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

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Synopsis: Feyre is immortal.

After rescuing her lover Tamlin from a wicked Faerie Queen, she returns to the Spring Court possessing the powers of the High Fae. But Feyre cannot forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people – nor the bargain she made with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court.

As Feyre is drawn ever deeper into Rhysand’s dark web of politics and passion, war is looming and an evil far greater than any queen threatens to destroy everything Feyre has fought for. She must confront her past, embrace her gifts and decide her fate.

She must surrender her heart to heal a world torn in two.

Publisher: Bloombsbury

Date Published: May 3, 2016

Date Read: May 24, 2016

No. Of Pages: 624

Source: National Book Store

REVIEW

A Court of Mist and Fury? more like A Court of Serious Case of Book Hangover and Too Much Attachment over Fictional Characters.

Warning: Welcome to the world where everything is not what they seem. If you want the agony of liking a character and then cursing them in the end or vice versa, or possibly running the risk of being attached to a ship that could sink any moment, then be my guest. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Oh my Cauldron! This book totally outdid the the first, I could not even begin to fathom how the third book would be like. I’m tingling with happiness, and some emotions I can’t quite name, and a tad bit sad all at once. It was as surreal as it could get. It has been a long time since I felt like this reading a fantasy book. I’m latching on to every idea of the book, I could not let go of it just yet, I want to savor it over and over. I had my issues, still (which I will talk about a little later), but the way SJM concluded the book was just truly amazing, hats off on this one. I hope I could give this book justice. I’ll try my best.

I have to admit this now, I had a change of heart. In ACOTAR I was Team Tamlin through and through, who could blame me? It didn’t actually sit well with me the fact that Rhysand’s actions were painted in a romantic way, which to be honest I found very alarming and wrong in so many levels as I have mentioned in my review on A Court of Thorns and Roses. But then, the book took a 360 degree turn and changed everything. My change of heart wasn’t instant, no, it was not like how Feyre instantly fell in love with Tamlin in Book 1. But it happened gradually. I had to convince myself that there was something more under all the facade of Rhysand. To say the least, I was trying to convince myself, I was looking for all the redeeming qualities, I was looking for great character development – and I got it, it was served to me in a quilt box with beautiful ribbon tied around it.

First, I have to say this book floored me. It was beautifully crafted, the complexities of the plot was presented in an engaging way, gripping its readers from the first page to the last. And oh what a satisfying feeling to finish this beast of a book. It is a well-thought-out sequel. I am going to say this now, this book did not suffer the proverbial Second Book Syndrome, this book surpassed the first book’s greatness and even beyond it. The story really came together, making it more solid and more polished. I commend how SJM weaved all the intricate details and make all its connection unto each other. The world was painted in a beautiful light, with the abundance of great imagery and on-point descriptions of each scene, it sure served my imagination well. , SJM sure knows how to set the mood for every scene. Reading this book was definitely a journey.

