So a lot of you might have read Sarah J. Maas' newest book, a novella to her A Court of Thorns and Roses series named A Court of Frost and Starlight. That means, a lot of you are posting rates and reviews about it. But in my case, I'm going to share to you about my REACTION before, during, and after reading ACOFAS. At the end of this blog, I'll be rating this so keep reading...
BEFORE WE START:
Before we proceed, if you have not read any of the A Court of Thorns and Roses trilogy, please find below the links to the synopsis:
Book 1 A Court of Thorns and Roses
Book 2 A Court of Mist and Fury
Book 3 A Court of Wings and Ruin
About the author Sarah J. Maas
Synopsis to the novella A Court of Frost and Starlight
THIS IS NOT A SPOILER-FREE!
Because this is a book reaction, I'll be discussing a lot of characters and scenes from the book.
So if you have not read the trilogy plus this novella, I highly suggest that you should read first.
If you have already read it, then you may proceed...
This has been one of my anticipated books for the month of May and I was thrilled when I found out that Ms. Maas is releasing a novella. I had a MAJOR book hang over after reading the last book, A Court of Wings and Ruin (ACOWAR) because I was unsatisfied with the ending that I know that there will be a next book. I was not sure though if it is a full-length novel or not. So when this was announced late of last year, I have a very high expectations about this novella.
OH MY GOODNESS!!! I don't know how I feel as I start reading the first chapter. My excitement goes from 10 down to 5. You might be asking why. Because I was expecting that everyone in the Inner Circle plus Nesta and Elain plus Lucien will have their own slot in the novella. I did not expect that it will be still the point of view (POV) majority, by Feyre and Rhysand. I understand that readers need to see what had happened, a few months after the war and how they go on with their lives as they rebuilt Velaris and also themselves (the effects of war). Again, I was expecting the whole gang to have a chapter or 2 each of their own POV.
I was not prepared for Cassian's and Mor's POVs (though Mor has like 2 POVs - that's not bad. At least we get to read her thoughts). The only thing that makes me raise my eyebrows is that their POVs are written in third-person. I had this mixed feelings about it. Will the spin-off of this series will be written in third-person? I felt it is a bit unfair, seeing that Feyre's and Rhysand's POVs are written in first-person.
Ever since I was introduced to Rhysand's Illyrian brothers, Cassian and Azriel, I have been rooting for Azriel for a while now. Of course, when it comes to relationship development I began shipping him (Az) to Elain. I remember that scene in ACOWAR wherein Feyre saw how Azriel lent his dagger, Truth-Teller to Elain. Feyre already thought of a theme and imagine how will she paint the two. I also agreed with her when she blurred out to Rhysand about her observation on how her sister Elain is a good match to the Shadowsinger/spymaster Azriel. I was EXTREMELY disappointed and unsatisfied on how they are appeared in the novella. I was hopping for more of ElRiel (ElainXAzriel) relationship to be develop.
Lastly, can we talk about how rude Nesta is. I mean... AGH! I like her feistiness but this is waaay out of control. I was expecting more about her since I barely seen her powers (in ACOWAR wherein she unleashed her destructive power to the King of Hybern). I am very curious about her powers, especially when the Cauldron was destroyed and remade again (as her powers are said to be from the Cauldron).
Oh, I almost forgot LUCIEN. He has a limited limelight and of course, I started to hate him when he did not even confront Elain about their mating bond. No, actually it is a mixture of hate and sympathy for him. I am assuming that he is fed up with how Elain is treating him, how his friendship with Tamlin is broken (he is starting to blame Feyre), and now seeking a new friendship bond with Vassa and Jurian in the mortal (human) realm.
I was not satisfied (I think I have said this like thrice now hahaha) with the novella. Instead of some questions in the previous book (ACOWAR) are answered, I was left with more questions and practically no answers at all!
This novella is a mixture of epilogue for FeySand (FeyreXRhysand) and prologue for NesSian (NestaXCassian) spin-off trilogy. I'm not quite sure if those 3 books will represented by other members of the Inner Circle.
My heart is shattered into pieces.
RATING: 3.5 out of 5 stars
The writing was not bad, it is just the story that I was not expecting. I absolutely adore Ms. Maas and I'm going insane because I cannot wait for the next book which is said to be release next year.
PS: Please comment below if you want to discuss about ACOFAS because seriously, I need it!
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