Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1)

Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Source: Purchased
Format: Hardcover
Release Date: May 5, 2015
Rating: ★★★★★


Goodreads Synopsis:

Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price …

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. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.


Feyre hunts for animals to feed her father and two sisters. When she comes across a wolf one day, she pauses as she wonders if he could be a faerie in disguise. She decides to kill him so that he doesn’t attack her prey. However, a faerie shows up to their home soon after she killed the wolf and tells them that he was a fae in disguise. The faerie, named Tamlin, brings Feyre to his kingdom as her punishment for killing one of his kind. The faerie world is dangerous for a human, but at the same time, Feyre holds the key to saving Tamlin and his kingdom.

This book was definitely worth the hype. I tried to read it during a buddy read a few years ago, but I found it difficult to get into at the beginning. I think the beginning was slow because the characters all seemed very angry and weren’t getting what they wanted. Feyre had to hunt to feed her ungrateful family, and she made the mistake of killing a faerie. Tamlin wasn’t happy to lose his fellow fae and have to punish Feyre for it. Neither of them were happy for a long time, which was discouraging to read. However, the story picked up about a quarter of the way through and was exciting until the end.

One thing that surprised me about this book was how graphic some scenes were. There were some quite violent scenes. There were also descriptive sex scenes. The characters were in their late teens and early twenties so that’s probably why there were more mature themes. The story is classified as young adult but I would suggest it for an older young adult audience.

I’m so glad I finally read this book. I’m excited to read the next one.

What to read next:

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J. Maas

The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) by Holly Black

Other books in the series:

  • A Court of Mist and Fury
  • A Court of Wings and Ruin
  • A Court of Frost and Starlight

Have you read A Court of Thorns and Roses? What did you think of it?

Author: jilljemmett

Jill lives in Toronto, Canada. She has studied English, Creative Writing, and Publishing. Jill is the creator and content producer of Jill’s Book Blog, where she has published a blog post every day for the last four years, including 5-7 book reviews a week. She can usually be found with her nose in a book.

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