Second, the characters. Well, Feyre still annoyed the shit out of me. Still hated her for being indecisive and stubborn to a fault, and probably too caught up with herself – as if every damn thing is about her. Wake up woman, NOT everything is about you. Haha if it is not too obvious that she gets under my skin, then I don’t know what will make it obvious. I know a great deal of the book sprung from what happened to her during the last chapters of the first book, but she was just a part of a bigger picture. I wish her character wasn’t too self-centered? (for lack of a better term). There are things that have been convenient, case in point: Feyre’s powers. Then Rhysand, o Rhysand! As I have mentioned Rhysand’s character didn’t instantly win me over, I wasn’t exactly the proverbial moth to the flame. His character definitely needed some getting used to on my part, well, this is my observation, it is like ACOTAR Rhysand (which was douche, for me at least) and ACOMAF Rhysand are two very different characters. It was a complete shocker how his character turned from worst to best. He was literally zero to hero. I was Team Tamlin, if you haven’t noticed already (operative word here: WAS), but then all this great backstory and explanation why Rhysand is what he is actually made so much more sense in this book. I’m not saying I instantly forgave what he did in book1, but book 2 served as enlightenment to his true character and how “noble” he is, in the most “noble” Rhysand could possibly be. ACOMAF was indeed a revelation, not only of Rhysand’s character but of the whole back story. Rhysand’s history is rich and thoroughly explained, which I appreciate a lot. I appreciate how SJM took her sweet time to lay out everything, how each and every detail was explained down to the very dot. And then Tamlin, again ACOTAR Tamlin and ACOMAF Tamlin can very well be two different characters. Tamlin went from hero to zero. I lost him somewhere between him losing control of his rage and the too-controlling/too possessive high lord that he secretly was. I didn’t expect his character to be lackluster, and I tell you, more than half of the book he isn’t even there. This could very well be one of my issues, it felt like one of the main characters was just ignored a great deal if not entirely. It’s like the book could actually do away with his character, which was a little disappointing since Tamlin’s character was brimming with potential, but was not brought to its full capacity. There could have been so much to do with his character, so much room to play around. And all we got was few chapters in the beginning and even fewer chapters in the end. I don’t know if it was a writing technique, but I was not buying it.

Now to the other characters. ACOMAF introduced new and interesting characters. My new favorites were Amren, Azriel, Mor and Cassian. Damn these guys are all badass in their own ways. Literally #SquadGoals haha! I would love to be friends with them. And hey Jurian, what’s up with this weirdo? Haha. He was unnecessary to me much like Feyre’s father, ooops! SJM, I noticed, has a habit of making a character very likable at first and then as the story went on you will end up hating them or vice versa. Definitely toying with reader’s emotions. I’m not so sure if I like that or not. Let’s just say, there’s not much consistency on the characters, especially the major ones *insert TAMLIN and Rhysand*

The whole plot twist(s), gahhh there have been so many things going on. It was a cobweb of complex plot and even more complex idea as to where the book is leading its readers. There was this war coming, and then the mortal queens, and the cauldron and the book, and everything else. Skip one page and you will be lost. This book sure needed all the attention one could possibly muster. It was convoluted but it was what the book required, if anything the complexities of it all added extra flavor to the book and the whole series. Making the reader eager to know where the story will take them. There’s just so many room to play with, so many ideas to work with. There was this sense of meeting one’s expectation and so much more. The ending though, I know there are still a lot of things to resolve, but the ending sure gave me eh? moments, but something I could easily shrug off because the whole book compensated whatever issues I had. It was not flawless, much like every book there is, but this book definitely made a promise and it definitely delivered. This book was intense and gripping, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. It was such a great experience to be completely immersed to the world SJM created, it was so good while it lasted and now I have to suffer a whole year to get the answers I needed, but don’t worry I’ll live. There just so much more to look forward to!

Rating: images

“To the people who look at the stars and wish, Rhys.”
Rhys clinked his glass against mine. “To the stars who listen— and the dreams that are answered.”
Sarah J. Maas, A Court of Mist and Fury

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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Synopsis: A thrilling, seductive new series from New York Timesbestselling author Sarah J. Maas, blending Beauty and the Beast with faerie lore.

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.

Perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore and George R. R. Martin, this first book in a sexy and action-packed new series is impossible to put down!

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

Date Published: May 5, 2015

Date Read: May 12, 2015

No. of Pages: 416

Source: National BookStore

 

REVIEW

Highly addictive and gripping until the end.

So okay, I gave in to the hype. With the release of the second book in the series A Court of Mist and Fury I knew I had to read this book sooner rather than later. I know I could not dodge spoilers forever, so what best way to avoid them is to actually know what is happening in the book. So I gladly gave in, and so happy I did. The hype is real guys. I now understand why people go gaga over SJM’s works, she’s a one brilliant writer. This is the very first book I have read by her and it definitely did not disappoint.

