A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3)
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 destroy them all.

A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3) Details

TitleA Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMay 2nd, 2017
PublisherBloomsbury Childrens Books
ISBN-139781408857908
Rating
GenreFantasy, Romance, Young Adult, New Adult

A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3) Review

  • emma
    January 1, 1970
    202.That’s the number of times that the word “mate,” in any of its hellish forms, is used in this book.TWO.HUNDRED.AND.TWO.https://emmareadstoomuch.wordpress.co...That statistic alone should be enough to justify this one star rating. If you feel satisfied enough to just remove yourself from this review, run with that feeling. Because I have, like. Seven pages of sh*t to complain about.That’s if I’m efficient.And I’ve never been an efficient reviewer. Once. In my life. I counted two hundred (and 202.That’s the number of times that the word “mate,” in any of its hellish forms, is used in this book.TWO.HUNDRED.AND.TWO.https://emmareadstoomuch.wordpress.co...That statistic alone should be enough to justify this one star rating. If you feel satisfied enough to just remove yourself from this review, run with that feeling. Because I have, like. Seven pages of sh*t to complain about.That’s if I’m efficient.And I’ve never been an efficient reviewer. Once. In my life. I counted two hundred (and two) uses of a word over seven hundred pages. That shouldn’t scream “rational and in control of her passionate fury” to you.So buckle up, buttercup. We’ve got some categories to run through. DISCLAIMER : This review is teeming with spoilers. It is also X-rated, due to the strength of my anger and the copious sex scenes in the source material.I HATE THESE CHARACTERSRhys makes me cringe harder than Renee Zellweger in Bridget Jones’ Diary. (At least that movie has both Colin Firth and Hugh Grant to distract me from Renee viciously critiquing her own body and, like, spilling coffee all over herself or whatever.) He is capable of two actions, like a mildly impressive Ken doll: 1) sex person and 2) valiant hero trying to kill himself in the name of his friends constantly. Either he is full on f*cking Feyre (sick alliteration, Emma) or he must be actively prevented from jumping in front of poisoned weapons with the half-hearted motivation of Heroism To Save My Family (even if it’s not at all clear why doing this would save them, because whatever none of the plans in this book make a lick of sense anyway).Because, as if this book weren’t fun enough, it rivals the Fast and the Furious franchise for use of the my-real-family-is-the-one-I-made-not-the-one-I-was-born-with cliché.Like Rhys, Feyre also manages to find time in her packed schedule of sex scenes and repetitive dialogue to be incredibly, incontrovertibly dumb. For example, when she traps Ianthe and ties her up or whatever, she spends an unbelievable amount of time indulging an evil-villain-revenge rant. Just enough time for her to be CAUGHT BY THE DAEMATI (a Cassandra Clare-esque douchey term that pretty much means “species of bad guy,” to the best of my recollection). So much of this book was me silently screaming.Speaking of the aforementioned schedule, it’s no wonder that that thing Feyre used to do called “painting” is dropped like a hot potato. She never does it, but it’s mentioned a handful of times in the beginning of the book. And then forgotten. And then, suddenly, almost at the merciful end of this suffering: “The movement so perfect that I knew I’d one day paint it.” We’re still pretending that Feyre paints? Between the same diverse selection of identical sex scenes, identical training scenes, identical war discussion scenes, I don’t think she has time for something so banal as a singular interest or hobby. Idk if we’ll have time; I think she’ll have to get to third base with Rhys in a perfumed bath later.At least Feyre is brave and strong, though. Which is why she’s “too tired” to do anything after a loooong day of watching other people fight in a battle, followed by Mor winnowing her home. So courageous. How does she do it.Plus, she’s a brilliant friend. Which is why, when Morrigan confronts her for lying, leaving, making her and everyone else fear she has died and also making Mor responsible for it, Feyre’s response is “OH YA??? WELL YOU HAVE A CRUSH ON AZRIEL.”Truly a depiction of a powerful woman for the ages.And I don’t get Lucien’s appeal. Do we like him out of the same reason we like Draco? (I’m saying “we” as if I like either of those characters.) Is it an omg-he’s-just-trying-to-do-right-he-didn’t-know-any-better type situation? Because Draco is a child trying to impress a father who doesn’t love him and I still don’t totally buy that. I’m still not a Draco fan. And Tamlin is not Lucien’s daddy, although...maybe a more interesting book if he were.Cassian and Azriel are both flat and boring. Amren is characterized so inconsistently that it’s impossible for me to know whether I like her or not. (I’m going to say “not” - seems like a safer bet.) Nesta is almost cool, but the whole I Am Mean And Hard And Damaged thing goes too far. And Elain just floats around and lets things happen to her.Morrigan, never all that interesting, now just represents the worst bisexuality rep I’ve ever read.It’s never a good sign when you’re praying for characters to die in battle just so you can catch a f*cking break.But guess what. None of them do.THE WRITING SUCKS, ON BOTH A COPYEDITING LEVEL AND A SUBSTANTIVE LEVELI truly believe that whatever team of sad sacks was assigned to copyedit this book was physically unable to attentively read it. And I cannot blame them. But it does allow for some hilarious mistakes to make it through these dull, dull pages. Example: “She did not avert her eyes from the Morrigan.” That pesky “the” makes her seem like a pro wrestler, or someone with a fun nickname, rather than the personification of the worst bi rep ever to grace young adult pages. But we’ll get to that.There are so many ellipses and dashes and italicizations and...other - ways: of breaking up the TEXT that it actually gave me motion sickness. On top of everything else this book has made me suffer through.Maybe if a copyeditor had found the strength to make it through this book, they could have stopped the way SJM insists on using the term “Hybern.” IT MEANS SO MANY THINGS. “Hybern” is used as the nomer of the evil king, the word for his people, the name of his kingdom, and the title of the land it’s situated on. That is just...basic bad worldbuilding, no? Also, a monster creature thing described as having no eyelids narrows its eyes. This inspired a fifteen minute long discussion with my roommates on whether eyes can narrow without eyelids. We came to a unanimous consensus: no, they cannot.Also, as Val pointed out in her amazing review of this book, the words “vulgar gesture” are used over. And over. And over again. WHAT DO THESE USES MEAN. WHY DO THEY CONSTANTLY INSPIRE LAUGHTER IN WHATEVER GLORIFIED PROP CHARACTER WHO HAPPENS TO BE NEARBY. IS THIS TACTIC SUPPOSED TO REPLACE ACTUAL JOKES OR BANTER? Because it doesn’t. It just makes me angry, and also confused, which makes me even angrier.And who thought that was even possible.WHAT IS THIS ATTEMPT AT HIGH FANTASY LANGUAGEExcept then, y’know, Rhys and Feyre and the Gang are also so hip and cool and up to date that this book uses the word “fuckable,” a word so slang-y that my laptop recognizes it as a typo for “suckable” or “faceable,” whatever the hell those words are.Otherwise, the only other remarkable attempt at making this any different from the way humans speak in 2017: the use of the word “male.”Women are sometimes called “females” in this, but are also called women and girls and whatnot. Men, on the other hand, are absolutely only called males. There’s an amazing moment when SJM refers to Rhys as a man, and then instantly, like, corrects herself. So it reads on the page as “man - male -”It makes no sense. I love it.It’s truly the little things.THE END OF THIS BOOK IS JUST A LISTING OF CLICHESAs the war we’ve waited for finally arrives, and so does the time for motivational speeches and tragic goodbyes and other things that fail to make me feel something, SJM loses it entirely.Nearly every line of dialogue in this section is just a cliché, and so I will copy and paste them here, for your perusal and accompanying amusement.“Leave this world…a better place than how you found it.”“One life may change the world.”“I believe everything happens for a reason.”“It is the family you make, not the one you are born into, that matters.”“Light can be found even in the darkest of hells.”“The great joy and honor of my life has been to know you.”“I wasn’t sure if in the entire history of Illyria, there had ever been such a discussion.”So bad. And, therefore, so good.LET’S LAUGH AT DUMB THINGSThe moments when this may or may not be attempting to instill some sort of entertainment or amusement in its reader do not work at all. Luckily, we have something much better: Really dumb stuff. It is much more fun (and nourishing to the very soul, like a bowl of chicken soup - so pretty much the series of books “Chicken Soup for the Soul”) to laugh at something unintentional and dumb than it is to laugh at a cheap joke. This is why the show America’s Funniest Home Videos has been on for twenty-eight seasons, and like a thousand interchangeable bad sitcoms are canceled every year.For example, this passage. Feyre and Rhysand are apart, blah blah blah, it’s the tragedy of the century (or millennium, since these boring ass people live for infinity, because there is no justice in this world). Unsurprisingly, they use their mind control powers for a saintly motivation: sexting. Which is already so hilarious. But it gets even better, because:“I sent back an image of me sticking out my tongue at him. My clothes were back on when his answer arrived.Like mine, it was wordless, a mere image. Like mine, Rhysand’s tongue was out.But it was occupied with doing something else.”I choose to interpret this statement the same way a middle schooler interprets the existence of performer Marilyn Manson based on a shady rumor he once heard about a surgery to remove three ribs. I believe that this is incontrovertible evidence that Rhysand can suck his own d*ck. WHAT ELSE COULD HE POSSIBLY BE DOING. WHAT COULD IT POSSIBLY BE OCCUPIED WITH. SJM I JUST WANNA TALK.But just as often as I was making myself laugh by making Rhys my YA fantasy version of Marilyn Manson, I was being equally amused by seemingly innocuous lines. Like when Eris, scary villain/abuser extraordinaire, was bidding The Night Gang adieu and said, “See you at the meeting in twelve days.” I MEAN. WHAT. WHO SPEAKS LIKE THAT. Even dialogue is just an opportunity to force an info dump. You guys, seriously: this book is so poorly written.LET’S SCREAM ABOUT DUMB THINGSSometimes, or most of the time depending on how you look at it, I do not want to laugh at the dumb things. Sometimes I am incapable of it, because this book is an ungodly length and so much of it is long-term stupidity.Chapter 45, for example. Or, as I like to call it, “That Meeting in Twelve Days Finally Happens.” Yes, this book is so boring that we are expected to anticipate an actual, literal meeting. Sure, it’s a meeting between high lords to talk about war, but it’s still a sit-down political discussion. And also it’s just the same endless repetitive cycle of insult dialogue feat. fun moments of The Night Gang being the least convincing people on the entirety of the Earth.There’s an especially great moment in that adrenaline-inducing conference. For the 800 pages leading up to it, Rhys is all, “Ok, Feyre. Listen up. Number one thing - just don’t show your powers, k? Long story short the Powerful Men are going to get pissy and then…well y’know these negotiations are the most important thing to happen in hundreds of years, which I should know because I’ve been alive for that long, even though you’re, what, fresh outta adolescence? Anyway just the only thing you should do is not show your powers.” To which Feyre’s response is, “Got it. *shows powers instantly*”YES. Feyre shows her powers at the meeting!! So quickly!!! She doesn’t even try all that hard, and, as promised, it almost derails the nonstop excitement of this much-anticipated civilized forum! Almost. Except then everything works out, as it always does, by Feyre saying something totally normal, 6/10 at best, and everyone being like “wow omg...who is this girl...she is so smart and brave and honest and we respect her so much” so that Rhys can be like “that’s my mate lol.”IRRELEVANT COMPLAININGThe only way to make the experience of reading a deeply unpleasant, extremely long book worse is to publish that book with goddamn tissue paper pages. This was like reading the Bible but without the action. And with a whole lot more smut.I’m tucking this quote in this section too, because I don’t know if I’m being persnickety, but at one point, it’s said that “Only a madman would wield the might of his army just to get revenge on three women.” And my question is, why use the word “women”? Why not “people”? Is it more insane if it’s women? Why is that? TELL ME WHY. REALLY I JUST WANNA TALK.PLOTLINE? WHAT PLOTLINEThis book is just...so boring.There are countless info dumps, which, I mean. There’s no excuse for that in a third book. This was going to be the last book in the series, when there was still hope in the world and I prayed that somehow SJM actually was writing these books for some sort of artistic fulfillment rather than money. How, I ask you, would there still be so much sh*tty worldbuilding in the last book in a series?OH YES, THIS BOOK IS DEFINITELY WOKE AND NOT THE COMPLETE OPPOSITE OF THAT ENTIRELYSJM has been getting a lot of sh*t lately for her white/straight/cis narratives. So it’s no surprise that she would try to get those pesky activists off her back this time. Unfortunately, she does a remarkably bad job.This book is all straight people except for LGBT+ relationships based on sex alone, or in an unequal relationship wherein one person has authority over another. (Examples: a high lord whose bisexuality extends purely to the fact that he’s into threesomes; a military captain dating his high lord/commander/boss.)Plus, there’s bisexuality rep so terrible it took me hours to make it through a handful of pages. But that gets a category of its own.I also shouldn’t be surprised at the redemption of abusers in this book. Because Tamlin, in ACOTAR, was just a Nice Guy. Fine. But the fangirls loved a certain bad boy guest star with purple eyes. So, instead of creating a love triangle or transitioning between love interests like a normal person, SJM made him into an actual abuser. A villain. That’s also fine. But you can’t just redeem him like you could redeem the unloved side of a love triangle. Because you made him into a genuinely bad person.Unfortunately, SJM must have missed that memo. She must have missed it three times, actually, because Eris also gets redemption (and a throne!). As does his enabler brother, Lucien. Wonderful. Abuse apologists for the win.But this book is totally, definitely feminist, right??? I mean, female protagonist! War plotline! It must be, by default! So when Cassian says “I told you that the moment we started letting females into our group, they’d be nothing but trouble”, and woke king Rhys responds, “You actually said you needed a reprieve from staring at our ugly faces, and that some ladies would add some much needed prettiness for you to look at all day.” it’s totally fine!So it’s an utter shock that this narrative also lives nearly entirely within the bounds of gender roles. Reading about men (Rhys, Cassian, Azriel, all the high lords) fighting in battle while the women (Feyre, Mor, Elain, Nesta, Cresseida) watch and tend to the wounded later is so refreshing. Doesn’t make me want to blow my brains out at all.And no, Mor being assigned to babysit Feyre later on, only heading into battle because Feyre tricks her into fighting so she can sneak away does not make it better, thanks.This is definitely, certainly the feminist YA fantasy you’ve been waiting for, folks.THE WORST BI REP EVER TO HIT THE SHELVES, WHICH IS INSANE BECAUSE WHEN IS THERE E V E R GOOD BI REPBut I haven’t mentioned the most unforgivable thing yet. The thing that made this book my first SJM one-star, after giving every other book I’ve read by her two stars. The thing that actually made me feel real hatred and fury and, worst of all, sadness.Truly, the worst bisexual representation I have ever read comes in the final chapters of this book. I’ve read a lot of bad bisexual rep. And it’s endlessly upsetting. But none of it felt quite like this. Apparently, Sarah J. Maas decided in the third book that she wanted to stop getting sh*t for her heteronormativity. So she decided to take a character who had been established as straight, and make her bi.So she took this character, Morrigan. She makes Morrigan cry. She writes Morrigan’s impassioned speech to Feyre. This is Morrigan’s coming out, for the first time. Morrigan says that she prefers women. To the point that she is only capable of feeling romantic love for a women.But occasionally, she will force herself to sleep with a man. In order “to keep people from looking too closely.” Instead of telling the man who has been in love with her for centuries that she doesn’t love him back, won’t ever love him back, she forces herself to sleep with men when he’ll know that she’s done it, so that she still seems straight but he’ll know she doesn’t love him.And the author dubs it bisexuality.I hate that she felt entitled to use this underrepresented, misunderstood sexuality as a playing piece in her own quest to be well-liked. I hate that the hundreds of thousands of people who read this book have been given this depiction of bisexuality. And I hate that Sarah J. Maas will keep writing wildly successful books. Books in this very series, depicting this character in this way and calling it “bisexuality.”It’s unfair. It’s awful. And I am never, never, never going to forget that it happened.Bottom line: I didn’t expect to like this book. But I also didn’t expect it would become one of my least favorite books I’ve ever read.----pre-reviewI did it.Everyone told me I couldn't do it. Just DNF it, they said. You're being insane, they said. Why would you force yourself through 700 pages of misery? Actually, didn't you hate the second book? Why did you even pick up the third book, you f*cking fool?And you know what? They were right, because that was stupid.But also THEY WERE WRONG, because I FINISHED THIS GODDAMN NIGHTMARE OF A NOVEL.It may have taken me eight months. But it's over.Review (of a lifetime) to come----currently-reading updatesTHIS MONTH IS THE MONTH WHEN I FINISH THIS BOOK.----150 pages in and already bored as hell.Cauldron help me make it through
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  • Cait • A Page with a View
    January 1, 1970
    THIS BOOK TOTALLY WRECKED ME. In the best possible way (because I’m thrilled to cry for a day straight? Idk). First of all, the scope of this story is extraordinary. Events from the first half that seemed so important at the time now feel like minuscule details in the face of this EPIC PLOT.I love how Maas writes such complex characters who have had their lives shattered in a variety of ways, yet still keep fighting for each other and work to create a new life with the family they chose. Feyre’s THIS BOOK TOTALLY WRECKED ME. In the best possible way (because I’m thrilled to cry for a day straight? Idk). First of all, the scope of this story is extraordinary. Events from the first half that seemed so important at the time now feel like minuscule details in the face of this EPIC PLOT.I love how Maas writes such complex characters who have had their lives shattered in a variety of ways, yet still keep fighting for each other and work to create a new life with the family they chose. Feyre’s growth from the first book where she had such low self-worth is beyond inspirational as she finds the ability to completely forgive & love herself and everything she’s been. She’s still a flawed character who makes some sketchy calls and is continually healing. And that's what I love most about this book: every single character is broken and healing. Lucien, Elain, Nesta, Cassian, Azriel, Mor, Rhys, Amren, even Tamlin. EVERYONE. And the amount they care about each other is justMaas manages to juggle a wide range of characters in this book, add in even more, and find really creative ways to show what’s happening with other ships besides Rhys & Feyre. I think if you look at this as just a conclusion to the trilogy then a lot of storylines are kind of underwhelming because it's mostly setting up potential for future books with a lot of the side characters. But I was just excited for any page time for Cassian, Nesta, Elain, and Azriel!I also loved how everyone finds a different way to be strong (like in ways besides brute strength) and the story actually shows the horrors of war without romanticizing basic killing. There’s a theme of the choices & consequences of war and how one life can change the world: ”what we think to be our greatest weakness can sometimes be our biggest strength. And… the most unlikely person can alter the course of history.” I was curious to see how Feyre would wield her new power as High Lady on her own rather than through Rhys. A lot of stories find ways to keep couples separated until the very end so you never really see them figure out how they work together, so I thought the scenes with Rhys & Feyre just talking helped everything SO much. There’s a running thread throughout the story that Rhys would rather sacrifice himself than let others be hurt and EVERYTHING GETS SO EMOTIONAL omg. Other random parts I loved:- CASSIAN. My phone now autocorrects his name to caps lock if that’s any indication of my love. His entrance was beyond epic. - finally getting to see so many details of the other Courts! I NEED FAN ART- the Winter Court has armored polar bears and wee fox messengers with vests omg- characters who have the ability to be more than the bad decisions they made in the past (while still not excusing those actions)- references like the Myrmidons, Ouroboros, the Illyrians, Stryga, Koschei, Thesan, Eris, Lord Thanatos, Madja, the Firebird + Vassa, Andromache, and so many others! Maas wove in references to Russian folk tales, Bible stories, elements of Greek mythology, and various myths from around the world in such clever ways that I was geeking out the whole time.