Date published: May 1st, 2018 (USA)
My rating: ★★★★★
The Winter Solstice. In a week. I was still new enough to being High Lady that I had no idea what my formal role was to be. If we’d have a High Priestess do some odious ceremony, as lanthe had done the year before. A year. Gods, nearly a year since Rhys had called in his bargain, desperate to get me away from the poison of the Spring Court to save me from my despair. Had he been only a minute later, the Mother knew what would have happened. Where I’d now be. Snow swirled and eddied in the garden, catching in the brown fibers of the burlap covering the shrubs My mate who had worked so hard and so selflessly, all without hope that I would ever be with him We had both fought for that love, bled for it. Rhys had died for it.
YOU GUYS. IT’S OUT AND I’VE ALREADY READ IT. MY HEART CANNOT TAKE THIS MUCH EMOTION!!
Okay, first of all, words cannot express how happy I am about diving back into this world. If you know me, you know ACOTAR is my favorite series (besides Harry Potter), and you also know that Feysand is my religion. The best couple of all the books I’ve read in my life, hands down 👌🏼💕
Secondly, WE HAVE EVERYONE’S POINT OF VIEW OH MY GOD YESSSSSS!!!!! I cannot tell you how excited I am that I got to read from Mor’s, Cassian’s and Azriel’s POV. Like I cannot handle myself, I LOVED getting a glimpse into their minds and thoughts. Just amazing okay? 😍 The only one that didn’t get a POV was Amren, for unknown reasons. 🤷🏻♀️ I don’t really get why, but I’m sure we’ll see more of her in the future – as well as Nesta, who also got a couple of chapters with her POV 🙌🏼
Thirdly… WHY IS IT SO SHORT I NEED A FULL NOVEL!!! I am DYING to read the next book – especially considering the sneak peek at the end. Really, Sarah?? You couldn’t just combine the whole thing and make it one giant book for me to inhale?? God, now I have to wait ANOTHER year 😭 I feel like rereading the whole series when my physical copy of this book gets here, even though I have SO MANY unread books to get through… we’ll see what happens 😅
I know a lot of people felt like this book was unnecessary and that the story was over, the series should have ended with A Court of Wings and Ruin. And to that I say: what the fuck!? There is SO MUCH unfinished business, so many things to explore, so many characters to develop… I honestly could read one of these books every year, I don’t think I would ever grow tired of it ♡♡
This novella takes place during Winter Solstice, which is a big thing in Velaris. We follow the Inner Circle, plus some other characters, as they prepare for the celebrations – with a lot of serious business mixed in there. I won’t tell you anything else because I went in not knowing much, so I wish that same experience on you! ☺
If you can’t tell, I really freaking loved this book, even though it’s heartbreakingly short 😩 I grinned the whole time, everything just made me so happy, I’m so glad I could read about my babies again 😁
The sneak peek ends on a cliffhanger, and I am so intrigued to see what happens next, I can’t wait to have that in my hands 😍
★★★★★ 5/5 stars
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Wonderful things I want to mention – illustrated with quotes
Rhys being the usual sweetheart, making sure Feyre was doing alright during her period and caressing her. Also the fact that we now know how periods work for fae women!!
“It’s my job to fuss. And besides, you fuss plenty. Over far more trivial things.”
“Your cycle isn’t trivial.”
“I was in a little bit of pain—”
“You were thrashing on the bed as if someone had gutted you.”
“And you were acting like an overbearing mother hen.”
“I didn’t see you screaming at Cassian, Mor, or Az when they expressed concern for you.”
“They didn’t try to spoon-feed me like an invalid!”
Rhys chuckled, finishing off his food. “I’ll eat regular meals if you allow me to turn into an overbearing mother hen twice a year.”
Tamlin is a goddamned mess and I felt terrible, even though he deserves it. But holy shit is he down, I hope he’ll get over it in the next books, I really felt bad for the guy… the decay was overwhelming.
Tamlin didn’t speak, didn’t offer any explanations for the vacant house. For the rooms we passed, some of the carved doors cracked open enough for me to behold the destruction inside.
Shattered furniture, shredded paintings, cracked walls.
Rhys being deep and romantic and ruining all my standards for boys 🙃
“You were born on the longest night of the year.” His fingers again stroked down my back. Lower. “You were meant to be at my side from the very beginning.”
The humor of every single character had me laughing out loud – I love them all so much, god damnit 😩
“He’d seen Nesta in that particular pose, too. He called it her I Will Slay My Enemies pose.
Cassian had named about two dozen poses for Nesta at this point. Ranging from I Will Eat Your Eyes for Breakfast to I Don’t Want Cassian to Know I’m Reading Smut. The latter was his particular favorite.”
“We have thirty minutes,” he said with remarkable smoothness.
“And it takes you two hours to get dressed,” Mor quipped through the door. A sly pause. “And I’m not talking about Feyre.”
“Pick on someone your own size,” Cassian said to Amren, shoveling roast chicken into his mouth. “I’d feel bad for the mice,” Azriel muttered. Mor and Cassian howled, earning a blush from Azriel and a grateful smile from Elain—and no shortage of scowling from Amren.
The fact that one of the Inner Circle traditions during the Solstice is a snowball fight… warriors in a snowball fight!!! 😂 Also the part that comes after said fight 😏
“Three Illyrian warriors,” I said. “The greatest Illyrian warriors. Are having a snowball fight.”
Mor’s eyes practically glowed with wicked delight. “Since they were children.”
“They’re over five hundred years old.”
THE SEX SCENES LORD HELP ME
THE WALL… THE FUCKING WALL!!
Also the possibility of a FEYSAND BABY!?!??! I am NOT okay
“Last week had been so stupidly busy and I’d been so desperate for the feel and taste of her that I’d taken her during the flight down from the House of Wind to the town house. High above Velaris—for all to see, if it weren’t for the cloaking I had thrown into place. It’d required some careful maneuvering, and I’d planned for months now on actually making a moment of it, but with her against me like that, alone in the skies, all it had taken was one look into those blue-gray eyes and I was unfastening her pants.
A moment later, I’d been inside her, and had nearly sent us crashing into the rooftops like an Illyrian whelp. Feyre had just laughed.
I’d climaxed at the husky sound of it.”
What is there not to love in this book? I can only think of one thing: its length 😅
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Thank you so much for reading,
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