Review of A Court of Mist and Fury

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TITLE: A Court of Mist and Fury

 

AUTHOR: Sarah J Maas

 

SERIES: A Court Of Thorns And Roses

 

GENRE: Fantasy

 

SOURCE: Owned

 

PEEK-A-BOO:

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 cleaved in two.

[Source: Goodreads]

THE QUOTE I LOVED THE MOST:

“The issue isn’t whether he loved you, it’s how much. Too much. Love can be a poison.”

 

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MY TAKE ON A C O M A F:

Truly speaking, I had read this book within a week after it was published, but I couldn’t convince myself to write about it. I asked myself and tried to figure out the reason. I came to a vague conclusion that although I had read and understood the story, I still felt unsatisfied. Hence, I read the book again, this time more slowly and carefully.

Believe me or not, I saw the whole book in a new light. I am glad that I re-read the book 🙂

After re-reading it- ACOMAF, doesn’t remain just a fantasy fairy retelling for me anymore. It’s much more than that. It is about relations, about feelings, about fears, about transitions, about acceptance and about so much more which life can throw on our faces…

ACOMAF also changed my opinions towards several characters dealt in the previous book. The way the whole plot developed and storyline progressed was entrancing. One could see beyond the words and understand the reasons and emotions connected with the actions of the characters.  The acts appeared to be rash and weird sometimes, but their intent couldn’t be questioned.

Sarah has played excellently with the characters. The characters grow onto you. I like the way the author molds the story-line to weave the new characters along with the old ones, without ruining the wholesome impact. The characters may cease to exist or fall in the background, but their presence is never forgotten.

The adventures are so exciting!!! The thrill and the rush while reading those action sequences and adventures is beyond words. It just makes your eyes go running all over the pages, to know what awaits at the end of the adventure.

But above all this, the thing which affected me the most was the emotional level of the whole story. The best part, for me, was that the feelings didn’t come at the surface immediately. They were definitely stirred while reading the book. But, they hit me on my face, like a storm, after I read the whole book through and was musing on it. It was completely overwhelming.

Let us not forget the ending. I absolutely adore this skill of Sarah of leaving a thread to a new beginning, at the peak of the story’s ending phase. Though many of you may say that the threads are given by any author who writes the series; but you will also not disagree when I say – Sarah J Maas has got style!!

All in all, this book is a beautiful piece of work… Sarah has outdone herself.

I will not say that it is a flawless creation, but one can’t deny that this is one among the best.

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**SPOILER SECTION STARTS FROM THIS POINT ON WARDS**

 

 

 

This book bowled me over in the emotional field. The story line was strong but I was truly stumped by the ‘Feels’. If I could sum up the essence of the whole book- it was all about loving as equals. Loving a person doesn’t mean that you own that being. Love is about giving that person space, respect and freedom to live his/ her life by own choice. Love is- to treat your lover EQUAL- in every sense.

I would not say Tamlin was wrong. His actions were driven by pure fear. Anyone can become this protective, if they have seen all their loved ones die in front of their eyes. He was all alone when Feyre came in his life. He had fallen in love with her. He couldn’t come in terms with the ordeals she had to go through, for him.

He had his own bag of fears to deal with and so he did those things; without realising that it could hurt that very person whom he is doing all this for. It was never done with wrong intentions.

Feyre, on the other hand, is an independent spirit – A person, who took care of her family from a very small age. She went against death to free Tamlin. She was dealing with her own traumas. She had changed into something she was not and there was nobody to help her, guide her to accept the changes within her- physical and psychological. On top of it, every time she was restricted to do something which she wanted. Eventually, she had to burst. I could very well relate with her agony of being shut inside.

But, the character which just takes away my heart is- Rhysand. I can keep chanting his name- RHYS! RHYS! RHYS!

The way this character has been portrayed is just breath taking. I love Sarah J Mass, for moulding this character. Fifty years! For fifty years, he was debased and abused by Amarantha. Yet, he kept his sanity intact. His love for his city allowed him to endure the tribulation, under the mountain. He took all the bad names and biased behaviours of various people around him, in his stride. He kept on drinking this poison every day; for fifty years – only for Velaris. With all this, one can easily sum up his loyalty towards those whom he loves.

