A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas Review: Sexy, sizzling dangerous Fae

April 27, 2015 by Jeann @ Happy Indulgence | 5 stars, Books, Reviews

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas Review: Sexy, sizzling dangerous FaeA Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #1
Published by Bloomsbury Australia on May 1, 2015
Source: Publisher
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
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A thrilling, seductive new series from New York Timesbestselling author Sarah J. Maas, blending Beauty and the Beast with faerie lore.

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

Perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore and George R. R. Martin, this first book in a sexy and action-packed new series is impossible to put down!

Tamlin. Lucien. Rhysand. These are the names of the Fae Lords in Prythian who gripped my heart with their strength, fierce protectiveness, power and bonds they will form with the heroine. How is it, that Sarah J. Maas can make us desire and fall in love with every single male character there is? I’m sorry Chaol, Dorian and Rowan, but these three Fae have stolen my heart.

A Court of Thorns and Roses featured a brilliant take on the Faerie world called Prythian. It’s divided into Faerie lands and Mortal lands, with each faerie court ruled by a different lord. I was drawn to the imaginative fae creatures, from the beautiful and powerful rulers, to the ones that wear a mask, to the truly monstrous creatures that could shatter your mind. There was such a magical, glimmering beauty about the world, with a shot of absolute terror at these powerful creatures, and it was executed perfectly.

The book is split up in two distinct parts – the first where Feyre is imprisoned in the Faerie lands. We’re kept relatively in the dark about her strange circumstances and where she stands with her two captors, but patience will be paid off as she slowly learns her boundaries with them and later, her purpose in the world. The start didn’t make sense to me, but Feyre’s capture will leave a simmering sense of mystery that will be eventually unveiled. Although this part was much slower than the 2nd half of the book, I lavished the development between the characters as Feyre learnt about the world.

“Because your human joy fascinates me – the way you experiences things, in your life span, so wildly and deeply and all at once, is…entrancing. I’m drawn to it, even when I know I shouldn’t be, even when I try not to be.” – Tamlin

Once all is revealed, Feyre will unleash her true potential as a strong, brave, passionate huntress character. While she’s a relatively mild character in the first half, she’s given the chance to exhibit her loyalty, her strength and her power, as a temptress and as a huntress. She’s totally badass, who isn’t scared to test the waters and would do anything to protect those she loves. I love how she truly earnt her place as an equal amongst the Fae, even at the disadvantage of being a human.

The romance was totally hot, with super sexy scenes between Feyre and Tamlin. Although it isn’t as graphic as some NA books, it doesn’t shy away from the hot bedroom action and talk, and it will have your heart pounding. I think it would be safe to read for the typical YA reader though, if you choose to skip particular scenes. Although the romance has a clear front runner, there’s a lot of chemistry between her and Lucien with their fun and wary banter and the handsome and dangerous Rhysand. She definitely flirts with danger and knows how to use her charm and intellect to get what she wants.

He jerked his chin at the time. “It’s yours. Don’t bury it in my back, please.” – Lucien 


A Court of Thorns and Roses, brings me back to a time when I lived for paranormal romance. From a heart pulsing and sizzling romance, to a strong heroine that develops over the course of the book, to an incredible world of monsters and beauty, this book excels in every element. It takes time to build the story through Feyre’s capture into the Prythian – the Fae world, the trust which Feyre will develop for the mysterious Lucien, and the love that she will form with the powerful Tamlin. This was a brilliant, sexy and strong paranormal book, with a guaranteed book hangover as no other book may compare.

Rating: 5 out of 5

Thank you to Bloomsbury Australia for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review. 

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Jeann is an Aussie YA blogger and mum who loves to read and recommend books! You can usually find me fangirling about books on my various social media channels including Twitter @happyindulgence, Instagram and Youtube.

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64 responses to “A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas Review: Sexy, sizzling dangerous Fae

  1. Kelly

    I read your review of this book and ACoMaF. Both are exactly how I felt. I read ACoTaR twice in a week. I've had ACoMaF for 3 weeks and I'm not finished. I'm excited to delve into your reviews to find a book I'll love! Thank you for your honest reviews!

