A Court of Frost and Starlight (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3.1)
Hope warms the coldest night.Feyre, Rhys, and their close-knit circle of friends 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) Details

TitleA Court of Frost and Starlight (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3.1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMay 1st, 2018
PublisherBloomsbury YA
ISBN-139781681196312
Rating
GenreFantasy, Romance, New Adult, Young Adult

A Court of Frost and Starlight (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3.1) Review

  • Whitney Atkinson
    January 1, 1970
    we were all played like a violin in investing in this book. It’s $18 for lazy, messy fanfiction. This is 200+ pages of complete emptiness. There’s no purpose to any of this other than a money grab and longwinded, unnecessary epilogue to the original trilogy. This literally reads like someone from Tumblr wanted a scene with all the ACOTAR characters having christmas together so sarah whipped out her laptop. There was no substance or set-up to a new series at all. 90% of this book—and I wish I was we were all played like a violin in investing in this book. It’s $18 for lazy, messy fanfiction. This is 200+ pages of complete emptiness. There’s no purpose to any of this other than a money grab and longwinded, unnecessary epilogue to the original trilogy. This literally reads like someone from Tumblr wanted a scene with all the ACOTAR characters having christmas together so sarah whipped out her laptop. There was no substance or set-up to a new series at all. 90% of this book—and I wish I was kidding—is just the characters all going shopping for each other's presents--multiple times. The other 10% is Feyre and Rhys speaking in each other’s heads through the bond about how much they want to fuck each other. Additional scenes include the characters getting drunk every 30 pages, weird side POVs from characters who add nothing to the story, and a snowball fight between warriors. I honest to God am not joking when I say if I read this on fanfiction.net, I would laugh at it and say it’s unrealistic and poorly done. It’s just pure stupidity and vapid smut for the fans’ wish fulfillment.The writing in this is so messy. “Gentlemales” brought me to a depth of hell I haven’t seen before, so thanks for that, Sarah. Every time a female character says something “softly, but not weakly,” I feel like plunging a knife into my chest. Take a shot every time Sarah’s written that into one of her books. The sex scenes have so much potential to be steamy or whatever but Sarah ruins it by having the characters CONSTANTLY horny for each other, so it dampens any tension or angst. And the amount of times that sex is referenced in Rhys’s POV is utterly repulsive. At one point he just looks at a table and is like “mmm I’d fuck Feyre on that” ... [john mulaney voice] FUCKING WHAT?? Even in Feyre’s POV when I could get away from his gross thoughts, he’d always talk shit to her down the bond and try and get in her pants or say something “sexy” but it’s just so corny and stupid and gross and it ruins the scene and I wanted to throw my book it was so irritating. I just think it’s funny how Feyre is the high lady and in Velaris, apparently women—oh, i’m sorry, FEMALES—are toootally equal to men *ahhem* males, and yet this entire book, Rhys is traveling to different courts and talking treaties and strategies with people and going off on business and Feyre does what? Cleans their home, goes shopping (no less than 4 times), cooks meals, and maybe if she’s feeling frisky, paints a little or has sex with her husband—oh, i’m sorry *ahhem* mate …. Sarah, don’t pretend that women are so equal to men but then literally only have female characters who love jewels and shopping and cooking and serving men and having sex. Even Amren didn’t slit a throat in this—she just complained about pooping and then had sex with Varian. Nesta and Lucien are the only vaguely interesting characters in this and I don’t like either of them. Their anger and distance made them more interesting than the characters in this getting shit-faced, making lame sexual jokes to each other, and referencing characters from the original trilogy I don’t care about.I wanted there to be something good about this because I genuinely loved ACOMAF and I’m waiting to feel a glimpse of the mastery that went into that book, but these new books just fan wish fulfillment at this point. This book was COMPLETELY unnecessary and the fact that Sarah is only extending the world to exploit the characters people like and get more money is just low. Let this series die, the world is done. The characters have exhausted their arcs and their humor is dumb and dry.Gave this book a star because Azriel deserves better than this bullshit.
    more
  • Beatrice (beatriceinbookland)
    January 1, 1970
    "To family old and new. Let the Solstice festivities begin."1) A court of thorns and roses ★★★★2) A court of mist and fury ★★★★★2) A court of wings and ruin ★★★★★A perfect, fluffy and heart-warming novella, from the first to the last page.A court of frost and starlight focuses once more on Feyre and Rhysand and I couldn't be happier about it. I know many people weren't happy about getting another book about them but they still hold a special place in my heart so a new whole canon book about them "To family old and new. Let the Solstice festivities begin."1) A court of thorns and roses ★★★★2) A court of mist and fury ★★★★★2) A court of wings and ruin ★★★★★A perfect, fluffy and heart-warming novella, from the first to the last page.A court of frost and starlight focuses once more on Feyre and Rhysand and I couldn't be happier about it. I know many people weren't happy about getting another book about them but they still hold a special place in my heart so a new whole canon book about them? It felt like Christmas morning for me lol.Besides that, from my point of view the book is more about seeing the inner circle heal after the war than feysand. Some dealt with it better than others but everyone has its own scars.I loved seeing the progression of Feyre and Rhysand's relationship, they're my all time favorite fictional couple and seeing them happy and making plans for the future was amazing, after everything they went through they deserve it and no one can convince me otherwise. Plus, it was good to see old Rhys coming back, he was kind of less funny and flirty in acowar (understandably).It's true, the plot was basically non existent but I mean ... uhm what were you expecting? I lost count of how many times Sarah said the whole book's purpose was giving a deserved ending to the feysand arc and creating a bridge between the two series. That's exactly what she did so I don't get the amount of hate I'm reading about this topic.Plus, the final excerpt confirmed that the next book is gonna be nessian's and I liked how Sarah set up the two of them (especially Nesta, her story arc in acofas is soooo dark). And I know that many people weren't happy with her arc but for me seeing her hitting rock bottom was the perfect set up for the next book, she has her own healing to go through (Cassian does too).
    more
  • Em
    January 1, 1970
    RAISE YOUR HAND IFyou would rather read about Mor accepting herself entirely and unconditionally and growing comfortable in her sexuality; Nesta finding her way towards healing and self love and getting her revenge on the queens; Elain focusing on her personal growth and learning to healthily cope with being Fae and slowly getting used to her new found abilities.........instead of yet another uninspired, drab, unnecessary smut scene between Feyre and Rhysand✋🏽
    more
  • Chelsea Humphrey
    January 1, 1970
    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 t 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! ;)
    more
  • destiny ☠ howling libraries
    January 1, 1970
    #1 A Court of Thorns and Roses ★★★★★#2 A Court of Mist and Fury ★★★★★#3 A Court of Wings and Ruin ★★★★★#3.5 A Court of Frost and Starlight ★★★★★First of all, let me just express my total devastation that an entire year of counting down the days until this book’s release is gone in two and a half hours of reading. I mean, I knew it was only going to be a novella, but… *sobs quietly* I didn’t expect it to go by THAT fast! This amazing little series has pulled me through some really dark times and #1 A Court of Thorns and Roses ★★★★★#2 A Court of Mist and Fury ★★★★★#3 A Court of Wings and Ruin ★★★★★#3.5 A Court of Frost and Starlight ★★★★★First of all, let me just express my total devastation that an entire year of counting down the days until this book’s release is gone in two and a half hours of reading. I mean, I knew it was only going to be a novella, but… *sobs quietly* I didn’t expect it to go by THAT fast! This amazing little series has pulled me through some really dark times and brought so much joy into my life that I know I will treasure it, always. ♥ Even now, with that bond again flowing between us like a river of star-flecked night, the echo of its vanishing lingered. ACOFAS definitely doesn’t read anything like the 3 main novels; the chapters switch perspectives occasionally, featuring POVs from Feyre, Rhysand, Cassian, and Morrigan. What struck me as particularly odd about this was the fact that Feyre and Rhysand’s chapters were in first-person, while Cassian and Morrigan’s were in third—a slightly jarring writing style, but nothing too detrimental. In his stare, I could have sworn galaxies swirled. In the shadows between his wings, the glorious depths of the night dwelled. We do get some really sweet and domestic Feysand moments, but I was actually surprised at how little time they actually spend together during the novella (and how little sex there is—who is this author and what did she do with Sarah?!). We did finally get the infamous wall scene! There are some incredibly sweet moments, at least a few scenes of Rhysand being his lovable cinnamon roll self, and a completely expected but adorable turn of events for their little family. Shadows different from anything my powers summoned, spoke to. Born in a lightless, airless prison meant to break him. Instead, he had learned its language. Feysand obsession aside, I loved how much time we got to spend with Cass and Az, learning more about their respective histories and how they’ve healed from the war. With Cassian’s perspectives especially, it felt like this was written to be a legitimate “bridge” between the ACOTAR series and whatever comes next, which I was honestly fond of, even if the next book’s focus on Cassian and Nesta does have me pretty nervous. Lucien had not come here to make amends during Solstice, I realized as Tamlin opened the door to the dark library. Lucien had come here out of pity. Mercy. Perhaps the most unexpected bits were the ones in which we visited Tamlin—with a novella this short, I honestly didn’t expect to see him at all, and certainly not in the state in which Rhysand found him. I never thought I would feel sorry for him, and I still think he’s a walking, talking garbage can, but I still couldn’t help being at least a little bit sad to see how far he’s fallen. I truly do hope that Sarah will write more about him in the future, because I can’t help but always feel that, no matter what a jerk he is, there’s something interesting about his potential as a character. Cassian set me down at last. “What’d you get me for Solstice?” I smacked his arm. “A heaping pile of shut the hell up.” Was ACOFAS everything I hoped and dreamed it would be? Honestly, no. This is more of a 4.5 rating, but you can believe that I did not hesitate to round up to 5 stars, because at the end of the day, I got to spend a few hundred pages with my precious bat babies, and watch this adorable little family interact and taunt and fuss and cry and laugh with one another, and that was all I really needed this novella to offer me. I have missed the inner court so damn much since ACOWAR ended, and it just felt SO GOOD to fall right back into this world for a little bit longer. ♥ Bonus list of tiny things that made me squeal:→ the sauna scene→ snowball fight traditions→ more “the power of art” scenes→ Morrigan reminiscing (ow, my heart)→ Amren’s newfound jigsaw puzzle obsession→ “Illyrian babies”→ Rhys cooking Tamlin dinner, like… what even?→ all the fuzzy scarves and winter holiday vibes→ Amren receiving a million pieces of jewelry as always→ Mor’s terrible taste in gifts→ SHAMELESS reference to Cass’ wingspanYou can find this review and more on my blog, or you can follow me on twitter, bookstagram, or facebook!
