A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J MaasHi! It’s Jennifer here, and this week I’d like to introduce a new friend and bookseller from my local independent bookstore, Joseph-Beth in Cincinnati, Ohio. Alia and I sat beside each other at Celeste Ng’s excellent talk on her novel Everything I Never Told You (which both had read and loved).

As often happens when two book lovers talk, we discovered our common love for great books. We’ll be teaming up with indie bookstores periodically into coming months. The whole team is delighted to have Alia here, so please join us in welcoming her here this week for our new occasional Bookseller Guest Post series …


A Court of Thorns and Roses

Sometimes we need a little romance. Sometimes we need a little fantasy. A Court of Thorns and Roses is the perfect blend. It rides the line between YA and Adult fiction and for good reason; it’s a sexy read. It drips with tension and angst and lust. These days, more and more adults are picking up quality YA. Add this one to your list.

I can’t resist a good Beauty and the Beast inspired story. I also can’t resist a well-written romance. Romance gets picked on quite a bit but the industry is booming and for good reason; good love stories are irresistible. Sarah J. Maas’ lush writing will pull you into the romantic world of dark magic and Faeries. By the end of the book, you’ll want to know more about the complex world she builds. If you already love her bestselling Throne of Glass series, you won’t be disappointed.

The novel opens on a cold wintry evening with huntress Feyre tracking a deer. Her family is depending on her for a kill. She kills an abnormally large wolf that turns out to be more than a wolf; it’s a shape-shifting High Faerie of the realm Prythian. A few hours later another beastly wolf bursts through her door and takes her to his realm as punishment. A life for a life he says. His friend is dead and she must pay. As Feyre is trapped in his realm and in his house, she learns more about Tamlin, her captor and immortal Faerie. Their strong personalities clash but slowly, they start to respect and fall for each other. He needs her and she must fight for him as darkness threatens to change his world forever.

Feyre and Tamlin don’t give up on each other and the most enjoyable aspect of the novel for me was seeing the development of their relationship and the sacrifices they make. Feyre is a strong woman! She doesn’t let him push her around and loves him fiercely. This couple is bound for greatness. I can’t wait for the next book in this series and I hope you’ll read it and love it as well.



Alia Jones is from Cincinnati, Ohio, and recently worked as a former Elementary ESL teacher in Daegu, South Korea. She currently works at Joseph Beth Booksellers in the Kids bookstore. She used to read a lot of romance but these days mostly reads children’s and YA. Her favorite authors and illustrators are Kevin Henkes, R.J. Palacio, Donna Jo Napoli, Sherman Alexie, Emma Dodd and Dan Yaccarino.


Have you read A Court of Thorns and Roses or another of Maas’s books? We’d love to hear what you think — please share in the comments below. Thanks!