Assuming you've read ACOTAR:
After reading ACOTAR, the first book in the series by the genius Sarah J. Maas, I was so hooked that I preordered ACOMAF on my kindle. Maas dropped big hint bombs in ACOTAR foreshadowing the plot twists in the second book (which is a hella' thick book). Basically, 95% of the speculations in an ACOTAR thread on Goodreads predicted the storyline accurately, and there were also leaked spoilers thanks to Google Books (don't even ask). But! I didn't read those tempting spoilers, so all was good for me. I kinda' knew where it was going, but didn't believe that Maas would actually go down that route. Now then, all is good, because at long last, the favored ship has sailed and going steady.
This review came in a lil' late, because at this time, the title of the third book in the series, has been unveiled! A Court of Wings and Ruin, in other words, ACOWAR!
SO THE FEYRE AND RHYS COMBINATION IS REAL NOW! It's a real thing now. I never did like Tamlin in the first place anyway. Their relationship felt kinda' rushed, and because Tamlin was the only male (excluding Lucien) that Feyre had contact with in the Spring Court, I was pretty skeptical about their relationship status. Then Rhys comes along, and even if he didn't sweep Feyre off her feet at first glance, he swept mine off. Blue-black hair? Violet eyes? And wings? Damn. Those wings.
I have never read any of Sarah's books prior to reading ACOTAR, so I didn't know that it was natural for her to change male leads in a split instance. I thought it was just like any other YA novel, where the protagonists settles with the first guy she meets. After reading the threads on Goodreads, I have opened my mind and heart to a new possibility that Feyre could end up with the better guy.
Rhys showed himself as a feminist in this book. He respected and believed in Feyre's abilities and wishes, and then he freaking kneeled in front of Feyre (and the fact that he didn't kneel to beg but instead to help Feyre put on her garments and weapons ... swoon!)! He taught her to read, while Tamlin didn't want her to read, like she was some kind of submissive servant. I screamed at the part where Feyre activated her autumn court(?) powers in Tamlin's study. I thought then that "FINALLY! FEYRE! KICK HIS ASS!" But, sadly, Feyre still loved Tamlin at that time, so she forgave his stupidity. And when Feyre sprouted wings, I literally fangirled. Feyre was so badass in this book!
“She is my mate. And my spy,' I said too quietly. 'And she is the High Lady of the Night Court.'
In ACOMAF, Rhys was less mischievous and more kind and good and human (although he is technically a high fae who will literally blind humans with his brilliance if he didn't glamor himself). The show he put up at Under the Mountain was an act to save his court from the malicious wrath of Amarantha the b_tch queen.
Few pages into the book, and you already see Tamlin and his Spring Court transform from a gentlemanly protector and flowery estate (in ACOTAR) into an overprotective beast (how ironic!) and flowery cage (in ACOMAF). And did I mention, the debut of serpentine Ianthe? I'm betting 50 cents she seduced Tamlin when Feyre was at the Night Court. Not like I mind. The more the reason to distrust Tamlin. Seeing how things rolled in ACOMAF, I'm guessing it's gonna' be very hard to redeem Tamlin's goodness in the third book, unless he dies for Feyre of course, which I think will happen but hope it won't. Although we all now hate Tamlin, it's very hard to blame him, if you consider things from his perspective. He is a natural protector, so he can't help wanting to protect his lover. It's not his fault; it's just that he and Feyre were not meant to be. Secondly, Feyre sent him a letter/note to break up with him, but can anyone blame him for not respecting her wishes? How would he know if the letter was authentic or not? Last time he saw Feyre she couldn't even read. Third, he believed in Feyre's love for him, that she would never leave him for Rhys, and that made him look like he's self-centered even though his intentions were (technically) good. He wanted to save Feyre from the clutches of "evil" Rhys, and remove the "spell" Rhys casted on her, so that she can be "free" and they can live happily ever after. So considering all these points, it's hard to completely despise Tamlin. As for Lucien, I still like him even if Feyre thought he betrayed her trust in their friendship. It wasn't like Lucien did not try to help Feyre out. How would you pick between loyalty to your master (and friend) and your friend? Feyre was blaming 60% of what happened on him. I understand how she might feel having a friend that didn't try his best for her, and honestly, I enjoyed the drama that resulted from Feyre feeling this way, but I'm just saying ... what did she expect Lucien to do against the stubborn and pigheaded Tamlin? Threaten to kill him? Try to fight him? Lol. Not even laughing. Sure, Azriel, Cassian, and Mor, or even Amren, would've been better "friends", which is why there are people on this planet that we get along with, and people whom we never get along with. No one was entirely wrong; everything was a matter of preference and different personalities.
“Lucien had been prepared to take me against my will.
This book is more like new adult than young adult, now that it has steamed our faces with its vapor. THERE ARE STEAMY SCENES IN THIS BOOK. Like ... really detailed visual description of those scenes. But ... it's not like I hate it. *smirk face*
And then there's the mating thing. No, not the RhysxFeyre otp (we already know how that one works). I'm talking about Nesta and Cassian and Elain and Lucien. Elain and Lucien ... wtf. I'm not against this couple, but it was so unexpected. I thought he would be with Nesta because they are both described as "fiery" in one way or another. Maybe Lucien needs a gentler person? Turns out he and Elain are mates. If Nesta and Cassian are mates as well, everything is gonna' feel really, really unbelievable. How could this coincidence happen? What are the odds of all three sisters having fae mates? So far we don't know (for sure) if Nesta and Cassians are mates or not ... andddd yep, I still don't like Nesta.
Despite all that happened, I'm still glad that things were the way it was! Rhys ends up with Feyre, and that is all that matters. As I said, I'm betting 50 cents Tamlin and that succubus Ianthe did some things behind Feyre's back. However, it's not like they weren't supposed to do it, because Feyre doesn't give a shit anymore. I don't, either. But it's still fun to know about what kind of crap Ianthe is. Also looking forward to how Tamlin will "change" in ACOWAR. He did say he would start over and make Feyre happy again.
Comment below to share your thoughts (on Ianthe, LucienxElain, Tamlin, etc)! I'd love to know how much you would rate this book on a scale of 0-10. I will go for 10/10 hands down! It's a book with a protagonist badass enough, and a male lead who respects that about her.
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