- so many plot points came full circle or were repeated in really neat ways- Lucien’s story- ALL OF THE SASS AND BANTER- I never thought I’d be this emotional about the Weaver, the Bone Carver, or the Suriel…- seeing Cassian in action commanding troops as the general- serious LOTR vibes with their Council of Elrond drama & hobbit-like Autumn Court- Elain reminded me of Eowyn in the Houses of Healing (and… certain other moments)- Rhys shows Feyre the library he turned into a refuge for women recovering from abuse and it’s more than a side comment — like Mor and Rhys genuinely care for their mental health and also seek refuge there themselves- Actual healthy relationships. Rhys treats Feyre as an equal: ”the male who had always presented me with a choice not as a gift, but as my own gods-given right.”- THAT WHOLE BATTLE AT THE END. I am still not ok.I wasn’t too sure about the first 10% though… Feyre had to explain every single action she took at the Spring Court so the reader couldn’t misconstrue her actions, which got to be a little drawn out. Another minor problem for me was that we're constantly told how awesomely powerful Rhysand is aaaaand I wanted to actually SEE more of him misting giant chunks of armies. Sure, it was a clever plot device to have everyone's powers limited for most of the story... but all of that stuff in ACOMAF about how powerful everyone is and how "Mor is who I'll call in when the armies fail and Cassian and Azriel are both dead" didn't really come through here.I was nervous about how this story would end since we’ve never seen Maas finish a storyline before, but I feel like she wrapped up everything really well while still making it clear where the following books could continue! Basically, this world means SO much to me and I’m really happy with how everything ended. Yay.____________________________________Now for some points that I really do want to hear some input on:I think Maas listened to her readers and made a serious effort to make this book more diverse overall. There are fae of every race in every rank now, there are several gay couples with new characters (one of whom is a High Lord), another High Lord who’s either bisexual or pansexual, and a major character is gay. Maas also clarifies that Amren, the Illyrians, and a lot of other characters are definitely not white or simply “tan.” And I know Mor’s story didn’t work for some readers, but I’ve also seen others who are absolutely thrilled. So I guess I'm hoping to hear more discussion about what did or didn’t work for everyone.I'll point out a few parts I have seen criticism on so far: in the beginning, the niece and nephew of Hybern appear and aren’t interested in Ianthe’s advances so Feyre observes that “perhaps any sort of physical passion had long ago been drained away, alongside their souls.” That sentence angered a lot of people in the book community and was apparently seen as a comment against asexuality. There’s another part later where Feyre thinks “the two of them perhaps preferred no one’s company but each other’s. In whatever unholy capacity.” I guess I personally thought she meant incest instead of shaming asexuals, but it’s the center of a lot of discussion right now. If there is something harmful in a book, I do think the author should be held accountable and people shouldn't excuse it. So, yes, I will acknowledge some problematic aspects of this series and I am in no way attempting to overlook them or blindly excuse whatever a favorite author does. But I am absolutely still giving this book 5 stars, largely because of the extremely positive rep for PTSD, surviving trauma & abuse, and rebuilding yourself. I have never seen an author write such realistic, relatable, and inspirational character arcs in this area as Maas – I’ve heard from hundreds of readers throughout the past year who say that her books quite literally saved their lives. That... is HUGE. The positive impact her books have had on so many young women is seriously incredible (even if it’s just making them think critically about how men treat them). Sometimes it seems like people scrutinize every single sentence Maas writes on a much more vindictive level with the sole aim of pointing out her faults, so I want to clarify that there is an actual, important reason why I gave this 5 stars besides general fangirling squeals.I really don’t feel the need to explain why I relate so strongly to these broken characters, but I did at least cover some of my current physical health situation in my review of Empire of Storms. I’m still struggling to survive day to day, contrary to whatever illusion social media creates. I can't even try to explain the exhausting physical battle, but will say that the mental endurance is a whole other challenge. So to find this family of characters who have been through hell physically and mentally, yet still manage to find hope, love, and fight to survive is more powerful than I can possibly say. These books and characters have been a total lifeline for me (and so many others) and I will always be grateful to Maas for them. So maybe pause before you judge me as a wealthy white girl with a super easy life who blindly supports anything Maas writes out of clueless privilege. I’ve never denied any faults in these books. But I AM asking that people stop dismissing all of the positive representation for others as not only unimportant, but something to viciously attack those readers for finding. Most of the bloggers I follow who are strong diversity advocates gave Everything, Everything 5 stars for its diversity despite what I found to be hurtful ableism. It never once crossed my mind to disown them as “wrong” because I know rating books is complex and reflects our own individual experience with a story. And just because I identified so strongly with the positive rep doesn’t mean I’m ok with the rep that didn’t work as well. (Ex: I personally wasn't huge on how yet another bisexual character wants to sleep with literally everyone they see). My 5 star rating is not trying to brush those parts aside, imply that the problems in this book weren’t as important as the parts I liked, or to overlook any issues. I struggled with this rating, but in the end the amount that this book has helped me and so many readers I know is overwhelming. And I genuinely do hope that there can be a respectful discussion in the comments because I’m curious how others experienced the same story. If I missed some problems that really stood out to you, I genuinely want to hear about it. Thank you to the wonderful Brittney for texting me nonstop while reading and surviving this with me – here's her review.
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  • Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink
    January 1, 1970
    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. Also, there are triggers and such in this book that might upset /hurt some people. I'd recommend going in with caution or making yourself aware.The plot was insane, and I’d expect no 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. Also, there are triggers and such in this book that might upset /hurt some people. I'd recommend going in with caution or making yourself aware.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 Bogge3. Amren’s sass4. Cassian/Nesta dynamic literally the whole book5. The library scene6. THE COUNCIL/COURTS MEETUP AHHH (and all the High Lords omg - and Tarquin!!)7. Azriel punching Eris in the face8. All the banter. All of it.9. Feyre taking out Ianthe and how she did it OMG10. The final battle omg. And the three creatures that show up ;)11. I CRIED ANGRY TEARS WHEN THE DAD SHOWED UP12. Nesta screaming for Cassian13. Elain stabbing the – you know who14. AMREN OMG YOU GAVE ME A HEART ATTACK WOMAN15. And when Amren was slapping Feyre to snap out of it LOL16. MIRYAM / DRAKON / JURIAN AHHH17. AMREN BEING UNLEASHED18. 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'. I LOVED how Maas handled him in this book. Realistic, believable. 20. The Court of Dreams (I’m sobbing)21. REALISTIC CHARACTER ARCS AHHHHOkay, 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. (You can see more of my issues below.)Last note- this does not trump ACOMAF at all. Nothing will. But it was just so much fun (and stress).************END OF SPOILERS************My feelings/rantsFirst 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 - its an extremely important part of reading.) But 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.I also appreciate that Sarah makes a point to write a relationship where the guy is all about the woman's independence. I've seen reviewers say Feyre's character arc and healing was tied to Rhysand which means she's ultimately weak for that. Let me tell you something. Having someone help lift you out of the dark does not mean you are weak, whether it's a lover, a friend, a parent, etc. He ended up being her mate, sure, but does she pine around all day for him? Is she broken without him? Nope.One of the biggest complaints I see about SJM is the lack of diversity. Guys, I whole heartedly agree. I've learned so much through all the discussions. At least she is trying now. 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.But my point is this. 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/important 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. My rating reflects the positive connections I had to this. 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. Let's have discussions. Let's talk about what did and didn't work. But most importantly: Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. Lastly Here's a review by a dear friend of mine that says exactly what I'm trying to say even better than I did. My Blog ~ Instagram ~ Twitter ~ Etsy_________________________________________Pre review:I don't care. I ship all the ships.Dear Sarah, please don't sink the ships. ANY OF THEM. Our hearts are in your hands.Sincerely, ~A tender heart My Blog ~ Instagram ~ Twitter ~ Etsy
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  • Natalie Monroe
    January 1, 1970
    3.75 stars "Rhys stepped off the stairs and took my hand. Night Triumphant—and the Stars Eternal. If he was the sweet, terrifying darkness, I was the glittering light that only his shadows could make clear." It's the worst feeling in the world when finales don't match up to their predecessors. I liked A Court of Thorns and Roses, I loved A Court of Mist and Fury, I am frankly disappointed by A Court of Wings and Ruin.First, the writing. It's in desperate need of another round of editing. It's u 3.75 stars "Rhys stepped off the stairs and took my hand. Night Triumphant—and the Stars Eternal. If he was the sweet, terrifying darkness, I was the glittering light that only his shadows could make clear." It's the worst feeling in the world when finales don't match up to their predecessors. I liked A Court of Thorns and Roses, I loved A Court of Mist and Fury, I am frankly disappointed by A Court of Wings and Ruin.First, the writing. It's in desperate need of another round of editing. It's unpolished, full of unnecessary repetition and lazy placeholder sentences. Maas can write. She's proved it over and over again, which makes ACOWAR seem almost criminal. I think the strain of writing two novels a year finally caught up with her. ACOTAR AND ACOMAF don't really count because they were written long before Throne of Glass was published. All she had to do was clean up. But ACOWAR was written back-to-back with Empire of Storms, which was a beefy number on its own. Fervent as I was for ACOWAR, I wouldn't have minded waiting another year if it meant getting quality content.Second is the ending. (view spoiler)[Rhys lives, Amren lives, everybody fucking lives. Where are the sacrifices? How it can possible that no one in this bloated main cast dies? (Don't you bloody dare point to Feyre's dad. He was barely a presence the entire series, and I remain firmly convinced Maas brought him back just to fill the death toll and shut up people like me.) I understand Rhys's resurrection—he's Feyre's mate and fan favorite and therefore too important to die—but Amren too? Her losing her godly power is not a sacrifice. She's still High Fae. Why not make her human? Why not have a human serve in the Night Court? Or why not have Cassian or someone else lose their wings? Quite a few reviewers (and me included) have mentioned this already, but Maas undeniably has an obsession with inhumanly powerful characters.On the subject of Rhys, it would have been so, so cool for Feyre to be the sole ruler of the Night Court. The first High Lady in history. And it would have been a fitting end to her character arc. She was dependent on a man in the first book, was broken by the same man in the second, and then healed and made to see she could be powerful and independent by another man. In the third, she stands alone, back straight, strong and proud, without a man. Obviously I'm oversimplifying things here, but you can't deny the pieces line up.Also, that deus ex machina army in the end. Oh, we're on the edge of losing! All is lost! BUT WAIT here's an army. And ANOTHER army! (hide spoiler)]Another thing that bothered me is how unbelievably powerful Feyre is. There is feminism, which is an underlying theme for her character, and there is what-the-fuckery. Near the beginning of the book, she is able to take on two daemati (powerful fae) who have a thousand years of fighting experience over her. Later, after she accidentally ingests a drug that strips her of her powers, they still magically flare back to life to help her triumph over two seasoned High Fae fighters.Right, I think I've bitched enough about the bad. Let's get to the good.I love the characters. The Inner Circle, Lucien, Nesta, Elain... they are a huge part why I rated ACOWAR as high as it is. Feyre and Rhys—in this book and this book only—aren't as interesting. Their story in terms of conflict was finished in ACOMAF and although I enjoy how Maas explores how normal couples argue and make up, I'm not as invested in them as before. There are too many other stories begging to be told: Lucien's, Elain's, Nesta and Cassian's, Mor's, Tamlin's.Yes, Tamlin. This fandom is too hard on him—and too forgiving of Rhys. I will never forget what he did in ACOTAR. Yet because the story is filtered through Feyre's perspective, Rhys becomes a hero who makes mistakes and Tamlin becomes a monster who commits unforgivable sins. He genuinely thought the woman he loved had been abducted and was likely being tortured. I'm not excusing his abusive behavior, but we have to remember he was suffering from PTSD too. He was trying to protect Feyre the best he could—just like Rhys by forcing Feyre to make that bargain with him way back in ACOTAR, fyi. Why does Rhys deserve dozens of free passes and not Tamlin? Hating the High Lord of Spring just because Feyre does is a disservice to the complexity of his character.I also like that Maas seems to be pulling away from the whole "mates" concept. Multiple characters within have strong romantic relationships without the mating bond, and those that do may not necessarily be right for each other. (view spoiler)[Much as I love the idea of Lucien and Elain, I get the feeling that she's setting them up for something different. Elain and Azriel, and Lucien and Vassa. (hide spoiler)]The pacing is good, too. There aren't as many sex scenes as the previous book, which I was happy about, though not due to any misguided sense of propriety. I simply found myself bored reading about Rhys slamming his shaft up to the hilt or what not. (view spoiler)[Still lowkey mad the first thing Feyre did after coming back from the Spring Court is bang Rhys and not check on her traumatized sisters. (hide spoiler)] While I liked them in ACOMAF, there are more important things going on here, like the war or the other courts. Final verdict? Bring on the spin-offs.My review of A Court of Thorns & RosesMy review of A Court of Mist & Fury
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  • Emily May
    January 1, 1970
    I wish so much that I could tell you I loved this book... but I just didn't. After thinking A Court of Mist and Fury was such a huge improvement from A Court of Thorns and Roses, I was really excited for this third installment. I even preordered it. But I really struggled to get into the book from the very start. From pacing issues to awkward sex scenes that did nothing for me, it was one disappointment after another.I've said this before but I really dislike Maas's sex scenes. At her best, she I wish so much that I could tell you I loved this book... but I just didn't. After thinking A Court of Mist and Fury was such a huge improvement from A Court of Thorns and Roses, I was really excited for this third installment. I even preordered it. But I really struggled to get into the book from the very start. From pacing issues to awkward sex scenes that did nothing for me, it was one disappointment after another.I've said this before but I really dislike Maas's sex scenes. At her best, she writes them strangely with words like "branding" and "claiming", but here they were just plain icky. With all the talk of "mates", "growling" and "purring", and the climaxing from stroking one another's wings, I felt like I'd walked in on two animals rutting in the mud. Ugh.And another thing-- Feyre and Rhysand are already mated and loved up to their eyeballs so there was no sexual tension, no will they/won't they, which made the sex scenes so boring. What's strange about these sex scenes is how they manage to somehow be both graphic and coy at the same time. Maas never actually uses explicit words. If a young kid picked up this book, they might assume Rhysand and Feyre were dancing or playing an instrument. His touch turned different. Exploring. Broad strokes and feather-light ones, arches and swirls and direct, searing lines. And her vagina is usually described as "there" or "where I want him". Then, at the same time, these scenes are weirdly overwritten, with her orgasm (obviously not called that) leaving her “skin glowing like a newborn star in its wake”. It's just really not my thing.I was disappointed with the writing in general, to be honest. Maas seemed to write a lot more "tell" and a lot less "show" than usual. I was especially disappointed at the wasted opportunity for some underhanded manipulation in the first part. After how the last book ended, Feyre was kind of "undercover" at the start and in a position for lies and sneakiness. Except it was mostly her swanning around and quietly seething to herself about how much she hated Ianthe and how much of a douche Tamlin is. I thought this whole part was boring when it should have been extremely tense and exciting.But I think the worst thing was the overall pacing. It's a long book, but I can normally sprint through Maas's works in a day, yet here it was such a slog. Especially the first half. It's taken up with a lot of character conversations and strategizing for the upcoming war with Hybern. It lacked a pull, a sense of urgency, some kind of tension to make me need to know what happens next. I cannot believe they've announced another four books for this series. Why??? I can only hope they are some kind of spin-off series because, otherwise, either a) we will have to suffer through who the fuck knows how many more awkward, unsexy Feyre/Rhysand sex scenes, or b) Maas will destroy Rhys's character and hook Feyre up with yet another hot fae dude. I'm not sure which is more likely.The later chapters of this book picked up in pacing, but I think it was too little, too late. This is a whopping 700-page monster and it obviously didn't need to be. I will say that I liked how things were left with Tamlin, but seeing as that part was only a few sentences long, it doesn't make up for everything else.I'm thinking this is where I drop out of this series.Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube
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  • Mirou
    January 1, 1970
    I’m wrecked. Because a Court of Wings and Ruin was the BEST CONCLUSION I could ever hope for. I want to shout THANK YOU SJM for this incredible adventure. Thank you for letting us dream and travel across the stars if only for a short time. I have been a massive fan of the ACOTAR series since the first book so I was highly anticipating ACOWAR. I was afraid I wouldn’t like the third book as much as I loved the second one but hell, I was so wrong. I swear, I don't know how many nerve cells this I’m wrecked. Because a Court of Wings and Ruin was the BEST CONCLUSION I could ever hope for. I want to shout THANK YOU SJM for this incredible adventure. Thank you for letting us dream and travel across the stars if only for a short time. I have been a massive fan of the ACOTAR series since the first book so I was highly anticipating ACOWAR. I was afraid I wouldn’t like the third book as much as I loved the second one but hell, I was so wrong. I swear, I don't know how many nerve cells this book cost me. Not only is the book thrilling and well-written. But it added a lot more complexity than I'd expected. Both in the characters and the plot. The progression brings about so many new faces (Have five to Helion, my second favourite High Lord), each of them unique in their own way. When Feyre was in the Spring Court, she was so over-powered like she is a goodness and no one can stop her - I was getting some unwanted Aelin’s vibe here – but the plot was pretty well-driven after that, allowing each character to have its share of glory in Hybern Battle. And thank god for incredible plot twists or else I would have died a thousand times. The other thing that I really enjoyed is the fact that the book was unpredictable. I got all emotional because the story has a way of being built up and simply torn down piece by piece by a certain event and you are like “What the hell just happened?” and then being rebuilt once again.I literally went mental in one of the last scene – YES, THIS SCENE – my parents were actually concerned because of my change of emotions. I cried during the emotional moments, I got stressed during the battle scenes, I laughed so hard in others, I blushed during the bold sexy scenes, but most of all, I had – and still have believe me - embarrassing fangirling moments over the characters. I have a lot of favourite scenes. Like a lot especially those where a potential couple interact – You should have seen me during NESSIAN SCENES, I was a FANGIRL MONSTER – but one scene particular brought me to tear and that was RHYS’s SPEECH BEFORE the FINAL BATTLE. Overall, it was an EPIC BOOK closing an AMAZING trilogy with immensely ENTERTAINING STORYLINE, characters TO LOVE and a DETAILED fantasy WORLD. Very much worth your time.What are you waiting for?
