Review: A Court of Frost and Starlight (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3.1) by Sarah J Maas

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Published: May 1, 2018

Authors: Sarah J Maas

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

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.

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Opinion: I think this is the first time I have ever even been mildly disappointed by Maas. OBVIOUSLY, I still loved it. I understand it’s a novella, I understand it’s not full length, I understand we’re just catching up. But I have never been more frustrated with ACOTAR than I was here.

I enjoyed getting to be inside the characters heads and seeing what happened to them from their POV’s. BUT we better get continuations because I feel like it left us hanging. We know who the next book will be about now after the teaser buttttt what about everyone else. I feel like it’s going to take a Nesyrn/Sartaq twist (if you’ve read ToD and the teaser you should get what I mean here)

It built up so much suspense to Winter Solstice and then barely talked about it. It was like OHMYGOSH WINTER SOLSTICE, okay moving on.

We got a few answers and things we had been hoping for. Honestly, the dresses were probably my favorite revelation in the whole novella. Ugh, my heart. Smol baby bat. So sad we didn’t get to meet his family. Prequel? Ohhhh. About it.

Obviously I always need more Maas. ToD7 can’t get here fast enough. I’m super excited for ACOTAR4 after that teaser too.

My Overall Rating: ★★★★


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Review: A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3) by Sarah J. Maas

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699 Pages

Published: May 2, 2017

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Synopsis:  Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s manoeuvrings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit – and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords – and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.

Opinion: I am a huge Maas fan, so y’all already know my opinion is biased. This review is coming after my second time reading the book. My review on A Court of Mist and Fury was VERY passionate, I guess you could say. So, I will try to steer clear of persuading y’all who you should and should not love in this review and stick to facts.

As I saw someone else to eloquently put, ACOWAR is mainly a plot building novel. It isn’t mainly character building like ACOTAR & ACOMAF were. It’s action packed pretty much the whole way through. It’s face paced and thrilling. This is one series, and one novel in specific that I did not want to put down.

If you’re looking for all of the smut and the feels, you won’t find as much here. It is more reserved in the romance section. I say as much because Maas doesn’t let us down with Rhys and Feyre’s love. Don’t fret.

Moving on. Although, as I said above, this is not a character building novel, I do believe that we learn more about the other characters, inner circle specifically, through Feyre. I also believe that we see growth in both Tamlin and Lucien’s characters as the novel progresses. Thankfully. ACOWAR saved Tamlin in my eyes. I think Maas is amazing with attention to detail.

Quotes guys. I have Quotes I saved from this novel to share with y’all and I am so excited to do so. Quoting novels is not something I have ever done before in my reviews, and quite honestly I have only ever saved quotes during re-reads. The A Court of Thorns and Roses series is the ONLY series I have ever re-read. So, y’all are looking at a first here.

Quotes

Rhysand. Mor. Cassian. Amren. Azirel. Elain. Nesta.

I missed you. Every second, every breath. Not just this…. but talking to you. Laughing with you. I missed having you in my bed, but I missed having you as my friend ever more.

Perhaps that was why she now kept all the curtains open. To fill the void that existed where all of the light had once been.

My Overall Rating: ★★★★★

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Review: A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J Maas

*THIS REVIEW IS FULL OF SPOILERS. And no, I’m not taking them out.*

*This is where I convince you Rhysand is a better man than Tamlin, if reading the books didn’t convince you on their own.*

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Book Details:

Originally published: May 3, 2016

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Preceded by: A Court of Thorns and Roses

Followed by: A Court of Wings and Ruin

 

Synopsis: Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas’s masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.

Opinion: TAMLIN is not perfect for Feyre. Let me say it again for the people in the back. TAMLIN IS NOT PERFECT FOR FEYRE. Yes, Tamlin has PTSD. Does that rectify what he does to Feyre? No. Was he a better person in the first book? Yes. Do I think he’s an awful person? No. I think he had a lot of stuff he needed to work though that he kept ignoring.

Let me spell it out for you, he emotionally, psychologically, and borderline physically abuses Ferye. This was not a healthy relationship. THIS IS NOT A HEALTHY RELATIONSHIP. If you are rooting for Tamlin and Feyre with the way things go in this novel, you might need to seek help yourself because that means you are blind to these things. I’m saying that in the nicest way possible.

