Tuesday, May 24, 2016

5 Star Review: A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)

Author: Sarah J Maas
Edition: Hardcover 
Related Reviews: A Court of Thorns and Roses
Rating: 5 Stars

This book was everything!  I don't even think I can formulate how much I adore this one- it's just amazing!  There may be SPOILERS FOR BOOK ONE below, but there won't be any spoilers for this book (though I will be posting a spoiler discussion later this week, for those who are curious).

A Court of Mist and Fury picks up not long after A Court of Thorns and Roses and follows Feyre as she is adjusting to life with Tamlin in the Spring Court... and she's not adjusting well.  She is, more or less, suffering from PTSD thanks to what Amarantha did Under the Mountain, and then, moments before she's married to Tamlin, Rhysand appears again and sweeps her away according to their deal.  But things with Rhysand may not be as they seem... and with a war brewing across the sea that will affect them all, she has to choose sides.

This book is a whopper coming in at over 600 pages.  It took me ages to read, but I really, really enjoyed it.  In fact, I think I can safely say that this has been my favorite book all year (though it seriously contested Lady Midnight in that regard).  As always, Sarah J Maas' writing is amazing!  My one problem with her last book (Queen of Shadows) was the poor pace of character development, something she easily fixes in this book.  While there was a little bit of a problem wrapping my head around Tamlin and Lucian's developments, the rest of the characters (even the new ones) grew on me and slowly changed over the course of the novel.

I can easily say the Night Court is my favorite court (though I cannot tell you why, as spoilers).  The world building in this one was very, very cool.  Besides the Night Court, the Summer Court was explored a bit (and while I wish all the Courts were visited, I can pace myself) and so was, more importantly, the magic of the courts and the history of the world.  Both play an important part in the story (and will continue to play an important part in the story) and I look forward to learning more about each.

What got me the most in this book was the sheer amount and level of emotions.  The relationships between characters change dramatically (and I think for the better, so some will be very angry when they read it) and the central relationship is just too important for words.  It's got its highs and its got its lows, but it's the best thing I've read in a long time and it actually means a lot to me, personally.

Also, a bit of a disclaimer, this is New Adult (and really shouldn't be shelved with the rest of Young Adult) which means the sex scenes can get more graphic than they do for the regular run of the mill YA.  And boy, do they get graphic (in a good way, really).  If you're not a fan of these sorts of scenes... maybe skip past them?  There are a lot, and if you need to know what pages to skip, DM me on Twitter and I can let you know.  If you're all for these scenes, well, you're really going to enjoy yourself (*smiles wickedly*).


  1. Great review! I adored this book as well, and I absolutely can't wait for the final book! :D

    1. It was so fantastic! The wait very well might kill me, though...

  2. Great review! I really need to start this series.

    I heard about the whole NA thing working in the library world - there was a bit of a debate as to where it should be shelved YA, NA, or even Adult. (Our library doesn't actually have this series yet, but it was interesting keeping up with that.)

    1. It's very good, but the two books are very different from each other. I adore keeping up on bookish debates such as this! I don't think my local library differentiates between New Adult and Adult.

  3. I honestly didn't see an issue with the character development of Lucien and Tamlin. Especially now thinking back to ACOTAR. I'd happily discuss my thoughts on the matter :)

    Great review, and amazing job avoiding spoilers lol

    1. I think I need to reread ACOTAR to really see the things pulled out, but my problems stemmed more from how quickly I felt they're characters had changed; I'd love to discuss it!

      Haha, thanks; it was hard to avoid spoilers, I had to reread it several times and ended up writing a spoiler review as well (which will be up later this week)


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