Why I so intensely dislike A Court of Thorns and Roses // Spoiler Rant Review

As the title suggests, this is the SPOILER rant review of A Court of Thorns and Roses. Therefore, if you have not read this book or just don’t have time to put up with my extensive ramblings, I suggest you go to my shorter NON-SPOILER review here.

Also, if you have read this book and loved it, I might also suggest you leave, because man, am I going to town on this book today. You have been forewarned. πŸ™‚


Time to spill the tea. What did I dislike about this book?

Aggravating thing #1: Over-the-top prose.

First off, Sarah J. Maas’ writing is incredibly hyperbolic. I often use this term to describe unnecessarily dramatic narratives, but in this case, I mean the writing itself is literally hyperbolic: commas and dashes are used excessively as the author seems incapable of stringing a coherent sentence together, and most of these sentences are run-ons in order to make it seem like something dramatic is building up when it actually is not.

Furthermore, this book lacks sentence variety. I kid you not, you can open up to any page in this book and nearly ever other sentence will be a dramatic action or reaction.Β  “I gasped.” “I clutched my heart.” “He smirked.” “My gut dropped.” “His eyes flickered.” “I moaned.” “I looked away.” The writing lacks subtlety, and if people were to behave this way in real life, they would look ridiculous as they’d be twitching all the time.

Verdict: Poor pacing, choppy phrasing, lack of sentence variety, an excess of run-ons. All crutches of an incompetent writer, and it was suffocating to read.

Lazy thing #2: Fuzzy plot and world-building.

I was aware going in that this was going to be aΒ Beauty and the BeastΒ retelling, but I got more Twilight vibes than anything else. Bestial love interest arrives in the nick of time to rescue a helpless heroine, heroine offers herself up to the villain to get bashed up in the process, she sheds her humanity and becomes immortal in the end, etcetera.

Now if this plot had been supported by any original elements, I would not have minded such familiar tropes. However, the world-building is vague and lazy, the plot meandered for the first 75% of this book, and there were so many ex-machinas that I was yawning.

Verdict: There are very few stakes or tension to this book contrary to what the hyperbolic prose and reactions of these characters are telling you, and I found it very difficult to visualize these settings beyond a few fuzzy, minimal details.

Annoying thing #3: Is Feyre arrogant, stupid, or suicidal?

All of the above. Feyre sees her father in the dead of night through the window, then follows him outside without any regard for the fact it might be a trick. Then immediately after being told not to go chasing after this all-knowing monster that no one’s managed to catch before (they all got shredded in the attempt), Feyre is arrogant enough to believe she can be the one to catch it. Which she does. Somehow. Ex-machina alert.

Also, Feyre is bewilderingly resistant to any modicum of wisdom or advice people have for her, and it got to the point where she was fighting everything: Tamlin would ask her politely to sit down, she’d cling to the walls. He’d ask her not to do something that’s dangerous, she’d go ahead and do it. Feyre refused to listen to anyone.

Verdict: Feyre came off looking stupid. Not because she throws herself into danger all the time, but because she never reflects on her mistakes. She blatantly disregards words of advice, and such arrogance was incredibly unattractive to me.

Sketchy thing #3: What the heck is Tamlin all about?

Many seem to regard Tamlin as this abusive rapist, but he never took it that far in my opinion. My issue with him is the fact that he never acknowledged Feyre’s suffering Under the Mountain. The first time that they see each other again, he has on this poker face as though he’s been brainwashed, yet he’s able to show initiative when he later tries to have sex with her. I don’t understand why he’s so blase about Feyre being in this degrading situation if he had the free will to at the very least protest it; it’s only after that she dies that he finds the rage in him to kill the villain, and that is RIDICULOUS.

Also, let’s talk about Tamlin’s questionable plan in the first place. He sits back for nearly 50 years, not doing a thing to get a human girl to come and live with him, yet his plan is for a servant to get killed on his behalf so he can come and claim the girl who shot him? Wow, such disregard for people who work for him…this was sketchy as hell.

Verdict: I don’t get Tamlin. Did the author actually intend for this guy to appear so stiff, wishy-washy, and manipulative? What in the world befuddled Feyre to go crazy over him? (Cough, Stockholm Syndrome! Cough, hormones!)

Ex-machina thing #4: The villain’s laughable incompetency.

