Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, New Adult
Format: Audio, via Audible
Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
As a reminder, I review sequels a little different from other reviews. I am going to hide the description from the main page so you will have to click “Continue Reading” due to potential spoilers from previous books in the description or my review.
Description (Source: Amazon):
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.
This is the second book in the A Court of Thorns and Roses Trilogy by Sarah J Maas. Check out my review on ACOTAR here. I am officially obsessed with this series. The last book is out in May and I’m impatiently waiting for my next “fix”.
We pick up 3 months after “Under the Mountain”. The Feyre we see again is not the human Feyre we are used to. Feyre has some pretty significant PTSD from her horrors under the mountain. She is wasting away from not eating, vomiting up everything we she does eat, and not being able to sleep due to nightmares. Tamlin has also undergone changes, and this new Tamlin and Feyre are butting heads over almost everything. Enter….Rhysand….
Okay, that’s all I’ll say about that. 😉
What I liked:
– That Feyre’s PTSD from her 3 months under the mountain wasn’t pushed under the rug or dealt with in 3-4 chapters. Feyre is in an awful place when we meet back with her in ACOMAF. Not only is she in pain, but she’s angry. Honestly, Feyre’s angry in probably about half of the book. She is bitter, judgmental, and takes out her guilt on the people around her. It was hard to watch, but I’m so glad Maas allowed us to be a part of the long healing process.
– Rhysand. Wow. I can’t say too much about him without giving away spoilers, but WOW. If ever I was in love with a character from a book, it would be Rhys.
– We meet several new characters, all from the Night Court and part of Rhys’s inner circle. Morrigan (Rhys’s sweet and feisty cousin), Amren (a beautiful deadly creature of unknown origin), Cassian (an Illyrian warrior who commands Rhys’s armies and has a wicked sense of humor), and Azriel (an unreadable Illyrian warrior who serves as spymaster).
– Feyre’s sister even make appearances in this books. We get some more insight into why Nesta is so harsh, and she is even getting a budding romance with one of the new characters mentioned above!
– The action was steadily paced, with more fighting scenes than ACOTAR. We get to see some of Feyre’s new abilities now that she is High Fae, and see the transformation she undergoes while testing her abilities limits.
– S-T-E-A-M-Y. Seriously, I really don’t know how this is classified as YA, there are even more descriptive sexy scenes in this than ACOTAR. They are very well done though.
– Jennifer Ikeda, like in ACOTAR, did a great job narrating. Her voices for each character are unique, and she excels at intense scenes. I was in tears at the end of the book listening to her performance of a particularly emotional scene.
What I didn’t:
– Nothing. Absolutely nothing.
Would I recommend this book to family and/or friends?
YES YES YES. Buuuuttt, make sure to heed my warning about the romance. This is not a YA series, IMO. If you’re cool with that, GO READ THIS BOOK AND TALK TO ME ABOUT IT.
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