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A protagonist who vomits several times per chapter, usually after dinner. Lengthy descriptions of what she and others are wearing. Over. Use. Of. The. Full. Stop. Caved in chests and buckling knees. Toilets in faerie land. Silly descriptions of sex. Apart from all of that, it's great.
There is enough story to keep reading to find out how the series ends, but as a follow up to ACOTAR this was a real let down.
I think because Maas had a script she was working from in the first book as it was clearly following the Beauty and the Beast story she’d modelled it on, there were no obvious pacing problems that this book suffers from.
Worse, she seems to have borrowed from all other popular novels in the genre and come up with one irritating trait after another. Bella’s whining, sorry for herself internal dialogue and for someone who is supposed to be the heroine of this story, her thoughts mostly seem to be of the men and I doubt she could pass the Bechdel test were this on screen.
I was also reminded of Anastasia’s repetitive and annoying catch phrases - it’s only been a year and yet Feyre retains no human exclamations, everything is Cauldron this or Mother that, which is extremely grating and reads as purple prose after a while, especially when it seems no one can ever just sigh, they all apparently “loose” their breath in her world. I get the feeling she thought these things were clever; I just thought someone needs to buy her a thesaurus or else her editors are very bad at their job.
Then there’s all the vomiting. I guess she felt she needed to labour the point that Feyre is messed up, and I think we got the memo from the first few times but it just carries on and on until suddenly she has a task to do, and she suddenly seems to forget all her torment and inability to keep a meal down.
Then there’s the sudden switch between happily ever after with Tamlin, to hating him and deciding that Rhys is the man for her which reminded me of Katniss, only she had far better reasons for ending up with Peter over Feyre’s which seem to be that Tamlin loves her too much and he’s protective?! Worse than that, Maas turns Tamlin into a caricature version of himself from book one which makes her writing even less credible, as it’s surely a writer’s first responsibility to remain true to her characters.
If I could turn back time, I would only have read book one and left it at that which I wish Maas had done too or put more thought into it at the outset, because I don’t believe she planned this novel very well and it shows.
Well I will try my hardest to be as diplomatic as I can (some spoilers here!). The good things first - I really liked that the author totally changed the environment and put in another love twist for Feyre. Sometimes the judgement can be clouded for many reasons and what we think is real is in fact not.
However, the author must have written the book in a rush for the story goes all over the place. Feyre jumps from situation to situation without much explanation to why they are there and what she is doing. The love twist is long-drawn to the point where I almost want to shout to the characters "oh just jump into bed and get it over with!". And then there are endless pages where Feyre gets long lectures about the world and how it works (which is rather tiresome) instead of her discovering things for herself. Another thing that really annoyed me is that the author really should have done her homework on burn-out syndromes and how a person gets well from this (Feyre has this at the beginning of the book) and I basically just laughed at the way she one day was completely bedridden and then the nest day is off on missions and fighting lessons. Completely unbelievable.
The author should have taken more time going through her book before releasing it. Its a shame really. It could have been a great book.
I love this book series but my book has arrived damaged. I've only just noticed as I started reading it as soon as it arrived. A lot of pages are ripped and interupt the wording on the pages. I am so disappointed.
The story was amazing. I loved the characters, the development, the pacing, all of it. This story is one of my recent favorites if that was all.
However, the explicit sex was way over the line for me. I don't object to writers writing how they want for their market, but her other books are marketed YA and this one (though technically NA) wasn't really marketed as anything different. There's no way I could recommend this to any of my teen students or my own children. Were this clearly marketed as an adult novel, then it would be my own fault for tumbling into this.
I love Ms Maas in general, but I don't want to support or encourage adding such sexual content.
If a handful of sex scenes that include multiple positions and explicit detail don't bother you, then this is a fantastic book.
A let down from the previous book. I noticed a bit of overuse of certain terms and phrases in the last book as well, but it was not as bad as this one. Here, the main character just calls her love interest a prick over and over again. Then she calls him an 'Illyrian baby.' Over and over again. I want to root for them, but I just can't because their relationship feels so dull and contrived.
Every time there is another moment with them together, it seems like they are just having the same interaction over and over again. And for some reason it is charming that she insults him the same way over and over? And he also responds the same way every time. He laughs and says something about her having a wicked mouth. It is just sloppy writing and makes me not want to read the series any more.
I feel conflicted but here's my review: There are a few spoilers ahead:
I really enjoyed the first 80 percent. I liked the spicy dialogue between her and Rhys and liked the action but I really hated the entire you "were born my mate" thing it just ruined that part of the story for me. I loved the first part because of the descriptions and action parts. I love the people of Valeris. I love them more then Tamlins people the details Provided of their people reeled me in. I'll admit that in both the first and second book Fey made some childish decisions and somewhat immature responses but to me It worked compared to the contrast of the more mature decisions of Rhys and Tamlin. As for the first book I had a feeling it was going toward the night court which I liked. The night court story line is so much more interesting and exciting. Her relationship with Tamlin seemed like those first time relationships you have when you don't know who you are, what you want and do, and shape yourself to please someone else. Tamlin never confided in her or treated her like a partner. He treated her like a child. It was like the story before the awakening. People can fall in love more than once. I thought the author was using Fey naive responses as a stepping stone toward making the character show growth throughout the books by changing how to look at what was happening around her. However bang here it goes: The entire mate idea was far left field and made no sense in the context of the story. Far less enjoyable then a character making choices based on what she wants and her experiences in life. Her reactions after finding out made her even more immature and that part of the story line less believable. I hate the whole choice the author made to recreate the idea behind what people equate to the stories of shifters.