Book Review

Book Review: A Court of Wings and Ruin (ACOTAR #3) by Sarah J. Maas

Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆
Audience: New adult fantasy
Length: 699 pages
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Release Date: May 2nd, 2017
Image & Other Reviews on: Goodreads


Looming 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 manoeuvrings 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 dstroy them all.

Note: Below is a very spoiler filled review. I have re-read this series multiple times, but wanted to get a review onto my blog, but I also have a hard time being vague when it comes to ACOTAR, so spoilers it is.

This series really has my whole heart. I highly recommend it to everyone looking for a fantasy filled with romance, friendships, actual feelings, and so much more.

What I love most about re-reads (though I don’t get to do them as often as I’d like) is that I notice all of the other pieces I normally wouldn’t if I was reading it for the first time. The first time through this I was ALL about Feyre & Rhysand, but now I have really come to appreciate all of the other characters (yes, even Tamlin) from reading this again and again.

Feyre and Rhys are my OTP, and I mention this frequently. I am so happy that their relationship grew and that they got the blissfully ending they needed. A lot of random sex? Maybe, but Rhys also has a mate and is 500 years old, I understand. Feyre has grown so much over this series and I loved how her arc came to an end.

I absolutely am team Elucien. YOU CAN NOT CONVINCE ME OTHERWISE. I desperately hope they get their own spin-off in the coming years. He deserves happiness and I need him to be happy. Azriel will get his own story and first needs to have a reckoning with Mor. So after that, we can focus on him.

Tamlin made me so bitterly angry in this book (but yet I feel for him in ACOFAS, who am I?) I think he took his jealousy to a whole new level and being an immortal, somehow never learned how to cope with his issues and being told “No.” In this case, I was all for destroying him, and will let him stew awhile before he gets his story.

Now, I’m struggling with Nesta. I LOVED her here, but had a hard time connecting in ACOFAS. I think her and Cassian would be EVERYTHING. I can’t wait for 2020 to get this entire novel. I think Nesta is going to have this amazing character line (i.e. makes me think of Manon from ToG, but different, of course). Cassian is my favorite sassy Illyrian and I need him to be happy too. His friendship with Feyre is my favorite non-romantic plot line. I love how they appreciate and help each other when they are working through their demons. Feyre is a wholy better sister than Nesta AND, AND Elain deserve. There, I said it.

Fact: I need everyone to be happy. Though, low-key felt like sobbing when the Suriel died. That moment was the saddest the book made me.

Overall audience notes:

  • Young adult/New adult fantasy
  • Language: some
  • Romance: a handful of detailed love scenes, kisses, innuendos
  • Violence: physical, swords, knives, magic, verbal

7 thoughts on “Book Review: A Court of Wings and Ruin (ACOTAR #3) by Sarah J. Maas”

  1. EEK!! So this series is my ALL TIME favorite!! I can’t get enough!! Okay, let’s chat! Cassian is my everything!!! I love him more than the others lol!!! I cannot stand Nesta!!! Cassian deserves so much better than her, UGH!!! P.S. I volunteer as tribute lol!!! So I like Lucien but omg, Elain and Azriel just have a special connection. But can you have a different mate when someone else thinks you are their mate?! So confusing lol!!! And I’m in the minority but I like Tamlin. I think he loved Feyre so much that he just wanted to protect her at all costs. Was it right? Of course not, but he was just trying to protect her and got it wrong. I think he deserves happiness. Okay, I’m going to hush lol!! can’t wait to hear your reply ❤


    1. YES me either!! It’s the only series I consistently re-read (though admittedly I skip ACOTAR, whoops haha).

      I think Nesta was turned into a full antagonist to create a big story-line for the new series. Somehow Cassian has a break-through with her and then they end up together. It’ll be interesting to see because she got so horrid towards the end and I was really liking where Nessian was going!! Cassian is up there with Fenrys for my favorite side characters in her series!!

      I want to know why there’s even interest in Azriel! Because it’s not fair he’s still hooked on Mor and that Elain has a mate. So how does this all play together?! I NEED ANSWERS. And Lucien has to figure out the real Dad thing + Elain. Clearly I have so many open-ended questions haha.

      Tamlin played his role and I completely understand that, and after ACOFAS I feel he’s really a broken soul. I wonder if one of the spin-off series will have him in it so he gets some kind of “redemption”. It’ll definitely be interesting to see!!

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      1. I have no idea how this will all play out. It’s confusing for sure but I cannot wait for the next book. It stinks we have to wait until 2020 :((( NOT FAIR!! I would love to see Tamlin and Azriel have a spin off. I wonder if everyone gets one? lol!! That’s a lot of books!

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