High Praise for Sarah J Maas (warning, spoilers within)
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 25 May 2016
Sarah J Maas, you play with my heart; this book make me laugh, cry, scream, sob, sigh and smirk. Your characters are so engaging and real, I feel genuine emotion for the things that happen to them as though they had happened to friends. In ACoMaF in particular I adored the detail of scene setting, how you very cleverly show both the charming and terrifying sides of the courts.
Read this book, and you will come away feeling fulfilled and energised!!!! I cannot wait for the next instalment!
One thing I love about this book in particular is that it proves an author does not need to kill characters we love off in order to get an engaged, emotional reaction from the reader (I'm looking at you, GoT). The ending for me was so perfect, so very Feyre and who she has become, that it didn't need anyone to die (I have to say there was a point when I thought "Rhysand got his happy ending for a while...he'll die now", and had that happened I would have quite literally fallen out with the book.) I do love that Feyre has a little bit of darkness in her, it's very human, that grey morality, and most good characters miss that fine line of good/bad balance.
Interesting turn of events with Lucian, did not see that one coming.
The confession scene with Rhysand and Feyre made me cry, put the book down and cuddle my partner for a bit; I was so loved up. It was simply perfect.
The funny thing is I reread Thorns and Roses before reading this, but I skim read and coincidentally read the part where Mates was mentioned, which jumped out at me... Then of course jumped to e happy parts at the end, to where Rhys' head snaps up... And it clicked. It just clicked. Even so, the relationship development between them was so subtle, so humanly done, I'd say it was perfectly timed, and though I am very glad they got their ultimate togetherness by the end, I am also happy with how unhurried it was; their bond genuinely feels unbreakable (though you did scare me for a moment there). I am now rereading both books again.
I have to admit, I have mixed feelings about Tamlin, especially rereading ACoTaR now; I can't quite hate him. The Feyre champion in me wants him to get well and truly put in his place for what he did to her, and to Prythian (the idiot). On the other hand, he did it out of blind, overwhelming love, fear, protectiveness and a need to control. People do mad, stupid things for love, mistakes are made, and I am a true believer in forgiveness and second chances. He needs to pay for what he's done, and part of me feels he will pay with his life, but the romantic part of me wants him to meet his mate and understand what he's done, then move hell and Earth to make it right.