I was able to attend the ACOMAF tour stop in Warwick, RI, which was moderated by my friend and former Secret Sister Sarah! Both Sarahs were so fun to listen to. Seriously, seeing SJM and hearing her talk about Throne of Glass makes me want to hop on reading those books ASAP! It was also great to see Sarah and catch up about everything. It definitely was worth the 1.5 hour drive! Plus, it was near my old college and I had all the nostalgic feels. Here are a few photos from the event before I kick off my review:
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
on May 3rd 2016
Also by this author: A Court of Thorns and Roses, Throne of Glass, The Assassin's Blade, Crown of Midnight, A Court of Wings and Ruin, A Court of Frost and Starlight, A Court of Silver Flames , Heir of Fire, Queen of Shadows
(624 pages) • Goodreads • Amazon • Barnes & Noble
It took me a very long time to read this book. I have trouble with fantasy sometimes and I remember having the same issue at the beginning of ACOTAR as well. I just needed time to settle into the world, but everything picked up so much after the first couple hundred pages. This makes it sound like those millions of pages were boring or not good. Believe me, that’s not the case. I found myself reaching for lighter, faster reads in the middle of ACOMAF because I just needed a break. I know I could have sat and read forever if I had the time, but I just needed to take my time and savor it. ACOTAR was also one of those books I felt slightly disillusioned with over time. The more I thought about Tamlin, the more he bugged me. The ending of ACOTAR was an absolute fucking whirlwind and left me so happy and ready for ACOMAF regardless of those thoughts. Please reference Cristina’s review for further identical thoughts to my own.
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.
This review is going to be filled with gifs from The Little Rascals because I do what I want and need something ridiculous to match the ridiculous state of mind this book has left me in.
Kind of general spoiler-ish thoughts?? Proceed with caution
The book starts with Feyre dealing with shithead Tamlin, who I had absolutely loved in the previous book. I made a lot of excuses for his behavior but I think his transformation in this one was insane. I wasn’t surprised by his turn, but I would have preferred more build-up or something? Did I miss something in book one besides the Beauty and the Beast/stockholm syndrome kind of stuff? At this point I couldn’t imagine shipping Rhys and Feyre either.
There was a huge moment when Rhys appeared where my opinions almost changed immediately. Like, I couldn’t believe how immediately my thoughts about him shifted. It was like BOOM. Here I am.
The best part about Rhys, except everything, was what he did when Feyre first got there. From the first book I think we were all expecting that he was going to be terrible and take advantage of her or something. Instead, he taught her how to read and fight. He gave her the freedom and trust she never had with Tamlin.
My shipping of them started happening almost immediately and the fucking sexual tension throughout the entire book was unreal. Every time they got close, they were pulled away. Something always stopped them. There was just so much build-up I don’t even understand how it’s possible to feel so asdfghjkl *fans self* All the talk of wingspans totally killed me too, especially after seeing SJM speak the previous week at Barnes & Noble. Rhys is just fucking the best, okay? He’s so complicated and is proof that nothing is ever as it seems. He has so much going on beneath his cocky persona, I just can’t.
I loved learning more about his background, the Night Court, and Feyre’s ~experiences~ with him in the past. Getting his side of the story was so incredibly interesting. It was a major aha! moment for the reader because you realize why he acted the way he did for so long.
While I was in the middle of my shipping and reading the tension-filled chapters, there was a really interesting piece of information I didn’t see coming that tied in with the end of ACOTAR. View Spoiler »(The fact that Rhys and Feyre are mates) « Hide Spoiler GAHHH THE FEELS.
I was constantly blown away by the world-building. When I went to the event, Maas talked about the fact that the map within the book is expanded within each one, as Feyre’s worldview is shaped. The first map in ACOTAR was limited because she had no idea what was on the other side of the wall until she got there. Being with Rhys gave her a much bigger understanding of the Fae world. Amazing writing, as expected.
So how’d it end up working out once I finally finished? HOT DAMN! Some of the choices that people made were so terrible and kind of/not surprising at all. I didn’t know what to expect when things started happening in the last 10% but I had a feeling it was going to shock and upset me.
View Spoiler »Fucking Tamlin, dude. « Hide Spoiler I wasn’t surprised but I was totally surprised by the ending, ya know? It was one of those things I should have seen coming but I didn’t because I’m terrible at seeing things coming most of the time. I was so mad and crazed and sad and ugh.