So let us begin with the plot. A Court of Thorns and Roses is a beauty and the beast retelling. Definitely something right up my alley. It gave a new flavor to the famous fairy tale, making it its own. I am not saying that it was entirely an original one, there are definitely bits and pieces of the book that I already have encountered in some other novels, but the entirety of it was too gripping you just could easily overlook said parts. I started reading the book without reading the synopsis, all I knew was it was a retelling and I kind of took it from there. Again, the bliss of not knowing a lot of things about it added to my excitement and I easily devoured the book in less than 2 days. (Which was fast enough for me, since I have established the fact that I have the attention span worse that a 2 year old). It was the right mix of fantasy, romance and adventure. I loved the pacing of the book, though it was not heart stopping as I hoped it to be, the pacing was just right. Slow when it needs to be and exciting when it is supposed to. The chapters are divided in a clever way, ending it with enough tease that you have no option but to read the next, that’s how it gripped me. That’s how it was able to hold my attention. I also commend the world building, it was just concise and not too complicated. The backstory was also well played-out, I was not left confused at all. I could follow the storyline with ease. I loved how the different creatures and courts were described, all unique.  And the writing style was really good, Sarah J Maas was born to write fantasy books.

Now let’s go to the characters. Feyre, our female protagonist is the youngest of three sisters who was forced to hunt the woods to put food on their table. She reminded me so much of Katniss Everdeen, with all that bow and arrow and her skills in hunting, the similarity is palpable. It was one of those issues I had, but I mentally put it aside and see where her character will lead me and how will it develop as the story went on. I am not a fan of Feyre, I am laying it out now. There are things that she did that irked me to no end. She was stubborn to a fault, and a little too whiny at times. But then she was also badass, so I have to give her that. Towards the end of the book, her character developed into something I would definitely root for. I have to say she had the best character development in this book. Her stubbornness kind of gave her an advantage, were it not for it there would be no great story to tell.

Next would be Tamlin, oh Tamlin. He is the High Lord of the Spring Court who could shape shift into a beast. He was described as someone with golden hair and green eyes, but he perpetually wears a mask, much like everyone else in Spring Court. It was his curse. You could now see where The Beauty and The Beast retelling comes into play. His character started strong at first, he exudes the confidence, strength and power of a High Lord, but then on the latter part of the book everything changed. His character was close to useless. There was next to nothing character development, I wouldn’t like to say his character became a little lame, but I could not find a better word for it. But I still hoped that he could redeem himself on the next books. Having said this, I still loved his character more than that of Rhysand. Safe to say I am Team Tamlin, but we’ll see if I could change my mind.

Rhysand on the other hand is the High Lord of the Night court. I was not particularly fond of Rhysand, he did a lot of awful things that I just could not simply ignore. There was this instance where the feminist side of me kind of revolted, and I don’t get it why all these nasty things he did was painted in a romantic way. I found it so wrong in so many levels. This was the reason, I didn’t like his character. And yes, he was described, yep, you guessed it right – handsome. Because you know, our female protagonist had to be torn between these High Lords, because a fantasy book is incomplete without a love triangle. UGH. NOT. A book can be as good even without a love triangle, I don’t know why authors have the habit of incorporating this trope into books, why do they have to make it complicated, when it could very well be simple but still as gripping as book should be. So this is the main reason why I didn’t give this book a solid five stars.

If anything, the only character I loved the most was LUCIEN!! That’s it, I am #TEAMLUCIEN. His character was selfless, and witty and just uh-mazing!!!

I was entertained and quite frankly I was over eager to know what will happen next. So it sure did feel like I am a moth to a flame. I need to know more, I demand answers. And see to it that my ship will not sink. I had issues of course, but this won’t stop me from continuing on with the series. I.CAN’T.WAIT!

Rating: rating_4stars

“Because your human joy fascinates me—the way you experience things, in your life span, so wildly and deeply and all at once, is … entrancing. I’m drawn to it, even when I know I shouldn’t be, even when I try not to be.” 
― Sarah J. MaasA Court of Thorns and Roses