Friday, May 20, 2016

Review: A Court of Mist & Fury

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas
A Court of Thorns and Roses #2
Published May 3rd 2016 by Bloomsbury

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.
A Court of Mist and Fury is a beast in every sense of the word, clocking in at 200+ pages more than it's predecessor, A Court of Thorns and Roses. The page count isn't the only thing that makes this book a beast though. The unrelenting plot, the host of new characters, the Night Court in all it's glory - all of it is BEAST.  While I loved enjoyed A Court of Thorns and Roses when I read it, it now pales in comparison to the awesomeness that is A Court of Mist and Fury.

Every single thing has changed this time around, so you should be prepared for that going in. Yes Feyre has changed but more than you might realize. Her reality has changed, her surroundings have changed but more than anything, the world has changed around her.  And if you loved Feyre in ACOTAR, be prepared to have your socks knocked off this time around. Watching her grow from the shambles of her current state, dealing with PTSD (realistically, I might add) and emerge as her true self was nothing short of spectacular. I am in awe of Sarah J Maas' skills, especially considering how she basically rewrote this book from the ground up and crafted it into the EPIC story contained within these pages.

At over 600+ pages, I would not remove a single word from A Court of Mist and Fury. It never felt slow, never faltered, never failed to sink its hooks into me.  This book started out intense and then floored it into something frantic, dark and decadent that consumed me body and soul.  The darkness grew into something wholly unique here, and I again have to praise Maas for throwing life and love into the darkness. The slow build of passion, of magic, of a world being fully revealed is almost too much to comprehend. I am honestly swimming in a sea of night and stars as I type this...and I never, ever want to come back down.

I was a little worried when Maas spoke about the changes she had in store for this installment, and the series as a whole, but I should have known better. I should have known that SJM is one of those few authors who can do no wrong with me.  The new direction gets my wholehearted support, as does this book in general. The characters were phenomenal. The pacing was tight. The setting was absolutely stunning. (I WANT TO GO BACK THERE NOW!) The romance, for its part was beautiful and hot as all hell. Spoilers: I am 100000% on team Rhysand now. The way he treated Feyre as an equal and gave her time to heal was STUNNING. He's dark tortured but also caring, strong and just beautiful. Basically, a dream come true! And as much as I had liked Tamlin in ACOTAR, his behavior at the end always irked me. Honestly, his evolution here, considering what they all went through Under the Mountain makes total sense to me. In a word? This book was intoxicating.

I realize that there's very little detail in my review, but A Court of Mist and Fury is a book that's best experienced with a clean slate. Know that if you love Maas and you loved ACOTAR, you are in for a treat! The Night Court is easily my favorite court of them all now.  If you haven't read this already - well, you need to fix that. NOW. But be warned: the wait for ACOTAR3 will be a long and painful one...

My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

30 comments:

  1. I love your review and just YES to your spoiler section! Honestly, Tam's actions towards the end of ACOTAR always bugged me and well I just wasn't all that surprised by some of his actions in this one. SJM can do no wrong and I am loving where she is taking this story. I've already started re-reading this one because I just could not shake it. Just so good!

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    1. Thanks Teresa, I loved yours too :D Same here, he just seemed so spineless and selfish so his evolution here (or devolution) makes total sense to me. The story went from great to EPIC in one bound and I am thrilled with the new direction here^^ I know I'll be rereading it soon too so I don't blame you one bit :D

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  2. I finally got around to reading A Court of Thorns and Roses over the last couple of weeks and ended up enjoying it a lot more than I expected to. I'm glad you still felt the pacing was tight despite the extra length, as I was a little bit worried that it might be slower when I first saw the size of it. This review is awesome and now I'm even more keen to rush out and pick up a copy! Think I know what I'll be reading next...

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    1. Oh I am really happy to hear that Faith^^ Hopefully this one will take your love for the series to a whole other level :D It DEFINITELY didn't feel like a long book, I devoured it so fast! I can't wait for you to read it!!! Keep me posted :)

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  3. YES. I'm so glad you liked this, I was crossing my fingers the whole time because I know the changes have divided people. Like you, I tried to keep my review vague because almost everything is leading - it was hard! ANYWAYS! I'm cheering about my predictions (revolving around the ending of ACOTAR) were correct *laughs evilly* I can't wait to tell Bec.

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    1. Woo-Hoo! Yeah some people got really annoyed about the changed but I should have known I'd love anything SJM does :D Writing this review was TOUGH so I *had* to post a spoilery section hehe! Waiting for book 3 is going to be long and painful...

