Author: Sarah J. Maas
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Feyre is immortal.After rescuing her lover Tamlin from a wicked Faerie Queen, she returns to the Spring Court possessing the powers of the High Fae. But Feyre cannot forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin's people - nor the bargain she made with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court.As Feyre is drawn ever deeper into Rhysand's dark web of politics and passion, war is looming and an evil far greater than any queen threatens to destroy everything Feyre has fought for. She must confront her past, embrace her gifts and decide her fate.She must surrender her heart to heal a world torn in two.
|My opinion was so different on the reread!|
The first time I finished the book, I felt like the series could have been a standalone and I would have been happy. Tamlin and Feyre got to walk off into the sunset together and it felt like a good place to end. But her deal with Rhysand was still there and still needed to play out. I was so nervous to get to the second book before I reread A Court of Thorns and Roses. I hadn't warmed to Rhysand the first time I read the book, so the thought of Feyre having to spend so much time in the Night Court didn't really appeal to me. I had read Queen of Shadows, so I knew how poorly Maas could handle the characterisation of her own character in order to create new romances. So I was pretty terrified to get to A Court of Mist and Fury before the reread. I am so pleased I reread though as it put my feelings about the book into perspective and made me so much less nervous for the book. I felt that my changing feelings about book one meant that I would be less disappointed if the sequel was completely disappointing.
|My Maas feels by the end!|
I need to talk a lot about this book, so this review will be split in to two part. The first where I can talk about my feelings about the book as a whole, without spoiling anything. Then I am going to go into all my spoilery feels about this book. I will warn you before we get to that so you can skip it completely. So, to the non-spoilery list of why I LOVED this book.
|Sums up my feels on the character growth!|
- The character growth: Oh my, the character growth in this book is my absolute favourite thing. It is just perfection. The events of book one were pretty brutal and not something our characters should easily get over, and that is so clear in this book. Our characters are struggling with the things they have been through, and we see the different effects this has on them. I love when books properly explore PTSD and the fact characters shouldn't be able to magically move on from horrific events with it having zero impact on who they are.
- The romance: I will say very little about the romance here, I just want to say that it was completely perfect and I LOVE IT!
- The story: I enjoyed this book so much more than book one and felt the story had so much more going on. We have Feyre getting used to her High Fae powers and having to learn how to use the powers she has gained. There is imminent war and everything that involves. We get to explore so many new Courts and areas and see so much more of the world and magic.
|Me to all the new characters|
- The new characters: The new characters in this book are the very definition of squad goals. Taylor Swift has nothing on this lot! I felt like we were quite isolated in book one before we got to go Under the Mountain. We didn't have the opportunity to meet many new characters in ACOTAR, so I was so excited by the endless new characters we meet in this. Not only that, but we also got to discover so much more about the characters from book one, and that was fascinating to me.
Now that is it for my non-spoilery thoughts. I loved this book far too much to not want to go into detail about its awesomeness. If you haven't read it yet, you really should. Don't put it off because you're nervous. Or you have had aspects spoiled for you and don't think you will enjoy it. Give it a go. I almost didn't read this book after the romance storyline was spoiled for me. But I read it anyway and ended up loving this book a million times more than book one. READ IT! Then come discuss with me, as I want to hear all your thoughts.
