I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Narrator: Jennifer Ikeda
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #2
Published by Recorded Books on May 3, 2016
Genres: Fantasy, New Adult, Romance
Length: 23 hours 16 minutes
Narrator Rating: A
By the end I really enjoyed A Court of Mist and Fury and I’m super excited for the next one. But GAH!!! It started SO SLOW! Seriously! Feyre spent the first third of the book moping around, not standing up for herself, and literally wilting away. I think the point was to make sure that when she starts making the moves she makes, you feel it’s the right decision. And for some people, maybe it was necessary. For me, it really wasn’t.
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.
With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas's masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.
Now I couldn’t remember how I felt about the sort of love-triangle characters from A Court of Thorns and Roses because I read it so long ago, so I looked back at my review. And as it turns out I did like Tamlin in the first book, but I wasn’t sold on him. In fact, I said, “at times I had a hard time because those I had decided I hated I was starting to seriously LIKE.” And I said that in reference to Rhysand… who only grows on you more and more in A Court of Mist and Fury. I personally love that Sarah J. Maas managed to take the bad guy and cast him in a new light.
And once Feyre starts to stop moping and return to the woman who had the guts to endure so much to save everyone from the curse, I started to love her again too. In fact, the characters turned out to be my favorite element of A Court of Mist and Fury, probably because they were so complex that you have to spend a lot of time with them to really see their true colors.
The plot was good, though sometimes it meandered a bit and lost me, to be honest. I think I probably needed to be better focused than I was at times. And I guess the loose connection it had to a retelling of Beauty and the Beast is entirely gone now…? I guess that’s kind of weird for me, that it started off as a retelling and now has taken on an entirely different life. I’m okay with it, but it was weird.
I feel like it’s also worth noting that I would NOT consider this young adult, but New Adult. I think I’ve heard it categorized as YA a few times, but there are sex scenes in this that make me blush… it’s definitely New Adult territory. I think I even categorized the first one as YA, but this isn’t!
I continue to enjoy Jennifer Ikeda’s narration, though I have a feeling her pacing must be really slow because I listened at 2.5x speed and it felt like my normal 2x. But that might work well for some people. And her voices are really good – I feel like the characters were all distinct and her voices definitely helped bring them to life. I’ll be continuing the series on audio, for sure.
All-in-all it was a great listen and I look forward to the next book!
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