Book Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses

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Janaela Smith

C. Andrews gives her thoughts on fantasy book, “A Court of Thorns and Roses”

C. Andrews, Assistant Arts Section Editor

About the Book

A Court of Thorns and Roses  is just as beautiful a book as the name indicates. It’s set in a wondrous land of faeries and mortals and we are plunged into the world of Feyre immediately. She is a 19-year old human struggling to survive in her home’s cold, harsh lands, but when she kills a wolf, her life is changed forever. Feyre discovers that she has killed no ordinary wolf, but a Faerie, and she now has to put her family behind to pay the price. She joins the Fae lands by living with Tamlin, her captor, but over time she begins to notice the darkness that dwells around them all. It’s up to Feyre to destroy this evil… or else Tamlin and his world will face a suffering fate for all eternity. The book becomes so much more, filled with adventure and life. It becomes incredibly compelling, not only about love but survival as well.

About the Author: Sarah J. Maas

According to the author’s website, sarahjmaas.com, 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. Maas wrote the first incarnation of the Throne of Glass series when she was just sixteen, and it has now sold in thirty-five languages. She is a New York native and currently lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and dog.

Why I Recommend This Book

Sarah J. Maas turned me into a book lover when I was in 5th grade, and I haven’t stopped reading her books since. Many girls recommended this YA book to me and I wasn’t sure about it for quite some time, but I eventually sat down and read the book. A Court of Thorns and Roses has some major similarities to Maas’ other bestselling series, Throne of Glass. Throne of Glass has a world of magic as well, and Maas introduces us to Faeries in her third book, Heir of Fire

Personally, I think the main character in A Court of Thorns and Roses seems very bratty and stubborn. Feyre constantly complains when she cannot do what she wants, but she was lucky enough to be granted the right to live. As I read farther into the book, I grew to like Feyre because of her bravery and determination. Tamlin, on the other hand, was the exact opposite for me. His character became more and more annoying as the story went on because he went from bland and secretive to attention-seeking and complicated.

 I have to admit that the fans online were absolutely right when they said the sequel to A Court of Thorns and Roses was much better. (A Court of Mist and Fury) Many new characters are introduced in this powerful, game-changing second book and Feyre starts to figure out who she is. There is more character development as relationships between them change.

Altogether, I strongly recommend this book for many purposes. If you are in a reading slump, reading this book will engage you and also encourage you towards reading more YA fantasy novels. The writing by Sarah J. Maas never fails to impress, dealing out some beautiful language and new terms. I hope this review assists you in deciding if you’ll like this book!