pressure. “What do I care?” he breathed, wrath twisting his features. Wings – those membranous, glorious wings – flared from his back, crafted from the shadows behind him. “What do I care?” But before he could go on, his head snapped to the door, then back to my face. The wings vanished quickly as they had appeared, and then his lips were crushing into mine. His tongue pried my mouth open, forcing himself into me, into space where I could still taste Tamlin. I pushed and trashed, but he held firm, his tongue sweeping over the roof of my mouth, against my teeth, claiming me – The door was flung wide, and Amarantha’s curved figure filled its space. Tamlin – Tamlin was beside her, his eyes slightly wide, shoulder’s tight as Rhy’s lips still crushed mine.

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas, like her previous books, this one is far more than a Young Adult section – more like on a New Adult genre. Yes, it belongs there. This book dives us into a new world of transformation and powers, strengths and trickery, and the most important of all, love. What is amazing about this book is, it shows the courage and perseverance and hope of the protagonist that you will continue on reading and hope what could happen next. With the same writing style that everyone loves in the Throne of Glass gives you the best descriptive narrative form of the detailed story-telling of A Court of Thorns and Roses into an exciting, thrilling and unforgettable adventure!

My ratings: 4.5 stars

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