A Court of Frost and Starlight (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3.1)by Sarah J. Maas Published 01 May 2018
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Months after the explosive events in A Court of Wings and Ruin, Feyre, Rhys, and their companions are still busy rebuilding the Night Court and the vastly-changed world beyond. But Winter Solstice is finally near, and with it, a hard-earned reprieve. Yet even the festive atmosphere can't keep the shadows of the past from looming. As Feyre navigates her first Winter Solstice as High Lady, she finds that those dearest to her have more wounds than she anticipated--scars that will have far-reaching impact on the future of their Court.
"A Court of Frost and Starlight (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3.1)" Reviews
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.
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
This comes in exactly 2 weeks. I get to read about Lucien in 2 weeks (HOPEFULLY) 😭😭😭😭💕💕💕❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
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!
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!
[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! 😍
1.) A Court of Thorns and Roses ★★★★
2.) A Court of Mist and Fury ★★★★★
3.) A Court of Wings and Ruin ★★★★
“The first snow of winter had begun whipping through Velaris...”
A Court of Frost and Starlight starts out a few months after the events of A Court of Wings and Ruin, and Feyre, Rhysand, and the Inner Circle are preparing for the Winter Solstice. The entire gang is also suffering in their own ways with the trauma they are enduring from the events of the war.
“But it had been a long, brutal winter that had brought me so deep into the woods that day nearly two years ago. A long, brutal winter that had made me desperate enough to kill a wolf, that had eventually led me here—to this life, this … happiness.”
But there are so many lighthearted moments! Like, honestly, just picturing myself shopping for Winter Solstice during the first snow in Velaris? Talk about dream goals! And just in general, seeing this found family come together and be able to enjoy a holiday with one another after everything they’ve been through feels really nice.
My favorite thing about this story was easily the emphasis on the power of healing through art. This book beautifully showcases how important it can be to express your feelings through art, especially when you have no other means. This book truly is a love letter to artists everywhere, and it really meant a lot to me to see this topic be in the spotlight of this novella. Especially talking about the importance of kids learning to express themselves and giving them an outlet to do so, especially after trauma and/or dealing with depression. Seriously, the message was really touching and important. I only wish more schools took note.
“I have to create, or it was all for nothing. I have to create, or I will crumple up with despair and never leave my bed. I have to create because I have no other way of voicing this.”
My least favorite thing about this story is easily how it sort of feels like not a lot happens. I mean, this is a novella, and Sarah J Maas does gives us a lot of content inside of 224 pages, but at the same time I feel like a lot of that content is just about a group of people shopping for each other. Again, there are for sure important themes and discussions about trauma, loss, PTSD, and depression, but there is also a whole lot of fluff.
Trigger and content warnings for some sexist comments (always contested), talk of loss of a loved one, talk of abuse, talk of past torture, talk of past abandonment, depression, alcoholism, and talk of war.
I for sure think that SJM also gave her fans a lot of what they were after. Like, she gave you all the wall sex scene you all constantly hounded her for. So all you little pervs can look forward to that. And there is a lot of sexual tension in general, even though there is only one (really long) sex scene. I love Feyre and Rhysand, and I’m so happy they got their happily ever after, but I’m just kind of sick of reading about them. How many times can Rysand smell Feyre’s heated core? How many times can Feyre want all the naughty, terrible things from Rhysand? At this point, it feels like SJM is beating the deadest of horses that have ever died.
“Never enough. Not to paint him, know him. Eons would never be enough for all I wanted to do, see with him. For all I wanted to love him.”
ACOFAS is mostly in the point of view of Feyre and Rhysand, but Cassian and Mor get points of view too, and even Nesta gets a mini one! And I know I sound a little negative about a few things, but I really did enjoy being back in this world for a little bit! And I absolutely cannot wait to see what comes next, with new main characters!
The rest of my review is going to contain MAJOR SPOILERS for both ACOTAR, ACOMAF, ACOWAR, and this book, ACOFAS! Please, do not proceed to read any further unless you have read this book and its predecessors or you wish to be spoiled!
I have done this in the past reviews I’ve written for this series, so I’d just like to break down each character and talk about the way they made me feel.
“I think my heart knew you were mine long before I ever realized it.””
➽ Feyre - Okay, so her and Rhys are finally going to try to start a family. I was a little shook to remember that she turned 21 in this book, but to each their own. I have honestly thought Feyre was pregnant since the end of A Court of Mist and Fury, so I’m happy I no longer look as ridiculous. Also, I loved the selflessness of opening the art studio for kids in need. Again, best part of this story, hands down.
➽ Rhysand - What is there really to say about Rhysand at this point? You’re either going to love him for his big heart and empathy, or you’re going to love him for his big wing-span and ability to knock pictures off the wall. Hell, maybe you’ll love him for both.
➽ Cassian - Again, I’m so damn happy that he is going to be a part of the next story! He is such a kind soul, and I may have shed a few tears when he bought all those warm clothes, just to have the girl donate. He also always fights for women to be viewed as equal warriors to men, and I’m here for it, always. Best boy, and best boy deserves the next book.
➽ Azriel - You all know I want Elain with Lucien, so unless SJM is really going to go there and give me a polyamorous relationship between these three, then I just get irritated that Azriel is messing with my ship. But honestly, Azriel is a stand-up guy, and a fun character to read about. But please, give me that polyamorous relationship! I would honestly commit a minor felony for it.
“She would rather die here, bleed out here. She would rather die and return—return as something wicked and cruel, and shred them all apart.”