    more
  • ⚔ Silvia ⚓
    January 1, 1970
    ✨Hardcore SJM fans need not engage, kindly move along without reading this review.✨Me after finishing the book:IM FREEEEEE!!!!!!!! WORST EXPERIENCE OF MY FUCKING LIFESo let’s start by saying this book was almost entirely useless. Things this book has:• lots of walking around Velaris• shopping for presents• lots of bad innuendos• me physically rolling my eyes every two pages• way too much internal monologue about who had fucked whom, where and in which position• one really long and really cringy ✨Hardcore SJM fans need not engage, kindly move along without reading this review.✨Me after finishing the book:IM FREEEEEE!!!!!!!! WORST EXPERIENCE OF MY FUCKING LIFESo let’s start by saying this book was almost entirely useless. Things this book has:• lots of walking around Velaris• shopping for presents• lots of bad innuendos• me physically rolling my eyes every two pages• way too much internal monologue about who had fucked whom, where and in which position• one really long and really cringy sex scene• somehow galaxies were involved in the sex scene and that’s not even the weirdest thing that’s ever happened in a sjm sex scene• mate mate mate mate mate m a t e ma te ma t e mat e m ate mAtE mATe MATE matE M a te • "gentlemales"• I repeat: g e n t l e m a l e s• a few cute moments• a few funny moments• a tiny bit of actual fucking foundation for the next booksBasically Feyre and Rhys need to retire and let secondary characters finally have the spotlight.* The only POVs I genuinely enjoyed were Cassian’s and Nesta’s, which, surprise surprise, will be the focus of the next book. Fucking finally.*except SJM has a talent for ruining main characters so what happens when secondary characters become the main ones? Uhhh we shall find out I guess.Speaking more generally, this book was just mostly bad. I’m not only talking about the writing, which needed a lot of editing, but the general feeling surrounding it all. Starting from the blurb, which is just a few sentences from the first chapter copypasted together. People, the blurb doesn’t even make sense. That extra sentence about snow? It shouldn’t be there. They obviously needed one more sentence to make the blurb longer and didn’t know what else to pick. It’s just bad. Whoever did that did a very poor job.* And that makes me angry.*EDIT: oh boy they changed the blurb!!! More than a full week after the book released! But I got receipts. #NeverForgetTheBlurbAuthors, even big ones, still have to fight hard to see their books picked up by publishers, be sold, and then be read and hyped by readers. But apparently that rule doesn’t apply to SJM. The publisher doesn’t even put any effort in pre-release things like writing a decent blurb, because they know her books are going to sell anyway. And I mean, I’m here writing this review because I’ve read this book despite swearing that I was done with this series after ACOWAR, because she has a talent for making you want to know what happens to the characters, even if (especially if) they’re not the main ones.But the least the author and the publisher could do is put some fucking effort and deliver a product that’s better than this. Instead, it feels like either SJM is a rare case of writer who gets worse every book she writes, or the publisher has decided that she’s still going to sell regardless how many rounds of editing her books get, so they might as well never edit them, thus never delivering a polished book.Because, folks, we might have started making fun of the word m*te for shits and giggles, but it’s become a big fucking problem, especially in this book. You know the writing advice that says to just use someone’s name when talking about them, instead of saying, idk, “the French girl,” or “the red-haired boy”? SJM has never heard of it. Think about your own internal monologue. Do you think of your spouse as “my spouse” all the time? Or do you simply think about them with their name? Cassian and my mate’s sister did not speak to each other at all. This sentence just does not flow. And it’s just one of about 70 times the word m*te was used (and keep in mind this is a 200 pages book). I wonder how many creative writing students failed their assignments for doing exactly what the most hyped YA fantasy author these days does constantly.Do we also want to have The Talk about the weird connotations and implications that this word has? Oh boy, this conversation is about three years late, but I absolutely Do Not like all this animalistic shit, starting with m*te, moving on to how many times people purr, referring to people as males and females (ah, the good ol’ binary) (YES I FUCKING KNOW SHE CAN’T CALL THEM MEN AND WOMEN BUT JFC JUST STOP), to the weird possessiveness that the whole m*ting system entails. Also!!! Toxic masculinity!!!!!!! Weird unchallenged sexist comments!!!!! Trying to make Rhys sound soooo feminist when apparently his job is being horny 24/7!!!!!! Have Rhys (a literal sexual abuse victim) talk about how he can’t stand to be next to his m*te without, and I quote, BEING BURIED INSIDE HER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ohhhh now you've done it, you got me mad. If you read a SJM book it seems like thinking/talking/having sex for most part of your day is the normalcy. Which it can be!!!! But guess what! Ace people exist!!!! People with low sexual drive exist!!!!!!!!!! That’s normal too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh no I’m using too many exclamation points let me hire an editor. When every single character you portray acts the same exact way towards something like sex, you’re telling your readers (mostly teens) that that’s what’s expected of them, that that’s how everyone is like. It’s no secret that diversity doesn’t exist in SJM’s world, and that involves how people view sex and romantic relationships too.It’s amazing that YA books have sex positivity. But books need to also acknowledge that ace people exist too. Protagonists and love interests that aren’t some sort of sex gods need to be there too. Thin boys, fat boys, trans boys need to be there too. If after >10 books a writer can’t get out of her own self-insert fantasies about what type of men she likes, maybe she isn’t a great writer after all. Maybe she needs to listen to the (still too small) part of her readers that demand More, that demand Better.I went on a HUGE tangent and I don't even fucking care. There were parts of the book that I liked. I even enjoyed most of its central part. I enjoyed Nesta’s PTSD portrayal and she’s the only reason I’m going to read the next book because parts of her trauma and her way of dealing with it have the potential to mean so fucking much to me. But I’m going to lower my rating to 1 star because I’m tired of all the things I mentioned above, I'm tired of being treated like shit by an author and her team because they expect me to worship her when she doesn't even try anymore. My 1 star isn't even gonna change anything because everyone’s giving this the usual five stars, but I don’t care. I’m here and as a reader I demand better, I demand the bare fucking minimum, and I don’t think this book even tried.This was a buddy read with my bon [email protected] (I’m sorry)____Correct me if I'm wrong but shouldn't blurbs, like, tell you something about the book..........why is this one just a recap of the previous ones lmaoAlso shout-out to sjm for managing to squeeze the word "mate" within like 100 words of bad blurb
    more
  • Cait • A Page with a View
    January 1, 1970
    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 st 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! Awesome parts:• 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 ownOtherwise 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!
