A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

5 Stars!

 Where to start? I heard that this is a Beauty and the Beast retelling, but I have no experience with the story other than watching the Disney classic as a child. For me, there were vague similarities that I wouldn’t have noticed if I hadn’t known it was a retelling. Other than that, it was an original story that I devoured. DEVOURED.
I picked it up on Audible, not really expecting to love it as much as I did. I usually listen to audiobooks while doing the dishes at night (after the kids are asleep). It’s become part of my nightly ritual that I love, so I always have at least 3 books going. 1 audiobook, 1 ebook, and a physical book. I’m not really an auditory type of person, so the audiobooks usually take me much longer to read because I only listen to them at that specific time of day. Generally a month or more per book.  So it was nice, that I was able to pretty much listen to the story all day (and still get stuff done). What was not great, was that every time my children asked me a question they got a “what?” followed by a sigh as I pulled out my earbuds so I could solve the next child crisis. Luckily, that was for only one day because like mentioned before, I couldn’t stop listening.
I’ve heard so much hype about Sarah J. Maas and honestly expected to be disappointed. I just finished a book that, in my opinion, was overly hyped in the YA Instagram segment. I absolutely hated it. (OK, I lie.) I didn’t hate the book, I hated the ending. But back to A Court of Thorns and Roses (ACOTAR), Sarah Maas created a tremendously magical world that I was able to believe in. I was swept away into the magic of this world and didn’t want to leave. Not for one minute. I was enchanted by the deeply layered characters (though I didn’t feel Tamlin got quite enough build). The next book is already out, and I can’t wait to start it. I have no idea how I will wait for the 3rd book. If I love A Court of Mist and Fury as much as I loved ACOTAR, then the wait will be torturous. Luckily for me, she has another series I haven’t read that I hope to love just as much.
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