Oh god. This book. this book had everything I didn't know I need. It got me hyperventilating, laughing, ranting, fanning myself (yes to the steamy scenes!) and on the brink of tears.
I am so emotionally invested in this book I'm having a really hard time not giving away any spoilers (don't worry this IS a spoiler-free review).
okay so the book picks up after the events of the first book in the series- A Court of Thorns and Roses, Feyre and Tamlin are back in the spring court and all is well. Sort of. I'm walking on really thin ice right now with the spoilers but let's just say that we see a definite change in the nature of Feyre and Tamlin's relationship following the events of Under The Mountain with Amarantha- both Tamlin and Feyre are (obviously) affected by their time there, and this causes changes in behaviour, while some more drastic than others.
-Which kind of brings me to my main problem with this book. I felt like the change in Tamlin's behaviour was too abrupt and too severe (and perhaps a little forced), but as I read on, and also talked to other readers about it, I'd realized all the hints for that development were already in the first book (which makes me want to go back and re-read the first book to really understand in depth events that happened and became clearer with the serious plot twists that occur in ACOMAF), which, once again, comes to prove what a genius Sarah J. Maas is.
The world building in this book continues to be beautiful and vivid. We are introduced to new characters and places we never knew even existed before, the plot is well-thought-out.
A new threat comes out to play, and Feyre's character takes on new challenges, she develops and unravels in a very realistic way as she struggles with the aftermath of ACOTAR, her newly-found powers and her heart. we get to see more of her sisters, Elaine and Nesta, and are left wanting more.
another character that we got to know more (much more) is Rhysand. It's very easy to fall in love with his character, his wit, his friends and his will to survive and protect his loved ones. The only problem I had with him is the same problem I had with Tamlin, only in reverse. And that is ALL I'm going to say about that. other than that, I absolutely loved him and loved learning more about his past, and especially his past with Tamlin. and his body. Duh.
I'm scared to say any more that might spoil you, but PLEASE if you are wary of the hype and not sure if to pick it up- pick it up! honestly, I had found myself disappointed by over-hyped books, but trust me on this one and TRUST THE HYPE!
Read it, and let me know what YOU think!
Update- I actually DID end up reading the first book again, and if you felt like me then I DO recommend that you'd do the same- it cleared a lot of things up for me, and with this new point of view of Tamlin, the book and the relationships in it really transform. Also, I don't remember if I'd said it before, but I think it's really fitting that Sarah has written it the that she did, because I feel like this is how most of these relationships start- out of nowhere, and the nature of the relationship only dawns on you after a while or after someone else points it out to you (like Rhys did).