A Court of Thorns and Roses Book Review

A Court of Thorns and Roses Book Review after my first read.
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A gorgeously written tale as lush and romantic as it is ferocious … Absolutely spellbinding – New York Times bestselling author Alexandra Bracken

Feyre is a huntress. And when she sees a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she kills the predator and takes its prey to feed herself and her sisters. But the wolf was not what it seemed, and Feyre cannot predict the high price she will have to pay for its death …Dragged away from her family for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding even more than his piercing green eyes suggest. As Feyre’s feelings for Tamlin turn from hostility to passion, she learns that the faerie lands are a far more dangerous place than she realized. And Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.Sarah J. Maas is a global #1 bestselling author. Her books have sold more than nine million copies and been translated into 37 languages. Discover the sweeping romantic fantasy for yourself. Contains mature content. Not suitable for younger readers.

After accidentally getting into Romantasy with someone giving me The Fourth Wing to read, my friend Rachel (my new resident romantasy girlie) INSISTED I read ACOTAR. After reading both The Fourth Wing + Iron Flame in the first month of 2024, I felt like I’d hit my fantasy quota for the year. BUT THEN I found the 3rd book at Goodwill and figured that I should just try to start collecting all of the books. I put the audiobook on hold on Libby and decided that whenever it was my turn in line to listen, I’d take that as a sign that it was time.

And then… it was time.

And oh my gosh if the book wasn’t the most Beauty and the Beast fanfic book I’d read in awhile. I felt like it was dragging on and on and on for a while and the only reason I stayed invested was to find more nods to Beauty and the Beast.

Full disclosure, at some point I had absorbed a spoiler that made it hard for me to connect to certain characters, which also made the book drag a little. I am tip toeing around spoilers very carefully because even the most simple details give things away! 🙂

One of my friend’s complaints of The Fourth Wing was how weak the world building was, especially compared to this book. and all slow paced writing aside, it was still more interesting than the 500 pages of Iron Flame I drug myself through. Sarah J. Maas did a brilliant job of setting up the world. I slowly absorbed some of the history history, had some questions raised and maybe answered or hinted at, and by the end of the book I felt like a comfortable tourist in the land of Prythian. Looking forward to returning and feeling way more familiar with the land than I had imagined I’d be when I first opened the book.

My favorite character of them all was Lucien. I loved the relationship between him and Feyre as she navigated her new surroundings in Prythian. He was a great neutral-ish character that allowed us to see Feyre’s loyalty in friendships. I always hate when books with love interests only focus on the romantic relationships because people are so much more robust than how they interact with their partners.

I immediately had to dive into the second book, which had me hooked from the very beginning and made me so glad that I pushed through the first slow parts of this book.


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