Let's talk about THE books from Sarah J. Maas -- A Court of Thrones and Roses (#1...aka ACOTAR), A Court of Mist and Fury (#2...aka ACOMAF), & A Court of Wings and Ruin (#3...aka ACOWAR). I read these over the course of last year and the beginning of this year (when ACOWAR came out).
Yes, I enjoy the Throne of Glass series by Maas, but I think I preferred this series (which was originally slated to be a trilogy but now may be a longer series?). I actually think that preference is largely based on HOW MUCH I enjoyed the second book - ACOMAF. A Court of Mist and Fury was such a turn around from ACOTAR that I almost got whiplash. I absolutely LOVED ACOMAF - a five star read in my opinion. It gave me such a book hangover it's not even funny.
I feel like the three books are like a sandwich made out of bread that starting to go stale. It's still a pretty good sandwich...and the middle bit (PB&J or whatever type of sandwich you like) is still really, really good...but the bread is still kind of OK but just not great. Maybe that's a good (if a bit weird) analogy for this trilogy? The first and third books are 2 star books in my opinion. Both have areas where they struggled and failed to keep my interest. The middle book was such a rockstar, though, that it kind of makes up for the staleness though. I had such high hopes for ACOWAR on the heels of reading ACOMAF only to find that it suffered the same stiltedness and lack of character development that the first book did.
It was also rather odd that the trilogy was expanded after Maas already had planned for a trilogy. I am sure she has story enough to fill an expanded story line, however, it's apparent that this was supposed to be a trilogy...and only a trilogy. In ACOWAR we have a sudden introduction of new characters and tension which, I am sure, will be the new focal point now that Feyre's story is complete. I just felt like one could tell that Maas is now suddenly preparing for a larger, expanded story when it probably should have stayed an independent trilogy.
If you are familiar with the Throne of Glass series or are curious about picking up one of Maas's books, may I recommend this series? If nothing else for the express purpose of reading ACOMAF...easily one of my favorite books of 2016.
Read my review of A Court of Thorns and Roses (Warning: it's super spoilery)
Read my review of A Court of Mist and Fury
Read my review of A Court of Wings and Ruin
Rating for the series as a whole: