Genre: Young Adult (ish), Fantasy, Romance
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #2
Published: May 3. 2016
Format: Hardcover, 640 pages
My rating: 4.9/5 stars
Summary: 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. [Goodreads]
It’s taken me a few days to get back into reading after this book (it didn’t help that I was super duper busy, but that’s not really important). I didn’t remember exactly what happened in ACOTAR, but thankfully, Sarah J Maas understood that her books have so much going on that she provides us with some flashbacks and reminders of previous events. Once we got into the really deep stuff, I knew what was going on. There’s a lot to talk about, from plot to relationships to how much I despise Tamlin, so let’s get to it.
Feyre in the beginning of the story is in desperate need of some therapy. She’s got serious PTSD from her time Under the Mountain, and since Tamlin is paranoid (for many reasons, including her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the Night Court), he basically traps her in the palace. It’s such a terrible relationship shown in the beginning of the book, especially since they are about to get married, and Tamlin tells Feyre that she can’t be his equal when they are married (High Lady), because there are no High Ladies. Ugh. Like I needed another reason to hate Tamlin in this book. This start to the story was a great move by SJM. By showing Feyre at rock bottom, the reader gets to journey with her as she reclaims herself and gets stronger emotionally, mentally and physically.
“I’m thinking that I was a lonely, helpless 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. And maybe that worked for who I was before. Maybe it doesn’t work for who–what I am now.”
Honestly, even saying the slightest thing about the plot after page 30 or so is a spoiler, and this book is over 600 pages long. I think that’s a good thing, though. I loved how unpredictable this book was. By the end, I had to remind myself to stop gaping at the pages as I read. Okay, so in order to avoid spoilers, this is going to be very vague.
Rhysand is probably the most important character (besides Feyre) in this book. I love everything about him. It pains me that I can’t talk about him for ages, but I don’t want to ruin it for you guys (so go pick up this book and then let’s chat about it), so just know that he is so totally not the villain, no matter how much he believes it. His story is so heartbreaking and made me love him even more. I’m so excited for the third book, but I’m also concerned that I’ll have a heart attack while reading it, so keep a watch out for that.
Have you read this (or any of SJM’s books)? Happy reading!