As always, there might be spoilers.
Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court-but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.
Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms-and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future-and the future of a world torn apart.
#1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Sarah J. Maas expands Feyre’s world beyond even her wildest imagination in this seductive and stunning sequel to A Court of Thorns and Roses.
Once again, I must look at this book from two standpoints—a reader and a parent.
The author goes to great lengths to show Feyre’s struggles, which is commendable. Whether necessary or not, taking a life would not be easy for anyone, least of all a teenager. However, the way Maas wrote the first half of the book was, frankly, confusing. I found myself rereading several paragraphs at a time because they were too ambiguous—what is she doing? I’m so confused—were frequent thoughts.
And let’s not get started on Tamlin’s behavior. There is a fine line between being protective and becoming a horrible brute—and he embraced option two (though I must say, he was always a little on the angry side.) I felt sorry for Lucien, who didn’t seem to fit in anywhere, and the introduction of Iantha grated my nerves (where was she before?)
I didn’t dislike the book. On the contrary, there was much to like. Maas’s worldbuilding is phenomenal (if overdone at times.) She is also the queen of sympathetic characters, which is why I liked Rhysand from the beginning despite all evidence I should not. There was always something about him that told me we didn’t know the whole story just yet.
As a reader, this second book drew me in and forced a roller coaster of emotion to the end—which was shocking and made me want to throw the book. Tamliiiinnn (I groan as I curse him two ways from Tuesday.)
As a parent—holy pancakes, Batman! One ENTIRE chapter of graphically described sex?? For the young adult genre ages as young as 12? Let’s forget for a moment that such description sets young adults up for failure when they do become sexually active (hopefully when they are much older, wiser, and mature) and focus on how mind-blowing this is for a child of 12.
Without much detail in a blog post so I might spare you… would you enjoy reading 20 pages of graphically depicted murder? Even if you enjoy the horror genre, chances are, you’d skip that much gore to get to the story’s plot, right? Imagine if you picked up a “cozy mystery” only to discover in chapter 25 a graphic murder scene that stretched the entire chapter? That’s not what you signed up for, right?
So, just like the first book, this one missed the mark where marketing is concerned. While I appreciate the connection between the two characters, their struggle to find one another, and the stress of everything falling apart around them, I think the emotional impact of their relationship would have been more substantial without page after page of sex. The physical aspects of a relationship are important, yes, but they are not the basis of a good, functional relationship. Let’s teach kids this concept early—sex does not equate to love, nor does it build a strong foundation for a lasting relationship.
Honestly, it was like Dr. Seuss gone horribly wrong. Sex here, sex there, upside down and all around… by page five, I was already skimming, just waiting for the plot to pick up again. I am sure this would appeal to many people, and that’s okay. I’m not here to judge what people want to read, but I am disappointed this is marketed as young adult.
Will I keep reading? Yes, because the plot is fantastic, and I adore several characters. Am I happy about the genre? No, not at all.
Favorite Character: Still Nesta, and also Rhys and Azriel.
Least Favorite Character: Sigh… Tamlin (insert angry face here)
Language: Moderate, loads of sexual inuendoes
Graphic Violence rating: Moderate frequency, but graphic in parts
Heat rating: High, not appropriate for young adults, in my opinion
Rating: 4/5 because of the inappropriate content for the market age