Book: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #2
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Date Published: May 3rd, 2016
Date Started: July 4th, 2016
Date Finished: July 11th, 2016
Other Books Reviewed: Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, Heir of Fire, Queen of Shadows, The Assassin’s Blade, A Court of Thorns and Roses
**There may be spoilers in this review for A Court of Thorns and Roses. You’ve been warned!*
“Tell me what you see.”
“A world divided in two.”
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.
I’ve been sitting here for about an hour thinking about how to start my review of A Court of Mist and Fury. I have too many things to say and not enough words to say it. I feel like I’m just sitting and soaking in a tub full of feels with no way to sort it all out. Its truly a miracle when a book makes you feel like this. When you think that any book that comes after just pales in comparison. This may be a long review, or it might be a short one. We’ll see where we are once I finish.
Also, just as an FYI, I’m listening to the ACOMAF playlist right now, and emotions are just pouring out.
I don’t know how Maas does it, but she always seems to write books that I need in my life. Books that make me think, make me question things. Last year, when I was going through a rough patch, I read Queen of Shadows and it was exactly what I needed to read at that exact moment. I needed a character that was strongheaded and could take on the world. This time around, I needed a book that could just gut me. That could put that spark back into reading for me. Make me feel a thousand feelings at once. I missed that feeling of having a book hangover, of wanting to just lay around and do nothing but think of this book. I got it, and man, be careful what you wish for.
So lets get to the actual review portion of this post.
People Change. Including me.
I reread A Court of Thorns and Roses right before diving into A Court of Mist and Fury. I had forgotten almost the entire story. To the point where I forgot who Rhysand is. (I KNOW. DONT HATE ME.) But after reading ACOTAR, I still had my problems with Rhysand. I wasn’t fond of him. I was worried that ACOMAF wasn’t going to be good for me because I’d turn into a black sheep or something. But I was wrong. So so so so wrong. For so many reasons. Part of me was like no. Tamlin. But I’m actually really glad that I changed my mind because… spoilers. It made me question all the relationships, every motive of every character. What I love about ACOMAF was the fact that it takes what happens in ACOTAR and just exposes it raw. It reveals so many truths and exposes all the lies, all the treachery. I’m happy that Feyre evolved into the person she did after the traumatizing events of Under the Mountain. Because that happens in real life. People change. Their priorities change. ACOMAF really embraces that while exploring every single thought, path, option, you name it. And honestly, it made me like Feyre so much more. Her thought process was so intriguing and it was truly amazing to see it develop. I really felt like I connected with a character. It also made me like Rhys so much more as well. I went in kicking and screaming, but after everything is revealed about him, there was no way I couldn’t like it.
Ready to have your heart ripped out?
I think that ACOMAF varies wildly from ACOTAR. When I read ACOTAR, I didn’t quite like it as much the Throne of Glass series. I always felt like there should have been more. More between Feyre and Tamlin. More interaction with EVERYONE. It was definitely more of a book full of action. ACOMAF on the other hand takes a much slower pace and really lets you feel everything out. Explores feelings. Allows people to just breathe and think. There may be parts that feel a tid bit slow because you’re expecting that action to just kick in at any moment. Don’t get me wrong. There are parts of action. Plenty to go around, but I equally enjoyed the slow parts as well. Everyone kept saying “oh my god chapter 55” and I was expecting it to rip my heart in half. But no. Chapter 54 is what ripped my heart in half. And man. That ending. So much just happens at the end, and the entire time I was saying “Wait. What? Did that just really happen?” It was plot twist after plot twist.
Why, Hello. Its nice to meet you.
There are definitely new characters to love, and I actually loved them more than the ones in ACOTAR. They all have their own little quirks and powers, and it was great to get to know them. They really added to the story, and I just want more of them.
I cannot stop talking about this book. Stop thinking about it. I haven’t devoured a book like that in a really long time, and I’m just in love with it all. If you were on the fence about ACOTAR, I assure you that ACOMAF is a million times better. I automatically want to reread it, and that NEVER happens to me.