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

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If you’re as obsessed with TikTok as I am and you’ve moseyed your way on over to #booktok, you know that Sarah J. Maas’s “A Court of Thorns and Roses” series is hot right now! After finding my for you page flooded with #booktok videos focusing on the series, I knew I’d have to read at least the first one.

Many of the reviews and videos surrounding the series label it as smut or “fairy porn,” but just how smutty and pornographic is the first book in the series A Court of Thorns and Roses? Only a true smut fan can answer. Let’s go:


“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.” (Source: Goodreads)

Popular Goodreads tags: fantasy, romance, young adult, new adult, fiction, retellings, fairies, fae, magic, young adult fantasy, paranormal

About the Author:

“Sarah J. Maas is the #1 New York Times and internationally bestselling author of the Crescent City, A Court of Thorns and Roses, and the Throne of Glass series. Her books have sold more than twelve million copies and are published in thirty-seven languages. A New York native, Sarah lives in Philadelphia with her husband, son, and dog. To find out more, visit or follow @therealsjmaas on Instagram.” (Source: Goodreads)

What I Liked About the Book:

Fantasy isn’t usually my cup of tea because the description of what the characters and setting look like are too much because the author is trying to create a fantasy world for the reader to picture. That being said, Maas did a great job of giving those vivid description without coming off too wordy.

As well, and in some way, the story reminded me of Beauty and the Beast which is one of my favorite fairy tales. It makes me wonder if the similarities between the two stories were intentional. Stockholm syndrome, a “masked” captor that has the ability to turn into a wolf, and majestic manor as her prison cell… Yeah, the similarities are uncanny in my opinion!

*Spoilers ahead! Proceed with caution.* Finally, Rhysand was good! Like Tamlin, Lucien, and everyone else under Amarantha’s grasp, he was just playing along in order to survive.

What I Disliked About the Book:

Some of the dialogue was just really cringy and made it seem like I was reading a young adult novel instead of a fantasy romance. Yes, I know romance novels are cringy in and of themselves, but I don’t understand why every male fairy has to “growl” everything they say. When I read, I tend to take those filler words for “said” literally, so if Tamlin or Rhysand “growled” something, I’m thinking that they roared like a lion before saying what they had to say and it killed the mood – anyone else?

*Spoilers ahead! Proceed with caution.* This second one could potentially be my own fault… Maybe I missed this, but I just don’t understand why Tamlin and Lucien couldn’t tell Feyre the truth about the blight. Did anyone ever say why they had to keep that hush hush, or was it just implied that Amarantha would somehow know that the truth was revealed and would wreak havoc as a result? I just feel like they made access to the “cure” for the blight so much harder than it had to be by keeping a tight lip. Again, maybe I missed it, but this was continually on my mind while reading the last quarter of the book.

*More spoilers ahead! Again, proceed with caution.* Third, and this really isn’t a bad thing, but, Maas has us all wanting Rhysand to sweep Feyre off her feet away from the lawful good that is Tamlin and it doesn’t happen! Why do I always have to love and root for the “bad guy” more than the stable, caring, and loving one?! Not fair, Maas, for throwing Rhysand into the mix for me to ship Feyre and Rhysand, and then Feyre chooses Tamlin! You can’t have Feyre describe him as the most beautiful man she’s ever seen and continually work with him throughout her trials, and then have her choose Tamlin… There, I said it!


Rating: 4 out of 5.

I loved reading this book and recommend it.

Would I consider this book “fairy porn”? Absolutely not. On the spice scale, I would rate this 🌶 (out of 5) because of a suggestive romantic encounter and a couple of implied romantic encounters. Nonetheless, this book was fantastic and I’m hooked on the series and Feyre’s adventures in Prythian! I need to know what happens next and if what I think will happen will actually happen.

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A Court of Thorns and Roses

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