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

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Why This Book 
I run a poll each month on my blog called the “Book Bucket List” where followers choose one book each month for me to read. November’s winner was A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas — and I’m quite glad it was! You can vote in December’s poll at https://thisismytruthnow.com; there are 12 books to choose from and I will read it mid-December.

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Plot, Characters & Setting 
Feyre is a 19-year old girl trying to support her sisters and father, living by poor means in a very small hovel, as one character puts it, near the forest. The book opens with her attempting to kill a doe that could feed her family, but a wolf steps in her way. She considers the wolf might be a faerie, a creature she’s not allowed to kill, but ultimately reasons it is not. That’s the beginning of her mistake, as she kills the wolf, then takes both animals to feed and clothe her family. From there, the story evolves into a fantasy where she is captured by the High Fae and brought to a distant world to make amends. Everything she knew to be true about the faeries is not actually true. She falls in love with her captor, along the lines of a Beauty & the Beast re-telling, but the book is so much more. I can’t wait to read the second one as there is family drama, bonds of friendship, danger, love and morality.

Approach & Style 
This is the first book in the ‘A Court of Thorns and Roses’ series. I read this 420-page young adult fantasy novel on iPad through Kindle Reader. It took me about 5 hours over the course of 3 days to finish it. It’s told in first-person POV with a focus on Feyre, the main character.

Strengths & Suggestions 
I remember when one of the later books came out in the series earlier this year, seeing people going a bit nutty over the release. Some complaining how awful the books are, others loving them. I avoid fantasy under most conditions, but since this was the winner, I had to read it. I wasn’t thrilled with the first two chapters, but once Feyre leaves her land and goes back with the faeries, it’s an absolutely beautiful tale. I read for 3 hours non-stop, turning pages quickly, loving the words, the style, the setting and the character. It truly has a great deal to praise and I love the morality and lessons each character learns. It’s a great series with very few concerns. At times, it was a bit wordy (but so am I in my own books, I acknowledge that). It has a few open plot holes, but they might be resolved in a future book, so no complaints here. Overall, it’s a definite 4+ for me right now. I can’t wait to read the next one, probably in 2018 after I clear a few ARCs off my plate and finish my second novel. All I can say is for someone who isn’t always fond of fantasy, this was a fantastic book. Thank you to those who picked this book as my November read!

About Me 
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon. I write A LOT. I read A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge – words and humor. You can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

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21 thoughts on “Book Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

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    Beware Of The Reader said:
    November 26, 2017 at 12:04 PM

    I’m so happy you still loved it Jay! Even if fantasy is not your “genre” 😉 Welcome to the world of SJM fans.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      November 26, 2017 at 12:14 PM

      I really did. Unexpectedly. I can’t wait to tackle number two.

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    mistysbookspace said:
    November 26, 2017 at 12:35 PM

    Glad you ended up loving it more thank you thought you would. Now I just need to get around to reading it.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      November 26, 2017 at 12:37 PM

      It went quickly. I devoted a lot of reading time this weekend. I have 10 books now to finish by 12/31 so it’s a readathon. Lol

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        mistysbookspace said:
        November 26, 2017 at 12:38 PM

        I have so many books I need to finish by the end of the year and I just don’t see that happening for me unfortunately.

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    The Suspense Is Thrilling Me said:
    November 26, 2017 at 12:38 PM

    I’m so glad you enjoyed this! IMO they only get better from here.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      November 26, 2017 at 12:42 PM

      I didn’t know it was a beauty and the beast sort of re-telling. I would have jumped on it sooner! Thx.

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    N. N. Light said:
    November 26, 2017 at 12:45 PM

    A fantastic review and look forward to seeing more reviews of Maas in 2018. 🙂

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    Jenniely said:
    November 26, 2017 at 12:48 PM

    I haven’t read these yet but I have this one. I just went to her event last week. Glad you liked it and I love your review style! I will be following your blog for more 😁

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    Naty said:
    November 26, 2017 at 1:09 PM

    Yay!! I’m so glad you liked it!

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    BrizzleLass said:
    November 26, 2017 at 3:55 PM

    I’m so glad you enjoyed it I love it when you read fantasy, but I will be honest there is nothing about this book that appeals to me as a fantasy reader! 😂

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    Kiersten said:
    November 26, 2017 at 8:58 PM

    Read the rest of the series! It gets even better in the next two books!

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      November 26, 2017 at 8:59 PM

      I am excited! Probably January or February. I have reads picked thru then but I want more!!

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    coffeelovingbookoholic said:
    November 27, 2017 at 4:27 AM

    wohoooo you liked it!! that makes me want to read it even more haha! 🙂 glad you had a good time!

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    carhicks said:
    November 27, 2017 at 8:31 AM

    Wonderful review James. I am not a big fan of Fantasy either, but have come across some I really enjoyed. I might have to rethink the genre. Another one to add to Mount TBR.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      November 27, 2017 at 5:35 PM

      TBRs are painful. This was a good one, I would definitely recommend it if you like a bit of YA and Beauty and the Beast themes.

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    Kristin said:
    November 30, 2017 at 2:32 PM

    People either love this or hate it. One reason I’ve not made up my mind yet if I should read it!

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