Fuck! I have no words....(says the girl who is going to insert verbal vomit below) also, I may have turned into my 16 year old fangirl self with thisFuck! I have no words....(says the girl who is going to insert verbal vomit below) also, I may have turned into my 16 year old fangirl self with this book.
If you have not read ACOTAR or ACOMAF please do so before reading this review! I highly recommend you do....
This book has proven that sequels can be better. AMAZING even. I've never felt so satisfied after reading a book. Sure I have many questions. But I was SATISFIED. It's been a long while since I felt this way about a book.
The first book is merely a small vehicle to drive the premise of it. But this book drives it home. I'm glad I waited closer to the release date of ACOWAR, otherwise I would go insane.
I'm pretty intuitive with my reading tastes, and I hardly ever pick up a book on a whim on the sole purpose of reading just another book. So, when I picked this series up, I just KNEW. The fact that it was New Adult was a saving grace. I don't think I could have endured another watered down YA sex scene. LOL
Apart from the masterpiece that is this story-line, I think what I admire most about Sarah J. Maas' writing, is the structure of her world and her characters. It's so flawless. Strategic and disciplined. I love that. Her foreshadowing is incredible. It kept me on my toes, it made me FEEL.
As dramatic as that sounds, it's true.
And can we just take a moment to appreciate the holy smoking hot that is Rhysand. (Said like Reece-Sand but my mind was like fuck that, it's RICE-sand) *head palm* I had to train myself to say it properly, even though calling him Rhys didn't help one bit. In my head, he has somewhat of a British accent, and a killer smile to boot. And I'm almost tempted to change my name to Feyre just so I could hear him say "Hello, Feyre darling..." Can you not picture him saying that with a British drawl if that is even possible?!
I seriously need to get clued up on the Hades and Persephone story like right now.
I really loved the characters in this. Rhys' Inner Circle just makes me love him even more as a character. It's so true what they say about the company you keep is a reflection on you, and I loved his family/friends. The Court of Dreams, and The Night Court and everything, I LOVED and now I don't know what to read next. I may have just entered a book slump because of it. I've never wanted the next book so bad. I'm excited, and nervous for it.
Starfall - The night of Starfall was probably the most cutest, magical moment of this book for me. That moment with Feyre and Rhysand, the story behind the occasion and just the romantic vibes that jumped from the page.
The back and forth banter made me cackle every time. Feyre could hold her own with Rhysand, and kept him on his toes. I loved that. The letter writing, so cute.
Velaris. What a city indeed.
I think I adored Rhysand for his moral support toward Feyre the most. He treated her as his equal all throughout the book. Even when he knew his decisions could possibly bite him in the ass. Not only did he seek her council but he respected her thoughts and repeatedly gave her room to make her own decisions. His flippant nature was definitely apart of the appeal. I enjoyed his humor, his playful wit, and his uncanny devilish-may-care swagger. Everything I like in a swoon-y hero. Like Feyre, I want to paint him. I'm actually tempted to sketch him...maybe that can be a future project of mine. The image of him is so clear in my mind, I'm itching to do it.
Feyre and her head strong attitude made her very admirable. And I definitely can understand her confusion about loving Tamlin, and her magnetic pull toward Rhysand. The way I see it, Tamlin was a distraction. A result of Stockholm Syndrome, and a crutch to lean on when her world got turned upside down. We forget that Tamlin was the villain all along. Even in the early stages of ACOTAR we get glimpses of his bad behaviour and shove it under the rug. BUT lest not forget that night of Calamnai that he was on a prowl. A SEXUAL prowl, and he almost forced himself on Feyre. Of course, we can blame that on the magic of Calamnai but it was the equivalent of him being a bad drunk. so, I was not surprised that Tamlin was a controlling, jealous, menace who locked Feyre up in the house. Not only that, but he treated her like she was lesser than, ordered her about, controlled her atmosphere, and shut down any cause for conversation that had to do with what she was feeling. Suffocating her. He was toxic, his behaviour inexcusable, and just a bad guy at heart.
There's so many glaring differences between Tamlin and Rhysand, that it's not that hard to figure out who is the real villain. In fact, if it weren't for Rhysand being introduced in the first book, I may have never given this book a chance. Thank the Cauldron that was not the case!
Also, Rhys didn't just add intrigue, he was the one who drove this story to a deeper level. He was the heart of this book with his backstory and complexities that really gave this book it's wings ('scuse the pun). Feyre of course is the spine, and I loved every single minor character who played their part in the story by moving this story along.
SJM also touches on some themes such as rape and PTSD that is depicted and executed so well, that makes you empathize and sympathize with these characters. All of which made the development in each and every character feel so real and seamless.
My mind is whirring with so many feels that it's hard for me to decipher them and put them into words, just know that this book is definitely going to be shelved into my All-Time-Faves.
And I do not use that term lightly.
5 Stars just doesn't do this book justice. Neither does my review....more
"Ask me what I want?" may just be the damn mantra of my life right now. That line always gave me the ovaries exploded moments. HA
I may have developed"Ask me what I want?" may just be the damn mantra of my life right now. That line always gave me the ovaries exploded moments. HA
I may have developed insomnia while reading this. I may be a little delirious as I'm writing this. But all I gotta say, is damn...
I'm a sucker for tortured heroes, and this was everything I liked in a tortured hero-esque romance book. It hit all the right spots for me.
At first, you hate Vicious. He's a bully, a sadistic asshole, a tormentor. You almost believe yourself when you say that you hate this tool with a passion. Until you keep reading, and he starts to get under your skin. Tortures you with his violent stares, his cruel words, and despite all of this, I was still captivated with this man. . And you can feel his brutal attraction for the heroine. And understand why it was so hard for her to shake him.
Emilia was all kinds of sweet. Her sass, her fiery passion for art, and her genuine soul that made up her character. I liked her. Even when she seemed a little spineless at times. But she was someone I started to care about, and I wanted to see how far she was willing to go and let Vicious treat her like that.
This book kept me up through the whole night. In fact, I haven't yet been to sleep. It was that addictive. I haven't done this with a book in ages.
My love for this book would be nothing if not for the fact that I hated Vicious, only to love him as the story progressed. He was such a tortured soul that pushed everyone away, and disguised his love as hate when he was a teenage boy. And let fear and pain lead him forward. Until Emilia waltzed back in his life ten years later and ripped him of everything that he'd fought so hard to protect. But his heart was a loss cause when it came to her. The thing I liked about this book, is that Vicious was still that cocky sure of himself guy, and portrayed this way consistently throughout the book. I loved that it took awhile for Emilia to break down his wall he put up. And man did it take a few beatings before it was able to crumble. It made my reading experience all the more enjoyable. He was such a control freak, but hadn't realized that when it came to Emilia, his control went out of the window. She always had him wrapped around her fingers. The dynamic between the duo was amazing.