Goodreads rating: 4.73
Date published: May 5th, 2015 (USA)
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.
☆☆☆☆☆ · 5/5 stars, although I would give it a thousand stars if I could
Warning: this book includes explicit sexual content, PTSD and abusive behavior – just thought you should know in case you’re not comfortable with this kind of stuff.
If you haven’t yet, check out my review for A Court of Thorns and Roses, the first book in this series. I think it will be interesting to see how my feelings shifted from one book to another.
Firstly, I have to say this book is the best thing I have ever read in my life. I don’t know how Sarah J. Maas could possibly make A Court of Wings and Ruin (the next book) better than ACOMAF, honestly, but I have a feeling she will, and I CAN’T WAIT.
I don’t think I’ll ever be able to truthfully express my feelings about this book, but I will try my best to do so in this review. Just a heads up – I will curse a lot.
Let’s get into it, then…
Starting with the characters, I FUCKING LOVE EVERYONE. Ok, not everyone, but the most prominent characters are SO PERFECT AHHHHHHH. I can’t even express how much I love them in any other way other than screaming!! We are introduced to five new characters – among others who aren’t as relevant – who are there most of the time, and they’re all so great, so different from each other but at the same time so perfect as a team. Literal definition of “squad goals”
Oh, and the female characters? Top-fucking-notch
“I want to paint you.”
He gently lifted me into his arms. “Nude would be best”
The world building is better in this book than in ACOTAR, very well done. We are introduced to another court and, even though I think the Spring Court is beautiful, the new one is definitely way better and prettier…
Rhysand is the most handsome High Lord
Rhysand is the most delightful High Lord
Rhysand is the most cunning High Lord
As far as the plot goes, let me tell you: IT’S FUCKING GREAT. YOU WILL LOVE IT, PLEASE READ THIS BOOK. I definitely did not see any of it coming. I have no idea how Sarah J. Maas does it, but the plot is just SO good, and it literally kept me up at night. I would stop reading when I was too tired to understand what I read, and I would struggle to fall asleep because I would just think about this book for hours. Such a gripping story. AND THE FREAKING PLOT TWISTS AHHHH MY HEART
She took my heart and tore it apart, put it back together, and then did it again, and again, and again, and I HAVE NOT YET RECOVERED FROM THE EMOTIONAL ROLLER COASTER THAT IS THIS BOOK
“Will you deign to join us, or do you have plans to ogle your muscles in the mirror?”
Sarah J. Maas’s writing, once again, is soooo so good. It kept me interested, grasped the whole time – maybe also because it’s told in first person rather than third, but I think it’s her actual writing that always grips me. The book is over 600 pages and I was able to read it in around 3-4 days whilst also reading other books for school. I would have devoured it in one or two days if I could, and I can’t stop re-reading my favorite parts. This book is everything to me right now, and I can’t fucking wait for A Court of Wings and Ruin.
“Touch me, Cassian, and I’ll remove your favorite part. Small as it might be.”
On another note, it’s important to point out that Sarah J. Maas shines light on the very serious and problematic topic that is abuse and abusive relationships. And, unlike other authors I’ve read/heard about, she doesn’t use address it in a way that makes it seem normal. She makes the victim realize the toxicity that is said relationship herself, and it doesn’t seem like… fake, or pushed. Coming to terms with how toxic the relationship was was incredibly important, and the message SJM wanted to transmit is clear in the way the character speaks and thinks about the topic. I hope I’m making sense, but probably not hahaha
I recommend this book to everyone. Please, please, PLEASE, pick this series up. You will NOT regret it, I swear. It took me a long ass time to finally get to it, and now it’s all I can think about. It honestly is the best book I’ve read so far, and if ACOWAR is even better, then I won’t know what to do with myself.
I hope I was able to give you a relatively okay spoiler-free review, and that you understood what I meant… and that you pick up the damned book!! Alright, that is all for the non-spoilery section guys, so continue at your own risk!!
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Spoilery section [where I scream about my feelings]
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Okay, but RHYSAND THOUGH. MY GOD. AHHHHHHHHHH I LOVE HIM SO FUCKING MUCH, I can’t even put it into words. He’s fucking everything I could ever want in a man?????? Thanks for ruining real-life romance for me with high expectations, Sarah, much appreciated!No but really, Rhys is literal perfection and I want to protect him and Feyre with everything I have. I am SUCH Feysand trash, it’s not even funny.
AND HIS SENSE OF HUMOR. YES PLEASE. The sentences he gave Feyre to read, I can’t. I laughed so much. And when Feyre has this snap and tells him she wants to paint him and he goes “Nude would be best.” LMAO I FUCKING CAN’T WITH YOU RHYSAND
Another thing I really loved was the telepathic interaction between Feyre and Rhysand, and THE LITTLE NOTES THEY WROTE OH MY GOD. That was soooooooo cute.
