Hey book lovers, if you're curious about whether "A Court of Thorns and Roses" book by Sarah J. Maas is worth the hype, then let's jump into my review.

This fantasy novel promises a thrilling and enthralling reading experience, with a bold heroine, a risky romance, and a world filled with magic and danger.

Together, we'll explore the character development, storyline, and captivating world of Prythian, to see if "A Court of Thorns and Roses" truly deserves all the attention it's getting.

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Book Details

My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publication Date: May 5th, 2015
Genre: New Adult, Fantasy, Romance,
Acotar Series: Book 1
Other Books in the Series: ACOMAF, ACOWAR, ACOFAS and ACOSF

Spice Level: 4. The romantic tension between Feyre and Tamlin builds up slowly, with some steamy moments in Chapter 21 during Calanmai, Chapter 27 has the most intense spicy content, Chapter 42 with a passionate kiss scene, and Chapter 46, has a fade-to-black moment in bed.

for more info on how I rate spiciness in books go here.

*Note: "A Court of Thorns and Roses" appeals to readers who like fairy tale adaptations, magical settings, resilient female main characters, romance, and political intrigue in a fantasy world.

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Plot Synopsis

"A Court of Thorns and Roses" tells the story of Feyre Archeron, a young woman (nineteen-year-old huntress) who supports her family. When she kills a magical creature, she's whisked away to Prythian, the land of the faeries, by Tamlin, a powerful fae. As Feyre learns about this new world, she discovers a dark threat that endangers both humans and faeries. To stop it, she must navigate through politics, lies, and her feelings for Tamlin and Rhysand. Along the way, Feyre learns more about herself and her abilities, leading to a final battle that will decide the fate of both realms.

Spoiler Free Review

While Feyre isn't my favorite character, I found her growth throughout the story compelling. Seeing her transform from a vulnerable character to a strong one was interesting.

Also, while the world-building might not be as strong as other fantasy romance books, the descriptions of the different places in "A Court of Thorns and Roses" were well done. Each location felt vibrant and alive, which drew me further into the story. Every place, from the Spring Court to Under the Mountain, felt vivid and alive. It felt like I was right there.

However, the book could have been better. Sometimes the pacing felt off, and there were parts about relationships that felt awkward, especially regarding consent and control.

Overall, "A Court of Thorns and Roses" was a good read despite its flaws. If you're a fan of fantasy and romance, you'll likely find it appealing. Just be prepared for some bumps along the way.

In-Depth Review

In this in-depth book review, be warned that spoilers will be discussed in detail, so if you haven't read the book, proceed with caution.

Plot Summary:

The story follows Feyre Archeron, a young woman who hunts to provide for her family in a world divided between humans and faeries. Feyre's life is tough, with humans living in the south after a big war with faeries long ago. When Feyre accidentally kills a faerie wolf, she's taken to the faerie realm called Prythian by Tamlin, a powerful faerie leader.

At first, Feyre is scared of Tamlin, but she starts to like him and his world. But there's trouble brewing because of an evil faerie queen named Amarantha, who's causing problems for everyone. Feyre learns about faerie politics, makes new friends, and discovers more about the fae world along the way.

As Amarantha's threat grows, Feyre and Tamlin's relationship turns romantic. But there are issues from Tamlin's past and a curse on him that makes things hard. Feyre faces tough choices and betrayals, leading her on a dangerous mission to save Tamlin and Prythian from Amarantha's control.

Despite challenges, Feyre becomes a hero, breaking the curse on Tamlin and defeating Amarantha with an act of love. Sadly, she dies in the process but is brought back to life as a powerful faerie. Now, Feyre must figure out her new life while finding comfort in Tamlin and another faerie named Rhysand.

With a future full of uncertainty, Feyre goes back to the Spring Court with Tamlin, ready for whatever adventures lie ahead.

My Thoughts:

At first, I wasn't sure about picking up this book or jumping into the whole series because of all the excitement surrounding it. I looked for the best fantasy romance novels, and this book numerous times was always mentioned. I couldn't ignore how popular this book and the entire series are in its genre. So, with some hesitation, I decided to give it a try.

Let me start by saying that I'm not really into books with sexual content, which was another reason why I wasn't interested in reading them at first. However, as I dug deeper into researching and ranking books for my blog, I realized that I couldn't ignore such a highly-praised book series.

After finishing it a year ago, I get why romance fans who want a bit of fantasy would like it. But if you're more into fantasy than romance, you might be disappointed. Looking back on it, I realized that while I enjoyed the plot, it didn't stick with me as much as some people say it does. It's good, but it's not as amazing as people make it out to be. Compared to other fantasy romance books I've read, it's just okay.

Although Feyre Archeron wasn't my top pick for the favorite character at first, her growth throughout the story was a highlight. Starting as a struggling hunter and growing into a strong and resilient person, Feyre's journey reflected her change from being vulnerable to being strong. Her ability to bounce back from challenges, especially when dealing with emotional abuse, kept me hooked on her story from start to finish.

As Feyre explored the landscapes of Prythian, Sarah J. Maas did an ok job with world-building, but what stood out was how she brought everything to life. Every place, from the lively Spring Court to the dark depths of Under the Mountain, was vividly described, pulling me into a rich world of sights and sounds. I could almost feel the breeze in the forest and taste the sweetness of the faerie drinks at the court gatherings. These detailed descriptions added depth to the story, allowing me to experience the world alongside Feyre.

However, despite the book's strengths, there were times when the pacing felt a bit off. Some scenes dragged on too long, while others rushed by too quickly. Also, I couldn't shake the discomfort I felt with certain aspects of the relationships depicted in the story. Themes of consent and control, especially in Feyre's interactions with certain male characters, left me feeling uneasy.

The plot, along with well-developed characters and a vividly imagined world, kept me turning the pages. Despite a few bumps along the way, the overall journey was good. With that being said I preferred the Crescent City fantasy series over this one.

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