“A Court of Thorns and Roses”
A Court of Thorns and Roses #1
by Sarah J. Maas
Nikki’s Rating: 8 out of 10
8 Thrilling Things about Sarah J. Maas’s A Court of Thorns and Roses
(MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS)
1. Beauty and the Beast Retelling
Beauty and the Beast is, of course, a classic, I have not come across a version that I have not enjoyed. Perhaps the best thing about the story is the truth behind it. It is not the value of the gift that matters, it is the thought behind it; it is not accurateness and beauty of the artwork, but rather that your child made it for you; it is not that he/she looks like a supermodel, it is that they are a good person and treat you well.
I love faeries. Let’s blame Amy Brown. Or Tolkien. Any book that has Fae, Elven kind-ish species gets bonus points from me! Except for Christmas elves, I don’t like Christmas elves! Anyways, love that Maas not only included faeries but the fairies have different types and kinds, ones that look humanoid and others that are vastly different and more ethereal.
Yay strong, independent female! Gotta heart Feyre, she is a hunter, she is sassy, she is ballsy, and she is loyal. I appreciated that Feyre and mostly all characters in A Court of Thorns and Roses are multi-dimensional. Not one character is all good or all bad. Makes all the characters more believable but also relatable. Anyways, Feyre is awesome, especially because she fights for those she cares and loves for, even if they don’t deserve her. She makes hard sacrifices for others, simply because she doesn’t want others to suffer. Heartbreaking.
While I love Feyre, I equally love Rhysand. He is sexy, strong, and a bit bad boy without actually being a “bad guy.” He really lives by the “keep your friends close but your enemies closer” saying. But whatever, he tries to gut that bitch in the end! And he gives Feyre an awesome tattoo!
Again praise to the wonderful Maas for being an incredible writer and storyteller! The world of A Court of Thorns and Roses is epic and original. Interesting that there are “seasonal courts” and “solar courts” each with their own specialties, magic, celebrations, customs, etc. Very unique. Maas also does an amazing job of providing just enough information about the world that you are interested in learning more but you are not overwhelmed with too much information or too little where you end up being confused throughout the book.
More praise to Sarah J. Maas! Seriously, Maas is one of my favorite authors ever. Definitely in my top 10, perhaps top 5. Anyways, I love the way Maas writes, she is amazing at using the perfect description so the reader really understands the feelings of the characters. For example: “Sometimes, if I stared at the ceiling long enough, it became the vast expanse of the starry night sky, and I became a small, unimportant thing that blew away in the wind.” Can you not feel how insignificant and utterly hopeless Feyre is at this moment? So powerful.