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  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    January 1, 1970
    Yay! Another one of my books won 2017 GR award ❤OMG!THIS BOOK!I LOVED IT SO MUCH! AND IT MADE ME CRY! THE FEELS!I'm NOT even going to hint at any spoilers or go into too much in the book because there are a million people reading it right now. I must say I loved A Court Of Mist And Fury as my favorite and now this one is my new favorite. I love Rhys, Feyre, Cassian, Azriel, Lucien, Nesta, Elain, Mor, Amren and some random others. They all have to fight in the war, trying to defeat King Hybern wh Yay! Another one of my books won 2017 GR award ❤️OMG!THIS BOOK!I LOVED IT SO MUCH! AND IT MADE ME CRY! THE FEELS!I'm NOT even going to hint at any spoilers or go into too much in the book because there are a million people reading it right now. I must say I loved A Court Of Mist And Fury as my favorite and now this one is my new favorite. I love Rhys, Feyre, Cassian, Azriel, Lucien, Nesta, Elain, Mor, Amren and some random others. They all have to fight in the war, trying to defeat King Hybern who is evil to the core. I won't tell you what happened there but it's amaze balls. Tamlin also did one thing that made me happy. All is forgiven for now with something that he did. Feyre's sisters, Nesta and Elain are trying to make their life with Feyre and what they are now. It was hard to read but things somewhat settled in. I think there are some more love interests coming up. I really hope so. The war and things were brutal and bloody and I thought we were going to lose some so many times. There were some loses and that's all I'm going to say. Feyre and Rhysand's love is so powerful and strong and wonderful, it makes my heart ache. And when . . . I can't even. There were revelations about certain things and certain people. There was love and loss and forgiveness and hatred. I think this book covered them all. I love this book so very much! I'm so happy with what has happened so far but I'm terrified that there is going to be three more books. Who will die? Will anyone? I can't take it! And I'm also excited to have three more books. *Sob* I don't know. If you love this series so far then you will love this book! OMG! LOOK AT MY BEAUTIFUL BOOKMARK I BOUGHT MYSELF FOR MY BDAY FROM MY SPECIAL BOOKMARK PLACE!MY BLOG: Melissa Martin's Reading List
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  • Chelsea Humphrey
    January 1, 1970
    Congratulations-winner of Best Young Adult Fantasy 2017!Initially I was so wrapped up in needing closure to this part of the story that I was grabby grabby for anything I could get my hands on, but I can’t stop thinking about how many issues I had with this book. Was it enjoyable? Sure! I loved jumping back in with my old friends and seeing what was going on, but after a very lengthy intro I found it wasn’t quite what I had hoped for. I won’t rehash everything in detail; there are enough reviews Congratulations-winner of Best Young Adult Fantasy 2017!Initially I was so wrapped up in needing closure to this part of the story that I was grabby grabby for anything I could get my hands on, but I can’t stop thinking about how many issues I had with this book. Was it enjoyable? Sure! I loved jumping back in with my old friends and seeing what was going on, but after a very lengthy intro I found it wasn’t quite what I had hoped for. I won’t rehash everything in detail; there are enough reviews that have already done a much better job than I can, but I feel it’s worth noting them all the same. The tedious pacing, the lack of tension (and lets be honest action as well), along with the awkward, singular attempt at diversity, I just can’t give it more than 3 stars. I wholly respect what SJM was trying to do here, and it was enjoyable, but not mind blowing. I’m still over here anxiously awaiting more ACOTAR stories though, so it must not have been all that bad.
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  • Lexie
    January 1, 1970
    In these early days after the release, I'll say little and spoil nothing. This is wholly because I'm considerate and benevolent and not at all because I'm sobbing and incoherent at the end of a favorite trilogy.Suffice it to say, however, that after all the sentiment holds true:Welcome to A Court of Pain And Feels.Review to home when I deem hints acceptable and gather my wits and reason about me. In the meantime, you can (try to) find me in Velaris.
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  • Andreea Pop
    January 1, 1970
    Glorious, thrilling and completely enthralling -- ACOWAR was everything I hoped for and then some. This is how you end a series -- with love and hope and happiness painting the grand finale. Maas deserves thunderous applause yet again. Review to come.
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  • Simona Bartolotta
    January 1, 1970
    *Do I need to remind you to be civil? No, I don’t. Good kids. “You High Lords really do love your melodrama, don’t you?”(As if I hadn't enough ammo already.)For honesty's sake, the last two thirds of the book I could only bring myself to skim through (and I'm quite proud of myself for managing even that). The first third had accurately enlightened me as to what I was to expect, and my (abysmally low) expectations were met point by point.We girls of the SmutClub weren't able to do a proper buddy *Do I need to remind you to be civil? No, I don’t. Good kids. “You High Lords really do love your melodrama, don’t you?”(As if I hadn't enough ammo already.)For honesty's sake, the last two thirds of the book I could only bring myself to skim through (and I'm quite proud of myself for managing even that). The first third had accurately enlightened me as to what I was to expect, and my (abysmally low) expectations were met point by point.We girls of the SmutClub weren't able to do a proper buddy read as we did last year with ACoMaF due to real life kicking our asses, however, I'm sure you don't want to miss Sarah's and Reyes's reviews, and Emer's call for honesty and good sense when it comes to the target market of this series (and of the Throne of Glass series too, at this point) perfectly highlights a problem I haven't been able to wrap my mind around since it first arose.•First of all, I'd like to take a moment to answer a question that no one asked but that I think it fair to take into account nonetheless, said question being, "If you evidently don't like Maas's books, why do you keep reading them?" Very good point indeed.I used to consider her books a guilty pleasure until, well, yesterday. The word "pleasure" in that expression, though, baffled me very much even before. More correctly, reading her was an experience akin to getting your first period at school and noticing too late (mortally embarrassing), while ranting about it later was a honest if inclement exercise in snark, just as reading other people's reviews with previous knowledge of the book was pure amusement, be them positive or negative, and this latter reason is probably what always convinced me to suffer a little for the greater fun. Sometimes I also enjoyed some parts, so mine wasn't all sadism, after all. But A Court of Wings and Ruin? (I still have no clue about what this absurd title is supposed to mean.) This one was sheer torture. A bore. Like having a pitchfork repeatedly shoved in the eyeballs. (I should refer you to my review of A Court of Mist and Fury, which already contains many, if not all, of the issues I had with this final instalment too, because since I've read that book with way more attention than I did ACoWaR, you'd probably find that one more specific and generally accurate.)•The writing gets worse. It's a miracle -or whatever its opposite would be called. Saying that it's melodramatic doesn't begin to describe it anymore; admitting that its basic rule is emotional manipulation would be such and understatement, my fingers itch. Everything is amplified, everything is exaggerated, everything makes twice the noise that it should make proportionally to its dimensions. Which is to say, everything becomes grotesque. Ridiculousness abounds, especially when matters of the heart (you have no idea how much I struggled not to use some other word that would have been more fit to the case at hand there) are concerned. I'll make just two quick examples both taken from chapter 14. The examples may contain mild spoilers. “Where are my sisters?” The thought clanged through me, jarring as a pealing bell.Rhys paused, hand slipping from my hair as his smile faded. “At the House of Wind.” He straightened, swallowing—as if it somehow checked him. “I can—take you to them.” Every word seemed to be an effort.But he would, I realized. He’d shove down his need for me and take me to them, if that was what I wanted. My choice. It had always been my choice with him.”To spell it out, what Feyre's voice is implying here is that one point in the never-ending list of reasons why Rhysand is worth worshipping is that he is able to keep it in his pants ten minutes longer so that she can go say hello to her sisters, whom she hasn't seen in more than a month and who, last she saw them, had just undergone a devastating trauma. It is evident that Maas is still shoving in our faces that we must absolutely love Rhysand... a pity she is still picking all the wrong reasons, because what I think when I read a scene like this is "Someone please lock him away" (and I'm being kind). Example number two (trigger warning: this one's rather disgusting. I for sure gagged once or twice.), this one to show what I mean by "overwritten" and "grotesque" and "ew": “You have a choice,” he murmured against my cheekbone. “Either I lick every inch of you clean …” His hand grazed the tip of my breast, circling lazily. As if we had days and days to do this. “Or you can get into the bath that should be ready by now.”I pulled away, lifting a brow. “Are you suggesting that I smell?”Rhys smirked, and I could have sworn my core pounded in answer. “Never. But …” His eyes darkened, the desire and amusement fading as he took in my clothes. “There is blood on you. Yours, and others’. I thought I’d be a good mate and offer you a bath before I ravish you wholly.”I huffed a laugh and brushed back his hair, savoring the silken, sable strands between my fingers. “So considerate. Though I can’t believe you kicked everyone out of the house so you could take me to bed.”“One of the many benefits to being High Lord.”“What a terrible abuse of power.”That half smile danced on his mouth. “Well?”“As much as I’d like to see you attempt to lick off a week’s worth of dirt, sweat, and blood…” His eyes gleamed with the challenge, and I laughed again. “Normal bath, please.”You see what I mean? Maas tries so hard to write steamy, sexy moments that she stopped noticing that the way she writes them became (a long time ago I dare say) utterly ridiculous. What sane person in their right mind would ever say "I’d like to see you attempt to lick off a week’s worth of dirt, sweat, and blood off me?"Many, many, many, if not all, of the problems this book has are linked to the writing, silly, childish, bloated, cheesy. It sours everything.•Not totally disconnected from this, there is also the insistence with which Feyre's bliss with her Court of Friends and Family is continually trotted out, especially if there's the opportunity to describe it through someone else's point of view, as it happens with Lucien's in the first part of the book. There is a reason if one of the axioms of storytelling is that talking about happiness is difficult: it's uninteresting, poor of nuances, syrupy: people don't want to hear about happiness. “Happy families are all alike,” after all. •One of the main points of Feyre's character arc should be her discovery of independence and of her inner strength, of the fact that she doesn't necessarily need anyone, especially a man, to guide and direct her every step. A shame the impression we get from the whole series is the very opposite: Feyre's character growth (not automatically meant as an upward trajectory) seems to be irreversibly connected to the "male" who is (even virtually) at her side. In this book, she and Rhysand are pretty much a single entity. Can I feel a tinge of outrage at this, please? We women are very able to be complete on our own, thank you very much. The whole "mating system" (I can't even, it's too ridiculous) has me not exactly convinced in this regard too. Various characters throughout the book keep having this attitude, especially towards Feyre, that implies a vision of women as mere objects of sexual interest, pawns in a purely male game of lust and authority, and they are never challenged because their brain is full of crap, but simply because they insult Feyre–and not even Feyre as herself, but Feyre as Rhysand's mate, like during the meeting of the High Lords in chapter 46, when someone calls Feyre "human filth" and Rhysand's reply is physical violence plus a laconic“Don’t ever,” Rhys said, hands sliding into his pockets, “speak to my mate like that again.”Again, everything, even on the level of language, revolves around a man and the girl's relationship to said man. I fail to see the women's empowerment in this. •I've never seen such a cheesy ending. It felt like I had just swallowed a monumental bucket of melted sugar and I couldn't even breathe because the very air got stuck to the sticky back of my throat. Basically it made me finally understand that Maas's main interest was to make sure none of her precious babies got so much as a scratch. ➽ I was trying to find a way to be tactful and diplomatic about this, but there is none. The first book was nice and very entertaining, the second was still entertaining but way less nice, the third is ignoble. Bottom line: this series is crap. Don't read it. There are far more worthy books out there waiting for you.
