Saturday, 6 January 2018

"A Court of Thorns and Roses" by Sarah J. Maas

Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses (#1 bok of the series)
Author: Sarah J. Mass
Genre: Fantasy
Overall: 9/10

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.

Jo's review:

Okay. Wow. I have spent an entire Boxing Day reading this book cozied up next to the Christmas Tree. I love how fast paced the storyline is, every chapter is exciting and thrilling. It's also a love story, that's true, but of a different kind. It feels right and at the same time - very disturbing. Like there's something wrong with this love but you're not exactly sure what. The main character is a girl who fell in love with a prince and lifted his curse- only to reveal his true nature. I especially adore the magical world that this book creates. There are seven courts that rule the land of Prythian.There are Seasonal Courts: Spring Court, Summer Court, Autumn Court, Winter Court and Solar Courts: Dawn Court, Day Court, Night Court. Each of the courts has very unique aesthetics that create the most amazing landscapes in your imagination. There are so many people saying that this is the retelling of Beauty and the Beast - and I disagree. Except for the fact she's captured, there are no other similarities or at least I don't see them. It's difficult for me to find a fantasy book that is not pathetic or cliché but this one is definitely very unique. I cannot wait to read the rest of the series!

I'm also super excited about the Back to The Classics Challenge hosted by Books and Chocolate!
Here's my list:

1.  A 19th century classic - 'The Black Tulip" by Alexander Dumas

2.  A 20th century classic - "The Great Gatsby" by F.Scott Fitzgerald

3.  A classic by a woman author - "Emma" by Jane Austen 

4.  A classic in translation - "Madame Bovary" by Gustave Flaubert

5. A children's classic - "The Little Prince" by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

6.  A classic crime story, fiction or non-fiction - "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" by Arthur Conan Doyle

7. A classic travel or journey narrative, fiction or non-fiction - "Murder on The Orient Express" by Agatha Christie

8. A classic with a single-word title - "Frankenstein" by Mary Shelley

9. A classic with a color in the title - "The Picture of Dorian Grey" by Oscar Wilde

10. A classic by an author that's new to you - "The Tale of Peter Rabbit" by Beatrix Potter

11. A classic that scares you - "Anna Karenina" by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

12. Re-read a favorite classic - "Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen


  1. Sounds absolutely wonderful .......... having a whole day to read! Sigh! This book definitely sounds like a keeper. :-) I'll have to see if my library has it. Beautiful blog, BTW. It's very visually appealing. And best of luck with your Back to the Classics challenge too!

  2. Nice choices on your Back to the Classics Challenge. Anna Karenina was the first Russian author I read, and yeah, I was a bit intimidated by it as well...but I ended up loving it. I'll watch for your review.

  3. Everyone is loving this series and I confess that I have the first 2 books on my TBR pile and I still need to read them!

  4. SO glad you enjoyed this, Jo! I loved it too, back when I read it a few years ago. That being said, I (shamefully) haven't read the sequels yet!! But I will get around to it eventually.

    - Aimee @ Aimee, Always

  5. Embarrassingly, I STILL have not read this. It's literally been on my TBR since the deal was announced, but I just haven't had the time. The cover is downright stunning, too. So glad you enjoyed it!

  6. I need to give this author a try, a little wary of the mixed reviews of her writing style, but glad to see you enjoyed it - always a positive for me <3

  7. I tried reading 'a court of thorns & roses' but I just couldn't get into the story. in fact, I tried reading Maas' other series 'throne of glass' and again just couldn't get into the first book. I guess Maas' books aren't for me.

    I read #3,6, 12 on the classics list. they're all good though I do find some of the sherlock holmes stories to be a bit boring as they are long on details or perhaps not details but back stories of why this or that person commits a crime. but if you have the patience, you'll enjoy the stories.

    thanks for visiting my blog, have a lovely day.

    p.s., the cursive fonts are hard to read as I sometimes read others' comments, just fyi

  8. I absolutely loved this series too Jo and can't wait for the novellas to be released! Beautiful aesthetics, they really suit the books theme. Really looking forward to seeing what you think of book two, it'll blow your mind! Wonderful review Jo, really enjoyed it! <3

  9. I have this one to get to! Glad you enjoyed it. Good luck with the classics challenge!

  10. That Back to the Classics challenge sounds great. I love all of the books you picked for it.