    more
  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    January 1, 1970
    Update 5/11/18OMG! This is exactly what I needed today after my stressful appointment with my Radiology Oncologist. CLICK THE LINK BELOW THE PICTURE TO SEE THE UNBOXING! Inside The BoxI 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 cha Update 5/11/18OMG! This is exactly what I needed today after my stressful appointment with my Radiology Oncologist. CLICK THE LINK BELOW THE PICTURE TO SEE THE UNBOXING! Inside The BoxI 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. Happy Reading! Mel 🖤🐾🐺
    more
  • Hailey (HaileyinBookland)
    January 1, 1970
    4.5*
  • Caleb
    January 1, 1970
    Yikes
  • Warda
    January 1, 1970
    That motherfuckin wall scene!Chapter 22 is officially my new favourite chapter after Chapter 55. I mean, what are words at this point when it comes to Sarah J Maas's books?! She's my favourite author. Her books have brought about this sense of utter calm and happiness within me every time I read them. This novella was everything we needed to potentially see the direction the other books will go in. And boy, am I beyond excited for it! (Understatement!)I'm sure we'll be getting more of Cassian an That motherfuckin wall scene!Chapter 22 is officially my new favourite chapter after Chapter 55. I mean, what are words at this point when it comes to Sarah J Maas's books?! She's my favourite author. Her books have brought about this sense of utter calm and happiness within me every time I read them. This novella was everything we needed to potentially see the direction the other books will go in. And boy, am I beyond excited for it! (Understatement!)I'm sure we'll be getting more of Cassian and Nesta in the next book and Sarah J Maas does character development ridiculously well and my god, being able to look forward and dream about their character exploration makes me want to pee in me pants, man!I loved that we got see more of the Inner Circle. They are, hands down, my favourite bunch of fictional characters. I feel like I'm part of the family. I'm so glad some lighthearted, happy and sweet, tender moments were included in this. The family aspect between them all felt too real, and so good to read. And so worthy of them to have after the events of ACOWAR. And the emphasis on art in this book and seeing Feyre getting back into it as a form of healing for herself and others was a dream.The progression from ACOWAR to this felt natural and the cities and its people (including our main lot) were still healing, still too traumatised from the war. But progress was being made and I can't wait to see how that will be looked at in the upcoming spin-off series. I think at this point people are more interested in the progression of other characters. I'm here for it, but I don't ever see myself tiring of Feyre and Rhys and the bond between them! Chapter 22 is all I'm going to say. After having lost so much, they better still have that puppy-love going. I do think this aspect to the books that have become quite recurrent now, where some events have occurred and the readers haven't experienced it with the characters, is getting slightly redundant and I hope it doesn't happen as much in the other books, though this has become Sarah J Maas's style. In some ways that style can be and is ingenious (i.e. in ACOMAF) but I need more. It's not enough to be just told something has happened. I want to be there every step of the way for it. Other than that, I loved it. I absolutely loved it!------------------------------------PRE-RELEASE RAMBLINGS!!My body is ready! Has been ready since last year! No doubt that I'm kicking off May with this book. Which reminds me I need to take some time off work. 😏Book commitments are the only type of commitments I do!---------------------------------[30/1/2018] COVER MOTHAFUCKIN PERFECTION. I AM DEAD! BEST COVER! HANDS DOWN! *flatlines*[15/11/2017] A COURT OF FROST AND STARLIGHT! I AM ON THE VERGE OF DYING WITH EXCITEMENT! IT IS SO DAMN BEAUTIFUL!MAY 2018 WHERE YOU AT MAN?!I just had a thought... WHAT IF IT IS FEYRE AND RHYS ON THE COVER?!!!!! *DIES FOR REAL*-----------------------------WE HAVE A BLURB!!!! 😭😭😭-------------------MAY 2018 AND NARRATED BY THE ULTIMATE OTP, ME MA & PA, FEYRE AND RHYS! GIMME! SJM has mentioned this'll set the groundwork before we get to the other books. Fuckin excited man! 😍
    more
  • Melanie
    January 1, 1970
    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, bruta 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 excited 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!)Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Tumblr | Youtube | Twitch
    more
  • brekkersbutt
    January 1, 1970
    bitch is just throwing together some random nouns for her titles now
  • V. PARENTAL GUIDANCE ALERT: A Court of Wings and Ruin is NEW ADULT/EROTICA but Goodreads editors won't tell you
    January 1, 1970
    One more time I want to warn readers, teachers and parents that this series isn't YOUNG ADULT. Distrust any booktuber, goodreads reviewer/editor, and "prestigious" site that tells you otherwise. If you are a teacher or librarian Distrust the information on genre and recommended age that comes from the publisher Bloomsburry Children's. Also distrust Kirkus reviews, Booktubers and bookbloggers who say this is Young adult, Common sense media and The Goodreads choice awards for Young adult. More on One more time I want to warn readers, teachers and parents that this series isn't YOUNG ADULT. Distrust any booktuber, goodreads reviewer/editor, and "prestigious" site that tells you otherwise. If you are a teacher or librarian Distrust the information on genre and recommended age that comes from the publisher Bloomsburry Children's. Also distrust Kirkus reviews, Booktubers and bookbloggers who say this is Young adult, Common sense media and The Goodreads choice awards for Young adult. More on that at the bottom of my review.THIS SERIES IS EROTIC/NEW ADULT NOT YOUNG ADULT. If reviewers tell you this series isn't new adult they're lying through their teeth. The result of those lies is that books with erotic content are currently labeled as CHILDREN'S BESTSELLERS or recommended to 12 YO readers.Is the author and publisher of this book really selling books with erotic/explict content to young kids without warnings? In the USA most copies of this series come with no warning of explicit content. I applaud writers that write erotic content, just don't sell it to young children. This is from booktopia, an Australian retailer; It recommends the most erotic book of the series to readers AS YOUNG AS 12.UPDTE MAY 20TH JUNE 25thAudible is recommending this book along with the first book of the series to 13 YO. However they are recommending the most explicit book of the series to 11-13 YO kids That's why you shouldn't trust publishers to give the correct information on genre and recommended age in YA books.**Don't trust MY review either****Do your own research and tell me why this series shouldn't be considered PARANORMAL EROTICA, PARANORMAL NEW ADULT, FANTASY ROMANCE or ADULT ROMANTIC FANTASY. ** You can start by finding out:How old the main characters are? I'll tell you, but don't believe me, find out for/by yourself.Protagonist is 20-21 (like Anastasia Steel from fifty shades of grey)Her sisters are even olderthe rest of the cast is several hundreds year oldIsn't YA an age-based classification? Then why is this series labeled as a YA book?How explicit the sex isYou can find that information on my A COURT OF MIST AND FURY REVIEW updates. My ACOMAF review hasn't been censored by goodreads employees yet as my TOWER OF DAWN(another new adult book by this same author)review was. My Tower of dawn review has 273 likes so it should appear in the main page of reviews. Goodreads is hiding it. That sucks because it's the responsibility of parents (not of Goodreads, not of the publishers and authors) to find out about the content of the EXPENSIVE books they buy for their underage kids. But how are they going to find that information when so many booktubers, common sense media and Goodreads members are hiding it?You can also find the information about erotic content of this series on the american hardcover version of a court of mist and fury.Pages 21, 22 (view spoiler)[A faery woman is descriptively fingered by someone different than the hero, then she has descriptive sex, then oral, descriptions of the fluids and the nudity and the action in vivid detail. (hide spoiler)]Pages 471, 472, 473, 474. 475(view spoiler)[A faery woman is fingered to orgasm by the hero (different guy from the pages 21-22), partial nudity, but this scene takes a quite few pages and it's an erotic scene, not just a sex scenes, but the purpose seems to be to be to turn on the reader. (hide spoiler)]Pages 530, 531, 532, 533, the orgasm that shatters the mountains: (view spoiler)[a pair of lovers heroine and hero have sex including oral, vidid description of the action, use of the word "cock" (hide spoiler)]Pages 538 and 539 (view spoiler)[vivid descrption of oral (fellatio):P but they call it licking LOL. (hide spoiler)]DISCLAIMER AND TRIGGERS WARNINGS:♣ IF YOU DON'T LIKE READING EROTIC/EXPLICIT CONTENT and don't tell me that you can skip the sex scenes, Most of us don't pay full hardcover price for skiping half the book ;) (view spoiler)[kidding, only A COURT OF MIST AND FURY book two is really erotica marketed as YA, the rest of the series is still explicit but not erotic (hide spoiler)]♣ IF YOU THINK YOUNG ADULT IS A GENRE THAT SHOULD REMAIN CLEAN♣ IF YOU ARE 12-17 YO WHO DON'T LIKE TO READ EXPLICIT SEX SCENES♣ IF YOU DON'T LIKE LOVE TRIANGLES And MULTIPLE MALE LOVE INTERESTSBook 1 we have a love triangle: Tamlin vs Rhysand (view spoiler)[(there was a third male who Feyre was sleeping with, but it was just a fuck buddy who was engaged to marry OW)> winner: Tamlin (hide spoiler)]Book 2 We have a love triangle: Rhysand vs. Tamlin but it's really uneven (view spoiler)[for a while it seems as though another high lord might create a love geometry but didn't happen. EXPLICIT SEX SCENES of heroine with both love interests: winner Rhysand (hide spoiler)]Book 3: NO LOVE TRIANGLE! (view spoiler)[Feyre and Rhys remain together, but there are other love triangles around and Rhys proposes a Male-Male-Female threesome to Feyre. Maybe he was joking, either way her reaction was unnecessarily enthusiastic for a woman who has already been sexually involved with 3 different men in the series and who is basically a newlywed. FeyRhys is still in their honeymoon period so why are they already joking about threesomes? (hide spoiler)]♣ IF YOU DON'T LIKE ABUSIVE LOVE INTERESTS AND ABUSIVE WOMEN-Tamlin love interest of book 1? ABUSIVE!-Rhys, secondary love interest of book 1 and (view spoiler)[ primary love interest of books 2 and 3? Rhys tortured the heroine(there was a reason, though) (hide spoiler)]ABUSIVE! - The sisters? Everyone talks about how Tamlin should apologize. When will the sisters apologize? (view spoiler)[ Feyre's elder sisters let Feyre hunt for the family from a very early age, but they were always there reaping the benefits of Feyre's effort. When Feyre was going through an abusive relationship they kept receiving money from Feyre's abuser and didn't bother to find out how she was (hide spoiler)] ABUSIVE!