Happy Thursday, Booknerds!
I finished reading ACOMAF a few days after it released but put off posting up a review because of my mixed feelings. Once some of the disappointment about the direction of the book wear off I realized that I'd actually really enjoyed it, though unfortunately not quite as much as I enjoyed ACOTAR. To be honest, I considered changing the rating from a 3/5 to a 4/5 but upon further consideration I decided to keep the rating the same for now while I'm working out the rest of my "Ugh" over some of the disappointing bits.
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Title: A Court of Mist and Fury
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: NA Fantasy
Publication: May 3, 2016
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.
Contains Some Small SPOILERS
The parts that I loved I loved with a FIERY PASSION!
The parts that I didn't love were very very disappointing. Some of this book read like a poorly crafted erotica. I was not impressed.
I am in no way opposed to sex in YA books, but this level is NA plain and simple. *shrugs* It's not about being a prude or against sex in general, which I'm not. It's just audience and appreciating that there are some in said audience that are taking the YA rating at face value. I might also be a little sore over the fact that I want NA to have some genre fiction in it and I don't understand why they excluded ACOTAR and ACOMAF.
Not only that, but some of the steamy bits were too cliche. The flirting was AWKWARD. It felt like I was watching a virgin teen (Feyre) trying to be sexy with a much older more experienced man like they'd seen people be sexy on TV. That didn't fit her! It didn't fit their relationship! She's in control of her body and knows what she wants, why does it have to come off so stilted? I don't know, I think it was their flirting that made it the most weird.
Crappy flirting and fanfictiony sex scenes aside....
All the OTHER parts - The preparation for war, the magic, the espionage, the understanding of self, the friendships, and the healing from tragedy. Those were awesome. The storyline overall was phenomenal, just like ACOTAR.
Readers will see Rhys in a different light, Maas makes sure of it. You won't be able to hate him by the end of the book unless you're just a diehard Tamlin fan... in which case it's important to remind you that (SPOILER) he's a psycho and practically destroys Feyre with his psycho-ness and ends up becoming the villain. *claps* Yay for plot twists!
Unexpected, but handled in a pretty cohesive way. So woo. Feyre's trauma and healing process were given due attention, but other characters who had experienced just as much horror were given their right to be messed up... AND HEALING. That was one of the things I liked about Rhys/Feyre/Amren/Mor/Azriel/Cassian. They were all damaged and struck by hideous events in some way, but they were recovering and WANTED to recover. It means something to them to heal and continue to dream and have a future, which was not only powerful but very very sweet. I loved all of them.
I'm definitely cheering for Feyre/Rhys (there's clearly no other option now anyway), but also some of the other couples that fly out of thin air at the end (Lucien/Elain for example).
I suspect that someone in their band is going to die. Nothing about these books are "happily ever after" oriented so I'm preparing myself for it in the next installment. I don't think Maas is going to be so malicious that she'd kill Rhys or Feyre (again) but you never know. The slogan of this book could very well read: "Fairytales are dead". So, you know, with that kind of atmosphere anything could happen.
"To the people who look at the stars and wish, Rhys."
Rhys clinked his glass against mine. "To the stars that listen and the dreams that are answered."
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