I was also left with so many badass feelings about what’s to come. Much like ACOTAR, the ending was sort of a cliffhanger that left you wanting more. I can’t wait to see what happens next and how those BAMFs end up taking care of the business that needs to be taken care of. Does Sarah J. Maas think we can all wait another year for the next installment in this GD series????
I gave ACOTAR five stars because I was totally swept away and overcome by the ending of that story. It also took me a while to get into, but not as long as ACOMAF. I wasn’t fully engaged until halfway through the book and I kept picking up other shorter, fluffier reads in between. I think it’s my fault for not connecting because sometimes I just didn’t try hard enough. I have to reduce my rating for this one a LITTLE bit… but I know upon a reread (next year before book three), it’ll shoot up.
Okay, so I just skimmed this because I haven’t finished ACOTAR, but I freakin’ loved all The Little Rascals GIFs. I think they were used perfectly. This review, though, makes me want to finish ACOTAR ASAP!
“The best part about Rhys, except everything…”
^Literally you summed up my entire thoughts about this book in the above sentence, LOL
Ahhhh thank you for the link back! Ok, so what exact moment are you talking about where your opinion shifted with Rhys, I’m curious to know! And I love the tidbits you added in about the talk you went to with SJM (I should’ve done that!) I loved getting the background on the map and how it correlates to how Feyre’s view is expanded!
Also your review literally has me laughing out loud and this is the second time I’ve read it all the way through lol
hahaha I’m glad you liked it 😀
For some reason the second he appeared towards the beginning – MODERATE SPOILER I GUESS FOR COMMENT READERS – at the wedding and whisked her away, for some reason I was like omg omg omg omg something great is coming. hahah
I 100% understand the almost involuntary shift to team Rhys without even realizing it was happening until you took a step back and were like, hold up a sec, did I just start hating Tamlin? I made SO many excuses for Tamlin in the first book because I love Beauty and the Beast, so naturally I wanted to love him and Feyre, so I just pretended the things he did didn’t foreshadow him being manipulative and horrible.
THAT ENDING THO. I won’t be detailed, just in case anyone who hasn’t finished it wandering the comments, but seriously?! Number one, I hate Tamlin more than anything. Number two, Feyre and Rhys are so freaking clever and smart, I was shocked at the end and usually endings don’t shock me that much!
Super cute review, and I loved the gifs in it 🙂
Yes, agreed! In the first book there were some genuine reasons for him to keep her there/be controlling. This book, once the excuses were gone, I was over it. TEAM RHYS.
TOTALLY AGREE about the ending! I was surprised / not surprised. Thanks so much for your comment <33
I freaking LOVED Rhysand in this book! I really loved Tamlin in the last one and I just wanted him and Feyre to work out their issues. But then I realized how much better for her Rhysand was and yeah, that sexual tension was freaking out of this world. Great review!
SAME HERE! The tension was crazy perfect.
100% agree with every single thing in your review! The thing with Tamlin being a total shithead, as you say, actually didn’t surprise me much at all — I’d liked him well enough in ACOTAR, but there was something about him that I’d always found somewhat discomforting; like, he pulled a bunch of alpha male bullshit that I don’t mind reading about, and it honestly felt kind of like a natural escalation into super over-protective mode to me.
And the ending … you summed it up perfectly … I both was and wasn’t surprised. Like, it made perfect sense, and I felt like there was a part of me that was going “Oh yeah, totally saw something kinda sorta along those lines maybe happening.” But at the same time I was like “Holy shit no fucking way!”
And then it ended.
And I didn’t know what to do with myself! Gah!
I posted my own review of ACOMAF a couple weeks ago, if you’re interested 🙂 http://classycatbooks.com/2016/05/a-court-of-mist-and-fury-a-court-of-thorns-roses-2-by-sarah-j-maas/
Haha yesss I completely agree! It all made sense but still managed to surprise me. I’ll head over to check out your review!
I honestly just LOVE that you used Little Rascal GIFs for this review! They just work SO well with the sentiments you convey 😉 I really loved A Court of Mist and Fury. As with Sarah’s other series, this second book really just made the entire world bigger, allowed the characters to really change and opened up our eyes to a much bigger plot than we had ever dreamed! Absolutely adored it, and dying for the third book!
I haven’t read any Maas books yet but the more reviews I read, the more I really really need to. They all sound like I am going to love them. And this one sounds like such a good sequel as well. I know that sequels can be really disappointing sometimes, so I am glad this wasn’t that at all. And the suspense sounds perfectly well done in terms of plot 😀
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