Hey, book lovers.
So it’s been a long time since I’ve sat down and written a book review on here. I’ve been using my Youtube channel more to post reviews, but tonight I felt like posting my thoughts on one of my now favourite books by one of my now favourite authors, Sarah J. Maas. Being a hopeful author of a young adult fantasy, fairytale-retelling series myself, I could completely see what was so likeable about this novel before I even picked it up. I’ve always loved Sarah J. Maas’s writing anyway, from reading her ‘Throne of Glass’ series, which follows into ‘Crown of Midnight,’ ‘Heir of Fire’ and ‘Queen of Shadows’, a retelling of the classic fairytale, Cinderella, with focus on Celaena Sardothien, an orphaned slave and assassin who is forced into a huge competition, a fight to be the king’s champion, and for her own promised freedom. I was hooked on that series, the first book being my very favourite, with Celaena beginning her epic battles against the king.
This book, ‘A Court of Thorns and Roses’, was clearly a retelling of the classic fairytale, Beauty and The Beast- and not just judging by the cover. I felt that this book was far more focused on the romance between Feyre and Tamlin, however there were of course the undertones of the tension of their changing world, as a result of the will of the vicious queen, Amarantha. I thought this suited the novel perfectly, despite the inevitable comparisons I was compelled to make to her debut series as mentioned above, which looks in more depth into the damaged world around Celaena, however there are also many romantic scenes and different settings that contribute towards Celaena’s love for others, and herself, in these books. This is not a general comment, but this is just my opinion. I loved the development of the romance between Feyre and Tamlin, the Fae and the human, the beauty and, of course, the beast. Feyre was not dependent on Tamlin so much and she wanted to be freed, but she was more drawn to Tamlin, unlike Celaena, who tended to go off and make her own decisions. These two characters were very different, and I felt it interesting to wonder what it would be like if they were to meet one day. I thought this romance was important, however, because of course it lead Amarantha (and the conflict) to Feyre. Their relationship was tested when Tamlin was taken away and this huge plan to trick a human into loving the high-fae lord and vice versa, or else Tamlin would be forced to remain with Amarantha forever. I might add that there were some very raunchy scenes in this book, more so than I’d seen in any other YA series before.
This book had me laughing out loud so many times. I couldn’t stop reading, and at the time, while I was writing the beginning of a fairytale retelling myself, it was very inspirational. I also thought the description of the novel was very well done, much like that of the ‘Throne of Glass’ series.
The imagery used of the characters and the world reminded me so much of the classic film. The garden and the roses made me think of the tiny rose in the glass case, and the traits of the story were manifested so well.
I’ve never gotten through a book quite so quickly- and I’m not a fast reader at all. Definitely recommend this one, and I’m looking forward to the rest of the series!