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A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. MaasA Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #3
on May 3rd, 2017
Genres: Fantasy, New Adult
Pages: 705 pages
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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 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.

1.5 Stars

As always, people, this is a review of a book and its content, not the personality of its author. My criticism of the book is not meant as an offence to SJM’s person. If you cannot stomach criticism of your favourite author’s work, please just ignore this review, as I don’t care for fangirls shitting all over my opinion – thank you (I used the magic words, so be nice).

Beware: Minor spoilers.

So, after the two previous instalments had kept me reasonably interested in the story, A Court of Wings and Ruin fell utterly flat for me. A Court of Mist and Fury had been a guilty pleasure read whereas A Court of Wings and Ruin was just guilty pleasure. This was mainly due to a lack of a lot of things I had liked about the sequel. Gone were the grounds for new character development, gone were the exciting political twists, gone was the romantic tension between Feyre and Rhys. I think this instalment could have been a lot shorter, more compact, and more interesting. Though I am by no means a fan of SJM’s work, I expected more from this finale.

“You do not fear. You do not falter. You do not yield.
Remember that you are a wolf. And you cannot be caged.”

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A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. MaasA Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #2
on May 3rd, 2016
Genres: New Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 640
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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.

3.5 Stars

I initially rated A Court of Mist and Fury 4 stars but have since reached the conclusion that my rating was too generous. Albeit entertaining, this book just presents me with too many other aspects I struggle with. I’m hesitant with this review, as SJM – meaning her books, her marketing (Young Adult? You shitting me?), and her fandom – is probably a name that has sparked the most epic controversies in the book reviewer community in recent times. Please do not interpret my critique of her work as an attack against her as an author and a person, as this is in no way the purpose of a book review.

A Court of Mist and Fury is the much-anticipated sequel to A Court of Thorns and Roses. For me, this series is complete and utter guilty pleasure material which I don’t take overly serious, I must say. However, I am happy to report, that this sequel holds some positive surprises. A Court of Thorns and Roses didn’t impress me that much, so my reasons for reading this were 1) Rhysand, 2) Rhysand, 3) Rhysand. As always, beware of minor spoilers (for this one as well as the earlier instalment).

As I write this, I am now perfectly calm. Though I have to tell you, that ending fucked with me in a very infuriating way. I wanted to throw my poor kindle across the room, not because the ending was bad (which might also have been a reason to harm one of my favourite electronic devices), but because it wrecked me.

Picture the following scenario earlier:
Mother enters room: “Nina, are you angry?”
Me: “What no why the fuck would I be angry I’M PERFECTLY FINE CAN’T YOU SEE”
*stomps off sputtering vile curses at stupid characters* (No Feyre, for once, it wasn’t you!)

Ok, now let’s do this. Last chance to back out before I spill my thoughts and feels.

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