That Time I Fell IN LOVE with a Bad Guy
Sarah J. Maas, Thank You for the Love of My Life
I know many of you are with me on the genius that is Sarah J. Maas, but as a fellow Pennsylvania girl, she gets a higher likelihood of support. That doesn’t necessarily mean I would be a fan, but I would be supportive.
But then you READ her work and you just sort of blink and think, “From where did this woman hatch?” Brilliant is a high honor, but when you have someone who creates rich worlds, woven with delightful details and developed characters… well, if it happens once in a career, it’s success.
Though Maas claims her Throne of Glass series is in the same Megaverse (I LOVE THAT WORD, SARAH!) as the ACOTAR series, they are so completely different and have such intensely different tones, you wonder if the woman has a split personality disorder.
How does she do it?
So…On to the subject of this article…. A Court of Mist and Fury.
I read A Court of Thorns and Roses a few months ago, after falling head-over-heels for the cover art. (I’m a sucker for a pretty face.) ACOMAF follows suit with a lovely visage of Feyre on the cover… and then you open it and you become lost to the real world for a few days!
When you start this book, you’re back in the Spring Court with Tamlin, and Feyre is trying to get past what happened Under the Mountain. As someone who lives with PTSD, I know how very hard it is to survive and then move on. The days are hard, but the nights? Sometimes, it’s just unbearable. Somehow, Maas captures that feeling, that sense of pain and angst and fear and rage with the written word and the experiences of a female survivor trying to just breathe.
And then, I got swept into Prythian completely. I kept waiting for Rhysand to show up to collect, and then when he does, I felt like he infused the life into the story – but maybe that was Maas’ goal. In fact, I knew I was falling in love with the High Lord of the Night Court in ACOTAR, but by the time I was 1/3 in, I was completely smitten.
I won’t spoil this book for you because YOU NEED TO READ IT. YOU REALLY NEED TO READ IT. It was one of THE best books I have read in a very long time, if not ever. I loved it more than ACOTAR, and that stunned me since I really enjoyed it. In fact, it left ACOTAR in the dust.
What I find most amazing about this book is how incredibly woven the details are throughout the storyline, and how many tie together in this book. It’s perfection. It is ab-so-lute perfection. I genuinely am forcing my kids to add this series to their TBR. Its brilliance needs to be shared. You will want to share it.
If I had to break it down, first I need to say that Rhysand turns out to be one of the most amazing characters I have ever read, and that says a lot given how many books I have read. He is so multi-faceted, so entertaining and so romantic, with an impressive wingspan. =)
(I just read back and this is so gushy I am almost ashamed. Almost. However, I believe in being as honest as I can in these reviews, and in this case, I’m confident with every word I’ve said.)
I have seen reviews where people claim this book ends in a cliffhanger. I don’t agree at all. I really feel like this book ended a solid stop point that left me satisfied, and still intrigued enough to count down for Book 3.
If you’re curious what court should be your home, you can find out, thanks to this quiz.
I think you know what you need to do. I think you know what needs to happen. But I am going to make it even easier. I assume if you have not yet read this, you haven’t read its predecessor, ACOTAR.
So, because I love all of you so very much, I brought home a few SIGNED books after meeting Sarah this weekend… and I am going to give one away right now! (you can see the actual book you’re winning in the pic on the right.)
To enter, follow the directions below. As a bonus, we’ll give away another signed book if this post is shared 100 times. It is really that simple.
Happy reading and good luck! In the meantime, if you by some strange circumstance did read ACOTAR but have as yet to read this, I am attaching a sample for you to start. Enjoy!