He treated Feyre as an individual. He didn’t force their bond on her. Inspite of knowing the truth and still allowing her to be with Tamlin – one can only imagine his pain. I can go on and on when it comes to this character.

The best scene for me was when, Rhysand is telling about his love to Feyre in the cottage. He is so full of emotions that tears start flowing from his eyes. I was so moved with this whole scene. He is the most powerful of the seven high lords; he is known for his cruelty and ruthlessness; he can manipulate anyone’s mind and break any type of spells in split of a second; and yet he wanted Feyre to make her decision of wanting him as her mate or not. He had kept this secret in his heart for months, in fear of being not good enough for her. His tears are flowing and he is remembering each and every moment, when he started getting hints; when he started searching for her; when he saw that she was somebody else’s; when he made her believe that he was evil; when he knew she hated him to the core; when he couldn’t see her die; when he thought himself unworthy of her; when he couldn’t gather enough courage to tell her the truth. This scene just melts my heart.

And what should I say about the ending… The climax was too good to be true.. I won’t delve on it because I think, it could be enjoyed the best when read.

For me, this book is beyond awesome!!! I have started marking the dates till the sequel gets released…

I am wondering, will I be able to survive through this wait???

I really doubt…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If I were to choose…

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Hi there!!!

Today I am going to do a fun activity. My first Dream Cast… Yay!! I am so excited. [a jiggle and a twirl]

I am sure all of us visualize the characters when we are reading a book. The character becomes dearer to us if the image is crystal clear in our minds.

I am going to choose ten characters, created by the same author in its various books. Then I am going to give them a well known face which I feel fits perfectly on them. As I go along, I will speak about the reasons behind my choice.

So let’s start….

  • First I need to choose one of my favourite authors. I have to keep it in mind that the author must have written enough books to have at least Ten characters.

This is easy for me. I choose Sarah J Mass. This lady is phenomenal when it comes to character building.

  • Next step is to choose the Ten characters and cast them…

I choose the following:

  1. AelinAelin aka Celaena is a young girl of Eighteen who is a fantastic assassin. She has white blonde hair and atheletic body. She is a beautiful girl who loves to dress up in her spare time. My choice for Celaena-

 Aelin 3 AMANDA SEYFRIED

2. Chaol He is a young captain of guards. Not excessively handsome, but having a ruggedness in his face killing with his clear golden-brown eyes. For me Chaol is-

Chaol

MAX IRONS

[Oooohhh!! fanning myself!!]

  1. DorianNot much older than twenty, he has striking blue eyes contrasted with his raven-black hair. Achingly handsome the prince is gentle in nature. For me, Dorian can only be-

Dorian

 PRINCE DORIAN

[This guy felt so perfect to me, for Dorian. In the whole excitement, I downloaded the pic but forgot to get his original name… So I will just call him Prince Dorian… I request you all  to help me get to know the name of this handsome stranger 😉]

4. Manon Blackbeak This witch is exceedingly beautiful but at the same time very strong. She is a leader of the most disciplined group of witch fighters. Manon has a strong kind heart and she is a warrior. With all these attributes I felt the best person who can portray the character is-

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EMMA STONE

5. Rowan– He is a Fae prince. Bold, Strong and with years of experience along with a sad past. A trainer and a loyal friend. For me Rowan is defintely-

Rowan

CHRIS HEMSWORTH

6. Feyre A huntress, a fighter , a survivor. A girl who looks after her family just because of an oath given by her in her innocence at the age of eight. A girl who wants to have a normal life but can’t as she is the sole bread earner of her family. A girl who has dreams of her own. A young girl who is fearless to go after the things which she wants without thinking about the consequences. My cast for Feyre is –

Feyre

ZOEY DEUTCH

7. TamlinWith his golden hairs and green eyes, the High Lord of Prythian is a handsome guy. Kind and understanding, he treats his friends equal irrespective of whether they are human or fae. I believe Tamlin should be-