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  4. The setting sounds pretty amazing and I like visiting a fae world so that sounds fun. And it's nice when a big book manages to keep the pace going and not bog down. Sounds like it deserves all the buzz it's getting. :)

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    1. The setting is literally one of the best things about this one Greg^^ And the Fae are so fascinating too! The pacing was perfection which was a treat especially considering the added length. It definitely deserves the buzz in my opinion :D

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  5. I'm kinda nervous about trying this book after seeing the reviews that have been all over the place! I enjoyed the first book enough that I do want to continue the series though, so if you think it's worth it I'll probably give it a try! Thanks :D

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

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    1. Yup^^ people either love or hate the new direction. Even I was worried at first but I ended up wholly sold (and then some)! I hope the same will hold true for you Mogsy!! :)

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  6. I'm one of the few that is not interested in reading this book anytime soon, or ever. ;) I love seeing all the love for it!

    Wonderful review, Micheline. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

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    1. That's too bad. Oh well, to each their own! I loved it enough for the both of us ;)

      Thank you^^

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    2. HAHAHA! That comment reply wins the Internet today. :D

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  7. Ahhh. This review is PERFECT! I haven't yet gotten to this one, but I am DYING too.. I am SOOOOOO afraid of the changes, but I think I am still going to love it all the same! thanks for sharing your thoughts with us

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    1. Thank you Peyton!! I know what you mean, I was scared too but it turned out WAY better than the first book :D I hope you love the new direction just as much as I do!!

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  8. I heart your review so much, Micheline! It perfectly captures everything there is to love about ACoMaF! I'm still hungover from this one, even though I've moved on to another book. I can't seem to stop rereading my favorite parts of ACoMaF; like, I haven't even put the book back on the shelf yet because I don't feel quiiite done with flipping back to certain pages, lolol.

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    1. Awww thank you so much Lee ♥ I am completely still hungover from ACoMaF...and TRK for that matter. I did THE SAME THING with both of those: I couldn't put them on my shelf, I had to keep them close and reread my favorite bits XD These books have ruined us LOL!

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  9. I still need to try Sarah J Maas. I've yet to read anything by her, but I keep hearing great things and your review makes me want to move it higher on my list. I need more time to read. :-)

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

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    1. Oooh, I hope you do end up checking out her books soon Melanie^^ She's one of my top favorite authors of all time! I know what you mean though, we need an extra day in the week dedicated to reading :)

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  10. I totally agree with this compared to ACOTAR! I loved the first book so much, but I don't even know how to compare this book now!! I rated them both 5 stars because they were both incredible, but there's really no comparison. I agree with all of your spoilers too! :D Great review!!

    Tracy @ Cornerfolds

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    1. Right?! Loved the first book too but it pales in comparison to this one^^ I ADORED this one ♥ ♥ ♥ The wait for book 3 is going to be loooong and painful XD Thanks Tracy!! x

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  11. I haven't read any of these yet - I think it's one of those series that I'm better off waiting till it's done. If there are only going to be three. (Wait, are there only going to be three?)

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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    1. Oh marathoning this series sounds wonderful! Yeah this is supposed to be a trilogy and I haven't heard any news to the contrary ;)

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  12. Oh... how I loved this book! I wasn't sure how the series would get better, but CoMaF blew me away! And Rhysland... LOVE him! I totally agree with the spoiler!

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    1. Me too Naomi! As much as I enjoyed the first book it never quite reached the amazingness of her ToG series to me...but this one totally did! I'm in LOVE. With the series, the characters and YES RHYSAND ♥

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  13. I think that's one of the things that drew me to her writing so much. You can't guess where it's all going, you just have to be along for the ride. I haven't gotten to this series yet, and I probably won't start it until there's one more at least because I'll want to keep reading once I start. I'm so thrilled to see that the second one just gets better and you're happy with her choices. It's such a big deal with the second one is not only as good, but even better than the first. That's a huge sign that the series should be an amazing one. I also appreciate that you kept this clear of big spoilers! Excellent review :D

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    1. You are SO right Jaclyn^^ She starts off great but she builds on that greatness SO MUCH...until it becomes truly EPIC ♥ Yes, there is one more book to come (next year - SOBS) and then it'll be finished so you'll be able to marathon the trilogy and drown in feels! Because trust me, you will!! I agree, the fact that she not only avoided the second-book-syndrome, but actually turned it on it's head (JUST LIKE IT with CoM in her ToG series) is a testament to her awesomeness :D Oh and of course, I'm always spoiler free, I never usually even discuss anything spoilery but here I *had* to, so I hid them LOL! Thank you! xx

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  14. WOW that ALL 600 pages were prime is a BIG compliment! And dark? decadent? body and soul consuming???? WHO CAN RESIST SUCH A REVIEW!!!??? It has been in my TBR for a while now... I'm SO reading this series! :)

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    1. Honestly, I would not have removed a SINGLE PAGE! Maas can do no wrong in my eyes ♥ And YES those are all perfect words: dark, decadent, body and soul consuming! I hope the series will deliver for you like it has for me. I enjoyed the first book but this one was on a WHOLE other level :D

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  15. I have so been dying to read this series. I feel like I am the only one out there that hasn't yet!

    Great review

    Happy Reading!

    Michelle @ Book Briefs

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