♣IF YOU DON'T LIKE WHEN sexual assault victims ARE THROWN UNDER THE BUS TO MOVE THE PLOT FORWARD. CAREFUL WITH DANGEROUS RAPE MESSAGESIt happens so much on New adult and adult literature (game of thrones, the girl with the dragon tatoo, the second book of the outlander series) a sexual assault victim gets the "oh-you-were-raped?- don't- bitch- about- it- and- move- forward treatment. So many books trivialize the worst aspect of PTSD and sexual assault and try to "sovle it" either with revenge or the magic romantic relationship that will make everything go away. Or the experiences just get ignored and brush aside! This happens to Mor, a secondary character in the 3rd book who is a rape survivor when (view spoiler)[ she's forced to work along with her attacker and the one who puts her through that was the hero of the story! (hide spoiler)]To be fair, I can understand the circumstances, doesn't mean I have to like that kind of story line, especially when that's something that good editing could have taken care of. That kind of disrespect for rape was unneccessary IMO. It didn't move the plot forward and it's out of character for Rhys to act like that. I love Rhys and didn't like the way SJM made him act.♣ IF YOU BELIEVE ANY BOOK YOU PAY FOR SHOULD BE PROFESSIONALLY EDITEDI'm not a grammar nazi and my spelling is terrible, but I can tell you, even some fanfiction I've read has a more polished editing than this book. There's the overuse of words like mate. There are also problems with pace, repetitiveness, flow and consistency of the voices when changing from a narrator to the other and from a first person POV to a 3rd person POV. The characters sound too modern. The worldbuilding is not high fantasy at all. The setting of this series is pretty much like a modern series. All these are things that a content editor and a proofreader could have taken care off, but the publishers rushed publication lowering the quality of the editing and the writing. Even so they are selling this at full ebook price.My ratings for the series so far♣ A Court of Thorns and Roses ACOTAR 3/5 because abusive relationships, false advertising (it's new adult dishonestly marketed as young adult) and love triangle. My review is currently censored and hidden from the third page of review. It should appear somewhere between page 2 and 3.♣ A COURT OF MIST AND FURY ACOMAF4/5 because I didn't appreciate the explicit sex scene with OM, but I highly recommend this book to my friends who don't mind safety issues and like explicit scenes in slow-burn-romance. This book is EROTICA (according to the goodreads description of the genre) marketed as YA. ♣ A COURT OF WINGS AND RUIN ACOWAR 2.5/5 because poor editing, f bombs, repetitiveness, unnecessary sex scenes and dangerous messages. No, glorifying revenge and abusive women isn't female empowerment. No, in most marriage it isn't always the woman's choice, it's always the choice of both of them. My review is currently censored by goodreads.Sources of my pictures:AMAZON CANADA CHILDREN'S BOOKS ADVENTUREAMAZON CANADA CHILDREN'S BOOKS FANTASYAMAZON AUSTRALIA CHILDREN'S BOOKS LOVEBooktopia A COURT OF MIST AND FURY RECOMMENDED AGESEROTICA GENRE DEFINITION ACCORDING TO GOODREADSACOMAF RECOMMENDED TO CHILDREN 11-13 on audibleWHY YOU SHOULDN'T TRUST BOOKTUBERS AND THE YA GOODREADS CHOICE AWARDS REGARDNG THE CONTENT OF THIS BOOK?Because, a vast majority of booktubers have failed so far to mention that this book series contains erotic/explicit content in their booktube reviews even though they always discuss "young adult books". It could be unintentionally. It could be intentionally. The reason doesn't matter. They're contributing to the false advertising.A few booktubers are being published or aspire to be published by the same IMPRINT of this new adult series. Others booktubers and bookbloggers seem to want good relationships with the publishing industry. They won't say anything that can hurt the marketing agenda of the big publishing houses. Note: Bookables, Benji Alderson and Polandbananas have mentioned this series is new adult , so of course a lot of booktubers are somehow honest . Distrust only the ones who call this series young adult. On the other hand, The goodreads choice awards editors ignored the shelving system when they selected the categories for the goodreads choice awards last year. In the goodreads feedback group they told me that's how editors select categories: based on shelving. At the time of the awards this series was shelved primarily as fantasy and romance by GR users, but still the editors made it compete on the young adult category. Not in romance, not in fantasy, in young adult.This review isn't meant to discouraging people from reading/buying the book. On the contrary. I'm inviting you to read this series if you don't have problems with sexual content and abusive relationships. Despite all the problems I have with the false advertising I enjoyed the trilogy . But again I'm warning you ♣ NEVER trust the information that you see on Goodreads, Common sense media. and booktube. Do your research.Life is too short and TBR piles are too big to just ignore the kind of information that can help us decide what we will read next. Goodreads shouldn't try to hide that information. For a series that is supposedly about women's choices, when Goodreads, Booktubers and Publishers hide this information from young girls they are taking away their right to decide when or if they will read erotic content. Not to mention they're contributing to the book being sold in the Children's section of multiple retailers.
    more
  • Khurram
    January 1, 1970
    This is a great catch with the main heroes of the series. The last book was an all out epic, this one though a lot shorter is still filed with SJM’s great story telling and character development.So far I have seen all these characters in the worst possible situations and facing incredible odds. Making great sacrifices and the legendary lengths they would go through to achieve their goals and protect those they love. Now when they have “won”, the work of rebuilding, forgiveness and moving on from This is a great catch with the main heroes of the series. The last book was an all out epic, this one though a lot shorter is still filed with SJM’s great story telling and character development.So far I have seen all these characters in the worst possible situations and facing incredible odds. Making great sacrifices and the legendary lengths they would go through to achieve their goals and protect those they love. Now when they have “won”, the work of rebuilding, forgiveness and moving on from the losses suffered.Yes there is no where near as much action in this book, and the characters are not moved along as much as I would have wanted but the are definitely important issues uncovered her that need to be explored later. This is more of “wet the appetite” for the next huge chapter, but almost as importantly a much need to assess where the characters are right now in themselves, and to each other.Though Feyre and Rhysand embrace their fate together. Others rebel against a fate they have not choosing with their very souls. This is the first steps in building a new world. A great point to catchup with everyone as they set their path for the future, to forget their past, or simply (stubbornly) deny fates chosen path.
    more
  • Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
    January 1, 1970
    I know I'm so late for the partyBUTTHIS COVER!!!! I can't believe we'll be able to read this in a few months!!! XDPlease let there be more of Nesta and Mor and Azriel!!! More than anything, MORE THAN REALLY A.N.Y.T.H.I.N.G I want to see my precious red head LUCIEN though!!! So please let there be LUCIEN!!! Even if it's only a single line!!! <333PLEASEEEEEE!!!! *making huge puppy eyes*
    more
  • Val ⚓️ Shameless, Skanky, and B*tchy ⚓️ Steamy Reads
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 StarsSo...I'm not in a reviewing mood at ALL; but I figured I better lay something down here before I completely forget any thoughts I have about this book and my experience reading it. I had a hard time rating this.Because, well, it just didn't blow my mind. That said. While I didn't love it...While I didn't really, really, really like it per se...I did appreciate it.And here's why. Prior to receiving my copy in the mail and, obviously, reading the book, I received Maas' subscriber newslet 3.5 StarsSo...I'm not in a reviewing mood at ALL; but I figured I better lay something down here before I completely forget any thoughts I have about this book and my experience reading it. I had a hard time rating this.Because, well, it just didn't blow my mind. That said. While I didn't love it...While I didn't really, really, really like it per se...I did appreciate it.And here's why. Prior to receiving my copy in the mail and, obviously, reading the book, I received Maas' subscriber newsletter email. In it she had the usual "woo hoo, it's release day" fodder they all send out, but it also contained - what I would later discover upon finishing the book - was exactly what was depicted in the "Acknowledgements" section. In it, she talked about the process of writing this book and how hard it was because, in the midst of it, her father had a major health scare and almost died. Still, despite this trying time - she also found out she was pregnant - and, despite not really always "feelin' it," Maas trudged through the writing process because DEADLINE. As someone who loves to write and also lost a parent in the past, I just really empathized with the creative struggle Maas probably had here. Now, am I saying that an author's personal life issues should be taken into account when rating/reviewing or considering your own enjoyment of a book?Hell no. Of course not. Absolutely not. I'm just saying that, FOR ME, reading about that just changed the mindset I started the book with. I went in knowing that, by her own admission, Maas struggled writing it.So I guess you could say that 1) lowered my expectations bar, and 2) made me read the book knowing Maas had been experiencing personal pain while writing it. And I think that emotion was definitely captured in the story.This book will NOT blow your mind. It does NOT really move the plot forward.But what it did do, in my opinion, was move the CHARACTERS forward. It really drilled down into a lot of their inner thoughts and longstanding issues and baggage and - as someone who loves character driven stories - I really enjoyed that aspect of the book. Also, I mentioned this in a status update while reading, but for some reason, I am REALLY intrigued by Nesta's character. She was totally selfish in book one and has continued to be heinously bitchy throughout the series, but there is just something about her strength, stubbornness, and just plain fucking resolve that I love. For whatever reason, I am just sometimes drawn to complex, fucked up, misunderstood female characters that everyone else hates. And I can't WAIT for the next book. In fact, I think the character development done in this book is going to act as a veritable buttress to the next books in the series and make them even better for its existence, as meh as it might have been plot/action-wise. So yeah, I guess I had more to say than I thought. LOL Oh well. Toodles!P.S. I thought I'd share the cool exclusive edition ends papers for anyone who hasn't seen them...
