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Friday in Review: A Court of Mist and Fury

Hey everyone! So here's my review and thoughts on A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas.

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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.


Now I know Sarah J. Maas is widely popular and has a lot of fans for her Throne of Glass series. I never read it and I don't think I ever will read it... But I did pick up A Court of Thorns and Roses after hearing so many good things about it. And I read it within two days. I loved it and had a book hangover for several days after finishing it. I can pretty much only say good things about that book. The suspense. The romance. The characters. The love. Everything.

So you can see why I bought A Court of Mist and Fury the day it came out and had it marked on my calendar since Sarah J. Maas announced when it was coming out. And I read it almost just as fast though with this one I actually had to take pauses from.

I'll start with the good parts. The parts that I thoroughly enjoyed. Because with this book, for me anyways, there's a good and a bad.

Sarah J. Maas's writing is just as fantastic as in A Court of Thorns and Roses. I loved seeing more of Rhysand and learning more about his world. I also liked how Maas get us readers a peak at the other territories besides the Spring Court. And the ending? Amazing! Left me wanting more and with some major mixed feelings. The plot overall was amazing and made the book a crazy page turner with all sorts of twists and turns and shocks. I also liked the evolved relationship between Rhysand and Feyreh. That was wonderful and unexpected. But the thing that made all the bad parts and things I couldn't stand worth it was the ending. The huge! Twist! At the end! I won't say anything more but I very much enjoyed the climax. A lot. If you can't tell from all my exclamation points.

If you've ever read A Court of Thorns and Roses you can understand why I love Rhysand so much. He's right up my ally. The guy that does bad things for good reasons. And I was so excited to see him in book two. My first favorite character though was Lucian. He's great and I was really disappointed about him not being in the sequel very much. I also feel like Sarah J. Maas didn't keep to his character and personality. I don't think he's the kind of guy who follows orders from his best friend blindly. He has a sense of right and wrong and is very loyal but... I don't think -- or didn't think -- he was the kind of person to watch his friend, Feyhre go through such a hard time and practically have the life sucked out of her. With that part I was very disappointed in Lucien. But I hope that I get to know him better and see him better in the third book.

Tamlin was... unexpected. He became a very surprising "villain" and I found that little twist very intriguing. Along with a few of the other characters as well. Maas turned every character that she introduced in the first book upside down. Sort of flipped their personalities in a mostly organic, natural way. Rhysand who was a "villain" in the first book became a "good guy." Tamlin became a "bad guy." And everything that you thought you knew about the world and the characters was turned on its head making you want to know more and trying to figure out what in the world is going on. And to tell the truth while I thought Lucien was disappointing along with a few other traits that Tamlin had in this book I admire what Maas did. She really did an amazing job with creating a unique book that felt like it's own and not just a sequel to A Court of Thorns and Roses if that makes any sense.

But the biggest turn off about this book is the unexpected swearing and the... very descriptive and overly done scenes of passion or love or whatever you want to call it. First of all like I said in my last post I am ok with a little swearing. It doesn't bother me too much as long it's in moderation. But when an author overdoes it that it is off-putting to me. At first I kind of shrugged off the first few and then she used the F-bomb and I sort of shrugged that off too thinking that it was a one time deal. Nope! It was not! That one word was extremely distracting to me and unnecessary to the plot or characters. I understand that some of the characters are impolite and gritty but Maas could have used other words and more creative ways to show that instead of just going the easy way. I thought was disconcerting and not needed.

Then there were the over-described, over-used and not at all needed love scenes. Look I don't mind some kissing and I definitely don't mind romance. I don't really even care about a make-out scene or a few in a book. Those are quick and easy to get through and I mean if two characters really do love each other than whatever. Do what you like. That doesn't mean the author has to go overboard though. Those scenes were unnecessary to the plot. They didn't even talk between kisses about anything important. To be honest I felt they were a waste of page space and words. Complete. Unimportant and didn't forward the plot at all besides to show very descriptively that two characters love each other. Couldn't you have easily shown that in a kiss or make out session? Or I don't know... have the characters actually have chemistry and talk to one another and show they care in other forms besides getting their hands all over each other?

Sooo... this post is kind of long so I'll stop my ridiculous, crazy-girl rant here. Overall I loved the plot and mostly all the characters. The ending and plot twists and everything was awesome. The swearing and inappropriate scenes? Not so much. I can't say I recommend this book to anyone who can't handle those two things but if you don't care or can look past them then by all means read this book and the first one because truly Maas is very good at her writing and her stories.

Hope you all have a great weekend!

Have you read The Court of Thorns and Roses series? What do you think of what I've mentioned here?

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