Mini Book Reviews

A Court of Thorns and Roses (YA)

by Sarah J. Maas

This book is a mash-up retelling of Beauty and the Beast and the legend of Tam Lin, intended for a YA audience, with a good deal of faerie mixed in.

I disliked this book so much I couldn’t even finish it–I made it about three-quarters of the way through. I almost stopped twice before that, but those are two of my favorite legends, and I really wanted to see what she did with them, so I pushed through.

My three major issues: too much sex (definitely not suitable for a younger audience); one of my least favorite characters was getting way too much “screen time”; and I didn’t like her writing style (which was what nearly made me quit the first couple of times). That said, she has a rabid fan base that eagerly awaits each upcoming book, and many of them adore the character I hate. To each his/her own.

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