Audiobook Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas (a reread)

Posted June 26, 2023 by Stephanie in 5 Stars, A Court of Thorns and Roses, Fantasy, Review / 6 Comments

Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #1
Publication: May 5, 2015 by Recorded Books
Genre: Fantasy
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Rating: 5/5★

Dripping with passion and danger, this tantalising opening to the bestselling fantasy romance series (inspired by Beauty and the Beast) from Sarah J Maas follows mortal Feyre who, after accidentally killing a faerie, finds herself hostage in the mystical lands of Prythian.

Feyre is a huntress. And when she sees a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she kills the predator and takes its prey to feed herself and her family. But the wolf was not what it seemed, and Feyre cannot predict the high price she will have to pay for its death …

Dragged away from her family for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding even more than his piercing green eyes suggest.

As Feyre’s feelings for Tamlin turn from hostility to passion, she learns that the faerie lands are a far more dangerous place than she realized. And Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.

 

My first read of this book was eight years ago so I thought it was time to finally do a reread of it, something I had been wanting to do for ages since A Court of Thorns and Roses still is one of my favorite series. I decided to read it as an audiobook this time and I think I even enjoyed it more than I did that first time reading it.

When I first started my reread I was a little worried that I wouldn’t enjoy it as much as I did all those years ago, which is a thing that happens for sure. You can’t keep loving every single book as much as you did the first time. But luckily this wasn’t one of those books that lost it’s lustre. I’ve read all the books in the series so far and even with all the knowledge I have from the other books, I still loved A Court of Thorns and Roses so very much. I even fell back in love with Tamlin (I’m sure the next book will make me fall back out of love with him but still!)

Our main character is Feyre, who hunts to keep her family (father and two older sisters) fed. One day she accidentally (or maybe not) kills a faerie in his wolf form. Not long after a beast comes charging through the door, demanding repayment for killing his friend. In exchange Feyre will come to Prythian, the land of the faeries to spend the remaining time of her life there. A life for a life, pretty much. We come to known the beast, once he changes back to his fae form as Tamlin, the High Lord of the Spring Court. Slowly but surely Feyre and Tamlin begin to get to know each other, becoming friends and even more. But it isn’t safe for Feyre to remain at the Spring Court and with Tamlin. There’s a curse and an evil queen coming for him and his court. This is a fairly straightforward recap but there’s so much more to the story!

It’s been eight years so I obviously didn’t remember all the details very well and it was nice to dive back into this world from the very beginning. I wasn’t quite surprised at how dark this book actually was, but I feel like I didn’t quite remember the darkness all that well. Feyre went through so much in this book, as did Tamlin. I also forgot how many scary creatures appear in this book. Sometimes I actually got chills reading their descriptions.

Which brings me to my next topic, the writing. I still can’t quite believe A Court of Thorns and Roses was Sarah J. Maas’s debut book because it was so very beautifully written. Gorgeous descriptions, especially once Feyre enters Prythian. I just loved it and ate it all up. And the romance! Ugh! It was just as good as the first time around. The slow-burn between Feyre and Tamlin at the Spring Court hit all the right places and when they finally gave in to their desire? It was the chef’s kiss. I can’t really ignore what I know from the other books so I do have to say I’m not team Tamlin anymore at this point in time but in this first book they were perfect.

I also need to talk about Rhysand. We first meet him as an abslolute bastard and wow I had forgotten how villainy he could be. Which makes him even more attractive in my eyes. But anyways, Maas wrote him perfectly. Especially since I can now pick up on things that I didn’t know about before when I first read the book. Especially the last scene with him and Feyre was so delicious, actually knowing what was happening. If you know, you know. Also, shout out to Lucien, my favorite redhead, who continues to be one of my favorite character in the series.

Jennifer Ikeda was the narrator of this audiobook. I think it was the first time listening to her narrating a book but she did a fantastic job. I always say that the narrator can make or break an audiobook for me. Sad but true. Jennifer Ikeda, though? She absolutely rocked this one. I literally have nothing negative to say about her narrating A Court of Thorns and Roses. She did a magnificent job!

 

 

About the author:

Sarah J. Maas is the #1 New York Times and internationally bestselling author of the Throne of Glass, Court of Thorns and Roses, and Crescent City series. Her books have sold millions of copies and are published in thirty-seven languages.

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6 responses to “Audiobook Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas (a reread)

    • That’s how I felt with Throne of Glass. I didn’t like the first two books very much and then the third one changed everything for me. But of course some books are just not for everyone. When I’ve read Fourth Wing I can let you know if it compares with ACOTAR. 🙂

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