A Court of Frost and Starlight – Sarah J Maas

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Publication Date: May 1, 2018

Page Count: 272 (Hardcover)

From the Jacket:

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 a far-reaching impact on the future of their court.

A Court of Thrones and Roses is one of my all time favorite series. I own the print editions and have the second and third installments on audio (because we all know the first one isn’t nearly as important or enjoyable – boo Tamlin). I was a bit disappointed by A Court of Wings and Ruin because it felt like some of the magic created in A Court of Mist and Fury had been lost. It didn’t diminish my love for the series as a whole, but it did put a bit of a damper on my excitement about it. Because of that, it was with  guarded excitement that I counted down the days for A Court of Frost and Starlight to be released.  This is just a short novelette meant to bridge the gap between the first three books and the spin off series.

I was finally able to sit down and read it last night (two whole days after I received it, the horror) and breathed a sigh of relief as I turned the final page. I really needn’t have worried, because while nothing really major happened, it felt like Maas found her voice again. It was absolutely wonderful to be back in the Night Court with these characters I’ve grown to love so much. The banter was spot on and so very witty. I laughed out loud several times and read much of the book with a big stupid smile on my face.

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Maas wrote ACOFAS from several different perspectives, a few of which we’ve never had before and I absolutely loved it. The chapters are pretty short and follow the characters as they prepare to celebrate the Winter Solstice together, which is very much like a Christmas celebration. They put up decorations, shop for gifts, and take time away from day to day responsibilities to be together. All around those preparations and celebration however, we learn about how all of the characters are coping, or in some cases, not coping, since the war. Some of the plot decisions were frustrating to read, but I know she’s creating conflict and opening up avenues for the new series.

I will say in a **minor spoiler** that Queen Maas FINALLY delivered that wall scene, you know the one.

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I won’t give away any details, but oh my goodness was it HOT. She really stepped up the dirty talk and I am HERE. FOR. IT. I’ve placed it in my top three favorites along with the scene at the inn and basically all of chapter 55 in ACOMAF. I think I loved it so much because it felt like those scenes. There was something missing between Feyre and Rhys in A Court of Wings and Ruin, almost like someone else was writing their dialogue and love scenes. This was not the case here, and I’m hoping she doesn’t deviate again.

Everything considered, Maas set out to deliver a short story to link the two series, and fill in some of the details from after the war and I think she succeeded. And it’s clear based on the final product that she had a great time doing it. At the end of the book is an expert from the first installment of the new series, and after reading it I’m not sure I can bear the wait. It’s clear it will be written from the perspectives of both Cassian and Nesta, but beyond that I don’t know much.  Fingers crossed we get more details soon.

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Any other ACOTAR fans out there? Gush with me will you?

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May 2017 Wrap-Up

I’m almost completely caught up with these posts! Woot!

I read 9 books in total for May, and all but one of them were part of a series. This was an exciting month due to the fact that the final installment of the ACOTAR series was released!! I discovered these last year and absolutely loved them. A Court of Mist and Fury is on my list of top all-time favorites and I was so incredibly anxious to see how this story ended for my beloved characters.

Some of the highlights this month…

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After pre -ordering this 500 years in advance, I made a deal with my wife and took the entire day to savor this book. I had my kleenex ready and a tub of my favorite ice cream and I snuggled up in my comfiest clothes and got lost in it. This got such mixed reviews, but I was really happy with it. There were a lot of threads left open, but that was intentional, as Maas has decided to write 3 more books in this world. As soon as I finished these, I re-read the rest of the series again and loved them just as much as the first time. Rhysand is my book boyfriend for life.

 

 

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I’ve been meaning to read The Daughter of Smoke and Bone series for a while and was very excited to find an audio version on Overdrive. Khristine Hvam is a MAGICAL narrator! She slips effortlessly between accents and I got completely lost in the world she helped bring to life. I’ll likely do a full review for this series because I just loved it so much. Definitely check them out.

 

 

 

 

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The Tearling series is another I’ve had on my shelves for a while and have been meaning to start. I read the first two installments this month and am on a waitlist for the final one from the library. These are very creative and genre bending and unlike anything I’ve ever read. They are sort of a mash up between epic fantasy and dystopian sci-fi, which is just not a combination I’ve ever tried before. I have high hopes for the last one and recommend these for sure!

 

 

I also read Caraval this month and feel the need to call it out because of how incredibly disappointed I was. Someone in marketing thought it would be a great idea to compare this one to the Night Circus, and just… NO. This book does not even come close to the magical unicorn of a book that is the Night Circus and I HATE finished it. If you want to read it because you’ve heard this comparison, save yourself the time and disappointment.

Ok rant over.

The whole line up…

 

A Court of Thorns and Roses – 4 crowns

A Court of Mist and Fury – 5 crowns

A Court of Wings and Ruin – 5 crowns

A Million Worlds with You – 4 crowns

The Queen of the Tearling – 4 crowns

The Invasion of the Tearling – 5 crowns

Daughter of Smoke and Bone – 5 crowns

Days of Blood and Starlight – 5 crowns

Caraval – 2 crowns (Hiss! Boo!)

 

Have you guys read any of these series? What did you think? Any recommendations to add?

September Wrap-Up

Seven books for September. Woot! I read so many truly wonderful books this month, including my new all time favorite.

 

Clockwork Princess – 5 crowns

Where’d You Go, Bernadette – 5 crowns (this is hilarious and wonderful!)

A Court of Thorns and Roses – 4 crowns

A Court of Mist and Fury – 5 crowns (I immediately re-read this one. New favorite. My love for Rhysand is deep and true.)

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe – 5 crowns

Dumplin’ – 5 crowns

It’s Kind of a Funny Story – 5 crowns