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

Wow wow wow.

I have so many thoughts in my head surrounding A Court of Thorns and Roses and A Court of Mist and Fury. Oh goodness, it might take me a while to compile all of my thoughts into one post.

When I think “fantasy”, my mind automatically turns to the Harry Potter series because that’s exactly where fantasy books started for me. I haven’t read many fantasy books—I did fall into the Twilight, Hunger Games, and Divergent rabbit holes (but I like to think of those as much more paranormal and dystopian than fantasy) and luckily, I eventually crawled back out.

Fantasy to me has always been about magic. The pure mysticism of magic and the power it holds over those enveloped in it. Fantasy is everything that is the ACOTAR series.

A Court of Thorns and Roses brings everything necessary to its audience—mystic lands, troubling circumstances, vivid and beautiful romance, and pure charm in its creativity.

I’ve never read any of Sarah J. Maas’ work before—I only picked up ACOTAR at Half-Price Books after seeing it EVERYWHERE online. And I am ecstatic that I did.

The main character, Feyre (pronounced Fay-ruh, but in my mind I’ve always said “Fair” *rolls eyes at my own stupidity*), is a combination of Katniss-like force, Hermione-like wit, and a sassy attitude all her own. She’s empowered, loyal, strong, and stands firm in her beliefs for what’s right and wrong. Basically, she’s a kick-butt fighter in all the best ways.

Besides Feyre, ACOTAR is a fantastically twisted retelling of Beauty and the Beast, in a way. Not entirely. Well, they’re basically completely different except for a few concepts but I still love the relation to the classic Disney story (however, I don’t think “Tale as Old as Time” is the best theme song for this action-packed fantasy).

ACOTAR also has the much-needed romance that I always hope for in the stories I read. After all, I’m an English major, so I’m pretty much REQUIRED to be a romantic. Every story has to have at least a little love in it!

However, it’s not just about love. There are so many other things that the protagonists go through to reach the book’s endgame. SO. MANY. THINGS.

It’s all such a whirlwind. AND I LOVE IT.

Okay, rant over. Seriously though, if you love fantasy–check it out.

Well, I have to get back to A Court of Mist and Fury now because 600 pages aren’t going to read themselves!

Happy reading, fellow bookworms!


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