Audiobook Review: A COURT OF THORNS & ROSES by Sarah J. Maas
Posted 06/10/2015 by alicemarvels in Fantasy
It’s always fun to try books you highly enjoy on audio for a re-read, and A Court of Thorns and Roses was just as much fun, if not more, the second time around. Jennifer Ikeda, a narrator who has charmed me before with her fantasy performances, narrates the voices of Feyre, Tamlin, Lucien and Rhysand beautifully. On the first read, the beginning of Feyre’s story was a bit slow, with the swoon (SO MUCH SWOON) and action escalating as the book went on, and I’m pleased to say a strong audio performance made that slow beginning much more bearable and interesting.
I was also surprised to like Feyre much more this time around, and I give credit to Ikeda making her more relatable and vulnerable. Originally I liked her, but found it slightly annoying that she was such an altruistic fantasy heroine martyr and a willing pawn to everyone in her life. Some of that annoyance slipped away, and I found myself easily rooting for her again. No surprise at all that my love for Rhysand increased tenfold—he is still the most interesting character. While I am not rooting for a romance with Feyre, I am DEFINITELY rooting for more Rhys in the next installment.
If you enjoy swoonworthy romance in your fantasy, and strong, memorable characters, this book will not disappoint (and in fact, anything by Sarah J. Maas is a safe bet). I highly recommend doing A Court of Thorns and Roses on audio if you can—it probably went up a full star for me due to fantastic narration.