What I’m Reading: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Mass

YA Book Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

I was pretty excited to read this second series by Throne of Glass author Sara J. Maas. And I have to say that my feelings about A Court of Thorns and Roses are pretty mixed. You can find my review of Throne of Glass here.

Loosely based on the fairy tale, Beauty and the Beast, A Court of Thorns and Roses(associate link) takes place in a fantastical land of High Fae and Fairies, into which a human girl, Feyre, is thrown. While this book can be found alongside the Throne of Glass books in the young adult section of the book store, let’s get one thing straight – this is not a young adult fairy tale, this is clearly New Adult. There are some fairly explicit sexual scenes in this book, not to mention some pretty gory violence. This might surprise some people who are looking for more of the typical innocent cut-scene type stuff seen in young adult fiction. The problem, it seems, is that “New Adult” is mostly a theoretical category of fiction, and not yet a reality. Also, while the book had these “gritty” sex scenes, I didn’t feel like it needed it. They could have been toned way down and the story might actually have been better.

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Now, because of that, my review of this novel is fairly mixed. I liked the story, but what I loved was the unique world of Fairies Maas has created. But A Court of Thorns and Roses is primarily a romance, and I felt that Feyre was constantly being rescued by very handsome, very powerful men. This was pretty unlike the Throne of Glass universe (though, arguably, Caeleana is still rescued by many men in those books, too). And I’m not a big fan of books like this. I like adventure, I like boldness, and I like heroines that don’t have to be rescued. I also don’t like drop-dead gorgeous men…much (give me men with substance).

All of that said, I still enjoyed ACOTAR, but not as much as TOG. And then there is still that pesky issue of this being classified as teen fiction… Yeah, I’m a bit torn. It was good, but could have been better. I’ll give it a 3/5. I’ll probably read the next book in the series, but it’s not something I feel I need to pick up immediately.

J. E. Hunter is the author of the Black Depths Series. Tales of a Redheaded Sea-Witch, and Black Depths, the first two books of the series can be found on  Amazon,  Kobo,  iBooks,  Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords. The third book, Dark Shores, was released April 1, 2016. The fourth and last book of the Black Depths series, Twisted Currents, will be released in the fall of 2016.

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