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

REVIEW: A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas

A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3)A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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I am so far past shaken up – I barely know where to begin. I have A LOT of things to say, including some rants. They can be found at the bottom of this review. (I have labeled where the spoilers end below, but continue at your own risk)

Ill get this out of the way first though- there are very steamy scenes in this. My opinion is that they can easily be skipped, but just FYI.

The plot was insane, and I’d expect nothing short from Sarah. The beginning was obviously at the Spring Court. I didn’t agree with everything that Feyre did, but holy crap it was a fun first bit of the book. SO MANY AMAZING LUCIEN MOMENTS AHHH. I am a hardcore shipper of the Feyre/Lucien being best friends ordeal. Also Lucien is like.. my fav.

I’m not going to go over many other plot details because it is SO much better if you go in blind- but wowza, so much happens. We get to see several of the other courts and meet ALL the high lords. New characters are introduced, and old ones (like the Suriel and the Weaver) come back too! This book focuses mostly on war/political maneuverings and honestly I LOVED that. It was so interesting watching the dynamics and plotting between the courts.

*******SPOILERS BELOW*******

Now, since I’m exhausted for typing out the rants below, I’m just going to share a plethora of points that made my heart skip a beat.

1. Lucien.
2. Feyre + Lucien destroying the twins with the Bogge
3. Amren’s sass
4. Cassian/Nesta dynamic literally the whole book
5. The library scene
6. THE COUNCIL/COURTS MEETUP AHHH (AND ALL THE HIGH LORDS- especially Tarquin omg.)
7. Azriel punching Eris in the face
8. All the banter. All of it.
9. Feyre taking out Ianthe and how she did it OMG
10. The final battle omg. And the three creatures that show up 😉
11. I CRIED ANGRY TEARS WHEN THE DAD SHOWED UP
12. Nesta screaming for Cassian
13. Elain stabbing the – you know who
14. AMREN OMG YOU GAVE ME A HEART ATTACK WOMAN
15. And when Amren was slapping Feyre to snap out of it LOL
16. MIRYAM / DRAKON / JURIAN AHHH
17. AMREN BEING UNLEASHED
18. WHAT RHYS DID AT THE END. I STOPPED BREATHING. I CANT TALK ABOUT THAT STILL BECAUSE I AM NOT OKAY.
19. Tamlin and what he did ‘Be happy Feyre’ (*CRIES*)
20. The Court of Dreams (I’m sobbing)
21. REALISTIC CHARACTER ARCS AHHHH

Okay, so yeah, that was not a coherent review. I’m hoping for a Miryam/Drakon book, a Lucien book, and maybe a Vassa book?! I’m still crying over Mor/Az and I do think he deserves to know. That whole thing is just so sad. I’m still holding out for Az + happiness and Lucien + happiness. UGHSDLFkj;ladksfj.

The biggest issue I had with the storyline was that there’s so much left open. My heart is having a hard time coping with that. I know we’re getting more books/novellas (that aren’t apart of Rhys/Feyre’s pollen) but still. I just feel empty and sad for some of the characters. I almost considered taking off a star because of my bleeding heart, but at the same time, it was all realistic.

************END OF SPOILERS************

My feelings/rants

First and foremost – Sarah isn’t the author for everyone. People either seem to connect with her or they don’t. But hear me when I say this. The amount of hate, bullying, and backlash absolutely has to stop. Being critical of a book is a GOOD thing. We should never stop calling out books on any potential harmful material. But what I’ve seen on twitter/goodreads/tumblr is beyond that.

Stop stop stop judging people for what books they connect to. You can love something and see its flaws. You can be CRITICAL, and yet find some good, and be tactful at the same time. I’ve never seen this amount of hate towards an author or fans in my years of reading. Never. So I’m going to open up and try to explain what I feel the best I can. Please read all of this before you try to jump down my throat.

(If you have something hateful to say, please do it elsewhere. I don’t mind if people disagree with me- and I have ZERO problems with people who don’t like Sarah’s books UNLESS it is approached in an attacking manor. (I do not believe calling out is an attack, btw.) Her fans (me included) have been lumped together, called many names, insulted, and harassed. I’ve been labeled as privileged and ignorant, all because I found something that I connected to in her books. Does it go both ways? Yes. It has to stop.

Point number one: Stop assuming you know who is on the other end of a screen just because you’ve seen their profile picture. You can’t tell someone’s health, financial situation, sexuality, or mental well being from a username or a profile picture (most of the time.) When you lash out, you are talking to a HUMAN BEING on the other end. Hateful comments get nothing done.

Now, I am by no means a blind follower of SJM. I don’t agree with every little detail in her books. I don’t worship the ground she walks on. Yes some of the writing is a bit ridiculous at times. But she’s given me (and so many other readers) something important in these books. Here’s a little bit of my story (that I’m not even that comfortable sharing, but whatever. I want people to understand that there is more to a ‘reader’ than meets the eye.) I have a disease that robs me of most of my physical function. 2-3 days out of the week, I’m in an IV room. I can barely eat, I’ve lost my dream job because I’m too sick to work, and I have about 2-3 hours of energy in the day to where my brain is properly functioning. That’s only the beginning of my symptoms. When I read ACOMAF, I was in tears the entire book. Feyre’s brokenness and PTSD – I saw myself in that. I’ve been there. (I’m shocked people have the balls to make fun of a character going through that. You know who you are.) And there’s about a billion other things I could point out about why I connected so deeply to this series- but most of all, it was the choosing to fight and choosing hope. And it was about me waking up in the morning knowing my body wasn’t going to allow me to do anything, but there was something to look forward to in my day – something I could read that would be inspiring, hopefull against all odds, and also just plain fun. Something bright in my day. Sometimes that is a huge deal for someone in my position.

