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

This is a “Bookstagram made me do it” book and also my curiosity over the buzz in past couple of years over this author’s books. I have never really been a big fan of the fantasy genre but I have read a few good ones which came highly recommended so I thought I should check this book out.

‘A Court of Thorns and Roses’ is a retelling of the “Beauty and the Beast” fairy tale which happens to be one of my favorite fairy tales. However, in this book the author creates a world where humans and Faeries live on either side of a wall that separate them. Feyre, the protagonist kills a Faerie and has to pay the price which means she has to live in their magical kingdom for the rest of her life. Her captor Tamlin is a high Fae who she initially dislikes but finds herself slowly fall in love with him as time goes by. This is a story of courage, love and sacrifice.

I was pulled into this story very quickly and instantly understood why people love it. However, somewhere in the middle, it began to loose it’s taste especially when a particular character was introduced and it all went south for me especially plot wise. While I understand that this is fantasy, there is still something about a story that needs to give a feeling of relatability and I couldn’t relate to the narrative anymore. Also, there was very little of the “Beauty and the Beast” story in this retelling which didn’t sit well with me as this was what the book was marketed as. I would have left this book unfinished but I wanted to read to the end because it would determine if I would progress to read the other books so I did. Towards the end got a bit interesting but ultimately, it turned out to be just an average read for me.

Will I be reading the other books in this series? Maybe not? I may try another series by the author but I think I am good with this one. If you love fantasy stories, you may really relate better to this story and so I recommend you give it a try.

Rating: 3 Stars

Published: May 5th 2015 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Pages: 432

Genre: Fantasy

The Author:

Sarah J. Maas is the #1 New York Times and internationally bestselling author of the Crescent City, A Court of Thorns and Roses, and the Throne of Glass series. Her books have sold more than twelve million copies and are published in thirty-seven languages. A New York native, Sarah lives in Philadelphia with her husband, son, and dog. To find out more, visit or follow @therealsjmaas on Instagram.

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