➽ Morrigan/Mor - Every time Mor has to go to the Hewn City, a piece of my heart dies. I love her, I love her so much. I want only good for her. And she is so much better than everything they made her endure. But anyways, the scene with her riding through the spooky, snowy woods at the end had me shook. I wish the entire book could have been about that journey and what was happening. Like, I loved it. Also, I was super let down that we didn’t get to see any glimpses of Viviane. Speaking of which, I really just want to celebrate Winter Solstice with the winter court, holy moly!
➽ Amren - The chapter where she was talking about not caring about what body she took was a little weird for me. I am a cis woman so I’m not going to comment too hard on it, but I am very interested to see how trans reviewers will feel about what she said. But I’ll be honest, it did kind of make me raise an eyebrow. Like, please never say a sentence with “male form” and “be able to whip it out and go whenever” please. It just reads badly and feels gross.
➽ Elain - And to touch on what I just said with Amren, the gross conversation made me think that maybe Elain was thinking about transitioning? And then I realized they mean back to a human, and that’s why I truly thought that the conversation was probably a really gross one that I wish wasn’t included in the book. But Elain as a character wasn’t bad or good, but it irritates me that she won’t even small talk with Lucien anymore.
➽ Nesta - Nesta was damn awful this book. Like, hard to read about awful. And her going down this destructive path isn’t edgy or cute.
➽ Lucien - My poor baby. My heart just bleeds for him. And him making sure Tamlin isn’t alone and is fed? Lucien is always the best friend to everyone. He deserves good things! SJM, give him good things!
➽ Tamlin - Look, I’m never going to sit here and excuse abuse, ever. But I don’t hate Tamlin, I don’t. His parts in this book were the saddest and hardest to read. And he, without a doubt, had the best quote line in all of A Court of Wings and Ruin. I feel very torn about him, but I don’t want people to think I’m a abuse apologist or anything like that. But if she wrote a Tamlin spin-off, I’d buy it.
➽ Ressina - My new favorite fae! Like, what do I have to do to get a book about her and her art studio(s)? Seriously, she had so many good moments in this novella, and I just want more. I love her!
➽ Eris - Someone come end this man and everything about him. Please. I’m honestly begging.
Well, if you all saw my pre-review for ACOFAS, it was pretty much just me wishing that this book was starring Cassian and Nesta. Well, my prayers, wishes, and hopes have been answered, because the sneak peak in the back of the book shows both of these two being swept away on a mission in the Illyrian Mountains. The amount of excitement I have is something I can’t even put into words.
And I shed a few tears at a few things in this book, but they really came when Feyre had to go and bring up the damn Suriel. I swear to you all, the Suriel was my favorite in this series, but now I think I’m just going to cry over him in every book. But as always, he helps Feyre remember an important message that I wish more people would embrace in 2018.
“And from far away, as if it was carried on the cold wind, I heard the Suriel’s voice. Feyre Archeron, a request. Leave this world a better place than how you found it.”
Overall, I’m not saying this was a perfect book, but I had a lot of fun with it. Yes, I’m totally sick of being with Feyre and Rhysand, too, but it was still nice seeing the Inner Circle, especially in winter time, and especially having snowball fights. Like, how precious. And I truly am exited for what is going to come next. (Also, I’m sorry if this review is a little all over the place! I inhale read for three plus hours and then wrote out this review at 3 AM! But hopefully you all enjoyed. Happy reading!)
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I'm not loving this one so much now that the initial enthusiasm of reading a new ACOTAR book has worn off. I originally gave it 4 stars because I wanted to love it so much that I was probably trying to convince myself I did. Buuuut I'm thinking 3 stars is pretty generous now.
The story (I use that word loosely) is told through the split POVs of Rhysand + Feyre, with some third person POVs thrown in from Cassian, Mor, and Nesta. I get that this was trying to introduce new characters and set the stage for the next book, but most novellas have a PLOT. I really didn’t get into it until like 40% of the way through.
Basically, this was like a string of deleted scenes on a dvd that you think are fun and mostly enjoy because you love the characters... except so many of them felt off here. They were either weirdly immature, empty, or annoying for other reasons. I mean, Feyre has been through SO many struggles and suddenly she's like some disconnected rich girl? Please no.
Also, I personally could live without the sexual content (super unpopular opinion, I know). This time around I actually found myself either rolling my eyes or nauseated at most scenes with Rhys. I WANT to like him! I really do. And I’m thrilled for them that they’re mates and everything, but ugh… sometimes they’re a bit too much.
But my favorite scenes in this series are always the ones where the whole group is hanging out doing nothing, so I did enjoy those moments!
• Cassian and Feyre’s drunken attempts to decorate
• Amren in her angry snowball coat (someone please draw this)
• WINTER. snow!
• Tamlin’s storyline is still going...
• it felt like it had some foreshadowing about shadows with some objects, places, & characters
• seeing Feyre working on her art & interacting with her people on her own
Otherwise the story mostly felt like it was setting up the next book to focus on Nesta and Cassian…which totally turned out to be the case in the excerpt at the end! That last line from the next book is the plot I never knew I wanted and I seriously don’t know how we’re supposed to wait another year. I'm excited for that book for sure!
bitch is just throwing together some random nouns for her titles now
✨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 LIFE
So 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
• 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 books
Basically 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.
Authors, 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 lmao
Also shout-out to sjm for managing to squeeze the word "mate" within like 100 words of bad blurb