A Court of Thorns and Roses + A Court of Mist and Fury Re-Read Event!

It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Sarah J. Maas’s books but the A Court of Thorns and Roses series has an especially strong hold on my heart.  I immediately fell in love with the characters and the story, even more quickly then I came love Throne of Glass and I count it among my favorite series of all time (it’s probably tied for third with The Raven Cycle, right after Harry Potter and The Kingkiller Chronicles).  During this year’s LoveAThon, Alexa of Alexa Loves Books, Cristina of Girl in the Pages and I found ourselves gushing about our love of Prythian and we decided that an ACOTAR re-read must be in order prior to the release of ACOWAR.  And since we know how much we love the series, we assumed there would be other readers in the same boat as us so we wanted to open up our buddy read to all who are interested in participating!

This post is an introduction / invitation detailing the event!  Below you’ll find our reading schedule and the dates for our wrap up posts for both books (each of which will include a giveaway). We’ll be using the hashtag #acotarSR on all social media when talking about our feels, posting photos and the like (but please be mindful of spoilers for those who have yet to discover the magic!).

READING SCHEDULE

A Court of Thorns and Roses

March 13-19: Chapters 1-15

March 20-26: Chapters 16-30

March 27-April 3: Chapters 31-46

 

A Court of Mist and Fury

April 3-9Part One: The House of Beasts

April 10-20Part Two: The House of Wind

April 21-May 1Part Three: The House of Mist

 

POST SCHEDULE

A Court of Thorns and Roses Wrap-up Post + Giveaway: April 4

A Court of Mist and Fury Wrap-up Post + Giveaway: May 2

And that’s all folks!  We wanted to keep this re-read casual and low stress since we’re mostly doing this because we want to re-read these books before A Court of Wings and Ruin and we know how busy everyone’s schedules are (including our own)! Happy rereading!

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Kristin

Spines With Wines: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

This month’s (belated – we know, we know) episode of Spines With Wines, Cassie, Melissa and I discussed A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas which is the second book in the A Court of Thorns and Roses series and is all of our favorite book of the year so far.  Seriously, it’s gold.  If you’ve read it and it’s predecessor, you should watch our live show so you can gush about ships with us!

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Tea & Book Chat: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2)

**Warning! If you haven’t read A Court of Thorns and Roses which is the first book in the trilogy by Sarah J. Maas, there will be spoilers ahead.  You can read my review of the first book instead if you haven’t started the series yet!**

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas is the second book in the A Court of Thorns and Roses trilogy and it was my most anticipated read of 2016.  I can also confidently state that it will be my favorite book of the year (despite the fact that it’s only May and we still have 7 more months of reading to go – The Raven King is a very close second).  I know that most people seem to either love or hate SJM and these books but I fall on the former side.  I didn’t think I could possibly love one of her books more than I loved ACOTAR but alas, A Court of Mist and Fury proved me very wrong.  The number of emotions I felt so intensely while reading this book left me one of the biggest book hangovers I’ve ever experienced (to the point where it’s been a week and I am still not finished with the book I picked up next which should’ve taken 2-3 days to complete).  Everything in A Court of Mist and Fury shifts and the love interest I was rooting for becomes the main character I felt he was destined to be so to simply say I loved it is something of an understatement.

A Court of Mist and Fury picks up after the events that occurred Under the Mountain with a very broken Feyre existing alongside Tamlin in his Spring Court.  It’s clear that the traumatic experience effected everyone in a different way and I loved that Feyre did not just completely revert back to normal.  As a result of her time being tortured by Aramantha, Feyre evolves into a much stronger character than we see in the first book.  She is no longer willing to be controlled and caged by Tamiln despite his promise of protection.  I had picked up on hints of this behavior while reading ACOTAR and I have been solidly on Team Rhys since the ending so this book was pretty much everything to me.  (please note, ACOMAF includes some of the steamiest scenes I’ve ever read and they are so so perfect)  I have to say that I was not expecting to fall in love with all of the members in Rhysand’s court but I could not imagine a better band of characters.  Their group dynamic is something I live for in books and I wish I could sign up to be part of their team.  One character disappointment is the path the Lucien ended up on.  He saw everything that was happening to Feyre and all of the signs that she was unwell and unhappy and chose to ignore them.  He has a lot to make up for in book three.  We also get to see more of Feyre’s human sisters which was a pleasant surprise.

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Now for the worldbuilding! We spend the majority of A Court of Mist and Fury in the Night Court and it sounds incredibly breathtaking.  You may remember that Amarantha had modeled Under the Mountain after Rhysand’s Court of Nightmares but it turns out that there is much more than meets the eye.  I wish I could go for a stroll through the  streets of the court during the night when it is intended to be viewed.  The descriptions were breathtaking and I can’t wait to revisit them in the future.  We also get to see the Summer Court which I enjoyed as well.  I’m glad that we’re getting to branch out and explore much more of the Fey world than we were given the opportunity to see in ACOTAR.  I also love seeing the different types of powers each High Lord wields and how it relates to their domain.  At 640 pages, I felt like ACOMAF could have double in size and I wouldn’t have wanted a single detail cut.  I can only hope that the final book will be well over 1,000 pages!