The fact that Rhysand held her and pulled back her hair when she vomited, while fucking Tamlin would pretend to be asleep, just makes me love him more. He’s so fucking pure, I love him so much.I felt so much for Feyre when she would wake up every damn night to throw up. It was heartbreaking, but I feel like it’s a valid interpretation of what PTSD would be like, at least under Feyre’s circumstances. She was so broken, I never expected to see her like that. Thankfully though, she is slowly but surely getting better, which is all I wanted. I love Feyre so much, she’s my fucking baby. Everyone is my fucking baby, I LOVE THEM ALL (except for Tamlin, fuck Tamlin)
Oh and HOW IMPORTANT is it that Feyre and Rhys didn’t start off as a couple, they became friends first, and they slowly came to terms with their feelings. So great, so important.
And also… THEY ARE EQUAL. HE DOESN’T WANT HER TO BE A PRETTY THING FOR OTHERS TO LOOK AT AND FOR HIM TO FUCK. I FUCKING LOVE RHYSAND.
“I’m thinking that I was a lonely, hopeless person, and I might have fallen in love with the first thing that showed me a hint of kindness and safety. And I’m thinking maybe he knew that–maybe not actively, but maybe he wanted to be that person for someone.”
Oh, and please let’s just take a moment to appreciate this. I was so proud of Feyre for this realization. YESSS FEYRE YESSSSS
“I don’t believe for one damn minute that you’re remotely fine with being a pretty trophy”
One thing I felt throughout the book was that the thing with Tamlin was unnecessarily unresolved. Like, I thought that she would go talk to him after a while, when she started feeling better, to really let him know that she wasn’t going to come back, she didn’t want a relationship with him, etc. I know she was scared of him locking her up again, but I feel like she could have found a way to do it??? But then it probably wouldn’t even work because Tamlin is fucking stupid and would think everything she said was because she was “under a spell”. Yeah Tamlin, she is, it’s a spell called “my new boyfriend isn’t an asshole”. FUCK YOU TAMLIN, FUCK YOU.
“High Fae will stick their cocks anywhere”
Let’s talk about the Inner Circle, shall we? Two words: FUCK YEAH.
I love all of them. All for different reasons, obviously, but I love them all so much. The interactions between them gave me LIFE as I read. Amren and Mor are so funny and so strong and they’re fucking amazing. And Cassian and Azriel are my fucking children, I LOVE THEM. They’re all such strong creatures, even after all they have been through, and I am terrified of any of them dying. MY CHILDREN I LOVE THEM SO MUCH PLEASE DON’T KILL THEM
“My equal in every way; she would wear my crown, sit on a throne beside mine. Never sidelined, never designated to breeding and parties and child rearing. My queen.”
All hail Rhysand, the literal epitome of a man and how men should be.
“But then she snapped your neck.”
Tears rolled down his face.
“And I felt you die,” he whispered.
Tears were sliding down my own cheeks.”
THIS ^ BROKE ME, I WAS SOBBING SO HARD OMG RHYS MY POOR BABY
I loved learning about his whole story, right from when the curse was first cast, but OH MY GOD was I suffering as I read. I could FEEL his pain, and it was so heartbreaking. He loves her so much. And I love them so much *cries*
“I want you splayed out on a table like my own personal feast”
Can we talk about the sex scenes? I LIVE FOR FEYSAND SMUT FUCK YEAH
I can’t wait to see what scenes will be in ACOWAR, I hope they’re fucking epic. I mean, we were promised something about a wall so………
“My friend through many dangers. My lover who had healed my broken and weary soul. My mate who had waited for me against all hope, despite all odds.”
The whole scene with the King of Hybern was SOOOO nerve-wrecking, I was so nervous, so uncomfortable. First of all, when fucking Tamlin and Lucien came in, I was like WHAT THE FUCK I CAN’T BELIEVE THIS TAMLIN YOU FUCKING FOOL
AND NESTA GOES IN THE CAULDRON LIKE “FUCK YOUUUUUU”, fingers up hahahaha she’s fucking great in this book, kudos to Nesta. I don’t know how I feel about Elain being Lucien’s mate, but it sure is going to come in handy for blackmailing *evil laughter*
And so basically the whole time they were in Hybern, I didn’t know what to do with myself besides sob, especially when Feyre started pretending. I couldn’t believe it. I couldn’t believe we were going back to the Spring Court, and that we would have to deal with Tamlin again and his dumbass everything.
And when the king broke the bond, my god I was heartbroken. The idea of them being separated AND not being able to communicate in their heads was just horrifying. But then she kept talking to him, telling him things even after the bond was gone, and I was suspicious. Even though there was no response from him, I had a feeling she knew the bond couldn’t be broken.
AND THEN WE FIND OUT THEY’RE BASICALLY MARRIED BECAUSE THEY WENT TO A PRIESTESS AND NOW SHE’S THE FUCKING HIGH LADY. OH. MY. GOD.
I can’t, it’s too much!!!!!!!!
As you can tell, I am a fucking mess after this book, and having to wait a month to have ACOWAR in my hands seems like the worst suffering I will ever endure. Dramatic, I know, I was inspired by Rhys.
“And so Tamlin unwittingly led the High Lady of the Night Court into the heart of his territory.”
This was so hard to write, but I powered through it. I’m so sorry if none of the things I say make sense, but I’m just having a hard, hard time expressing how I feel.
I hope you enjoyed reading my thoughts nonetheless, and if you want, check out my review of the first book, A Court of Thorns and Roses.
See you in my next post ♡