Book Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses

When I couldn’t finish Outlander, I freaked out that I was a bad reader and just yanked for any old audiobook at my library so I could finish something.

This was that book.

The Book

A Court of Thorns and Roses read 2021A Court of Thorns and Roses
Author: Sarah J. Maas
2015
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Honestly I have no idea what this one’s going to be about heading into it, but I’m guessing it’s supposed to be like store-brand Game of Thrones going by the title and date of publication.

Non-Spoiler Review

When I first started reading this book, I thought it seemed a lot like The Hunger Games series. It used words like “blood” and “roast” and “roses” more than should be theoretically possible. It contained a main character who was a hunter using bows and arrows. That character, Feyre, was a woman, and she had useless sisters (sure, Katniss had one sister, but whatever). If you have a problem with Collins’s writing style, the writing style of this book won’t please you.

The plot, as well, was pure disappointment. About 1/3 of the way through, I thought to myself, “Is this Beauty and the Beast but with characters sexy in the way Edward was sexy in Twilight?” That is to say, “are these creepy, immortal pedophiles stalking this young woman and giving her Stockholm syndrome?”

And the answer is yes, yes that was what the book was about. If you’ve watched/read/heard glancingly about Beauty and the Beast, there’s no real reason to read this book. There’s no surprises.

There were some attempts made to show the character wasn’t a terrible pushover, and there were obvious struggles to get Feyre not to seem brainwashed (they failed). Something that bothered me a lot though was how many times she was covered in blood. It seemed like every other chapter she became drenched with blood and talked about it profusely. Sure, you can do that once or twice a book, but this was ridiculous.

1/5 Discoball Snowcones

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SPOILERS AHOY

I spoiled it above because I said it was Beauty and the Beast. Sure, there was the “epic battle scenes” where Feyre has to defeat the witch who put the spell on the Spring Court (fey Tamlin’s castle thingy), but really there was nothing to the book. People on writing websites keep wanting revamped fairy tales, though, so I guess this fits the bill.

But why Beauty and the Beast? It’s a terrible story, really. I don’t see why someone would want to start with that as an inspiration.

Next week:

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30 thoughts on “Book Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses

  1. AK says:

    Sounds rough. And every time people talk about “revamped fairy tales” that are supposed to be edgier than the Disney takes, I just think about how dark and screwed up some of the original stories were, especially the old Grimm and 1,001 Nights stories. There’s no need to do them again but worse.

    • H.R.R. Gorman says:

      I agree. I honestly don’t like re-done stories. I get that “there’s nothing new under the sun”, but I have a hard time getting into stories that don’t offer me some kind of big, creative burst as a reward. This book offered me nothing.

      Same time, I guess other people like the familiarity.

      • H.R.R. Gorman says:

        I have realized since I started doing reviews that I might should just not review the books I don’t like. I don’t review indie books unless they’re 4 or 5 stars, but I decided at one point not to be so kind to traditionally published ones.

        Now I question the decision because someone put a lot of effort into it. Still, probably not going to change for a while because I’ve got so many posts ready, haha!

      • Miriam Hurdle says:

        You’re so kind to the indie authors. I do see a lot of ratings less than 4 for traditional books. What you’re doing is fine because someone has to be honest with them!

    • H.R.R. Gorman says:

      Well, obviously it did move on, because it had a real plot, haha. I thought the “Court of Thorns and Roses” book was just devoid of real creativity, but then again I am pretty harsh about wanting the content I consume to be fresh.

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