Mini Reviews: A Court of Thorns and Roses Series 1 – 3

Posted September 18, 2017 by Kathy in 3.5 Stars, 4 stars, Audiobook Review, Book Review / 6 Comments

Mini Reviews: A Court of Thorns and Roses Series 1 – 3A Court of Thorns and Roses Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #1
by Sarah J Maas
Narrator: Jennifer Ikeda
Published by Recorded Books on May 5, 2015
Genres: New Adult Fantasy 18+
Length: 16 hours and 7 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
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four-stars
two-flames

Feyre's survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price ...

Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre's presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.

 

A Court of Thorns and Roses is a Beauty and the Beast retelling filled with romance and action. The first half of the book had a slow pace, building up the romance between Feyre, a mortal human, and Tamlin, a high lord Fae. As they spend time together their discriminations of each other’s race are broken down. Feyre and Tamlin form a friendship and a forbidden romance. Their romance was such a slow build I didn’t know what to expect from this book. I thought the romance was sweet and their chemistry was intense, I loved that they finally revealed their feelings for each other. The action and suspense of the last third of the book had me on the edge of my seat and I couldn’t put this book down. Despite the slow pace I did enjoy this and I’m starting the second book now. I need to know what happens next for Feyre and Tamlin!

 

Mini Reviews: A Court of Thorns and Roses Series 1 – 3A Court of Mist and Fury Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #2
by Sarah J Maas
Narrator: Jennifer Ikeda
Published by Recorded Books on May 3, 2016
Genres: New Adult Fantasy 18+
Length: 23 hours and 16 minutes
Format: Audiobook
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three-half-stars
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Feyre survived Amarantha's clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can't forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin's people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas's masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.

 

3.5 Stars for A Court of Mist and Fury

A Court of Mist and Fury is the second book in the A Court of Thorns and Roses series. This was a good sequel but I thought the pace was slow. I also was frustrated with Feyre. Feyre is recovering from the events in book one. Her experience Under the Mountain was horrific but instead of trying to heal Feyre and Tamlin acted like nothing had happened. Their lack of communication causes a rift in their relationship. It was repetitive how Feyre felt “damaged” but didn’t seek help on how to heal. This part of the book was boring until Rhysand becomes a key player in the story. I loved Rhysand and the Night Court! Rhysand and his family (Mor, Cassian, Azriel, and Amren) brought excitement, humor and surprising twists to the story. Despite the slow pace I am starting the next book now. The final chapters were worth the slow build up and I can’t wait to find out what happens next.

As a side note – this series is labelled as Young Adult but with the explicit sex scenes this is more appropriate for readers 18 years and older.

 

Mini Reviews: A Court of Thorns and Roses Series 1 – 3A Court of Wings and Ruin Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #3
by Sarah J Maas
Narrator: Amanda Leigh Cobb
Published by Recorded Books on May 2, 2017
Genres: New Adult Fantasy 18+
Length: 25 hours and 8 minutes
Format: Audiobook
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three-half-stars
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Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin's manoeuvrings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit – and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords – and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.

 

3.5 Stars for A Court of Wings and Ruin

 

A Court of Wings and Ruin is the third book in the A Court of Thorns and Roses series.  I thought this was good but I was frustrated with the slow pace and with Feyre.  She is still portrayed as “damaged” and in turn makes Tamlin out to be a monster.  Tamlin does have his faults, he is domineering and controlling, but Feyre was not innocent and played a role in their breakup. I hated how vindictive Feyre became and the damage she caused. If it weren’t for the charm of Rhysand, Cassian and Azriel I probably would have stopped reading this book. The overall plot was interesting and exciting but the pace was too slow. It was a mixture of boring dialogue and too many sex scenes that made this book drag on.  At 700 pages (or 25 hours for the audiobook) this was too long and a lot of unnecessary scenes could have been edited out.  Despite the issues I had with this book I did enjoy the ending.  It was exciting, suspenseful and heartbreaking. It was a good surprise.  I do want to read the next books in this series, they will be focused on the supporting characters I loved, but I hope they aren’t long books.

 

About Sarah J Maas

Sarah J. Maas is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series and A Court of Thorns and Roses series, as well as a USA Today and international bestselling author. Sarah wrote the first incarnation of the Throne of Glass series when she was just sixteen, and it has now sold in thirty-five languages. A New York native, Sarah currently lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and dog. Empire of Storms, the fifth Throne of Glass novel, will release on September 6th, 2016.

She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Hamilton College in 2008 with a degree in Creative Writing and a minor in Religious Studies.

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6 responses to “Mini Reviews: A Court of Thorns and Roses Series 1 – 3

  1. So, I’ve read all of the books in her other series, the ToG series, and I’ve loved them. Except for the latest one just released. And I know I want to get this series as well. I think Maas is great. But I think I will wait a bit and catch up on some other series first. And the nest one in this series isn’t coming out until 2018, so I hear. So, I think I have some time. I will get to it soon, though.
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    • Kathy

      She is a great writer but I was frustrated with the slow pace. I need to catch up on ToG now, but I don’t think I’ll read them back-to-back. I’ll take a break in between them lol. Thanks Rebecca for stopping by and I hope you have a great week!

    • Kathy

      Even though I had some issues with the books I liked this series. I need to catch up on her other series now. Thanks Lark for stopping by and I hope you like this series too.

  2. I’m glad you enjoyed this series. I completely get how a book can be too long. I’ve read some of those before. I hope you enjoy her next series even more. Great reviews.