book review

[Review] A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas

07/05/2018

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Book: A Court of Frost and Starlight
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Pages: 272 (Paperback)
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Published: 1st May 2018

Synopsis:

The Winter Solstice. In a week. I was still new enough to being High Lady that I had no idea what my formal role was to be. If we’d have a High Priestess do some odious ceremony, as lanthe had done the year before A year. Gods, nearly a year since Rhys had called in his bargain, desperate to get me away from the poison of the Spring Court to save me from my despair. Had he been only a minute later, the Mother knew what would have happened. Where I’d now be. Snow swirled and eddied in the garden, catching in the brown fibers of the burlap covering the shrubs My mate who had worked so hard and so selflessly, all without hope that I would ever be with him We had both fought for that love, bled for it. Rhys had died for it.

My opinion:

*Note: this will include spoilers.

Guys, I have to admit a thing: I was not a fan of this books. Sure, there were some good parts, but this is the first book by Sarah J. Maas that I did not enjoy. Me not being overly excited when it arrived was probably foreshadowing for what was about to come.
But I picked it up a day later anyways, mostly because it was so short. And a part of me wanted to see how the story continues.
And I needed so long to get back into this world. This was mainly because I got annoyed with Feyre and Rhysand right away. I’m sorry but can they just… not? Can they be too perfect? Because they are. And can they please stop thinking about sex all the time? Yeah, I like well written sex scenes, but SJM’s just seem unreal and too much. I do not want to read about Feysand doing the do all the time. And while we’re at it… They want children? In the second or third chapter of this book Feyre says, she does not want children yet, she wants to enjoy life with her mate first. And then, at the end of the book she’s all „Rhys, let’s make a baby“. This does not make sense? Especially because in that time literally nothing happens. Nothing to make it clear why she changes her mind so suddenly. And I need to say it: I am really tired of Feysand. There are so many characters to explore and what do we get? Feyre who still sits on the ebed when Rhysand returns home after a long day because „that’s all she’s good for“ and Rhysand, wo only wants to do the do. Thank you, but no, thank you.

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Which brings me to my next point: nothing happened. At all. I mean, yeah, there was the winter solstice and they all get a happy reunion and stuff, but that’s it. I could not see much character development in any of the characters. The reader got a deeper look into other characters than Feyre and Rhysand because there were also chapters in Morrigan, Cassian and Nesta’s POVs. And what confused me about the different POVs was that some of them were written in first person and some in third. Though that deeper insight wasn’t really that deep at all. Mostly because there was not enough time to explore the characters. Because, you know, the book was really short.

And the worst was probably that I couldn’t enjoy the writing style. I’m really mad, mostly at myself, because I used to love it. But I just… I was too often annoyed with all the „constantly“ and „utterly“ and you know… the typical SJM phrases. You probably know them.

But, there were some things I did like. Surprise surprise.
For one I liked how the war and its impact on the characters was described. Because all of them deal with it in different ways, some better, some worse. But SJM explores stress and nightmares and being afraid and jumpy really well. That also included Feyre and her passion for painting and what good it does to her and the people around her.
I also really enjoyed the scene of drunk Feyre and Cassian.

But to be honest, that’s about it. As you probably noticed, I’m a bit bitter. ACOFAS seemed to be there just so there would not a year go by without news from Prythian. But to be honest, I did not need this. I’m so happy we are going to see more of Nesta and Cassian in the next book because I cannot endure another book of Feyre and Rhysand.

Rating:

★★/5

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