I started reading A Court of Wings and Ruin on May 3rd and finished it on June 3rd at 11pm. I didn’t even review it on GoodReads after I finished it like I normally do. I needed to sit and stew on it for a bit. So it’s not the morning after and I’m ready to review it.
To start things off, this review will be separated into two main sections. I will have the spoiler-free portion first where anyone can read it without worries of being spoiled. I will try to refrain from spoilers of any of the books so that you can read this review even if you haven’t read any of the ACOTAR books. Despite the fact if you have any social media, I’m sure you know a huge spoiler of ACOMAF. But I’ll refrain from mentioning it.
Then there will be a spoiler filled section that I will warn you all about so that you can leave if you plan on reading it. If you’ve already read it, awesome. Go ahead and continue into the spoiler section!
Please please please refrain from spoilers in the comments of any kind. I know that limits what you can comment. If you want to talk spoilers, send me a private message or email. I’ll answer as soon as I see it.
Now, before getting into the actual review, I would like to thank Jessica over at JessicaMarie493 for dealing with my mixed emotions. And I still haven’t decided between Az and Cass. I will make my choice soon enough, but I have a feeling you won’t like it ;D
Now, let’s get into this!
In case you don’t know, this book is the third book in a series that follows our main character, Feyre, after she kills a faerie in the woods.
I have so many mixed feelings about this book. I loved it but at the same time, there were so many different things that I had huge problems with. If you would like more detail on those things, go to the spoiler section (but only if you’ve read it).
There were so many things that didn’t go the way that I personally would have liked for it to go. And not to mention I felt like I couldn’t even trust my own impressions of people. Sarah seems to have a way about flipping characters on their heads, and I don’t mean this literally. Her characters just seem to change overnight. It’s strange and unrealistic. But I could get past that a couple times. It’s frustrating when I can’t trust a single character because I don’t know if they are really bad or if they are going to be truly bad.
Now, another huge issue that I had with this book was its pacing. It’s broken up into 3 different parts. The first part I read super quickly. The third part, I read fairly quickly, but the middle dragged on and on.
This book is 699 pages long (I only remember because I was like, “really? Can’t make it 700). But I feel like that could have been cut down 100-200 pages by taking out a lot of the middle chunk. There were certain parts that were of importance, but most of it just seemed to be a waste of my time. I know for a fact that I’m not the only one who felt this way, either. I was talking to my friend about it. She also believes that it should have been cut down.
That’s not to say that I didn’t like this book because I truly did. Despite everything that happened and the things I disliked, I really did thoroughly enjoy it. It made me laugh, cry, angry, and just gave me all of the feels.
I love the main family of characters. And Lucien. I have to say, I love Lucien. Not as much as Cassian or Azriel, but he’s up there.
After a lot of thought about this, I’d have to say that I give it a 3.75, or a 4 on GoodReads and Amazon. I knew for most of the book it’d be a 3.5 but the ending bumped it up to 3.75.
I still highly recommend this series to anyone. But be prepared. Each of these took me a month to read.
Now, let’s get onto the fun part. This will be mostly complaining, so be prepared.
Spoiler Section (Don’t read past this point if you haven’t read the series)
There. Now I can’t be blamed for spoilers.
Now, I’m just going to get right into this. I despised the ending. 95%. I’m glad that nothing really bad happened to all of the characters but come on. Seriously? It’s a freak war and you don’t have any repercussions for it except their dad dying? Oh, Amren is dead. Nope, she comes back even more perfect than before. Oh, Cassian and Azriel both almost died? Cassian twice! But nope. They’re perfectly fine now.
It ended too perfect for my liking, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy it. I still love this book and I still recommend it.
Now, the pacing. The middle was just a huge waste of time for me. Like, I don’t mind being in the world a little longer but it just dragged so much. I didn’t have that point where I just couldn’t put it down until the last hundred pages. It’s frustrating.
And I HATE Feyre. I truly did by the end of the book. She didn’t have any faith in her sisters. She couldn’t believe that they were anything more than helpless rich girls. And I tried using the excuse that Nesta treated her like crap but, yeah. She’s been through more than enough to make up for that. Nesta is a tough girl. She was stronger than Feyre realized and I hate that. And Elain wasn’t just that little girl with “doe eyes.” She was so much more. She’s saying strange things and instead of talking to her about it, you bring in a healer to help fix her because you think she’s crazy? Come on. Have some faith in your family.
Now, I have mixed feelings about everyone ending up to be good. It kind of makes sense, though. Not really them all being good but definitely them all fighting against Hybern. I mean, it’s their land. They’re going to want to protect it either way. Everyone understood what Hybern would do if they won the war. It was really convenient that everything worked out for them though.
Another thing I had an issue with was the diversity. It just seemed to be trying too hard. I mean, I’m really glad that there was some diversity this time around, but it would have been nice from the first book and the diverse characters being more of a main part of the story. But that doesn’t really take away from the story too much. Sorry, but I appreciate it and want to read more diverse books, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to hate on a book because it doesn’t have any diversity. Hate me if you want.
Overall, I still loved this book and I can’t wait for the next ones. I am really hoping to get a story from Mor’s POV. I want to see her come out and see the reactions of everyone around her. Also, I need need need at least one book in Nesta’s POV. Definitely. Her and Cass are perfection. I’d also like one from Az’s POV. I think it’d be interesting to see what’s rolling around in the shadowsinger’s head.
I’d like one from Tamlin’s POV, also. I want him to change and I want the best for him. I’d have to say he’s a morally grey character in my mind. I mean, I can’t get past his anger issues but I hope that he can manage somehow. I kind of understand, don’t accept, but understand. I want him to get the help he needs and find the happiness he deserves after losing everything.
So I think that’s about it. Even though I had a lot to complain about, I still loved this book and plan on continuing. As I said before, I still recommend this. I’d have to say it’s a bit of a guilty pleasure read. It’s not the greatest book (ACOMAF definitely has it beat) but I still enjoyed it.
If you have any thoughts about this book you’d like to share, share your spoiler free ones below and message me privately about your spoiler ones. I will delete any spoiler comments, I apologize.
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