Release Date: 2nd May 2017
Genre: New Adult/YA/Fantasy/Romance
A nightmare, I’d told Tamlin. I was the nightmare.
Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit—and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well. As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords—and hunt for allies in unexpected places. – GR
Just a disclaimer for this one, my review might not be the most objective as in the middle of reading this, something really horrible happened to my family and I ended up just reading words instead of sentences to distract myself. A lot of my negative thoughts at this time definitely impacted my enjoyment of the book and strangely, I may have exaggerated my star rating a little. My thoughts are quite skewed around it. So, bear this in mind. I would recommend not taking my review as definitive and check out some others. I’ll link some good and bad reviews below 🙂
With that said, I’ll give it my best.
I loved the beginning of this book with Feyre back in the Spring Court. It was ACOMAF badass Feyre taking charge and being beautifully Slytherin with the whole thing, which I, of course, appreciated. I enjoyed her side-eying Tamlin and Lucien beginning to realise his mistakes – though I’m not too invested in the Lucien/Elain mating bond. I am very invested in his friendship with Feyre, however, and the beginning of this book dealt very heavily with that!
And you know how much I love the squad, e.g. Cassian, Azriel, Mor. They’re brilliant and I love scenes with them together. They just make me feel warm and comforted, which was just what I needed.
However… the middle was where it went downhill a little for me (and again, it could be for external reasons, too). I found a lot of the plot points convenient and rushed when they should have been much more dramatic and had more time to digest and react to. Big plot points would just be wrapped up so easily, and I’d be left like –
And don’t get me started on the twist with Mor. That really, really infuriated me. This review is spoiler free so I won’t go into further details but the reviews I link below explore deeper. It was so thinly veiled and obvious was the author was trying to do, and readers deserve better representation than that.
In my opinion, the sex scenes were also wildly uncomfortable, as many people found. I’m not a fan of erotica (at least at this point in my life), so I’m probably not the best person to ask when it comes to quality in sex scenes. I only know that I felt awkward and uneasy reading them, when I haven’t in other books.
The ending was disappointing and bland, with no sense of danger or threat. It was so obvious everything was going to be wrapped up neatly and cleanly, which took away the excitement for me.
I had a lot more to say and I know this review is a bit of a mess but I wanted to get at least some of my thoughts out. For a more coherent review, maybe check out some of these?
If you’ve written a review (negative or positive), let me know and I can add you to the list, and so we can talk about it!