Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Jamie Reviews A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

A Court Of Thorns & Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Genre: Fantasy
Series: Yes, book 1.
Published: May 2015
Rating: 4.5 stars
I received this book from the publisher for review consideration.

Oh man, I LOVE Sarah's Throne of Glass series and I made this the first book I read in 2015 because I had faith she would give me the kind of good reading omen for the rest of the year. And ACOTAR proved to do that. 

I've never been super into fae in my reading but I trusted Sarah and HALLELUJAH for once in my life I was into a fae storyline. I loved how Sarah was inspired by fairytales like Beauty & the Beast and others but it was SO it's own story that I would forget it was a retelling of sorts.

I loved Feyre, she was strong but not like in that typical badass way. More so in that "life has knocked me down but I keep going way." She was resourceful and observant and smart and I liked that. I've seen some people fault her for staying with her awful family but I actually understood it -- making a promise to someone has since passed away carries a lot of weight on you plus FAMILY. I speak from experience. 

I loved the characters so much -- especially all the guys -- Tamlin, Lucian and Rhys. Leave it to Sarah to create a harem of hot guys. But, hotness aside, Sarah just is so talented in bringing characters to life and I felt like a lot of these characters had so much depth to them. There are some great secondary characters and characters I can't wait to get more of.

It was definitely steamier than most of what you find in YA and to be honest I'm not sure I'd even classify it as YA (particularly because they are quite older if I remember correctly)? I loved how sexy it was personally. STEAAAAMY.

I loved learning more about the fae world and all the history and getting to know the characters and then I was unprepared for how action-packed it would get and how I'd be a woman obsessed trying to race through the book. The THINGS happening in the kingdom were so interesting and I just wanted to find out more and then OH the end my heart was just RACING and thinking up ways to get my hands on book 2. It was a page-turner, that's for sure. TWISTS AND TURNS AND SO MUCH GOODNESS.

To sum it up: I LOVED this start of a new series. I didn't think I would be into the fae (wasn't ever much of a paranormal person) but this was totally gripping with interesting characters, a world I'm so intrigued by, romance and a lot of OMG moments.


  1. As someone that is pretty into fae stories and paranormal, I cannot wait until I get this one. I had a rocky start with Sarah, but I really liked Heir of Fire and I'm so excited for this series. Especially based on all I hear about Tamlin :p

    Glad you enjoyed this!

    -P.E. @ The Sirenic Codex

  2. I'm partway through this and really enjoying it! More so than I did Throne of Glass, sorry everyone...

    1. After I finished ACOTAR I told a friend that I think, as far as first books go, I thought ACOTAR was stronger than Throne of Glass. I gave ToG 3.5 stars but like 5 to Crown of Midnight and Heir of Fire.

      Hope you continue enjoying it!! Maybe this series will be better for you!

  3. I just started Throne of Glass a couple days ago. I have a feeling I'm going to tear through this series & then jump straight into ACOTAR. I've heard such amazing things & I'm already in love with Sarah J Maas's writing, sooooo Yay!

    1. AHHH enjoy Throne of Glass!! That series only gets better!!

  4. I'm seeing this EVERYWHERE! It must really be fantastic and I can't WAIT to read it. I know someone that would personally be really mad that it was steamier than regular YA, though. Some writers write YA not for young adults but for adult book bloggers reviewing YA.

    1. See this is where I'm not sure whether they ARE marketing it as YA or not. Because I don't think it's YA age-wise of the characters and stuff. I think maybe it's getting lumped in YA because her other series is YA? I'm not really sure how Sarah or the publisher see it -- like if they consider it YA even. But it's hard because obviously ToG fans are going to want another book from her and expect it to be YA. It's definitely more crossover -- appeals to YA but I think it's more "New Adult" in terms of age range. So confusing haha.

    2. I think it's a bad call =/
      I'm not a mother but I know I wouldn't want my teenager picking up a book in the library and having it turn out to be a steamy, descriptive sex book. YA should be made for YAs.


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