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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.
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.
The threads are all there, however, each stitch was haphazardly placed. It seems like she does not trust the reader to remember information the first, second , third, fourth, fifth..TWENTIETH time she relays it. Rhysand is the most powerful High Lord, I get it. No need to beat me over the head with it. In addition, where the heck is her editor? Is he/she/them really giving a green light to ramblings trying to pass as good story telling? The author has a knack for big story ideas, I read her previous series and forgave the sloppy writing simply because the main and a few supporting characters had potential. When that potential blossomed it was magic, however, getting to that magic was work. In this new series, I'd get caught up in the moment only to get knocked senseless by "Rhysand is the most powerful High Lord", and eye rolling and air punches would commence. This is the kind of author you know can be great if the people backing her would help her!! I gave it two stars because I once again see the potential, and I want her to win, just not like this.
You can call me old fashioned but I'm of the belief that YA should be safe for a child as young as 13 to read. I couldn't say that for this book because while I haven't even finished it yet it has been riddled with overly sexual explicit scenes that I found to add little to nothing to the actual plot of the book (something that irks me to no end)
I myself have been married nearly 3 years and still skipped over the pointless and overly angst-y sex. My greatest frustration about this is that I read YA books to avoid such issues because I know that my beliefs on such things are not popular opinion.
The plot of the book and its earlier installment have had good plots thus far, but to me when a writer puts sex in like a cheap filler it takes away from their skill and mostly just looks like they couldn't find something better to put into the chapter (idk something like plot or character development)
Anyway as said before interesting story but if you as a parent or just regular reader do not appreciate your child reading overly explcit sex scenes then this is probably not the book for you.
First off let me say I LOVED Maas' Throne of Glass series and read through them twice! That's how good they were. Even the first book in this series got me excited to read on and I was excited to learn more about the characters. I got to this book (I purchased the 1st three together, big mistake) and I'm claiming defeat because I just cannot read further at just halfway. SPOILER ALERT COMING: why the author would completely destroy Tamlin's character after building up a love between them that Feyre was willing to die for blows my mind. The characters are reduced to absolute teenagers in this book, with no depth and immature banter that never moves beyond. I realize I haven't finished the book, but even if the end gets better, it won't make up for what could've been had the story not done a total 180
I like fantasy settings with fae goodies thrown in. There's tons of viable lore to use in tons of interesting ways. I had hoped the large amount of positive reviews were indicative of high quality world building and characters....but it's just ok. To be honest it's only a mid-tier romance novel with semi-cliche plot-lines and missed character development opportunities. I had hoped the author would perhaps improve upon the second novel, but alas it didn't get any better.
For those looking for something akin to Tolkien or Martin? Look elsewhere. Looking for some fodder lit? Have at it.
This review is based on the quality of the book I received and NOT a book review.
It’s not the first time that I’ve ordered a book from Amazon, but this is the first time that I’ve received one in such a state. I’ve been happy with my previous book purchases from Amazon until now, the book I’ve received as shown in the pictures has a damaged cover and a misaligned back cover for some reason. Now, the book on the picture is the replacement product for the one I’ve ordered the previous day that was in a similar state. This may not be a problem for most, but I’m very meticulous when it comes to my book purchases. In foreseeable future maybe I’ll order another book in Amazon but suffice it to say I won’t for now. I really do hope the Amazon team will generously take care of their paper products next time.