Spoiler Free Part of Review:
This novelette is more like a Christmas special. It is the episode right before the cast and crew go on break for the holidays. It is full of snow and hot chocolate and cheer and nauseating sincerity. You can almost hear the faint chorus in the background singing “Little Drummer Boy”. I find the timing of this release strange. It should have been released during the winter because it was hard to get in the mood when it is 74 degrees outside, but I enjoyed myself more than expected.
It was nice to see these quiet moments between characters, when there is no immediate threat looming. You spend all of ACOWAR worrying about death, and for a brief moment, you only have to worry about what gift Feyre will get Rhys for the Winter Solstice. It is not the most thrilling thing I’ve ever read, but it was like a small dime bag of crack SJM slipped to me in an alleyway. It MIGHT hold me over until the 4th book.
It is hard to give this book a rating because it is not technically a book, but I think it was a nice bridge (and smart cash grab) between original and spin-off trilogies.
Read it if you like ACOTAR. Chuck it into the flames and watch it melt if you don’t.
ACOTAR Review (GoodReads)
ACOMAF Review (Bitchy Fantasy)
This book is probably the most interesting one in Sarah J Maas’s career because it’s her first attempt at completing a story. Yes, there is the second trilogy coming (give it to me now!), but from what I’ve heard, it will be from a new perspective. New storyline. Same characters? But different story. I think. I’ve been reading Maas’s books for years now, but I’ve never heard her say “the end”. The end is the most important part. It determines if you have a good or bad taste in your mouth when you close the book for the last time.
So what did I taste? Read more
“Alright, alright, alright,” said Matthew McConaughey as he polished his Oscar. “It’s time to review A Court of Mist and Fury.” Matthew placed the statue on the mantel, the gold reflecting in his eyes, and leapt through the open window into the tumultuous waves. He swam many leagues to pass on these vital instructions, and it is now time to crack open a little known book, ACOMAF. Crack it open like an egg on Easter morning, like Rhys crackin’ open Feyre’s ol’ noggin, like a…butt crack.
Matthew surfaces on the beach, “Y’all better understand that this post has spoilers. If you don’t heed my warning, it’s on you.”
Okay, enough chit-chat. I’ve broken this review into three parts in ode to the Bard, Sarah J Maas. (This series is a trilogy, right?)