Book Review: A Court of Frost and Starlight

A Court of Frost and StarlightTitle: A Court of Frost and Starlight

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Pub. Date: May 1, 2018

Rating: ♥♥♥ -3.5


Narrated by Feyre and Rhysand, this bridges the events in A Court of Wings and Ruin and the upcoming novels in the series.

New in the #1 New York Times bestselling Court of Thorns and Roses series, A Court of Frost and Starlight is a glimpse into the lives of Feyre and Rhys as they begin to recover from the war that changed their world.

Feyre, Rhysand, 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 a far-reaching impact on the future of their Court.


Like with most of my reviews there will be a spoiler free section followed by a spoiler section. This also won’t be a long review since the book was relatively short.

I knew going in that this was only a novella, a story epilogue to bridge the gap between ACOWAR and the new spin off series set in this world. Even knowing that, I was left kind of disappointed? I went into the book so excited to visit this world and these characters that I love and came out the other side deflated.

I was happy to see Rhys and Feyre again, along with the rest of the Inner Circle. Though I would have been happier if the book had just been from their points of view rather than basically everyone getting a chapter. (Not gonna lie, I would totally take the whole series from Rhys’ point of view).

I don’t know, there’s not much I can talk about without spoiling the very few things that actually happened in this novella.

So, onto the spoiler section.

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I feel like I didn’t need to see how much shopping they all did. I don’t care about the act of shopping, just tell me they went shopping, and show me what they got.

Also, Rhys and Feyre not being together for the majority of the book – really. REALLY. Ugh. And the “taking her in the air because we haven’t had a moment alone” scene – oooookaaayyyy.

I guess I’m just frustrated. Sure, my expectations were probably too high, but I was hoping for the wedding we never got to see, I was hoping for Rhys and Feyre to actually be together – suspend my belief that this is actually how they would act after a war, and just give me the warm cuddly and sexiness that is the two of them together.

I was happy that Feyre got back into painting and art in general again and got to draw Rhys. Also, thank you SJM for the wall scene – (I want to say I’ve been waiting for it, but that feels weird to type) – and I’m glad they were all together for the solstice.

I think Lucien should just go away. I don’t hate him, but I find that I can’t forgive him. And I definitely don’t want or like him mated with Elaine (I want her with Az.) I can’t forgive how Lucien stood by and let Tamlin treat her the way he did – I just can’t. I can acknowledge that he really didn’t have a choice (but let’s be real, he did, and he chose wrong, imo) but he didn’t do anything to help her, didn’t speak up for her, and I don’t care if the only companionship he can find is with a bunch of humans. No pity from me. (also the fact that he’s so quick to anger just makes me not want him with Elaine even more).

Now, Nesta. I know she’s going to be the focus of the next book in this spin off series, and I know she’s dealing with a lot, but I don’t think that gives her the right to treat everyone as shitty as she is. I think you choose the victim mentality, and I think on some level that’s what she’s doing, and she blames her sister for her misfortune, when really it was Hybren’s fault and not Feyre. Nesta has always been distance if not nasty towards her youngest sister, and it makes me not want to root for her.

I hate how she’s treating Cassian. You can’t be willing to die with someone and then just blatantly ignore them after the fact.

Ugh. Now I’m just ranting. I’m going to end this review/rant here. While this was my least favorite book in this series, I am looking forward to what Sarah has in store for us next!

 

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