{Audiobook} Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

November 4, 2015 Book 18 ★★★★

{Audiobook} Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. MaasA Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, New Adult
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #1
Published by Recorded Books on May 5th 2015
Source: Audiobook Jukebox
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four-stars

A thrilling, seductive new series from New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas, blending Beauty and the Beast with faerie lore.

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 grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it... or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

My Review:

I’m just going to put it out there… this book gave me whiplash. Oddly enough… I liked it.
The first… 60% (I’m snowballing here because I’m not that sure) of the book is a slow-building romance. It’s very similar to the original Beauty and the Beast fairytale in that Feyre is getting used to her surroundings and slowly falling for the “beast”, Tamlin. Suddenly the next 40% is a thrilling, dark, and engaging book that you couldn’t put down! Let’s break this down a bit:

The pacing was really inconsistent. Like I said before, it goes from a snail’s pace to HOLYCRAPWHAT’SHAPPENINGINEEDTOKNOWMORE in a matter of pages. The first half of the book introduces us to a lush, beautiful, and magical world. The other half finally presents the terrifying bloodthirsty antagonist, and shows the underlying darkness that was present all along!

Feyre was interesting, although I wanted to hit her over the head at times. I liked how badass she was; how she had hunting skills and knew how to use them. However, she was pretty naive… Feyre is a puny human in a land of magical creatures much more powerful than her, and she thinks she can take care of herself *facepalm*. I understand her independence but at the same time she can’t be dumb enough to believe that she could take one of the Fey in a fight.

Also, there was a lot of secrecy and misdirection going on at the beginning that would put off some (impatient) readers. I wanted to know why Feyre was welcomed into Prythion after killing one of them. Why there didn’t seem to be any consequences to her crime. And we do get the answers… but almost when it’s far too late.

But…. the magic aspect was absolutely engrossing. I loved the intricate world-building, the different creatures we encountered along the way, and all the different aspects of Pythion that made it the beautiful land that it was.

Like I’ve said before, the romance is slow building… but wow is it beautiful. Feyre and Tamlin share a special connection; one that’s steamy and passionate at times, but also sweet and considerate as well. I’m kind of nervous for the second book since there’s hint at a love triangle, but I hope Feyre and Tamlin’s love endures.

There’s also a really great friendship and family aspect! Feyre becomes great friends with brooding, sassy, Lucien. Lucien is completely adorable and his friendship with Feyre is so easygoing and playful. Feyre’s family also plays a huge part on her fate. They’re actually the reason why almost everything in the book happened to her. I liked seeing her interact with her sisters and father, and trying to sort through her feelings of resentment/love towards them.

The audiobook narrator is absolutely amazing. I think Jennifer Ikeda made the story better. Her voice would have a different inflection for each character, and she would keep that consistently throughout the story. I didn’t need her to say which character was speaking because I could tell by the sound of her voice! She also managed to keep me completely hooked to the story, which is sometimes difficult when it’s an audio.

Overall, this book is dark, thrilling, steamy, and intense. Sarah J Maas creates another amazing story that’ll leave you desperate for more. The audiobook narrator definitely goes above and beyond and really enhances the story. A must read! (or listen!) 

Rating Report
Plot
four-stars
Characters
four-stars
Writing
four-half-stars
Pacing
three-half-stars
Romance
four-half-stars
Overall: 4.1

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  • I completely agree, it really gets off to a slow start but BAM it gets intense and WOAH later on in the book! I loved Feyre, but yeah she was really a badass but somehow she’s always surrounded by so many males lol. So glad to hear you loved it Marianne!

    • I hope Rhysand doesn’t break the Tamlin/Feyre ship D: I love Rhys but the point of this book was that Feyre proved how much she loved him… it would seem pointless lol.

  • Karen

    I keep hearing there’s a love triangle and I think it’s going to be 8 books total? I’m too impatient these days for that lol

    I’m glad you’re enjoying it though. My friends LOVE this series!

    Karen @For What It’s Worth

    • It’s only a trilogy! I agree. Books that have really long series really put me off!

      • Karen

        Oh you know what??? I was confusing it with her other series. And I have this one….I blame an overwhelming TBR pile for my confusion lol

  • i liked this one. But I can sympathize with the break-neck speed of the plot. At least I wasn’t bored while I was reading it. 🙂

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  • Erica Miller

    I need to pick this one up, I have it from the library but it goes back Sunday and I don’t think I’ll get to it. I love Sarah J. Maas and I know I’ll love it and your review definitely justifies my thoughts 🙂

  • I’m so happy that you enjoyed this one, Marianne! I really loved ACOTAR as well, and I’m so excited to hear that it’s been optioned for film! I felt the same way that you did about the pace of the book. I didn’t mind the slow pace of the first 60% but when we got to the epic last third of the book, I kind of wished the beginning had been a little bit more intense since the end was AMAZING! I’m not sure how I feel about Rhys yet… and I don’t want to see a love triangle. But it’s happening. I know it.

    • I love Rhys! Just… not with Feyre. I think that Feyre and Tamlin are perfect together (and besides that’s what the book’s purpose was… to prove Feyre and Tamlin are the OTP xD). I hope the love triangle doesn’t diminish my love for the book though. I’m really excited for A Court of Mist and Fury!

    • I love Rhys! Just… not with Feyre. I think that Feyre and Tamlin are perfect together (and besides that’s what the book’s purpose was… to prove Feyre and Tamlin are the OTP xD). I hope the love triangle doesn’t diminish my love for the book though. I’m really excited for A Court of Mist and Fury!

  • I LOVED this book!!! (Though I completely agree the pacing was very inconsistent and pretty wacky.) Glad to see you liked the audio so much as well. I may need to get the audio for my next reread. 🙂

    • I plan on re-reading it next year before the sequel comes out! I’m glad that other people share my thoughts about the pacing… I thought I was a black sheep here. Lol!

    • I plan on re-reading it next year before the sequel comes out! I’m glad that other people share my thoughts about the pacing… I thought I was a black sheep here. Lol!

  • I liked the first half more than the second half surprisingly. I really enjoyed the tension between Tamlin and Feyre!

  • I loved ACOTAR, but I agree that the pacing was very erratic and inconsistent. The first half of the book was a bit boring to me, but the second half totally made up for it. I’m glad to hear you enjoyed the book so much, Marianne!