Court of Mist and Fury Appealed to my Dark Side

*Some spoilers for book 1*

court of wings and ruinWell hello again! I cannot believe it’s already May!! And because it’s May, we all know that means the release of Sarah J Maas’ next novel, Court of Wings and Ruin.

 

court of mists and furyNow if you saw my review of Court of Thorns and Roses, you’ll know, I really wasn’t sold on the first one. BUT boy, did this book change my mind. Though it was not without its faults, it was an *astronomically* better book.

One of the first differences I noticed in this book was that the remaking of Feyre, the main character, had given her a spine- and thank goodness for that! Sure, she was still a little whiny, but this time she had a reason to be *and*, what’s more, she grew out of it by the end of the book!!

And oh-my-days did I prefer the love interest in this one! I know I am far from the first person to say this, but Rhys is just *the best*. In fact he’s definitely my favourite of Maas’ love interests to date (admittedly I am a total sucker for secretly-a-sweetheart characters). Also, I really liked his Circle- not only were they so much better as secondary characters, but the relationships between them reinforced my impression of Rhys and endeared me to him all the more. And EVEN BETTER, this book leaves me free to hate Tamlin as a part of me has always wanted to.

I also preferred the setting in this one. Perhaps it was just on a subconscious level, but I found spring court a little sickly, but *loved* the court of dreams and nightmares. It was far more immersive, interesting and lent much more to the plot.

Now, it’s no secret I was bored in a lot of the last book, but this was a complete change of pace. There was never a dull moment and I was always left wanting more. Highly addictive, so fast I constantly had to catch my breath- I barely even noticed the flaws in the plotting. Of course, it was not perfect, and had I been more in love with the story going in, I probably would not have noticed the issues. But it was blindingly obvious to me that some of the plot devices- like there’s this magical thing that can destroy the universe, but don’t worry there’s this other magical thing that can stop it– were just lazy. Plus, it didn’t help that Feyre went from being a minor thorn in the side for setting the story in motion, to *SUPER SPECIAL-SPECIAL SNOWFLAKE*. There are always some plot points I can do without, because nothing takes the tension of a story out more than “oh don’t worry, the protagonist can do all the things now”.

As for other issues, I’ve said this about Maas before, but she’s not the best at erotic scenes. Admittedly this was better than whatever that weird scene that shall not be named in Empire of Storms was… but I still could have done without a lot of it. But I have to be fair that, while there’s a lot of people annoyed at pornographic elements, there are warnings for mature content on the blurb. If that kind of thing bothers you, then don’t read this series. And even if you do like it- well, don’t expect too much.

But when all’s said and done I am now- finally– looking forward to the finale. Despite all the gut-wrenching chaos and calamity of the ending, I actually enjoyed how it setup for the next book. I seriously cannot wait to see what happens next.

Rating: 4/5 bananas

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Alright, enough fangirling for today! Have you read this book? Did you like it? And what book are you looking forward to getting released this month?

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49 thoughts on “Court of Mist and Fury Appealed to my Dark Side

  1. Nel says:

    YES!!! I was turned off by Sarah J. Maas completely when the first book was presented to me because I tried Throne of Glass series and it was a definite no for me. I read the first one and I liked it okay but I’m with you, the second one blew me away. I think I read it in one day, it was so addicting. Hate to break it to you though, Ruin is not the finale. She said a few months back that she’s turning it into a 6 book installment. I don’t know how so I guess we’ll see by the end of this one? I’m looking forward to the third book in the They Sky Full of Stars series by Lindsay Buroker that hasn’t been named yet!

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  2. Thoughts on Fantasy says:

    I think you’ve just convinced me to read this book! I also wasn’t sold on the first one (Iargely because I disliked the romance with Tamlin and the silly choices some of the characters made) but now I am intrigued… esp. if there is a secretly-a-sweetheart love interest 🙂

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  3. Briana says:

    I agree with a lot of your points. I find Feyre kind of irritating and am reading the series in spite of her. I also thought book 1 had some pacing issues and such, and book 2 was a much book overall. My copy of ACOWAR is supposed to arrive Friday, so we’ll see how that goes.

    I also think Rhysand is just a fascinating character. I’ve seen a lot of people bashing him for being “problematic” (which is such a catch-all term that I find it helpful when people specify what the problem is), but I think they’re partially missing the point. Yes, the man did some sketchy things in book 1 (I believe people have mentioned the drugging of Feyre for instance). But I think this is one thing Maas got really, really right: that sometimes (ex. in time of war, and I think this counts), sometimes there simply is no good choice. Life isn’t always neat. You don’t have always a “good” choice and a “bad” choice. Sometimes you have two bad choices. The really compelling thing about Rhys is that he KNOWS some of the decisions he made were less than ideal, but he also know that in many cases, there wasn’t a better option. He has to live with having picked what seemed to be the least of evils.