The villain offers a riddle to Feyre that will free her if she solves it, but right from the first line of the riddle, it took me less than half a second to guess the answer: it was ridiculously obvious and cheesy to the point that it simply made me laugh.

Also, ex-machinas. There is a point in this book where the villain mistakes a girl (Claire) for Feyre and burns her alive, yet when the real Feyre arrives in front of her, the villain suddenly decides to give Feyre a sporting chance, and it made no sense. The villain had won everything at this point (power, Tamlin, etc.), so for her to put everything on the line with no payout whatsoever was one of this book’s greatest ex-machinas for me.

Not to mention, why the huge time gap between tasks? Didn’t the villain want to resolve this quickly? Did she want to give Feyre time to recover? Or was it just so we could squeeze another few sexually degrading scenarios out of Feyre? (Probably that.)

Verdict: You can see the hand of the author virtually paving the way for Feyre to succeed in this book. There is always a loophole or hot dude swooping in to save Feyre at the last minute, and never once did I feel fearful for her plight.

Cringeworthy thing #5: Let’s talk sex scenes.

“A brush of his tongue against the seam of my lips had me opening fully for him, and he swept in, claiming me, branding me.”

Now the one thing I respected about Feyre’s character was that she was sexually independent. She has casual sex in order to vent her frustrations, and I appreciated the message that girls shouldn’t feel ashamed about being in control of their sexuality.

Unfortunately, the portrayal of Tamlin and Feyre’s territorial dynamic largely negated this message for me. Role-playing a dominant-passive dynamic is perfectly acceptable in a consensual relationship, yet sentences like, “Tamlin growled his approval” during Feyre’s throes of passion or laying claim to her pleasure seemed counterproductive to the author’s attempt to make Feyre a sexually independent character.

Verdict: Feyre is presented as this strong and independent heroine, but something always manages to contradict it. Not to mention, the sex scenes are so ridiculously over-the-top, they could’ve fit right into a soft-core erotica slash porn.

Confusing thing #6: Oh, that oh-so-lovely mating ritual scene. Did Tamlin sexually assault Feyre, or was she baiting him?

β€œHe brought his lips to my ear. β€œI would have been gentle with you, though.” I shuddered as I closed my eyes. Every inch of my body went taut as his words echoed through me. β€œI would have had you moaning my name throughout it all. And I would have taken a very, very long time, Feyre.”

Let’s face it. Feyre was very hot and bothered by whom Tamlin was having sex with before immediately leaving the safety of her room despite explicit warnings to stay locked in that night, and this is one of the more serious subtext issues in this book: it looks like Feyre rationalized her reasons for leaving the safety of her room as β€œwanting to get a cookie” when in reality, she wanted a coy excuse to get laid by Tamlin.

Also, talk about mixed messages. Feyre moaning in ecstasy and rubbing up on Tamlin while he was “sexually assaulting” her? Sorry, but people do NOT get horny when they’re being subjected to unwilling groping, so it makes me hesitant to label this as sexual assault when Feyre arguably was enjoying the scenario (as screwed up as it was).

On the other hand,Β Tamlin had verbal indication from Feyre to back off. One could argue that he was under the influence of the ritual here, but considering that he had the consciousness to pull back with a warning that Feyre should heed his instructions next time, there was no excuse: Feyre might’ve secretly been enjoying his forcefulness, but Tamlin had no verbal indication of this, so he technically did sexually assault her.

Verdict: I feel like this scene can be argued as sexual assault, but also not, and that ambiguity makes me angry. The author is propagating the misconception that sexual assault is a gray area while making Feyre look like she was sending mixed signals as an excuse to get jumped by Tamlin, and that is problematic af.

Degrading thing #7: Rhy being a creep by drugging Feyre and taking advantage of her while she’s high. Ew, ew, ew.

Now this last point is something that is more of a contents issue rather than a technical issue, but I do feel compelled to include it here because Rhys forcing Feyre to take drugs, dressing her in skimpy clothing, painting her entire body, then parading her around like a hunk of meat to be ogled at actually made me feel rather sick to my stomach.

I mean, yes, one can argue that Feyre being taken advantage of is a realistic portrayal of this cruel world, but to me, it just felt like the author was trying to create more excuses to have Feyre sexually interact with more men for no good reason, and it felt gratuitous.

