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A Court of Frost and Starlight (A Court of Thorns and Roses series #3.1) by Sarah J Maas book review

I’m really sad at the moment I was expecting an action-packed novel something that Sarah J Maas delivers well and very often. I was expecting to be really shaken after the 229 pages but I did not expect this: the fact that after reading the book I felt totally and utterly disappointed and unmoved.

The whole reason why I was upset about all of this was because Sarah J Maas is hands down one of my favourite writers and my adoration of her work increased with Throne of Glass and expected to be more in awe after ACOFAS but I just feel very neutral because this book did nothing to make me feel that whole “WOW” factor as the previous ACOTAR books did.

I wasn’t expecting much to happen especially considering the key points I picked up in reading the blurb were: Winter Solstice, “picking up the pieces” after the events of ACOWAR. And I knew that I won’t love it as much as the previous books but I didn’t expect myself to dislike it as much as I did. It was just way too slow for me and it seemed as if it had no plot to it and was more of a story saying what they did during the holidays and although I enjoyed seeing my favourite characters, Mor, Cassian, Azriel, Amren, Nesta, Elain etc, I would’ve preferred if it was a book that had a thrilling plotline as the previous books had.

With the negatives aside, I must say that the writing was amazing as always when it comes to Sarah J Maas… unfortunately too well especially with the inappropriate scenes that shall go unmentioned here. It just made me cringe and groan in agony because those scenes are very unnecessary and yes, we get that Feyre and Rhys love each other but sometimes it becomes too much and becomes sickening to read and I just started to almost skim read those parts when they came up. I used to tolerate Rhysand and Feyre but now my attention has moved onto Nesta and Cassian’s blossoming relationship which seems to be the theme of ACOTAR #4. I am super excited for that one. The sneak peek of it at the end of ACOFAS just ruined me and I cannot wait another year for it!

ACTUAL RATING: 2.9 STARS

7 comments

ladybird

I just started it last night so Ive only read a couple of chapters but I've been finding the same thing. I feel like this could have been a free bonus couple of chapters because it sounds like it could have been cut down a lot and it feels a lot like fanfiction tbh

7th May, 18
sylvs

OMG EXACTLY MY THOUGHTS! I thought this was just a fanfiction featuring the characters

7th May, 18
miekayaya

awwwww, thats ad i was really looking forward to it, im still trying to get a hold of it... is there an ACOTAR blog by any chance?

7th May, 18
sylvs

I don't think so but there could be :)

8th May, 18
booksforlife

There is a fan blog. A wiki one like the HP wikis and stuff. That's all. Apart from SJM's blog.

13th May, 18
booksforlife

I was really looking forward to this, but like you, the blurb "put me off" in a way.
I do dislike the scenes that are overly intimate. They're just too visual and almost confronting in a way.
I mean, I LOVE Feysand, but it doesn't mean we need to see the private parts of their relationship. Like if they're having a discussion in bed and it describes the conversation, then sure. But basically anything else is too much.

13th May, 18
sylvs

Agreed. I hated books 2-3 of ACOTAR because of those intimate scenes it was really disgusting and I legitimately got eye drops for how gross it made my eyes feel.

13th May, 18