It’s been awhile since I’ve done a review on here, and you will see why that is with today’s post. I finished the second book in the ACOTAR(A Court of Thorns and Roses) series over the weekend and when I tell you it gave me a gigantic book hangover…I am not exaggerating. Sarah J. Maas’s writing is so descriptive and I find myself getting lost in every book I’ve read from her so far! I am excited to share with you a breakdown of my thoughts on ACOMAF and I hope you decide to pick it up or add it to your TBR.
I had very high expectations for this novel after reading ACOTAR, especially after the cliffhanger at the end. It took me about a month to get this book in the mail, and as soon as it was delivered I started reading it. I think the time between reading the two novels definitely affected my experience. I had detached myself from the world and characters so I essentially went in with a blank slate again like I did with ACOTAR. I don’t regret having this mindset, because I think it allowed me to enjoy the novel rather than read it fast to see what happens towards the end. I tried to only read 100 or so pages of it a night(It came out to a whooping 627) so I could focus on the plot and characters for a future review.
My Favorite Elements
- World Building: Just like ACOTAR, Maas was very detailed with her description of the faerie worlds, paying attention to even the smallest details to help the audience picture this world in their heads.
- Enemies to Lovers: I won’t speak upon this much because this is a *spoiler free* review, but I think the enemies to lovers trope in this was extremely well done. The romance in this novel was slow build(very effective in my opinion) which allowed the audience to get to know the characters before the really started showing feelings towards each other
- Chosen Family: The two main characters in this story where actually not my favorite! I really enjoyed the side characters in this novel the most, two of those characters being Mor and Azriel. There weren’t many side characters in ACOTAR, and ACOMAF really hi-lighted the importance of “chosen family” over blood family.
- Grief and Trauma: Both these topics are addressed in this novel so if these are triggers for you, I would maybe refrain from reading this. I personally think Maas’s depiction of these things in Feyre’s character were authentic as someone who’s experienced them herself. I enjoy when author’s discuss mental health in a way that’s not linear but more of a fluid emotion. It’s not always going to affect you the same way and I think this is evident in Feyre’s growth throughout the novel.
Overall, I enjoyed this novel much more than ACOTAR. I am not someone who is a fan of heavy romance so there are parts I skipped over, but I don’t think you have to read these parts to really understand the story. There was a lot of commotion on booktok/booktube about “Chapter 55”. This was supposed to be the height of romance between characters I won’t mention(no spoilers here) but I personally think it wasn’t as dramatic as I thought it was going to be. I personally payed more attention to the “chosen family” trope of this novel and that’s something I am hoping to see in the next novel. Maas had quickly become a new favorite author, and I look forward to reviewing more of her books on here!
I hope you guys enjoyed this morning’s review, be sure to comment down below if you’ve read ACOMAF and what you’re thoughts are! If you do decide to share your thoughts please be sure to refrain from posting spoilers:) Thank you for taking the time to read my thoughts and I will see you all soon. I have a lot fo exciting things coming soon to the blog and podcast(Hint Hint, special guests) and I hope you decide to stick around for the surprises I have in store.
With Love & Magic,