    more
  • rin (lorenzo)
    January 1, 1970
    if you're a sjm fan pls don't interact,, just skip this review,, nothing to see herepls read sil's review bc she snapped real niceword count:mate: 66male: 59... : 133the amount of pages: 224the amount of sex scenes: 1.5 and shit ton of flashbacks because we're 900 years and horny like teenagersthe amount of genitals spotted: 0. zero. zilch. zip. nada. nothing. there was a movie or a tv show (i cant remember what exactly it was OTL) where one character tried to teach the other character to say "p if you're a sjm fan pls don't interact,, just skip this review,, nothing to see herepls read sil's review bc she snapped real niceword count:mate: 66male: 59... : 133the amount of pages: 224the amount of sex scenes: 1.5 and shit ton of flashbacks because we're 900 years and horny like teenagersthe amount of genitals spotted: 0. zero. zilch. zip. nada. nothing. there was a movie or a tv show (i cant remember what exactly it was OTL) where one character tried to teach the other character to say "penis". that's how i feel right now. sarah please. stop with euphemisms. people ar e dying it could've been tolerable if:1. rhysand wasn't fucking here because he and his constant sex thoughts and annoying innuendos ruined EVERY FUCKING MOMENT. like that moment with feyre and cassian getting drunk and messing the decorations? it was almost wholesome. but then this fuckboy had to appear AND RUIN EVERYTHING BECAUSE HE ONLY THINKS WITH HIS SCHLONG2. if sjm actually learned not to use the m word when it's totally unnecessary in the sentence. when u could've just used the name there. when you could've used shit ton of other words. "cassian and my mate's sister". why is it even a thang. use the name dude. u didn't use it before in the sentence. 3. 133 instances of "..." for 224 (physical copy) pages. stop. also damn i did say it in acowar review but questions need question markssssss. it's not as bad here as it was there but punctuation. pls.4. WHY IS EVERYTHING ABOUT SEX WHY I JUST DONT UNDERSTAND SARAH IS YOUR HORMONAL BALANCE OKAY5. SJM STILL DOESNT KNOW HOW TO NAME GENITALS "VELVET HARDNESS" "MY CORE POUNDED" ARE YOU OKAY6. the sex scenes. what a cringe. how do u even. its also so outdated like,,, if u take a decades old romance novel u'll probably find the same amount of euphemisms and methaphors7. some moments are just. really fucking gross.8. i love how everyone made nesta's ptsd and coping about themselves. real nice. 9. the switch between 1st pov for feyre and rhys and 3rd pov for cassian and mor was annoying. 3rd povs are way easier to stomach though10. so many things i didn't need to know. like rhysand's internal monologues in every damn chapter in what positions and how many times and where they had sex. SPARE ME. that line in amren's apartment about the smell of sex. no. I didn't ask. i don't need to know that. who the fuck does. u already said that before. whythis was expectedly bad so yeah im giving it one staryeah there were some nice things and it COULD'VE been more and i guess it MIGHT get better in the next books (because horny animals wouldn't be main characters anymore I guess) but i couldn't overlook annoying stuff so im done.im going to read catwoman and i wouldn't be reading sjm's books anymore if she doesn't hire a proper editor at least. [update: silvia is making me read the acotar 4. thats fair. i put her through this shes putting me through that. i hope it wouldnt be this bad but,,,]anyway i buddy trashread it with silvia thanks for listening to me screaming and pls don't hate me for putting us through thismaybe ill add something here,, we'll see, im writing this right after finishing it so my patience is nowhere and my emotions rule me ~~~~~~here we gobr with one of my bon wives~~~~~~~why are maas novels' covers so bland and unoriginal when she's so popular dgdhjdfklswill sjm be able to say dick at least once here idek if I'll read it but i might 🤔
    more
  • Nadhira Satria
    January 1, 1970
    Hi I'm Nadhira I just want to ask a question, What kind of a horny thirteen year old wrote this fanfic ? Sarah, sis. I know you need to make some cash but this is not the way. wtf?Honestly what even the fuck is the fucking point of the fucking existence of this fucking book?Normally I don't mind fanfics but. um. not when it costs $18 and is a total shit.What's the book about? hm let me see.. It's basically Rhys' penis in Feyre, the word 'mate', another round of cringey ass smut, another sprinkle Hi I'm Nadhira I just want to ask a question, What kind of a horny thirteen year old wrote this fanfic ? Sarah, sis. I know you need to make some cash but this is not the way. wtf?Honestly what even the fuck is the fucking point of the fucking existence of this fucking book?Normally I don't mind fanfics but. um. not when it costs $18 and is a total shit.What's the book about? hm let me see.. It's basically Rhys' penis in Feyre, the word 'mate', another round of cringey ass smut, another sprinkle of 'mate', and that's it.Throw the whole fucking book away. bitch wtf.Tbh I read better Draco Malfoy fanfic in wattpad when I was ten. Wtf is this fucking mess?I'm just amazed that this?? actually?? got?? published?? overallI'd rather drink bleach than read about how good Rhys' dick feels like.________________________________________________ Pre-read review Just saying that I'm honestly going to sue SJM if there's no Nessianoh sweet baby Jesus on a pogostick. Do I have to read 224 more pages about how beautiful and selfless and big Rhys's dick is? I'll probably have to wash my eyes with bleach if there are more unnecessary sex scenes between Rhys and Feyre. Yes we get it he has a big dick yes I get it he's good in bed, please shut up. Real excerpt from the book:My mate rammed into me with his omg holy shit what a considerable length and roared "you're mine" yas omg let me stroke your wings daddy yas ahoy matey he moaned my name so hard that the whole court can hear omg yas i love him he's my mate. "I'M YOURS" I screamed.
    more
  • Nasom
    January 1, 1970
    Real Rating: 2.5 This book made me realize that I am more interested in the characters that are not in the inner circle like Lucien, Tamlin, Viviane, Kallias and even Eris (I’m really intrigued by him). Anytime those people were mentioned, my interest in the book rose. Unfortunately, since they are indeed not part of the inner circle, their presence in this was either non-existent or minuscule. This book was said to bridge the gap between what happened in previous books and the next ones. I som Real Rating: 2.5 This book made me realize that I am more interested in the characters that are not in the inner circle like Lucien, Tamlin, Viviane, Kallias and even Eris (I’m really intrigued by him). Anytime those people were mentioned, my interest in the book rose. Unfortunately, since they are indeed not part of the inner circle, their presence in this was either non-existent or minuscule. This book was said to bridge the gap between what happened in previous books and the next ones. I somewhat agree that there is a sense of direction as to what the next book is going to be about but most of what happened in this had no bearing on that. Honestly, I believe this novella wasn’t necessary and SJM should have written a full book. This book had so many unnecessary fillers. What to expect - Feyre shopping- Feyre and Rhysand having dirty thoughts about themselves all the time/doing dirty things to themselves. The sex scenes/thoughts in this series used to give me anxiety because I did not want to read about that but in this, it was just annoying and old- Feyre painting- Feyre being sad that she was rich- Rhysand being ‘perfect’- To mix things up: Illyrian drama, Tamlin being sad, Nesta being annoying.Things I liked - My kind, loyal Lucien: I loved reading about him (mostly from other people talking about him) and I loved his brief appearance.- I liked reading about Tamlin even though it was mostly depressing. I have a feeling his situation is going to change soon.- I think among the inner circle, Azriel is my favourite and I loved reading about him. I’m curious about his shadows. - I like Eris… I don’t know why, I tried not to but I can’t help it. I think there is more to him than meets the eye. - I liked Feyre when she was not with/thinking about Rhysand. She’s actually a really nice and caring person. (view spoiler)[ Now to get to some details - I know ACOTAR was beauty and the beast retelling but Tamlin in this gave me 'pre-belle' beast vibe with how lonely and depressing him and his court is. So hopefully, his belle would come soon 💕- I honestly don’t think Feyre did that much damage in the spring court to warrant the current state- I used the ship Nesta with Cassian like most people do but while reading this, I realized that I only shipped them because of the tension they have together. I used to like Nesta because I found her intriguing but she was so annoying in this and I honestly don’t know why Cassian still likes her. He deserves better and I honestly started shipping him with that girl at the shop smh - I also used to Ship Elain with Lucien but she’s so rude to him. No one is saying you have to be with him but at least be nice. He also deserves better- I don’t ship Azriel with Elain because their relationship gives me family vibe and not romantic. Especially with the comment about his mother- I still can’t believe Mor hasn’t told Azriel the truth..Until she does that, I don’t think I can like her. - I’m tired of being sad for Lucien. I really hope in the next books, we see him being happy (hide spoiler)]Overall, if you’re a Feysand fan, you’ll probably really like this but I’m not so it was eh. This book wasn't worth my excitement and not just because Lucien was there for like 2 pages P.S are we ever going to know how rhysand became the most powerful high lord in history? or at least how that was proven Pre-reading This comes in exactly 2 weeks. I get to read about Lucien in 2 weeks (HOPEFULLY) 😭😭😭😭💕💕💕❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
