Review: A Court of Wings and Ruin

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Yes yes yes… I’m well aware that I’ve written a majority book reviews compared to anything else, but after being in a reading slump for so long, I’m going to ride out this reading roll that I’m on. Plus, I think I’ve found my new favorite sub-genre! Yes, Regency/Victorian romance is being upstaged by fantasy romance.

Would I ever have guessed that? Not in a million years! You see, I’ve tried many times to get into fantasy novels and I just couldn’t. Clearly, if a fantasy novel includes one-bed and “who did this to you?” tropes and bat-like, ultra sexy, masculine fairies, I’m hooked and breezing through the series!

I did finish the third book in Sarah J. Maas’s “A Court of Thorns and Roses” series this week and I’ve already started the first novella in the series (review coming soon, I bet!), but let’s talk about book #3, A Court of Wings and Ruin, first. Here are my thoughts:

Summary:

“Feyre will bring vengeance.

“She has left the Night Court – and her High Lord – and is playing a deadly game of deceit. In the Spring Court, Tamlin is making deals with the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees, and Feyre is determined to uncover his plans. But to do so she must weave a web of lies, and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

“As mighty armies grapple for power, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords – and hunt for allies in unexpected places. 

“But while war rages, it is her heart that will face the greatest battle.” (Source: Goodreads)

Popular Goodreads tags: fantasyromanceyoung adultnew adultfairiesfaefictionmagicyoung adult fantasyhigh fantasyparanormal

About the Author:

“Sarah J. Maas is the #1 New York Times and internationally bestselling author of the Crescent City, A Court of Thorns and Roses, and the Throne of Glass series. Her books have sold more than twelve million copies and are published in thirty-seven languages. A New York native, Sarah lives in Philadelphia with her husband, son, and dog. To find out more, visit sarahjmaas.com or follow @therealsjmaas on Instagram.” (Source: Goodreads)

What I Liked About the Book:

I absolutely loved that this book delved into the other courts of Prythian, and how the reader is able to meet other High Lords and get a feel for their different personalities. As much as I love the Night Court and the “bat boys,” it was nice to be able to read vivid descriptions of the Summer, Autumn, and Dawn Courts and to create those images in my mind.

Also, as if Feyre wasn’t already a bad b****, she most definitely proves herself to be one in this book! She deserves the title of High Lady, indeed. And Nesta and Elain, like where did you all come from being bad b****es, too?! The Archeron sisters could truly take over the world, and I’d totally bow down to them.

I won’t give any spoilers away this time, but I will say this: As the book went on, my feelings for Tamlin changed and I saw his character in a new light and as a “morally gray” character. Don’t get me wrong, he made some pretty bad decisions throughout the series, but this book made me realize that he didn’t make these bad decisions because he’s a bad person; he made these decisions because he thought they were the right decisions. Think about it, and let me know if you feel the same way.

What I Disliked About the Book:

I’ve noticed that Maas has a lot of go-to words and phrases that she repeats throughout the series that are really starting to get on my nerves. For example:

  • “vulgar gesture” (Not what you’re thinking because in the second book, she mentions how Nesta gave the King of Hybern the finger, so what is this vulgar gesture exactly? I can’t picture it.)
  • “curled his/her/my lip” and “bared his/her/my teeth” (Like, when I picture a character doing this, it looks more ridiculous and out of place in my mind than I’m sure it’s supposed to look – threatening.)
  • “clicked his/her/my tongue” (Why is everyone clicking their tongue so much?!)
  • “growled” (We get it… Rhys is High Lord of the Night Court and also half bat, but describing his sexual pleasure as this is vomit-inducing and cringey at this point.)

As well, I thought this book was unnecessarily long. I get it, there was a lot of buildup to the climax of the novel because there were a lot of moving parts… But, the book could’ve slimmed down and the reader still would’ve understood all of those moving parts. Out of all three of the books in the series so far, this one was the hardest one for me to read because I would disassociate completely through all the fluff and end of 5 pages ahead of where I remember leaving off. The good thing is I didn’t really miss out on those key details which, to me, is a sign that the book needs a trim.

Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I loved reading this book and recommend it.

Despite disassociating at some parts, I really did enjoy the story and buildup! What I need to do from now on with the rest of the series is I need to stay off TikTok. I saw so many spoilers for this book without knowing they were for this one in the series and I used those spoilers as like a mile marker. I’m going to attempt to read the next novella sans TikTok, but I’ve already seen some spoilers for the fourth book (or at least I think they’re for the fourth book).

It’s clear that I’m obsessed with this series and Feyre and Rhysand’s relationship, but I’m still amazed that I’m this obsessed. Like, I’ve thought about booking a tattoo appointment so I can get the mountain and three stars tattoo above my knee. Cringey or nah? What I’m saying is, if you haven’t started this series, start it now!

Lastly, this message is for Sarah J. Maas only, so if you’re not Sarah J. Maas, you can keep scrolling and end your reading here… WHY DO YOU HAVE TO PLAY WITH MY EMOTIONS LIKE THAT?! I’m not an emotional person, but I was literally in tears at one point, and you know where and why. You almost made me throw my tablet into a wall… You know how expensive new tablets are nowadays? DON’T EVER SCARE ME LIKE THAT AGAIN!


Interested in reading A Court of Wings and Ruin for yourself? Click the cover below to purchase for Kindle or Audible, or in print:

A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses Book 3)

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Check back for links to reviews on the other books in the series!


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