I have noticed a lot of love and a lot of hate for this book on-line. Why are the reactions so diverse? Maas’ storytelling ability is UNDENIABLE. She creates worlds and characters we love. Thus her books illicit impassioned responses (both positive and negative), depending on what happens to each readers’ favorite characters. I was excited to see which end of the spectrum I fell on and was surprised I landed between these two extremes. ACOMAF was really hard for me to rate, but I finally decided on 3.5 stars. Hopefully the balance between the two categories below will help explain the rating I chose:
What I loved about A Court of Mist and Fury:
- Rhysand – He was my favorite character from book 1, and we knew we would likely see more of him in book 2 because of the bargain he made with Feyre. I really enjoyed learning what makes him tick and all his snarky humor.
- The Night Court – We knew we would get to see this realm since Feyre was magically bound to visit it one week each month. The imagery of the Night Court and the other places Feyre sees with Rhys is STUNNING. My favorite images of all are from the night of Starfall.
- Amren – She was my favorite of the new characters. Her power’s impressive, but the most intriguing thing to me was her backstory. We don’t know everything about her origins yet, but what we do know sounds quite different than anyone else’s. I hope we learn all about it in the next book!
What I didn’t like about A Court of Mist and Fury:
- Disappearing characters – There are some characters from book 1 who we don’t see enough of in book 2. If I invest time in learning their story initially, I want to know what’s going on with them now, even if it’s just brief glimpses. I needed extra time with these characters to justify the choices they made, some of which were very hard for me to buy into!
- The tone of the book – In my opinion, this is not a young adult book. I liked the love story but think it needs to be a more PG-13 rated version if this is YA. I am also not a fan of the amount of curse words if this is going to be marketed as YA.
- Contrived storylines – The definition of contrived perfectly describes how I felt about some of the storylines… ”deliberately created rather than arising naturally.” While these aren’t the only ones I noticed, here are a few examples:
- One character was too good to be true. I needed a few flaws for him/her to be believable!
- An ages-old secret was told, resulting in disaster, and it felt like it was just to create drama. I felt like something else could have been given to obtain what Feyre and crew needed.
- A mating bond between a couple of secondary characters felt really strange to me.
Yet I am excited about book 3. At first I was afraid the climax was also going to feel contrived. When all was said and done, Maas proved me wrong! I am excited to see how Feyre will master her newest challenge! I just hope each character’s choices and motivations are carefully spelled out and believable in book 3.
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