A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas – Spoiler Free Book Review

acowarRating: 4/5

Genre: Fantasy, new adult

First published: 2017

Author: Sarah J. Maas

***SPOILER ALERT*** THIS IS THE THIRD BOOK IN THE SERIES. THEREFORE, THE SYNOPSIS AND FOLLOWING REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS FOR THE PREVIOUS BOOKS

Synopsis: 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.

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I have to say… I was a bit disappointed by this one. It wasn’t by any means bad, but it failed to live up to ACOMAF and there were some things that I didn’t really like, that I thought weren’t done well or were too rushed.

That’s one thing actually, there were a lot of things that felt rushed, despite this being a 700 page book. I’m generally against unnecessarily dragging out series just to sell more books, but I feel like this could have been two 4-500 page books instead of one 700 page one.

But, first, let’s talk about the things I loved. I still loved the Night Court, of course. They were as fun as ever and I loved learning more about them. I loved seeing more of Prythian and meeting all the High Lords. One of the most surprising things that I loved was Tamlin’s character arc. I think in terms of character development, Tamlin’s was the best and most subtly done in this book. I loved learning about some of the more mysterious creatures, such as Amren and the Bone Carver.

I didn’t quite like Feyre as much in this one as I did before. I felt like she started sounding a lot like Aelin. I love Aelin, but Feyre is not Aelin. I feel like writing the two stories at the same time got Sarah to confuse the two voices a bit and I felt at times like I was reading Throne of Glass instead. Still, I did really like the completion of Feyre’s acceptance and forgiveness of herself that started out in ACOMAF.

One thing that really annoyed me, especially in the first half of the book were the sex scenes. I feel like there was an unnecessary amount of them. Like… we already know that Rhys is a hot hunk of fae High Lord and it’s hard to resist the urge to climb him like a tree, but we don’t need to be told every time it happens, especially not in so much detail. It was repetitive and it just got boring and I found myself skimming over those scenes. Also, the word “mate” was abused beyond reason.

I thought the pacing towards the end wasn’t very good. Everything felt so rushed. It just sort of happened all at once and there was often very little explanation and it felt like those things just happened because they were convenient for the story. And that’s why I think if this were two books, there would have been time to pace it better and properly explain and explore things. There were a lot of elements that were brought in, presumably as a sort of entré for the companions, but it just made it feel very rushed and sometimes confusing. There was just too much happening too quickly. I felt that some of the main cast’s stories were left hanging. And I know there will be subsequent books, but as far as the information we have now, those will not be a continuation of this story.

There are many other things that I enjoyed or disliked, but I can’t really go into them without spoilers. I have a spoilerific discussion  where I will be discussing those in more depth. Overall, I obviously loved the book, but it just wasn’t as good as I expected it to be. It was mainly due to the execution, I feel like it could have been done better, particularly knowing the kind of writing that Sarah is capable of.

The Ultimate Book Tag

It’s been a while since I’ve done a tag so, here is one. I found this over on Thrice Read.


1. DO YOU GET SICK WHILE READING IN THE CAR?

Usually, yeah. Though I can read on planes and trains.

2. WHICH AUTHOR’S WRITING STYLE IS COMPLETELY UNIQUE TO YOU AND WHY?

Probably everyone and their mother gives this answer, but Laini Taylor.

3. HARRY POTTER SERIES OR THE TWILIGHT SAGA? GIVE 3 POINTS TO DEFEND YOUR ANSWER.

Harry Potter. Vampires. Don’t. Sparkle.

4. DO YOU CARRY A BOOK BAG? IF SO, WHAT IS IN IT (BESIDES BOOKS)?

Depends. If the definition of a book bag is a bag with a book in it, then yeah, frequently. If you mean a bag that is specifically designed for carrying books or something, then no.

5. DO YOU SMELL YOUR BOOKS?

You mean there are people who don’t?

6. BOOKS WITH OR WITHOUT LITTLE ILLUSTRATIONS.

With. I love little illustrations. I am a child, okay. I need pictures.

7. WHAT BOOK DID YOU LOVE WHILE READING BUT DISCOVERED LATER IT WASN’T QUALITY WRITING?

I don’t think I have such books. I mean, I’ve read quite a few poor quality books. Some of them I even enjoyed. But I was always aware that they were poor quality.

8. WHAT IS THE THINNEST BOOK ON YOUR SHELF?

Probably my Buffy the Vampire Slayer  comic.

9. WHAT IS THE THICKEST BOOK ON YOUR SHELF?

I think it’s Inheritance by Christopher Paolini. I’m not sure if it’s got more pages than The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss, but it’s a hardback and The Wise Man’s Fear has Bible pages so Inheritance  is definitely thicker.

