- Page Count: 229
- Release Date: May 1, 2018
- My Rating: 3 stars
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.
I’m not loving this one so much now that the initial enthusiasm of reading a new ACOTAR book has worn off. I originally gave it 4 stars because I wanted to love it so much that I was probably trying to convince myself I did. Buuuut I’m thinking 3 stars is pretty generous now.
The story (I use that word loosely) is told through the split POVs of Rhysand + Feyre, with some third person POVs thrown in from Cassian, Mor, and Nesta. I get that this was trying to introduce new characters and set the stage for the next book, but most novellas have a PLOT. I really didn’t get into it until like 40% of the way through.
Basically, this was like a string of deleted scenes on a dvd that you think are fun and mostly enjoy because you love the characters… except so many of them felt off here. They were either weirdly immature, empty, or annoying for other reasons. I mean, Feyre has been through SO many struggles and suddenly she’s like some disconnected rich girl? Please no.
Also, I personally could live without the sexual content (super unpopular opinion, I know). This time around I actually found myself either rolling my eyes or nauseated at most scenes with Rhys. I WANT to like him! I really do. And I’m thrilled for them that they’re mates and everything, but ugh… sometimes they’re a bit too much.
But my favorite scenes in this series are always the ones where the whole group is hanging out doing nothing, so I did enjoy those moments!
• Cassian and Feyre’s drunken attempts to decorate
• Amren in her angry snowball coat (someone please draw this)
• WINTER. snow!
• Tamlin’s storyline is still going…
• it felt like it had some foreshadowing about shadows with some objects, places, & characters
• seeing Feyre working on her art & interacting with her people on her own
Otherwise the story mostly felt like it was setting up the next book to focus on Nesta and Cassian…which totally turned out to be the case in the excerpt at the end! That last line from the next book is the plot I never knew I wanted and I seriously don’t know how we’re supposed to wait another year. I’m excited for that book for sure!