A Court of Wings and Ruin Review

ACOWAR_USTitle: A Court of Wings and Ruin
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher Info / Release: Bloomsbury Publishing / May 2, 2017
Source: Amazon Kindle / Target Special Edition
Rating: 4.25 / 5 *’s
SynopsisLooming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

**Post contains spoilers, so read at your own discretion 🙂 **

Alright guys, I am finally doing this review and I apologize in advance that it won’t look like my previous ones…nor as eloquent. This book was GIANT – and I can’t remember a lot of things that I would love to talk about so I’m going to bullet point the moments that really stood out to me while I reflected upon it. Then I’ll discuss why I rated it the way I did (those points being things that really bothered me).

So from the beginning…kind of:

  • Feyre’s decisions at Spring Court…I don’t entirely get it. I do…but I don’t.
  • Lucien friendship!!
  • Again…Feyre’s decisions about said friendship. Lucien doesn’t deserve all that.
  • Relief about Tamlin & Ianthe not hooking up
  • First fight scene in autumn court. Wow
  • Reunion of the Court of Dreams!! – Lucien staying, more of the sisters. Azriel / Elaine (I love that he helps her) CASSIAN. I just can’t even.
  • The big High Lords meeting:
    -Tamlin! What?!
    -Lots of trash talk towards Feyre, but unpopular opinion time – I think she kind of deserved it. IN A SMALL WAY.
    -Autumn court folks are sketchy
    -Helion. Lucien. Mind blown.
    -The reflection of picking out Feyre’s crown!
    -I’m glad that she had enough respect to not have sex with Rhysand under the same roof as Tamlin.
    -DAY COURT. The description was spot on in making me feel like I was actually there seeing it.
  • Nesta: Love her but I’m kind of over the attitude. Just a smidge.
  • Cassian being featured in his role as the general. It was great to see besides just his personality. I thought I loved him before, BUT NOW. *fans self*
  • Elaine – kinda guessed it.
  • SHOCK about Feyre’s vision of the Bone Carver ♥
  • When they go to save Elaine:
    -Super glad that we found out the news about Jurian. Big twist in my opinion
    -Tamlin saved Feyre. Again. Mostly.
    -I personally hate that she destroyed his court. Could’ve been handled better with some communication however, I know that was one giant issue between the two of them. I still think she was too set on revenge.
    -Tamlin got some well deserved redemption. I’ll go into more of that later!
  • Winter Court and their armor. AND THE ANIMALS. I could try to handle the cold if I could just hang out with them 😦
  • Shock about Mor and how she hid that for so long. I’m only angry about it for Azriel. 500 years is a lot of time, okay.
  • One of the biggest highlights was seeing all the High Lords fighting together.
  • Yay happy ending! …sort of

Those were the biggest things that stood out to me right now. And maybe when I do a re-read, I’ll circle back to this and go over more things that I rediscover!

The negatives. I will say I did love this book but there was a small handful of things that I had a problem with. These will be the unpopular opinion, so hopefully I won’t get a lot of hate for it. I was mostly disappointed with how some things weren’t answered at all. One of my biggest peeves was that there was a big build up to everything with Cassian and Nesta then that is how it ended. They were going to die for each other but when they got back to the townhouse, they didn’t even speak. Nothing about their kiss. Or any of it. None. And Cassian was one of my absolute favorite parts of this book. And then to see him not get the happiness or closure he wanted / needed? Ugh.

Another thing that bothered me – unpopular opinion time – I do not like how everything went down with Tamlin. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE Feysand, I do. But after everything that Feyre did in ACOTAR, it felt like a let down. He redeemed himself (in my eyes) but the entire time, she was so focused on revenge and tearing his court apart that she didn’t even think about if they would need his help later. It all could have been done differently. I would have thought he could’ve found out about her and Rhysand being mates in a different way than in front of everyone, but all the shock and feelings came out for everyone to see. The first time he was under a huge amount of grief before he had thought the mating bond was taken away. In the end, the thing that upset me the most was that after everything they had been through, the good and bad then the war, all she sent was a note. I know, I know they were both angry but I think it would’ve been nice to see them come to a better understanding face to face. Maybe one day everything will be resolved and Tamlin will find his happiness.

This was a very small issue but I remember at some point, it was said somewhere that mates were very rare to find. But there were quite a few couples who felt the mating bond snap into place. Strange. I also want to know more about what will happen between Elaine and Azriel. I have come to my own conclusions about it but if you would like to know more about my opinion / thoughts on this, send me an email or message me on my bookstagram!

Those were my biggest issues which is why I rated it the way I did. I’m hoping in the continuations of this world we receive the answers that we all want and crave. (I not-so-secretly hope that they’ll be about Cassian.) I loved this story but I think the first two (ACOMAF then ACOTAR) will be my top rereads before coming to ACOWAR. I just need all things Cassian. I have no shame 🙂

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