10. WHEN DID YOU GET INTO READING?

I’ve always been into reading.

11. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE CLASSIC BOOK?

Hmm… does The Lord of the Rings count as a classic? If not, then probably The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas.

12. IN SCHOOL WHAT WAS YOUR BEST SUBJECT?

I was kinda good at everything. :/

15. IF YOU WERE GIVEN A BOOK AS A PRESENT THAT YOU HAD READ BEFORE AND HATED, WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

Depends who gave it me. Though… in all honesty, I’d probably keep it no matter what. I’m a book hoarder. It’s a problem.

16. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE WORD?

Shan’t.

17. ARE YOU A NERD, DORK, OR DWEEB? OR ALL OF THE ABOVE?

All of the above. Sometimes at the same time too.

18. VAMPIRES OR FAIRIES? WHY?

Fairies. Never been a huge fan of vampires and I’ve always loved fairies and the folklore surrounding them.

19. SHAPESHIFTERS OR ANGELS? WHY?

Shapeshifters. Because I’ve always wanted to be one.

20. AND FINALLY: FULL ON ROMANCE BOOKS OR ACTION-PACKED WITH A FEW LOVE SCENES MIXED IN?

Action packed with a few love scenes mixed in. Or no love scenes. I’m okay with either.

Down the TBR Hole #7

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Last week’s final number: 353 | Current number: 354 | This week’s final number: 351 | Total books removed so far: 26 | Total books kept so far: 39 | Books added since I began: 38 | Books read from my TBR: 2


The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

I kinda still wan to read this, even though it’s been such a long time since I’ve read this genre. I used to love it though, it used to be what I read most of. And yes, I somehow never read this.

Verdict: Stays

Discourse on Method and Meditations on First Philosophy by Rene Descartes

I like philosophy and I like Descartes, so I’m interested in reading this.

Verdict: Stays

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

I’m very torn with this one. On the one hand, I would like to read it. On the other hand… this book is HUGE. I’m more than just a little intimidated by it and I don’t see myself reaching out for it anytime soon. I think for the time being, I will remove it. We’ll see if it gets added back.

Verdict: Goes

A House Without Windows by Stevie Turner

This book sounds absolutely fascinating.

Verdict: Stays

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

I’m interested in reading this. Particularly that the show has not come out and I’ve heard mixed and controversial reviews about it.

Verdict: Stays

100 Quotes to Make You Think by Wolfgang Riebe

I love quotes, but I don’t feel like this is a book that needs to be on my TBR. It just clutters it up.

Verdict: Goes

The Best Book of Puns

Again, like with the quotes one, it’s a cool book to own, but I don’t see why it should be on my TBR.

Verdict: Goes

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

I really do want to read this.

Verdict: Stays

Speak by Laurie Hals Anderson

This sounds like a very good and powerful book.

Verdict: Stays

Crank by Elen Hopkins

I’ve never read an Elen Hopkins book, but I really want to and this sounds really good.

Best Book Titles

Ever see a book title and it’s so great that you don’t even care what that book is about, you know you want to read it? No? Really? Well, I do. Here are some of my favourite book titles.

The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss

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When I first heard this title, I knew I wanted to read this. I had no idea what it was about and I didn’t care. It’s just such an amazing title. And then I looked it up and realised it’s a novella in a series of books with amazing titles (which also happen to be really amazing books, but that’s not the point). I mean The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man’s Fear. So… poetic and mysterious and cool. I love the titles of this series.

Grief is the Thing With Feathers by Max Porter

I don’t really know what this book is about. But just check that tile out. I makes me want to read this book. Combine that with the cool raven on the cover (I love ravens) and I’m sold.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

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This whole series has really cool titles, but this one is my favourite. You may have noticed I like long, vague and slightly pretentious titles. They just really appeal to me and Daughter of Smoke and Bone is another example of a book that I was drawn to because of its title and gorgeous cover. I ended up really loving it.

Red as Blood and White as Bone by Theodora Goss

I have absolutely no clue what this book is about. I added it to my TBR because it has a freaking awesome title and really creepy cover that just makes me really want to read it. And I kind of want to go into it without knowing anything about it.

And I Darken by Kiersten White

I really like that the title starts with “and”. I don’t know why that appeals to me, but I really like titles that begin with “and”. I’ve yet to read this, but I’ve heard so many good things about it and it has a really cool premise.

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

Again, a long, vague, slightly pretentious title that really appeals to me. I want to read this book mainly because of its title. It’s just something about titles like this that I really love. I think it’s because they make so much more sense once you’ve read the book and that adds to the experience for me, as opposed to a title that’s really straightforward.

