So, here’s the deal. I am so stuck on this book I can’t even think straight about my life. I go to bed thinking about it, I dream about it, I wake up and get ready thinking about it. My whole day is filled with the Night Court! I feel like I am going crazy! I’m just going to jump right on in and pour my thoughts out how they pop into my head, because there is no way of organizing my thoughts on this book. There are mild spoilers, so read ahead at your own discretion.
I don’t really know what I was expecting from this book. However, I know it wasn’t what I got. I didn’t really think about it, to be honest, because I haven’t read a Maas book I haven’t devoured sweetly. This book though….holy crap. It went above and beyond anything I couldn’t have imagined Maas would bring to us. This book was magical and portrayed such a wonderful story about learning to fight for yourself to make sure YOU are okay and not falling down. So much happened in this book, too. Like, we learned about Tamlin, and I know some people’s heart were broken because we thought we wanted so much more from him and he not only failed Feyre, he sort of failed us too. He was supposed to be the hero, the Beast transformed and all that jazz! I read a lot of people’s reviews on this book. I mean a lot. Probably over a hundred. So many people are now saying they didn’t like Tamlin in the first book, that he was fake and his love is only skin deep. Did you all forget how incredibly in love Feyre was with Tamlin? How did you not fall in love with him? I also remember how everyone was totally all about this ship. How fast we flip our coin to fit the face. I personally, really liked Tamlin in ACOTAR. I didn’t feel he was too fake or only skin deep. I didn’t agree with his actions, and sure, he could have done so much more for Fey than what he did, but I mean come on….he did what he thought he needed to do. Just like Rhys did! So what we learned about Tam in ACOMAF did break my heart a little. More so for Fey because she did really love Tam and I think she was struggling with some serious PTSD and the fact of Tam shutting her out completely, plus the loss of her trust in Lucien. (Which I have no thoughts on. I’m devastated with that situation.) It hurts to be in love with someone who listens, but doesn’t hear you. Feyre told Tamlin over and over again she was hurting and she was drowning. He didn’t do anything about it. How he didn’t notice she was slowly fading into the background after being such a bright personality in book one, I don’t have clue. Maybe he never really saw her, ever. Maybe he just made her fall in love with him so she could break the curse? That was the hardest part of the book for me to read, because I know how she was feeling. That drowning, can’t breathe feeling. Maas did a bang up job on portraying those emotions. Sometimes…too good. It was only a matter of time before Fey went into self-preservation mode.
Which brings us to the beginning of the best part of the book. Feyre kicks ass. Rhysand is perfect and I want him to myself. I am all about this ship. ALL ABOUT IT! Even though I said above that I really like Tamlin, I really really really like Rhysand. I always have. He was mysterious, cunning, smart, observant, proud, powerful and I have a thing for dark and dangerous men. (Can we say Hello to The Darkling???) Rhys was one of my favorite characters in ACOTAR and he blew us away with water wolves in this book. I feel like I need to fan myself and smoke a cig! He was hot hot hot! Side note, this book is not for people 15 years or younger. Do not let your 11-year-old read this book. There are moments even I blushed. The character building in this book…….woah……unbelievable. So let’s talk about that. Fey hit rock bottom, hard. If not for the bargain with Rhysand, who knows what would have happened to her. It hurts my heart to think about it. Rhys was exactly what Fey needed. He went through some crazy stuff too Under The Mountain so he was able to relate a lot more to Fey and he helped her through it all. He knew what she needed and he didn’t push her to the side like Tamlin did. He didn’t baby her, he let her grow. He let her shine. He let her fight! There was no way Fey was going to be the same girl she was Under The Mountain. Rhys knew that. She had the same spirit and fight, but she didn’t know how to get back to that girl. Tamlin wasn’t helping her with that at all by locking her up. He didn’t go through the same thing and I doubt he knew where to begin with Fey. This just goes to show how much the love from the right person can heal some of the deepest wounds. All we want is to be loved unconditionally and to be understood. Rhys gave her both of those things. He also gave her the freedom, and the space to figure her stuff out and to find her way to back to herself. This part was essential to her character. It was just an awe-inspiring thing to read about, to experience that growth with the characters. Rhys also hand remarkable character development. We went from knowing almost nothing about him, to wish we were High Fae and his equal to be his mate! Am I wrong? Who would jump in that Caldron to find out if we were his Mate?? I’m raising my hand right now! We were also introduced to a few new characters this go. Mor (love her), Cassian, Az and Amren. All of these people were essential in Feyre’s healing. These people showed her over and over that you can come back stronger after your internal war. Neither of these characters, ever pushed Fey, questioned her or told her she wasn’t doing something right. They all understood that she needed to heal her own way and they let her know they would be there for her if she needed. How many times did you reread chapter 68? The one from Rhys’s POV. I have read it countless times now. I wasn’t expecting to get a taste of his mind, but boy oh boy was it perfect!
I have so many more things I want to say about this book but I am getting high up there on word count and I don’t want to scare you guys away. I just want to say this book was perfect. It had everything. This book reminded me why I love to read so much. This book brought me up when I was feeling down. Made me smile, cry, scream and angry but that is what a good book is meant to do. To transport you to another world. This book makes me what to reread all of Maas’s books. Starting with ACOTAR then Throne of Glass. I can’t believe we have to wait an entire year for the final book, I feel like I could die. Thank the Caldron Empire of Storms in coming out in September!! Can you imagine the world it would be if we had to go an entire year with Sarah J Maas and her beautiful story telling? It would be a world of chaos I tell ya!
I am giving this book 5/5 stars.
I really, really loved this book.