Verdict: The author constantly shoves Feyre into sexually degrading scenarios, and for a book that touts female badassery, it sure likes to humiliate and bring down a strong girl to where she’s eye candy for men and meat for them to conquer.

Bottom line: It’s soooo tone-deaf.

Most of this book’s plot is driven by the fact that the author has no idea what a strong heroine should entail. Sure, a girl should be confident, but that should not equate to being passive-aggressive or arrogant: Feyre behaves as though being self-sufficient means she has the right not to grow from her mistakes, and that really frustrated me.

Also, the most sexually degrading scenes in this book are so non-committal to portraying how horrible they are that it leads me to believe the author is writing with the intention of wish fulfillment, a fantasization slash romanticization of erotica. None of these characters are realistic in any way, and thus it is impossible for me to hold any of these problematic factors to a standard where I can even begin a serious discussion about it.

Simply put, this book is so laughably incompetent, I can’t take it seriously. *mic drop*

***Ahem, hi. Thanks for reading. I’ve snapped out of my rage blogging now, so if you were by any chance offended by this review…don’t kill me. πŸ˜› I respect people enjoyment of books, and if you liked this one, I don’t blame you. It’s very addicting, and I inhale-read it too.

***Also to be fair, I did like Lucien and Nesta. They seemed more realistic and nuanced than the rest, and I found myself being able to breathe whenever they entered the scene.

***Lastly, my review of ACOMAF is coming pretty soon, so…hold on to your knickers.


  1. I actually really love this series, but I find your points fair. I think this book is by far the weakest in the trilogy, so I’d be curious to hear your thoughts on ACOMAF. πŸ™‚ Great review!

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    1. I do agree ACOMAF is a much better read (though I did have my issues with it haha) and this one IS the weakest in the trilogy, so I totally don’t blame you for loving this series! Thanks for letting me know! It means a lot that someone who has a different take from me didn’t find my review offensive. πŸ˜‰ Cheers!

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  2. AMAZING review!!! I have zero plans to read this series anytime soon, so I always jump at the chance to read a ranty spoiler review haha. I’m curious to see your thoughts on ACOMAF considering it has such a high rating on Goodreads! Happy reading XD

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    1. Hehe I’m always obliged! I have so many rants lined up at the moment, I don’t know how to schedule them lol πŸ˜‚ And thank you so much! I personally had some major issues with ACOMAF as well (not as big as this one though) so hopefully I spill some more delicious tea for you. πŸ˜‰ Thanks for reading lovely! ❀

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  3. All your pointers are…on point! When I first read this book, I enjoyed it. (I was still pretty young and naive to all the intense topics being dealt here). But more recently when I reread the books for ACOWAR, I couldn’t get over all the problems in them that were brushed over. Like that whole mating ritual scene with Tamlin and Feyre made ZERO sense to me. Everything was so weird and it seemed forced, but at the same time Feyre was okay with it? The author really messed up on that one. Plus the whole business with Rhysand treating Feyre like literal trash, and then there being barely any mention about it in the sequel…πŸ€” I’m excited for your ACOMAF review!

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    1. I know, right?! The whole mating ritual was weird and sexual af, and Rhys’ treatment of Feyre was sooo demeaning; blurrrrgh, I still can’t get the disturbing imagery out of my head. And I agree about things being forced! The author reallly seems to like tackling problematic scenarios, and I’m just not a fan of her work in that aspect. *shudders*

      Thanks Ashley! I totally wouldn’t have been able to catch the problematic scenarios either as a teen, but I’m glad we agree on this book now. πŸ˜‰ Cheers lovely! ❀

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  4. WOW WOW WOW! I LOVE THIS REVIEW SO MUCH! Okay, I won’t lie, I really like this series… but I agree with every. single. thing. you’ve said here. I don’t know what that says about my liking this series though because all I could do while reading this was nod along vehemently and wonder why exactly I liked the books.


    1. Aww, thank you so much! I’m so happy you liked this review because I was kinda scared that I would end up offending somebody along the way! Though for reals, there’s no need to feel bad about liking this series either. I think it’s a really addicting read (I mean, I myself read them sooo fast because they were soooo fascinating), so I absolutely understand why you love ’em. πŸ˜‰ Thanks for dropping by dear, and cheers! ❀

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  5. I love how although I love this series, I agree with everything you said. It feels like my eyes have been opened and I can’t believe I never noticed it before. Great review! πŸ€—

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      1. Of course, it’s your opinion and tbh slowly in low key over sjm. I really do not care all that much for kingdom of Ash because I know only the last 200 pages are going to be important but I will have to read like 800 pages before I get to the last 200 and I’m not amused πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ€—

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  6. I love me a good ranting review and boy was this a good ranting review! I’ve never read the book but I always had a feeling in my stomach that I wouldn’t like it and your amazing detailed, well thought out, and witty review definitely cemented that for me.

