Mittwoch, 27. Juli 2016

Review: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

“To the stars who listen— and the dreams that are answered.”


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.

My opinion:

Although this book was better than the first one, it again just left me feeling kind of meh.

In general I was annoyed by all the things that also weren't that great in the first book (Feyre, writing, plot
-> see my review for the first book). But there are also new things I didn't like. Yes, there are.

• What drove me completely nuts this time was the fact that everything was just shoved down our throats. Every ship, every action. You didn't have any other choice than to "ship" these people, although I really didn't. Every person just oh so conveniently fell in love with another person in the main-character squad. Yay! How awesome! Just don't bring in any variety please! Variety is bad!
• Another thing I didn't like is the character development choices the author made. This book is told in first person, which doesn't give us much variety in itself, but if you chose to let a character develop like this, you also have to show us his POV, and not only talk about him through other people, otherwise this can’t be justified. This drove me nuts. Don't get me wrong, I love all the new people from the night court that were presented, but oh my, the other courts could build nuclear weapons and nobody would care! This also ties into the "everything get shoved down our throats" thing. I do not say that a certain persons actions *cough* were right, they certainly weren’t, but maybe show us his side of things too?
• If you remember my first review, you know that I loved Lucien. He is my favorite character by far, but he wasn't even mentioned in 99% of the book. What even you guys. What even.
• Plus: the plot. Even though there was more action than in the first one, it always was the same pattern. Dialogue, difficult quest, miracle happens and they get out of it, dialogue, repeat. Thus, everything was rather ... boring, because I knew they would get out of it eventually. Half of the things which happened didn't even make sense, because the author didn't clarify enough what this particular item was needed for etc.
• For my taste, the book was a bit too long. No, far too long. By page 400 I just didn’t want anymore. I wanted to put the book down and just forget about it. I didn’t care about the characters anymore (and thus chapter 55 didn’t really touch me that much), I didn’t care about the plot, I just wanted it to be over. So much describing unnecessary things, soooo much dialogue.
• Lastly, the “wow” factor that I REALLY expected to have with this one just kind of went missing. A certain thing happens between the protagonists, which was clear t me from the beginning on, but apparently not to everybody else, because they were so shocked about it. But I read it and just felt like, meh. Alright then. (“And that was that”, as it is said 1000 times in the book)

But hey, there were also good things. Like, some.

• The action was actually THERE in the first few hundred pages, not like in the last book, which made me happy. Although it always was the same pattern, it was better than when nothing happens.
• The new characters that are introduced were amazing! I love Mor, I love Azriel, I love Cassian, I love everyone, so much. Unfortunately just not the main character, so when those characters didn’t speak I was rather … annoyed I suppose. But Mor is awesome! Yay for her!
• Another thing I liked was that the “villain” concept kind of reminded me of one of my most favorite series of all time, Falling Kingdoms. They are kind of fighting a far off kingdom, same like in Falling Kingdoms, and I love me some Morgan Rhodes vibes!
• The ending was great! Although I knew something was up with that guy from the other court *cough*, I loved to see these two guys come back. And hey, Lucien was there too! Who remembered Lucien at this point? Probably nobody, as I thought he was dead because he wasn’t mentioned a single time (Okay I am sorry, I am just mad that he wasn’t there. But why wasn’t he? How about a second POV that shows us this court’s … okay I will stop.) Same as in the last book, the last 100 pages were awesome, but that’s not enough. The book could’ve ended like that 200 pages earlier, and it would have been an amazing book, but it just dragged on too long.

All in all, the real action just picked up the last 100 pages, same as in the last book, and the ending was brilliant, but 100 pages are too less for a 640-page book.
I am not sure if I am going to read the third book in the series, but honestly I kind of just lost interest.


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