Book Reviews

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

 

“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 over the faerie lands is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin–and his world–forever.”

Image and synopsis from Amazon.

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This was highly recommended to me by the Book Wench  and being  my first book of the new year, I was excited. For the short review, I’m happy to say that overall, this was a pleasant start to the year. The world building just pulls you in and the author’s diction and description often paints a very vivid picture. Whether that picture be beautiful, terrifying or often both. Most of the characters go through a very believable arc and for the most part, I enjoyed the journey of seeing them evolve. The creature designs were unique and interesting to say the least although there were one or two of their names I thought were rather silly. I will say the romance aspect, though it plays a major role later on, was rather downplayed, which didn’t bother me in the slightest. But the action and ethereal elements made the story all the more captivating. There were at times, once Feyre was whisked away to the fairy world, where things would take a rather cliche turn, particularly in the romance department. But thankfully this doesn’t last long and the author once again pulls you back in. I really enjoyed how everything has a point in this book. Everything has a purpose, whether it be to add to the magic or world building, or to the story itself. Everything is either explained fully, or left mildly vague for what I can guess are upcoming sequels. All in all an enjoyable book and I look forward to reading the next installment.

Pros: Very good world building, interesting and/or relate able characters, wonderful creature designs, great use of diction and descriptive language, good story telling overall

Cons: Sometimes silly names for creatures, the beginning romance elements are cliched, repeated lines of description

 4/5 stars

 

Who I recommend this for: Anyone who enjoys fantasy, dark fantasy, or romance.

~The Page Maiden

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