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  • Em
    January 1, 1970
    I need a black silk robe and a balcony to wear it on because if I’m gonna drag myself around my house still being disappointed, I at least wanna look good.❗ full disclosure❗ there will be so many bad vibes around this review, it's like in the prisoner of azkaban you’ll need to charge all the negativity away with a stag bc there's just so much salt and bitterness seeping through my follicles I'm literally just a bottomless pit of negativity right now.*raises my arms to sensually embrace the metap I need a black silk robe and a balcony to wear it on because if I’m gonna drag myself around my house still being disappointed, I at least wanna look good.❗ full disclosure❗ there will be so many bad vibes around this review, it's like in the prisoner of azkaban you’ll need to charge all the negativity away with a stag bc there's just so much salt and bitterness seeping through my follicles I'm literally just a bottomless pit of negativity right now.*raises my arms to sensually embrace the metaphorical shower of said salt and bitterness*⚠ also before y'all come for me please consider I've been through some stuff...for example I've had to get out of bed for several hours every day this week⚠ UNMARKED SPOILERS because I am a lazy shit I guess____________________________Aaah. When you remain stubbornly indifferent towards a book that everyone else loves and you feel like the unlikely hero in high school movies being pelted with dodgeballs!! feels bad, pal. Especially when I can remember an exact moment in time where I thought with all my heart i could never hate this series and well... I proved her wrong.I had so many expectations man, now I really wish I could get a refund for all the love and money that I’ve wasted like!!!! please repay my emotional and financial labour!!!! Anyway, I’ve been putting off this review for so long and you know when you bottle it all up and then it inevitably explodes that's me today, sorry about the mess (literally bc this review is a mess y'all) I mean I'll get over all of this eventually but let!! me!! be!! salty!! first!!● alright let's start with the plot, shall we● the first 60% was just a filler tbh, you just kinda have to endure it until the storyline gets some plot relevance back ● and when it does, you'll find out that your will to read anything has been leeched out drop by drop● like you know when you suddenly become aware that you really don't like what you’re reading but you can't stop and it's like this loud noise in your head drowning out any attempt your brain makes to not be annoying?? uhuh● everything was just so meh and terrible, and i'm not even talking about the artful suffering you can write poems about I was just really fucking bored!!!!! ● I skimmed entire pages and tbh I wasn't even trying my hardest lol but like I said, I was very very bored which I think should be taken into consideration● I mean?? there's just so much fucking NOTHING one can take before they decide they'd be more happy to be available for hire if anyone wants to watch grass grow or something● the only time i expressed any kind of emotions is when THAT GODDAMN SURIEL died and that emotion was called Being A Very Spiteful Angry Bitch like i'm not really that angry of a person but THERE WAS LITERALLY NO REASON FOR THAT?? ● also can someone explain how this goddamn magic system works??● the whole thing is so badly constructed and so inconsistent like give me a damn coherent plot● so each high lord has their own specific power?? and then the power manifests in their heir?? then why is rhysand the most powerful high lord if his power is inherited?? are the night court high lords always the most powerful or??● also why did feyre steal the powers when she was resurrected but rhysand didn't?? ● and if nesta stole death from that damn cauldron thing then logically would no one be able to die lol??● anyway, I don't even give a shit anymore lmao ●● ok so as I was saying I have not had fun once reading this book ever ● wait ok that's not entirely true● it was great at the very beginning with feyre and her “i'm happy to see tamtool suffer and also i'm actively being petty” vibes ● man I was sitting at the edge of my chair, alert and ready!! like who doesn't love being petty and childish to people whom have wronged them?? not!!me!!● & how she seemed to embrace her inner meryl streep, that performance in lucien's bedroom deserves 10 nominations● too bad she's such a mary sue with her unlimited powers bullshit...bla bla booooooriiiiiiiiiiiing ● and I’m not gonna lie, this book nearly scored some points when they unleashed those underworld gods (yeah the bone carver/his twin sister/and that scary shadowy thing were really fucking cool)● but then sjm just killed them off.. great● another funny thing, Elain managed so easily to stab the king of hybern and finish him off but those ancient creatures went down faster than you can say mmmkay● lmao give me a fucking break● speaking of the king● at what point did the mighty king of hybern embrace the role of a fucking Disney villain ● lbr, king of hybern sounds a lot like a fucking joke if you pronounce it ‘a fucking joke’ ● like are you really gonna tell me that is what a villain looks like?? are you really gonna lie to my face like that?? lame ● I am so done honestly I just wish that at the end of everything, the cauldron would have just taken pity on all off them and vore Prythian or something● it's not like I want all of them to die (I’m not that morbid) but I have standards...winning a war in the cheesiest and fucking lamest way you could possibly imagine is not something I am ok with● the writing● you know when you try and squeeze a blackhead but get waaay over enthusiastic and end up making a huge scab in the middle of your face and it's all your own fault you've destroyed everything?? that’s how sjm writes● my skills literally include reading entire pages without absorbing a single thing ● and getting super annoyed with the lack of question marks and inexplicable........ amounts.......of....... ellip.....ses............● which leads us to another favorite topic of mine● THE SMUT/ROMANCE WHATEVER● hoo boY HOOO BOY!!!● velvet softness is the new velvet wrapped steel, lads ● SO MUCH CRINGY SMUT and it's a little like when cats bring you back a dead mouse as a present beacuse they think it's a nice gesture● uuhh... it sure as fuck was not● in fact reading that was literally like being run over very slowly by a steam roller so you can feel every inch of you being pulped personally into the ground● thanks for turning me off herero sex forever I guess ● I'm not even being dramatic this time, it was legit so bad that with every passing page, I've become more and more convinced that I have died and was atoning for my sins in hell● I mean I'm sure sex is nice but you know what's even nicer?? ● that lowkey intimacy where you just lie in silence and stroke each others hair and be near ● like br0S you're not defined by your genitals you paint your future with your actions starting with THAT GODDAMN WAR YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO STRATEGISE FOR????● at least don'T DO IT IN THAT GODDAMN LIBRARY??????● that's when I lost all my respect for feysand, I’m literally inconsolable what have you Done!!!!● and just please no more "feasting"!!!!!!!!● I would rather someone spit on me than say they'd like to devour/feast on me or make my toes curl like?? JESUS FUCKING CHRIST??? ● who has a car??? I will pay you $50 to run me over● remember when sex in YA used to be like something along the lines of “i didn't know where he ended and i begun”?? I want to go back tbh this has nothing to offer other than the indelible desire to wash my goddamn brain out with bleach● seriously though...i was literally so scared i would turn the page and find more cringy sex i just couldn't go through that again i'm not strong enough● anyway● moving on● another one of my favorite topics● The M*te Word● "let me repay you for last night, mate" ● I DIDNT KNOW RHYSAND WAS AUSTRALIAN????● no listen● if I ever hear the word “m*te” (shoved into a romantic context) ever again, just know that I’m half of a quarter of a fourth of an inch from a serious breakdown and if you hear me whispering “pleasestopno” take a few steps back because this bitch is about to blow and it’s not going to be pretty● like I'm not kidding every time (which is 90% of the time I swear) the m word was used a piece of my soul crumbls wearily to the dust● and tbh I hate the entire concept of mates in these books bc a) no one is entitled to any part of you, and b) pls stop romantisizing that. how terrifying is it thinking how many loud eaters are out there??? like what if that was your lot and you were stuck without a say??? what if your "m*te" is someone who feels weird about you putting your feet on the table??? ● how about piss off● RHYSAND● look● I'm willing to suspend disbelief and read a book where the whole thing is a character study of a terrible terrible man who does terrible terrible things before I'm willing to read about how just goddamn Perfect rhysand is● lbr, the entire point of having rhysand there is for the readers to drown themselves in romanticized idealizations lmao● he has literally zero flaws except maybe occasionally causing earthquakes but that's just bc of how fuckign powerful his sperm is *chokes on own vomit and dies*● and tbh I blame these kind of books for making me expect men to be dynamic instead of the boring and underdeveloped flavor most of them come in ● let's just keep it realistic ● also he can choke for bargaining with mor's abusive family and for belittling her feelings when she was obviously upset ● that was a dick move● you know who's next!!!● TAMTOOL ● oh tammy... you know there’s a word for people who are so selfish they can't see beyond the walls of their own pettiness, and that word, is motherfuckingsonofabitch● that's YOU, dummy tammy!!!● well it already seems unanimous that tamlin is a disgusting heathen of a man (and has been since acomaf)● i'll give sjm credits for not normalising a man's anger (i'm just so over the genre of litterature where somebody's bad temper is considered a fucking turn on, like please leave)● yeah ok... maybe tamlin really didn't start with the intention of making feyre feel uncomfortable but maybe if he tried thinking of women as human beings it would help as a guide line :))))● nothing much changed in acowar tbh, sjm talked about a redemption arc for him but the only way for tamlin to redeem himself at this point is by drinking heavily to smother the shame of what his life has become and die of liver failure ● bc boooy, was tamlin in acowar somehow even WORSE than the tamlin in acomaf● like yeah saving feyre and allying with them doens't count, bro● also "be happy"??? DONT TELL HER WHAT TO BE YOU BITCh!!! IF SHE WANTS TO BURN WITH THE THOUSAND FIRES OF HER SPITE THEN SHE WILL BURN WITH THE THOUSAND FIRES OF HER SPITE● "be happy", my ass● how about YOU APOLOGISE FOR BEING A SHIT?? ● how about actually showing a shred of remorse for being an abusive asshole????● he literally called feyre a slut and completely ignored lucien ● i hope he gets a blow job by a thousand angry suriels I AM SO FUCKING PISSED● like IDK ABOUT YALL but how is this a redemption arc??? the fuck.......● *exhales*● may i ask for a moment of silence for the sake of● the tear of utter salt that mists my eye whenever i think of what this book did to amren● amren in acomaf was this badass unknown creature who had no real responsibilities besides putting god's fear in people and drinking A-class blood● but as it turns out, everything good was fake, i wanted her to wreak havoc, i wanted her to morph into her true calamitous self, i wanted a fucking dragon companion....●..... but Yet Again I Was Let Down● also i was so pissed off that everyone was snapping at her just bc she refuses to sugarcoat things??? her opinion is her damn opinion??? she can literally kill y'all?? ● i love how she was like "listen i've saved your asses, i get to say whatever the fuck i want"● i support you● AND DOn't even get me started on varian, IM SORRY BUT WHERE THE FUCK DID HE COME FROM???● that was so random?? ● just as random as lucien's father?? where's the fucking build up??● also why DOES EVERY SINGLE CHARACTER NEED TO BE PAIRED OFF WITH SOMEONE?? i’ve went like 18 years without a love interest and i just wanna take a hot second and thank god for how that worked out for me● anyway i love amren and i just wish we could tie our intestines together to make a ladder so we can climb out of this window of cheese and sappiness that was acowar and go live in the ocean or something●● alright now listen, i've always liked mor● my heart hurt for the way she felt worthless bc of her parents' opinions of her● like i just wanted to hold her and assure her that their fucking duty as the ones who actually forced her into this world is to love her unconditionally and not doing so reflects their own failings not hers● but i also wanna tell her that inaction and avoidance can be just as dangerous as cruel intentions ● and azriel was worth more than second thoughts and maybes● and anyway, any relationship that could be “destroyed” by having a conversation about feelings or expectations wasn’t really firm enough anyway, so there isn’t much to destroy tbh● like i was so here to watch her see walk that thin line between not changing yourself for someone else and also taking responsibility for your silences and inactions when they hurt you and the ppl around you● but tbh i don't even think i'll continue with this series, i run out of fucks to give about these characters or this plot or anything like dhfjskfjhg there was a time when i was so obsessed with everything acotar related, now i'm lie● who dis? new number, new life❗ ❗ ❗ ALSO ❗ ❗ ❗ all 📢 offense 📢 bisexuality 📢 doesn't 📢 mean 📢 being 📢 up 📢 to 📢 a 📢threesome 📢 don't 📢 feed 📢 the 📢 fuckign 📢 stereotype 📢 ● anyway that's all I can think of right now ● maybe i'll add more notes/quotes later if I ever feel particularly salty
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  • Caitlin
    January 1, 1970
    "And will you come with me? On this adventure - and all the rest?""Always." I have died I finished. 13 hours. I'm in hell. You think you know pain? YOU DONT. This. This is pain. I have honestly not stopped sobbing for hours. I am broken. I woke up this morning (the day after finishing) and reread the last few chapters and I cried all over again. I am broken and healing but every piece of my heart belongs to these books. (if you don't get that reference please get out of my life)Let's discuss s "And will you come with me? On this adventure - and all the rest?""Always." I have died I finished. 13 hours. I'm in hell. You think you know pain? YOU DONT. This. This is pain. I have honestly not stopped sobbing for hours. I am broken. I woke up this morning (the day after finishing) and reread the last few chapters and I cried all over again. I am broken and healing but every piece of my heart belongs to these books. (if you don't get that reference please get out of my life)Let's discuss some early thoughts:Was it as good as acomaf? Yes. They're equal at the moment but I have to reread this a few times to put it in perspective. Was it more painful than acomaf? Hell yes. acomaf was just the beginning of hell.Do you hate Tamlin? NOT AS MUCH AS I DID. I'll never forgive him for what he did BUT I don't want to kill him every second of every day now. I mean he did bring her to Rhys so thank you Tamlin 😂Is Rhysand still the love of your life? Hell yes. IS LUCIEN ABSOLUTELY AMAZING?! YES FUCKING YES OMFG! Lucien was a star in this book and I adored his story. I loved Mor so much in this book guys. My heart BROKE for her over and over again like wowwww. Azriel is a precious little cinnamon roll and he deserves a big freaking hug. I love the guy. CASSIAN IS A HOT MESS AS ALWAYS AND I LOVE IT. His scenes with Nesta though damnnnnnnnn I have been slayed! ELAIN IS A HIDDEN BAD ASS OH MY GOD I AM SHOOK AT HER CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT AMRENNNNNN IS WILD! Oh my god my heart broke over and over with her too and holy shit I NEED MORE FROM AMREN!As always, Feyre is my queen. Like wow her character is just A+ perfect and I loved seeing her in such a better state than she was before. She is so damn smart and wicked and her scheming is incredible. Rhysand, of course, is the love of my life. My standards for men are now so damn high. If you're not Rhys, get out of my face. He is absolute perfection as always. My all time favourite character. I adore him so so much and I really want to see more of him. This can't be our final goodbye, Rhys. THE SCENE WITH ALL THE HIGH LORDS IS MY ABSOLUTE FAVOURITE! Overall this book was so action packed and mental. I'm still trying to process everything that happened - a whole 24 hours later. I adore this book. It was absolute perfection in my eyes and I couldn't have wanted anything more. I cannot wait to read more of this world and I'm praying that these characters pop up somewhere because there's definitely a lot of loose ends that I want discussed further. I'm very very very happy with this book and it exceeded my expectations. If you think there's a full review coming you're probably kidding yourself! pre review mess: BUDDY READ WITH BASICALLY EVERYONE ON GOODREADS (mainly Amber though) WOOOOHOOOOOO TODAY IS ACOWAR DAYYYYYYY I WOKE UP AT 3:50AM FOR THIS SHITI'm 20000% not sorry for all of the updates I've made BUT THIS BOOK COMES OUT IN LESS THAN 24 HOURS (Australian time) AND IM SCREAMING OMFG I finished reading the excerpt. FUCK ITS INCREDIBLE ALREADY I CANT WAIT TO READ THE REST ON TUESDAY SO THE FIRST 7? 8? CHAPTERS CAN BE READ ONLINE AND YOU BETTTTT IM READING THEM RIGHT NOW CYAhttps://odcom-ab554137c550d28e112a628...So, you can read the first excerpt of this book and MAN I AM DEAD. Basically, Sarah confirmed that we will be switching characters in the next three books and I think a little part of me broke inside. Leaving these characters behind makes me want to curl up in a ball and cry like a baby. ACOMAF is my favourite book of all time and the fact that we have to leave my favourite characters behind in a little under a week honestly hurts. I'm being way too sentimental and way too attached to fictional characters but I'm just a little bit broken. Anyways, you can read the first chapter here:http://ew.com/books/2017/04/26/sarah-...There are now spoilers roaming around the internet for this book. BE SAFE! Also, if someone accidentally spoils me I will kill them. Don't be that asshole who spoils someone or reacts to spoilers. If you hunt for spoilers, KEEP THEM TO YOURSELF UNLESS SOMEONE PRIVATELY ASKS FOR THEM. 9 days left by the way!!!! I'm going to have 3 copies of this book (+ 1 ebook too)and if you think I regret anything then you are WRONG Edit:ACOWAR COMES OUT IN EXACTLY 1 MONTH TODAY!!!!!Edit: WE HAVE A COVER. Okay, I woke up at 5am for this cover because I missed it at midnight (Australia time) when it came out. ITS SO DAMN BEAUTIFUL AND I WONT LET ANYONE TELL ME OTHERWISE. This is still my most anticipated 2017 release and omfg I don't think I can continue to function without this book. GIMME GIMME Edit: WE HAVE A TITLE *screams* is there a way to make this book come quicker?! I am Rhysand trash. Please bring me this book ASAP
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  • destini mia
    January 1, 1970
    When the book you're highly anticipating has no cover, no title, and no synopsis: And a May 2017 release date:
  • Hailey (HaileyinBookland)
    January 1, 1970
    BIBLIOBABBLE- https://youtu.be/y5UVdj8avvs (review & discussion)4.5*I DID THE THINGGGGG!!!
  • Essie (Midknight.traveller)
    January 1, 1970
    I. CAN'T. HANDLE. THIS. WHAT???RTC------------------------------May 3rd 2016Step 1: DENIALIt can't be a year there must be some mistake. Maybe it will come out before that .....Step 2: ANGERA year? WHY UNIVERSE WHY? A friggin year! I'm being punished.Step 3: BARGAININGIs there a land where it is possible for me to read it beforehand?No?Step 4: DEPRESSIONStep 5: Acceptance SCREW ACCEPTANCE!!