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    1. Haha I think I specialize in rants. I hold back on my blog just because nobody likes excessive negativity, but if I had it my way, I’d stick to rants only. πŸ˜‚ Thank you so much! ❀

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  7. Since you mentioned this, I’ve been waiting for this post! You put every so nicely. Totally agree! SJMs writing style is definitely hard for me to get through and yes! Feyre just never listened to anyone at ALL and don’t get me started on that mating scene agh. Fantastic post!

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  8. I have to say thank you for the upfront and brutally honest review, which makes me think that this YA offering is nothing more than fantasy porn on the part of the author, window dressed as a novel.

    50 shades of crap!

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    1. It’s a very dramatic read and I did fall for it. Mostly for the cheap thrills’ aspects of it. I totally agree with all of these points though. Some of them did get addressed in book 2 but then book 3 was even worse than book 1 and I just had to give up half way through it.
      Totally agree that it’s borderline erotica, I just cannot comprehend how this can be classified as YA… as the only ‘young’ thing about it is Feyre’s age..

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  9. I agree with you 100% and commend you for stating outright how you feel. This series I think gathers a lot of opinion and a lot of discussion. There are those that are measured and can say ‘I like it despite of XYZ’ and there are those that say ‘I don’t like it because of XYZ’ and I’m all for people having their own likes and dislikes.

    I’m not such a fan of those who hate on the author and the fans and I’m not such a fan of those who are part of the larger ‘rabid’ fandom of this book who will not allow any critique (even constructive) to come its way. I haven’t seen that much on WordPress but Tumblr and Twitter seem to be a buzzing hive of that activity.

    I have such issues with this book/ the series for so many reasons and yet I enjoy some of the characters. I am oddly a fan of Nesta but that’s because I think she has potential and the way the writer has pushed Feyre/ Rhys into the narrative as a ‘perfect’ couple has made them obnoxious and false.

    I’ll try and keep it brief but I fear I’ll fail!

    Agree with the over the top prose – the grammar is awful and the editing is non existent. Especially in the later books. I think the publisher gave the author free reign but boy the books could do with some editing and trimming down. Not just because of the largely irrelevant content but because the sentence structure is *appalling.* Why so many sentence fragments? Why so many ellipses? Why missing question marks?! Poor writing.

    The writing quality has also decreased as the series continues but I partly wonder if that’s because the publishers are setting deadlines that the writer has to adhere to. I’m not sure of the specifics on that one but surely quality is supposed to get better when an author writes more?!

    World building – what is that? Don’t even get me started on the potential racist elements that crop up in the later books with the Illyrian’s and the King of Hybern. There is the reduction of the villain to the Irish insert character and are over-sexualising/ fetishizing the characters that are supposed to be men of colour. Who are also a ‘barbarian’ race btw.

    There is also so much toxic masculinity and fake feminism here that it makes my teeth hurt. Feyre is a window to Rhys and nothing more. Feyre gains her power, not through her own agency, but because Rhys deems it so. She is High Lady because Rhys wants her as high lady. Rhys is apparently so feminist.

    Ok, I’m going to go off one there. Rhys twists the bone in Feyre’s arm. Rhys has sex with Feyre (later books) in a space designed for female rape survivors. Rhys handwaves / doesn’t stop the wing mutilation of the female Illyrian’s. Rhys likes Elain because ‘Elain is Elain’ (ACOFAS) i.e. she fits a ‘typical role of femininity’ while in the same book he tries to dominate Nesta with his power -and enjoys it- because Nesta doesn’t fit their criteria of what is acceptable behaviour. Rhys overrules Mor in what is *her* position of power and invites her abusers into what is her safe space. But sure, he’s #boyfriend goals.

    The female villains are never allowed to be redeemed (and they shouldn’t be because their actions are questionable and horrific) but for some reason the male villains are (Eris for example).