One of the biggest complaints I see about SJM is the lack of diversity. I totally agree, but she ramped it WAY up in this book. (Most all of the new characters, including the High Lords.) Yes I’ve seen the comments about the ace stuff but I think it was entirely misinterpreted because the twins are very obviously sexually active with each other, and Feyre knows this. I took it as she was referring to their evilness/incest, but I think the editors made a huge mistake in that. But I understand if people have interpreted it different ways. The stuff about Mor, I honestly can’t react to – but I have two friends already that cried and hugged the book after that saying that they have never related to a character more. Was it good representation? I don’t know, honestly I don’t. These are great discussion points so everyone can learn. But SJM is trying. Listening. And that’s better than nothing.

There are some great points for discussion in the book – how she could improve/etc. There was some sketchy wording that the editors really should have caught. Some of the things I disagreed with aside from feeling unsure about the above – I wasn’t fond of Feyre doing everything for revenge in the beginning, but she does admit the flaws in this later on. I wasn’t crazy that Mor hid those things from Az, even though her situation is really sad. There’s a few more I can’t remember at the moment.

Everyone is so hell bent on pointing out every single flaw – like her books are supposed some kind of ‘moral code’ or something, but they refuse to acknowledge the really good aspects too. Like accurate PTSD representation. Female friendships. Abuse/Recovery. And whether or not you agree with Feysand, I can tell you this. Every girl that reads this series is thinking more critically about their relationships. THAT IS A GOOD THING. And quite frankly, the people that I’ve seen hating her are the same people that rave about books like ‘Everything, Everything’ and ‘Me Before You’ – both I consider deeply deeply problematic – but yet these authors (and other ones) are not held to the same high standard SJM is. Again, please understand that I am not condoning problematic issues here.

So what I’m trying to say is this- NEVER stop pointing stuff out. If you hold one author to such a standard, hold them all to that standard. But most importantly:

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.

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16 Comments

  1. Reply May 3, 2017 at 3:58 pm

    **squeezes**

    Thank you for sharing all of this. I just got my copy today and I’m so excited. Maybe a bit more since I’ve read your review.

    <3 <3

    1. Reply
      herbookishthings
      May 3, 2017 at 4:37 pm

      Aww Stacee *HUGS* Lets pleaaase talk about this when you’re finished omg!

  2. Reply May 3, 2017 at 3:59 pm

    Gahhhh I was excited to see your thoughts. I just finished this morning and was in a puddle of tears and emotion.* Happy sigh*

    1. Reply
      herbookishthings
      May 3, 2017 at 4:37 pm

      I AM STILL IN A PUDDLE OF TEARS I CANT DEALLLL send help.

  3. Reply May 3, 2017 at 4:13 pm

    I have not read Sarah J Mass books so I did not know that her fans are bullied. It is sad to hear that. Totally agree on be kind. Thank you for thw reminder

    1. Reply
      herbookishthings
      May 3, 2017 at 4:38 pm

      Yeah unfortunately. I think it goes some both ways- but people are just so unkind to those who don’t share their viewpoints! I always reccomend reading some positive and negative reveiws before starting her books- just so you know what you’re getting into. But good luck if you ever try her out!

  4. Reply
    cec
    May 3, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    Omg. I feel you girl. ESPECIALLY POINT 18; i was reading this at lunch today, and SCREAMED. my friends almost fell out of their chairs when I burst into tears. And thanks for saying about the hating. not a lot of ppl at my school read sjm books, but i totally agree.

    1. Reply
      herbookishthings
      May 3, 2017 at 9:32 pm

      YES I think my heart actually stopped during that! Ugh this whole book was a rollercoaster of emotions OML. I definitely cried.

  5. Reply May 6, 2017 at 2:19 pm

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  6. Reply May 9, 2017 at 6:15 pm

    I love Sarah J. Maas! I really really loved this book but man that battle scene at the end had me skimming hahah

    1. Reply
      herbookishthings
      May 10, 2017 at 10:33 am

      Aww lol that was actually my favorite part! It was so stressful though!

      1. Reply May 10, 2017 at 2:50 pm

        I wanted to know what happened! hahah my favorite part is what happened with the twins. <—don't wanna spoil it for anyone but ahhh

  7. Reply May 28, 2017 at 8:56 am

    I just finished this book at 2am last night and my heart is in pain. I don’t know what to do with my life any more. I also hate that there are so many questions, like I know why but still! How can I wait for the next book???

    Thanks for mentioning about all the hate, it’s so undeserved. Great review!

    Sinead @ Less Reality More Books
    https://lessrealitymorebooks.blogspot.ie/

    1. Reply
      herbookishthings
      May 28, 2017 at 5:16 pm

      Omg! Hah I totally relate! I am still a bit devastated that its over! But yes, at least we have more stories to look forward to! Ugh the wait 🙁

  8. Reply May 29, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    Wonderful review! I absolutely loved the book and the series as a whole. And the cover?! It was absolutely beautiful and was what caught my attention first. When the cover reveal occurred, I was sooooo excited. And now that it’s over, what to do with my life…

    1. Reply
      herbookishthings
      June 3, 2017 at 11:25 am

      Aww thank you! Haha I know, I’m totally grieving since it’s over ugh! But at least we have more books to look forward to in the same world!

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