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  • Warda
    January 1, 1970
    Reread x 2. My heart is in pain and full of love for this series. I don't know what else to say, other than I had the BEST time reading this with my partner in crime, Lena!We're obsessed with this series and it doesn't get better than fangirling with someone about a book/author you both equally love as much. ❤And now I'm in this mess where my heart feels hollow, drained and I cannot stop replaying the scenes of this book in my mind. I'm so happy, so goddamn happy that we're getting more of this Reread x 2. My heart is in pain and full of love for this series. I don't know what else to say, other than I had the BEST time reading this with my partner in crime, Lena!We're obsessed with this series and it doesn't get better than fangirling with someone about a book/author you both equally love as much. ❤️And now I'm in this mess where my heart feels hollow, drained and I cannot stop replaying the scenes of this book in my mind. I'm so happy, so goddamn happy that we're getting more of this world and these characters. Now, I need to mourn this book by reading another book. ------------------------------------------------Anyone else still thinking about this book?! I sniff a reread coming up! Post-Mourning review: And it's the day after I finished this beautiful, exhilarating book. I don't think I'm going to bother writing a review, simply because I wouldn't do it justice. Neither would it showcase how much it means to me. Other than to say that I feel this sense of loss and wonder that I felt when I finished reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. This series has become that ingrained in me, my soul. And I couldn't be more appreciative and grateful for these books. So, thank you, Sarah J Maas, our High Lady. 😆Thank you for creating such incredible characters that mean the absolute world to me and world I never wanted to leave. This is the exact reason why I read. ORIGINAL REVIEW: And I thought it couldn't get better than ACOMAF...Sarah J Maas, my goddess of everything, you have obliterated me. Shattered my soul and healed it. Words will not do justice in me expressing how much I adore you, your books, and the extend of what this book means to me. The expectations I had and others had set for this book were met above and beyond and I think this book is your soul laid bare...I cannot recall crying this much over a book, ever. Ever! And now heart feels heavy and sick with love whilst simultaneously grieving over these characters, a set of characters that are now ingrained in my soul, their world and the end of this phenomenal story you have created. I cannot thank you enough for writing this story! *forever in a book hangover* •PRE-RELEASE RAMBLES• • 01/5/17 — AMAZON HAS DISPATCHED MY COPY OF ACOWAR! I REPEAT, IT HAS BEEN DISPATCHED! *rocks back and forth*• 30/4/17 — Okay, stupid question but... since I doubt I can wait for my preorder to arrive, I'm thinking of pre-ordering the ebook copy. So the question, am I right in assuming that if I do preorder it, the ebook will appear at 12am on 2nd May? Because if that is the case, I'm going to be staying up till after midnight to read a few chapters at least. 😆• 29/4/17 — Seriously, I'm head over heels IN LOVE with Sarah J Maas, flippin heck! This incredible, must-read interview where she talks about ACOWAR and on why she wrote her characters the way she did. Why she includes sex in her YA books and more. All hail, our queen! ❤ — http://www.cosmopolitan.com/entertain... • 26/4/17 — GUYS!!!! The Maas has revealed a short excerpt of ACOWAR AND I'M FLAILING LIKE MAD RIGHT NOW!!! IT'S SO BEAUTIFUL! 😍😭To read it: http://ew.com/books/2017/04/26/sarah-...• 26/4/17 — I HAVE OFFICIALLY BOOKED 3 DAYS OF WORK SO I CAN BINGE-READ THIS BOOK AND BE IN MOURNING SIMULTANEOUSLY! Crazy, you say? DAMN FOOKIN RIGHT I SAY!• 25/4/17 — PREPARE THY GRAVES! One week left! One week till we have this BABE of a book in our hands. One week till we're united with our Inner Court. One week left and our lives will never be the same again. • So, I literally cannot stop thinking about this book! The characters, the incredible world Sarah J Maas has created. I need the gang back in my life! May, hurry!• 25/1/17 — AND THAT'S WHAT YOU CALL COVER PERFECTION! My favourite, by far! FEYRE, MY BABES! SARAH J MAAS, MY GODDESS OF EVERYTHING, YOUR PEOPLE HAVE DELIVERED! I hope that particular pose means Feyre will be slaughtering a certain someone...• 17/9/16 — WE HAVE A SYNOPSIS, HOLINESS! Though to reveal it right now is agony and a pretty sadistic move. HOW AM I MEANT TO WAIT TILL MAY 2017?!?!• DYING FOR THIS BOOK! Will read anything and everything The Maas writes!
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  • Aurora
    January 1, 1970
    You know you're a dedicated fan when you mark an untitled book set to release in 2017 as a "want to read". Who cares if it doesn't come out another 2-3 years anyways?EDIT 1/28/17: ahh that cover is so beautiful! Not much longer now!
  • emi
    January 1, 1970
    4.25/5 stars "Remember that you are a wolf. And you cannot be caged." I want to print off a picture of this cover and keep it in my wallet. Just in case anyone asks me if I have children, I can just show them this.Because all these assholes are my children. I don’t even know where to start with this review. I’ve been writing things and then deleting them for weeks. Every combination of words just isn’t the right combination I need to right the perfect review. Sarah J. Maas always releases n 4.25/5 stars "Remember that you are a wolf. And you cannot be caged." I want to print off a picture of this cover and keep it in my wallet. Just in case anyone asks me if I have children, I can just show them this.Because all these assholes are my children. I don’t even know where to start with this review. I’ve been writing things and then deleting them for weeks. Every combination of words just isn’t the right combination I need to right the perfect review. Sarah J. Maas always releases not one, but two gigantic books a year and I don’t even know how to write a thousand word review? Actual proof that SJM is a writing goddess. We have been blessed from the heavens. So anyways, I've decided to write whatever the hell comes to my head. So this entire review is one huge train wreck. It's an unorganized mess. I'm gonna apologize for that right now. It also contains unmarked spoilers because it is almost three thousand words long and I don't have time to go through and mark every single spoiler. ACOWAR had the unfortunate luck of having to proceed the epicness that was A Court of Mist and Fury. It’s like being given $1,000,000, spending it all, then being given only a $100,000. Both amounts of money are nice to have, but obviously the million is the better option. Or like watching Beyonce perform live in concert, then having to watch a youtube video of Beyonce. Both are nice, great options, but there is always going to be the preferable one. I actually feel sorry for ACOWAR. It didn’t deserve to be a follow-up to A Court of Mist and Fury, but it really didn’t have an option. ACOWAR is better than ,A Court of Thorns and Roses but if you were to look up the definition of “prefection” in the dictionary, there will be a picture of the ACOMAF cover. Let me just get some of my thoughts & feels written down real quick. Beware, some might be spoilery. Please proceed with caution. A COURT OF THOUGHTS & FEELS 1. Rhys is actually the best fictional character ever and I love him2. Feyre is actually the best fictional character ever and I love her3. Mor is actually the best fictional character ever and I love her4. Lucien is actually the best fictional character ever and I love him5. Amren is actually the best fictional character ever and I love her6. Azriel is actually the best fictional character even and I love him7. Cassian is actually the best fictional character ever and I love him8. Tamlin is actually the worst fictional character ever and I hate him9. I hate him so much10. Seriously11. Who okay’d Tamlin as a character?12. They should be fired13. Ianthe sucks too14. (view spoiler)[ I’m glad that bitch got destoryed by the weaver (hide spoiler)]15. We could have done without the sex scenes though. 16. Remember when they were in the library? And all they wanted to do was have sex and not read. Talk about unrealistic. 17. Rhys is the most dramatic character in YA…...pass it on18. The beginning, when Feyre was at the Spring Court, was actually my favorite part of the entire book? I loved it.19. I was just like yaaas Feyre girl you destroy those losers20. Also when Feyre and Rhys were reunited that was cool21. I wanted that scene to be longer though with a lot less sex22. (view spoiler)[ Also the Suriel’s death was not okay’d by me and Sarah will be hearing from my lawyers (hide spoiler)]23. Also who approved the term “vulgar gesture???” They should be fired too. 24. Also if I ever hear the word "mate" again I'm gonna spontaneous combust25. Cassian + Feyre = A friendship you will never have26. Mor is gay and all is okay27. (view spoiler)[ Also no one in the night squad died which is really unrealistic to me? Also kinda disappointing. I was preparing myself for a death that never came, which took time away from me preparing my funeral. (hide spoiler)]28. Also Amren is the best thing to come out of this book29. If the sequels aren’t about her I’m sueing. 30. Also does anyone know why we were fighting this war? I don't remember. 31. And also does anyone remember how the high lord powers work and why they all happen to be the most powerful people their courts but they get their position through genetics? Because if I haven't learned anything from YA literature, at least I've learned that there will always be a chosen one who's more powerful than any ruler. So why hasn't that happened? CHARACTERS! cHARACTERS Feyre. Feyre is the best? She has evolved so much since the first book. And she's so loyal to those she loves. But if she hates you, you are dead. There is no way to save you. Rhys. I don't know if you knew this, but in certain countries it's agaisnt the law to hate Rhys. He's the best. Tamlin. Remember that time when you used to like Tamlin? Hahahaha he's an asshole. Mor. (view spoiler)[ She's gay! Which is also the only diversity we got in this book. (hide spoiler)] But she's the best. Amren. I want to be her when I grow up. She's the best. Lucien. I am just so glad that Lucien found God in this book. Cassian. I just love Cassian? I just want him to wrap me up in his wings. He's the best. Azriel. I would leave my boyfriend Kaz for Azriel. He's the best. SUMMARY AND COMMENTARY I’m going to do something I never done before in a review. There are so many scenes that I just want to talk about, that I’m gonna summarize a lot of this book so I can talk about them. This entire thing is spoilery so please don't read unless you've read the book. So we start off at hell the Spring Court and Tamlin is being is douchebag self like always. He’s just hanging around, doing his meninist things. Not realizing that Miss High Lady of the Night Court over there is slowly taking down his court. A nightmare, I’d told Tamlin. I was the nightmare. I was kinda hoping for more telepathic interactions? I wanted Feyre to say something like, “Oh Rhys was just terrible to me.” and Rhys to just pop up and be like, “Terribly good in bed.” or something like that. But that never happened. SJM really threw away her shot. Hamilton would be disappointed.I’m going to be honest here. I didn’t really understand how Feyre took down the Spring Court? Like I know she did it by gaining the people’s trust. But I didn’t understand that sunlight scene or all the uneventful trips to the wall. Also Ianthe didn’t die in the first part which was disappointing. BUT IANTHE DOES GET HER HAND SMASHED INTO LITTLE PIECES BY FEYRE WHICH IS SO FREAKING BRUTAL I screamed the entire time like wow I don’t like the bitch either but did she really deserve to have her hand continuously smashed? I am a good person who has morals and part of me is still like “yeah she deserved that”Anyways Feyre is eventually like #byelosers @ the Spring Court and leaves. She takes Lucien with her which is really cool because Lucien deserved better than those assholes. So Lucien and Feyre flee the Spring Court, which at this point is burning.In fact I have an actual, never before seen picture of the spring court taken shortly after Feyre left Some stuff happens and there's fighting because it’s a high fantasy novel and not having any fighting would probably make it a contemporary or something. But anyhow, Cassian eventually comes and helps Feyre and Lucien with the fighting. And the Cassian/Feyre reunion is the best reunion in this book? Like what Feyre/Rhys reunion? I met those laughing, fierce hazel eyes.Cassian’s smile softened. “Hello, Feyre." My throat tightened to the point of pain, and I threw my arms around his neck, embracing him tightly. “I missed you, too,” Cassian murmured, squeezing me. Honestly, that scene was the absolute best? Like after that, the Feysand reunion was so underwhelming. It happened just a few pages later but it wasn’t cute dialogue and hugs and ***friendship*** Their meetup was crying on the floor then having unnecessary explicit sex. SJM is great and all, but her sex scenes are the worst. I understand that sex is a thing that exist and Feysand participates in it, but I just don’t care about the details. I would rather have more Amren dialogue. So at one point during all this reunion sex, Feyre tells Rhys that he likes a dramatic entrance which has just won an oscar for “understatement of the year”. Because obviously, Rhys did not crash Feyre’s wedding in ACOMAFThe next part of the book is just like plotting and stuff. It’s kind of boring. I honestly almost fell asleep during the next two hundred pages? I mean I didn’t though because this is a SJM book but I could have. There was no action. No suspense. At least I had Amren and her I-don’t-give-a-shit attitude to keep me awake. There is the library scene which is the worst scene in the entire book. So Feyre and Rhys are in this gigantic ass library surrounded by books which is like life goals right? If you don’t want to be surrounded by books then gtfo of my review. But anyways, instead of appreciating the luxuries they have in their life, Feyre and Rhys spend the entire time flirting with each other? This annoyed me so much. It was the most unrealistic scene in this entire series. I don’t care if my High Lord mate was there with me. If I was in a library surrounded by books, then he doesn’t freaking exist in that moment. Also there is a giant monster thing that lives in the basement of this library that everyone is afraid of? #goals “If you hadn’t stolen my bride away in the night, Rhysand, I would not have been forced to take such drastic measures to get her back.”I said quietly, “The sun was shining when I left you.” So Rhys and Feyre and the rest of the squad decided to throw a party. By party I mean, they decided to get all the incredibly powerful, opinionated fae in one place and try to come to an agreement. This is such a smart idea. Just wow. They also invite Tamlin to be nice and then they act surprised when he shows up??? Like you guys sent him an invite to your birthday party??? It would be rude of him not to come???? Why would he turn down free cake like that?!?!?! Tarquin took him in. Then me. And the others. “I rescind the blood rubies. Let there be no debts between us.”“Don’t expect Amren to return hers,” Cassian muttered. “She’s grown attached to it.” So the greatest thing ever happened during this meeting? And I’m not talking about when Feyre destroyed Tamlin when he was being a prick. No, I’m talking about how Amren isn’t returning her ruby that marks her for death? She’s so iconic. I want to be Amren when I grow up. Then, while all these high lords were in the same place and wasting time fighting with each other, donald trump the King of Hybitch Hyburn brings down the wall that they were all trying not so desperately to protect. And again, they were all surprised. Like are you fUCKing kidding me? How did you not see this coming???? You are standing around, doing pratically nothing. Wasting all the time in the world. AND YO UARE SUPRISED THAT HYBITCH IS ACTUALLY GOING THROUGH WITH HIS PLANS. YOU KNOW HE WAS TRYING TO BRING THAT WALL DOWN. he WAS GONNA DO IT AND YOUR BIRTHDAY PARTY WAS THE PERFECT OPPURTUNITY. Honestly, I am surprised he didn’t succeed earlier than this? So noW that the wall has been destroyed and is never coming back, all these high lords realized that if they are going to win this war, they are gonna all get off their asses to do something. Also what even are we fighting for? All I know about this war is that the King of Hyburn is bad and the Night Court Squad is good. How did this war even start? What did Amarantha have to do with anything? Who even is Myriam person and what does she have to do with anything? I know it was probably explained in ACOMAF but that was a year ago and I was too busy placing my attention on Rhys to pay any attention. So at this point I’m 469 pages into the last book of this trilogy and I don’t even know what we are fighting for? I’m emotionally invested in a war I know nothing about. Is this what politics are like? Anyways, the squad and their newly found high lord allies go to take down Hybitch.So then Feyre has this brilliant idea to go find out good friend the Suriel. I forgot the Suriel even existed tbh. He’s so creepy that I am sure my brain purposely block him out from my ACOTAR memories. So we go find Mr. Suriel and he is near the Weaver’s cottage. I also blocked the weaver out from my memories so, if you are like me, this is when you bust open your ACOTAR coloring book, flip to the picture of the Weaver, and then pretend to remember. So the Suriel is kinda helpful but unhelpful as always. But Feyre still cares about him becasue why would’t you care about the creepy monster that doesn’t even have a proper name and you've only met like three times? So Suriel, that unhelpful yoda, is in the middle of giving Feyre vague advice when THAT BITCH IANTHE SHOWS UP AND JUST SHOOTS HIM WITH AN ARROW FOR NO GOOD REASON. Obviously having a crushed hand hasn’t affected her aim any. Someone should just kill that bitch already. Which is exactly what Feyre does. And she isn’t even easy on her. She takes Ianthe into the Weaver’s cottage and the weaver like eats her. Gross. I would have atleast chosen a less graphic demise. And something that kills her a lot longer. How fortunate are we that we caught the impossible-to-catch Suriel for the third time right near the cottage of a monster thing that likes to eat bitches? We are soooo fortunate. “Feyre Archeron,” the Suriel said again, gazing at the leafy canopy, the sky peeking through it. A painful inhale. “A request.”I leaned close. “Anything.”Another rattling breath. “Leave this world...a better place than how you found it.” So after murdering Ianthe, Feyre goes back to the dying Suriel and I have The Hunger Games flashbacks to Rue’s death scene. I was kind of expecting Feyre to gather flowers to place around the Suriel. And obviously, even though we are in a world surrounded by magic, there is no way to save the Suriel. He dies. I’m devastated. You are devastated. I still vaguely remember the Suriel from the past two books. And if I’m honest, this all could have been avoided if Feyre wasn’t so dramatic and just asked the Suriel to coffee or something. Oh also, I just happened to have stumbled upon this picture of Feyre that was taken one time after someone was shocked she caught the SurielMore stuff I don’t care about happens blah blah blah and then Feyre’s sister, Elain, is somehow kidnapped by the cauldron. Also making a cauldron the most powerful object in all the universe is the stupidest thing I’ve ever read. How did the Cauldron kidnap Elain? I don’t know it is never really explained how that inanimate object does anything. Remember, I still don’t know why the crap we are at war here. Anyways, Feyre gets really upset so she goes undercover as Ianthe and infiltrates the Hyburn army and saves Elain. Feyre goes through maybe one obstacle along the way and then returns to her mate Rhys. Also, if you are a person who participates in drinking games, then here’s a fun one for you while you read the book. Every time the word “mate” is said you drink. And get drunk during the first chapter. You'll be in the hospital by the third chapter. So actually don’t play that drinking game. And was I the only person who felt this entire thing was so unneeded? This is a 700 page book and we are nearing the end and now we are going on missions that run a little too smoothly? Like I know Azriel gets hurt but he’ll heal perfectly fine because we live in a world of healing magic that works on bat wings but not bitch’s hands. More fighting. There is a lot of fighting that happens. It’s like they are at war or something. Oh remember Feyre’s father? Yeah, I don’t either. But he comes back. I didn’t know he was gone but he came back with ships named after his daughters and Odette from Swan Lake but instead of a Swan, she’s a firebird which might just be a stupid name for a phoenix, oh and he name isn’t Odette. Anyways, her father finds this queen they just happened to be looking for even though there’s no way he could have possibly known that because he has been missing for 37297843 years. So obviously, because of this all his past sins are forgiven instantly. Then her father eventually dies because of Trump Hybitch and we are suppose to be sad about it but I’m still standing here likeThen, on page 666, because Sarah is in fact the devil, the unthinkable happens. MY BABY RHYS WHO IS SUPPOSE TO BE PROTECTED AT ALL TIMES DIES. YES DIES. AND AT THIS POINT I’M CRYING IN THE CORNER AND WANTING TO THROW THE BOOOK INTO A VOLCANOAnd I’m just like, “If he ficking stays dead then at least all 700 pages of this book will make great kindling to warm my now cold heart” But then I remember ACOTAR and how Feyre here died and then was brought back to life so I start looking at the other high lords who happen to be near us at this moment and I’m just “Hey do a girl a favor here AND BRING BACK MY BOYFRIEND.”But then I also remember there’s a certain asshole who is also a high lord who has to help and I Start FREAKING out but then he comes through and he’s just like “Be happy, Feyre,” and SAVES RHY’S LIFEYou still an asshole Tam, but maybe just a little bit less.ANd I’m just crying in the corner even harder than before.Then somehow they defeat the King of Hybitch and Feyre and Rhys live happily ever after. Both are alive. The #NightSquad is still alive. Beause that is super realistic. Looks like the only person who is dead here is me. Oh well. CONCLUSION So while ACOMAF is still the best, this is still a great novel and I loved it? Being with all my children again is all I have ever asked for in life and I 'm just glad that they all ended up happy.
