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Hello everyone!!! Last year, as I did previously with the second book, I reviewed A Court of Wings and Ruin (ACOWAR) by Sarah J Maas, the third book in the A Court of Thorns and Roses series, and I definitely enjoyed it and came away with a LOT of questions and theories. This year, though, I was more eh about A Court of Frost and Starlight*, a novella that takes place after the events of ACOWAR. Before I get into my (not really spoilery) review, here is the synopsis, via Goodreads:
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.
Sounds very domestic which I quite like to be honest but as I shall discuss later, it was also a flaw of the book….let’s get into the review:
- TBH, in terms of structure, it felt very novella (makes sense) but put in a way that you expected it to be a novel. Like it was all so domestic and yes there were a couple problems but like it felt too big of a book to be called a novella and too small to be called a novel.
- Plot: One part of this awkwardness was that the book touched on some bigger issues that we see within the characters, especially after the war, however it also went on a surface level and didn’t seem to explain much or answer some of the more important questions I had after A Court of Wings and Ruin, specifically re: different characters and their powers and their relationships with each other. Overall, it felt like it wanted to hit at some bigger issues and go deeper into them as actual plot pieces but, because it’s calling itself a novella, it didn’t.
- Also, something random was that the time jumps were kind of weird? Like time seemed to be a big thing within the novel where you could place events in a time order which is a real life kinda thing and can be found subtly in books but it felt very overt this time. What was especially off to me was how there was no specific distance used between times: for a few chapters, it could be over several days, then we would jump a week and see different characters over the same times/days, then jump a month, then another day, then another month and it was all so weird.
- One thing I did like (and didn’t like I guess) about it was it felt very domestic & fanfic-y, as I previously mentioned. Like it was meant to be a way for us to see what the characters do when they’re not off at war and are just at home or at work. While that was great, though, and I appreciated it, it also didn’t really work for it as, like I said before, it also tried to touch on bigger issues and it was all just eh.
Overall, Idk what to think of ACOFAS. I mean, I didn’t hate it or anything and it wasn’t a bad book really but, compared to the other three books in the series, it just felt a little awkward/weird. Like it wasn’t up to standard I guess. What did you guys think of A Court of Frost and Starlight*, if you’ve read it? Was it like you guys expected it to be? Let me know in the comments below! Thanks, have a great day/night and tata for now!
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