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

ACOMAFA Court of Mist and Fury
By: Sarah J Maas
Release Date: May 3rd 2016
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Format: Hardcover

My Rating:
star

My review will have spoilers for the first book as well as this one! You’ve been warned!

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 Thoughts:
I found ACOMAF to be such an entertaining read. Though it’s a hefty book (so many pages and wow it’s heavy!) it reads much faster than you’d imagine. Maas’ writing is always addicting and this is the type of book you’ll have trouble putting down. There’s romance, twists, action scenes and overall it is such a fun book.

I opted to not reread ACOTAR prior to jumping into this sequel and I sort of wish I had. I’d forgotten some things and I honestly think I would have been able to rate this a little higher had I done a reread. I based my opinions on characters and their actions in this book on my memories of what happened. After discussing a few things that I was a little meh on I was assured by friends that there were hints in ACOTAR and that if I had reread I’d have recalled them. So, the few complaints I had were put to rest. What was that complaint you wonder? View Spoiler »

Ok, with that bit out of the way let’s talk about what I loved- the writing was addicting as I said and of course I really loved Rhys. We got to see so much more about his character and learn about the past from his side. It was eye-opening and really heart breaking. Any reservations I had about him in the last book (I didn’t have many to be truthful) were completely gone. I couldn’t help but swoon and adore him in every way.

the novel started out with a husk of what Feyre used to be like. Her life at the Spring Court had stripped her of her strength and sense of self. The first bit of this novel was really hard to read because for me, she was suffering from abuse. I hated watching her dwindle away. As things progress though I felt that she ended up growing from this hardship and becoming a stronger character. I loved her devotion, bravery and general yearning for life.

I’d not classify these books as young adult since they do contain some sexual scenes. For me, an older reader, these add to the fun of the book though I’ll admit I was rolling my eyes a few times at word choice. They seemed really cheesy but enjoyable.

All through the last book I wanted to see the Night Court and I was so happy that a large portion of this book was set there. It wasn’t exactly as I thought it would be (it was better). I loved the history we learned and all the characters that lived there. These secondary characters were wonderfully developed and complex. I had so much fun meeting Rhy’s court and watching Feyre interact with them all.

Final Thoughts:
Gah, this book is SO hard to review! I’ve been struggling since I read it last month and just can’t ever seem to get my thoughts across very well. I guess the easiest thing to say- if you are a fan of Maas you’ll enjoy this! I think upon reflection that I might like this sequel more than the first book?

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Review of A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

16096824A Court of Thorns and Roses
By: Sarah J. Maas
Release Date: May 5th 2015
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Format: Print ARC
Source: Publisher

A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating:
star

Summary:
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 grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

The Story:
I have been a fan of Maas since reading Throne of Glass and have felt that each book has gotten better as the series progressed. I had some high hopes and expectations for ACOTAR and let me tell you…I was a tad nervous for the first 100 pages. There had been so much hype and the folks that have read it prior to me all said it was so magical and wonderful. My worry was misplaced- ACOTAR turned out to be completely beautiful, epic and wonderfully written.

I love anything to do with the Fae so Sarah J. Maas taking them on-I was immediately sold. Then knowing that it was also a retelling of sorts of my favorite fairy tale, Beauty and the Beast…let’s just say this book had been on my most wanted list. Maas created such a rich world that incorporated traditional Fae lore interwoven with her own rich creativity. I loved the mention of various Fae and that they are ruled by a High Lord, seven for each court.

The story started with Feyre’s home town and her struggle to upkeep a promise to her mother and keep her father and two sisters fed. Because of this she had been forced into the role of a huntress and provider. I thought that Maas created a very vivid town and home life for Feyre though not many pages were spent there. Once we cross over to the lands inhabited by the Fae I felt that the descriptions became even brighter and more vivid.

As I said before the story was slower in the beginning but after a certain point it became impossible to stop reading. I became addicted to this book and felt it painful to put it down to sleep. The action and stakes were raised and things became tense. Since I was aware that this was a retelling of Beauty and the Beast I was able to see where the story was going at places but I enjoyed seeing the parallels and found that this aspect enriched my reading experience. I felt that Maas was very clever in her presentation and incorporated that romantic yet tragic feel of Beauty and the Beast seamlessly with the Fae. Really, it was beautifully done and captured my imagination and heart.

The Characters:
It was a slow burn for me to really connect with Feyre but once I did she became a favorite. I felt she was realistic and though I found her family-life a slower portion of the book I did feel that her reactions especially in feeling she’d abandoned them to be admirable. I loved that she was a complex character that suffered from her guilt. She pushed herself to take actions for the better good that struck war to her soul. I thought her internal monologue and torment was wonderfully done.

The Fae in ACOTAR were done so brilliantly. I absolutely loved the description of the Sureil was exquisite,

A face that looked like it had been crafted from dried, weather-worn bone, its skin either forgotten or discarded, a lipless mouth and too-long teeth held by blackened gums, slitted holes for nostrils, and eyes…eyes that were nothing more than swirling pits of milky white– the white of death, the white of sickness, the white of clean-picked corpses.

Isn’t that so creepy yet beautifully morbid? Many times I have found descriptions of the Fae to veer on the silly side but not so with Maas’ creatures. They were often the stuff of nightmares…but the beautiful ones, the High Fae, were something else altogether. Tamlin, Lucian and Rhysand- oh my. Each was unique, beautiful and complex. I could read so much more about each one of these characters. I’d love to read about their lives prior to ACOTAR (wishing for novellas).

And the main villain…perfectly and delightfully evil. Very little was mentioned or explored about the villain’s past or motivations but it worked very well for me. I totally bought this villain’s evil streak and feared for the characters as they were forced to interact with this person (don’t want to give anything away with gender).

Final Thoughts:
Though A Court of Thorns and Roses started on the slow side for me as the storyline picked up I became absolutely addicted and unable to tear myself away from Feyre’s story. I am thoroughly in love with these characters and know that the wait until the next book will be unbearable. Maas successfully incorporated the heart of Beauty and the Beast into a modern story depicting the Fae.

Stacking the Shelves

I have been really lazy lately about posting my StS. I think my last post was a couple of weeks ago so this one will be about 2-3 weeks worth of books. I hope you had a great holiday season and 2015 has started off ok.

Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga’s Reviews is a weekly meme where you show what books you’ve purchased, gotten from the library, received from giveaway, as gifts or for review.

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For Review (thank you Scholastic, Bloomsbury, Thomas Dunne Books)

The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury, Salt & Stone by Victoria Scott,  A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas and The Silver Witch by Paula Brackston

I’ve already read The Sin Eater’s Daughter and ACOTAR and loved them both. I recommend them both. I have an interview coming next month with Melinda Salisbury that is one of the best I’ve had yet. I can’t wait to share it (plus a giveaway).

Gifts:

Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson (thank you Nikki!), The Ice Dragon by George RR Martin, Loop by Karen Akins (thank you Jon!), Otherbound by Corinne Duyvis (thank you Kelley!), Finnikin of the Rock by Melinda Marchetta and Frostbite by Richelle Mead (thank you Jenna!), The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel , Love and Other Unknown Variables by Shannon Lee Alexander and Palace of Spies by Sarah Zettel  (thank you Regina!), The Graveyard Book I & II by Neil Gaiman (thank you Stephanie!)

Purchased:

This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

I went to their event this last week at Blue Willow Bookshop. It was an amazing signing and I loved finally meeting these two talented women. I was able to get my ARCs signed plus purchase this lovely final copy of This Shattered World (I already had These Broken Stars signed).

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