A Court of Silver Flames

A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J Maas is the fourth book in the ACOTAR series, but this one is narrated by Nesta and Cassian.

The War with Hybern is over and a tentative peace is in the air, but for Nesta Archeron the war within herself has reached it’s peak. Ever since she was Made, she has been a danger to herself and others. In the hopes of helping her move past the horrors of the war and her forced making into a High Fae, Nesta is forced to train with Cassian, a male she both can’t stand and can’t live without.

As Nesta attempts to take control of her life, treacherous new alliances are forming and the peace that was so hard won, is once again threatened. Can The Night Court head off the coming darkness or will it swallow even the stars?

Seriously, I’ve already read this. No really, I must have downloaded the wrong book and already read it. I swear, that is the thought that went through my brain almost every time I closed the book at night. I checked Goodreads and my downloads on at least three separate occasions.

When I first started reading, I vaguely remembered reading a sample chapter, so I kept waiting to get to what I hadn’t read yet but damn if I didn’t have deja vu the entire time. I mean, Nesta and Cassian’s story isn’t all that different from Feyre and Rhysand’s. The circumstances and the trauma behind the struggles are different but that’s really it. I mean seriously, a major turning point for Nesta happens at the House of Wind during the star ceremony thing… just like Feyre.

So let’s tell this how it is. These books are pleasure reads. Pure and simple. They are fun to get lost in, we root for the characters and, admit it, we’re in it for all the steamy bits. Other than the seriously similar plot, I guess my only complaint is that the book was almost too focused on Nesta and Cassian’s relationship and we didn’t get as much plot as we do from the other books. That’ll probably change in the next book, which I hope is written from multiple perspectives, not just N&C.

This book is what it is and I knew that going into it. It gets 3 stars from me.

That’s all for now!

-M-

A Court of Frost and Starlight

A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah Maas is the fourth book in the ACOTAR series.

In this one we pick up, what seems like a few months after the final battle. Feyre, Rhys and their court–their family–are attempting to put back the pieces of their life. Velaris and the Night Court is recovering from the brutal attack that ravaged it’s people only a few months prior and all of the courts are rebuilding and trying find their places in this new world without a wall and without an all-powerful tyrant.

This book shows us the aftermath… what comes after the battle to end all battles. We glimpse each of our favorite characters and see how they are fairing both mentally and physically.

This book can best be described as the afterword you’ve always wanted. Often, you are left wondering what’s next for your favorite characters… well in this one you find out. We see the love between Rhys and Feyre, the distance between Elaine and Lucian, the explosion that is Nesta and Cassian, and all of our favorite Night Court friends and allies. If that is all you wanted, well, then this is the book for you.

It was not the book for me. I felt like I was promised a continuation of the series I have become invested in. I thought we were getting that insight into the sisters and a farewell to a story that was branching off in another direction. Instead, what we get is a 250+ page fluff piece, with little action and too, too much emotion. The way everyone was talking about this book, I expected it to be so much more. The only time I felt like I was entering a new story, set in this world, was the sneak peek we are given at the end.

I know I am bashing here but the book ended and I literally said, out loud, what was that?! I just kept waiting for something to happen. Yes, we get hints at struggles to come but we primarily get fluffed up emotions and not much else. We glimpse other characters but we don’t learn anything about them. This is all Rhys and Feyre and their love that will never die……..

Sigh. I didn’t get what I was looking for and I felt like I was promised something else. So this one gets 2.5 stars from me. Please give me more of the Maas goodness I know and love in the next one! And action! More action!

That’s all for now!

-M-

A Court of Wings and Ruin

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas is the third book in the ACOTAR series. This one picks up a few weeks after the disaster in Hybern where the Court of Dreams was injured, Feyre’s sisters turned into high fae and the high lady of the night court left her mate to spy on their enemies.

Now Feyre is back in the Spring Court, painting flowers and pretending to be a perfect all-but damaged lady of spring. When really, she is playing a dangerous game, gathering information on Tamlin and the kings invasion of Prythian. Feyre must walk a fine line all while war inches closer and closer to the people she loves.

Will Feyre be able to sabotage Hybern and it’s allies? Will she get out of Spring alive? Will the Court of Dreams survive the coming onslaught?

Hmmm what to say about this one? I loved ACOMAF so much, I read it three times and listened to the audio book once. But I do not see myself re-reading ACOWAR. It wasn’t bad, but I didn’t find myself as invested in it as I was the second book. In fact, I found myself feeling about ACOWAR the same way I felt about ACOTAR–not bad but not spectacular.

It’s funny, Maas has these fantastic gems within her series. Books that just cannot compare and I absolutely fall in love with her characters but I don’t always feel like the books are consistent. I’m still going to fangirl over ACOTAR regardless because I love the Court of Dreams so much!

If, in this series, we were only invested in Feyre and Rhys then this would have been a wonderful conclusion to their story. For those two, it was quite a satisfying end. But we aren’t just invested in Feyre and Rhys. We want to know what happens between Cassian and Nesta, Lucian and Elain, Mor, Azriel, Amren, even Tamlin and the other high lords. But we don’t and that’s what was really missing in this one. Even if we got a few chapters with a glimpse of whats to come for those characters, I would have been happy.

Normally, I don’t like when a series switches from one PoV to multi-PoV but in this case, I think it would have added a little something. I hope the future books do this because I really want to see some insight into other characters.

Overall, ACOWAR satisfied my thirst for more Feyre and Rhys but it will be hard to wait to get the missing pieces from the rest of our favorite characters tales. This one gets three stars from me.

That’s all for now!

-M-