**Warning- Spoilers are in this review!!**
As you all know, I absolutely LOVED A Court of Thorns and Roses and that was mostly due (let’s be honest) to Tamlin. So after I got through the first few chapters of this book I could already tell where the story was leading and I was NOT happy about it. From a writer’s standpoint, kudos to Sarah J Maas for the epic plot twist but as a reader I felt misled and frankly, just pissed. Let me explain.
Most YA has one pretty defining characteristic, the epic love story. So when I crack open a new YA I fully expect to determine who the love interest is and fall madly in love with him by the end of the book. Color me disappointed if I do not love your hero by the end of the book. Now, in this case, that is exactly what happened, I fell in love with Tam. At the end of the book he and Feyre’s love conquers all and it’s a pretty happy ending, or so we think.
WRONG! Court of Mist and Fury starts off where Feyre and Tamlin are both suffering from PTSD from all the bad things that went down under the mountain but instead of leaning on each other and talking about it they just…..don’t. They ignore it like they’re not waking up every night to throw up because of the night terrors. Unfortunately, at this point, they both need different things. Tamlin needs tradition, stability, and to know Feyre is safe. Feyre on the other hand needs freedom and needs to feel needed and useful. Neither is giving the other what they need and therefore Feyre starts to fall into a pretty severe depression.
Cue Rhys! He comes swooping in like an overgrown bat to save the day by busting into Tam and Feyre’s wedding and spiriting her off to Night Court. At this point, I put the book down for awhile because I just could not. I could not.
I did pick it back up though and I’m glad I did because the book does get better once you accept that Tam and Feyre are not going to end up together. You eventually catch on to this since Tam does not make an appearance again for like the ENTIRE book. He is in the first few chapters and does not grace us again until the end of the book in which he’s made out to be a bad guy by making a deal with Hybern to get Feyre back. All this could have been avoided, of course, if Feyre ever thought to go back and talk with him to tell him that she’s leaving him. No, instead she simply takes the cowards way out and writes him a two sentence letter. Oh, and don’t forget that Tamlin doesn’t even know she can read/write. So, good job Feyre. So for MONTHS poor Tam is thinking she’s being held against her will and being tortured in Night Court. of course he’s going to do something rash. Duh.
The whole thing made me hate Feyre a little bit because it was incredibly selfish of her to treat Tamlin the way she did and so it was hard for me to get on board with the whole Rhys and her train. Eventually, I did start to like them together and tried not to think about how despicable she was acting. I suppose since it’s written in first person we were supposed to sympathize more with her but I just ended up thinking she was immature and selfish.
Overall, I did end up enjoying the book though. I honestly liked the A Court of Wings and Ruin better and you can check out my review on that one right now!
So until next time here’s a quote from the book to get you through:
“Many atrocities, have been done in the name of the greater good.”
― Sarah J. Maas, A Court of Mist and Fury