Tamlin: Oh Tamlin, I thought I was going to hate Maas for whatever she had in store for your character. Instead I ended up loving her for it. Maas has finally given me something that I have been craving from YA for so long now - to show the Bella/Edward types of relationships for what they actually are, abuse. These types of relationships are not healthy, they are controlling and they should not be romanticised. Under the mountain, Tamlin watched as Feyre had to fight to save him and ended up being killed in the process, he then watched her be brought back to life. He's experienced what it feels like to lose someone he loves, and he is determined to never let that happen again. He's willing to do whatever that takes - even if that means taking away all of Feyre's choices, deciding everything for her and controlling her, but trying to brush it off as him protecting her and doing it out of love. He's smothering her, controlling her and locking her away when it is the last thing she needs. But to him that is love, he is doing it to protect her and believes he knows best for her. The thing is, just because you do it out of love, it doesn't make it any less wrong. And finally we have an author who picks apart that 'I'm protecting you, I love you' excuse and not letting it excuse shitty behaviour. THANK YOU, MAAS! And she also gives us a female character who can also see that this behaviour isn't acceptable and shouldn't be something she puts up with. I just felt that this was handled so beautifully in the book and sends out a really important message, one I applaud Maas for. I am sorry to any big Tamlin fans out there who couldn't get passed this. but I was just so happy to finally have a young adult book that addresses this kind of relationship and doesn't romanticise it. I like that Tamlin didn't change as a character, it is just that we finally get to learn his whole story. In book one we only learn what Tamlin is willing to reveal about himself. In this book we finally get to hear the truth about Tamlin and all that he is done and, let's be real, the guy is a giant dick and a liar, or just someone who avoids telling the truth when it suits him.
I was not a pet, not a doll, not an animal.
I was a survivor, and I was strong.
I would not be weak, or helpless again.
I would not, could not be broken. Tamed.
Rhysand: Oh thank you, Sarah J. Maas. Thank you for giving us Rhys. I LOVE him. And, also, thank you for proving that you can successfully bring in a new love interest and actually make it work. Here we have a complex character who we get to know so well throughout this book. There is so much more to his character than I ever could have imagined. He allowed himself to basically be whored out for years to Amarantha, all so he could protect his people and those he loved. He sacrificed so much of himself in order to keep others safe. I was so happy with how slow build the romance between him and Feyre was, it didn't just happen suddenly. Their relationships starts as a friendship and builds up from there. Rhys helps Feyre so much, helps her to find her strength and to finally embrace the powers she has gained. I just can't even put into words how much I adored Rhysand's character, and his romance with Feyre. It is my new favourite thing. I am in love. I just adored how he treated Feyre as his equal. And how he never told her they were mates, as he didn't want to influence how she felt. I almost cried at the end when we find out he had her sword in as a High Lady, so that she was his equal in every single way.
He thinks he'll be remembered as the villain in the story. But I forgot to tell him that the villain is usually the person who locks up the maiden and throws away the key. He was the one who let me out."The steaminess: Now, I thought book one had some steamy scenes, but they honestly have nothing on this book. It takes the sexiness level up about twenty notches. And I was a big fan, as we don't really see it very often in YA novels - more in NA and I don't read much of that. It is nice to have a fantasy, YA novel that also includes sex scenes, and female characters who are actually experienced - I'm so fed up of the inexperienced virgin character who is present in almost every YA story. Newsflash writers: Teens have sex. Not all of them, but many of them so we might as well show that in our books. It's also nice to have a young adult book that isn't just filled with fade to black sex scenes. God help us all though if Maas ever writes a steamy erotic novel, I don't think anyone would be able to handle that - seeing as this is her holding back and being censored a lot.
Strong female character: I LOVED how Feyre grew throughout this novel. I was a bit annoyed with her in the beginning, as she was allowing herself to get walked all over and I just couldn't handle that. I loved how she got stronger and stronger over the course of the book. She proved herself so much in this book and I came to really respect and love her by the end. She reminds me a lot of Katniss, another character I adore so much. They are two characters who have suffered and they are different because of it, it changes them and they have to fight to handle what they have seen or been through. They aren't the perfect heroines or the strongest all the time, they prove the strength by their ability to pick themselves up and carry on.
No one was my master- but I might be master of everything, if I wished. If I dared.The ending: OH MY FUCKING GOD, THAT ENDING!!! I was truly scared for a moment that Feyre was being an idiot and sacrificing everything just to protect them, and making a huge mistake. I should have known she was smarter than that. When I realised she was going to take down Tamlin and the Spring Court from the inside I was so excited and happy. I can't fucking wait to get my hands on the final book in this series. It can't release soon enough. I NEED IT! I need more Feyre, I need more Rhysand. I need more Mor, more Cassian, Azriel and Amran.
Everything I never even knew I wanted from this sequel. I am just desperate to have the final book in my hands. I can't recommend this enough.