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    • Nel says:

      Well side! It’s always nice to have a character who is more realistic and like you said he knows he makes crap decisions sometimes but he thought his options through and went with what he felt was the right choice in the end.

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    • theorangutanlibrarian says:

      Thank you- I’m glad you agree with a lot of them. I definitely hear you about Feyre. She grew on me a little in this book, but she’s still far from my favourite person, and at times comes across as a bit of a drip! Yes, same! (though I may have to wait a bit before actually reading it).
      I absolutely think he’s fascinating- I’ve not seen people calling him problematic yet… but like you said that’s such a catch all term that it would be useful if people said what they mean- cos I don’t see it (I think a lot of people just throw that term around for fun- just to sound like they’re making some insightful commentary- a bit like the “show don’t tell” catchphrase a few years ago). I agree with you so much. Plus, let me be frank, this is fiction- people don’t always have to be perfect role models in fiction darn it!! This is a book written by adults for adults- if you need some authorial intervention to tell you that getting drugged by a bf isn’t ok, then I don’t know how to help (haha sorry got a bit cranky there- but seriously sometimes people apply these terms to *literal* bad guys). But yes, I wholeheartedly agree with you- he made some bad decisions, but in the long run he did it because he had two bad options in front of him and had to make tough choices. And what’s amazing about this book is not only does he have to live with it, but that he’s clearly having a tough time with the consequences of those decisions and is genuinely traumatised (as a person would be) Anyway, thanks for the comment!!

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  4. Keira says:

    Yay, I’m so happy you liked this book more! Rhys is such a wonderful character, as are all of the Court of Dreams. I definitely agree with you on the appeal of the setting… perhaps we simply aren’t suited to the Spring Court, but Velaris was such a gorgeous city and I love mountains and winter forests… it was just so beautiful. I’m so annoyed at how many things are currently getting in my way of reading ACOWAR, but I will do it soon (hopefully).

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    • theorangutanlibrarian says:

      Ahh I’m glad you like it too!! and yes I completely agree!! Yes, agree so much, I was so excited about Velaris. It just blew me away. Yes, I’m so excited for reading that too, I wish I could just pick it up now, but I can’t!

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  5. LizScanlon says:

    Hmmm… I’ve stayed away from everything Maas until now, and even though book 1 was kind of a borefest, the fact that YOU like this one… well.. it’s making me reconsider my desicion to stay away.. maybs I should just give it a go… some time… in the future 🙂
    Fabulous review! 🙂

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    • theorangutanlibrarian says:

      hehe well if she’s not your thing, then this probably won’t change your mind 😉 I’m already seriously invested in her as an author, cos of Throne of Glass (which incidentally I wasn’t sold on until book 2- it’s becoming a theme with this author). If you like YA fantasy (even though this is not technically YA, it still has this vibe) then give it a go… in the future 😉 Thank you so much!!

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    • theorangutanlibrarian says:

      haha I was the same!!! I definitely felt like the characters had a personality transplant- and normally that would bother me, but there were reasons for it and to be honest, I much preferred it, so I’m not complaining!! Thank you!! 😀 Hope you do too!!

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  6. Lashaan (Bookidote) says:

    Sure seems like this series is one helluva of rollercoaster. Some sort of twisted hate-love relationship seems present for so many people. Glad to see that it’s a step up from the other disaster, although there are still a couple things that are.. well.. faulty. Honestly surprised by this whole “pornographic” scenes. I didn’t think there would be anything like that in this series, but they do sound… lame. Hahah I do hope the finale will blow your away though! Fantastic review! 😀

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    • theorangutanlibrarian says:

      Haha yes it is a bit!! Very true! It really was- for one thing I actually enjoyed this one :p It wasn’t perfect- but it was a lot better. hehe yes, that was a little lame to say the least. I just don’t think she’s the best at those scenes (having seen her write it into 3 books at this point) It’s just not what I think her strong suit is. Luckily, her strong suit is her characters and her exciting plots- so hopefully I’ll like the last one! Thank you!! 😀

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  7. Sophie @ Blame Chocolate says:

    Yay I can’t wait to read this one!! (Well, the whole series, really XD )
    I’m glad you enjoyed it so much 🙂 It appears the general consensus is that ACOMAF is indeed infinitely better than ACOTAR, so I’m ready to suffer through it before I get to the good stuff.
    Great review, as always! ^^

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  8. Zoe says:

    I am so glad you enjoyed this sequel as much as I did! I cannot wait to see what the third book has in store for us – especially after that ending. Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous review! ❤

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