by Sarah J. Maas
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3.1
Published on May 1, 2018 by Bloomsbury YA
Genres: Fantasy, New Adult, Romance
Hope warms the coldest night.
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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After A Court of Wings and Ruin, I didn’t pick up another Maas book until this one at the beginning of 2019. I was so frustrated with it that I went from being excited for the Throne of Glass books that released after to not really interested at all, and the same for A Court of Frost and Starlight. To be honest, I’m not sure why I finally started this one but I have to say. . . it was better than ACOWAR?
From the earlier reviews, I expected a lot of smut and little else, but really it was a 200+ page happy ending for Feyre, Rhysand, and the rest of the Inner Circle. Nothing really happened? But it had its moments that made me laugh, that gave me that warm fuzzy feeling of contentment for the friend group, and for those things alone I enjoyed it more than ACOWAR.
At the same time, I was also frustrated that nothing happened. For some reason, I thought this was an in-between novella that would kickoff the spin-off novels that have been mentioned but nothing’s been released yet. But none of the relationships felt any different than they did at the end of ACOWAR. Honestly, this book just kept the status quo for the Inner Circle.
Also. YOU DO NOT NEED TO USE THE WORD “MATE” EVERY OTHER SENTENCE. I’ve found the whole soulmate concept in general overused lately. Every love is fated. Every character has a love interest, especially in a Maas novel. Yes, I’m exaggerating a bit (but not THAT much). It was annoying.
In terms of the series as a whole, ACOFAS was a piece of candy. Sickly sweet and serving no nutritional value to the story as a whole. It wasn’t a terrible read if you go in understanding that it’s all fluff, no real substance. At least the narrator was good for the audio of this one.
Here’s hoping the spin-offs are better.