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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.
I absolutely loved ACOTAR. The second half of this books was riveting and kept me reading until 5 am. According to all the reviews that I have seen, ACOMAF is even better, but I disagree. I would even go so far as to say that Sarah Maas is making up the story as she goes along without a cohesive, previously thought out plot. To begin with, she has changed the characters of the major protagonists. Tamlin is now a bad guy, treacherous and controlling.He has done the Fae equivalent of leaving dirty socks lying around and Feyre has fallen out of love with him. He does not hold her lovely hand when she VOMITS. This signifies post traumatic stress. Rhysand on the other hand has become so sublime and noble that he almost takes my breath away. I thought he was a smug, self satisfied prig and not in the least sexy. He often strolls around with his hands in his pockets to signify grace and nonchalance. Feyre remains unpleasant and unlikeable, constantly talking about herself,pitying herself, navel gazing and VOMITING. Try to count how many times during the course of the book that she vomits. The rest of the time, she makes smart remarks, sleeps and gets her hair done by her two handmaidens.Oh and she goes flying with Rhysand. The city, Velaris, is like a North American city with magic pasted over the holes. Whenever something needs doing, that old magic comes out. The superpowers of the supporting superheroes/ characters are ridiculous and they act and speak like potty mouthed college students.In fact this book is so bad that it has effectively stopped me from reading any more of this type. Feyre is prissy perfect , although I can see that she is intended to be the standard strong warrior woman beloved of this genre. She seems like a very popular high school girl who has all the boys after her. There is one genuinely chilling scene in the Weaver's cottage, but this only happens once and there is so much talking and so many information dumps, that it is like middle class Americans discussing politics. However the information dumps are necessary to explain Rhysand's previously weird and sadistic behaviour e.g. when he twists the broken bone in Feyre's arm in the dungeon beneath the mountain. This book could also qualify for the ''bad sex awards''. One could VOMIT. This tried to be Hunger Games but with sex and unlikeable characters. A bad rip off.
I love books and normally devour them. I kept being told to read this one because it was allegedly better than the first, which was insipid and boring. It is not better. While you met new characters, the continue to be one dimension. The old characters don't develop either and are not only unlikable, but unengaging. The entire book and its characters are lacking any sense of humor, although you are supposed to believe the characters have a sense of humor because the main character says they do. This is a book with an unreliable narrator that doesn't know it has an unreliable narrator. Likewise, there doesn't seem to be much plot, and what there is doesn't advance at a reasonable pace. The world building is weak, focusing in on small things that are relevant to the many side quests, while ignoring the bigger world and its many logical flaws. This is bad YA novel masquerading as an adult fantasy/romance novel by throwing in a little profanity and sex and hoping the reader won't notice it's poor plot, pacing, character development, and world building. It is a painful read.
If you loved Tamlin in the first book, don’t read this. The author completely destroys his character and then dismisses the ENTIRE love story of the first novel. I was irate and wish I had stopped with the first book (which I really loved). It was also extremely long and overly padded with minutiae about everyone’s backstory. Grrr, I’m still angry with how this book erased all the romance of the first novel. Waste of time.
If that's what it's supposed to be, fine, my mistake. I thought it was fantasy. The main characters were so whiny and indecisive. I only finished it because I hated knowing I paid for it. I should have just accepted my losses.