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  • Melanie
    January 1, 1970
    1.) A Court of Thorns and Roses ★★★★2.) A Court of Mist and Fury ★★★★★ “A nightmare, I’d told Tamlin. I was the nightmare.” I had really high hopes for this, like really high, and I did enjoy it, but I can't help being reminded that this was nothing close to the perfection that ACOMAF was. My reading experience was honestly reminiscent to Harry Potter, because I was fangirling every other page, while squealing and giggling and rolling around on my bed like I was twelve again! And when I saw th 1.) A Court of Thorns and Roses ★★★★2.) A Court of Mist and Fury ★★★★★ “A nightmare, I’d told Tamlin. I was the nightmare.” I had really high hopes for this, like really high, and I did enjoy it, but I can't help being reminded that this was nothing close to the perfection that ACOMAF was. My reading experience was honestly reminiscent to Harry Potter, because I was fangirling every other page, while squealing and giggling and rolling around on my bed like I was twelve again! And when I saw that the prologue was in Rhysand's point of view, I did the longest yeah boy ever. Big shout outs to Paloma and Gelisvb for putting up with my thirsty self throughout our read-throughs! ❤ Yet, when I turned that last page a wave of disappointment and apprehension hit me, and it hit me hard. There was some really bad feeling plot fixes that were really forced, unbelievable, and convenient. Then, which I will never fault an author for trying to put diversity and representation in her cast, but Sarah J. Maas made it feel really inauthentic and exploitative, I'm not going to lie. I also feel like she added so many side characters and side plots to further advance the spin-offs that are going to start coming in 2018. Also, anyone else feeling some Swan Lake retelling vibes? The one thing that I didn't enjoy, but I'm sure many of my friends and followers will enjoy, is that there was a lot less sex in this book. Like, that first sex scene hit, and I was like "okay" and that was really the only major sex scene throughout this 700 page book. Like, they spoke about sex, and gave little tidbits of small sex scenes here and there, and for sure alluded to having sex a lot, but it was nothing close to the erotic things that ACOMAF and EoS had inside them. Nowhere freakin' close. This is the first conclusion we've ever had from Sarah J. Maas and I am overall very happy with this very loose retelling of Snow White. I don't want you guys to think I hated this or anything, because I obviously didn't and a four star rating is still good! I just expected this to end up on my "best books of 2017" list, like both ACOTAR (2015) and ACOMAF (2016) did, and I'm not so sure that it will. Also, a lot of people were hurt and offended by some acephobia in the ACOWAR preview chapters, surrounding Hybern's niece and nephew that were very much involved with each other (yeah, think Jamie and Cersei). I completely see both sides of this argument and, again, your opinions and feelings are completely valid, but I feel like it's very important to note that there is a discussion going on around this, especially to all my ace friends and followers, because I never want to see any of you harmed or hurt, especially not by problematic material in books. The rest of my review is going to contain MAJOR SPOILERS for both ACOTAR, ACOMAF, and this book, ACOWAR! Please, do not proceed to read any further unless you have read this book and its predecessors or you wish to be spoiled! “I repeated their names silently, over and over into the darkness. Rhysand. Mor. Cassian. Amren. Azriel. Elain. Nesta.” Okay, let's just talk about the characters and how they made me feel for a minute: ➽ Feyre (The Night Court) - Feyre is such a well developed character. Seeing everything she's gone through, and how much she's grown, it is just incredible. I loved how she dismantled the Spring Court. I loved when she fell to her knees when she saw Rhysand. I loved how she picked her sisters over everything. I loved Feyre in this, and I most loved that by the end of this trilogy she loved herself.➽ Rhysand (The Night Court) -My heart, my soul, my body, my everything. If I could have one book boyfriend, I would pick Rhysand every fucking time. No contest, no questioning, nothing, I'd pick Rhysand instantly. Boys, read this book and study this man! I think most girls can agree he is the closest thing to perfection in this world. His banter, his sense of humor, his selflessness, his devotion, his unconditional love, his patience, his determination, everything. When we would be reminded how he taught Feyre to read, I can't even describe that feeling. Sarah J. Maas was so smart to write that, because all of us as book and reading lovers can relate to how empty a world would feel without reading, and Rhysand gave that to her! Ah, I can't. I have no words, other than Rhysand is perfection.➽ Cassian (The Night Court) - The light of my life and everything that is good in this world. Cassian made this book so enjoyable for me. He had so many good quotes, too! I couldn't believe how hard he won me over, but I was swooning for him throughout this entire book! ➽ Azriel (The Night Court) - Azriel, as much as I do like him, is going to cause Lucien so much pain and suffering. I mean, I feel really bad for him because of Mor, and I desperately want him to find someone, but the future is looking pretty bleak for him, I'm not going to lie. Maybe the girl that he and Feyre saved will end up being his mate. I mean, that would seem random for Sarah J. Maas if she didn't end up playing a bigger role, and we know how much she likes pairing people off. ➽ Morrigan/Mor (The Night Court) - Or maybe that girl will end up with Mor! You know that exploitative feeling I was talking about at the start of my review? Yeah, it's right here. Mor is now a lesbian, which would have made such a powerful impact on me if it didn't feel fake and forced. Again, I'm not going to fault anyone for trying to have more representation in their books, especially not someone like Sarah J. Maas who needs more representation in their books, but this didn't feel authentic to me whatsoever. Also, there was that scene where everyone was pretty much like "Yeah! I'm bisexual, too!" and that felt really condescending and borderline offensive to me. I'm very curious to see what everyone else thinks about Mor's development. Also, Rhys' interactions with Mor in this book were not okay. He treated Mor badly in this book. Not only did he end up making her feel unsafe at the meeting with her father, ultimately making her feel unsafe in her own home, but he also made her sit through all that abuse when the High Lords met up. Both scenes were honestly hard to stomach, and completely abusive and not okay. ➽ Amren (The Night Court) - I felt a little baited by Amren at the end. Not the question if she was bad or not, I never really thought that, but when she came out of the cauldron with Rhys, I thought she was a human! So I was like "oh my gosh, how is this going to work now that she's weaker than she was, and she's going to age and everything?" And then Rhys is like "Well, she's still a high fae and I'm sure she will develop a new power!" And I'm like.... Okay, I was dumb. ➽ Varian (The Summer Court) - Varian and Amren's romance was everything! When she came out of the tent wearing his shirt, I lost it. I loved that they found happiness with each other, and I love than Varian begged her but ultimately supported her decision to save everyone. Relationship goals, you all. ➽ Nesta - I love when an author makes me feel very vast and different things for a character, and I will give Sarah J. Maas all the props in the world for Nesta. I really thought she was being so unfair and hard towards Feyre, especially after everything Feyre has done for her family, but it ended up working out for me. I loved that Nesta was connected to the cauldron, because she refused to not take something from it. I loved how she didn't just swoon and fall all over hot ass Cassian instantly, because I'm not sure I would have that same strength. I loved how she forgave and accepted the love her sister wanted to give her all along. I loved the scene with her, Feyre, and Elain all curled up together, because I love books about siblings being close and having that unconditional love with each other. I'm so happy they found it, and I can't wait to read more about it in future spin-offs. When Nesta laid down on top of Cassian, I had to put my book down and walk around my house for like fifteen minutes, because I couldn't deal. It was perfect and if I could have any spin-off I would pick Cassian and Nesta.➽ Elain - Like, when that human boy told her he'd never love her, just because she's fae now, my heart broke. I don't know why that felt so real to me, but that hit me way harder than it should have. I guess it is just the young girl in me, remembering how you think your first love will be your only love, and then getting slapped with the realization that that isn't ever close to being true, but yeah, I felt that scene. I loved that Elain is a seer, and I can't wait to see how that develops further with the spin-offs. Also, give me that good Lucien angst, please. ➽ Lucien - First and foremost, I loved who really was Lucien's dad. Like, that was a plot twist that I loved and wasn't expecting at all! Now, more Dawn Court please! It also gives me all the hope in the world that Lucien will get a spin-off. Also, I'm really curious to learn more about Lucien's past and about Jesminda.➽ Tamlin (The Spring Court) - I am not excusing his or anyone else's abuse, ever, but my favorite part of this book was when Tamlin told Feyre to be happy. Take that information and do what you wish with it, but I wouldn't hate a Tamlin spin-off where he learns how to control the anger and rage inside of him. I never truly ever hated Tamlin, I just fell in love with Rhys the first moment he appeared in ACOTAR.➽ Alis (The Spring Court) - Beautiful little cinnamon roll! I was so happy that her and those two little boys were in this final installment! I loved her perception, her input, and her constant encouragement. I hope this isn't the last time we see Alis.➽ Ianthe (The Spring Court) - Evil bitch from Hell, legitimately the devil incarnate. I loved her death, like, fucking loved it! And I loved the greater discussion on how women can rape and sexually assault men, too. When someone doesn't want you to touch them, don't touch them. It's not a hard concept, and it is something that not just men are guilty of, and I really liked the showcasing of that. ➽ Tarquin (The Summer Court) - I like Tarquin a lot, and I think Sarah J. Maas will further progress his character as the spin-off stories go on. Also, I loved how he mass killed Hybern's army by drowning them on land.➽ King of Hybern - He was super rapey in this book. Like, he kept threatening rape constantly and I'm like, "where did this come from?" Also, for being such a powerful and smart leader who has been waiting for his vengeance all these years, he was pretty dumb. Like, he just let a girl walk up and stab him in the back of the neck. Really? Super anticlimactic and chaotic evil villain. ➽ Jurian - I loved his plot-twist and how he was playing secret agent with Hybern. Jurian was, for me, an all around good character, and super enjoyable to read about. And, holy moly, does he have some background stories to tell. I have a strong feeling he and Queen Vassa are going to receive the spin-off, and even though it isn't my personal first choice, I will totally still read it. ➽ Miryam - Miryam was Jurian's half-fae ex lover who is talked about pretty frequently in this series. Everyone presumed her dead, but it is revealed that she faked her death so she could live peacefully with Drakon on a hidden island very similar to Velaris! She's also going to take the cauldron back to hide it with her and Drakon's people.➽ Drakon - I love Drakon's back story on how he was given Miryam as a slave for an arranged marriage gift, and how he let her go to just ultimately fall in love and give up everything for her. Yeah, big fan. Also, him and Miryam totally came and helped save the day in the end, so kudos to both of them.➽ The Bone Carver - The Bone Carver ended up being one of my favorites from this story. He also opened the door for old gods in this story, and I can't wait to see how that develops! His death hit me pretty hard, just because I believe he was fully aware of what would happen, yet he sacrificed his life anyway because Feyre was worthy. Please, these tears. ➽ The Weaver - In ACOMAF, I loved the story arc with the Weaver and her house, so I was really excited when it became apparent that she was going to be in this story, too! I cannot believe she is the sister of the Bone Carver, and her actions and emotions during the final battle hit me pretty hard. Again, such a wonderful character that was an absolute treat to read about, especially with Ianthe's ending.➽ Bryaxis - Um, I need Bryaxis, Feyre, Nesta, and Elain tea parties right now! I know so little about this mysterious creature, but my heart wept for its seclusion under the library for all those years. I can't wait to see interactions with Bryaxis and the others! ➽ The Suriel - LITTLE ANGEL THAT WAS TOO GOOD AND PURE FOR THIS WORLD. I thought we would see the Suriel in this final installment, but his death hit me like Dobby from Harry Potter. I was not prepared and neither were my never ending tears. Seriously, the Suriel was the star of this book. “I understood why the Suriel had come to help me, again and again. Not just for kindness … but because it was a dreamer. And it was the heart of a dreamer that had ceased beating inside that monstrous chest.” I guess I'll move on to some of the plot developments that bothered me. Like, I loved when Lucien went off to on his side quest to find the lost queen and her court, but then Feyre's dad came and saved the day in the end, with an entire army at his disposal. Like, that felt bad. Didn't this dude leave his daughters poor and starving? All because he knew a fae war was coming? I don't buy or believe that what so ever and I completely think Sarah J. Maas killed him off because that would have been such a weird and awkward reunion! I honestly hated that the dad showed up. Hated it. I wish Lucien would have gotten all the glory. Like, it's cool he brought an army and named his ships after them, but, dude, you weren't there when your three daughters truly needed you.Okay, let's talk about the sexual representation that I started to discuss in Mor's character break down above. Let me say this extra loud for people in the back: Just because you have or want to have a threesome with someone of the same sex, even though you are only planning to have sex with the opposite sex, it does not make you bisexual. Okay? Okay. That's such a gross stereotype for bisexuals, regardless. And that scene at the High Lord's conference/meeting made me cringe so freaking hard, it was actually unreal. Also, I'm not telling anyone how to be a bisexual or a lesbian, but my personal opinion is that Mor is more bi. Like, again, I don't want to tell people how to feel about their own sexuality - whatever you feel is completely valid - but she has enjoyed sleeping with men for all these years. Also, her telling Feyre she was a lesbian came straight out of left field. Again, it just felt so forced and so condescending to me. I applaud Sarah J. Maas for trying, I really do, but this representation wasn't well done. Hopefully, in future books, Mor's sexuality is done better and feels more authentic. Moving on, how did we not get confirmation that Feyre was pregnant? Like, you all were seeing those constant hints too, right? I would have bet everything I owned that that was how this book was going to end, with her telling Rhys, but it never came and I was so shocked!Also, when Chapter 76 ended with the line “Rhys was dead” I thought it was real and that's how this book was going to end, with him sacrificing himself for his people. I was ready to throw my book across the room. I thought he was going to die, and that Feyre was going to be pregnant with his baby and that was going to be his legacy. I am so happy it didn't happen like that, but I was crying so hard through Chapter 77 that I could barely see. I'm seriously too damn emotionally invested in the fictional character that is Rhysand. “Every piece of my still-healing heart belonged to him.” Despite all of the things that bothered me, Sarah J. Maas writes romance really well, like really well. All the people that hate on her can say what they want, but she knows how to write that good angst that makes you completely enthralled and addicted, where you can't pull away from her stories. I'm not even close to a Sarah J. Maas fangirl, but I'm speaking the truth; she knows how to write romance, and I think that's why I was disappointed with this book, after being so in love and obsessed with ACOMAF last year. Feyre and Rhys had their romantic build up in ACOMAF, so we didn't get any of that in ACOWAR! This book was the conclusion, which dealt with war, suffering, repercussion of certain actions, and sacrifices. It didn't feel as good as seeing a budding, angst-filled, romance developing between Feyre and the most perfect man ever written, Rhysand. “I would have waited five hundred more years for you. A thousand years. And if this was all the time we were allowed to have … The wait was worth it.” It also explains why I was so hyped for every scene with Cassian and Nesta, and Lucien and Elain, because those are budding romances that are just starting! And I think me being able to see and understand that helps me a lot with realizing that I did enjoy this book, it just wasn't everything that I, personally, wanted. It was still a good conclusion, and I'm so thankful and happy that I was able to read it! Again, a four star rating is good, even though I was expecting this to be a five star rating. I really enjoyed this, and I completely love this trilogy as a whole! I cannot wait to see what else Sarah J. Maas has in store for Pyrithion and beyond! What did you guys think? Do you think it lived up to ACOMAF? Who do you think the first spin-off will be about? My guess is Jurian and Queen Vassa, but I'm praying for Cassian and Nesta. There are truly so many questions and so many discussions to be had! I can't wait! I also loved how ACOWAR really brought many book, blogging, and Goodreads communities together, just because of everyone's love and excitement for this series and for reading in general. That is something pure and special, and something that hasn't came around for me since Harry Potter. For that, I will always cherish this series and look forward to more being released in this world. “A gift. All of it.” Blog | Twitter | Tumblr | Instagram | Youtube | Twitch Holy shit. This is the first time I have ever hit the character limit on Goodreads.
