Book Review. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. 5 Stars.

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

This is the 2nd round of reading this book. I read them when they first came out a few years ago, but I’d forgotten so many details and small story parts that it felt like someone had told me about it and I was reading it properly for the first time.

It’s a retelling of Beauty and the Beast at its core, but it’s so much more. Feyre causes her own fate rather than being the victim of someone else’s actions. She’s hardened before the story even starts, so I immediately liked that in her. 

The BatB adaptation shows again when she realizes there’s a curse on Tamlin and his spring court servants. But unlike the original, it’s a mystery that nobody talks much about. 

Feyre takes it upon herself to find out what’s going on and do something about it. And the plot thickens when she meets a tall dark and handsome, but dangerous, stranger just for him to show up at the spring court the next day. 

I liked how this prompts Tamlin to take action, and the rest… definitely not what I expected.

By the end, I was emotionally spent even though I knew where the book was going.

Things I liked…

  • I like how Feyre isn’t some weakling from the start. Sure, she’s human, but she’s got skills already. 
  • I like that it’s a “chosen one” that’s earned by her own actions rather than some unseen power that randomly decides.
  • Characterisation. It’s hard to do in a single POV, but Sarah pulls it off.
  • Lots of characters moments between bigger plot moments. It moves nicely without being rushed. 
  • Tamlin and Lucien are curious characters at the beginning. Their permanent masks make for instant curiosity.
  • I liked the tension between Feyre and Tamlin and how their relationship evolved.
  • I love the differences between how Tamlin and Rhys behave towards Feyre under the mountain. 
  • Having already read the books, I saw the wonderful preparation for book 2. I think I misjudged things first time around.

Things I didn’t like…

  • That it ended. 

There’s a reason I reread this series, and I love it even more than the 1st time. 

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