These are a few of my favourite titles. Let’s just call this part one, because there are so many more and I’m sure in time I will come across even more titles that I just love.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – Spoiler Free Book Review

10860047Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Genre: YA, historical fiction, magical realism

First published: 2011

Author: Erin Morgenstern

Synopsis: In 1886, a mysterious travelling circus becomes an international sensation. Open only at night, constructed entirely in black and white, Le Cirque des Rêves delights all who wander its circular paths and warm themselves at its bonfire. At the heart of the circus is the tangled relationship between two young magicians, Celia, the enchanter’s daughter, and Marco, the sorcerer’s apprentice.

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This is a weird book for me to review. I had a hard time deciding what rating to give it. Sometimes it felt like a 5 star book, other times like a 4 star book. I think my main problem with it was that it had a very fragmented timeline and it was difficult at times to tell where in time you were.

This is a very slow-burn book. I personally didn’t mind that much because I enjoy these type of stories, but it does require patience. You as the reader sort of have an idea of what’s going on, but the characters don’t and it takes them forever to figure it out, which can be a bit frustrating.

Now on to the things that I loved about this book and which truly make it a book worth reading. The atmosphere. That is the best thing about this book. The way that it’s written is so magical and atmospheric and it just transports you into this wonderful, magical circus. It’s beautiful. There are little interludes from time to time that are told from the perspective of someone attending the circus and it just really transports you there and you get to experience the circus.

The characters. It’s so interesting to see the dynamics between the people who know what’s going on, those who have no idea what’s going on and those who have some idea of what’s going on. I thought that was so well done and so interesting to read about. Also, the two main… antagonists, I suppose, are so morally grey. I love those types of characters who are not quite entirely aware of how warped their worldview is. I find them so interesting to read about. It explores the idea of losing one’s humanity as time goes by, which I found really interesting and I thought it was very well done.

I liked the different perspectives of the different characters on the circus. I can’t say much without spoilers, but I like the idea of how the same thing can mean such monumentally different things to different people. And also how those people interacted with each other and with the circus. Again, I thought it was so well done.

I don’t really know what else to say without giving too much away. It’s a difficult book to review. You have to experience it for yourself and I don’t think it really can be explained without ruining it. So I recommend just going into it and enjoying the experience.

Down the TBR Hole #6

I have a brief respite before my final exam of the year, so I decided to do a quick post. This meme was created by Lia @ Lost in a Story.

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Last week’s final number: 357 | Current number: 358 | This week’s final number: 353 | Total books removed so far: 21 | Total books kept so far: 39 | Books added since I began: 34 | Books read from my TBR: 1


Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Since this is one of the great American classics, I want to give it a try, even though… I don’t see myself doing that in the near future. Still for now I will keep it.

Verdict: Stays

One Good Dog by Susan Wilson

I had completely forgotten what this book is about. But I read the synopsis and it sounds absolutely amazing!

Verdict: Stays

The Last Dog on the Hill: The Extraordinary Life of Lou by Steve Duno

I love dog stories and animal stories in general. They’re so touching and beautiful and I just love them. However, I don’t really see myself reading this anytime soon. There are so many dog books on my TBR and I’m realistically not going to read all of them. Maybe I will come across this book at some point and read it, bot for now it has to go.

Verdict:  Goes

Scent of the Missing: Love and Partnership with a Search-and-Rescue Dog by Susannah Charleson

Another one that I just don’t see myself picking up anytime soon. I feel like this would work so much better as a film or documentary, than a book.

Verdict: Goes

Amazing Gracie: A Dog’s Tale by Dan Dye and Mark Beckloff

Okay, I was on an animal binge when i added all of these. And while these still sound so lovely, I would rather see a film/documentary about this kind of autobiographical stories.

Verdict: Goes

Saving Gracie: How One Dog Escaped the Shadowy World of American Puppy Mills by Carol Bradley

My own dog was born in one such place where they overbreed their dogs and treat them horribly. When we first got him, he was in pretty bad shape. His fur had fallen off in places due to flea infestation, his tail had been horribly chopped off and he was quite emotionally traumatised. In fact, it took him a couple years before he started acting like a happy, healthy dog. So I feel like I want to read this book.

Verdict: Stays

The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Oh man… I don’t even know. Dostoyevsky intimidates the crap out of me. But on the other hand… I really do want to read his work at some point. I’ll keep it for now.

Verdict: Stays

 Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens

I’m a big fan of Dickens, as you may know, so I do plat to read this.

Verdict: Stays

The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas

I have actually never read The Three Musketeers. And this is a sequel to that, so for now I will remove it. If I ever do read The Three Musketeers and find myself craving some more, I will get back to this.

Verdict: Goes

The Inventor’s Son: The Beginning by S.B. James

This is a prequel novella to a steampunk series that I haven’t read. So… until and unless I read the series, I don’t think there is much point in keeping this.

Verdict: Goes