Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Book Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses (YA)


A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1) by Sarah J. Maas

Goodreads Summary:
She stole a life. Now she must pay with her heart.

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she knows about only 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 over the faerie lands is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever. 

My Review:
I wanted to love this book. I've always liked the story of Beauty & the Beast, and I have heard nothing but wonderful things about Sarah J. Maas' books. But, sadly, this book just did not work for me. I almost gave up on it after the first couple of CDs of the audiobook. But I pushed through because I wanted to see what all of the fuss was about.

This book just seemed to take forever. Maybe it was the narrator? Maybe it was the fact that I already knew the basic story? Maybe it was Feyre's "voice"? Or maybe it was just the flowery writing. I do not like descriptive prose, and I felt like everything Feyre thought could have been said in 1 sentence instead of 3, especially towards the end.

It wasn't all bad. The reimagined Beauty & the Beast story was pretty cool. I liked the idea of humans living separately from the immortal faeries. I enjoyed the banter between Feyre and Tamlin. Hate turned love is always a fun trope. And the sexual tension - OMG! How was this a YA book? :)

Challenge:
I read this book as part of my new author challenge. Is all Sarah J. Maas' writing this flowery and descriptive? I don't know whether I will read the sequel to this book - convince me with your comments, please! I haven't decided whether I will try the Throne of Glass series.

My Rating: 3 Stars


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8 comments:

  1. I'm so bad with judging writing styles! I don't think of all her books are super flowery, because that's usually something I'm sensitive too. I loved this book but felt like parts dragged and then sped up at the end. I LOOOVED the second book, though. Like I said on Goodreads, if you're generally interested in what happens with the characters and the world, maybe give ACOMAF a try :)

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    1. Thanks, Lauren. I'll think about it. I did see that ACOMAF is 600 pages! I don't know if I can commit to that. :)

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  2. I haven't read any Sarah J Maas, but I am soooo hit or miss with fantasy. Great review!

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    1. This was pretty light fantasy. I just can't handle heavy description.

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  3. YES. I completely agree. It was a good story, but there was just something missing from it to get me to love it. Sorry you were a bit meh about it too. Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous review! <3

    ~ Zoe @ Stories on Stage

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    1. Thanks, Zoe. Glad I'm not the only one who felt that way. It's hard when everyone loves a book and you do not.

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  4. I just finished this one as well and really liked it. The flowery writing didn't bother me and I loved Feyre and Tamlin. I'm definitely planning to try the second book.

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    1. Cool. I'm glad this book worked better for you than it did for me. I may have felt differently if I've read it (vs. listening), so I could have skimmed. Enjoy book 2. I've heard good things.

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