A Court of Thorns and Roses series book 1

Sarah J. Maas

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.

-Excerpt taken from Goodreads.

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My Opinion

4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5) I know, I know, everybody loves this series. I’m not quite convinced yet that this is “the best series of all time” but I’m listening to the audio’s to decide.

Four stars. I was entertained, I liked it, I just didn’t love it. This is how I typically am with Maas’ series. Maas usually reels me in on book 2-3 before I’m truly a devoted fan.  So we will see what I think of this one. So far I have access to all the audio’s so that will get me to “read” it faster.

One problem I had with the book is the fae. For some reason, my brain just cannot grasp and picture fae. Throne of Glass worked me into the fairy world slowly so I wonder if this one will take me a bit longer. You’d think for someone who reads fantasy on a regular basis that I’d love fae but it’s that one element of fantasy that is just a bit much for me.

However, I did like the story. Feyre (thank goodness for the audio to say all these names for me!) is a character I feel I will grow to like. She fell into a few tropes I don’t always love (somewhat of chosen one and more) and while she had great character development, I didn’t quite love her. I did like that she was tough and she stood up to the queen.

Now, Tamlin. Hmmm, I’m still deciding my opinion on him. I knew they would be together but I’m finding myself not loving that aspect yet. I will have to see if book 2 changes my mind.

The Queen in this one made it so exciting. The curse, her cruelty and Lucien and Rhys. (I’m not die hard for Tamlin yet but that’s typical for me to pick the side characters). It was fun to get lost in this world and find so many similarities to Beauty and the Beast. Most retellings I read are very loosely based on fairy tales but I liked noting the similarities.

Content Summary: In a previous post, I did a content review of this one. Because of that, I didn’t do it again since this was my reread. Apparently I didn’t finish last time because the content ends about halfway through the book. I’m embarrassed about that one (face palm)! See the content review here. I will give you a run down of what I read this time and also the impressions I’ve had from others. First off, Maas is very adamant about this being an ADULT book. It is labeled YA on Goodreads. I have to agree that this is very adult. This book has sex with quite a few details and there is quite a bit of violence and torture. From what I’ve heard from others, the books get sexier and sexier to what we like to call, “smutty smut.” I would not recommend this series for most teens and definitely not the younger ones. I will not be doing content reviews of the remaining books since they are technically adult (Feyre is 19 in book 1) but I will be descriptive in my content summary to give you the best idea.

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  1. This series gives me anxiety 😅😅😅 so many people are obsessed with it and even though I have copies I’m not sure if I want to read/review it

  2. I checked on Amazon and there’s no indication that it’s YA…so the goodreads categorization must come from reviewers who are shelving it YA. I read a book in which the entire story is told from a young teenagers perspective but it’s not labeled YA….. so…..what is the criteria for the category?

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