Sunday, June 26, 2016

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


A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas
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.


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I honestly wasn't even sure I'd be continuing this series, but luckily, with everyone talking and praising this book up and down for the past two months, I gave in to avoid a serious case of FOMO.

THANKING ALL YOU BOOK PUSHERS NOW.

It's funny to look back and read over my thoughts & feels for book one, and how deceiving ACOTAR was as a first installment. Sarah J Maas is either evil or a genius. As I've just finished reading this book, I'll say both. I think that's the reason it puts people off or doesn't sit well. Sarah J Maas has somehow dug herself into trouble with the constant ship jumping in her Throne of Glass series, which may or may not have been pre-determined and calculated. What started off as a Cinderella retelling with Prince Dorian as the assumed love interest is now hardly even a possibility as the endgame four books later.

This series really is different though. Unlike some books and authors COUGHSHATTERMECOUGH, it's apparent that every move for this couple was planned and mapped out down to the slightest detail. There are certain things that don't add up in the aforementioned series. The cracks you can see in the story development and can tell just when the author got the bright idea mid-way through the series to make a villain the love interest. Not so much here, and it's obvious. Maas excellently and seamlessly weaves bits and pieces from book one that at first didn't make much sense and did nothing other than validate our annoyance/dislike for Rhys. But with the context clear now, those scenes - down to the smallest detail and dialogue - are actually integral to the plot, development and eventual conclusion of this trilogy. (Also, THANK GOD it's just a trilogy. I cannot stand the longer waits anymore.)

If you, like me, didn't really enjoy book one, I suggest picking this book up with an open mind. I actually suggest rereading the first book with an open mind, and not picking a love interest to root for till you're about 1/4 into this installment. Just some advice I wish someone would have given me! I also wouldn't look at this series as a retelling of Beauty and the Beast as the first book was heavily marketed as. It has some Beauty and the Beast elements and themes, but I think it's misleading, and sends the wrong message to those looking at an OTP to root for, especially when the love interest they'll inevitably pick will turn out to be the wrong one.




Overall, such a great book, and one of the best sequels ever.

Will now start the torturous wait for the conclusion (which, I'm sure will be insane, in the best way...).

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