By: Sarah J. Maas
#3.1 in A Court of Thorns & Roses | 272 Pages | Pub. 2018
A Court of Frost and Starlight At a Glance
- Overall Rating: ★★★
- Dude: Can I join Rhys in a heated shed?! 😉
- Heroine: Girl owns her dark and twisty
- Funny: Cassian and Feyre drunk decorating is my life goal
- Steaminess: Can we petition to add sex in the air to the Kama Sutra?!
Pairs Well With
- ⅓ part grenadine
- 2 parts light rum
- ⅓ part lemon juice
- 1 part pineapple
- 1 maraschino berry
Beware. Spoilers are coming…
I’ve mentioned my disappointment in ACOWAR before and when trilogies suddenly turn into series so I won’t rehash that too much. I’ve maintained hesitant optimism towards ACOFAS and tried to keep an open mind and trust SJM’s freedom as author to do what she wants with her series. And while I really really enjoyed ACOFAS I felt like it was glorified, author sanctioned fan fiction. Don’t get me wrong I love some good fanfiction and I enjoyed getting to experience the little moments in the Night Court’s lives, but I just think I wanted a bit more from it.
Things I Liked
“If I wanted to talk, he’d listen. If I didn’t want to, he would let it go. It had been our unspoken bargain from the start – to listen when the other needed, and give space when it was required.”
I love Feysand’s relationship. They just get what each other needs and I thoroughly enjoy that they let each other have space but still manage to be supportive. #relationshipgoals
I appreciate that Maas doesn’t hold back and surpassed normal YA literature and gives us some steamy Feysand scenes. I want to be a fly on the wall of her publisher’s office as the editors explain some of the steamier parts of this one. *fans myself*
I love that males are expected to as equally responsible for contraception in Prythian and that Rhys takes a contraceptive brew. This should be the responsibility of all individuals not just females. Love it.
The funny scenes: Rhys needing to primp, the Illyrian snowball fight tradition, Feyre calling the boys Illyrian babies, Rhys as a nude model, the heated shed scene. This book was just so enjoyable!
Things I Didn’t Like
Ugh, Nesta. She had such promise at the end of ACOWAR but in this one she is a total monster. And I get being dark and twisty and recovering from traumatic experiences but seriously she’s straight up unreasonably rude in my opinion. I don’t know if I can read the next book if its focused primarily her. I ship Nestian so hard and it broke my heart when she didn’t accept his gift and he threw it in the river.
It wouldn’t be a Teagan Review if I didn’t rant about the patriarchy. But honestly guys I simply CANNOT with the Illyrian patriarchy. Those rodents refuse to let the women train because they want them to throw them a party? Excuse me?! Get off your misogynistic asses and throw yourself a party or at least help!
Tamlin. I think SJM wants me to feel bad for Tamlin and I just refuse. Stop trying to make me pity him pleaseee.
Alright, I can begin my unpopular opinion rant now. I was very unhappy about ACOFAS. I loved ACOTAR. I worship ACOMAF. Disappointment came with ACOWAR because she just phoned in the ending and it seemed like she was setting things up for a cash grab. Her announcement of ACOFAS made me rage. It’s not a bridge, so much as a pointless story about how Feyre doesn’t know what to buy Rhys for solstice.
I enjoyed it in the capacity that you enjoy a brief story with no plot. I missed these characters and of course I wanted to see more of them. But the whole book Feyre seems to be running around asking questions like she has never been to Velaris before.
“It’s a special holiday here as well, right?”
No Feyre. The longest NIGHT of the year is celebrated in all of the courts except for the NIGHT Court. I can’t with these questions. I also could have done without the entire part about Feyre’s cycle. Yeah women and we should not be afraid to talk about this, but do we have to make it sound like a war zone? Her cramps were so bad she couldn’t take off her own underwear? Why SJM, WHY!!!
Ok, I will not rant anymore. Things that I did love were these:
- Cassian and Feyre getting drunk and badly decorating.
- Mor forcing wine on everyone
- Elain’s perfectly timed philosophical statements and jokes. Girl has some serious timing.
- Feyre going all Titanic and painting Rhys like one of her french girls.
- Illyrian snowball fight.
- Amren and presents
I also need people to get off Nesta’s back. The girl needs time to deal with things on her own and if she wants to be an asshole she can. Feyre, give the girl some space and maybe she will come around.
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