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  • Mikee Andrea (ReadWithMikee)
    January 1, 1970
    I'd sell a body part ─ or two ─ or three... or ALL OF THEM if I could HAVE THIS BOOK IN MY HANDS RIGHT NOW.I was hesitant as heck picking up A Court of Mist and Fury but I'm diving headfirst in full speed for this book. FUCK. ME. UP. JUST PLEASE DON'T HARM ANY OF MY BABIES.
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  • Val ⚓️ Shameless, Skanky, and B*tchy ⚓️ Steamy Reads
    January 1, 1970
    4 StarsBefore I say anything, I must say this:What the fuck is this "vulgar gesture" that has been mentioned over and over and a-FUCKING-over again throughout all this series, which all the characters seem to gift each other with?No for real, I would love to know. Are they all giving each other a different "vulgar gesture" every time, or is it ONE single gesture. And if so, which one?This one?This one?How about this one?No?How about the ever tried and true?Or, perhaps, MY personal favorite:No?We 4 StarsBefore I say anything, I must say this:What the fuck is this "vulgar gesture" that has been mentioned over and over and a-FUCKING-over again throughout all this series, which all the characters seem to gift each other with?No for real, I would love to know. Are they all giving each other a different "vulgar gesture" every time, or is it ONE single gesture. And if so, which one?This one?This one?How about this one?No?How about the ever tried and true?Or, perhaps, MY personal favorite:No?Well, whatever. I would love to know. Anynotawave, if you follow my reviews, you know that I didn't particularly love book one and two of this series like most people did. And, conversely, most people who adored books one and two seemed to be less...enthused with this book. So, of course, leave it to me to be the complete opposite of everyone else. Because, even though I wasn't OMG in lurve with books one and two, I found myself really into this one. Maybe it just took books one and two to really dig my heels into the series - who knows - but I was really digging the characters in this one. Obviously, I loved the relationship between Feyre and Rhys...The group love and loyalty of the Night Court inner circle...And the connection between Feyre and her sisters...But - and I know this is not the case with most people - I am REALLY loving Nesta's story. I have been oddly drawn to her and her cold bitchiness since book one and I REALLY loved the growth she displayed in this book, the dynamic between her and Cassian, just everything. And of course, RHYS. Who can not love Rhys?In fact, this book actually made me really appreciate books one and two more. I might go back and read them again. But until then, I am looking forward to the next book in the series. And I also just obtained the Throne series, so hopefully I will enjoy that one from the onset.
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  • Khurram
    January 1, 1970
    Words fail me. I have always been more of a fan of Sarah J Mass fan, but more towards her Thrown of Glass series. I think this is her best book so far. This book just has everything. Great characters, great story, secrets, betrayal, redemptions, ACTION!!!! You name it is here. 700 pages and not a line wasted. Hell I would have been happy with another 700 pages of this standard. The character are great but there is such great character development no one is one dimensional the character are confl Words fail me. I have always been more of a fan of Sarah J Mass fan, but more towards her Thrown of Glass series. I think this is her best book so far. This book just has everything. Great characters, great story, secrets, betrayal, redemptions, ACTION!!!! You name it is here. 700 pages and not a line wasted. Hell I would have been happy with another 700 pages of this standard. The character are great but there is such great character development no one is one dimensional the character are conflicted, and complex with their own strengths and issues. Every time I learned something about one of the characters I want to know more. Every character had their moment to shine in this book, and every character in this book could very easily star in their own book. That is the depth of the character in this story. Espicallly Rhysand, and anyone in the Court of Dreams.Since the last book Feyre has returned to the Spring Court to destroy it from with in. This is not Feyre crushed by her truma, suffocated by overprotection, or the powerless girl in a world of monsters/guardians this is the angry, powerful, deadly calculating woman. I like the fact Rhysand is every bit her match. I am actually interested to see which of them is the more powerful. So far with centuries of experience behind of battle, tactics and studies he seem to be a step ahead but time will tell. However even with all this going on War is coming to Prythian and with all the High Lords in agreement (with their history of grudges and betrayal this is next to impossible ), they are still way out numbered against the King of Hybern and the power of the Calderon. Once again is falls to the Court of Dreams to lead the charge not only against their enemies but the very thinking of many Prythians as well.This is just an awesome book. I don't think you have to read the other book in the series to love this book, but I would definitely recommend reading the whole series, but definitely read this one. The more I read the more I wanted to read, it took me through every emotion, the anger of betrayal, the pride in overcoming adversity, to the election of victory. I honestly do not think SJM could fit anything more into this many pages, lets see if she can do a 1000 pages of this standard.
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  • Kai
    January 1, 1970
    “One life may change the world.”Nothing has changed. This book wasn't any better or worse than the other two in the series. Maybe slightly more exciting. But Sarah J. Maas is Sarah J. Maas and while her stories and her writing often excite me, they also annoy me. A lot.Since so many (sooo many) people have read this book and written reviews about it, I'll keep mine short. (Well, okay. I now realize this is far from short, but it was worth a try.)Overdramatic, exaggerated and cheesy are the best “One life may change the world.”Nothing has changed. This book wasn't any better or worse than the other two in the series. Maybe slightly more exciting. But Sarah J. Maas is Sarah J. Maas and while her stories and her writing often excite me, they also annoy me. A lot.Since so many (sooo many) people have read this book and written reviews about it, I'll keep mine short. (Well, okay. I now realize this is far from short, but it was worth a try.)Overdramatic, exaggerated and cheesy are the best words to describe SJM's writing and plotting. It's like every chapter (or paragraph) needs to end with a spectacular cliffhanger, dramatic foreshadowing or a grand gesture. And as with ACOMAF, way too many things happen at the same time and it all starts falling apart while I repeatedly scream "MELODRAMA" and "UNREALISTIC". Especially because (view spoiler)[ no one freaking dies. Okay, well Rhysand does until he is brought back to life. Okay, Amren does until she comes back to life as well. The only dead character is Feyre's father and I - or everyone - stopped caring for him like two books ago. (hide spoiler)]The only reason I enjoyed this more than the other two books is because I completely skipped the sex scenes. Whenever Rhy and Feyre started getting horny I just turned the page. And I'm glad I did. The blurbs alone that I read in other people's reviews made me laugh from ridiculousness.One more thing: where did all the lgbt characters suddenly come from? Did someone get heavily criticised for ignoring this too long and decided to creat - and recreate - gay, lesbian and bisexual characters? While I'm glad to finally see this happening (It only took her 8 books but whatever) I still worry about it. Spoilers ahead: One character explains that she only keeps sleeping with men because she doesn't want to reveal that she likes women. Which is why she keeps having sex with them, so the guy who's in love with her is reminded that he can't have her, while also staying oblivious to the truth that she kept from him for 500 years. Yup, 500 years. And she did not only keep it from him, but from every single one of her close friends. Realistic, I know. (Not to mention that this whole entire coming out scene felt entirely staged and, guess what, overdramatic.)So there's that. See how torn I am with these books? Why do I keep reading them? It's definitely a guilty pleasure. They're not badly written and the fantasy aspects are very exciting. It's also a huge phenomenon and hype, one that I don't yet know how to escape from.Find more of my books on Instagram
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  • P
    January 1, 1970
    “Be happy, Feyre,” he said quietly. Actually it's not a 5-star rating, more like 4.5678-star for me. But this book, this blessed book brought me to tears and my heart nearly exploded through it. RHYS. I breathe him in and don't want to let him out. I longed for ACOWAR since it didn't even have the title and promised myself that I couldn't die before I got my hands on it. I can't gather the words to express how I am feeling right now. Everything is just right. EPIC. PERFECT. EXQUISITE. RHYS I lo “Be happy, Feyre,” he said quietly. Actually it's not a 5-star rating, more like 4.5678-star for me. But this book, this blessed book brought me to tears and my heart nearly exploded through it. RHYS. I breathe him in and don't want to let him out. I longed for ACOWAR since it didn't even have the title and promised myself that I couldn't die before I got my hands on it. I can't gather the words to express how I am feeling right now. Everything is just right. EPIC. PERFECT. EXQUISITE. RHYS I loved him with every bit of my heart. And Feyre, her development shocked me. As you know, she's High Lady of the Night Court, and when I was certain that her pesona couldn't get any better from ACOMAF, I was wrong because she slays and slays and slays. I even saw Aelin in Feyre when she leads her people and makes a vital decision at the end. Don't do that to me ever again, Feyre !Tamlin. I don't hate him at all. I always see him as an ordinary human. He raged. He blamed the others. He made wrong decisions. But eventually, he is what he is. In this book, I can see the reason why Feyre hasn't been his match. Tamlin loves her. Rhysand loves her. A huge difference between these guys is how they treat her, while Tamlin treated Feyre like she's made of glass, Rhys forged her into a weapon she was born to be. And Tamlin has done everything wrong from the moment he lost her. Although he declared that it came from his love, I saw a fine line between love and possession. They're not the same. “I see all of you, Rhys. And there is not one part that I do not love with everything that I am.” Cassian, Mor, Azriel, Nesta, Elian, and Amren are the best supporting characters ever. They stand out and have their important roles to play. Cassian is reckless. Mor is easy-going but her heart... Azriel is complicated. Nesta is virile, she has proved herself so much in this book. Elian. Sweet Elian is literally multilayered characters. If Nesta was fire, Elian would be an ember set to burn hotter than fire.SJM pulled off every piece of the story amazingly. The twists are subtle and profound. High Lords are all intruging and different from one another. I felt the changes through the three parts of this book. The first part and the third are the best, IMO, I loved the first ten chapters the most where Feyre is at the Spring Court. Everything she's done are so appeased. “Because I can’t stay away.” I listened to many songs while I was reading this book, though. One of my favorites is https://youtu.be/tgvbhxb9yk8 It healed my soul whenever something happened and I couldn't prevent myself from crying over for the pain I felt.Though ACOWAR is not the best of the series (I think the best is ACOMAF as it's so emotional and deep), I still liked the most of it, especially the war and strategies these characters manage to plan out. (view spoiler)[The killing blow was shocking I nearly fell off of the chair. And when Rhys is dead my world was completely shattered. (hide spoiler)]Moreover, ACOWAR is the longest book of the series but SJM somehow wrote and wove every part of the details into the whole perfect picture immaculately. She's a queen of expanding her books and universe yet she can control her stories not to spin out of control. “Leave this world … a better place than how you found it.” I loved this series because of the world-building and romance of the characters. The concept of the Wall dividing two worlds is interesting and the ending is real and what it's supposed to be from the beginning. I'm so glad to know and read this series. It never fails me, never one.FEYRE FOR LIFE. TAMLIN FOR NOW. RHYS FOR FOREVER. “You belong to all of us, and we belong to you.” My favorites : 1) ACOMAF 2) ACOWAR 3) ACOTARNote : Why didn't I give ACOWAR 5 stars ? Why 4.5678 ? Ummmmm, I know the big part of me enjoyed this book wholeheartedly regarding this is the end to this arc (there're more books to come, though) and the most anticipated of this year. But the small part of me felt some things in ACOWAR were too coincidental and easy. Yet SJM ended this thoroughly, and I can't wait to see her finish the ToG series in 2018.Buddy read with Laurie and MaddieBlog https://goo.gl/aVlsE6
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  • Jacqueline
    January 1, 1970
    May 3rd, 2017Video Review: Coming soon!!GOOD FUCKING BYE WORLD I AM SO LOST BECAUSE OF THIS BOOK!Yes, that is dramatic but I don't even care because this book gave me everything I wanted and more. This is a guilty pleasure for me but not so guilty since I will always admit my love for this book/series. THE CHARACTERS MY GOD. THE ROMANCE HELL YES.THE PLOT HAD ME HOOKED. I'm just overall very happy with my reading experience even though I yet again got no sleep from reading this beast of a book (I May 3rd, 2017Video Review: Coming soon!!GOOD FUCKING BYE WORLD I AM SO LOST BECAUSE OF THIS BOOK!Yes, that is dramatic but I don't even care because this book gave me everything I wanted and more. This is a guilty pleasure for me but not so guilty since I will always admit my love for this book/series. THE CHARACTERS MY GOD. THE ROMANCE HELL YES.THE PLOT HAD ME HOOKED. I'm just overall very happy with my reading experience even though I yet again got no sleep from reading this beast of a book (I know some people judge me for doing that and not fully "enjoying" the book by taking my time but hell no, once I start I don't stop).I don't know what else to say that won't be spoilers so I'm just gonna die happy knowing that I got to FINALLY read this beauty.Expected publication: May 2th 2017*internally screaming*
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  • Emma
    January 1, 1970
    FULL REVIEW POSTED If you're reading this, please be warned that you're in for one hell of a rant. There will be quite a lot of swearing and some minor spoilers. (Major spoilers will be marked.) Also, if you liked this book and have a problem with me trashing everything you've ever loved, you may want to turn back now. …I’m giving you one more chance. This is actually the worst book rant I’ve ever written.…No? You really want to read this review?Move right the fuck along, then. Don’t say I didn’ FULL REVIEW POSTED If you're reading this, please be warned that you're in for one hell of a rant. There will be quite a lot of swearing and some minor spoilers. (Major spoilers will be marked.) Also, if you liked this book and have a problem with me trashing everything you've ever loved, you may want to turn back now. …I’m giving you one more chance. This is actually the worst book rant I’ve ever written.…No? You really want to read this review?Move right the fuck along, then. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.You know when you're at the beach on a really nice summer day, and the sand is all nice and soft and the sun is warm but not too hot and you walk down to the edge of the water for what you just know is going to be a gloriously refreshing swim in the ocean.......so you start wading in, and it seems fine at first, and then all of a sudden your foot comes down in the middle of a massive swath of slimy, smelly, warm seaweed aND YOU TRY TO STEP BACK OUT BUT SUDDENLY IT’S EVERYWHERE AND IT’S AWFUL AND YOUR DAY GOES TO SHIT. THAT is what reading this book felt like. Buuuut before I get started with the rant, let’s just get this out of the way and discuss the only thing I actually liked: Lucien.I remember thinking Lucien was just okay in ACOTAR and ACOMAF. Everyone seems to love him, but I was always kind of indifferent towards him. Surprisingly, he was the only character who had actual development in this book, and I ended up liking him way more than I expected to. Getting to see the Autumn Court and learning more about his family and history made him finally feel like a fully fleshed out character, rather than just Tamlin's mediocre sidekick. I still don’t really give a shit about him and Elain, but his friendship with Feyre was lovely. I feel like male/female friendships that are truly platonic are so hard to come by in YA books, and it was so great to see the two of them overcome the anger and guilt that had grown between them in previous books. Unfortunately, Lucien ends up going off on some random-ass irrelevant mission for half the book, leaving me stuck with one of the dullest groups of characters I’ve read about in a while. *sigh*Now that that’s over, the rest of this review is basically gonna be a list of all the stuff I hated, which was….everything else, tbh. This is super unorganized and in no particular order.The Spring Court. Alright, the Spring Court was boring and annoying in books 1 and 2, so I wasn’t really looking forward to being back there. I thought things would have least been a little more interesting with Feyre 2.0 back to fuck shit up, but all I got was some half-assed Cersei wannabe who was so hell-bent on her personal revenge plot that she gave zero fucks about the consequences and hypocrisy of her actions.The one-dimensional villain. This was one of my biggest issues with this book. There is absolutely NO moral gray area; every aspect of the war is as black and white as a fucking dalmatian. Why exactly does Hybern want to invade Prythian and take down the wall separating the human realm???????? Literally all we are told, over and over again, is that Hybern is ruthless and vicious and evil and BLAH BLAH BLAH I DON’T CARE. I can accept Amarantha being a sadistic psychopath with little complexity, but even she had her reasons for what she did. In this book ALL of the people from Hybern are universally evil demonic asshats, and as I refuse to believe that an entire nation is composed only of murderous psychopaths. I call bullshit. There’s a bunch of infodump about how the king has somehow brainwashed his whole population into supporting the war.....but I don’t fucking buy it. If the people of Hybern were the least impacted by the treaty that split the other territories (as we are explicitly told), why would they be the most opposed to it? I personally LOVE politics, and the political aspect of worldbuilding is always one