Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses.

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Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Length: 416

Source: Purchased.

I like that this book had a captivating beginning, there was something happening straight from page 1, and for me that’s what compels me to read the rest of the book! However I found that this book focused too much on romance, AGAIN. That was my main issue with Throne of Glass . I prefer to have some romance on the SIDE, but when it becomes the main focus of the book often times the story becomes predictable and a little unrealistic just so that the main character and their love interest end up together.

Enjoyed the world building, and some of the characters, however for the first half everything worked out too conveniently. Even towards the end there were many events the author could’ve made a lot more interesting by taking a different route. But SPOILER ALERT by the end of the book everything works out perfectly fine?? Which left me a little unsatisfied, especially because I know this is a series but I still can’t see where the story will go on from here.

My favourite part of the book were the trials, they were written soooo well! I literally couldn’t put the book down until all the trials were completed (basically I finished the book). So I was a little disappointed to find that actually the trials were where most of the action happens, otherwise this book is uneventful. There is some character development and world-building, but I just wish there were more action scenes weaved into the story.

I will say I did enjoy this wayyy more than Throne of Glass, there was some decent character development with Feyre and I could connect with her a LOT more. I don’t think this is a particularly bad book, it does stay SOMEWHAT true to a Beauty and the Beast retelling. However I wanted more fantasy, more action, and to be honest more of anything other than romance…

7 thoughts on “Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses.

  1. When I read ACOTAR I felt the same way. I liked it but I didn’t immediately see why everyone was in love with it. I also didn’t know it was a Beauty and the Beast retelling until after, so maybe it wasn’t as predictable as you thought. Either way, can’t wait to see your review of A Court of Mist and Fury!

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  2. I’ll say this. I did not like this book that much when I read it. I hated the romance between the two characters and though Tamlin was an abusive jerk who at one point blamed Feyre for bruising her. WHAT?! And I wasn’t fond of Rhys either, seeing him as not much better. I was going to wash my hands of the series, but a friend talked me into giving the second one a try, and I’m so glad I did. A Court of Mist and Fury completely explains/justifies everything that happens in ACOTAR. You even realize something integral about the first book, and I’ve never had it happen that the second book in a series causes me to rethink how I feel about the first. It changes EVERYTHING. I had to eat crow about a lot of things I said with the first one, because in a way Maas was steering the reader to think/feel a certain way.

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      1. I think you will REALLY like the second book. I was completely blown away, but it took me some time. It’s longer than the first, and my turn around was gradual, but around the halfway point, I realized the sheer genius of the gambit Maas was playing, and now I actually want to go back and reread the first to see if I can pick up hints.

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