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

Feyre 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.

GENRE: 

New Adult/Young Adult Fantasy

PAGES: 

626 pages

PART OF A SERIES?:

2nd in the ACOTAR series

RELEASE DATE: 

May 3rd 2016

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GOODREADS SUMMARY:

Feyre 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.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas’s masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.

MY REVIEW:

When first reading this book, I admit I had some trouble in the beginning. Now that I’m completely caught up in the series, I appreciate this book fully but at the time, the beginning was frustrating to me and I know why that is. When we meet up with Feyre and Tamlin again, Feyre is a mess of a person. She is broken in every sense of the word. She is not the person that we grew to know in the first book…and not just because she’s become Fae. She has no will, no passion, no strength, and Tamlin’s fear of losing her and his desire to keep her safe, only makes her broken self worse. Instead of helping her, he ignores it, he shuts her out, locks her up. I was so frustrated with Tamlin, especially after spending an entire book falling in love with him. He was holding back the kind of character that Feyre could be and I could not handle it.

But that changes, when Feyre begins to hold up her side of the bargain with Rhysand, spending a week per month with him, and slowly, you start to see what she could be capable of, things that she was capable of as a human and now the things she’s capable of as a Fae. She’s smart, talented, full of so much power and passion and determination and it only made my frustration with Tamlin grow even more. I was cheering when Feyre left, taking shelter with Rhysand in his family.

What I think Sarah does well here is to take the rich world that she created in the first book and expand it even more so than I thought possible. The first book was a twist on Beauty and the Beast, but this book takes it further, pushes the characters further, widens the story and captures you in its magic. Every character is charismatic, every twist and turn unexpected and I found myself devouring this book in a way that I hadn’t quite done with the first book. I fell in love with the expanded world of Prythian, especially the Night Court and Velaris and I fell completely in love with the new characters that were introduced in this book.

Because here’s the thing: I tend to love the world in a book thats presented to me in the beginning. I ship the first couple that makes sense and so on. It takes a talented writer to shift my attention and to change my mind and Sarah did exactly that. She gave me frustration and anger at Tamlin and Lucien and the Spring Court. She gave me understanding and patience with the Rhysand and the Night Court. She showed me their love, their hopes, their passions, and she showed me all they took the broken person that was Feyre, human turned fae, and morphed her into a strong, confident and power Fae of the Night Court.

I adore Sarah J Maas, I think she’s a wonderful person and that she’s a fantastic writer and she became one of my favorites the moment that I read Throne of Glass. That being said, with this book alone (my review of the third book to come shortly after this), she completely changed my mind. ACOTAR is beautiful and dark and funny and romantic and addicting and I’m 100% in love with it and with all the characters and stories she has created in this world. I started reading the third book moments after finishing this one, and I loved that one as well. Keep an eye out for that review as well because I’m ready to burst with all my love for that one!

RATING:

4.5 out of 5 Stars

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