of my favorite parts of reading high fantasy. ummmm news flash: countries don’t decide to go to war with each other just for the heck of it !!!!! People and nations are complex, and politics and alliances and wars are hella complicated. Reading about the melodramatic nonsensical shit that passed for politics in this book felt like I was being talked down to, and it pissed me off majorly.The fucking Wall. There's also a shit ton of infodump about the history of the wall, and I felt like I kept falling into a boring and oversimplified history lecture. It was all giving me some serious ASOIAF vibes, too. You could basically just replace the Cauldron with the horn of Joramun and the faeries with the wildlings and some of the plot points genuinely sound as if they were ripped straight from the plot of A Storm of Swords (except way lamer and not nearly as well-developed. I’m honestly annoyed at myself for even discussing these books in the same sentence).Jurian. Why is Jurian even in this book????? Like, I get that he was important in the last war, but he and his and his whole plotline seem so irrelevant to everything else that's going on. He's just so fucking extra and unnecessary, his existence annoys me. I won’t even waste any more time writing about him.The writing. It’s so. Fucking. Repetitive. The exact same descriptions are used over and over again for every character, every conversation, every situation. If I never have to read about mates and males and velvet everything and purring and vulgar gestures I will die a happy woman. And, on the subject of said repetitive writing……..The sex scenes. It felt like the first half of the book was 90% Feysand either having sex, sending each other mental nudes, or talking in their heads about how they wanted to “feast on” and “devour” each other……the writing was BEYOND cringe-y……and then they had the nerve to be surprised when they were too late to stop Hybern from breaking down the wall ??????? They were also all written the same way, once you’d read one, there was nothing new or interesting about them.The library. I’m really fucking pissed about this. The library is a place that we learn has been transformed into a sanctuary for women who have been sexually abused and assaulted. They’re able to have a place of peace and quiet where they can stay as long as they want while they heal. I don’t know why I thought this book might actually provide a fair representation of recovery from trauma…..but any good the inclusion of this library and these women might have done was utterly ruined by the way it was disrespected and used as a plot device. First, the library seemed to be introduced for the sole purpose of making Rhys look better—the focus was on what a saintly person he was for helping these women rather than actually giving them any page time themselves. Then, when Rhys and Feyre are supposed to be doing actual research in the library, they’re so fucking horny they apparently think it’s completely fine to almost have sex in a library that—once again —is RUN by women who have been sexually abused. How the actual fuck is that supposed to be okay???????? If that wasn’t enough, the librarians are then treated as even more of a plot device when an attack from Hybern occurs there to make it seem even more outrageous and violating. In response, Feyre and Rhys are all like “oh that sucks that they won’t feel safe here anymore”…….and what do they fucking do about it???? NOTHING. They don’t actually give a shit about these women so they move on with life and never give them a second thought. UGH.Feyre being a hypocrite. I love how Feyre got all indignant in the last book about High Fae treating other faeries like shit and yet she still calls them "lesser faeries”…..also, while she was in the Spring Court I get she was mad but she just never seemed to give a shit about the harm her actions could cause ordinary people???? Just because she’s physically stronger and more powerful doesn’t mean she has to lose the ability to empathize with and care about other people.The sexism. Okay, it’s like this book couldn’t decide whether it wanted to be set in a world with a patriarchy or not. Why has there never been a High Lady???? Only allowing High Lords seems really blatantly sexist, but there doesn't seem to be much overt sexism in Prythian. I mean, it’s definitely there, but it doesn’t seem quite strong enough for all women to be entirely denied the right to govern. It just doesn't make sense why none of the female High Fae have never even tried to challenge this law/tradition/precedent ?????? there are so many infuriating plot holes in the worldbuilding UGGHHHHH.The slut-shaming. It was OUT OF CONTROL in this book. I can't even give a rough estimate for the number of times Feyre, Mor, and Rhys were insulted, degraded, and verbally abused because of who they'd had sex with...and seeing how Mor and Rhys were assaulted and abused, it was especially awful. I mean, the people saying these things were clearly the ones we reader are meant to view as “evil”, but the sheer number of these insults seemed ridiculously unnecessary. It was annoying and tedious to have to read through so many of them, and they felt like a cheap plot device to further emphasize the black-and-white divide between the “good” and “bad” characters. Speaking of which….The characters. I don’t even know how to fully express my disappointment with how this book treated my favs. It’s like all of the characters I loved in ACOMAF turned out to be a lineup of those inflatable Christmas decorations, and someone went around and poked holes in them and now they're just sad and flat and boring. It breaks my heart because I had so much love for Feyre and Rhys and all the rest of the Inner Circle in ACOMAF and somehow I didn’t give the slightest shit about any of them in this book????? I don’t even want to go into it, I’m so bitter.I still love Nesta, but even she was a bit disappointing. She was my favorite character because of her subtle but fierce characterization in the last two books, and she had more development than most of the others in this, but she still spent most of her time sitting around doing nothing.The immaturity of said characters. The comments they make, the way they stick their tongues out at people.....if I didn't know I was reading a book about centuries-old faeries and there weren't a shit ton of unnecessary sex scenes, I'd think I was reading a middle grade novel. Magic that’s poorly explained/doesn’t make sense.What even is a shadowsinger???? I still don’t know??????? What exactly Azriel is was never defined and I have no idea why it's significant/what his powers are, this pisses me off.What happened to the tracking thing Hybern had on Rhys's power in ACOMAF??? It was mentioned towards the end but didn't seem to be nearly as important in this book, whereas in the last one it was a major cause of him barely using his powers. Also: so are we all just okay with the fact that after Feyre was transformed into a Mary Sue High Fae she basically got every fucking power that ever existed?? And she doesn't need to actually train to master said powers, she can just use them whenever the fuck she wants?? Ugghhhh it feels so incredibly unnecessary and over the top. ***THE REST OF THIS REVIEW WILL BE SPOILER-Y, READ AT YOUR OWN RISK***...The ships. I completely lost interest in Feysand, Nessian was mildly interesting but mostly pushed to the side, I don’t give a shit about the Azriel/Elain/Lucien love triangle that appears to be forming, and Amren and Varian???? That was really fucking random???? I just want to scream “NOT EVERYONE NEEDS A SHIP” from the top of a mountain because I’m honestly so annoyed about this.The attempts at LGBTQ representation. Mor's sexuality???????????? Where the fuck did that come from?????? I'm just genuinely confused bc in ACOMAF it seemed to be quite obvious that she did have feelings for Azriel. None of this makes sense. She started off saying she preferred women and that was why she could never love Azriel……but then she was like “oh well I actually enjoy sleeping with both genders” ??? ummm what kinda logic is that supposed to be?? Either way, it was a shitty thing to do to lead her friend on for centuries and now I’m pissed at her. She didn’t even have to come out, she just had to straight up tell him she wasn’t in love with him. I can understand her not wanting to come out to her family, but it just doesn't make sense why she would hide it from the whole inner circle—the people she loves and trusts more than anyone else. The more I think about this reveal the less it makes sense. There were no hints, it serves no purpose in the plot, and it feels like a cheap attempt to make the series count as diverse.The minor characters also felt like such a half-assed attempt at diversity. It was felt so strange bc there was literally no mention of anyone who wasn't totally heterosexual in the first two books, and it felt like ACOWAR was trying way too hard to be like "look !!! gay people!!!!! threesomes!!!!” It's like....it's nice that the author tried, but poor representation—and having all the LGBTQ characters be either inconsequentially minor or badly-developed—doesn't make your book really qualify as embracing diversity.Tamlin. He was still awful???? I don't care if he was supposedly working against Hybern in secret the whole time; if that was true he should have fucking told Feyre like he promised he would. He's not just a shitty person, he's a shitty character. He's lost all semblance of personality and essentially exists only to highlight what a great guy Rhys supposedly is. I gather that his storyline was supposed to be some kind of redemption arc, but like ????? You can’t just have a character suddenly act nice at the end of the book when there was no actual development shown to precede that!!!!!The ending. This was some next level deus ex machina shit. I hated it. Of course these randos and minor characters showed up to win the battle for them. Why did I expect that Feyre and Rhys and all the rest of those useless idiots would actually manage to save themselves?The scene with the ouroboros was BEYOND anticlimactic. This was supposed to be something that had turned people made for centuries and perfect Feyre had no problem looking into it??? I call bullshit. Vassa, Bryaxis, the Bone Carver, Stryga, Miryam and Dragon or whatever the fuck his name is….all of these characters/creatures had potential to be interesting, but they were so inconsequential and received so little attention that the book would have been better off without them.And then what happened with Amren....I actually really liked her in that moment, and I feel like for the first time in this series we finally caught a glimpse of her real character. I just wish there had been more of that throughout the book: less of everyone talking about how terrifying Amren is and more about her actually being badass.Rhys’s death……I was just so completely beyond the point of caring by then, and it all felt awfully cliche and been-there, done-that.It’s like this book actually drained all of the emotions out of me, I hated it that much.Well, I think that’s enough trashing for today. You can find my wonderful BR partner Camille’s review here, and also please read Em’s review because it’s fucking fantastic.I mostly likely will not be picking up another SJM book in the future, I just don’t think her writing is for me and ACOMAF must have been some kind of random fluke. Also, I don’t think my friendship with Solomon would survive another review this harsh.Anyway, thanks for reading! I hope you all enjoy the next books you read more than I enjoyed this.-----------------------------------------Continuing my buddy read of this series with the lovely Camille! I am both excited and terrified by the insanely mixed reviews I've seen for this.Let's be honest I'm mostly just here for my wife Nesta
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  • Tweebs♥️ (hiatus)
    January 1, 1970
    HOLY MOTHER OF VELVET SOFTNESS !!!😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱Okay okay. I'm aware that I've taken about 74829101918281 days to complete this book. Trust me, I have my reasons. Review to come!!! ******************Buddy read with my local hospital ❤ I have to give them a shoutout because they were kind enough to offer me a room to stay in. It's like they already know I would require medical assistance to deal with THEM FEELS I'M ABOUT TO ENDURE.!!! #PrayforTweebs 🙏🏼K Thanks bye ✌🏼✌🏼✌🏼✌🏼✌🏼Alrighty all jokes asid HOLY MOTHER OF VELVET SOFTNESS !!!😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱😱Okay okay. I'm aware that I've taken about 74829101918281 days to complete this book. Trust me, I have my reasons. Review to come!!! ******************Buddy read with my local hospital ❤️ I have to give them a shoutout because they were kind enough to offer me a room to stay in. It's like they already know I would require medical assistance to deal with THEM FEELS I'M ABOUT TO ENDURE.!!! #PrayforTweebs 🙏🏼K Thanks bye ✌🏼️✌🏼️✌🏼️✌🏼️✌🏼️Alrighty all jokes aside, BR with this young one aka Nicoleeeeeee***********PRE-REVIEW: A Court of Hurry the Fuck Up I need it.
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  • may ❀
    January 1, 1970
    How do you write a review for a fantasy book that you’ve been waiting an entire year for??? And kinda disappoints you ??? I don’t know, so if you’re here for a review you better leave while you can. :)))So, if you hadn’t noticed, my rating dropped dramatically since I read it and that’s not bc I am an impressionable child without an opinion but its bc I rated it at 1am while I was sleep deprived and my mind wasn’t functioning 100%And now after taking some time to think about the book and my true How do you write a review for a fantasy book that you’ve been waiting an entire year for??? And kinda disappoints you ??? I don’t know, so if you’re here for a review you better leave while you can. :)))So, if you hadn’t noticed, my rating dropped dramatically since I read it and that’s not bc I am an impressionable child without an opinion but its bc I rated it at 1am while I was sleep deprived and my mind wasn’t functioning 100%And now after taking some time to think about the book and my true feelings for it and the fact that everything (view spoiler)[ mainly my ship (hide spoiler)] crashed and burned and there was more tasteless smut in this book than action, we will watch the rating drop together :)))Also, this review sucks, if you wanna read something that 10/10 and articulate and genius read these reviews by my bbies: emmaline’s review & sil’s review Now, SJM is still one of my all-time favourite fantasy authors and I truly do love her work but lately she’s just been hurting me. This reviews mainly gonna cover the parts I didn’t like bc its fun to rant about negatives than positives okay sue me. - Rant #1: Mate- It SHOULDN’T replace the person’s given name- plz stop using it in that context- “my mate is none of your concern”- “I studied my mate’s face”- Listen- calling the person by their NAME works much better- it made me cringe so bad I think my jaw might be locked- - Rant #2: Diversity- did anyone else feel like this book was PACKED and STUFFED to the seams with SO MUCH diversity bc the whiners have been whining about it since book 1 ???- bc it felt so forced for me- really didn’t like it- didn’t help me with plot AT ALL- like stop, if you hadn’t intended to have such diverse characters, then don’t- better to have proper representation than bad representation - and that’s what I feel happened here- stop PRESSURING authors to include diverse characters sheesh- let people write- - Rant #3: A MATE FOR YOU, A MATE FOR YOU, AND A MATE FOR YOU TOO - in case you missed it- its war time in ACOWAR so why everyone need to have mates at THIS VERY moment- I have no clue- its just weird cause you would THINK when the world is burning- that people think past sex and try to think of “survival”- or nahhhh - survival is overrated - - Rant #4: Cringey Smut- please im begging you- stop the smut- its tasteless- its unnecessary- and its DISRESPECTFUL LEAVE THE LIBRARY ALONE- THE LIBRARY DID NOTHING TO DESERVE THIS- PEOPLE ARE TRYING TO LIVE THEIR LIVES NOT WATCH YOU REPRODUCE- get out- every other chapter had some “feasting” scene and I was like lol nope bye- - Rant #5: crashing and burning (view spoiler)[ moriel (hide spoiler)]- I still am and will forever be salty about this- bc I could care less about rhys and feyre feasting on each other- I was only here for these two- And it crashed and burned right before my eyes- Dropping a star for that oops- - And a whole bunch of other stuff that made me seethe but not like an active seething bc after I heard about rant #5 taking place my investment in this series dropped from 110% to 35%- Yes im being petty- Fite me- (ง •̀_•́)งAnyways, there were a lot of things I enjoyed about this book, like the sibling bondings and I cried a lot too and there were sappy parts that had me squealing but the more I think about it the more my happy memory turns mistier and I remember the crap that made me roll my eyes and want to chuck the book (see: mate) and im just going to cry to get rid of any remaining emotions that might be lingering 3 stars!!~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Buddy read with the crazy people who ruin my life on a daily basis, Hater & Spoiler #1, Hater & Spoiler #2, The Fake Nice One, The Actual Nice One, Cassian Trash, & ACOMAF Trash Pre-review I HAVE REASON TO BELIEVE THAT THE OUTFIT FEYRE IS WEARING ON THIS COVER WAS INSPIRED BY THIS BEAUTIFUL PIECE OF FAN ART, IM IN TEARS 1/25/2017 update THECOVERHASBEENRELEASEDI NEED A MINUTE TO COMPREHEND THIS BEAUTY. WHAT IS LIFE??????????~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~OH MY GOSH WE HAVE A SYNOPSIS, I CAN'T DO THIS. I NEED THE BOOK NOW.
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  • Christine Delilah (Maramochabooks)
    January 1, 1970
    Here's some pretty Nesta/Cassian + Lucien/Elain art|by:meabhd| Feyre and Rhysand art: |by:bloodydammit|Everyone's talking about Azriel and Mor possibly being mates because of this line:I'm hoping for a couple in the series that aren't mates, though. It's odd, but I want that represented. Like even though you're "meant" to be with someone, you can still fall in love and be happy with another. (Still, I think Azriel deserves a mate) My main ship is Lucien and Elaine. (of course I like Feysand, but Here's some pretty Nesta/Cassian + Lucien/Elain art|by:meabhd| Feyre and Rhysand art: |by:bloodydammit|Everyone's talking about Azriel and Mor possibly being mates because of this line:I'm hoping for a couple in the series that aren't mates, though. It's odd, but I want that represented. Like even though you're "meant" to be with someone, you can still fall in love and be happy with another. (Still, I think Azriel deserves a mate) My main ship is Lucien and Elaine. (of course I like Feysand, but they're obviously canon.)Mainly I'm just rooting for Lucien to be happy and leave Tamlin. His character just feels so misunderstood. I don't think he needs redeeming, just freedom.AND FOR THOSE OF YOU THAT DIDN'T LIKE THIS SERIES, I've got you covered:(here's some cute animal gifs)And that's my account for you, only quality book content and proper reviews!(ya right) P.S. I want to start making my own gifs since I have a camera I never use, what do you guys think?
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