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Master of Fantasy | Book Review: The Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Get ready for A Court of Thorns and Roses to blow. you. AWAY!!!

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

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Title & Author: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Genre: Young Adult – Fantasy

Release Date: May 5, 2014

Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #1

Publisher: Bloomsbury

How I Got the Book: ARC via the publisher


“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.”

Drop Everything on Read This Book!!!

In typical Sarah J. Maas form, A Court of Thorns and Roses starts with a simple premise and then adds layer upon delicious layer of intrigue, romance, action and suspense.

Fayre (fay-rah) kills a wolf in the woods because her father and her two sisters are poor, having lost their money and repute. They’re quietly starting to starve, so in a desperate move, Fayre skins it and sells the wolf and its pelt.

The next day a beast from the forest (one who can walk and talk) takes Fayre to the Spring Court to pay for what she’s done…

This is one of the BEST books I’ve read all year. It’s simply incredible.

First of all, fairies have been done before, you know? We’ve got the classics plus popular stories from Holly Black and Julie Kagawa.

But, guess what?? When Maas does the Fae, it’s fresh all over again. I was enthralled, ENTHRALLED from page one. She’s got a serious gift.

Second, I really enjoyed the two main parts of the book. Think of them as Arrival and Discovery. So much happens in the book, but it’s well paced and with these these two book divisions it’s easy to keep track of all the different people and places.

Third, get ready to swoon your pants off. I’m talking swoonworthy heroes everywhere you turn – even the bad ones… (especially the bad ones). PHEW.

Finally, I loved everything about this book. There were so many classic fairytale details that were included, along with characters who jump off the pages and into your heart.

A Court of Thorns and Roses ends with loose strings tied up but OH YEAH there are sequels, and I seriously cannot wait. I will read anything Maas writes EVER.


This is a book not to be missed. It’s beautifully written, and I wanted to immediately re-read it right after I finished. I’m so immersed in this incredible world Maas has created, which is the highest compliment to any fantasy book. A Court of Thorns and Roses is a must-read YA fantasy of 2015 and one of the best books I’ve read so far this year!

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.
  • I LOVED this one – completely agree! Everyone needs to preorder ASAP.

  • Brittany Welsh

    Loved it!

  • Jenny

    Loved this review. You are like the 10th person who said I MUST read this book, so guess what … off to order now. 🙂