A Court of Silver Flames Review & Rambles 

My Rating: 5/5 Stars

My Thoughts:

Almost two weeks after finishing A Court of Silver Flames, the time has finally come for me to share my thoughts on Sarah J. Maas’s latest release. As I draft this review, I’m jumping from idea to idea to try to capture everything I want to say about the fourth installment in the ACOTAR series – I’m getting major flashbacks to my House of Earth & Blood review last March. It’s just a given now that my Sarah J. Maas book reviews are triple the size of my normal book reviews, which is fair being that I break my habit of reading 250-350 page contemporary & romance books to immerse myself in her 700+ page fantasy beasts. 

There will be no spoilers for ACOSF within this review, but there will be spoilers for the first three books in the A Court of Thorns and Roses series. 

I don’t think people have necessarily complained about it, but a few of my bookish friends & reviewers that I follow have pointed out that ACOSF is likely the most character-driven book out of all SJM’s novels. For a fantasy read, the plot definitely takes a back seat to Nesta’s personal journey and her relationship with Cassian. I think that ACOSF acts a little bit of a ACOTAR world reset for the upcoming books in the series, in that the world building & plot sets the stage for the rest of the series. 

However, you likely know this about me if you’ve caught on to my reading tastes, but the combination of character growth and plot in ACOSF was the PEFECT blend of relationships meets plot for me. Honestly, I’ve read less and less fantasy over the past two years because I’ve realized that I care way more about character development and relationships in most of my fantasy reads than I do plot and trying to navigate between action and connecting the plot points.  My love for ACOSF and SJM’s books as a whole really results from the fact that while there are complicated magic systems & plots involved, she just makes it so digestible and easy to understand. 

You likely know this from my reading tastes too, but it’s no surprise that my favorite part of ACOSF was Nesta and Cassian’s relationship…and yes that includes all the romance. I was putting books on hold from the library a few nights ago and was curious to see how many people had put ACOSF on hold – side note that I bought my own copy of the Barnes & Noble edition and that all 10 county library copies were either checked out or being transferred to patrons – and I was shocked to see that ACOSF is listed still as YA. As a side note, ACOTAR and ACOSF are now being marketed as adult fantasy, which has been made helped the book’s cover changes. As per usual with some of SJM’s covers, I like ACOSF’s cover a lot more in person and it makes sense given the plot in the book, but it’s still not necessarily a favorite book cover of mine and leaves me wanting something more? I think in general even the first three ACOTAR books shouldn’t be considered YA (hellooooooo chapter 55 of ACOMAF), but ACOSF IS NOT YA because of the romance scenes. 

But again, let’s be clear: I loved the romance scenes and honestly any scene involving Cassian and Nesta! Their sarcasm and ease with one another was so fun to read, alongside their more serious moments involving some conflicts. I really think that SJM has really nailed the balance between romance and relationship development between ACOSF and House of Earth and Blood alone. This balance is definitely seen in the first 3 ACOTAR books and the Throne of Glass series as well, but SJM’s latest two releases have a more mature take. Read More »

ANTICIPATED BOOKS & LIBRARY READS: February 2021 Book Haul

My February book haul basically resulted from book shopping, book mail, and library holds all from the past week. I’m in the heat of my spring semester right now and how do I deal with stress? Buy books and put more books on hold from the library!

This month, I bought 2 of my most anticipated releases of the year (of course included below) and went on a mini library book spree before the snow storm last week. I am currently reading a certain 700+ page beast and despite a busy week at my internship and grad school requirements…. I’ll probably still (hopefully) have it finished by the end of next weekend, then will be returning to the library books on this list.

Purchased Books

A Court of Silver Flames (A Court of Thorns & Roses #4) by Sarah J. Maas – Between the details above and the fact that I am a huge Sarah J. Maas fan, it’s likely no surprise that I bought A Court of Silver Flames. I have a not-so great track record with ordering SJM books online (in short, they either come 2 weeks after the release or they just don’t come at all…), so I ran to Barnes & Noble on Saturday after a few snowy days. I sort’ve wish I went to the bookstore before we got snowy weather on Thursday and Friday to make sure I got one of the B&N exclusive editions, but I fortunately still managed to grab one of the last copies there! As per usual, I like the A Court of Silver Flames cover better in-person than I did seeing the cover online – I also love the orange hardback for some reason? Probably because I’m so in love with A Court of Silver Flames right now, I’m somewhat tempted to add the new hardback and resigned copies of the original ACOTAR series to my bookshelf. 

The Ex Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon – I have a really big assessment due for my grad program in early March, and I’m going to treat myself once it is turned in by reading one of my most anticipated romances of 2021, Rachel Lynn Solomon’s The Ex Talk. I devoured Rachel Lynn Solomon’s books in 2020 and as one of my favorite authors, I have my own copies of all her books. I’ve been reading such rave reviews from my book blogging friends and trusted book rec sources about this romance following two exes who co-host a public radio show. 

Review Books/Sent to Me

The Marvelous Mirza Girls by Sheba Karim – I was fortunate enough to receive a review copy of Sheba Karim’s upcoming The Marvelous Mirza Girls. I won’t be reviewing this one on the blog until May (the book comes out on May 18), but I’m really excited to dive into this book following a mother and daughter’s gap year trip to New Dehili. 

Library Books

This Time Next Year by Sophie Cousens – I typically don’t wait long for library holds, even when it comes to super popular books like This Time Next Year. I had this one on hold from the library in early December. However, I think since the book semi-revolves around New Years Eve, a ton of readers also wanted to read this one around the holidays and my library has a 3-day quarantine period for returned books.  I just got my hands-on this romance following Quinn and Minnie, both born on New Years Day in the same year, over one year of their lives…and I had it devoured three days later! 

Unfollow: A Memoir of Loving and Leaving the Westboro Baptist Church by Megan Phelps-Roper – I’ll be continuing my goal of reading at least 1 non-fiction book every 1-2 months this March with Megan Phelps-Roper’s Unfollow. Based on some of the non-fiction books I read in 2020, I really enjoy non-fiction books about people exploring their past experiences with religion. 

The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez – Whenever I’m stressed IRL, contemporary romance (or a big SJM book apparently) is my go-to way to relax. I’m so excited to dive into one of the most-well read romance series of the past two years with The Friend Zone. 

A Pho Love Story by Loan Le – A Pho Love story was an unexpected pick from the library. I went to pick up the other books and saw this anticipated YA 2021 release on display. Everyone knows that enemies-to-lovers has been the name of my reading game for at least a year, and this one follows two high school protagonists whose families own competing pho restaurants. 

What books did you haul in February? Have you read any of the books that I mentioned? Share in the comments!