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

Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses

Author: Sarah J. Maas

First Published: May 2015

Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s Books

Pages: 419

The Blurb: “She stole a life.  Now she must pay with her heart.”

First Sentence: “The forest had become a labyrinth of snow and ice.”

Last Sentence: “‘Let’s go home,’ I said, and took his hand.”

The world is split between the Faerie Realms and the Mortal Lands.  A war fought centuries ago ended in the creation of a magical wall dividing humans from faeries.  Cracks in the wall have let Faeries enter the human world.  Feyre (the MC) becomes entangled with Tamlin, a High Fae, after she committed the crime of murdering a faerie.  A life for a life—Feyre crosses the wall to pay for her crime.

Tamlin and Fayre are pitted against an evil Fae, Amarantha.  In order to save not only Tamlin but all the Fae of the Spring Court, Feyre will put her life on the line and complete three tasks of Amarantha’s choosing.  If she wins, the Spring Court goes free and the curse upon them will be lifted.  If she loses…..well you can guess what that means.

This story follows the typical Beauty-and-Beast Style plot.  There are a few spicy moments between Tamlin and Feyre but nothing that would set your mouth on fire.

I loved how the story flowed and the way Maas puts together her words.  She developed a chaotic world that stands out among other fantasy novels.  Her characters are well described and their personalities are well developed.

I would recommend this book to anyone who has enjoyed Twilight, the Hunger Games, The Lux Series, and the Sanctorian Series.

The next novel on my TBR list is Final Sanctuary by Hope Bates

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Author: Cynthia Brandel

Published author and founder of, Cynthia has captivated the world with her works of fiction including The Sanctorian Series and her latest work, The Revenant City Series. Lover of young adult reads and fantasy reads, Cynthia has transformed her passions into a full-time career.

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