    I also have so many things to say about the ‘sex positivity’ message and how this has gotten skewed during the course of these books but I feel a bit bad because I have already taken up so much space to rant in your comments so I’ll bow out now. But rest assured, I have things to say on that too πŸ˜›

    I love your post by the way. Just in case I didn’t make that clear!

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    1. Whew, your comment is freaking amazing. Hands down, best comment I’ve ever gotten on my blog.

      I absolutely agree with you! I actually like Nesta for how bitchy she is because she plays that part convincingly; the others are either waaaay too perfect or waaaay too flawed, a point that really sours my conviction in their believability, and it’s something I’ll be strongly emphasizing in my upcoming ACOMAF review.

      Also yes, the prose! I have never seen such atrociously crafted sentences before. Like, would you believe me if I told you that I felt physically suffocated from how bad it was? My breaths were coming in short intervals, no exaggeration, no lie! I have NEVER had this happen to me with any other book, even Caraval.

      As for world-building, I think I didn’t pay enough attention to it to notice specific details (I zoomed through the descriptions as I didn’t think it was good enough to warrant noticing lol), but I totally get the problems you’re describing. Colored people do tend to be over-sexualized in books and movies (more curves and skin shown) and they ARE always the barbarians (Lord of the Rings comes to mind), so I agree with there’s implicit racism here.

      And do NOT get me started on the toxic masculinity/fake feminism/sex positivity thing. I’m mentioning this in my ACOWAR review, but there’s a scene where Tamlin calls Feyre a whore or something, and Rhys snarls at him not to talk to her like while Feyre stands meekly behind him. This totally plays into your point of how Feyre gains her strength not through her own means, but through Rhys. It’s something that realllly bothered me, and it’s why I find it so incredibly hard to call Sarah J. Maas a “feminist” author when she’s arguably the opposite.

      By the way, I really hope you write a review of your own sometime. You make so many better points than me here, and I love how you’re able to pinpoint these things so well. I mean, I skim-read most of these books, so I’d totally be down for a rant that can inform me precisely why I should hate this series even more. πŸ˜‰

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      1. Well I love your comment on my comment! I’m very much looking forward to what you have to say on ACOWAR!

        I just feel like my rant would be mainly bashing my fists against my keyboard and then having to spring for a new laptop!

        I agree, Sarah J Maas is not a feminist author. There is a lot of content in the books that makes me think she has a lot of internalised sexism but that she isn’t aware that she has. She wouldn’t be the only person and I often have to check myself as well when I find myself thinking along certain lines. It’s just such a shame that these books are marketed and read by teenage girls because I want to cry when I see things like ‘Rhys is #boyfriend goals’ because he isn’t. He just… isn’t.

        There is nothing wrong with a female character having a love interest and I don’t think it diminishes the character in anyway but Feyre has NO agency at all. Her whole centre of being is around Tamlin or Rhys and those female characters who are not centred around a male are vilified – both by the hard core fans and by the narrative. Case in point – Nesta. Who needs to be rescued and put into another story immediately!

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        1. I agree, Feyre’s narrative is largely about which guy she’s interacting with, and she has absolutely no agency (or at least, none that she’s gained on her own). And it’s an excellent point you bring up about female characters being vilified if they’re not centered around a guy, i.e. Nesta; I never realized that particular point, so I’m glad you brought that to my attention!

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  10. Omigosh this is wonderful. I read this book in a haze, and I remember literally having to put it aside because I couldn’t deal. I think I would have a lot of the same thoughts after going back to do this. Definitely gives me a plan to never reread this book ever again or perhaps not in the near future? But wonderful review (and so much agreement about the villain)!

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    1. Haha I had a feeling you wouldn’t be a fan of this book either, judging by your book tastes. πŸ˜‰ And yeah, I don’t think it’s worth a re-read at all! I mean, unless you wanna continue the series (have you read the sequel?) which I overall wasn’t a fan of.

      But yeah, thank you for your sweet comment! I’m glad you agree about the villain; she was a bit of an idiot, wasn’t she? lol πŸ˜›

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      1. I actually have read the entire series, and while I did like the second book far more, again, not entirely sure how it would stand up with the test of time. It was far better than the first one, but book 3 and the 3.5 book are a messssssssssss. But book 2 did bring it up for me.

        And omg, she was. Sorry you had to endure through it!

