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

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Blurb:

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 family.

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.

My thoughts: I read this book because a friend of mine said I just needed to read it and so I vowed that as soon as I got my new Kindle, I would give it a read. I’ve had this book on Kindle for a good few years now and I’ve been meaning to get round to reading it. I even have the complete collection of the same authors Throne of Glass series on my bookshelf and again, I’ve just not got round to reading it.
I’ve also seen this book blow up on TikTok. Well, I’ve not seen it myself as I don’t have TikTok but I heard in the grapevine that this book was going viral and to be honest, this makes me NOT want to read books that go viral because they NEVER exceed expectations.

Unfortunately, this book was no different. A Court of Thorns and Roses aka ACOTAR is an enjoyable book but I’m struggling to see WHY it blew up on TikTok. In my opinion, and actually the opinion of my friend who recommended the book to me, ACOTAR is just a retelling of Beauty and the Beast. Though it’s certainly not child friendly!

When reading ACOTAR, I got a YA vibe throughout most of the book until suddenly, and without warning it got SPICY… though the spice was written gracefully. I enjoyed the book more from this point, not because I’m thirsty but because something actually happened in the story as I felt this was a real slow burn.

I enjoyed the characters and their development throughout. Feyre is very real which I really liked. She’s not perfect, she makes mistakes and I loved her internal monologue about how she comes to these decisions, even if they aren’t the decision you would personally chose.
Tamlin is the male protagonist and I really liked his charm and his awkwardness around Feyre. Their interactions reminded me a lot of Beauty and the Beast once again. I could see him very well in my mind form his description and yes, the author did well in portraying somebody so strikingly beautiful and ethereal.
Lucien, Tamlin’s best friend and emissary (I just looked up how to spell that word and have now seen a HUGE SPOILER *cries into pillow*) is my kind of guy. He’s got a huge scar on his face and a metal eye which wouldn’t appeal to many people but my goodness, Maas makes this guy sound like somebody who you want to jump on. I like his sarcastic sense of humour with a slight bit of arrogance but not overwhelmingly so. One thing I’ve got to say though is if I read another book where one of the main dudes is called Luke, Lucien, Lucius or any other similar forms I think I’m going to SCREAM!

Maas has also managed to create villains that not only make you hate them but also make your skin crawl. There were moments when I forgot to breathe and my heart was POUNDING as I read it, but again… this was so long into the book as nothing seemed to happen for a while.

So after all this praise, why am I only giving this book 3.5 / 5 stars? To be honest, I think it’s because I expected more. It was great, don’t get me wrong but it went insanely VIRAL but I can’t see why this book went viral while others I have read before this which have literally BLOWN MY MIND have not gone viral. I also really had to push myself to get through it. It was JUST good enough to keep me turning the page and at around 40 – 50% of the way through, that’s when I couldn’t put it down!

I’m definitely going to be reading the next ones!

Have you read this book? What did you think?

Thanks for reading Lizards!

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