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.