A Court of Frost and Starlight (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3.1)by Published 01 May 2018
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Months after the explosive events in A Court of Wings and Ruin, Feyre, Rhys, and their companions are still busy rebuilding the Night Court and the vastly-changed world beyond. But Winter Solstice is finally near, and with it, a hard-earned reprieve. Yet even the festive atmosphere can't keep the shadows of the past from looming. As Feyre navigates her first Winter Solstice as High Lady, she finds that those dearest to her have more wounds than she anticipated--scars that will have far-reaching impact on the future of their Court.
A Court of Frost and Starlight (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3.1) Reviews
Ok, it's time for an unpopular opinion. I'm sure I'll get nasty-grammed all the way until next year for this but..... I didn't enjoy this. Not in the slightest. Granted, this is all opinion based; there's nothing inherently wrong with this book, I just found myself bored from beginning to end. In fact, I felt like the chapter excerpt for book #4 in the back had more to offer than this entire "novella" provided in 220+ pages. If you loved this one, I truly am happy for you, but I felt the need to provide some honest feedback in case there are others who may have the same expectations that I did here. I'm going to keep this as spoiler free as possible, but if you haven't read the previous books in the series I would stop here.
I'm actually having trouble writing anything about the plot because nothing really happens in the story, aside from one decision that is made between Feyre and Rhysand. I did appreciate that the author was trying to offer a brief entrance back into the world she had created, and if this had been the beginning to a larger, 700+ page novel then I would have looked at this in a completely different light. I hate that I was expecting something to happen because it detracted from my ability to just enjoy being with these characters again as they shop for presents for each other and describe the food they are eating and recap everything we just read in the previous novel. But truly, if all you are looking for is atmosphere then you will likely enjoy this much more than I did. The descriptions of Velaris and the Illyrian war camps are breathtaking and exquisite.
I did wholly appreciate the bit of backstory we get into Cassian initially, and my heart bled for Mor as she kept having to deal with her father and Eris and the Court of Nightmares, but every time I thought we were finally getting somewhere it would switch back over to shopping and food discussions. So I have to give credit to the fact that I was engaged in those moments, regardless of how the flow affected my absorption of the story. I was so disappointed in this disjointed lack of connection that I couldn't believe I was reading about the same inner circle I had once held so dear.
Have I possible "outgrown" this series? I would hope not, because it's one of my favorite escapes, so I've come to the conclusion that a big factor is this: I'm tired of Feyre and Rhysand. It's not like I never want to hear about them, but I am so done with their narrative. It has come to the point where it feels repetitive and stale and dull and every single other character in this book, aside from a little bit of Cassian/Mor/Nesta was mostly left out. I wanted to hear more from all these other characters, from other courts spread across the continent, from ANYTHING BUT FEYRE AND RHYS.
You know what I think the strongest point this novella has going for it? SJM actually made me feel a bit of conflicted sorrow for Tam Tam. I will never excuse abuse or the things he did wrong previously, but she managed to touch a tiny place inside my heart that wished for more for ole Tammy, that he could find someone to accept his brokenness and help heal him into a functioning member of fae society.
I'm sorry as I'm completely aware that this review is just a bundle of disjointed thoughts (how's that for irony?), but it's the best I could do under the circumstances. Guys, I'll still read the next book, as I'm interested in the Nesta/Cassian deal, but I sincerely hope that we see more Elain/Lucien/Azriel, because I missed my precious babies. I really did. Ok, NOW you can throw your pitchforks and knives at me, I'm done! ;)
I can't believe it's here and gone! It's hard to read a little novella from Sarah but knowing there are more books in this series coming makes me both happy and scared. I don't want to see any of my loves die so I'm hoping for the best.
This book was everything a novella should be, I got to fall in love with my characters AGAIN! They make me so happy! But I'm ready to get back to some lovely fat books in this world. Never ending.
To the stars who listen, Feyre.
To the dreams that are answered, Rhys.
bitch is just throwing together some random nouns for her titles now
1.) A Court of Thorns and Roses ★★★★
2.) A Court of Mist and Fury ★★★★★
3.) A Court of Wings and Ruin ★★★★
“The first snow of winter had begun whipping through Velaris...”
A Court of Frost and Starlight starts out a few months after the events of A Court of Wings and Ruin, and Feyre, Rhysand, and the Inner Circle are preparing for the Winter Solstice. The entire gang is also suffering in their own ways with the trauma they are enduring from the events of the war.
“But it had been a long, brutal winter that had brought me so deep into the woods that day nearly two years ago. A long, brutal winter that had made me desperate enough to kill a wolf, that had eventually led me here—to this life, this … happiness.”