The way I saw it, and I believe this was even mentioned in the book, is that Tam was the perfect fit for human Feyre, but not fae Feyre. Feyre grows a lot between these two books. She gains faith and confidence in herself. She has someone fighting for her in a way that she has never had before. Tam wanted a relationship to save himself and his people, and once he attained his goal he put his relationship on the back burner. He had more important things to focus on, in his opinion.

We see Tamlin trying to protect Feyre (I’ve never said he didn’t care for her,) he just smothers her. We literally see her start a spiral into depression, and he doesn’t. Everyone sees it except Tam, but no one wants to stand up to him because he rules in fear, not love. Everything Feyre does, from the clothes she wears to the parties she goes to, is to make Tamlin happy. Not herself. She does nothing to fix herself after Under the Mountain and it sucks the life out of her.

RHYSANDobviously, I love him. Is what he did to Feyre Under the Mountain okay? No. Do his actions after make up for it? YES. For someone who was sexually abused for FIFTY YEARS, he copes and he helps Feyre cope as well. He antagonizes her to help her see her own strength, to let her find her voice, and to draw her out of her fogged up mind. To me, Rhysand MAKES this story.

ACOMAF is amazing from the start, and I realize Tamlin is what held ACOTAR back. Tamlin is what had me going back and forth between DNF or no the first time I read it. It’s not Maas, it’s not her writing, it was the character. Tamlin is just meh.

Rhys saves Feyre when Tamlin traps her, but he gives her the choice to return home, if that is what she wants. It is always her choice. Not his, not what he wants, what she wants. Rhysand listens to Feyre and shares his thoughts with her, he asks her opinion. Feyre is able to make friends on her own terms, not her spouses.  She is allowed FREEDOM.

Rhys understands Feyre. He is able to see through her eyes, quite literally. They both feel that they are unworthy of love. They both are broken, but they come out of it together. They don’t try to protect each other or shield the other from harm. They fight together. They fight for each other, never alone.

ACOMAF is full of that action and adventure that ACOTAR lacked until the very end. It’s not just a sappy love story. It’s jam packed full of new places never mentioned before. Basically, a whole set of new characters are introduced, with few familiar faces.

A COURT OF MIST AND FURY is one of the best books I have ever read. Anyone can love this series. ANYONE. We tread even further into impending doom. Feyre becomes the bada** b**ch that Rhys helped her find in herself. Feyre pulls ahead of Aelin here in SJMaas female lead favorites. I’d rather have Feyre at my side in a fight. I wasn’t going to read ACOWAR after ACOMAF but now I think I might just have to.

Thanks for sticking out this review. I warned you it would be long!

My Rating: ★★★★★

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  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

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The painting was a lie.

A bright, pretty lie, bursting with pale pink blooms and fat beams of sunshine.

I’d begun it yesterday, an idle study of the rose garden lurking beyond the open windows of the studio. Through the tangle of thorns and satiny leaves, the brighter of the hills rolled away into the distance.

Incessant, unrelenting spring.


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A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas

A Court of Wings and Ruin

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Summary: Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.


I just finished ACOMAF and I’m super excited to pick up ACOWAR next! This is one of my favorite series and I can’t wait for Maas to release the novellas next!


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Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1) by Sarah J Maas

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Originally published: May 5, 2015
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Followed by: A Court of Mist and Fury

 

Synopsis: Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price …

Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.

 

Opinion: This is ANOTHER Beauty and the Beast type retelling. I will admit, it’s hard to get into at first. The character building in the beginning is long and slow, but it is necessary. This time around, like every other time around, Tamlin the Tool shows up and I don’t understand why I ever liked him. And then the story gets rolling.

I think as ACOTAR readers, we forget Tamlin was ever just simply curse bearing Tamlin. Tamlin DID take care of Feyre. He DID love her. He DID let her do as she pleased and was there to resuce/help her when needed. He WASN’T overbearing and over protective. In the end, Tamlin fights to save himself, and to fight for Feyre, the only way he knows how. Was that the right way? I think we all have mixed opinions on that one. I think if you are strongly anti-Tam, you should re-read ACOTAR. It definitely opened my eyes.