    more
  • Miranda Reads
    January 1, 1970
    *cue the undiluted screams of joy* Okay. Okay. I will try to be objective about this one but I just finished ACOWAR and I am still riding that emotional high. To summarize: for a companion novel - not bad at all. It's full of cotton-candy fluff, and I devoured every single bite.Now, this one was a bit heavy on the smut and a bit light on the Nessian but it definitely had all the right feels in all the right places. Stars flickered around us, sweet darkness sweeping in. As if we were the on *cue the undiluted screams of joy* Okay. Okay. I will try to be objective about this one but I just finished ACOWAR and I am still riding that emotional high. To summarize: for a companion novel - not bad at all. It's full of cotton-candy fluff, and I devoured every single bite.Now, this one was a bit heavy on the smut and a bit light on the Nessian but it definitely had all the right feels in all the right places. Stars flickered around us, sweet darkness sweeping in. As if we were the only souls in a galaxy. For those who don't know (and are curious) this novel sprang from a very drunk conversation between Sarah J. Maas (aka the Maaster) and her publisher. Maas confessed that in her free time that she wrote fanfiction of her work. Just little drabbles of what happened in between ACOWAR and her next novel. The publisher thought, we could sell that... And thus, this novel was born.So, keeping the origins in mind, I really liked this novel. There wasn't a big-bad or end-of-the-world subplot, not much plot development happened BUT this was a fun and lighthearted read. And honestly, after ACOWAR, these characters deserve a few months years off from the doom-and-gloom. “Dangerous words, Rhysand,” Amren warned, strutting through the door, nearly swallowed up by the enormous white fur coat she wore. Only her chin-length dark hair and solid silver eyes were visible above the collar. She looked— “You look like an angry snowball,” Cassian said. Feyre and friends are spending their first winter solstice (aka Christmas without Christ) together. And despite the warmth of the hearth, not all of the winter chill is kept out.Feyre frets about reuniting her family.Rhysand freaks out about what to buy her (Solstice and birthday presents!!). Mor is absolutely terrible at expressing her feelings (and gift-giving in general).And Amren makes out like a bandit (mostly cause everyone knows what to buy her - priceless jewels).And, of course, Nesta being Nesta made this novel shine. Every time she and Cassian are in the same room the dynamic between them is just perfect. He'd seen Nesta in that particular pose, too. He called it her I Will Slay My Enemies pose.Cassian had named about two dozen poses for Nesta at this point. Ranging from I Will Eat Your Eyes for Breakfast to I Don't Want Cassian to Know I'm Reading Smut. The latter was his particular favorite. I know this is just a companion novel and that there won't be much development in terms of relationships but c'mon Sarah J. Maas. Throw us a bone. (Actually, if you read the sneak peek at book 4 included at the end, I suppose she does offer us a bit of relationship hints). I am so emotionally invested in this series right now. I wish I could just time-machine myself into next year for book 4. But until I get that working, this companion novel will certainly tide me over.P.s. I got to read the hand-stamped version of Sarah J. Maas's book. All I could think of the whole time was - ohmygosh. She touched the book
    more
  • ~Poppy~
    January 1, 1970
    FINALLY!!We have a cover! It's absolutely beautiful <3I can't wait until May :(
  • Lior
    January 1, 1970
    First, technically speaking, why was this book necessary? What was the plot? Was there even a plot? SJM said this novella is a bridge between Feysand’s story and the next story in this world, but what exactly did it bridge? All I got from this book is anger and a gag reflex.If you’ve seen my ratings, updates, or followed me at all on here, you know I was obsessed with ACOMAF. It was all I talked about for about a year, from the moment I read it. I basically hated the other two books, but I loved First, technically speaking, why was this book necessary? What was the plot? Was there even a plot? SJM said this novella is a bridge between Feysand’s story and the next story in this world, but what exactly did it bridge? All I got from this book is anger and a gag reflex.If you’ve seen my ratings, updates, or followed me at all on here, you know I was obsessed with ACOMAF. It was all I talked about for about a year, from the moment I read it. I basically hated the other two books, but I loved the second one, and got so attached to feysand. But, good god, it is just not possible that the person who wrote ACOMAF is the same one who wrote ACOWAR&ACOFAS. (Yes I’m hinting at a conspiracy theory). Like, ACOWAR was bad, but I still had some attachments to Feysand, even though Rhys was kind of a douche even then. But this? This was bad. let me just say this book is not a fantasy book. It’s a contemporary set in a different world. no fantastic elements other than flying (and even that was only mentioned for the purpose of a sex scene) were present in this book. Feyre didn’t use her powers even once. You’d think she’d use this time to practice and perfect her abilities, but no. She might as well be human. But what annoyed me most about this book (and ACOWAR too tbh) is the complete regression of the characters. Feyre went back to roaming around the house doing nothing all day, Mor is still hiding herself for no apparent reason— homophobia is not even a thing in this world and even if it were we all know the Inner Circle would accept her no matter what, so what’s the point?, Nesta went back to her old self (though I kind of get that), Amren lost all her strength and fierceness and just sits around doing jigsaw puzzles, and Rhys, oh god, Rhys. HOW IN THE WORLD is this sleazy, sex crazed douchebag supposed to be the same loving, caring, supportive Rhysand from ACOMAF? He couldn’t go two sentences without making some unnecessary innuendos, talking about how good Feyre feels, how he can’t stand being around her without fucking her or how he dicked her in the sky while flying (???). His entire first chapter in this was him sulking and whining because he doesn’t get to fuck Feyre daily. *insert the world’s smallest violin*But putting that aside, let’s talk about how “”feminist”” he is.(I just wanna note that I know I still loved Rhys (less, but still loved him) after ACOWAR even though all those issues were present there too. It was just a little more subtle and I was still on that Feysand rush since I’d read ACOMAF only a month before. Now enough time has passed and ACOFAS has really solidified Rhys’ problematic behavior in my mind and I can see it for what it truly is.)In ACOMAF, he said [about Feyre] ”My equal in every way; she would wear my crown, sit on a throne beside mine. Never sidelined, never designated to breeding and parties and child-rearing. My queen.” (page 621). And what do you know, in ACOFAS she is constantly sidelined, and trying for a child. In fact, the beginning of this book really parallels the beginning of ACOMAF. I mean, yeah, Feyre’s in a better mental state for sure, but she still sits around the house being bored, or painting, or designing a house, while Rhysand is out there dealing with all the politics. Direct quotes from the book-”perhaps I’d use the day to organize things. Find room for everything.“ “High Lady of the Night Court, Defender of the Rainbow and the … Desk.”[Rhys walks in while Feyre’s in bed] “Right where I left you”... “Isn’t it all I’m good for?”Like, are you fucking kidding me? Yeah, you crowned her High Lady, but the reality is that you never involve her in anything big. You just have her clean and do some paperwork. She’s a housewife. That’s soooo feminist of you! High Lord of the Feminist Court!Basically, Sarah J Maas made Rhys such a supporter of women in ACOMAF to make the difference between Tamlin and him even clearer, and once we all switched to Rhys’ side she figured she could just drop the act. Well, I got some news for you Sarah. It doesn’t work that way. Your readers aren’t dumb. And also, can we talk about the whole period thing? It was really cool to see such an open discussion about it in a book (no sarcasm this time) but... the idea that it makes women completely incompetent? Not so much. And that cheesy scene of him stroking her hair while she’s in pain? I almost puked.Oh and for god’s sake don’t get me started on the sisters!!!First of all- Leave! Nesta! Alone! She’s been traumatized, and she doesn’t wanna be around the Inner Circle because it’s a constant reminder of what she’d gone through. Feyre of all people should know what that feels like. But no, she keeps pressuring her and practically blackmailing her so she would come. And Cassian chasing her down her street even though she asked him to leave her alone multiple times. These people can’t respect a woman’s simple request for privacy. but hey, they have a High Lady! Yay Feminism!And I am just disgusted by how Elain is treated in this book. She is constantly pressured by Feyre to give Lucien a chance even though she repeatedly and explicitly says she’s not interested. But Feyre doesn’t let up because he’s a “good male”. Again, Feyre is such a feminist Icon! Not to mention much Elain is belittled and ridiculed in this. She may be naive, but she’s not dumb! she’s not a child! They all (excluding Azriel, the only pure soul in this mess) keep treating and speaking to her like she’s a four year old!!! I have more thoughts but I’m so angry that I can’t even make them into a coherent sentence and this is getting too long anyway, so the bottom line is, I only care about Azriel now, but even if there’s a book about him, count me out because I’m done. I’m just done with Sarah J. Maas books.
