A Court of Thorns and Roses & 5 Reasons I Loved It

A Court of Thorns and Roses is a wildly popular young adult novel that has hordes of intense fans rallying for their favorite male interest (kind of like a Team Edward vs Team Jacob all over again). When the second book in this series came out several months ago, there was even more raving about this series. Whenever a book gets as much hype as this one did, I have to read it. I am so glad I finally did.

A Court of Thorns and Roses & 5 Reasons I Loved ItA Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #1
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens on May 5th 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Romance
Pages: 416
Format: Hardback
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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.

5 Reasons I Devoured This Book

1. It’s 100% a guilty pleasure read.

You’re not reading this book to stimulate your brain or to evoke some deep thoughts about a complex idea. You’re reading this book because it’s easy, it’s fun, and you can easily get lost in the fantastical world Maas has created.

2. It’s a Beauty and the Beast retelling.

When reading the book you can definitely see the influences of Beauty and the Beast, but Maas blurs the lines a bit more through the novel. It’s hard to decide who “the beast” is and who “beauty” is. View Spoiler »

3. It’s a perfect love story.

Gosh, it’s just my favorite when I get to read a relatively straight-forward and uncomplicated love story (though it sounds like that may not be the case in the second novel in this series, A Court of Mist and Fury). This one is perfect and it makes my simpleton little heart just glow with happiness!

4. An evil game played by an evil seductress. 

There is a super villain in the book who remains mysterious for the first half of the novel. Who is this she everyone keeps talking about? You ultimately find out, and when you do, you discover just how evil she can be (It’s perfection!).

5. Plot twists and reveals, yay!

There’s a ton of unanswered questions in the beginning of the book, leaving the reader with a lot of furious page-turning to do. The first half of the book moves a little slower, since there’s world building and question planting to do, but as the reveals begin to come in the second half of the book, it’s difficult to stop reading. The twists thrown in at the end are extra juicy and fun!

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The bottom line?

There’s a reason this book is a best-seller. It checks all the boxes a lot of us love to read about. If you enjoy a fun love story, you’ll certainly enjoy this book.

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Have you read it? What were your thoughts? Is it on your to-read list yet?!

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    1. Lol, it’s okay. It took me forever to finally read it, too! I’m just glad I wasn’t the last person on the planet to read it (;

  1. I definitely enjoyed ACOTAR a lot – no surprise there considering I’d already fallen in love with Sarah J. Maas through reading her Throne of Glass series – but I did have a few problems with it. Some of them because of the love story and the Beauty and the Beast retelling, some of them because I was so in love with the female lead in Throne of Glass that Feyre didn’t live up to my standards. THEN I read ACOMAF and whoa. It’s the best sequel to a book I’ve ever read (I think – I recognise that that is a pretty big claim). I’m guessing you haven’t read ACOMAF, in which case I envy you because I would love to read that book again for the first time!

  2. I’ve read ACOTAR and absolutely loved it! <3 I mean, it's a Beauty and the Beast retelling (which is my favorite of all Disney movies) so I'm bound to love it 😛 and I love how Maas kept the original element of the story such as the curse, the secret, and the lights just like you said. I also really enjoyed Tamlin and Feyre's relationship though yes, my preference changed in book 2 😛 great list!

  3. I absolutely LOVED ACOTAR and it gave me so many feels! I just loved the fae world that was created, even though Feyre kind of grated at times. I’m keen to hear what you think of ACOMAF, I didn’t like it because of reasons 😀 great review Ali!

  4. I have a hardcover copy of this book, a Kindle copy, and an audiobook copy, and for whatever reason I STILL haven’t read it. I am fascinated with fairy tale retellings, and this sounds amazing (and since everyone loves it I’ve heard nothing but awesome things about it since it came out). I’m really going to have to get on top of things and pick it up! So glad to hear that you enjoyed it!

    1. I put this book off for the longest time, too (obviously)! I think I was a little nervous to read it because the hype was so great. It’s such a light a fun read! And if you’re into the whole “alpha male” story lines, you’ll definitely enjoy it (I shamelessly am, though in real life I’d slap that a**hole). 😀

  5. Does everyone in the entire world love this book?
    I believe the answer may be yes.
    The hype is so intense that I’m practically terrified of picking up any Sarah J. Maas book.
    And yet with every review I find it harder to resist ‘^^

  6. Congratulations on your one year anniversary. I’m very proud of you and look forward to another year of vicarious reading through my favorite blogger!