Genre: Fantasy / YA
“To the people who look at the stars and wish……To the stars who listen – and the dreams that are answered.”
Recap per Goodreads**: 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.
Review: This book is a lot..it’s long…there is a lot of information to process. However, this novel is SO SO good thanks to the brilliance of Sarah J Maas. Out of the four books published so far, this one is my absolute favorite. It has all the feels and I mean ALL the feels. There is mystery and action and adventure and romance. The plot is unique and not predictable. I didn’t see half of it coming. Yes, I’m sure, Reader, that you will have a premonition at the start of many scenes where you think…..Oh this cannot end well……and your premonition is going to be right …but what your premonition doesn’t know is HOW it all goes to hell. And the HOW is the best part.
For those who have read ACOWAR, please continue reading. If you have not, go, read it and come back! This is novel is hard for me to discuss without giving away spoilers. You need to experience this on your own first!
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❤ I am a sucker for a slow burn. I am a sucker for a love triangle. I am also a sucker for a book with a lot of angst. So the slow burn relationship that is Feyre and Rhysand is by far the greatest I’ve read in a while. Holy Hell. And when it comes to a head, it is extremely hotttttt (that’s what she said).
❤ Rhysand is everything you want in a hero. He is the most self sacrificing, loyal High Lord you can find. There is always a noble motive behind his actions. Most see it as being arrogant or evil but it is really Rhysand playing the role of a dark prick to help the greater good. It is really just Rhy being smarter than the other courts. And his actions are down completely out of love…for his people, for his friends, for his mate. It also doesn’t hurt that Rhy has the body of a God with the bonus of wings.
❤ I love every private scene that Feyre and Rhysand had. Every single one. Some are sweet. Some are intense. Some are romantic. Some are dramatic. Some are hot as hell.
❌ Tamlin is a worthless sack of manure. He’s selfish, lazy, weak. He has crazy anger issues. And most importantly he lets Feyre whither away right in front of him. In the beginning of the novel, I thought maybe the cause of his character change was his own PTSD. I once thought he was noble and good…but the truth is Tamlin has been a worthless sack the entire time…Book 1 included. When he locks Feyre into a dungeon of his own making, I nearly lost my shit. OK, it isn’t exactly a dungeon since it is the entire palace but the girl just spent 3 months locked in a cell. How can he EVER think this is OK? And then the end of the book? Fork you, Tamlin. Fork you. (Isn’t it ironic that Tamlin is giving me anger issues?)
Recommendation: This is a must read. I don’t care if you don’t even read the first novel (A Court of Thorn and Roses), read this one.
**Note: I decided to use the recap from GR which is not my norm because I don’t want to accidentally give away too many spoilers by recapping the book or run the risk of not giving enough information that you decide not to read it.