Tamlin

ALEX PETTYFER

8. RhysandThe puzzle. An enigma. A mystery. With dark black hairs and handsome face, Rhysand is a character which takes time to be understood. The feelings which he hides within his persona, can be seen only when he wills them to be seen. This was one character having many shades and one of the most difficult to find. So, here it goes-

Rhysand

BEN BARNES

9. Lucien– Scarred yet handsome. The loyal friend of Tamlin with a sad past. Courageous and level headed. Lucien could only be-

Lucien2

SAM HEUGHAN

10. Nesta– The eldest sister of Feyre comes up as a spiteful person. But under this demeanor there lies a fiercely loyal heart and a very strong will. Protective about her sisters, she doesn’t get easily persuaded. This combination of beauty and strength in her personality fits only on-

Nesta

JENNIFER LAWRENCE

So these are my dream casts for the characters made alive by Sarah J Mass.

Did any one of these matched your imagination? Would you like to see a movie featuring them?

Leave your opinions in the comment box below 🙂 

Review of A Court of Thorns and Roses

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ACOTAR

 

TITLE: A Court of Thorns and Roses

AUTHOR: Sarah J Maas

SERIES: A Court of Thorns and Roses

GENRE:  Fantasy

SOURCE: Library

 

BEST QUOTE:

“Pity those who don’t feel anything at all.”

PEEK A BOO

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it… or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

[Source: Goodreads]

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MY TAKE ON A C O T A R

 

[Dear Readers, However much I tried to lessen it, this review is NOT spoiler free.]

 

There are those who seek me a lifetime but never we meet

And those I kiss but who trample me beneath ungrateful feet.

At times I seem to favour the clever and the fair

But I bless all those who are brave enough to dare

By large, my ministrations are soft – handed and sweet,

But scorned, I become a difficult beast to defeat.

For though each of my strikes lands a powerful blow,

When I kill, I do it slow…

Sarah J Maas does it once again! She brings another fantastic series to mesmerize us completely. Set clearly on the lines of The Beauty and the Beast [one of my favourite fairy tales], it certainly has its own charm.

Although let me confess that if I compare TTOG to ACOTAR – TTOG will be my first choice. I will discuss about those few shortcomings, which brought me down to this choice, in the later part of the article. Nonetheless, the ingenious creative power of Sarah J Maas cannot be questioned.

The outline of the story maybe similar to the fairy tale but that is where the similarity ends. With her remarkable ability Maas, builds an enchanted world of Prythian – the lands of Fae. Our nineteen year mortal girl, Feyre – the huntress, embarks upon a journey to this faerie land of Prythian when she commits a crime breaching the treaty between the mortals and immortals – humans and fae. Coming to unknown lands and living with the creatures, which she was taught to hate and fear, Feyre tries to carve a nook of her own in this place.

How can anyone convert a simple fairytale into something that can be built into a 416 pages of nail biting, non-stop page turner – I am just unable to figure it out! The plot progress is steady and there are turning points at regular intervals which keep the reader hooked. The description of the places in Prythian is ethereal- the woods, the gardens, the lake they all belong to earth and yet they do not. The creatures, of the faerie world, in the book are equally interesting- some good, some bad but all unique. Not only this, I loved the layout of the whole Prythian land- into seven courts namely Spring, Autumn, Summer, Winter, Dawn, Day and Night.

The story has been told from Feyre point of view. Her fears, her doubts, her hate, her opinions and clashes within – are so real. From a very young age, she has been burdened to take care of her family. With her two elder sisters and a father – who do not help to ease the burden at all- she lives a very difficult and hard life. For the sake of the promise given to her mother when she was barely eight, she does everything in her might, to keep her family alive. One feels so frustrated seeing the family sitting idly when the youngest of them is tackling death every day of their life- to keep all of them alive. This shows that Feyre is a fighter, from the start to the end.

The first part of the book is more about knowing the unknown land and its people with their traditions and rules. The first part of the book is a stepping stone – with small, terrifying encounters and mysteries running in the background – to the action-packed thrilling series of events in the later part of the book.

