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

16096824A Court of Thorns and Roses
By Sarah J. Maas

Hardcover, 416 pages
Published May 5th 2015 by Bloomsbury Children’s
Average Rating: 4.35

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.

four and a half star

Holy freaking crap, this is book is amazing. I finished this book in one day and every time I was forced to put the book, I went insane. I didn’t want to the story to end and when it did, I knew I had a book hangover. It was that good!


Since reading Iron Fey by Julie Kagawa, I haven’t found another faerie series that I really liked. THIS BOOK broke my faerie hiatus. Iron Fey is one of my favourite series and A Court of Thorns and Roses (ACOTAR) met up to that standard!!! I’m currently fangirling because– *ah* SUCH A GOOD BOOK.

Tamlin is a High Fae who, in the beginning, Feyre was very hostile to as certain circumstances lead Feyre to live in his home. Tamlin oozes power and beauty but is also cursed. The book is from Feyre’s first person POV and the way Maas wrote about Tamlin through Feyre’s eyes is mesmerizing. I was mesmerized by Tamlin and everything in between, while reading ACOTAR. He is one sexy character let me tell you. I’m pretty sure my ovaries are screaming in desire for him. (Can’t he be real? Please?)

“I wanted his hardness of his body crushing against mine; I wanted his mouth and teeth and tongue on my bare skin, on my breasts, between my bare legs. Everywhere-I wanted him everywhere. I was drowning in that need.”

Feyre is a character I absolutely look up to. From a young age, she had to learn how to keep her family alive after her father lost all their money, putting them out in the streets. Her older sisters did nothing to help out with money, or food. They were spoiled brats. Being the youngest out of three, the responsibility she was burdened with made her trustworthy, likable and easy to sympathize with. By Chapter 5, I was protective of Feyre and had a deep attachment to her. I wanted to punch her sisters in the face for the crap they gave her. Same with her no-good father who wallowed in his despair of being in poverty.

In the long run, I know the romance in a novel is not as important as the main conflict but I can’t help but adore the romance in this book!!!!!!!! (Yes, those exclamation point were necessary. Shall I remind you of that quote up there again? Do you see why I need those exclamation points? Yea, that’s what I thought.) Tamlin and Feyre *heart eyes* The whole book was perfect for me but the romance just made it better! Tamlin is protective of Feyre and not to mention that he is freaking badass and is immensely powerful. His feelings for her and her for him are passionate and red-hot. The romance portion of the novel is absolutely for mature readers, and those who love romance will be surely satisfied.

The plot and the climax was exhilarating. There was non-stop action, non-stop adventure. Maas kept me interested until the very last page. She is brilliant with coming up with unique scenarios to keep the story moving along. It was also super entertaining to read new twists on the popular faerie world theme, with new rituals and holidays. However, there are certain elements that we all love, like the manipulation and the dark secrets of the fae that are certainly expressed throughout the novel.

At times, the book seemed too long. I’m reading and I’m thinking Okay, it’s almost done. Everything is dying down, it’s time to prepare myself when I reach the last page. Then, I look at the page count and there is still 300 pages left and I’m now thinking What the heck is gonna happen in 300 pages that hasn’t already happened yet?!? Kinda like when you reach the top of a rollercoaster, then you dive down, and next thing you know it’s happening all over again! My emotions were all over the place with this book because I didn’t want it to end but was also curious on how it was going to end.

“But even as I strode through the hedges, carefully retracing my steps back to the house, I couldn’t erase the creeping feeling that someone still watched me, curious and wanting to play.”

Sarah J. Maas is an absolutely brilliant writer and story-teller. I recommend this novel to fans of Iron Fey by Julie Kagawa and anyone who likes action/adventure with romance on the side. Also, this book is just as amazing as her other books, maybe better, so fans of Maas should definitely pick this up for their next read!


Keep calm and read on,


goodreads / twitter / tumblr / pinterest / instagram

Note: So um, I wrote this whole review using the name “Rachelle”?!? What?? I’m so sorry for the confusion and I’m currently smacking myself in the face bazillion times. 


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

    • That is the life of a bookworm!! What am I going to read next?? I actually finished Six of Crows a few days ago and it was good! However, I love Sarah Maas so I gotta say read ACOTAR first 😉 The second book is coming out next month so you’ll probably be able to start the sequel just in time!!


  1. I’ve been dying to read this book for such a long time! I’ve just been holding off for the second book to be released. I’ve read about a lot of people’s struggles with waiting for the next release, so I wanted to have the second book on hand to read immediately after finishing this one! Great review, Michelle – you made me even more excited for this! 😀


    • I’m glad you like my review! 🙂 Waiting until the second book is probably a VERY good idea. XD Although that ending didn’t leave too many pieces of my heart lying on the floor, BOOK 2 NEEDS TO BE IN MY HAAANDS. Can’t wait to see what you think about these books!


Share your thoughts with me!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s