Final Thoughts:  A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas is the outstanding second book in the A Court of Thorns and Roses trilogy.  I’m sure you’re familiar with second book slump when reading a series and I am thrilled to say that ACOMAF is the complete opposite.  It’s like, a second book spectacular.  Feyre and Rhysand’s character development hits new heights in this book and readers are delighted with the opportunity to explore more of the Fey world.  The stakes are still high despite Amarantha’s demise in ACOTAR and all of the events that occur will play with your emotions until you feel like you have nothing left to give.  Some breaks may even be needed while reading because woah.  My verdict: Read it. Then re-read it. Then repeat.

Rating 6

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. (via Goodreads)

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Tea & Book Chat: The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass #0.1 – #0.5)

The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas is a bind up of the five prequel novellas (The Assassin and the Pirate Lord, The Assassin and the Healer, The Assassin and the Desert, The Assassin and the Underworld and The Assassin and the Empire)  leading up to the events in Throne of Glass.  Overall I really enjoyed this collection and the insight it allowed into Celaena’s past.  Many of these events are casually mentioned throughout the books I’ve read (I’m currently up to Queen of Shadows and I was told to read the novellas prior to starting the fourth book) but I wanted to have a fuller understanding of everything before we get to the final two books.  There were definitely some novellas that I liked better than others and I was surprised that I didn’t like Celaena as much in certain stories as I do in the Throne of Glass series as a whole.  She’s very arrogant and a bit less likable but I appreciated seeing her past and the events that have slightly humbled her.

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The Assassin and the Pirate Lord

I love pirates so I knew going in that this would be a story for me.  In The Assassin and the Pirate Lord we really see the initial seeds of friendship and more between Celaena and Sam.  Their personal morals and the decisions they had to make played a huge role in why I enjoyed this tale so much.

Rating 5

The Assassin and the Healer

This was my least favorite of the novellas but by no means was it dissatisfying.  It shows another side of Celaena (sadly there’s no Sam) and how she cannot avoid helping innocent people.

Rating 3

The Assassin and the Desert

This is one of my favorite of the novellas.  Arobynn forces Celaena to leave Rifthold and travel to the Red Desert where she is to be trained by and get a letter of approval from the Mute Master who is sort like an Arobynn from the South.  Celaena is befriended by another female assassin in this story, her patience is majorly tested by the Mute Master, and she undergoes some unconventional training.  And there’s this one scene on horses that was such an excitement to read!

Rating 6

The Assassin and the Underworld

This novella was probably my second least favorite.  I loved that Celaena and Sam teamed up together and again, there’s a lot of growth between their characters but the ending is not my favorite.  I think Celaena should’ve known better at this point considering what a top notch assassin we are always reminded that she is.  I can’t say I ever liked Arobynn but this story really just put my loathing for him over the edge.

Rating 3

The Assassin and the Empire

This is the story. The one where the thing happens that’s talked about all the time in Throne of Glass. My heart shattered into a million pieces while reading this one.  SJ Maas, you are cruel.

Rating 5

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Waiting on Wednesday: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly series hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases we’re eagerly awaiting.  This week I’m choosing A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas.  Last week, Bloomsbury treated us to the long awaited ACOMAF cover reveal and I and completely thrilled with the new design.  We get to see a bit more of Feyre’s face, but it’s her intricate outfit, the gorgeous shade of blue and of course the hand tattoo (which if you’ve read A Court of Thorns and Roses you’ll know how that got there!).  This is probably the first time that I’ve ever loved a U.S. cover more than a U.K. cover which is also a huge deal.  The U.S. cover has some of the buildings from the court in the distance, the stone archway and visible mist while the U.K. cover is more plain but it does keep the thorns instead of mist.  A Court of Mist and Fury is definitely in my top 3 most anticipated releases of 2016 and I’m dying to find out what’s next for the characters I fell in love with last May.  I’m also really excited that ACOMAF is 624 pages.  I would honestly love if it were thousands of pages long!

A Court of Mist and Fury

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. (via Goodreads)

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BookTube: T5W: Top 5 Authors I Discovered This Year

This weeks Top 5 Wednesday topic is the Top 5 Authors I Discovered This Year.  So they’re not necessarily new authors, but they’re new to me! I had so much fun going through my list and seeing which authors I just started reading this year.  What are your favorite new to you authors?

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Kristin

Waiting on Wednesday: Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4) by Sarah J. Maas

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases we’re eagerly anticipating.  This week I’m choosing Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas which is the fourth book in Throne of Glass series.  I’ve just caught up on the series and read book three, Heir of Fire.  I waited until closer to the Queen of Shadows release so I wouldn’t have to wait as long between books (although, since it’s a 6 book series, I will have a lot more waiting ahead of me).  The second book, Crown of Midnight, broke me and I knew I wouldn’t be able to handle it again so I’m considering re-reading the series each year before the new book is released.  The only other series I’ve done that with is Harry Potter. Seriously, it’s that good.