Rhysand, Rhysand, Rhysand. I think we also forget that Rhysand didn’t exactly treat Feyre the best at the beginning either. He did physically hurt her (Chapter 37, her arm.) He shouldn’t have traded her health for her having to go spend time with him. We kind of start seeing mythological stuff here, leading away from Beauty and the Beast, to the story of Hades and Persephone.

As a second time reader, we see a lot of clues we didn’t see before. I was laughing so hard at Rhys now that I know him in a different light. He acts so obnoxious, but he himself is hiding a lot of things and that is how he copes.

No one believed in Feyre during her challenges, except Rhys. He was the only one to take a chance and bet on her. Rhys did so many things that messed up his own life by helping Feyre. See; Amarantha. Rhys was sexually abused by her and everyone just called him her whore because they had no idea. Rhys is rough on Feyre, but he is trying to build her up and make her stronger so that Amarantha can’t break her. I don’t think he himself really understands why he helped her until the very end.

*SPOILER* I saw a lot of things this time around that really made me realize how WRONG Tam and Feyre are together and how drawn she is to the night court. One quote I found and loved was, “Though the horror of Rhysand’s magic still tore at me…” This was after Rhys showed up during dinner and made Tam and Lucien bow in the dining room. Y’all. She’s trying to get it on with Tam but she can’t stop thinking about Rhys. The way she reacts to Rhys. When she’s in the cell and Rhys licks her tears. Bam. I was sold on Rhys at this moment. Not on Calamari, not in the dining room, but when they were in the cell together. And then this may just be my new favorite part of the series, “He bowed at the waist, those wings vanishing entirely, and had begun to fade into the nearest shadow when he went rigid. His eyes locked on mine, wide and wild, and his nostrils flared. Shock – pure shock flashed across his features at whatever he saw on my face, and he stumbled back a step. Actually stumbled.” YAS YOU KNOW. YOU KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS. *END SPOILER*

A Court of Mist and Fury is my favorite book in this series, so expect a long, LONG review on that one. I tried to make this one as spoiler free as possible. I don’t know if ACOMAF will be the same way. The whole thing may be a spoiler. Pray for me.

My Rating: ★★★★★

 

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First Lines Friday

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  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

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I vomited into the toilet, hugging the cool sides, trying to contain the sounds of my retching.

Moonlight leaked into the massive marble bathing room, providing the only illumination as I was quietly, thoroughly sick.

Tamlin hadn’t stirred as I’d jolted awake. And when I hadn’t been able to tell the darkness of my chamber from the endless night of Amarantha’s dungeons. when the cold swear coating me felt like the blood of those faeries, I’d hurtled for the bathing room.


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A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas

A Court of Mist and Fury

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Summary: Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.


I LOVE THIS BOOK. This is my second time reading the series, and I may have to read ACOMAF twice before I move onto A Court of Wings and Ruin.

I read the ACOTAR series for the first time in June, bought myself a decal for my car, was thinking about a tattoo. Then I decided I was crazy, Harry Potter was my one true love and I was really overplaying how much I loved this series. So, I had to read it again, and here I am in love all over. Right back to square one.

I cannot stress enough how much I love this series. I have convinced all of my close friends to read it. Even if you aren’t an avid reader, you will love it. If you’ve ever been depressed, had anxiety, been in an emotionally/physically/sexually abusive relationship, had PTSD, read this series. The list goes on and on. You will love it, I swear.

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What Are You Reading Wednesday

This week I’m reading/trying to read three books, but I want to highlight my favorite of the three. Which is A Court of Mist and Fury (Affiliate Link) by Sarah J Maas. This is my second time reading this and it is my favorite book in the series!

A quote that really stood out to me on page 34 is,

I hated the bright dresses that had become my daily uniform, but didn’t have the heart to tell Tamlin – not when he’d bought so many, not when he looked so happy to see me wear them.

Would I want to live in Prythian? YES. Why? Uhh, because they can have more than one mate in their lifetime and HELLO RHYSAND. Just kidding, kind of, but it’s just really interesting. Obviously, if I wasn’t fae, I’d have to chill in the mortal realm and that wouldn’t be fun. I also wouldn’t want to live in Hybern. That’s quite alright with me. I’m thinking Velaris would make a wonderful home.

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