  2. thesepaperhearts

    AHHH I WANT THIS BOOK. I've been seeing pictures of this book on blogs, Twitter, and Instagram all this week and mine won't arrive in the mail until tomorrow D: *cries*
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  3. Agreed and agreed and agreed. I loved this book so much and yes those three Fae males are just delicious.

  4. Romirf

    I can’t say it isn’t only the male characters Sarah J. Maas creates that I fall in love with. Celaena and Nehimea are definitely two of her ladies that I have totally fallen for, and I like them a lot more overall than Lucien (though he did end up being pretty great, huh?) and Rhysand.
    I think it’s so fantastic that Sarah J. Maas now has two retellings being published, it makes it so nice to be able to read a novel from her early in the year, and then one late, and though I wasn’t nearly so in love with this as you were, I’m really excited for the potential I feel it has, for where I know the series is going to go. I’m really keen to see what happens next- and it was nice not having an OH MY NO cliffhanger or anything like that. The ending here was… sweet.
    I’m actually not sure how to classify this, age wise- I thought of it as YA when I read it, and thought that’s what it was before starting, but the publisher recommends it for 12+ and then I’ve seen a few people saying it’s NA, so I’m a little perplexed. I guess it’s one of those books that everyone feels a little differently about. Lovely review, Jeann!xx
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  5. Francine Soleil

    Great review, Jeann! I wasn't sure whether I wanted to read this or not, but maybe I would give it a try if I had the chance. I'm quite afraid of the slow start though because it might make me want to give up, but I'm a sucker for good endings too. And I like reading about faerie worlds too.
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  6. Francoise

    Holy hell this book is like my favourite book right now! I can't believe it took me so long to actually pick it up! The romance was so hot and done in such a good way that it wasn't NA! Sarah J Maas knows how to keep it PG but feel like it's MA haha!

    I had the worst book hangover! I was reading until 2:00 in morning and then I had to wake up at 7:00 for work. It was so worth it though!
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  7. YAAAY! I feel like it's been a while since I've read paranormal romance. I usually don't read fae books, but somehow Sarah J Maas tricked me into them, ahha. I think this is going to be the first fae series that I'm willingly picking up since a very long time; so I'm super happy to hear that you loved this! Thanks for the great review, Jeann!
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  8. I'm starting it this weekend and to be honest, I'm nervous. I've built it up and seeing so many incredible reviews so far, my expectations are really through the roof. I love the premise and it being NA as well. I tend not to have any luck with NA contemporaries, but I've never NA fantasy and expecting intensity and sexy times. *pats book* tonight my pretty, we shall be together tonight.

    Beautiful review Jeann, now off to read my copy as well <3
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    • I totally know what you mean but don't worry Kelly, there is nothing to be nervous about 😀 LOTS OF SEXY TIMES <3

  9. I wasn't even THAT excited for this book because… I don't know I'm weird. And I haven't read anything from this author. But oh my gosh the reviews of this book makes my heart race!!! I just know it'll be epic. Thanks for the review Jeann! Now I'm convinced that this book is a MUST 🙂

    • Awwww fair enough, I guess it really appeals to lovers of Throne of Glass! So glad to hear I convinced you 😀

  10. Faye M.

    5 stars! That is definitely so promising, Jeann. I had thought that this was an YA, but apparently it's NA and with some sex scenes to boot (imagine my surprise that it was so!) I seriously can't wait to dive into this. Both Rashika and Aimee adored it, and you know how Maas is in my heart… she has a special throne right in the center of it 😉
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    • Oh my gosh it's sooo good Faye, I absolutely LOVED it! Ah yes, if you love Maas, then she will be your Queen here when she introduces you to Tamlin, Rhysand and Lucien <3

  11. THIS BOOK. *flails*

    This was so ridiculously good and I don't even know what to say to describe my love for it and it's wonderfulness.

    Also I did not like Rhys 😛 I think he makes for a good villain but I am kind of worried about the tension between him and Feyre because I love her and Tamlin to death.

