Book Review: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas

acomafTitleA Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2)
Author: Sarah J Maas
Pages: 640
Release Date: May 3, 2016
Genre: YA Fantasy, New Adult Fantasy
SummaryFeyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court–but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms–and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future–and the future of a world cleaved in two.


TRB Review – 4/5

I’m going to try my absolute hardest to keep this review spoiler free, but there’s so much to discuss and it’s hard to do that without delving into details, hmm this will be very difficult. Just in case, if you’ve yet to sell your bookish soul to the lovely Sarah J Maas and her Night Court (meaning you have not finished ACOMAF yet) – do not read beyond the “STOP READING HERE” warning I’ve set up for you below. Instead, skip to the comments and tell me whether or not you’ve started the series, and what you think!

A Court of Mist and Fury is the second book in the Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J Maas. The hype that surrounded ACOMAF on Bookstagram is what lead me to reading series. I am very happy that I did, but like I mentioned in my ACOTAR review, I think the hype surrounding them was a little bigger than the truthful quality of the content. Before you start angrily thrashing your keyboard in the comments – I say this only because of how long it takes for the story to really get good. Maas takes some freedom in the buildup to the most important parts of the story, although in this second book the time spent in the first half is necessary because of the internal struggle that Feyre is facing and must overcome for the story to continue as it does.

STOP READING HERE
(skip to the comments if you have not yet finished ACOMAF, spoilers ahead)

Where do I even begin. While reading the first book I had a very hard time liking the main character, Feyre. She was a strong and tougher than nails, but the broken and hopeless girl from the first book transformed into a hardened and guarded Feyre moving into ACOMAF. After her trials Under the Mountain and the transformation that she experienced, she had some soulful healing to do and I think that Maas did an excellent job letting us into her head and heart and experiencing her pain and fears along side of her.

I immediately regretted my prior fondness of Tamlin. It was apparent very quickly to me why everyone was on “Team Rhysand” from the end of ACOTAR, I think I was just blinded by Tamlin’s High Fae glamour or something? It’s no excuse. I about hooted and hollered when Rhysand swooped in and saved the day, and I was very mad at Feyre for her ignorance. I really thought that Tamlin was out of the picture, but surprise surprise when he and his snot nosed court showed back up to ruin the day! Although to be fair, I did really like Lucien and still believe that he’s going to break away from the madness of Tamlin’s corruption…but who am I to interject my personal thoughts and opinions here. Actually, this has turned into more of a discussion than review anyway it would seem.

The unique way that Maas introduces her characters and builds you up to their full personality and character potential is very interesting to me, and I enjoyed learning about each of them (Rhysand’s right-hand ladies and gents) as Feyre spent more time in the Night Court. They continued to awe me event towards the end of the book, of course there is an air of mystery around them all anyway but as pasts are revealed the characters are really rounded out. I was thrilled that there was so much more going on in ACOMAF, the lack of action bored me before which was very well made up for this time around. Feyre continually grew and developed, a great improvement from her hopeless romantic persona in ACOTAR. She was so snarky, it made me laugh out loud more times than I can count on my fingers and toes!

It’s true, I have jumped on the Rhysand train and I refuse to look back. He’s the newest addition to my ever-growing book boyfriend list, and I mean, if he’s ever looking for a new mate…

I’ve definitely fallen in love with the world that Maas has created in this series. Velaris, really the Night Court as a whole, has stolen my heart and refuses to release it back to the real world. I am looking very forward to the next book, A Court of Wings and Ruin, which is set to release in May of 2017. Yikes, that’s so far away! I’m assuming if you’ve come this far you must have finished the book, I am really curious to know what other readers thought?

Comment below with your thoughts on ACOMAF. What did you think? I have so many questions that I hope ACOWAR answers next year, until then I will burn my Starfall & Rhysand candles and make irrational and unnecessary bookish purchases to hold me over.

Book Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas

acotar-coverSynopsis:

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin–one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow over the faerie lands is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin–and his world–forever.


TRB Review – 5/5

An impressive reweaving of the classic Beauty and the Beast with it’s own fantastic twist on the enchanting world of magic and faeries. Sarah J Maas did an incredible job creating a world that not for one second did I want to leave for my own reality!

The honest reason that I started this book (it should be known early on that this was my first Maas novel) was because of all the hype that I saw on social media about it and it’s sequel, A Court of Mist and Fury. By the time I came around to joining the Maas fandom, there were already five books in her Throne of Glass series and two in this series. I do own Throne of Glass, but my boyfriend started reading it at the same time I started ACOTAR so I’ll be moving on to that one a few weeks from now. Sometimes I think I have too many books, then I laugh and remind myself that there is no such thing as I run to my bookshelves and start singing merrily while I admire them all in their glory!

I’ll probably lose some bookish friends over what I am saying here, but perhaps it will be understood that I have not yet continued on to ACOMAF (which has been ordered btw, it should be arriving Tuesday afternoon). That seems to be where most of the hype stems from. Rhysand anyone? Maybe I’ll be forgiven.

Okay. Here goes.

For all of the hype that this series received, I don’t fully understand what was so fantastic. I only say this because it took almost 100 pages for me to truly be convinced it was worth finishing, and I honestly didn’t even realize that there were traces of a Beauty and the Beast retelling until my bf pointed out the running theme in her books after he read something about it online. Then it clicked. That’s enough negativity, I admit that I became addicted quickly once the story picked up!

The main character, Feyre, is well rounded from the start. Her struggles and upbringing do her no favors, and in spite of those things she blossoms into a very strong female protagonist. Her main concerns are consistently the safety and wellness of her sisters and father, which was refreshing to see. Of course there’s the romance that builds up as the story moves forward, OH THE ROMANCE!! Sometimes I really despise writing no-spoiler reviews because I have so many questions and I need answers 😬 Discussion anyone?

I’d like to see a bit less of the more of the broken and hopeless Feyre, and more of the fiesty and courageous gal that had this conversation:

“Do you ever stop being so serious and dull?”
“Do you ever stop being such a prick?” I snapped back.
Dead—really, truly, I should have been dead for that.
But Lucien grinned at me. “Much better.”

I was very impressed with the mortal/magical realm(s) that Maas created. The creatures, Fae and Faeries specifically, were unlike anything I’ve read before. There were some completely new aspects to these creatures that I’ve not seen in a story before, but her descriptiveness really brought out the vivid imagery in my mind and made it very possible to picture everything. Of course, at one point I got caught up in fan art on Pinterest too, seeing other people’s renditions of characters is always exciting!

Once I fell for the characters and things started getting a bit more interesting, I couldn’t put this book down. I binge read it in about 3 days (considering I have full-time work and school, that’s the fastest I’ve read a book in years) and I seriously debated for an additional 24 hours whether or not it would be appropriate to revoke my book ban to order ACOMAF, which definitely happened. I’m hoping that ACOMAF is not as slow starting, I truly do have a new outlook going into the sequel even if it is 85% for my excitement in discovering Rhysand and all of his glory that people can’t stop raving about!

Have you read A Court of Thorns and Roses? Tell us what YOU thought about it in the comments below!


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About the Author:

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Sarah J. Maas is the #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series, as well as A Court of Thorns and Roses and A Court of Mist and Fury. A New York native, Sarah currently lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and dog.

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