*This review contains spoilers only if you haven’t read A Court of Thorns and Roses. *
“‘To the people who look at the stars and wish…To the stars who listen— and the dreams that are answered.'”
Synopsis from Goodreads: 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.
Feelings: Every dang time I read one of Maas’ books, I lose my dang mind a little bit. Brace yourself for an influx of feelings.
I had some world building questions after finishing the first book and A Court of Mist and Fury totally slayed all of the aforementioned questions. I finally have an understanding of this world and its history.
I don’t know how many times I can say that I love Sarah J. Maas’s writing. When I read her books, I become so engrossed and encapsulated by every word. She has an incredibly storytelling gift where she plays with time and the planes of the main story, ripping rugs out and flipping things on their heads. So, so, so good.
Issues: Oddly enough, my #1 issue throughout this book was freaking Feyre’s dad (lol). Where the crap are you? Why are you gone for so long? Is that not suspicious? Something bad is happening in Oz, friends. It seemed really convenient that he just happened to be gone all the time. That’s basically it, though, in regards to issues I had. Straight up.
Characters: FEYRE, you are the queen of all female characters. Talk about some serious character development. In the first book, she was a strong-willed human, thrown into this crazy world of fae and powers and war. In THIS book, she is a strong-in-every-sense High Fae, kicking butt and taking names, joining forces with 500-year-old creatures and becoming their equal. Yes, yes, yes.
I think by the time I finished the first book, I was like Hey Tamlin…you better watch yourself or Feyre’s gonna want a restraining order. He seemed a little clingy, but also maybe passionate in an animalistic way? Then in this book he was out of control. So I guess that character development wasn’t completely out of the blue, unless you were one of those people that loved Tamlin…then you’re probably upset. However, if you remember in my review of A Court of Thorns and Roses, I liked Rhysand and knew some kind of som’n som’n was going on. (How do you spell that? Is it “som’n”? Whatever. Stay with me on this tangent, friends.) The way that Maas reformulated the central love story of this series was masterful. I didn’t see the depth of that coming.
Can I also say that Maas has somehow managed to keep her characters love triangle free and it thrills me? I mean, obviously something’s going on with Mor, Azriel, and Cassian, but I wouldn’t call it a love triangle. Don’t fall into that trope trap, Maas! You be you!
Comparisons: I definitely enjoyed this book more than the first one. I pre-ordered this book and then it sat on my kitchen counter for about a week before I finally picked it up. I liked the first book, but I wasn’t sure how I’d like the second book. I had a lot of “ifs” riding on these 600+ pages. It’s worth it. It’s so worth it.
This book is saucy. And that’s a lot coming from someone that just recently read Outlander. I would definitely say this is more in the New Adult genre, a little beyond those 16-year-olds reading Young Adult books. Because I’m a teacher, I feel the need to insert those caveats into my reviews from time to time. See, I wouldn’t recommend this series to my 8th graders, purely because of maturity. The first book is mature, but this one is far more so.
Final thoughts: SLLAAAYYYY. I loved this book. I might die as I sit here waiting for book 3, but I’ll try to live on. I think I re-read the last couple of chapters about 7 times, just trying to wrap my head around it all. The storyline is so fast paced and thrilling. So good. So, so good.
Pick this up if you liked:
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas (The series is definitely worth continuing!)
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Goodreads rating: 4.77/5
Amazon.com rating: 4.8/5
My rating: 5/5
Happy reading! – Caitlyn