    more
  • Caitlin
    January 1, 1970
    THERE WERENT ENOUGH PAGES. IT DIDNT LAST LONG ENOUGH. I HATE MY LIFE. BUT IM SO EXCITED FOR THE NEXT BOOK
  • Beth
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 StarsI don't really know what to say about this? Did I love it? No. Did I like it? yes... it's just difficult, because I knew coming into this that it was a Novella, but I kind of expected more. For the first 50% it was okay, I felt slightly bored by it at the same time. We see how the group are dealing with things after the war, and what may come in future books and what they're planning. But like I said, I was bored. Some parts made me go really, and then eye roll so much. I just think tha 3.5 StarsI don't really know what to say about this? Did I love it? No. Did I like it? yes... it's just difficult, because I knew coming into this that it was a Novella, but I kind of expected more. For the first 50% it was okay, I felt slightly bored by it at the same time. We see how the group are dealing with things after the war, and what may come in future books and what they're planning. But like I said, I was bored. Some parts made me go really, and then eye roll so much. I just think that it's coming across and trying to be a bit too perfect.However after saying that, there were indeed some really lovely moments and some things that I honestly really did just enjoy, so here are a few:- We got a Cassian POV, he's one of my favourite characters in this series (alongside my queen that is Nesta)- Women training!- Talk about periods... that shit was relatable!- I loved all things related to drunk decorating- Toilet Situations + Amren :')- Snowball fights- That cake legit hurt my heart- Solistice and all of the gifts, it was just so nice and I dunno it felt like a family coming together on a holiday and just being normal and there for each other, it was just too damn cute!- All forms of Nessian interaction, my heart and soul needed it!- The dresses!Now the things that I'm in a bit of a tizz over. Firstly I'm just going to address the elephant in the room, and that is Nesta. She's completely pulled away from everyone and is living in what can only be described as a depression. I don't know how to word this properly, but I'll try. It seemed to me that Nesta is struggling with a lot, and doesn't know how to deal with it. She's clearly not over her fathers death, she's coming to terms with becoming fae and seeing her sister go through that and has a lot of shit going on. HOWEVER, for me it seemed that a lot of the characters were kind of judging her, but when Feyre went through something similar it was kind of seen differently and she wasn't looked at to be a villain? I felt so sorry for Nesta, because in her dark time it seems as though no one seems to understand other than maybe Cassian. I hope we see her in the next book begin to progress and hopefully with time she will be able to heal and let someone *cough* Cassian *cough in to be able to actually talk to things about.Then we have Lucien, all I want for him is some form of happiness. I am so pissed at how he was treated in this book. One chapter. ONE. In that chapter he isn't treated the best, and honestly it just hurts my little heart. I'm literally rooting for him to have some form of happiness. HE NEEDS IT! While on the topic of Lucien, I may as well mention Tamlin this is also pretty difficult to explain. Before anyone comes preaching to me, I 1000000000% do not condone/agree with what he did in anyway shape or form. HOWEVER I did feel ever so slightly sorry for him, yes he's a dick, however he's literally lost everything and it was kind of sad to see this.Finally... as for the snippet extra chapters, I am ridiculously excited. We're going to have so much Nessian and I could cry with happiness, although I'm low key mad at what happened because yanno... where's the support?! Mixed feelings to say the least. I think I'm going to like the second book in the Novella more than this one, however it was nice enough.P.S - They mentioned the point. I was living.A Court of Thorns and Roses - 4 StarsA Court of Mist and Fury - 5 StarsA Court of Wings and Ruin - 4 StarsA Court of Frost and Starlight - 3.5 Stars------------OH MY!!We get a novella of the aftermath AND it's in Feyre and Rhysands POV?!Please for all of our sakes let Rhysand have more than two chapters.The excitement is REAL!————— 25.11.17A Court of Frost and StarlightWe have a title!!!!!Dear 2018, plz hurry much love all ACOTAR fans xoxoxo—————30.01.18We have a cover! I’mNot mad at it either and I actually prefer the UK cover... ITS A MIRACLE————-
    more
  • Alana • thebookishchick
    January 1, 1970
    RATING: 3.5OKAY SOOOOOOI really did enjoy this BUT I cannot justify a five star review for this because I mean WHERE WAS THE PLOT?!I was happy to be back with my favs but this is literally 200+ pages of shopping, painting, Rhys & Feyre making one decision, and talking. AND THAT'S IT.Let me rant first and then I'll tell you what I loved, okay? This was supposed to be the bridge between ACOWAR and the spin-off novels, but it wasn't because by the end of this story nothing happened for anything RATING: 3.5OKAY SOOOOOOI really did enjoy this BUT I cannot justify a five star review for this because I mean WHERE WAS THE PLOT?!I was happy to be back with my favs but this is literally 200+ pages of shopping, painting, Rhys & Feyre making one decision, and talking. AND THAT'S IT.Let me rant first and then I'll tell you what I loved, okay? This was supposed to be the bridge between ACOWAR and the spin-off novels, but it wasn't because by the end of this story nothing happened for anything to get resolved. What was the bridge between ACOWAR and the next book was literally the EXCERPT FROM BOOK 4. So technically, we could have done without this and had book 4 a year sooner, just sayin'. #bitterI don't know if this is an unpopular opinion or not but I'm kinda done with Rhys & Feyre, don't get me wrong they're still one of my OTP's but I mean coooooome on. It's getting to the point where their perfectness is causing the risk of my eyeballs to get stuck in the back of my head to rapidly increase. Again, I love them but three books was enough. Let's not beat a dead horse.And last, WHERE WAS THE WEDDING, HUH?!?! I've been waiting what feels like my entire life for it since Rhys & Feyre decided to be rude and sneak behind our backs and get married and there was all this hype about a wedding THAT NEVER HAPPENED. Again, RUDE.Now before you think I hate this book entirely here are some things I did LOVE.-Nesta being her usual bitchy self. WERK HONEY-Cassian calling Amren an angry snowball-Amren not understanding how to pee-Mor accusing Rhys of taking forever to get dressed-A lil backstory about Cassian's life-Snowball fights-Amren squealing when getting jewels-Cassian & Feyre attempted to decorate for Solstice while drunk-The cake Elain baked for Feyre's birthday *i cri*Some of my favorite quotes from this: “My mate—who had worked so hard and so selflessly, all without hope that I would ever be with him. We had both fought for that love, bled for it. Rhys had died for it.” “Dangerous words, Rhysand,” Amren warned, strutting through the door, nearly swallowed up by the enormous white fur coat she wore. Only her chin-length dark hair and solid silver eyes were visible above the collar. She looked— “You look like an angry snowball,” Cassian said.” “I love you,” he breathed. “More than life, more than my territory, more than my crown.” “The weaver went on, “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.”"So training these women, giving them the resources and confidence to fight back, to look beyond their campfire... it was for her. For the mother buried here, perhaps buried nowhere."“And in the end, though, we'd saved each other. All of us had.” So yeah, overall while I was happy to be back with my favs I am kinda bummed that nothing really happened. HOWEVER, the excerpt of book 4 has me dyyyyying for 2019 to hurry the hell up because it is literally my DREAM COME TRUE!!!Blog | Twitter | Instagram
    more
  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    ACOBAR - A Court of Boredom and RepetitionYep, that’s what I’m going with.2.5 starsThis was...painful. Painful, because I’ve been SO obsessed with this series and beyond excited for this novella and somehow I just ended up feeling immensely bored and underwhelmed. Sure, seeing those characters again was nice and there were some cute scenes but half of what happened in this book was a repetition of past events. You might say, what did you expect? This was just supposed to bridge the gap between t ACOBAR - A Court of Boredom and RepetitionYep, that’s what I’m going with.2.5 starsThis was...painful. Painful, because I’ve been SO obsessed with this series and beyond excited for this novella and somehow I just ended up feeling immensely bored and underwhelmed. Sure, seeing those characters again was nice and there were some cute scenes but half of what happened in this book was a repetition of past events. You might say, what did you expect? This was just supposed to bridge the gap between the old and the new series and it’s only a novella, but I still expected more. Mostly more plot.Had I read this shortly after finishing book 3, I probably would’ve devoured this. You know, when I was still at that desperate point where I would’ve done almost anything to see more of those characters. Now, though? Not so much. The only characters who didn’t annoy me were Rhys, Cassian, Az and Amren, but even they kinda bored me.I’ve always struggled with Nesta but in this one her nasty attitude was just too fucking much. And whenever Elaine blinked her stupid doe eyes, I just wanted to shake and/or punch her. I was also reminded that I really don’t like Feyre all that much.And Mor...I don’t even know what to say about her. I used to love her but now I’m just indifferent.Tamlin was pathetic! I’m really not his biggest fan but come on, give the guy a break.Overall this book kinda bummed me out with so many depressed, unhappy and pathetic characters. If I’m going to read the new series then only because of Az and Cassian because I love these guys. It will be tough, though, since I don’t know how I’ll stomach any more Nesta.And thanks for reminding me why I usually don’t bother with novellas.Buddy read with my Belgian truffle. And yes, Kim, this is supposed to remind you of something! ;)******************FANGIRL MODE ACTIVATED IN 3...2...1...ONLY A FEW MORE DAAAAAAYS!!!I apologize in advance for my upcoming behavior. Don't judge me too harshly please ;)********************************I’d pretty much sell my soul for more Rhysand.
