Happy Monday, friends! It’s been a long time since I’ve done a book review post (over a year, eesh!) and I’ve been itching to do another one. Trouble is, I rarely buy physical copies of books these days. Audiobooks and eBooks are my jam, but I feel like they aren’t nearly as photogenic as the good ol’ paper versions. Then I figured…well, why does that matter? Sure, taking a photo of my phone might not look as pretty, but I can still talk about the books just fine, right? Pretty picture or no.
So hey, here I am chatting about Sarah J. Maas’ latest release, A Court of Wings and Ruin. It’s the third installment of her A Court of Thorns and Roses saga and I think it’s the best so far. While my review is spoiler-free for this book, it’s not so much if you haven’t read the first two in the series…but if you haven’t read them yet, get on it! While it’s definitely not my favorite series, it’s a heck of a lot of fun. If you’re a fan of YA, I bet you’ll enjoy this story.
For those of you who might not know what this book is about, here’s the 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.

We start right where A Court of Mist and Fury ended. Feyre is more or less ‘undercover’ in the Spring Court, being all kinds of sneaky and manipulative. While some of her reasoning behind her actions seemed a little tedious, I thought this first bit of the book was a lot of fun overall. I’m sure a big part of that is because I absolutely love Lucien and I’m glad we got to spend so much time with him. I’m totally on board with the whole Feyre/Lucien BFF thing.

Once this first bit is over though, the book has its ups and (major) downs. The sex scenes were boring and honestly, they could have been skipped altogether and the book would have been all the better for it. Aside from that, I thought the secondary characters (Lucien, Feyre’s sisters, Amren, etc) really shine here. While I love Feyre and adore Rhysand, it was the secondary characters and their relationships with one another that made this book such a great read for me.

ACOWAR is about politics and (duh) war in a big way, and while it dragged a bit for me, I’m glad that we got to see the bigger picture of Prythian. We meet a lot of new, interesting characters and suffer a lot of heartbreak…but the ending was perfect, in my opinion.

Is it just me or did the ending feel kind of like…you know, the end? I know there are going to be more books in the series, so I’m interested to see what Maas does with them. While I would love to read more about Feyre, I definitely wouldn’t say no to a few spin-offs centered around other characters (ahem, Lucien).

Watching Feyre grow into an independent, fierce badass was a hell of a ride. She was fearless, though not without her flaws. Really, she was a little too powerful in this book, but that doesn’t detract from the fact that she had to endure so much suffering in her life and became a strong woman as a result. I applaud Maas for creating such a fascinating herione; her transformation has been one of my favorites in YA.
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