[BOOK CHAT] A Court of Frost and Starlight (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3.1) by Sarah J. Maas

TITLE: A Court of Frost and Starlight
SERIES: A Court of Thorns and Roses #3.1
AUTHOR: Sarah J. Maas
PUBLISHER: Bloomsbury YA
GENRE: New Adult, Romance, Fantasy


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

final rating for the book: 3.25 stars


“I love you,” he breathed. “More than life, more than my territory, more than my crown.”

i love this series. i really do. i didn’t think i would like any books from SJM because of the disaster called Throne of Glass, this made me fall in love with her writing. but what the flying fuck was this?

okay. okay. i did kind of like this – a little bit. the only reason why i am not fuming with rage is because i love these characters, and i don’t really mind reading about them again. but… A Court of Frost and Starlight has no substance – that’s what annoys me!

mind you, i didn’t rate this two stars. i am upset because this book shouldn’t have been made, but like i said, the characters i just really love well maybe except for Feyre and Nesta at this point because they were annoying the fuck out of me and i want to read more about them. it did give me, some sort of satisfaction in that regard, revisiting them, and seeing how things were going with them. but other than that, this was an absolute failure – even the fucking sex wasn’t great.

i love bullets so here are my bulleted thoughts on this book.

the plot of this story was ridiculous. the entire book was about feyre bitching about what to give Rhysand for Winter’s Soltice. yeah. basically, that’s about it. oh, and let’s not forget her aversion to spending money, which i do not get at all. you love these people. why do you not want to go buy and give them shit? i just don’t get it.
► and because of that shitty plot, it made Feyre a shitty character.
can i also mention how much i hated her shitty sister, Nesta? oh my god! i want to stab that woman. look, i get that she must have gone through a lot after what happened with Hybern. but for real, what the heck are you doing with your life. what the hell did you do with her, SJM? i don’t undestand. how can people sympathize with her when she is acting like that. how can people root for her, when she is like that. i don’t get it. i mean, all this ranting about Nesta is because of that preview for the next book, which i would be reading even if it’s going to be about her who i want to stab to death because of my baby Cassian. so anyways, don’t expect to like Nesta here because you won’t.
► this is obviously just a set up for the next book. you see how SJM set up tiny pieces into place for a build up for the next one.
what the hell happened to Mor? what happened to the fiesty, confident woman i’ve met in the past three books? why did her character took a step backward instead of forward. what is going on?
► i’m kinda digging the Elain and Azriel love thing. but what about Lucien? i want Lucien to be okay too, plus he didn’t deserve all the shit Feyre said to him. see, i told you Feyre was pretty shitty here.
► i loved being back to Velaris. being back to the City of Starlight. i wanted to see more of it though. you only get the characters doing window shopping, not much else.
► Amren and this dude (who i can’t remember the name) from the Day Court (i think) are a thing for real. I love it.
► Feyre wants to control her sisters. i guess it’s because she feels responsible for what happened to them, and their father, but she needs to loosen up. none of this was her fault. they were all victims of circumstances.
i feel so bad for Tamlin. everyone’s hating on him, even the readers, but like i said on my review on A Court of Wings and Ruin, he was a victim, just like the rest of them. would i completely discount what he did to Feyre and Rhys’ mother and sister? of course not. but we must understand that he is also suffering from PTSD. seeing someone die in front of you (read the first book if you don’t know what i mean), would take a toll on you mentally and emotionally. anyways, yeah. i feel terrible for him. he kinda deserves it, but then again he did try to make it right towards the end of the last book, so why the fuck did Rhys have to bury him deeper in the mud?
sex in the air? really? lol.
► of all the characters in this book, i think Elain is the one that stayed the same. she was trying to get better, which i liked. she wasn’t being a dick like Nesta. she was handling the situation with Lucien really well. she doesn’t want to be mated, so fuck him, is her answer to the mating thing, which i liked. she didn’t disrespect Lucien or anything, just make him feel that she wasn’t interested.
► there was a bit of slut-shaming from Amren and Rhys, which completely caught me off guard. i didn’t appreciate the things that Nesta has been doing, but what she does with her body is her concern, and no one elses. they can’t go judging people like that. what the fuck? were they forgetting that this was Feyre’s sister they were talking about. i get the honesty, but they should be at least more understading about her situation. heck, i hate Nesta but i feel bad for them badmouthing her like that.
Rhys. oh my baby Rhys. okay there were times he was getting annoying because all he wants to talk about is sex. lol. sex on the brain quite literally. mate mate mate. i want to poke my eye with a pencil everytime there is a mention of this word! oh how i’m so lucky i got my mate. wtf. anyways, the thing i love most about Rhys was how much he wants to help Feyre. he encourages her to do whatever she can do to heal herself. he doesn’t hover over her like she’s a fragile vase that might break anytime. he lets her be. i love that.

overall thoughts

so there’s that. i wish sjm just released an actual book and not a novella because this really is very disappointing. i never thought i’d say it, but yes i kinda didn’t like this.

the only reason i didn’t rate this lower is because i already love these characters and want to get to know them more, other than that, this would have probably been a 2 star book.

07 comments on “[BOOK CHAT] A Court of Frost and Starlight (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3.1) by Sarah J. Maas

  • starburntreads , Direct link to comment

    this is such a funny rant review and I actually agree with so many of the points! Yeah, the sex in the air was honestly just so strange to me… like if people find that hot, then good for them, but it just read as weird. and the book did kind of feel unnecessary. hopefully the next one will be way better!
    i loved this post 🙂

    • deardarlingreader , Direct link to comment

      me too! i really could not understand how that could be romantic and even possible. haha.
      yeaaaah! my thoughts exactly. i wish i can get more out of the next book. there wasn’t much to go on with this one. haha.

  • hannah @ peanutbutter&books , Direct link to comment

    “sex in the air”. what. i have so many questions

    i bought this as an ebook recently but i’m a little bit reluctant to start it. i’ve heard that Nesta’s super unlikeable from many, many reviewers so… yikes. not looking forward to that. i’ve always liked Elain better tbh. also, Mor? my fave? if anything remotely bad happens to her i’m sueing :’)

    also just curious—who is the new series going to be about? Nesta or Cassian? :0 anyways, looove your review!! they’re always super fun to read <3

    • deardarlingreader , Direct link to comment

      HAHAHA. Sex in the air. Oh boy. You wouldn’t want to know. haha.

      If you don’t like Nesta to begin with, you are going to absolutely hate her here. SJM completely trashed her here as well as the snippet you’ll get after this book. Elain is fine. Mor is also a favorite of mine. She took a step back in my opinion with her. Maybe to further her story more on the upcoming books.

      I think it’s about Nesta and Cassian mostly. But I feel like Elaine and the others will be a focus too. Anyone who isn’t Rhys and Feyre. 🙂

      • hannah @ peanutbutter&books , Direct link to comment

        I read ACOFAS and… omg, Nesta’s character did a complete 180. What happened to her protectiveness of Elain?? What?

        and also, can I just say I’m a little tired of Rhys and Feyre… we get it, they’re in love and want to bang each other ALL THE TIME. *dramatic eye roll*

        My heart hurt for Mor but I did feel like her character development took a step back. :'( poor bb girl

    • deardarlingreader , Direct link to comment

      that’s true. i actually didn’t like how it bridged the prior trilogy to the new one she’s making. i hated nesta even more. if that was sjm’s goal then she definitely done that well. lol

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