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A Court of Frost and Starlight: A Court of Thorns and Roses, Book 3.1

By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Festive, less violent installment sizzles with faerie sex.

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age 17+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 18+

Worse than Fifty Shades for Glorifying Abuse/Racism/Homophobia

Sarah J. Maas has been confirmed to actively harm marginalized communities through her books. See Literary Phoenix resource here. - As an abuse survivor and a #metoo, I cannot condone the willful portrayal of glorifying abuse in this entire series. The toxic masculinity and misogyny is off the charts. SJM has even been cited in a public interview as not having a problem with toxic masculinity and claiming to hate psychology, but she seems qualified to write on complex PTSD and trauma in women while their only healing arcs include getting their power from men and elevating the men around them while falling for their abusive "fated mate". The mating bond itself is extremely sexist and patriarchal and prediposes the women to grow sick and weak, but the men do not suffer. In this book in particular, we see how the men have power roles while the women remain at home, shop, decorate their houses, and generally gossip. Feyre, despite being "High Lady" has been reduced to the role of a secretary. During the sex scene with her mate, she sends him a vision of their newborn baby which he climaxes to which is disturbing to say the least. Other stereotypes of the men allowed to be primal and have temper issues and act however they want, but the women must act perfect for the men. Women who have trauma are not given empathy or understanding. They must suck it up and deal with it and not cause a scene or have trauma responses. Unlike the men. If men have trauma, women must prop up their ego and empathize with their struggles. For more on how the main romance is perpetuated by gaslighting, a trauma bond, dissociation, sexual assault, sexual harassment, lies, sexual stalking, control, isolation, manipulation, and more, please read this in depth analysis, which also sheds light on the racism and homophobia rampant in SJM's work in general.…
age 18+

Too much sex!

This book had way too much sex! I did not even read the whole thing, it was so sexual. The story line was ok, but as a whole this book is not appropriate for kids or younger teens!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (15 ):

There's more festivity, less darkness in this hopeful series installment, but evil forces haven't gone away. Immortals gather to celebrate the solstice in A Court of Frost and Starlight, and protagonists Feyre and Rhysand have epic sex before moving offstage, setting up the forthcoming spin-off centered on another couple, Nesta and Cassian. Along the way, there's at least a cameo appearance by most recurring characters -- along with enough potential plot threads to keep the Court of Thorns and Roses series fans reading for years.

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