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Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past . . .

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die just to see her again. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.

Celaena’s epic journey has captured the hearts and imaginations of millions across the globe. This fourth volume will hold readers rapt as Celaena’s story builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world. (via Goodreads)

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Kristin

BookTube: A Court of Thorns and Roses DIY Nail Art With Melissa Grey

Melissa Grey and I have teamed up again to bring you some DIY nail art for one of our favorite books of 2015, A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas!  ACOTAR is a fairytale retelling of Beauty and the Beast mixed with Tamlin (which is even the lead male characters name).  You can read my full review for A Court of Thorns and Roses here.  I am one of those people that is totally guilty of judging books by their covers so before I even had an inkling of the plot synopsis, I knew I needed ACOTAR because 1) Sarah J. Maas is AMAZING and I am obsessed with her Throne of Glass series and 2) the cover of ACOTAR is absolutely GORGEOUS.  If you follow Melissa and I’s tutorial, please tweet us photos of your nails because we would love to see them!

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Tea & Book Chat: A Court of Thorns and Roses By Sarah J. Maas (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1)

I was lucky enough to get my hands on an ARC of A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas and I couldn’t have been happier to dive into Tamlin and Feyre’s story immediately.  ACOTAR is a Beauty and the Beast retelling and the parallel’s between the stories are very evident.  In order to pay the debt of taking a fairy’s life, Feyre is sentenced to living out the rest of her life in the Spring Court with it’s High Lord Tamlin and his emissary Lucien.  While she’s hesitant at first, Feyre’s new life away from her ungrateful mortal family quickly becomes a much better home for her.

Overall, Feyre is a great character.  I love her innate need to paint and express herself through artwork and I adore the way she inner monologues about her feelings towards painting.  I thought it was really interesting to replace Beauty’s love of books and reading with a different form of creativity.  Maas took the distinction a step farther and made her main character illiterate (which is also a HUGE change from Caelena from her Throne of Glass series).  She also reinterpreted the Beast’s physical ailment as a mask that is unable to be removed and is stuck on everyone in the Spring Court.  My favorite character in the series is Lucien who is the Beast’s emissary.  Lucien serves as Beast’s snarky one-eyed cohort.  Tamlin, the Beast of the story is initially kinder than the Beast of the fairy tale.  He’s a likeable lead who is very powerful and concerned with helping the people of his court.

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I loved reading about the fairy lore and all of the world-building that went into ACOTAR.  Everything felt so real and the fairy realm beyond the wall sounds breathtaking.  There were so many scenes I can vividly recall in my mind where I remember wishing that I could ever see something so beautiful in real life.  I read this 416 page story in two days because I was so enthralled that I couldn’t possibly part from the book.  I also have to mention how BEAUTIFUL the cover is.  It definitely does the book justice.  There are so many aspects of this story that I fell in love with and I cannot wait until the next book comes out.  Speaking of love, I could not write a review of this book without mentioning the steamy romance between Tamlin and Feyre.  Their love is so intense and we get a much more in depth look at their private moments together than is typically offered in the YA genre.

Final Thoughts: A Court of Thorns and Roses is an exceptional fairytale retelling of Beauty and the Beast.  Everything about this book from the cover to the story inside is breathtaking.  The landscapes of the fairy realm captured my heart and the parallel’s between it and the original fairytale left me with such an emotional attachment.

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A thrilling, seductive new series from New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas, blending Beauty and the Beast with faerie lore.

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.

Perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore and George R. R. Martin, this first book in a sexy and action-packed new series is impossible to put down! (via Goodreads)

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5 Fandom Friday: My Fictional BFF’s

I tend to be a quieter person (depending on the circumstances).  I enjoy connecting with people one on one but when I’m in a large group I usually feel kind of overwhelmed and wishing I was home with a good book instead.  I’ve always been a great listener and everyone tells me I’m really supportive and I offer helpful and insightful advice.  I tend to get along best with strong-minded individuals who are more outgoing than I am.  I had such a fun time thinking of which fictional characters I would get along the best with and why I could see us being best friends.  Here’s my list!

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1) Luna Lovegood – Luna is wacky and I love her to pieces.  I would be so interested in hearing her speak about her theories and thoughts that I could picture us having plenty of tea dates together. (Sorry guys, you know I can’t go a blog post without mentioning Harry Potter at least once!)

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2) Celaena Sardothien – Caelena is such a brave and fierce heroine.  I would happy to help her do research about what could possibly be going on in the castle and I would totally cover for her when need be.1

3) Belle – Belle is more introspective than the other characters I would call my BFF’s, but I just know we would chat about books together for HOURS on end.  Plus, she seems generous and I bet she would let me walk around her library.

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4) Veronica Mars – I appreciate Veronica’s snark and I would love to be there to help her sort out her ongoing issues with Logan because they’re perfect together.

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5) Echo – Echo is hilariously snarky and puts up a strong front to protect the people she loves.  She’s loyal and caring and we have the same taste in food (plus we live in the same city which is super convenient).  I would love to be able to call her a friend!

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