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        1. I agree. I had issues with the second book, but technically, it was waaaay better than the first, so I was somewhat willing to forgive the series…but then the third book came along. Whew, what a disaster. πŸ˜‚ I’ve officially given up on Maas at this point, so I won’t even TRY to brave 3.5. However, I can imagine how bad it is considering even her hardcore fans weren’t happy with it lol.

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          1. Omg, YES. I thougt the second book had redeemed the series, and like, you can only go up, right? But noooooooo. I have the first book in the Throne of Glass series, so I’m going to try that just because I bought it, but I think I’m with you in giving her up. But yeah, 3.5 was the most pointless thing I’ve read in a LONG time.

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            1. This is just a theory, but I think that book 2 was a lot better just because book 1 was suuuuch a mess. The author was more careful thinking about what she was putting in book 2, but after its success, I think she got complacent again with book 3. *sighs judgingly* Anywho, best of luck with Throne of Glass! I didn’t like that series either, but SJM’s books always do offer good entertainment, so I hope you enjoy it! πŸ˜‰

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              1. Ahahahaha it just got better and better with each comparison of the first book. XD And that really makes so much sense for book 3. With the success of 1 and 2, she kind of just did basics and mind numbingness. And lol I’m really not holding much hope but I just need to get through the first one since I spent the money, lol.


    1. Aww thank you so much! ❀ But I would say…probably not? I have such passionate dislike for this book that the words just flowed out of me, but the review HAS been in the works for half a year and it took a lot out of me lol. I do dislike the second and third books, but not to the extent that I'd go into such a rampage over it as I did with this. Truthfully, my reviews for the sequels likely aren't going to be nearly as coherent, so do brace yourself for disappointment. πŸ˜‰


      1. Half a year? That is definitely a process! I think my greatest question comes from the fact that people had huge issues with book one (which you echoed) … but then maaaanyy go on to give the second book five stars. I need to understand this!

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        1. Haha yeah, most of my reviews at least take a month to write, and this one was definitely the longest process. πŸ˜‚ And I know, right? I do think that the concept of redemption is fine (like the character of Rhys in ACOMAF), but the way the author went about it was so…weird. It’s like she wanted to completely erase Rhy’s cruelty from the first book, and to me, that’s not redemption at all; it’s just an excuse for Feyre to be able to make out with him without fans getting all angry about it. πŸ˜‚

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  11. I love the series.. it’s one of the few things we disagree on.. not that I necessarily disagree with your points more that i know they are true and i also know I will sometimes love a book just for the pure escapism of it. I can ignore all the issues and be happy in oblivion, but this review gave me a good laugh!

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    1. Oh em gee, I can’t believe I missed your comment! I am so sorry not to reply back; I literally had a ton of comments to wade through at the time, so I must’ve missed yours. 😭😭

      And hey, I am totally with you! I think if I’d read this series on a day where I didn’t give a crap about technical execution or subtext (it happens), I would’ve enjoyed this series a LOT. I mean, I am very good at DNFing series I don’t like, but this one was such a wild ride that I inhaled this and ACOMAF in the same day despite the fact that I was boiling over with rage. πŸ˜‚ I’m uber happy that you enjoyed this rant btw; I enjoy making people laugh as I have absolutely no sense of humor lol.

      By the way, I hope you are doing well. I’ve been very busy with a move in the past month, so I haven’t been able to blog or check out anybody’s posts in that time. Hopefully your dad is doing well too? Cheers love! ❀

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  12. Yes!! Yes to everything you said!!! This is a series that I have had a lot of problems with in the past. Same with her Throne of Glass series although I have to admit, I did enjoy (some) of those books. But, back to this series. I have so many issues with this book! I also didn’t like the second one, which everyone always absolutely raves about. I don’t think Rhys is sexy, or a perfect mate, or even a good person. He does so many sketchy things and I hate that in the YA community he’s now become this standard for the perfect partner. Also the fact that the main reason he looks so perfect is because the author basically turned Tamilin into a monster in book two. And you’re so right, so much of the plot is kind of dumb. And Fyre always acting like she’s being strong and independent by not listening to what men have to say, is really just her being dumb. Tamlin warned her so many times about the danger around her and she just kept on going! I was so annoyed by her, especially in book three. She spends the first 100+ or so pages being smug and thinking she’s fooling everyone when really, she’s the one being played. Overall, I loved this post, you are 100% right about everything, and I’m glad someone put all of this into words. (Sorry for the long comment…)

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    1. Haha thank you so much! I’m so glad you enjoyed this post!

