A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2) by Sarah J. Maas
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #2
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Publication Date: May 3, 2016
Genres: New Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Retelling
Pages: 624
Format: hardcover
Source: purchased
Rating:

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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.

Quick Thoughts and Rating: 5 stars! I’m going to be completely honest, after Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4) which has ZERO to even do with this series, I’ve learned to expect the unexpected and throw all caution to the wind when it comes to Sarah J. Maas and her books. So, I went into this novel only expecting stellar writing and a bomb-ass plot, and that is exactly what I got.

♥ Review: This is one of those books where you can either talk about the book and you have to talk with spoilers or you can’t say anything at all regarding the plot arc and thus everything is vague as hell. Well, I don’t want to delve into specifics of the plot for the simple reason that this is a reading experience that should be just that: a reading experience. Maas will never not be an epic storyteller, weaving her story around you in way that it feels just as much a part of you as your own skin, as second nature as your own heartbeat—and you best believe she’s going to manipulate the hell out of your pulse with her dynamic pacing and profound exploration of her characters’ feelings that will hit you square in your chest. A Court of Mist and Fury really separated itself from its predecessor in that it’s darker, deeper, and more intense, which I find to be an excellent thing because there’s no way that all those characters could ever be the same in the aftermath of what took place Under the Mountain at the hands of the psychopathic Amarantha. As I stated previously at the top of this review, I tried to go into this book with no expectations and just enjoy the adventure this author would surely take me on, but I was completely surprised at how I was constantly bombarded with overwhelming emotions. I just…it was a whirlwind ride, digging through all the darkness that Feyre (and others) had to wade through after they were finally “free” from the great villain’s torment. The journey we take with these characters as they learn to navigate their new selves was scary and exhilarating, but mostly it was awe-inspiring the way Maas really seemed to dig in and hone these characters.  There’s also a whole new host of people we meet from The Night Court, and I fell in love with them all. Their relationship dynamics, the personalties, their whole freaking life stories…*sigh.* There isn’t even much I can say about any of it except for it was a pleasure to get to know them.

As for as the setting, Maas’s world-building is something that always seems to amaze me. I loved getting to learn more about this world, all the splendor and awfulness it contains, and visiting the different courts. Then there’s the plot and pacing. Maas found the perfect balance between hold-on-tight-and-dont-let-go and leisure, setting up scenes that will have your pulse thrumming in your veins and gasping, or sighing softly and soaking up the quiet intimacy and deeply impactful moments shared between friends and lovers. Additionally, I want to say that I was not prepared at all for how everything went down at the end, and now a year seems entirely too long of a wait for the next book in this series. I am now a ball of excitement and anticipation for the utter badassness that Feyre is about to unleash on the world. Lastly, this isn’t a “filler” book, but definitely one that progresses the plot. But more than that, it was amazing to see all the groundwork Maas did for this book in ACoTaR. Seeing why so many of the things in that book took place, especially concerning Rhys, brought me so much fulfillment that I didn’t even know I was needing.

Don’t-and I do mean don’t-go into this book thinking that it will be as tame as ACoTaR was because you’ll definitely be in for quite a surprise. While I think parts of the aforementioned skirted the edge of more mature YA content, I thought the majority of that book situated itself comfortably within the YA genre. In this novel, Maas absolutely did more than push the young adult envelope, she shoved it over the cliff and drove it all the way to NA-town. (This doesn’t even have to do with all the sexual content which was definitely more graphic. I think the characters themselves with their personal development, their struggles and mindset, as well as the darker themes, levels of manipulation, and plot progression definitely felt more “grown up” this time.)

Before I go, I want to touch on something that I’ve realized now myself after getting upset about my shipper feels in her Throne of Glass series, which again, has zero to do with this series but everything to do with the kind of author I realize Maas has become. I think we go into any series, especially fantasy novels, with certain expectations that the original couple will ALWAYS be the book’s couple for the entirety of the series and, damn, doesn’t that box an author and the story she’s wanting to deliver into a super tight corner. Usually these series, especially Maas’s, cover great stretches of time and the characters usually undergo significant hardships and journeys. I think back through my life and all the adversity I’ve gone through and I know how profoundly those events shaped me, but more importantly, how they changed me. Sometimes I’ve had to walk away from friendships and relationships because of those changes, and how something I thought would last me a lifetime was merely a point of trajectory to set me on a new path. So, even if it’s “fantasy” and these characters aren’t “real” people, as readers we want them to develop and grow and progress, so why do we place these restrictions on the author about how many people they can date or love? Isn’t it a little presumptuous to think we know better than the author what is best for her characters when we don’t even know where future novels are going to take us and maybe she does? So, fine, have your OTP’s (I mean, I sure as hell do.), but please stop getting your undies in knot just because she isn’t writing the story just for you. /end (mini) rant

♥ Teaser Quote: I COULD QUOTE SO MANY THINGS HERE, ZOMG! But I’ll go with something from Feyre.

No one was my master—but I might be master of everything, if I wished. If I dared.
~quote taken from A Court of Mist and Fury, pg. 319

Book Rating Breakdown
Cover
Writing
Characters
Plot
Pacing
Swoons
General Book Feels
Degree my heart was ripped out
Cute, Fuzzies, Flutters
Angst Me So Good
Overall:

♥ Rec It? Oh hell yes! With every new book, I feel that Maas’s writing grows and expands, and, for me, I think she really hit a groove in this novel. I wasn’t prepared for the amount of feels that would be dumped on me, but it was a hurt and a delight so good that I absolutely can not wait for more.

Full of giggles, flails, snark and Southern endearments. Avid Reader. Lover of swoony boys, kickass heroines, yummy kissing scenes, and pretty prose.

I like to draw hearts in the sky (eternal optimist) and wish on stars (forever dreamer). Documentaries, sweet tea, sleep, and brightly colored knee-socks are a few of my favorite things. ♥

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