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Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses

 

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Title:  A Court of Thorns and Roses

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy

Some spoilers.

In the month or so since I’ve started this blog in conjunction with starting a ‘Bookstagram’ of sorts I’ve seen people rave about Sarah J. Maas, in particular in relation to the sequel of A Court of Thorns and Roses-A Court of Mist and Fury. My expectations when I started this novel were therefore placed pretty highly.

My first impression was that the book was very descriptive, and perhaps it should be considering it is set in a fantasy world. However, at times some of the descriptions in the book bugged me. In particular the way Maas used a plethora of colours to describe the way the sky looked. I can partly understand this-as the main character is a painter of sorts, however it didn’t stop me wanting to bang my head against the wall when I read the following line:

Alis strode over to the remnants of the curtains and threw them open, revealing a sky that was still a deep perriwinkle, splashed with hues of pumpkin and magenta from the rising dawn.

Okay. So sometimes Maas is a little too descriptive.

There is also a particular sex scene in this book which I could nit pick at for similar reasons. However, that would make this a very poor review and give you little sense of what this book is really about. So instead I’ve compiled a list.

  • A human girl
  • Good fairies and bad fairies
  • Magic, lots of magic.
  • Love

Now, combined these things should make for a pretty good story. However, I was a little disappointed by this book. Firstly, because the story line is a little weird for a start. I had no idea what was going on-although it made sense in the end..it was a little too far down the line for me-which made the bulk of the book boring. Also, I didn’t really enjoy the love arc in this story, it didn’t really make sense. I also thought the main character was a little annoying. You know when a character is about to do something really dumb, that they’ve been warned against but they go and do it anyway?

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This happens more than once in this book, which once again had me wanting to scream at the character.

Anyway, I bet you’re wondering was there anything positive about this book?

As much as I’d like to say no, because of the reasons I cite above, I’m going to say yes. Yes there were some great plot twists, yes there were a few cool characters. But all this happens, once again at THE END of the book.

I think I will read the sequel to this book out of interest for it. But overall I found this book a disappointing.

Rating 2/5.

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