Mundie Moms

Monday, May 21, 2018


By: Sarah J. Maas
Published by: Bloomsbury
Released on: May 1st, 2018
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #3.1
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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 really enjoyed this novella. I loved getting to be back in this world. I liked that this story is told from various points of views. Having multiple points of views made it possible for readers to see various parts of the story they wouldn't have been able to other wise. In this story we see how each of the characters is coping, and dealing with the effects of the war. No one is unscathed by it, but together, many of them are learning to move forward. 

I enjoyed being back in this world with these characters. My favorite characters  were definitely Rhys's brothers. They stole this story, and had me laughing out loud more than a few times. I appreciated the mix of humor into the more serious undertone of healing, and coping with loss in this book. There is also romance, but for me, the friendships, and the characters learning to deal with their PTSD was far more important to the story, and was well crafted. 

In the midst of the healing and coping that is going on, there is also much celebration for the Winter Solstice. This celebration gives the characters a reason to be happy and celebrate being together.  During this time, it felt like Maas was giving readers an intimate glimpse into how the inner circle acts around each other. It was nice to see a different side to the characters with their heckling each other, and the joking around. I loved the little details that went into the celebration, like the meaningful gifts they got each other. 

This story is just what readers needed after the last book. It offers hope not just to the characters, but also readers, of what's to come. There is a lot of foreshadowing Maas does for what's to come in the next book. While some things were tied up in this story, there are some uncertainties when it comes to alliances, new borders, and even relationships with some of the characters. I absolutely LOVED the teaser at the end of this book featuring Cassian and Nesta. I am really rooting for these two. 

I loved Cassian in this book. He desperately wants to help Nesta. Nesta, for all she's been through is absolutely gutted. She's a broken character who it felt like has just given up. She broke my heart in this book. I really missed the character she was in at the end of book three. At the same time, I also completely got where she was coming from in this book. After that teaser, I have a lot of hope for these two. I really want things to work out with them. I highly doubt it's going to be easy, but Cassian is not one to back down from a challenge. I can not wait to read their story next!

** I would recommend this series to readers 18 yrs & older. As I've previously noted in my reviews for this series, this series should not be marketed as YA, because of it's adult content. This book, like the last two books in this series has explicit sexual content, the characters are not teens (early 20s and older), and the series writing has an older reader tone to it, as it should.

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If you're heading to Book Con in NYC in a couple of weeks, don't miss your chance to see Cassandra Clare. While the tickets for her signing have already sold out, you can still see her via her two panels. One of which she'll be talking about The Dark Artifices! More details can be found here