BOOK REVIEW: A Court of Thrones and Roses by Sarah J. Maas


Title: A Court of Thrones and Roses
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publication: May 5, 2015
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Genre: Romance, Fantasy
Pages: 423


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SYNOPSIS: (From Goodreads)

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a terrifying creature arrives to demand retribution. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she knows about only from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not truly a beast, but one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled her world.

At least, he’s not a beast all the time.

As she adapts to her new home, her feelings for the faerie, Tamlin, transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But something is not right in the faerie lands. An ancient, wicked shadow is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it, or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.


I am embarrassed to say that I have never ever been a fan of audiobooks/books on tape or whatever you want to call them.  I prefer to see the words to have context clues and with my ADHD I would find myself tuning it out.  Fast forward to an older adult who is finally re-treating her ADHD as well as spending an insane amount of time driving to school and work each week, I decided to give them a go again and oh my I am in love.  With this book, I hate to say that I had both an e-book and a paperback of it but chose it to be my first audiobook I have read and I was so excited to delve into it.

Feyre’s family is starving.  Their father lost all their money ages ago with a bad business decision.  She has taken it upon herself to be the one who feeds her family and does everything else since her two sisters think they are better than everyone else.  Feyre spends the days hunting food.  One day she comes across a deer in the woods and when she is about to take the shot sees a massive wolf.  She weighs her options of whether it is a faerie or not but takes the shot in the end.  Who knew that her one snap decision would change everyone’s life for the good or the bad depending on how you look at it.  I devoured this book.  I found myself listening to it as I cleaned the house and did other various chores around the house.  It honestly made my long drives tolerable.  I loved it so much and I cannot wait to read the second book in the series, but I think I need to gird my loins since I think it is quite a bit longer than the first book.

I wasn’t prepared for how the fae were described.  In my mind, I see them as Avatar characters lol.  I can’t decide which team I am…. Team Tamlin or Team Rhysand.  Honestly, it feels like Twilight……While I will say that the first book is sort of a slow burn, but from what I hear it is just that one.  The series is hugely popular and you can see why.  The characters are well-rounded and you fall in love with them right from the beginning.  The writing flows well from chapter to chapter and it kept me turning the page or rather listening with every page.  I did feel like it was a bit of a Cinderella at the beginning, you had Feyre and then her two “evil” sisters.  I loved the fact that Feyre grew enough as a person throughout the book.  I cheered her on with each thing she realized and I will admit my jaw dropped and that bitch left my mouth at a peak event.  So just keep that in mind.   I can’t wait to listen to the second book soon.  

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