A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Mass

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Mass
PUBLISHED BY Bloomsbury USA Childrens, May 5, 2015
GENRES: Young Adult Fiction, High Fantasy
PAGES: 416
FORMAT: Hardback
SOURCE: Purchased
PACING: {4/5}


When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin--one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world. 

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow over the faerie lands is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin--and his world--forever.

Publisher: Bloomsbury, Published: 05-05-2015, Genre: Young Adult Fiction

Okay so  I have already prepared myself to be stoned for this review....le sigh. I know that right now the YA book community is in love with this book, but I did not love it by any means. This is my first Sarah J. Mass book. Will I be reading more of her books outside of this series? Of course I will. I do not want my distaste for this book to thwart me from reading more of her works. The word on the bookish streets is that SJM is a fantastic writer, but here are my issues with A Court of Thorns and Roses.

One thing that I desperately want YA authors to grasp is the concept of broadening their use of adjectives. Although I found ACOTAR to be entertaining and did enjoy it, the overuse of cliche phrases, words, ellipses and dashes was quite overwhelming and I could feel that good old reader's aggravation welling up on the on the inside of me. I believe every reader has their something LOL and this is mine. Words like feral, meandering, barked and growled were constantly used. Naturally faeries would have a sound amongst their kind that distinguishes them from humans among other physical attributes obviously LOL. However, the incessant clicking of the tongue whenever Lucien, Tamlin, Armarantha or Rhysand spoke was quite the nerve wrecker.

Feyre, the main female character, seemed to be either really in deep thought ALL THE TIME or a bit spacey as she had several instances of complete disruption of thought where dashes and ellipses were used REPEATEDLY to signify such, which would explain a lot of illogical decisions that were made in order to push a very mediocre plot. The so called impending dangers were not really dangers at all but rather a complete stretch.

This idea that in order to break the curse and save Tamlin {The High Lord of the Spring Court} from Amarantha {Villain and High Lady of Prythian ~ where all the courts are located and the faeries live} all Feyre had to do was tell him she loved him back when he said it to her was a bit on the cheesy side.  Lucien who is a High Fae {faerie} of the Spring Court was quite overbearing and a piece of work to be honest, but I much preferred him to annoying Feyre and Tamlin, who I was gushing over in the beginning, but later Tamlin proved to not be the boss LOL I thought he was. Then there's Rhysand...oh Rhysand. If you inhabit any parts of the book community you are probably tired of hearing his name.

I can assure you that the Rhysand's fandom is well deserved. Although I am just starting A Court of Mist and Fury, the second book in what is now a 7 book series as announced by SJM just recently. I did not like him at first. He seemed a bit of a tool ad I didn't know what his intentions were, but when I saw him lie to Amarantha to protect Feyre I knew he was one to watch. He was way more aggressive and take charge than Tamlin so I switched from Team Tamlin to Team Rhysand. I get it now. I will say the love scene between Tamlin and Feyre gets 5 stars!!! Mmm...hmm LOL. EXTREMELY passionately written.  

Overall I thought A Court of Thorns of Roses, although I enjoyed it, was a bit predictable and repetitive. However, SJM has mastered pacing. I flew through this book in 3 days.

My Rating: {3/5}