My Short and Sweet Thoughts on ACOTAR and ACOMAF by Sarah J Maas (because pretty much everyone else has read them!)

February 16, 2017 // Posted by Becca in Reviews // 9 Comments

I decided near the end of last year that I was not going to wait anymore to read this amazing series so it was on my 2017 to DEFINITELY Read list and I did not waste anytime! As I read I switched back and forth between the Audio and the physical books, but honestly I mostly listened to the Audio. It seems to be the only way that I get any books read these days! I know that A LOT of readers have already read these so I am not going to do a long, in depth review of either book. But I am going to share some of my thoughts about this awesome series 🙂

My Short and Sweet Thoughts on ACOTAR and ACOMAF by Sarah J Maas (because pretty much everyone else has read them!)A Court of Thorns and Roses
by Sarah J. Maas
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1
Release Date: May 5th 2015
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Narrator: Jennifer Ikeada
Length: 16 Hours 7 Minutes
Genres: Fantasy, Romance
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
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One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star

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.

becca chats

“Be glad of your human heart, Feyre. Pity those who don’t feel anything at all.”

I went into A Court of Thorns and Roses a bit apprehensive.  A lot of people had told me that they didn’t like this one nearly as much as the second, so I tried my best to go in with an open mind. I have to say that I actually loved ACOTAR, yes it did take a bit to build for me and I was really waiting for the action throughout the first half of the book, but as I have said in the past, I expect that with Fantasy and don’t usually get held up with world building impatience.

Let’s start with Feyre… she was fascinating! I pretty much loved her from the start! She was a strong woman, a provider for her family and I really admired her. I loathed her family, I couldn’t believe how selfish they all were (well except Elaine her younger sister). I loved the take on the Beauty and the Beast retelling and I was totally captivated about it when the “beast” came to take her back to Prythian the Land of the Fae.

Onto Tamilin “rolls eyes* I just didn’t like hum… at all! I tried, I tried to give him a chance but a lot of things kept holding me back and unfortunately one of them was that SO MANY people had been talking about Rhysand that I found myself just waiting for him to appear. Poor chauvinistic, primitive Tamlin didn’t even have a chance in my eyes! I did however adore Lucien! He was my favorite part of the Spring Court.

The time spent in Amarantha’s Court was the most fast paced and fascinating part of the book and I loved every second! Well because first of all Rhys 😉 He was so complex and I loved trying to figure him out! Amarantha was the perfect villain and I was so fueled by hatred of her the entire second half! The trials that Feyre went through were so intriguing and really kept me on my toes! Tamlin proved his worth by becoming a cowardly sad sack and any hope I had for redemption was lost.

At the end I was stunned at what I had read and all that Feyre had went through. I immediately dove into the second book because I had to see what happened next!

“I love you,’ he whispered, and kissed my brow. ‘Thorns and all.”


A Court of Mist and Fury
by Sarah J. Maas
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses,
Release Date: May 3rd 2016
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Narrator: Jennifer Ikeada
Length: 23 Hours 16 Minutes
Genres: Fantasy, Romance
Format: Audiobook, Hardcover
Source: Purchased
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One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

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.
With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas's masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.

becca chats

“I was not a pet, not a doll, not an animal.
I was a survivor, and I was strong.
I would not be weak, or helpless again
I would not, could not be broken. Tamed.”

I dove into A Court of Mist and Fury immediately after I finished ACOTAR, admittedly because I needed more Rhysand. I seriously just wanted Tamlin to go away! But I was happy to have the time with Lucien again 🙂

Tamlin’s actions toward Feyre were deplorable and if I though he was chauvinistic and primitive in ACOTAR he was SO MUCH worse in ACOMAF! I seriously wanted to slap him myself! I remember begging Rhysand to come to the rescue, I knew Feyre had to get away from him!

Please keep in mind through this next part that I was already FULLY aware of the relationship between Feyre and Rhysand because I had seen to many spoilers to count. I will not “spoil” ACOMAF for those who haven’t read it, but I will talk about their relationship. I love that Mass didn’t rush into the romance between Feyre and Rhysand, she took the time to develop the trust, comfort and feelings first and although I was a bit impatient at times (because of ALL the hype) I loved how she took her time with it. So my advice, be patient and enjoy the ride because OH BOY does it pay off! THE FEELS!!

I fell in love with these characters so much! Rhysand’s “inner circle” Cassian, Mor, Azriel and Amren totally stolemy heart! Also, somehow Feure’s family redeemed themselves in many ways and I actually began to like Nesta in this one!

This book was long, but I loved the story line and the adventure we were on. Learning about the Night Court and Velaris, the struggles of the Feye lands, the fear of harm to the mortal world. Maas kept me completely entertained and invested in the story constantly wondering what would happen next!

The ending had me gasping for breath in shock of everything that had happened and in awe of the brilliance that is Mass’ writing and the wonder of what was going to come next! There are so many things that I CANNOT WAIT for! View Spoiler »

“To the people who look at the stars and wish, Rhys.”
Rhys clinked his glass against mine. “To the stars who listen— and the dreams that are answered.”


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What did you think of ACOTAR and ACOMAF?

Which book was your favorite?

Did you ever like Tamlin?




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  • bookbunny68

    I love the short thoughts. Sometimes reviews get too long and it seems like you’ve read the book. I was unsure if I would read this series or not but I think after reading your post I will.

    • LostinLit Becca

      Thank you! I love the short and sweet reviews too!

  • I haven’t read this series yet, but I plan on reading all three when the third comes out for a back to back read – as per the usual in my book-reading habits. I read her ToG series and loved those books.
    Rebecca @ The Portsmouth Review
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    • LostinLit Becca

      I really hope that you enjoy them all!

  • Michelle

    So glad you loved these! I can’t WAIT For book 3 😀 I love love LOVED Rhysand! And the Night Court literally took my breath away. My favorite part of ACOMAF, though, was the emotional journey that Feyre and Rhysand underwent together. I thought the progression was beautifully handled, and I liked that even though this had one hell of an impactful ending we still got some sense of emotional resolution. Great review!

    • LostinLit Becca

      I couldn’t agree more! I cannot wait for ACOWAR!

  • Julija

    Tamlin was one of the reasons I didn’t love the first book that much. Well, him and the lack of action you mentioned. Tamlin and his relationship with Feyre were just so… not exactly boring, but definitely lacking sparks. After ACOMAF… I pretty much consider ACOTAR to be the world’s longest prologue, haha. A sort of preparation for Rhysand. Because cauldron knows that fae is potentially deadly if you’re not ready for him. I, too, cannot wait for the next book!

    • LostinLit Becca

      HAHAHA world’s longest prologue! That is too funny!

  • Yomna Mahmoud

    I was ashamedly in LOVE with Tamlin! I don’t know what was wrong with my brain!