I’m aiming for a triple header this weekend. I posted a review yesterday, this post and then I’m hoping to finish another book that I’ll post a review for tomorrow. This is what happens when I read multiple books at the same time, no reviews for ages and then they’re like buses.
It’s been a while since I read ACOTAR but I purposely wanted to leave some time between that and A Court of Mist and Fury by @therealsjmaas. I’m glad I didbbecause I really want to indulge in and enjoy this series and I find that when I binge a series, I get tired of it by book 3. So, lesson learnt, I’ll again leave space between this and the next book.
Feyre has been through more than any human woman can imagine and her heart is wounded. She may have been granted the powers of High Fae, but she still carries the guilt from what she did Under the Mountain to save the lives of Tamlin and his people.
As Feyre’s wedding to Tamlin draws closer, her nightmares haunt her and she withdraws into herself. She finds herself split into two; the Feyre that exists with Tamln, living out her days in the Spring Court and the Feyre who upholds the bargain made with Rhysand, the High Lord of the Night Court.
Whilst Feyre is trying to battle her way through politics, passion and her new power, there is a darker evil looming and she may be what is needed to overcome it. But only if she is able to harness the gifts she’s been given, heal her heart and decide what life she wants for herself.
General Thoughts 🤔
My experience reading this second book in the ACOTAR series was slightly different to reading the first. I put down and went back to the first book unintentionally whereas I purposely took my time with this one. I read a small amount everyday as I really wanted to soak in all of the detail and all of the drama. I will admit that that didn’t pan out for the last 30% of the book; I flew through that because my goodness it was tense.
I loved the story in this book, it had everything. Politics, heart ache, passion, betrayal and twists. It was a bit of an emotional rollercoaster and I was more than happy to be a front row rider for the whole thing.
So who knew that my love for Feyre could grow? Well it did. I definitely got the vibe that she herself had grown up an awful lot by this point in her life and she was much more emotionally mature. She did struggle with her feelings about herself and others, but I think High Fae Feyre dealt with this a lot better than human Feyre would have.
I had to go back and read my review of ACOTAR because I was certain I’d expressed a niggling feeling about Tamlin. I did and I was right. I knew I couldn’t trust that guy for some reason. I was so happy that Feyre didn’t get idly swept along by the lust she had for Tamlin and took the time to examine her true feelings.
Writing Style ✍️
I was expecting big things from Sarah J Maas and she delivered. Again, there was the perfect balance between world building, plot and characters. I have the clearest vision of Velaris in my mind, I cannot go and google any fan art because it will ruin all of my hopes and dreams. She also seems to have a way of making me question each of the characters that I love. I didn’t know if I should or shouldn’t be trusting particular people and even when I felt like I’d made a decision, she threw a curve ball in to eff it all up.
Conclusion & Scoring 🎖
I can wholeheartedly say that I loved ACOTAR, but I loved ACOMAF even more. I’ve seen lots of reviews saying that this is their favourite book in the series, and I can see why. I went through so many different feelings reading this book; from some severe blushing (chapter 55 IYKYK) to a rather large lump in my throat and the odd tear. I adored this book and it’s about time that I just admit it; I’m Sarah, and I like to read fantasy. Thanks Sarah J Maas. Thanks a lot.