But there are so many lighthearted moments! Like, honestly, just picturing myself shopping for Winter Solstice during the first snow in Velaris? Talk about dream goals! And just in general, seeing this found family come together and be able to enjoy a holiday with one another after everything they’ve been through feels really nice.
My favorite thing about this story was easily the emphasis on the power of healing through art. This book beautifully showcases how important it can be to express your feelings through art, especially when you have no other means. This book truly is a love letter to artists everywhere, and it really meant a lot to me to see this topic be in the spotlight of this novella. Especially talking about the importance of kids learning to express themselves and giving them an outlet to do so, especially after trauma and/or dealing with depression. Seriously, the message was really touching and important. I only wish more schools took note.
“I have to create, or it was all for nothing. I have to create, or I will crumple up with despair and never leave my bed. I have to create because I have no other way of voicing this.”
My least favorite thing about this story is easily how it sort of feels like not a lot happens. I mean, this is a novella, and Sarah J Maas does gives us a lot of content inside of 224 pages, but at the same time I feel like a lot of that content is just about a group of people shopping for each other. Again, there are for sure important themes and discussions about trauma, loss, PTSD, and depression, but there is also a whole lot of fluff.
Trigger and content warnings for some sexist comments (always contested), talk of loss of a loved one, talk of abuse, talk of past torture, talk of past abandonment, depression, alcoholism, and talk of war.
I for sure think that SJM also gave her fans a lot of what they were after. Like, she gave you all the wall sex scene you all constantly hounded her for. So all you little pervs can look forward to that. And there is a lot of sexual tension in general, even though there is only one (really long) sex scene. I love Feyre and Rhysand, and I’m so happy they got their happily ever after, but I’m just kind of sick of reading about them. How many times can Rysand smell Feyre’s heated core? How many times can Feyre want all the naughty, terrible things from Rhysand? At this point, it feels like SJM is beating the deadest of horses that have ever died.
“Never enough. Not to paint him, know him. Eons would never be enough for all I wanted to do, see with him. For all I wanted to love him.”
ACOFAS is mostly in the point of view of Feyre and Rhysand, but Cassian and Mor get points of view too, and even Nesta gets a mini one! And I know I sound a little negative about a few things, but I really did enjoy being back in this world for a little bit! And I absolutely cannot wait to see what comes next, with new main characters!
The rest of my review is going to contain MAJOR SPOILERS for both ACOTAR, ACOMAF, ACOWAR, and this book, ACOFAS! Please, do not proceed to read any further unless you have read this book and its predecessors or you wish to be spoiled!
I have done this in the past reviews I’ve written for this series, so I’d just like to break down each character and talk about the way they made me feel.
“I think my heart knew you were mine long before I ever realized it.””
➽ Feyre - Okay, so her and Rhys are finally going to try to start a family. I was a little shook to remember that she turned 21 in this book, but to each their own. I have honestly thought Feyre was pregnant since the end of A Court of Mist and Fury, so I’m happy I no longer look as ridiculous. Also, I loved the selflessness of opening the art studio for kids in need. Again, best part of this story, hands down.
➽ Rhysand - What is there really to say about Rhysand at this point? You’re either going to love him for his big heart and empathy, or you’re going to love him for his big wing-span and ability to knock pictures off the wall. Hell, maybe you’ll love him for both.
➽ Cassian - Again, I’m so damn happy that he is going to be a part of the next story! He is such a kind soul, and I may have shed a few tears when he bought all those warm clothes, just to have the girl donate. He also always fights for women to be viewed as equal warriors to men, and I’m here for it, always. Best boy, and best boy deserves the next book.
➽ Azriel - You all know I want Elain with Lucien, so unless SJM is really going to go there and give me a polyamorous relationship between these three, then I just get irritated that Azriel is messing with my ship. But honestly, Azriel is a stand-up guy, and a fun character to read about. But please, give me that polyamorous relationship! I would honestly commit a minor felony for it.
“She would rather die here, bleed out here. She would rather die and return—return as something wicked and cruel, and shred them all apart.”
➽ Morrigan/Mor - Every time Mor has to go to the Hewn City, a piece of my heart dies. I love her, I love her so much. I want only good for her. And she is so much better than everything they made her endure. But anyways, the scene with her riding through the spooky, snowy woods at the end had me shook. I wish the entire book could have been about that journey and what was happening. Like, I loved it. Also, I was super let down that we didn’t get to see any glimpses of Viviane. Speaking of which, I really just want to celebrate Winter Solstice with the winter court, holy moly!
