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A Court of Silver Flames

[A quick note: I got the Barnes & Noble version of ACOSF because I wanted the bonus chapter with Feyre/Rhysand. I read the ACOTAR series last year over the summer, so the story was pretty fresh, and I didnโ€™t have to wait toooooo long for this next book. It was so fun getting to be a part of the hype this time around, now that Iโ€™ve read the series.]

โ€œ๐“๐ก๐š๐ญโ€™๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ค๐ž๐ฒ, ๐ข๐ฌ๐งโ€™๐ญ ๐ข๐ญ? ๐“๐จ ๐ค๐ง๐จ๐ฐ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐๐š๐ซ๐ค๐ง๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐š๐ฅ๐ฐ๐š๐ฒ๐ฌ ๐ซ๐ž๐ฆ๐š๐ข๐ง, ๐›๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ก๐จ๐ฐ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐œ๐ก๐จ๐จ๐ฌ๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐Ÿ๐š๐œ๐ž ๐ข๐ญ, ๐ก๐š๐ง๐๐ฅ๐ž ๐ข๐ญ โ€ฆ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญโ€™๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ข๐ฆ๐ฉ๐จ๐ซ๐ญ๐š๐ง๐ญ ๐ฉ๐š๐ซ๐ญ. ๐“๐จ ๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐ฅ๐ž๐ญ ๐ข๐ญ ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ฆ๐ž. ๐“๐จ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐œ๐ฎ๐ฌ ๐ฎ๐ฉ๐จ๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ ๐จ๐จ๐, ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐ ๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐Ÿ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐ฐ๐จ๐ง๐๐ž๐ซ.โ€

When Nesta was forced into the Cauldren, she took something in return, a dark power. It magnified all of the darkness already lurking in her soul. Sheโ€™s quick to anger, slow to forgive, and far too proud. Moreover, sheโ€™s haunted by the war with Hybern. Cassian is the spark that ignites her temper, which only gets worse when they are forced into close quarters with each other. Nesta must face her past if she is to help the Night Court face new impending danger from the treacherous human queens.

There was so much I adored about this book. The spice levels, Nestaโ€™s journey, her new friendships, warrior training, the House, revisiting all my favorite characters in the Night Court. I couldnโ€™t put this one down. Nesta was never a character I cared for in the previous books, but I had no idea she would turn out to be such a warrior goddess badass!! ACOSF is different, but still excellent. Itโ€™s a story of mental health and healing, making it highly character driven. The plot lurks in the background this time, but it weaves nicely with Nestaโ€™s journey. Nesta herself is NOT a damsel in distress. This story doesnโ€™t fall into the male-savior stereotype. Thank the gods for that!

I just cannot get over all the small touches SJM added into Nestaโ€™s journey. All the parallels. All the places Nesta was able to grow and change. It was beautifully written. I laughed, snickered, blushed, cried. It made me feel SO MUCH emotion! Even two days after finishing it, I cannot stop thinking about the story. And I miss it. I miss it like I miss good friends or beautiful places.

The spice level was one of my favorite aspects, and part of why I love the ACOTAR series so much. I love romance in a fantasy story and good lord, this book had me blushing! It was definitely SJMโ€™s dirtiest book yet, and I was so happy about that. My naughty heart delighted in all the moments shared between Nesta and Cassian. I appreciated how seamlessly their naughty moments were woven into the growth of the story and Nestaโ€™s journey. Each moment evolved from the last, pushing her closer to her breakthrough.

โ€œ๐’๐จ ๐๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ๐š ๐ก๐š๐ ๐›๐ž๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž ๐š ๐ฐ๐จ๐ฅ๐Ÿ. ๐€๐ซ๐ฆ๐ž๐ ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฅ๐Ÿ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐ข๐ง๐ฏ๐ข๐ฌ๐ข๐›๐ฅ๐ž ๐ญ๐ž๐ž๐ญ๐ก ๐š๐ง๐ ๐œ๐ฅ๐š๐ฐ๐ฌ, ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฅ๐ž๐š๐ซ๐ง๐ž๐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ซ๐ข๐ค๐ž ๐Ÿ๐š๐ฌ๐ญ๐ž๐ซ, ๐๐ž๐ž๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ, ๐ฆ๐จ๐ซ๐ž ๐ฅ๐ž๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ฒ. ๐‡๐š๐ ๐ซ๐ž๐ฅ๐ข๐ฌ๐ก๐ž๐ ๐ข๐ญ. ๐๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ฐ๐ก๐ž๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ญ๐ข๐ฆ๐ž ๐œ๐š๐ฆ๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฉ๐ฎ๐ญ ๐š๐ฐ๐š๐ฒ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฐ๐จ๐ฅ๐Ÿ, ๐ฌ๐ก๐žโ€™๐ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ฎ๐ง๐ ๐ข๐ญ ๐ก๐š๐ ๐๐ž๐ฏ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ž๐ ๐ก๐ž๐ซ, ๐ญ๐จ๐จ.โ€

Nesta had an incredible journey. She went from one extreme to the other. In terms of character arc and internal conflict, hers was WOW!! Nesta is a character that benefits from tough love. Thatโ€™s exactly what she received. The Night Court gave her time alone to heal, and when it became apparent that she was not even trying, they stepped in. They imposed a set of rules, and Nesta was forced to confront her demons. The Night Court was a bit harsh at times, but deservedly so, because Nesta could say some really mean things sometimes. All in all, I felt like I was traveling this journey with her. Each struggle, each small triumph, I was cheering her on. It was so satisfying.

The plot was in the background. Nestaโ€™s power from the cauldren made her ideal in helping the Night Court with its new threat. This gave her something to do in the time she wasnโ€™t training or working in the library beneath the House of Wind. And can we just talk about the House for a moment? It was such a GREAT addition. A place for Nesta to make her home. And her new friends! She was able to find a couple of women who also had their own struggles. They were able to heal together. Looooved that!

And finally, letโ€™s talk about Cassian. We got to see some of the story from his POV. I appreciated that. I liked seeing his constant patience. He knew exactly how to act around Nesta. Yes, he made mistakes here and there, but he was the perfect person to help her through her struggles.

This is a book I could read over and over again. Itโ€™s definitely different than the previous books, but still instrumental in the overall story. I loved it in a completely different way than I loved the others. ๐— ๐—ฌ ๐—ฅ๐—”๐—ง๐—œ๐—ก๐—š:๐Ÿฑ/๐Ÿฑโญ๏ธ


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