A Court of Thorns and Roses #1 By Sarah J. Maas | Book REVIEW

3/5 stars

The first installment to Sarah J. Maas’ ‘A Court of Thorns and Roses’ trilogy is inspired by the story of Beauty and the Beast.

After the Archeron family lost their fortunes, the family of four, solely relied on the youngest, Feyre’s ability to hunt and kill deep in the forests that border the wall separating the humans from the beastly faeries.

It is when Feyre decides to kill an abnormal-looking wolf that Feyre is thrust upon the faes that so detest the humans.

“Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest.”

What she doesn’t know is – all of this was planned. And while Feyre learns why, things become far more complicated.
Faes, masks, and a curse.

Would Feyre be able to break the curse many have tried and failed to undo? Would you sell your soul for the one you love?
Followed by: A Court of Mist and Fury (#2 ACOTAR series)

Main Characters:

  • Feyre Archeron, main protagonist, 19-year-old huntress
  • Tamlin, High Lord of the Spring Court
  • Lucien, BFF of Tamlin and ‘Black Sheep’ of the Autumn Court
  • Rhysand, enemy of Tamlin and High Lord of the Night Court

Side Characters:

  • Nesta Archeron, elder sister of Feyre
  • Elain Archeron, middle sister of Feyre
  • Alis, Spring Court maid – that attends to Feyre’s needs

Our Review:

So let us start with the Courts in the Fae lands – there are 7 Courts: 4 Seasonal Courts (Winter, Summer, Autumn, and Spring) and 3 Solar Courts (Night, Day and Dawn). And it is shown in the scale of UK; Solar Courts taking North and Seasonal Courts taking South.

my-name-is-fireheart: Prythian:

We love MAPS! Especially fictional ones – you just know that this book (this series!) would be filled with magical beings and stuff!!

So now that we got that out of the way – Feyre Archeron at first seems to be cold and withdrawn but we find later she is compassionate and really hides this after the loss of her family’s fortunes, as she was bound to a promise by her mother that forced Feyre to be detached. Trying to carry out her promise (to look after her sisters and father, a former merchant), Feyre hunts to feed her family despite being the youngest of the family and untrained in the arts of hunting.

Due to her killing a wolf (that was a Fae), Feyre must face her punishment – entering the fae land into the Spring Court, where she is highly guarded. She then sees that things seem more abnormal than things should be – everyone in the court seems to be fixated to a mask. We also learn how much of a badass she can be – she catches a SURIEL (AKA a freaky-looking fortune teller thing – that is hard to capture).

Tamlin, High Lord of the Spring Court is a mysterious one! Blonde hair, green-eyed and overall a normal guy other than the fact he can shapeshift into a beast! We don’t learn much about him until everything (the curse) is revealed to Feyre – Where the Fae Lands are being ruled by a blood-thirsty fae, Amarantha who took part in the many destructions of the courts and its people.

We have to say in this book – Lucien is by far our FAVE character!! Other than the fact he has ginger hair – he is just soo likable! He also has one eye that is filled in with GOLD!

From a humble beginning to a fierce ending (which is really some kinda plot twist πŸ˜‰) – we could just tell that Sarah J. Maas (from reading her other works) was preparing us for what was to come in the second book – which we knew (just knew) would either destroy us…or destroy us!!

Overall, Mrs Maas has proven that she can successfully portray one of our childhood classics in a twisted way. We gave this book a 3-star rating as it wasn’t the best work written by Sarah J. Maas (in our opinion) – we have concluded that Sarah’s first books in a series tend to just be a taster of what she is truly capable of! Maas’ first books installments (she has only done 2 so far, including this one) are usually, for us, an introduction to a new world Sarah has created – so basically a lot of world building. However, this introduces us to a morphed fairy-tale classic that provides us (the readers) a fantasy feast that slowly would come to consume our minds (especially after book #2, A Court of Mist and Fury).

Look out for our future reviews on her books πŸ˜‰πŸ˜πŸ€“

ACOTAR omg yes, we'll all be laughing at the ones who have yet to read the amazing book that is ACOTAR and realise feysand is life:
Our feelings after reading the second book – without spoilers πŸ˜‰

Have you guys read this book yet? Or are you rereading again to prep yourself for A Court of Wings and Ruin #3? What do you think of Tamlin? πŸ˜‰πŸ˜Ž

Ciao from The Twins πŸ˜‰

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  1. Another fantastic review! 😊❀ Maps always capture my attention too. It usually means the author puts a lot of thought into world-building. And I love it when authors rewrite fairytales. So this one definitely sounds interesting! I’m super excited to find out what the plot twist is. πŸ˜„

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    1. Aww thanks!! πŸ’œπŸ’œMaps just makes us excited to learn about something so magical!! Fairytale retellings bring back our childhood days with an awesome twist to it! Tell us what you think of it once you’ve read it! Well we have to say it’s more of a shock – where you just NEED to read more! πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰

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  2. Great review! I haven’t read this book yet…actually, I haven’t read any books by Maas yet but I definitely want to try someday, just to see what all the hype is about. I really love the fact that there is a map, maps are quite AWESOME, I have to admit it, and I love retellings too so, so much. Maybe I’ll try that one someday πŸ˜€

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  3. What a lovely review 😍😍😍 I’ve recently read this entire series and I am absolute trash for it hahaha! And I already knew about RHYSAND so I wasn’t too fond of Tamlin in the first book (although he and Feyre lowkey had their cute moments).
    But I LOVE LUCIEN!!! SO MUCH!!! He’s not so great in the second book but he totally redeems himself in the third one! He’s definitely one of my favourite characters in the entire series!

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    1. We always found Tamlin suspicious from the start, CalanMai kind of suggested that. LUCIEN THE CUTIE PIE MUST BE PROTECTED AT ALL COSTS!!! Our faves are Lucien and Amren and the Archeron sister…so basically evry one (the good guys)πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰. Rhysand…no words to describe his awesomeness !!hehehe πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚


  4. I havent actually read this book yet! Although it is high on my TBR! Thanks for the review!! I was wondering how you both do joint reviews, do you wait until the other person has read the book until you review it or read it together using an audio book? Sorry for all the questions! I was just really curious! -A x

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    1. Oooooh you should totally read it! 😊 We do read different books – but when we find a book we really like (most books) we shove it at each others faces! And we’re usually fast readers (I, Shanya am usually the faster reader though). So far the reviews we’ve done were the ones we have both read! For comments, one of us usually writes it – but both us contribute to the content to it! We have read most books together! Perhaps one day we’ll write separate reviews – but most likely after we have finished all the books we have read! It’s alright to be curious and thanks for the question! We hope you understand how we blog better now and if you have any more questions – don’t be afraid to contact us!😊 πŸ€“

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      1. Awh thank you so much for such a detailed and helpful reply!!πŸ’“ That is really fascinating, you both must be so in sync with each other!! Monisah and I usually do separate reviews for our blog! It’s lovely to interact with other twins with the same interests as us!!β˜ΊοΈπŸ’œ

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      2. No problem! 😊😊Well we practically did everything together! And we have read loads of the same books – so we decided to get those books out of the way! But really if one of us like a book – we make (force) the other to read it until we do! We too find it interesting when finding out what other twins do! We saw that most twins write separate reviews – but we’re not like that (not yet anyways)πŸ˜‰. We’re glad our reply was helpful and thanks for commemting!πŸ˜ƒπŸ’œ

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  5. Great review, girls! ^^
    Everyone seems to be of the same opinion: ACOTAR’s got nothing on ACOMAF! So I really hope you enjoy the second book a lot more πŸ™‚
    I want to read this series so bad too! But because I’m constantly seeing it around and reading about it, I feel like I’ve pretty much read it myself XD

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    1. Hahaha we actually have read the second book that’s probably why we are biased hahaha. We are going to read the third book soon!! This series is absolutely fabulous. Us living together (because we are twins…duh hahaa) we always discuss books, which is very convenient for us when we want to fangirl alot hahaah. Thanks!! 😊😊😊

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      1. It’s most likely going to be filled with feels…. (a teaser for the coming review: AHHHHHH AJFBFHEJSJA OMG RHYS!! FEYSAND FHSIALAGB) πŸ˜‰ πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ˜Ž


    1. Oh we have read the second book and are currently reading ACOWAR! But we still remember how we felt about it! Lucien best get on to the winning side!! πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰


  6. I’ve always wanted to read this; it’s probably the most hyped over YA book in the blogosphere! It just doesn’t really sound like a book I would appreciate. Okay, wait…(so I am a total stalker and I found out that) you guys have only been blogging since APRIL?!! What?!! That’s insane! Your blog is SO amazing. HOW?! My blog was ick until 7 months after I started hahaha!! Nice job!

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    1. Yeah we’ve noticed that too – but really they don’t lie when we say the second book gets better!πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰ If you don’t feel it – don’t read it 😎 (but READ IT πŸ€“πŸ€“)

      Hahaha stalkers don’t usually admit that they stalk πŸ˜‚ And yes we did start in April – which is crazy ‘cuz it really was an impulse decision (like we always thought of doing this but on the day…you get us!)… We just really needed to put our FEELS into words! We’re just as shocked as you (and more) that our blog was actually being read read by PEOPLE!!πŸ˜†πŸ˜†
      Thanks so much for reading (stalkingπŸ˜‰) our work and hope we still have more feels that need to be written that you will continue to read! It truly means alot! 😊😊❀

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  7. I completely agree – this was such a great book and I am so glad you enjoyed it as much as I did! Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous review! ❀

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