Mini Review| A Court of Thorns and Roses and Half Bad

Hi Readers!

For a while now, I’ve been stacking up my reviews to the point where the list got a little bit out of control. The reason is because I’m crazy and I had, for some ungodly reason, decided to review every book that I’ve decided to read.

So, because I have bitten more than I could chew, I now have to try and find a way to write ALL these reviews. But then that means it would be cutting into my reading time.

So to combat this, I’ve decided to do mini reviews, which will be posted every Monday, to try and decrease this ever growing list of mine.

So without further ado, Let’s get started!

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas

Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses | Author: Sarah J Maas | Published: 2015 by Bloomsbury Children’s | Pages: 419 | Format: Ebook

Rating: 2.75 Stars

Synopsis: Feyre is a huntress. She thinks nothing of slaughtering a wolf to capture its prey. But, like all mortals, she fears what lingers mercilessly beyond the forest. And she will learn that taking the life of a magical creature comes at a high price…

Imprisoned in an enchanted court in her enemy’s kingdom, Feyre is free to roam but forbidden to escape. Her captor’s body bears the scars of fighting, and his face is always masked – but his piercing stare draws her ever closer. As Feyre’s feeling for Tamlin begin to burn through every warning she’s been told about his kind, an ancient, wicked shadow grows.

Feyre must find a way to break a spell, or lose her heart forever. (Goodreads)


My Thoughts

When I had picked up to read this book, I initially didn’t have a lot of expectations. Although it was quite hyped up, there were a lot of mixed reviews surrounding this book. Some loved it and some despised its existence. So, me being me, I was curious.

Now that I have finished this book. I can easily see why this book would be considered a “guilty pleasure” amongst the book community.  I, however, had very mixed feelings… Let me explain.

I was pleasantly surprised that I kinda enjoyed the first half of this book. Well, that’s if you ignore the mediocre writing style. I think it was the way that Sarah J Maas had written the world that she had created, made me want to find out more about it. However, at the same time, the writing style had some questionable parts in it.

“I took a gasping breath, not realising I had been holding it.” 😒

The plot was pretty much self-explanatory. It was pretty much a Beauty and the Beast retelling with a twist. For me, what drove me to finish this book was to see how similar it was to the original Beauty and the Beast story. I always find it interesting how authors find clever ways to shape and manipulate the original lore to fit within their story.

Some parts of the lore went really well with the story. However, other parts… not so much. It was especially evident when it came to Feyra’s character. It just felt that Sarah J Maas was trying to incorporate the soft-hearted girl – which was prominent in the original Beauty, with a Katniss-like personality. And, it just didn’t work.

Now, I am not saying that strong women and girls can’t be soft-hearted. I just felt that the Author was trying to put two opposing personalities into one body and it just didn’t work with the story.

Now, the second half of the book was a complete and utter mess. The characterisation of the villain was terrible. Throughout the book, she was described as this ruthless and vicious being who took down armies upon armies of people. But when it came to introducing her, Amarantha just sounded like a typical cheesy villain from a comic, dishing out riddles and tests.

Honestly, I bet the Riddler, could give her a run for her money. I just felt like she was just there to try and prolong the story.

Overall, the book wasn’t terrible… but at the same time, it also wasn’t good. I felt that this book had a way of captivating you even though you know its bad. You know, kinda like chocolate cake. 😋🎂

But unlike chocolate cake, this book leaves you with a bitter after taste in your mouth. Thing is, I was not going read the rest of the series but I’ve heard that the second book is ALOT better than the first.

Sigh. Guess I’ll have to read it then!

Half Bad by Sally Green

Title: Half Bad | Author: Sally Green | Published: 2014 by Viking Books | Pages: 394 | Format: Ebook

Rating: 1.5 Stars

Synopsis: Wanted by no one. Hunted by everyone.Sixteen-year-old Nathan lives in a cage: beaten, shackled, trained to kill. In a modern-day England where two warring factions of witches live amongst humans, Nathan is an abomination, the illegitimate son of the world’s most terrifying and violent witch, Marcus.

Nathan’s only hope for survival is to escape his captors, track down Marcus, and receive the three gifts that will bring him into his own magical powers—before it’s too late. But how can Nathan find his father when there is no one safe to trust, not even family, not even the girl he loves? (Goodreads)


My Thoughts

I first heard about this book when I watched Jesse the Reader on Booktube. I found the premise quite interesting so I was curious to read it.

Unfortunately, I could not even get past the halfway mark of this book. For some reason, I just hated the writing style in this book. It was frustratingly distracting. Every time I would try and read it, I would find myself disengaging with the story.

Overall, I had to DNF this book because I just wasn’t interested in finishing it. I really tried to make myself read this book, but in the end, I just didn’t care. About the story or the characters. I mean, it wasn’t necessarily a bad book. It just wasn’t for me.

Have you read ACOTAR or Half Bad? Do you know any Grimm Brothers tales? When was the last book you DNFed?

I’D LOVE TO KNOW

Until Next Time,

Jaz xoxo

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