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I’m a rereader. You know this if you follow this blog. I have reread Anna and the French Kiss, Lola and the Boy Next Door, Isla and the Happily Ever After, Twenty Boy Summer, Parallel, Throne of Glass, Divergent, A Court of Thorns and Roses, just to name a few. I’ve been rereading books I love for a long time and I always love them just as much as I did the first time. But what I haven’t have happen until recently is still loving the book but loving it in a completely different way after a reread.

Before I explain stop reading RIGHT NOW if you ahve not read A Court of Thorns and Roses and A Court of Mist and Fury unless you want to be spoiled.

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Seriously stop it. This is your last chance.

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If you read my review of A Court of Mist and Fury you know now much I loved that book. How I was sucked into a relationship I never saw myself shipping. You saw I’m on Team Rhys now. It was a complete contrition to what I said in my review of A Court of Thorns and Roses. Up until reading ACOMAF I was strongly all for Tamlin, but that all changed as I got to know Rhysand and what he stood for and who he was. To be honest I’m not a ship switcher. I have never done it before, but if it is done in a way that is natural and organic then I understand it. And I understood it in Maas books. It made sense and worked for me. But what I didn’t expoect was while rereading ACOTAR that I would have such a different feel and vibe of Tamlin.

After finishing ACOMAF I decided I wanted to go back and reread ACOTAR just to see how things played out after knowing a little bit more about what happened in the background. I was excited to see how I would look at things differently. But as I was reading I started to have a second opinion on the book. Don’t get me wrong, I still love love love it, but I was reading it differently which had never happened to me. I started to question things. I started to question my beloved Tamlin and I started to form theories.

This was completely new to me. I have reread tons of books in series knowing what will happen and never once started to look at things in a new light. Instead of seeing Tamlin as I once did, I saw him almost as an abuser. He followed typical abuser behavior and I couldn’t beleive I never saw that in the two times before when I read it. He took Feyre away from her family, was kind to her when he knew she needed to feel love since her family never showed her that, and turned on her as soon as he got what he wanted. I had never saw that and it all became so much clearer after reading ACOMAF and then listening again to ACOTAR. Was this something Maas did on purpose? Was this part of the story that you need to know everything to understand?

I also couldn’t stop wondering about the masks the Spring Court was cursed to wear. Masks hide your true self. They are a way to disguise what you don’t want people to see about you. The Spring Court members became something else once those masks were removed. They changed and showed who they were. Were the masks a metaphor the whole time and I missed it?

I’m still struggling to answer these questions. I still have no idea what the real answer is but I do know this is the one and only time (so far) where I read a book again and every thought I had was changed because I knew more information.

Has this every happened to you? Do you ever reread a book and say…what was I thinking, why did I see something that way? Share your stories below!

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2 Comments

  1. I definitely felt this way with ACOTAR too! I switched ships real quick for ACOMAF. I made excuses for Tamlin’s behavior when in reality, there was more to it that was just not a good thing. (Trying to avoid spoilers in general!) I haven’t reread ACOTAR yet but I’ll reread both before the next book for sure.

  2. I liked Tamlin in book one, but I was really intrigued by the chemistry of Rhys and Feyre. I didn’t reread ACOTAR but I totally should have. I love that rereading changed your opinion. I find that it usually reinforces things for me. I love rereading as well especially if I haven’t read the sequels and I plan on binge reading a series.

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