Rereading A Court of Thorns and Roses Five Years Later…

Hello, bookish friends! ✨

Today we’re doing something slightly different and taking a stroll down memory lane. Ever since I finished reading Sarah J Maas’ newest novel House of Earth and Blood and didn’t love it, it had me wondering if I reread her other series would I still love them just as much? When I first read A Court of Thorns and Roses I fell in love with it instantly and gave it five stars. But back in 2015 I was just getting back into the swing of reading so it didn’t take much to impress me…if you don’t believe me, my 2015 Goodreads review is basically me gushing about how much I love Tamlin. Can I get a yikes?!

Now that it’s been just about five years since I read this book a lot has changed and I’ve grown much stingier with my ratings, like a whole lot stingier. I think I’ve read maybe three five star books in the last two years. So naturally I needed to go back and reread ACOTAR and today we’re going to be talk about my thoughts during the reread, if my rating changed, and if I’ll continue rereading the series.

Let’s dive in!


Thoughts During the Reread

A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)πŸ’πŸ»β€β™€οΈ Nesta is A BITCH. I mean… we all knew that, right? Don’t get me wrong Nesta is one of my favorite characters in this series but even I can’t justify why she’s so rotten in the the first book. Towards the end when Feyre goes back home we start to learn that there is definitely more than meets the eye with Nesta….but she’s still mean as hell.

🧐 Lucien was the mean one? I have absolutely zero recollection of Lucien being so hostile towards Feyre. So, I was super surprised reading the dialogue between him and Feyre where he admits that if things had gone Lucien’s way Tamlin would have gutted her and been done with the whole situation.

πŸ‘Ή I didn’t hate Tamlin. I thought going into this I would immediately loathe Tamlin’s presence the minute he barged into Feyre’s cottage, but for some reason I just couldn’t bring myself to do it. I am willing to even go as far as admitting that I still kind of felt bad for him in this book after all he’s been through in his life prior to meeting Feyre. However, once they were Under the Mountain I will say that I was definitely a bit peeved that Tamlin used his one chance to see Feyre to try and have sex with her tucked away from everyone else while at a party. But I guess when you figure you’re one day away from dying you want to live a little.

πŸ’€ The Suriel. Feyre thinking “stay with the High Lord” meant for her to stay with Tamlin cracked me up every time. Oh honey, you got a big storm coming in the next book.

😭 I’m not crying, you’re crying. You guys… I did not expect to be so emotional during this reread, specifically any time Rhys was present. When I read the classic line “there you are, I’ve been looking for you”, I may or may not have given myself a pep talk to get it together. Then when Feyre was Under the Mountain and Rhys was helping her I was basically reduced to a puddle of tears with every interaction they had. For readers who haven’t read book two (or Chapter 54 to be exact) it’s obvious that he’s helping her but you don’t realize how much or why. Once you read the second book and FULLY understand….it feels like a knife to the heart but in a good way.


The Verdict

Original Rating

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Reread Rating

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So, I bumped my rating down from five stars to four which I kind of figured would happen. I will say though, that I still really enjoyed this reread. Part of me feels like I enjoyed it more this time around knowing everything that will happen in the following books. There are so many little tiny details that become painfully obvious with foreshadowing for the next books that it made me stop and think a few times “how did I miss this?” But another part of me doesn’t know if anything will ever top reading this book for the first time.

Either way, I’m actually really glad I decided to reread this because it also helped me get out of my reading slump which is a double win in my eyes. Initially, I was only planning on reading ACOTAR but after enjoying it as much as I did I am most definitely picking up A Court of Mist and Fury next, and I’m sure this time there will be A LOT more tears along the way.

Until next time,

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14 thoughts on “Rereading A Court of Thorns and Roses Five Years Later…

  1. I read Harry Potter the first time again, after probably 10 years, or at least since the books have been released, and this time I picked the audiobooks, but the experience was as good as I remembered even better – BUT I’ve read quite a few books again, over the years, and with time my perception about many of these books had changed. The all consuming feeling I had when I read them the first time, just wasn’t there anymore.

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    1. I feel you! I reread the first HP book about a year ago and it had probably been about 10 years also since my last time reading it. Luckily I was still super into it but that’s why I’m always so hesitant to reread something I loved because I don’t wait to ruin that experience of reading it for the first time.

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      1. There is always the chance we won’t like it the second time as much as we remember – it’s incredibly sad when that happens.

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  2. omggg I felt the same way about hamlin when I read this one! I didn’t entirely hate but something totally felt off about him to me… like I could not pin point it at the time but I was like still not 100% on board w him. And I had the same thought process during the part in the end where he just wanted to have sex w her instead of attempting to save her… like waaat?! Great post! I’ve been thinking about rereading these myself!

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  3. Oooh this is such a fun post! I also don’t remember Lucien being mean! I borrowed this book on my library app and loved it so much I had to buy the physical copy. After I learned about the love triangle in the 2nd book, I almost refused to read it but I heard it was better than the first. I fell in love with the story and Rhys. I’m almost scared to reread it because I don’t want to be disappointed LOL. I’m glad you still enjoyed the story though! ❀

    Amber @ Escape Life in the Pages

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    1. Thank you so much! πŸ’•

      I’m typically not a fan of rereading books because I always think I’ll end up not loving it as much but this worked out surprisingly well obviously lol! Book two was my absolute favorite out of all of them so I’m definitely more nervous to pick up ACOMAF then I was this book.

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  4. AHHHH, ALANA THIS POST IS SO GOOOOOD!

    Okay, now that I’ve got that out of my system – WOW. I love how you compared your ratings in this review/reflection post. I also laughed when you said “can I get a yikes?” #priceless.

    To be honest, when I first read ACOTAR I was never fully invested. I never bought into the romance [I always just felt a little off about it?], I hated Feyre’s family with a seething passion and I was straight up bored until under the mountain. Then ACOMAF happened and my ENTIRE perspective changed. If it’s even possible, I think I love this series more than ToG now??? And, funnily enough, I have a deeper appreciation for ACOTAR now that I get all those little nods and hints.

    ALSO “THERE YOU ARE” GETS ME EVERY SINGLE DANG TIME. Bring on the water works. ❀ ❀ ❀

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    1. Ahhhh thank you!! I really appreciate that since I’ve been trying to figure some new post ideas aside from book reviews and tags haha!

      I could definitely understand where you’re coming from! ACOMAF completely obliterated my heart in the best way possible!

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  5. I’ve reread the first 2 books a few times over the last couple of years, but I listened to ACOTAR through audio a few months ago and legit sobbed almost every single time Rhys was present. Stupid goddamn Rhysand, making me feel EVERYTHING. 😭 RIP your heart for the ACOMAF reread. β™₯

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