Monday, January 9, 2017

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


Title: A Court of Mist and Fury 
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses Series #2
Author: Sarah J. Maas  
Publisher: Bloombury USA Children
Publication Date: May 3, 2016
Format: Hardback 

Page Count: 640

Rating: 


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. (taken from goodreads.com)


Is it possible to give this book more than five stars? Because honestly I'm really tempted to. I adored A Court of Mist and Fury. 

Although I enjoyed the first book in this series, A Court of Thorns and Roses, I didn't fall head over heels for it. I had some issues with the characters and the romance, and although I liked Maas' writing, I thought she had some areas she could improve upon. Despite my feelings about the first book, I decided to give the second book a shot simply because it won a Goodreads award and everyone else seemed to love it so much... and man, am I glad that I did. 

Maas blew me away with A Court of Mist and Fury. The biggest request I had after finishing the first book was to see more of the Fae world in the sequel, and not only did Maas deliver, but she went above and beyond. I fell completely in love with the world she has created. I couldn't flip pages fast enough as I met new characters, explored new lands, and discovered more and more about Feyre's new realm. The world has amazing depth and substance, and I leapt for joy as Maas continued to surprise me. 

I wasn't Feyre's hugest fan in the beginning, but by the end of this second book, her character has completely changed. She is stronger, deeper, and just a better-written character in general. In my opinion, Maas brought her to life much more in this installment, and I'm glad for it. Feyre wasn't the only character to change: Every single one of Maas' characters earned my love, and I felt as though Maas finally got the hang of creating realistic, fantastic characters. Seriously, I these characters made me want to paint pictures of them because their descriptions were so captivating and vivid. 

A Court of Thorns and Roses plays on the whole Beauty and the Beast plot line, but that original tale seems to have been completely abandoned in this sequel. Maas has moved onto something entirely original, and I love it. She expands upon the world of the Fae, as well as elements within Feyre's original homeland. At 640 pages, this sequel is no short walk in the park. Maas delves into history and politics, and I giggled with glee as every Fae court and character came to life before my eyes. I was reminded of books like Eragon and Finnikin of the Rock, two fantasy novels I fell in love with years ago that have extremely intricate worlds. 

That ending though. *heart pounds violently* If you hate cliffhangers... well, still read this one, but be prepared. 

Overall, I was thoroughly impressed with Maas' second installment. Prior to reading this book, I didn't really understand why everyone was falling in love with her works. Now I do, and I will definitely be keeping up with this series and her other books. 

            

I cannot believe the third book in this series doesn't come out until MAY. 
HOW WILL I SURVIVE WITHOUT THESE CHARACTERS FOR THAT LONG?