    more
  • Jiana
    January 1, 1970
    Where’s book 4???¿¿??¿ I don't remember the last time I actually wrote a full review, but this is ACOFAS and this book warrants a full review, so shall we begin? I would like to mention this review is all over the place but I got most of what I wanted out there so yeaaaaaaaaah. My dreams have been answered in this book: I got Cassian POVs. If you know me well, you know just how much I adore Cassian and when I saw the he's going to have his own POVs, I legit freaked out. Of course, I will be dedi Where’s book 4???¿¿??¿ I don't remember the last time I actually wrote a full review, but this is ACOFAS and this book warrants a full review, so shall we begin? I would like to mention this review is all over the place but I got most of what I wanted out there so yeaaaaaaaaah. My dreams have been answered in this book: I got Cassian POVs. If you know me well, you know just how much I adore Cassian and when I saw the he's going to have his own POVs, I legit freaked out. Of course, I will be dedicating a full section in this review to my ray of sunshine, because obviously, he deserves it. I will start off with the book in general. Frankly, it felt like a filler but I enjoyed it for the most part. I think it was meant to serve as a filler given that SJM wanted to bridge the first trilogy with the next one. But it got me thinking, was it necessary? I mean I'm not bothered by this book because this series holds a special place in my heart and, most importantly, it gave me more Cassian, obviously (if you read my pre-reviews, you can see just how much I was looking forward to getting more Cassian and more Nessian). But now that I know that book 4 will be about Cassian (cue the freaking out), I wish we didn't get a novella because I'd have gotten Cassian's book right now. I can't believe I'd have to wait another year to read about my sunshine. So in this novella, I wouldn't say anything of importance particularly happened. It was mostly everyone dealing with the aftermath of the events of ACOWAR. There's quite a lot of themes here: loss, grief, depression, alcoholism, PTSD... and I can see this series venturing yet again to dark places. But SJM has done it before. She has done it in ACOMAF and HOF, and I've said this before and I'll say it again: no one does broken characters, self love and healing like SJM does. In this novella, SJM yet again shows us just how dark mental health can get. That's reality, my friends. Mental health is not pretty and it takes a toll on the individual his/herself and their family, friends, and community and SJM shows that here. I'll be looking forward to seeing how she tackles this in book 4 and I trust she'll do a fine job. I love Feysand but also I feel like I got all I needed out of them, you feel me? That's a second reason why I felt that novella might've been unnecessary. The first trilogy was centered around them, which for me, was more than enough. I am more than ready to get into the heads of the other characters. I mean, we do get that here: Cassian POVs (my love), Mor POVs, and one small Nesta POV. I would've liked to have Az and Elain and Lucien's POVs as well but oh well, they'll probably be getting their own books I assume. Back to Feysand, there were super cute moments for these two, but also one tiny moment where I was like "... no", but all in all, they were cute and lovey dovey and domestic. But as I've said, I'm ready for the other characters (particularly Cassian lmao).But this book wasn't all sad, we got super cute moments for the other characters. The snowball tradition? OH MY HEART. These Illyrian babies are my life. And the sauna scene? Very funny. The next few sections are spoilery, so read at your own risk.This book left me conflicted. Tamlin makes an appearance, which honestly, I didn't expect. I was quite shocked at the state he was in. If you've read my previous reviews for this series, you'd know my stance on the whole Tamlin issue. This stands here again. I am not, under any circumstances, excusing Tamlin's actions. Tamlin remains an asshole and I don't excuse abuse and manipulation and toxic relationships. However... I felt sad for him in this book. We see just how much he's fallen. It's true he bought this to himself but honestly? What he did at the end of ACOWAR must mean something. So I don't know, I feel very conflicted and torn. Now, my second source of conflict was Nesta. Nesta is going down a very destructive path and while I was very angry at her at first, I started thinking and realized that hey, this is mental health. This is reality. Mental health isn't pretty. It's hard and it's ugly and it's difficult. I understand why people would say Nesta is awful in this book... but just please, understand where she's coming from and try to understand the mental state she's in. Don't just preach the importance of mental health and not understand the full toll it takes on the person and his/her surrounding. And never trash talk someone with mental health issues because frankly, it says a lot about what kind of person you are. I’ve seen reviews and updates calling Nesta awful/horrible and so forth and honestly? I’m fuming. She is suffering from depression and PTSD, things which, by the way, are out of her control and are negative affecting her and are destroying her, and you have the nerve to call her awful? Those people need to educate themselves on mental health. Having said that, it definitely broke me having to read about Nesta. Just how broken she was. My heart was breaking over Cassian because she continuously hurts him and pushes him away and I'm just... I need to protect Cassian. I was at the verge of crying for both of them. But, the next book is about them, while it leaves me quite nervous because I don't know how this will go, I'm still very excited because Nessian is my OTP and *ehem* I get more Cassian *ehem* and we'll finally be getting the development and healing Nesta deserves. Now... my ray of sunshine: Cassian. I mean what can I say? He's lovely. He's pure. He's precious. He's loyal. He's sweet. He's soft. He's just perfect. The things he says and the things he does in this book... oh God help me. They broke my heart and I just adore him so very much. He brings over clothes for charity and he helps everyone and he's just PURE. He deserves all the good in the world and GOSH JUST GIVE HIM A HAPPY ENDING. JUST GIVE ME BOOK 4 SO I READ ABOUT HIS HAPPINESS. JUST GIMME. Lucien. Time for Lucien. Oh gosh, I just want to cry for him. He's struggling so much and I'm pissed because I don't really see anyone being there for him. But, I trust SJM will give him happiness. SO GIVE HIM HAPPINESS, THANK YOU. I mean I get why Elain wouldn't want to talk to him, but please!!!!! Speaking of Elain, I can't wait to get into her head, because she is more complex than she lets on. And and and, Az, my sweet angel Az. There was this scene where he laughs, and I was like "/!?!?!?!?!!!! HE'S LAUGHING!!!!" Like can y'all imagine the smol, quiet spymaster laughing? I'm out. My heart is bursting. As for Mor, it was nice to see her view on things and I think we're going to see more of the strong Mor we've gotten to know in ACOMAF. I don't have much to say about her so I'll leave it at that. As for Amren? Sadly, I have nothing to say about her so yeah. Update 30/01/2018: AND WE FINALLY HAVE A COVER!!!!!!!!! LOOK AT THAT MAGNIFICENT THING! The dress is so beautiful you guys! 😍 Update 15/11/2017: WE HAVE A TITLE!!!!! And I actually really like it! Much more than ACOWAR's title. I was beginning to wonder when SJM will include Starlight in her titles. We also have a blurb!!! CAN'T WAIT FOR THE COVER NOW YAAAAAAAAS. 15/08/2017: YES. NEWS REGARDING THE NEXT ACOTAR INSTALLMENT!As per SJM's Instagram post, we will be getting a novella set after the events of ACOWAR! It'll serve as a bridge between the original trilogy and the new one. We'll get to see the whole gang again, and Rhys and Feyre will narrate. MORE CASSIAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN. AND MORE NESSIAN. GIMME.It will be released May 2018 (original release date for TOG 7, which now has been pushed back till Fall 2018).
    more
  • Fables&Wren
    January 1, 1970
    Eh. RTC.- - -Half way through this beauty! Love seeing my friends again! Also, have a giveaway for this book on my instagram! It’s the exclusive one with the art work! I’ll put my linktree for you here!https://linktr.ee/fablesandwren- - - So I was having fun with fellow book-blogger Melanie, talking about different things we want to see in the spin-off series and some things we want to see set up in this novella (lol Maas and her basically-novel novellas). Here are a few ideas/wants:01. More Cas Eh. RTC.- - -Half way through this beauty! Love seeing my friends again! Also, have a giveaway for this book on my instagram! It’s the exclusive one with the art work! I’ll put my linktree for you here!https://linktr.ee/fablesandwren- - - So I was having fun with fellow book-blogger Melanie, talking about different things we want to see in the spin-off series and some things we want to see set up in this novella (lol Maas and her basically-novel novellas). Here are a few ideas/wants:01. More Cassian and Nesta and their hate to love relationship. We all want it, don’t even kid. 02. More Lucien and his family drama. It would be interesting to see maybe Lucien getting picked over his brothers to be High Autumn and how they would react, would it not? That’s highly unlikely to happen but I can still daydream about the bloodshed and drama! 03. More Mor (lol “mor mor”) concurring her fear of being rejected by her family and exploring who she really is. This was left really open ended and kind of.. weird to me. So I would love to have it explored more. 04. Azriel getting the best happily ever after there can ever be in any life. Like he DESERVES it. My broody soldier. 05. Amren being Amren and being devious and mysterious and all together awesome. 06. Elain and the foreseeable love triangle and possibly going against the mate pull (or towards I LITERALLY CAN’T DECIDE AND IT IS TEARING ME APART). Do you have any theories or wants? I WANNA DISCUSS!!!!!!- - -LOOK AT THE COVER LOOK AT THE BEAUTIFUL COVER LOOK AT THE SPECTACULARLY BEAUTIFUL COVER! Really tho, I like that the novellas actually are important to the stories for Maas and not just a filler. And also I never knew I was a complete and utter fan girl until I looked down and saw I was complete and utter trash for this series. - - - What do you mean I have drool on my face from reading that title?
    more
  • lucie
    January 1, 1970
    (If you loved this book, I am happy for you. Don't be mad at me because I didn't.)I just can't give it more stars, I really can't. It's not a bad book, but...it's pointless. The book is basically about the Inner Circle celebrating Christmas and buying presents. And then there is Rhysand who is sex-deprived and thinks about sex most of the time. I don't mind sex scenes and I didn't have a problem with them in this series so far but I somehow didn't like them here? I guess the main reason why I di (If you loved this book, I am happy for you. Don't be mad at me because I didn't.)I just can't give it more stars, I really can't. It's not a bad book, but...it's pointless. The book is basically about the Inner Circle celebrating Christmas and buying presents. And then there is Rhysand who is sex-deprived and thinks about sex most of the time. I don't mind sex scenes and I didn't have a problem with them in this series so far but I somehow didn't like them here? I guess the main reason why I disliked ACOFAS is that I am not a fan of Rhysand and Feyre. I still like Tamlin more than Rhysand. This book made me realize that I don't care about Feysand anymore at all. I will continue with the series. I still like it. And I hope that Tamlin find his happy ending one day and we get more Cassian and Azriel in the books they will come. ***I am not disappointed by the cover but I am not impressed either, tbhThe cover is just... okayish
    more
Write a review