Review | A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J. Maas

Title: A Court of Mist and Fury
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #2
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Pub. Date: May 3, 2016
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Pages: 626
Format: Paperback

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Goodreads Blurb: 

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.

My review:

I don't know where to start from with this review.
After finishing this book, my feelings and my thoughts were literally all over the place.
And, I finally knew for certain that I did the right thing by stalling in starting to read this book until my exams had passed. Because, when I started it, oh boy, I just never seemed able to put it down. Like, ever. Again. Ahh.

Anyway, I should probably stop rambling and start a proper review.

I would like to begin from a comparison with the first book in the series, ACOTAR*. This book, I really didn't care for it for about the first 200 pages, as I explained in my review of it. And, I wasn't entirely at fault there, if I say so myself, because, honestly, it was like a prologue to the whole epic-ness that followed in ACOMAF**. Like, literally the lengthiest prologue I've ever read, but still.
The thing is that I didn't particularly care for almost anything for the biggest part of the book, and what bugged me the most, was that I did not really care for the protagonist, Feyre. When that happens, I find it really hard to love a book. In fact, I only really liked Tamlin. I might even say I loved him and found him utterly adorable.

Oh boy, was I wrong... oh boy...

ACOMAF came and just flipped my whole world around. And, trust me, I had seen how much everyone raved about Tamlin, and Rhysand, and Feyre (I mean, ACOWAR*** and even ACOFAS**** are even out, and I just finished the second book, so...). So, I was already suspicious that something is going to happen, and I was extra ready to defend Tamlin and protest against anything that attempts to prove my feelings for characters wrong.

I am not sure as to whether the following could count as spoilers, as I detail a bit the beginning, but it might spoil an important aspect of Feyre's romantic relationships, so proceed with caution!

I realized something was wrong between my previous couple, Tamlin and Feyre, right from the very first pages (if not the very first lines). When the heroine woke up in the middle of the night to vomit, after another horrible nightmare, and noticed that Tamlin did not even stir, even if she was not certain that he was asleep.
When similar behaviour continued, where they just shoved everything under the rug and refused to acknowledge their individual, as well as interpersonal, problems, I knew that this relationship was doomed. Any similar relationship would be, not jut Tamlin and Feyre's but just saying.

And then... then...

So many conflicted feelings, so much inner turmoil, so many questions about everyone's behaviours and motivations, and mostly? So. Much. Adorableness! And, well, sexiness, too.

And, I won't even talk about Velaris and the fact that I felt my heart being ripped out and then put back into its place at the end...

I really really do not want to go into too many details, because I would hate to spoil the crucial parts of this book. I want everyone to feel all these feelings I felt while reading this book.
I mean, as I am not blind and everyone has been raving for years in bookstagram about it, I knew that something is going to change between Feyre and Rhysand.
And, I might also add that Rhys brings out the best in Feyre. A few chapters into the book I started feeling like Feyre is indeed a heroine, and not just a character whose story is being narrated to us, neutrally and from a distant point of view (even if it is in the first person) - much like I had during the most part of ACOTAR.

But, I never thought it would come to a point where it would make that much sense to me. Where I would not only support, but love their relationship so much.
A point, even, where this book became one of my favorite reads.

Because this is a book I am DEFINITELY reading again. Once I'm through with ACOWAR and ACOFAS, I will start the series again. Because knowing now so many things I didn't before, I will even gladly read the first book (most likely skim through the first two parts and read the rest word by word, but still...).

Ah, overall, what an experience... Off to start ACOWAR now!!

All in all, 6/5 stars to this masterpiece, because literally,
I do not even care if the rest of the series is not as good as this book, 
ACOMAF earned its rightful  place in my heart and in my favorites' list, 
and can never be budged down from there.

*A Court of Thorns and Roses
**A Court of Mist and Fury
***A Court of Wings and Ruin
****A Court of Frost and Starlight

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