Mini Review Monday: A Court of Mist and Fury

Welcome to another mini review Monday! I am actually managing to post on a Monday this time. This is the second part to last week's post covering the A Court of Thorns and Roses series. I know I gushed about the first novel last week, but this post will be even worse. It will include all of the praise and adoration possible. ACOMAF has solidly landed itself a spot as one of my all time favorite novels. I related to this novel on an incredibly personal level, and see much of myself in Feyre. I am going to get a bit personal here for a moment. The reason I related to her so much in this novel was that I used to be in a toxic relationship similar to Feyre and Tamlin's. I understand exactly how it took part of her personality, changing her into a weak or passive person, because it happened to me. It took my personality and warped it into something new, just like Feyre's. And it also took a while to heal (although in my case it did not have any involvement of a sexy High Lord). I have never related or empathized with a character as much as I did with Feyre in this novel. Very rarely do author's touch on this type of issue. It was nice to see it handled in a realistic manner in such a popular series. It truly cemented this novel as one of my favorites.

This novel also lead to the discovery of my book husband: Rhysand. He became my book boyfriend back in ACOTAR. However, in this novel, he made me take the plunge to be my favorite romantic lead ever. That is saying a lot, since he beat out Mr. Darcy, Wesley, and Warden. I would say I wanted to steal him from Feyre. However, I am not one of those types of ladies so I will just wish strongly that I am in a relationship with a fictional character. He is perfectly imperfect. Rhys (we are on nickname basis, obviously) is an exceptionally well written character. He manages to avoid most of the tropes that plague love interests in novels by being an anti-hero with a heart of gold. I adored every scene with him and Feyre. She deserved someone caring, loving, and that believed in her. It is a wonderful book relationship.

I really appreciated the introduction of all of the inner circle. Every one of them was a well-rounded character. They all truly brought something special to the story, but even more so by allowing Feyre to be loved and have friends after a life time of not really experiencing either. Azriel and Cassian bumped Lucien out of my favorite secondary character spot with ease, followed by a close second with Amren and Morrigan.

The ending was definitely a plot twist and made Tamlin irredeemable in my eyes. However, Feyre becomes even more badass, if that is even possible. I may have fist pumped at her resolve on the last page.

To wrap up this saccharine post, if you have not read ACOMAF, you should. I will leave you with this beauty of a quote.

                                   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.