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

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Title: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

Genre: Fantasy

Publication Date: May 3, 2016

Rating: 5/5

Synopsis: 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.


I totally fell in love with the first addition of this book, “A Court of Thorns and Roses” and anxiously awaited the next installment. It’s a long one, clocking in at 640 pages, I wanted to be able to sit and savor the read so I waited to begin this until summer break began. I had high expectations and let’s just say that this totally delivered. It’s no secret that I’m not a lover of the “Throne of Glass” series, but after this second edition I’m a Maas convert. 

What I liked: The romance. Yesssss. I’m not someone who can read a book without a little love in it and sometimes with Fantasy that is the case, but if you are a lover of steamy romance, grab this. Surprisingly, I enjoyed this second addition much more than the first one, which I did not think was possible. Feyre really comes into her own in this book. In fact, the whole plot centers on building her up into a strong female character. The decimating events of the last book are not ignored and Maas explores the ramifications on her characters psyche. The action is kicked up a notch as Feyre is in the middle of the fey world. I don’t think there was a single point where I skipped ahead mainly because each page held some sort of captivating plot point. 

What I didn’t like: There is a small subplot involving Feyre’s sisters that I thought felt unnecessary. It happened at the end but detracted from an otherwise awesome book.

Overall, pick this up. Just do it. 5/5

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

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Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Buy Links: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iBooks

Genre: YA Fantasy

Rating: 5/5

Synopsis: 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.


 

After picking up this book the day it came out, it sat on my bookshelf for months. Don’t ask me why it never made it into one of my monthly TBR lists. I’m a huge fan of fantasy but I think after attempting to read the “Throne of Glass” series I was not super keen on trying this one. I just felt like all the hype may have been just that, hype. Boy was I wrong! This book. THIS BOOK. I literally can not stop thinking about this book. Lets break it down. 

What I liked: So this is supposed to be a retelling of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ which made me a little nervous. Retellings can go so wrong and frankly can be pretty boring. There’s nothing about this that is boring. There were enough aspects of the original ‘Beauty and the Beast’ that it could have an inspired by sticker, but it’s incredibly original. Maas builds a world where the stakes are continually high. From the very first page Feyre’s need to survive makes a gripping tale, her kidnapping makes for an intriguing tale, and the beautiful, magical, and slightly animalistic world makes for a heated tale. Maas’ writing is rich and descriptive. This felt like a real world and I was 100% invested after the first chapter. For a book I felt so reluctant to read, I flew through this one. Whew, this is one hot book. Frankly, I think it’s a little hot for YA. The romance between Feyre and Tamlin is breathtakingly steamy. I continuously flipped through the pages, reading as fast as humanely possibly because I was so wrapped up in their relationship. 

What I didn’t like: That it ended. Seriously. I spent about 2 hours trying to figure out any information about the sequel. Will we see Feyre and Tamlin in the next book? Questions.

Overall, this book is incredible. In fact, it has inspired me to make a second attempt at the Throne of Glass series. Maas hit this one out of the park 5/5