A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J Maas
My rating: ☆☆☆☆/☆☆☆☆☆ (4 stars)
Book Summary (from Goodreads)
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.
I have heard lots of bad and disappointed reviews for this book. Personally, I did not have a problem with it. ACOFAS is a short novella. Its purpose is to bridge the gap between the first trilogy and the books to come. It is meant to give readers a glimpse into the lives of our favorite characters while they are enjoying their peaceful lives after the war. For me, ACOFAS did what it set out to. It was a short, fun read. I enjoyed seeing my favorite characters relaxing and having fun instead of fighting for their lives. I’m grateful that SJM even gave this book to us. Finally, I am excited for the books to come.
One of the critiques I have heard of ACOFAS is, “there is no plot”. I would beg to differ, and claim that the plot is simply just one of simplicity and happiness. Readers have grown so used to SJM’s extravagant plots centered around dire, life-threatening circumstances. ACOFAS is something entirely different. So no, there is no dramatic cliffhanger or plot twist, but does that mean there’s no plot? Nope.
Another criticism that really bothers me about this book that I have heard is that “the writing is lazy”. That is such a terrible judgement to make. Even if a book is not your favorite, saying the writing is ‘lazy’ is just an ineffective judgement. What do you mean by lazy? Are there lots of spelling and grammatical errors? Doubtful. Is the plot not up to your standards? I’ve already addressed this. Is the book just not what you were expecting? Were you hoping for more? If so, the book is just not living up to your expectations or it is just not your cup of tea. Does that make the writing lazy? I don’t think so.
Yes, everyone is entitled to their own opinions on books. But I think that ACOFAS is being labeled as a bad book simply because it is not what people were expecting. It especially bothers me when readers make judgements about an author’s writing. This is the story that SJM wanted to tell. Authors put so much work into writing their books. Calling the writing ‘lazy’ is a cheap way of expressing your frustration that the book is not what you want it to be.