      And yep, I absolutely agree about what you said about Rhys; I’ll be ranting more about this in my ACOMAF review, but the big reason why I didn’t like the Rhys-Feyre ship was because the author turns Tamlin into a monster just to make Rhys look good in comparison. I mean, it’s so manipulative! And as for Feyre, whew…I could’ve pushed her off a cliff. She was so sure about her own awesomeness, I would not have been unhappy if she’d got eaten by a monster. Wow, I really hated this girl.πŸ˜‚


  13. I loved this review! I swore off Sarah J. Maas after the mess that was Throne of Glass, but I want to write a great negative review about this one now too πŸ˜‚ And it seems like writing a supposed strong female lead and then negating in the text is just how the author writes her characters. Fantastic review!

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    1. Thank you so much! Oof, I should’ve sworn off SJM after Throne of Glass too (I hate-read that entire series so fast) but curiosity got the better of me. *sighs* Her writing is just atrocious, but it sure is addictive…

      You should totally do a review on this series btw! I find your reviews very articulate, and I’d totally be down for a negative review if you ever decided to aim for it. πŸ˜‰

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    1. Haha like I said, curiosity got the better of me. I’m pretty good at spending my time wisely, but sometimes, I do make questionable choices that in hindsight… πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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  14. Another well articulated review, so many great points.❀

    Maas knows how to draw her readers in as she is dramatic as hell and stuff happens all the time. But it’s all cheap thrills, there is no messages, the writing is over the top and there are many questionable aspects of what message is this book trying to convey.
    I have a love hate relationship with her books. I always read them so quickly, enjoy them, then actually think about what I just read and get angry… πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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    1. Same here! They make my blood boil, and yet I continue reading them. In that, I don’t think anyone can be blamed for enjoying Maas’ books because they’re so entertaining. Like, I loathed the first book, but I still went on to read the rest of the series, which I NEVER (as in EVER) do. Maas sure knows how to make even haters like me want to read her books, which might be genius in of itself. πŸ˜‚

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  15. Brilliant review! While I didn’t mind the prose overall, I do agree that it was poorly paced. And yeah I definitely thought the world building was fuzzy and lazy. I really disliked Feyre as well. And yeah it was wayyyy too easy to see how Feyre could get round the villain’s plan, cos the villain was just completely incompetent. And the sex scenes were… yeesh. And there were just so many ugh moments.

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    1. Oh wow, I’m getting to the comments late. Thank you so much! Yes, I think the prose doesn’t seem to bother most people, but the pacing was so bad. And everything else you mentioned…oy, this book is infamous for being the one I threw at the wall. πŸ˜‚ Thanks love!


  16. I can’t believe how much I liked the first two books the first time I read them because on reread everything you said was glaringly obvious. I think because they’re such addictive reads, it’s easy to get caught up and not think critically. But when you already know what’s coming, the rose-colored glasses suddenly come off. I went from being a huge SJM fan to not liking her books at all and it’s all because I reread them.

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    1. That’s exactly it! The author presents such intriguing plot points in the moment that you’re more preoccupied with finding out what happens next rather than critically breaking the execution down. Which is totally fair! I do that all the time, and it’s only upon re-reading that you find that something wasn’t great in the first place.

      Btw, and I don’t want to be spiteful or petty by saying that I’m glad you’re not supporting the author anymore, but…I’m glad haha. πŸ˜‰ Thank you for your lovely comment!


  17. Agreed! It’s the typical hero’s journey too – girl enters new world, flees, returns, 3 trials, and voila. Didn’t love the characterisation or description but was interested enough in Prythian’s mechanics to get through it.
    Read a few reviews on the series and guess what – Tamlin is villainised in book 3 while Rhysand is suddenly prince charming. Hate when authors make characters do things that are out of character, unbelievable, and with no build-up. And are we supposed to forgive Rhysand now? Hm, not going to continue with the series to find out.

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    1. Oh man, I hated that villainization of Tamlin in Book 2 and 3 too! It made no sense considering that his behavior was romanticized in book 1, but the author is now trying to convince the reader that it’s abusive (which it is, but what an abrupt switch up). Truly no buildup as you say.


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