Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

May 26, 2016 Books, Reading, Reviews 0 ★★★★

For a while, I thought I wasn’t going to really like this book, but I’m glad I stuck with it because it turned out to be way stronger in the character development department than many books I’ve read lately. Feyre, the heroine, is stubborn as hell and starts out intensely self-righteous when it comes to the difference between humans like her and Fae like Tamlin, her captor. At times, I felt like Feyre’s stubbornness and (fairly understandable) prejudice were steering her into Too Stupid To Live territory; there’s a point where I would expect her to see what was going on around her and adapt, but she stubbornly clung to her increasingly outdated ideals.

But… she grew. She did start paying attention and learning about the new world she’d been thrust into, and while she held onto her stubbornness, it turned more into resilience tempered by a lot of thought about her situation. CHARACTER GROWTH!

Woo hoo! Confetti!

I love it when a character that starts out frustrating the crap out of me actually learns from her experiences and grows as a person because of them! I thought I’d be frustrated with the whole book, and while I did want to shake Feyre a few times in the later pages, I also felt a lot more connected to her as a character.

I love the complicated world that Maas has created and how very little is what it seems on the surface. It’s a very good representation of Faerie as a concept, and the other character reflect the way the world is constructed. You may think they are one thing, but the story slowly reveals new sides to everyone, both physically and mentally. Even at the end, I didn’t feel like I really had a lock on characters like Tamlin or Rhysand.

I’ve seen this classified as a teen novel, and I’m not sure if I’d put it in that box (though I’m sure teenage readers will enjoy it). Yeah, Feyre is nineteen, but the story reads more like an adult-oriented fantasy romance to me. But your mileage may vary. Despite the teen label, there is some nice, non-explicit sex (hey, I like my steamy romances).

I’m glad I didn’t get too irritated with Feyre early on, because I really enjoyed this book. I have a few more in my TBR pile, but I’m looking forward to reading the sequel soon.

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