    Tamlin is just a sweetheart and he is so cute and beautiful and swoon worthy (I suck with adjectives). I LOVE HIM. Okay there. I am done fangirling.

    But I also love Lucien. If I weren't in love with Tamlin, I would declare him my one true love within the universe of the book because he is the best too.

    Maas just knows what she is doing when she is writing swoonworthy boys.. but also badass female leads and GREAT fantastical worlds.

    I am glad you enjoyed this as much as I did (if not a bit more)! 🙂

    Lovely review, hon <3
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    • Rhys was so interesting! He kind of reminded me of a Loki. But yesss, my gosh all of that chemistry between her and the honourable, well cut Tamlin <33 mann. I found there was so much chemistry with Lucien, and I didn't know whether it was just because it was a friend! Maas, all of her boys are wonderful.

  12. danielleisbusyreading

    I really need to read this book! It'll be my first Maas book, so I hope I'll like it. I'm just a tad bit worried about a love triangle popping up in the second book. :/
    Lovely review, girl! Glad you loved it, and I'm super happier this is on the sexier side. 🙂

    • Oh my gosh, I hope you like this one too Danielle! There is so much to like 😉 Oh dear about the love triangle! But after meeting all of these guys, they are amazing.

  13. Lola @ Hit or Miss Books

    WOOT, glad you loved! It does deserve to be read and enjoyed by many. I did too, although not AS MUCH as you did. Fairies and shapeshifters are not my thing, quite. But, anyway, great review. ^^
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    • It was really good Lola, I absolutely loved it! A shame you didn't love it as much, but I'm still glad you enjoyed it.

    • Yessss it was so good! A shame you're having bad luck, sometimes you just need to find a good book to sink your teeth into.

  14. keionda

    This book is definitely going on my TBR chica.:) I love the sizzling romance, strong heroine, and the story building aspect of it! i'd much rather a strong character (heroine or hero) as opposed to a weak one that slowly develops over time. I don't know, maybe that's just me?
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    • Yipeee, glad to hear you love the sound of it! MANN it is freaking amazing. Sometimes weak heroines can be annoying at the start.

  15. Lucy

    Ohhhh It sounds so good!! I don't know if I can hold myself off from buying it because of moneys but damn I want it so badly! Very nice job on your review!

  16. amandampate

    A yes! I enjoyed this book so immensely! I can't wait to own it in hardcover! I totally fell in love with the men in this book! Ugh they were just so good! Chaol and Dorian can definitely take a back seat! But I don't know about Rowan… he's still my favorite!

  17. I haven't read one bad review for this novel.. I have pre-ordered it about a month ago because I love fairytale retellings and I just need to have that cover! I'm a bit hesitant though because I wasn't a fan of Throne of Glass.. I'm glad it's a perfect 5 stars for you, the paranormal romance sounds intriguing enough! Beautiful review Jeann.
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  18. Ahhh you are KILLING me! I absolutely NEED this one! NEED NEED NEED! It looks so good *makes crying face*

  19. rlsharpe

    Everyone seems to be loving this book and I am so glad because I love Sarah J. Maas. I am about to start reading this and am so excited. I am sure I am going to love it. Excellent review, thanks for sharing.
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  20. COULD NOT AGREE MORE, JEANN. This book was super hot and steamy, but also a total action thrill ride and DUDE. I just loved it so much. Best Beauty & the Beast retelling ever. I was so excited when I remembered it was going to be a series (I do hope they don't start with the whole love triangle thing though :/)
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  21. LOVE ME SOM PARANORMAL. *tackle hugs this book in all it's glory* Although, tbh, I'm probably going to be the odd fish in the middle of everyone raving about this one. xD I DID love ACOTAR, but not as much as Throne of Glass and that kind of coloured things for me?! But yessss. Lucien. *hugs him* Also Rhys turned into an incredibly interesting character, eh?!!

    • Oh my gossh it's so good! Yeah, a lot of people have a preference for ToG as well – you're not alone! Rhys definitely surprised me!