Review: A Court of Wings and Ruin, by Sarah J. Maas


Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Release Date: May 2nd 2017
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Romance
Pages: 699

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.

In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.

Okay. I’m just going to try my hardest to put my review of this book into actual words, because I have a lot of emotions, even though it’s been over a week since I finished ACOWAR.

Basically, this was such a satisfying end to the ACOWAR trilogy (I know it’s being extended, but I mean the end to Feyre’s story). Maas is exceptional at descriptive writing. It’s like her storytelling hopped off the page and came to life right in front of my eyes.

Her characters, also, are excellent. Feyre is so badass but vulnerable at the same time, and Maas managed to pull off a great exploration of her strengths versus her weaknesses. Many of her other characters I fell in love with (all over again) were Rhys and Mor and Cassian and Nesta. I was quite surprised that I found myself fondly attached to the Suriel as well. What I love about Maas’s characters are that they’re all, in some way, broken but she manages to write each one to overcome that piece of them. She also has the best villains, too. Every single time I saw Tamlin’s name on the page I just wanted to scream.

If there’s something I didn’t like about it, it was the fact that Maas seemed to pair off like every character. Some of their romances felt unnecessary and completely forced. Rhysand, of course, is the best relationship. And I can understand Elain and Lucien, because I ship it a little bit too. But Nesta and Cassian felt completey forced in my opinion and I don’t think they should’ve ended up together.

But the plot was everything I could’ve hoped for and more. It was gripping throughout and made ACOWAR practically unputdownable. I even finished it in a shorter time that I had expected it was that good. Would totally recommend the A Court of Thorns and Roses and although Maas is quite a problematic writer, as long as her offences are called out and acknowledged, I was able to enjoy the rest of it.

5 out of 5 stars for one of my most anticipated releases of this year.

Review: A Court of Mist and Fury, by Sarah J. Maas


Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Release Date: 3 May 2016
Genre: YA, Romance, Fantasy
Pages: 626

Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas’s masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.

It’s really funny how your entire opinion about characters can change within the space of one book. I reread this in anticipation for ACOWAR, and I’m really glad I did because it’s made me remember how much I adore it.

When I read ACOTAR, I thought it was amazing. An absolutely beautiful loose retelling of my favourite fairytale, and I didn’t think ACOMAF could top it – but oh my God, it did.
In ACOTAR I loved Tamlin and hated Rhys. After reading ACOMAF, both times, I’ve quickly came to the conclusion that Rhys is the most perfect character ever and Feyre deserves to be with him. I hate Tamlin so much. He’s so controlling over Feyre whereas Rhys wants her to be his equal – I mean, he made her his HIGH LADY for heaven’s sake!!

And I adore this world. The Weaver, The Bone Carver are such great creatures. And all the side characters that Maas brought into ACOMAF like Mor and Amren and Cassian!! AND HOW COULD SHE END ON SUCH A CLIFFHANGER? IT’S BEEN A YEAR AND I NEED ACOWAR BADLY!!

I loved ACOMAF like, a lot, so it’s definitely getting 5 stars.

(I feel like this review is very short and I apologise if so but I have to return to studying for exams ugh)