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

ACOWAR_01‘A nightmare, I’d told Tamlin. I was the nightmare.
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.’ (Goodreads) (699 pages, May 2nd 2017, Bloomsbury Children Books)

This book had honestly a slow start. I just couldn’t connect to Feyre and Tamlin being back together. After finishing A Court of Mist and Fury I was in such a high and I wanted to jump right in the new story. But after a few chapters I just stopped reading for a few days, because it didn’t have the same feel as the previous book. And knowing everything about Tamlin now and knowing and missing Rhysand, it was just hard for me to connect to the story. I missed their conversations, their connection. Don’t even talk to me about Lucien. Her so-called friend that wanted to protect her, but couldn’t. He did warm up to me a little bit, after a few chapters, especially after seeing everything Feyre put him and the others through to destroy their plans. But unfortunately, the damage was done. 

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That was the funnest part of the beginning. Seeing how she manipulated them all, seeing how she now really got into her powers and used them for her plans. But I must say that the first part wasn’t my favourite. I do understand why Sarah J. Maas wanted to start with this part and it does have a lot of repercussions on the following events, but still I didn’t like it that much unfortunately.

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I did find the entire book a tiny, tiny bit disappointing, because I didn’t find the Rhysand I felt in love with. He wasn’t as strong as we’re used from him. Always questioning himself and showing his ‘true’ nature to the other High Lords as well. Luckily, we had some other interesting new characters in this book that brought fun conversations and more spice to the story, Like Hellion and the other High Lords. Even Tamlin and Jurian, two of my least favourite characters did surprise me near the end of the book.

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Another one of my favourite pairings, that went even further in this book, is Cassian and Nesta. The entire book they were hot and cold, coming closer and pushing back. The entire time off course with Mor and Azriel in the back, which also had an impact on their connection. Here we also finally get to see why Mor chose Cassian and not Azriel and why she doesn’t want to go into Azriel’s advances. I’m not entirely convinced with her explanation, but I do get it in one way. But the reason why she doesn’t tell them, is a bit selfish and it breaks my heart for Azriel.

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There are other problems in this book. Sarah J. Maas left a lot of questions unanswered, so I’m glad to know that we’ll get another 3 books in this series. I do wonder from whose standpoint we’ll get to see the continuation of the story. My guess (and hope) is on Nesta. She became the most interesting character to me in this book.

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Don’t get me wrong, there are a lot of negative points in this review, but I loved this book nontheless. Once I got throught the first (small) part of this book, I flew through it and devoured it. The action scenes were incredible and I could just picture them in my head. My heart broke over different parts in this story and the end was good. It wasn’t the perfect ending and a bit too romantic and well rounded to my taste. It ended a bit too perfectly for me. But all the stuff that happened in between was a rollercoaster, and even though with the many shortcomings and questions left unanswered, I liked it a lot. A court of Mist and Fury is still my favourite, but this one definitely comes second to my taste.

4,25 out of 5 stars, yes a rather high score despite my review, but it is an addictive read. Sarah J. Maas writes in such a way that I couldn’t and wouldn’t put down the book, and that is for me the most important part of reading a book. I want to be transported in another world and story, and this book did just that for me. 

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