I did a review on ACOTAR last year but this one is going to be much more OMG I CANT BELIEVE THIS HAPPENED and I LOVE THIS CHARACTER SO MUCH, etc, so prepare for some fangirling. First and foremost I want to say very good job to Sarah for continuing her legacy of writing amazing books with fantastic plot twists and incredibly sexy characters, (boys and girls) that make me want to reread them over and over again. ACOMAF starts right off with Feyre adjusting to her new immortal Fae powers. Action and drama are right at the beginning and don't stop until the end of the book, so it is much more engaging I think than book 1. Also, I lovvvved how much stronger and independent Feyre was in this book. She really begins to grow and stand up for herself after an obviously terrible and controlling monster, (ehmm, TAMLIN) tries to destroy her spirit. I was disappointed in how Lucien handled the whole Tamlin locking up his beloved situation since I always loved him most in the Spring Court and am really hoping some secret manipulation was going on there that made him have to act the way he did. I refuse to give up hope entirely on him yet. Although, I do also hope Feyre gives him a little hell in book 3 since we all know he knows she is there for information only and she knows he knows. MESS WITH HIM FEYRE. AND RHYS BETTER COME EFFING BEAT UP TAMLIN IN HIS ILLYRIAN FORM AND WHEN TAMLIN TURNS RHYS BETTER LAUGH AND RIP HIM TO SHREDS AND LET FEYRE HELP.
Speaking of Rhys, holy hell. That is one of the sexiest characters I've ever read about. And no, it's not just because of all the sexual tension and eventual wonderful glorious paint-filled sex scenes, (although those were fantastic and I expect even more in book 3). He holds such power and sensitivity simultaneously that you just want to lay next to him and go into battle against the King of Hybern at the same time. I have so many feelings about him I think he is my new favorite book crush. Like, I think he beats Rowan from the ToG series and that's a pretty big deal. I'm not all that surprised, I loved him from the second you meet him during Fire Night in book 1, but I didn't expect all the magic that surrounds him. The Inner Circle he managed to create and how he rules is so beautiful. And don't even get me started on Cassian, Azriel, Mor, and Amren. I have never wanted to be a part of a friend/family group so badly. Their loyalty is unrivaled. But Mor and Azriel have got to figure out their little thing.
And then there's Velaris. Wow, I mean, I just fell in love with that city. When an author describes a place I typically read about it and then skim over the details in later descriptions, but with Velaris I soaked up every word. I would move there in a heartbeat, no questions asked. It was heart-wrenching to read about it's destruction. I have a very strong hatred for those queens.
The last two things I guess I really want to touch on here are THEY ARE MATES. The utter joy that filled me when I read they were mates was so immense and wonderful I could have cried. THEY ARE MATES GUYS. *sigh I am just so happy. As you can imagine when I thought the mating bond had been broken for a few minutes I was ready to go out for blood, but THANKFULLY that bond is still in tact. In that same chapter I believe you also find out Lucien and Elain are mates and she and Nesta become Fae. I'm very interested to see how that's going to play out and if it'll make Elain stand up for herself more and tell Nesta to back off a little.
If you haven't read this, 1. you probably didn't read this review but 2. if you did then I guess go read it now so you know what the heck I'm talking about and you can feel all the amazing wonderful things I did. You won't regret it. The first book, ACOTAR is out in paperback already and if you buy ACOMAF at Target there is a special story only in that edition--which I wish I would have gotten! Fingers crossed it's in the paperback! Also, if you're suffering from a book hangover as I am, here are some ACOMAF treats to get you through the pain: a Rhys scented candle, beautiful magnetic quote bookmarks, and this gorgeous print of Feyre & Rhys.