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A Court of Mist and Fury Audiobook – Unabridged Sarah J. Maas (Author),

THIS BOOK IS AN ABSOLUTE MASTERPIECE. Seriously, I’ve never been this ridiculously happy throughout an entire story. Feyre’s character growth is incredible. I wasn’t a huge fan of her in ACOTAR, but she really reminds me of Aelin in Heir of Fire here with how she learns to respect herself and shape her own future. Feyre developed so much incredible self-awareness, honesty, and bravery. Rhys supports her, but she doesn’t grow through him (which is SO important). She became pretty badass by the end and she’s now one of my favorite characters? Man, this book shocked the hell out of me so many times. I can’t really summarize all these feels right now, so here’s a list of the awesome:- The Court of Dreams/Rhysand’s family- every. single. detail. of the Night Court (I expect amazing fan art)- answers & the insight into all of Rysand’s previous actions- actual healthy relationships with communication (for friendships too)- how much Rhys supports and respects Feyre as an equal- the fact that this was never a love triangle!- Feyre leaves a toxic relationship for herself instead of another guy- awesome action scenes and pacing that never got slow- Feyre’s POV stopped romanticizing Tamlin’s controlling behavior from ACOTAR- Hades/Persephone retellings where Hades is the good guy are my favorite- how Feyre’s sisters got worked into the plot- THAT ENDING aghhh it was painful but the next book will be amazingI’ve seen some concerns that this book might be too steamy for teens, but I really don’t think it’s a bad thing for teens to read about consent in an empowering relationship for a change. I have seen SO many unhealthy relationships in YA books that romanticize abusive & controlling guys who are attractive because they’re threatening (??). Rhys turns out to be the complete opposite of that here. It was definitely more explicit than I thought was necessary, but I also think adults who shield teens from sex scenes have either forgotten what being a teen is like or truly dont grasp the materials that teens see/read/live. Society has enough stuff that shames teen girls, so if they want to read this then let them see a strong female character going after the life & relationship that’s healthiest for her. And before you ignore this book because of a potential love triangle or the risk that Rhysand’s previous behavior would be considered acceptable, let me assure you that this book hightails it in the opposite direction. Maas is not condoning abusive relationships in any way — quite the opposite. It’s funny to look back at my review of ACOTAR last year where I said I’d be a way bigger fan of this series if the books dropped Tamlin and went to the Night Court. Hallelujah. I mean, I was somewhat into ACOTAR, but ACOMAF just became one of my all-time favorite books. Check it out!


A Court of Mist and Fury Audiobook – Unabridged Sarah J. Maas (Author), Review

As you may or may not know, I am a Sarah J. Maas fangirl. Im a huge fan of the Throne of Glass series , and when ‘A Court of Thorns and Roses’ came out last year and I loved it, I knew that I would forever and always adore everything she writes. I love her story-telling and the fact that her characters can be so complicated and flawed. Shes not afraid to make the hard choices, but shes also so willing to reward her readers with some amazing moments of clarity and hope. Feyre went through some serious trauma in ACOTAR and at the end of the book you’re wondering if she’ll ever truly recover. What I loved so much about ACOMAF is that you’re watching her work through that trauma and it’s most certainly NOT an overnight transformation. She spends so much of the second book completely undone and damaged from what she experienced “under the mountain” and it totally colors her decisions and upends her world. Like I said, Maas is not afraid to get messy and difficult with her character arcs and this is what I love about her. She gave us a Feyre that is working through her s*** and sometimes it’s not pretty. But don’t worry, Feyre has some pretty powerful (and beautiful) breakthrough moments as well. Through those dark days, Feyre is surrounded by people who walk with her through that darkness and help her get to the other side of her grief. We meet several new characters in ACOMAF and each and every one of them bring something new to the story. I loved the introduction of these people and what they brought to the table. They were each so distinct and separate from one another, but come together as an epic squad for Feyre to team up with. I can’t wait to learn more about them and their pasts. Speaking of epic squads. ..this crew is out to kick some ass and take some names. The action and suspense it turned up to 100 in ACOMAF and towards the end of the book we get some serious WTF and OMG moments. I’m not quite sure how some things are going to turn out for some of the characters, but I know Maas will make it shocking and exciting!Oh, and lest I forget, there are some suuuuper sexy, steamy, swoony moments in this book. I mean, there were scenes where I had to take a moment and catch my breath. Maas really knows how to write some seriously provocative love scenes. I wish I could say more about this aspect of the book but I’d be totally spoiling it. I’ll definitely have a lot more to say about it next week in my spoiler review. Bottom line, Maas knows how to tell a story. In ACOMAF she takes that talent and brings it to a whole new level. A true example of that is Chapter 54. This chapter absolutely blew me away! You’ll totally see when you read it, but the way in which she slowly unfolds a certain back story that ties so much of the series together was masterful. As I read it, I felt like I was right there in the room as the character told it, holding on with suspense and awe as I listened to them confess secrets and hidden emotions. It was beautiful, heartbreaking, honest, tender and brought everything full circle. I’ve read that one chapter at least four times since I finished the book. ..it’s THAT good! -Read Reviews-

The first thing I will say, as a librarian, is that I want people to read what they are passionate about. I want you to read what you are inspired by or excited by. However (BIG COMMA!) if you are looking at this book for teen readers of the first book, and you are NOT OK with sex scenes and talk of physical intimacy that goes beyond "I shivered and night fell. ..then we both woke up naked. OH WOW!"? This is not a book for you to purchase. I think this book would only fall under Young Adult fiction if you’re talking about Adults who happen to be Young. 18+, probably. If you child is a mature reader and you know they can separate the reality of it from the part where this story isn’t actually happening, and explicit descriptions of sexual interactions aren’t off the table? OH MAN, this book was great. As to the story itself, I loved it. I loved the world building, I loved the exploration of the villain trope being turned on its head and perhaps maybe the dark and brooding lord of the night isn’t really the place to worry. .maybe the bad guy is really hiding in flower petals and bright sunshine. I actually found it VERY believable that a main character could love someone, do unspeakable things for them. .and then have those very acts turn them away from that person in the long run, because being with them was a constant reminder of what had been done. You can love someone, but not be able to handle that connection going forward. Action, romance, female empowerment, intrigue, world building, interweaving perspectives like a champion. Sarah Maas, please take your time for the next book, because if it is even half as good as A Court of Mist and Fury, it will be worth the wait.

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