➽ Amren - The chapter where she was talking about not caring about what body she took was a little weird for me. I am a cis woman so I’m not going to comment too hard on it, but I am very interested to see how trans reviewers will feel about what she said. But I’ll be honest, it did kind of make me raise an eyebrow. Like, please never say a sentence with “male form” and “be able to whip it out and go whenever” please. It just reads badly and feels gross.
➽ Elain - And to touch on what I just said with Amren, the gross conversation made me think that maybe Elain was thinking about transitioning? And then I realized they mean back to a human, and that’s why I truly thought that the conversation was probably a really gross one that I wish wasn’t included in the book. But Elain as a character wasn’t bad or good, but it irritates me that she won’t even small talk with Lucien anymore.
➽ Nesta - Nesta was damn awful this book. Like, hard to read about awful. And her going down this destructive path isn’t edgy or cute.
➽ Lucien - My poor baby. My heart just bleeds for him. And him making sure Tamlin isn’t alone and is fed? Lucien is always the best friend to everyone. He deserves good things! SJM, give him good things!
➽ Tamlin - Look, I’m never going to sit here and excuse abuse, ever. But I don’t hate Tamlin, I don’t. His parts in this book were the saddest and hardest to read. And he, without a doubt, had the best quote line in all of A Court of Wings and Ruin. I feel very torn about him, but I don’t want people to think I’m a abuse apologist or anything like that. But if she wrote a Tamlin spin-off, I’d buy it.
➽ Ressina - My new favorite fae! Like, what do I have to do to get a book about her and her art studio(s)? Seriously, she had so many good moments in this novella, and I just want more. I love her!
➽ Eris - Someone come end this man and everything about him. Please. I’m honestly begging.
Well, if you all saw my pre-review for ACOFAS, it was pretty much just me wishing that this book was starring Cassian and Nesta. Well, my prayers, wishes, and hopes have been answered, because the sneak peak in the back of the book shows both of these two being swept away on a mission in the Illyrian Mountains. The amount of excitement I have is something I can’t even put into words.
And I shed a few tears at a few things in this book, but they really came when Feyre had to go and bring up the damn Suriel. I swear to you all, the Suriel was my favorite in this series, but now I think I’m just going to cry over him in every book. But as always, he helps Feyre remember an important message that I wish more people would embrace in 2018.
“And from far away, as if it was carried on the cold wind, I heard the Suriel’s voice. Feyre Archeron, a request. Leave this world a better place than how you found it.”
Overall, I’m not saying this was a perfect book, but I had a lot of fun with it. Yes, I’m totally sick of being with Feyre and Rhysand, too, but it was still nice seeing the Inner Circle, especially in winter time, and especially having snowball fights. Like, how precious. And I truly am exited for what is going to come next. (Also, I’m sorry if this review is a little all over the place! I inhale read for three plus hours and then wrote out this review at 3 AM! But hopefully you all enjoyed. Happy reading!)
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I'm not loving this one so much now that the initial enthusiasm of reading a new ACOTAR book has worn off. I originally gave it 4 stars because I wanted to love it so much that I was probably trying to convince myself I did. Buuuut I'm thinking 3 stars is pretty generous now.
The story (I use that word loosely) is told through the split POVs of Rhysand + Feyre, with some third person POVs thrown in from Cassian, Mor, and Nesta. I get that this was trying to introduce new characters and set the stage for the next book, but most novellas have a PLOT. I really didn’t get into it until like 40% of the way through.
Basically, this was like a string of deleted scenes on a dvd that you think are fun and mostly enjoy because you love the characters... except so many of them felt off here. They were either weirdly immature, empty, or annoying for other reasons. I mean, Feyre has been through SO many struggles and suddenly she's like some disconnected rich girl? Please no.
Also, I personally could live without the sexual content (super unpopular opinion, I know). This time around I actually found myself either rolling my eyes or nauseated at most scenes with Rhys. I WANT to like him! I really do. And I’m thrilled for them that they’re mates and everything, but ugh… sometimes they’re a bit too much.
But my favorite scenes in this series are always the ones where the whole group is hanging out doing nothing, so I did enjoy those moments!
• Cassian and Feyre’s drunken attempts to decorate
• Amren in her angry snowball coat (someone please draw this)
• WINTER. snow!
• Tamlin’s storyline is still going...
• it felt like it had some foreshadowing about shadows with some objects, places, & characters
• seeing Feyre working on her art & interacting with her people on her own
Otherwise the story mostly felt like it was setting up the next book to focus on Nesta and Cassian…which totally turned out to be the case in the excerpt at the end! That last line from the next book is the plot I never knew I wanted and I seriously don’t know how we’re supposed to wait another year. I'm excited for that book for sure!