The relation building between Tamlin – the main fae and Feyre is also quite romantic. I would say it’s steamier in comparison to romantic angles of TTOG series. Although, some reviews may remark their chemistry – a result of Stockholm syndrome; I refuse to believe it so. Tamlin always shows kindness and understanding wherever Feyre is concerned. He continuously tries to protect her from danger, to the extent of sending her away, from him as well – that too at the most crucial hour. He looks after her needs and her interests. Not only this, to save her, he discards his self esteem and bows low before the enemy.

I am a great admirer of Sarah’s skill of character building. Her characters are unique in their own. She makes their presence known and unforgettable. Though this time, in this particular book, I loved the secondary characters more than the main ones. Other than Tamlin and Feyre, I liked three characters the most- Lucien, Nesta and Rhysand.

Lucien:- Working as an emissary, he is a close friend of Tamlin. He has his own mysterious and sorrowful past, for which he grieves still. He loathes Feyre initially, but becomes her good friend in due course of time. His relationship with Feyre is like being best buddies. His banters and teasing dialogues are very amusing. His loyalty towards Tamlin is solid as a rock. Even under the mountain, he comes to Feyre’s aid taking a risk on his life. It seems Sarah took great pleasure in building this character. Most of the best lines have been spoken by Lucien.

Nesta:- The eldest of Feyre’s sister is someone whom you can hate at first sight. I personally was more than happy seeing Feyre leave them all, when she had to go to Prythian [had the feeling of good riddance.] But Nesta’s stronger side is revealed when she meets Feyre again. This meet and heart to heart talk between the sisters throws light on the reasons behind Nestas’ acidic behaviour previously. Her emotions towards Feyre become much clearer and one is left respecting Nesta rather than hating her. Her immunity towards glamour gives me a feel of her becoming more important in later series.

Rhysand:- This character is my favourite along with Lucian [Yup, You got it, Tamlin didn’t get to me 🙂]. Friend or Foe, Foe or Friend, Friend or Foe…. These two words kept on swaying, like a pendulum, at the back of my head throughout the time when I read about Rhys. Though introduced, in a creepy manner, in the first half of the book; he comes with a more solid ground in the later half. Striking a deal with Feyre by tricking her seems too mean at that point of time. As I read, I kept on wondering- what is his motive behind, why is he doing this, is it a trick… [the pendulum starts again] But as the story progresses, slowly and slowly, Rhys changes your thinking about himself. He and Feyre come to an understanding of sorts at the near end. I like him even more after he plunges in, to save Feyre, without thinking of his own safety. [At the end, he leaves with a shock on his face while speaking to Feyre… I wonder why?? What did he see or did he feel something??]

Now, let me focus upon the few shortcomings which I had mentioned earlier. I really loved the whole book, I really did. The only part where I was disappointed was the growth and depth in Tamlin’s character- especially in the later half. I think Sarah J Mass could have allowed us, by any means, to know what was going in Tamlin’s mind when Feyre was struggling for her life, to save his. All I am able to see is that he sits there as a rock without showing any emotions. I do understand that he was doing it for Feyre, but those blank looks crumble my bond with Tamlin. Couldn’t he even pass message through Lucien??

As if this wasn’t enough, Sarah brings Tamlin in close contact to Feyre, at the brink of the climax only to shatter my expectations more. Escaping the watchful eyes once, Tamlin beckons Feyre for having a physical bonding!!! Does it make sense? At the time, when one doesn’t know whether she will live the next moment or not, I think the person needs to hear words of encouragement, hope or gratitude… rather than being touched all over!!! This part really didn’t settle with me well.

Ignoring these small shortcomings, I must still say that, this book is really great. It is a must read. Sarah J Maas has done an excellent job. She clearly holds an upper hand in constructing stories around old fairy tales. Her meticulous layout of the characters, events and the whole story line is exemplary.

If given a choice, I would love to live in the world of faeries built by Sarah J Mass anyday.