Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children’s
Publication Date: May 3rd, 2016
Series: A Court of Thrones and Roses, #2
Genre: Fantasy, YA
Okay, if I could go back, I would change my rating of A Court of Thorns and Roses to a three, maybe a two, because not only did I have my issues with the book, but A Court of Mist and Fury was a gazillion times better!
I literally told my husband, “Just skip the first book if you want to read the series. I will fill you in so you can begin with this one.”
I have to have a two part to this review because I want to discuss some spoilers! This first part will be my actually review with minor spoilers at most. The second part will be my discussion of the book and more reasons why I think it’s amazing with all the spoilers in the world.
Okay, here’s my running list of why this was better:
- Much less hanky panky: Sarah J. Maas’s sex scenes are weird and over-the-top so I appreciated that in the book overall they weren’t as frequent.
- More angst: However, this book was much more angsty in the sense that the whole time you’re thinking, “Will they? Won’t they?” I didn’t feel that in the first book, whereas this book, I really wanted to see how the relationships evolved and progress.
- Less romance: Obviously, there’s still lots of romance ^^. But it’s flirtatious and natural and less plot centered. In the first book, the romantic elements are at the heart of the action. I’d actually call the first book a romance with fantastical elements. This book is a fantasy novel with romances in it. This shift alone did wonders for the book.
- Feyre is her own character now: In the first book, I mostly just thought of her as a Katniss Everdeen copycat. Now I actually think of her as her own character. The development she made was phenomenal! She has some truly dark moments that she has to figure out and get through. She goes from being a martyr to embracing her role. It was awesome.
- Rhysand, Rhysand, Rhysand: I think Rhysand is basically everyone’s favorite character. I knew from his entrance in A Court of Thorns and Roses that he was going to be mine in the series. I instantly recognized his trope: the bad boy with a secret heart of gold. Those are always my favorites, and he did not disappoint in this book.
- Less Tamlin: Tamlin didn’t bother me in the first book so much as I was apathetic. I didn’t care for him, nor did I hate him. He was just meh. Though I’m not sure I can totally see the jump from his characterization in the first book to this book, I at least appreciate that he has taken on a more interesting and meaningful role, even though he isn’t in the story as much.
- A strong supporting cast: We meet a ton more characters in ACOMAF. What’s more is that they are all well-developed. They have backstories, histories, character ticks. They all feel real and relevant. This book is definitely more character-driven than plot-driven, as opposed to the first book.
There’s one thing though that did drive me nuts about this book, and that was the flying scenes. Sometimes I’d wonder from the description how these things were even physically possible!
But other than that, no complaints. The ending was fantastic. Not a cliffhanger, but left me on the edge of my seat nevertheless. I can’t wait to see what happens next!
What did you think of the book? Who is your favorite character?
Stay tuned for Part II!
Tootle loo, darlings!
5 thoughts on “A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Mass | Part I: Review”
I tried Thorns and Roses, and it lost me about halfway through. But I’m hearing lots of swooning over the sequel. We’ll see…I may decide to pick the series up again at some point.
Oh goodness, I adored this book. I even went back and re-read ACOTAR to specifically see Rhysand and it completely changed the way I saw the story. I swooned at Rhys in ACOMAF and loved how Rhys and feyre were a slow burn relationship. She needed time to love herself again before she could allow anyone else in. I didn’t think there was that much sex in the first novel. There was like sexual tension moments but I think there was a lot more in ACOMAF. #Chapter55 😀
I loved their relationship too! I will have a whole discussion post on basically that on Friday. I guess, I don’t mean sex as much as sexual content, most of which I found unnecessary in ACOTAR. Like Feyre’s romps in the barn with whats-his-bucket, the mating ritual on Fire Night, and all of the other sexual moments. There was just so much sexual content overall that it felt like a romance more than a fantasy. And it seemed over-the-top and excessive, especially for a teen book, in my opinion. I found ACOMAF to be more tasteful in that regard. Yes, there’s a big long scene in Chapter 55, which I also found melodramatic, but I thought it was at least in context as they sealed their mating bond so I didn’t mind as much. That’s my thoughts on it.
I’m crying! *Whats-his-bucket* I’m stealing this using it forever.