[ Edit (12/2020): This review was first posted years ago, and my thoughts on this series have changed since then. I want to reread it before rewriting this review, but in the meantime I want to point out that this series includes harmful representation and lacks diversity in it’s cast of characters. While I still enjoy the books, these issues cannot be ignored. Hopefully I’ll be updating this review soon, but until then, I’ll be adding this disclaimer to all of my ACOTAR reviews and adjusting my rating. Also, this book on its own, in hindsight, was just not very good (bad enough that I lowered it even more than I lowered it before).]
[ UPDATE 2019: I’ve edited this review since my initial posting, dropping the rating from a 4.5 to a 3 (and that’s me being nice). The more I think about this book, the more I realized how disappointing it is, and how unnecessary it feels. It was a money grab disguised as fan service. ]
Overall: 2/5 Stars
Plot and Themes: 2/5
Awesomeness Factor: 1/5
Review in a Nutshell:
A Court of Frost and Starlight is a fluffy, quick read that sets up the next book in the universe. It’s basically a filler christmas fanfic.
“I think my heart knew you were mine long before I ever realized it.”
A Court of Frost and Starlight follows the Inner Circle months after the events of A Court of Wings and Ruin as they prepare for the winter solstice (basically Christmas). This short novella is told from five different points of view, all of the different characters we have grown to love in the past three books.
This book is pure fluff. That’s the best way to describe it. We’ve seen these characters in war and hardship and this is them just having fun and living their lives. If you enjoyed the Inner Circle and their banter in the earlier books, you’ll enjoy this. It’s just a group of friends preparing for the holidays. However, between the fluff, there is a hint of angst as we see some of the characters who aren’t coping with their losses in the war very well. Clearly, this is going to be setting up the next books and I’m excited to see what Maas does!
Speaking of Sarah J. Maas, I love her writing style. She manages to keep it feeling light while also having descriptive and beautiful prose. The dialogue always feels genuine and I adore the banter in her books.That said, her writing seems to have gotten more repetitive with each book she publishes. The one major downside to this book is just how it lacks in comparison to the others in the series. Which is understandable. ACOFAS is a stepping stone for the new spin-off books coming soon. There isn’t a major plot, nor any real crisis to be solved. There may be hints of some, but it isn’t ever resolved, instead, it just exists to set up what we will see in the next book. So if you are looking for something as epic as ACOWAR, or filled with the amazing development that ACOMAF had, you won’t find it here. A Court of Frost and Starlight is just filled some happy moments to make you feel warm and fuzzy as the foundation is laid for the next book.
If you want to know my spoilery opinions, check out my Goodreads review! I have a whole spoiler-filled section!
Pros- Adorable fluff, amazing writing, just super fun
Cons- Not much going on plot-wise (but whatever its a novella that’s to be expected)
Overall- 3/5 stars.
A Court of Frost and Starlight is an good installment in the world of A Court of Thorns and Roses. If you love this world and these characters, then you might want to pick this book up.