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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.
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.
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.
Like the first book, this novel again had many problems with pacing and with general logical thinking in the characters. For example, there were many moments when Feyre could have asked simple questions in order to inform the reader of what was happening. Basic bits of dialogue seem to be missing, and simple facts about the world are not laid out for the reader nor for the characters. All in all, I'm left with the impression that many of the major characters lack the common sense to ask simple questions about the world around them or two try to get information when they need it. The plot seemed very contrived because of this lack of basic common sense that the characters exhibited over and over again.
The book is much more pornographic than any YA novel that I've ever read; in fact it more closely resembles a romance novel in that respect. I found the sex scenes to be boring and skipped most of them (but will grant that someone who doesn't read a lot of romance novels would probably find it pretty titillating). The romance was pretty good and definitely a highlight of the book, but it seems really derivative of Anne Bishop's Black Jewels trilogy.
All in all, I found the book extremely annoying because of these flaws but it does end at a cliffhanger and so I will read the third book. However, I am not hopeful that the third book will be any better than this one.
Rys, was not and is not my favorite character in this series, but that aside, Fayre is either confused, shallow, or has no idea what love is. She is willing to ho to war to save her sisters, yet they are alive only because of Tamlin's generosity. He was wrong to shut her into the estate, but love means confronting though moments and mistakes and working through them. Ugh..thank goodness she solved the riddle in the 1st book or there would be not story to tell. This book felt like the author reconsidered her hero and was coming up with 100s of pages of excuses as to why we should like this new "hero". Sorry, I'm not buying it. Fayre, was lackluster 50% into the book. I would be surprised if there was a book for each court and Fayre's "love" for it's high lord. Not a heroine I'm interested in.
Spoilers Alert I'm really disappointed in the way this book went. We cannot go from loving Tamlin and seeing everything Ferya went through to prove her love to all of a sudden hating Tamlin. The PTSD that everyone is dealing with is way more complicated and complex to just so oh Rhysamd is actually good. No both Tamlin and Rhys have equally done horrible things. And Feyra is such a whiny hypocrite! Instead of having a proper conversation with Tamlin she sends a sorry excuse of a break up letter that no one would believe considering the way she was before. And here she thinks it's great Rhys would tare the world apart for her WHEN THAT'S LITERALLY WHAT TAMLIN IS DOING!!! Or the fact that she felt Tamlin was to possesive but when she's mated with Rhys and the bond gives him the right to want to kill any male that looks at her... that possessiveness is okay? I think not! Seriously all of it was way to easy for Maas to just brush everything off and not deal with the feelings and PTSD. Seriously it's the age old story people running from there problems and dealing with them that causes bad things to happen. How about you make people deal in a better way and show how crap can still happen! I seriously want Tamlins POV for the last 50 years. Let's hear his sad story and sacrifices as he had to sit and watch the woman he loved wreck herself while he had to show no e8to keep her from even worse treatment. Or how about the fact that Rhys has been playing mind games with people for over 500 years with his fake night court facade... of course Tamlins would think Ferya's mind would be played with after never seeing any hint of the good side of Rhysand. Also I'm really disappointed in how she brought the dept to the water wraiths back around... I was hoping for something much more spectacular during the actual war. This whole book had me hating Ferya. She was constantly only thinking of herself and always running away and not dealing. Seriously both Tamlin and Rhysand deserve better because Ferya is the horrible person.
I have had some serious issues with Sarah J. Maas' books in the past. I may have called them drivel. But I have committed, and by god, when I commit to something then I commit, as you can no doubt tell from the 180 almost entirely negative goodreads status updates on Empire of Storms.
But, you guys. I really liked this book?
Let me be clear. This book is not without its flaws, most of which can be found in my goodreads status updates (chief among them the clear 'influence' of Anne Bishop's Black Jewels series and the fact that this really isn't a good sequel, which are honestly the reasons this isn't 4 or 4.5 stars). But you guys. This was really fun?
(Also this is the book that the author proved to me she could write some pretty damn hot scenes so I expect better in the next Throne of Glass book *stern stare*)
(Look it's basically excellent Black Jewels fanfic and I'm weirdly okay with that)
I'm a fan of Sarah J. Mass. There is no doubt, that woman can write a novel! The worlds and characters she creates are so impressive. I love the throne of glass series and I do enjoy the court of thorns and roses, I do have a couple teensy complaints. First, there are parts of this book that read like a "story" in penthouse magazine. Nothing, and I mean nothing is left to the imagination and it's honestly repetitive. All together I felt the sex scenes were way over the top for my liking. Second, in general I started to get this feeling that the whole book itself, is well kinda over the top. I wish these characters were more human. In a way they are but I'd like to see more of it. They're all fae warriors and incredibly good looking, blah blah. I know she's an amazing writer, which leads me to believe maybe I've just finally outgrown this genre. And again, NOT for young adults!!
This books is nice because it does what many female readers want...it indulges the bad boy romance. But be prepared to read a lot about the main character taking long baths and eating meals. Ad nauseam. Occasionally there's a fun adventure. But most of it is really ridiculous situations where the girl and boy characters build sexual tension including hard-to-swallow play acting scenarios. Uck. 3 stars because its occasionally insightful and occasionally creative....but ultimately an indulgent masturbatory book.