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Review: A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J. Maas
Published May 3, 2016 by Bloomsbury Publishing
RRP AUD $16.99
★★★★★

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.

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Minor spoilers ahead, proceed with caution!

A Court of Mist and Fury (just say the name of the book itself, it’s so beautiful) is the sort of book MASTERPIECE that you just get lost in, I accidentally pulled an all-nighter and do I have any regrets? NOT AT ALL. I’m going to be a little cheesy here and say that I’d love to give ACOMAF all the stars in the Night Court tee hee.

Sarah is an incredibly talented author, and it’s evident in this book. From the beginning, Feyre’s struggles were painted out beautifully, and it was realistically portrayed. I enjoyed how it wasn’t something that could just be ‘fixed’ with a little affection from a love interest.

The descriptions were GORGEOUS, from Feyre’s clothing to the landscapes to the people, and I fell more in love with the Night Court as the story went on. I’m going to need a lot of fan art after I finish writing this.

When I was reading A Court of Thorns and Roses, I didn’t really realise how controlling Tamlin really was until I compared him with Rhys, and I was so happy when Feyre changed her views on him. Circling back to the Beauty and the Beast retelling aspect of the story, it was much more evident in this book that Tamlin was actually a beast, rather than a man high fae, and even though there was the recurring theme of animal behaviour, no one else really acted as he did.

I LOVED THE CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT SO MUCH. While Feyre was always a pretty good character, the development and growth in this book was AMAZING, and I loved how Rhys was supporting her instead of trying to mould her to be a certain way. The writing was brilliant and it was incredible watching her grow stronger and come to terms with herself. By the end of it, she was truly a force to be reckoned with.

The relationships between the characters were brilliantly woven, I shipped Rhys and Feyre from the beginning when we first met him in ACOTAR, and I loved how everything played out, there wasn’t an insta-love moment, but rather a close friendship, which I really liked. Rhys’ Inner Circle was a wonderful group, and I loved the dynamics. Through them, we really got a good grasp on Rhys’ personality. AND THE BEST PART WAS THAT THERE WAS NO LOVE TRIANGLES! To be quite honest, love triangles can get on my nerves and completely ruin books for me if not properly justified or well executed (ahem, Stealing Snow), but there was none of that in ACOMAF!! YAY!

I have so so so much love for Rhysand. He’s definitely book boyfriend material. He was the complete opposite of Tamlin, and I was so happy with him. Never did he once try and force Feyre into doing anything, instead respecting her wishes even though he may not have always agreed with them. I LOVED how he treated Feyre as an equal rather than a love interest he could control.

BEFORE READING ACOMAF ALL I HEARD WAS EVERYONE TALKING ABOUT CHAPTER 55, AND LET ME TELL YOU KNOW I COMPLETELY UNDERSTAND. Let’s just say it’s not for the faint of heart 😉

In conclusion, Sarah J. Maas is a literary goddess, and if you haven’t read anything by her, I HIGHLY recommend you do.

A Court of Wings and Ruin, please be gentle on my poor soul!!

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHORSarah J. Maas

Sarah J. Maas is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series, as well as the A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

Sarah lives in Bucks County, PA, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much tea, and watches an ungodly amount of TV. When she’s not busy writing, she can be found exploring the historic and beautiful Pennsylvania countryside with her husband and canine companion.

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