Book Reviews

Book Review: A Court of Wings and Ruin

I’m back with a review of the third book in the ACOTAR series! Remember when I said I wasn’t going to fly through them? Well… oops.


ACOWAR finds Feyre back in the Spring Court, but this time, she’s a spy. With war coming, little to no allies, and her family at risk following their encounter with Hybern, Feyre will do everything she can to protect all of the people she loves. No matter the cost.

Why I picked this book:

After book two, I was hooked. I needed to find out what happened to Feyre in the Spring Court! Knowing full well I had an two upcoming exams, I STILL started the third book and treated myself to finishing it after completing my first law school midterm.

Honest Review: (SPOILERS AHEAD!)

Okay. Book three was good. I think I liked the second book better (still heavily influenced by Chapters 54 and 55, sorry not sorry) but this book had some major plot twists and I definitely cried more than a few times. Also, sorry in advance but I can’t not talk about this book without spoilers!

If you’ve read the earlier books, you know why Feyre was in the Spring Court and what her purpose was. I loved seeing Tamlin get his just desserts at the start of the book, but at the end when he saved Feyre from the Hybern camp and wished her happiness while bringing Rhys back, I truly wondered if my hatred for him (that stemmed from the first book, lol) was unwarranted. The guy just wants love and acceptance. I hope he finds it, but tbh I’m not super interested in reading about it.

Do you feel the same way? Would you read a book mostly about Tamlin?

Everything about the last book made me fall in love with Rhys, and this book was no exception. Can we take a moment to appreciate the pre-battle speech he gave?

I believe everything happens for a reason. Whether it is decided by the Mother, or the Cauldron, or some sort of tapestry of Fate. I don’t know. I don’t really care. But I am grateful for it, whatever it is. Grateful that it brought you all into my life. If it hadn’t . . .

– Rhys

I was in a puddle of tears! I absolutely love how selfless and wonderful and powerful he is and I wish we got more from his POV. He and Feyre together just make so much sense, and when I thought he was gone and the bond was broken I actually cried out in shock.

I could go on and on about how happy I was to get more character development from the rest of the court and seeing more of Nesta and Elain, but the person I’m most happy about is Mor. It is so important and wonderful that SJM incorporated LGBTQ characters. I was getting major Harry Potter vibes in this book what with the whole “preparing for battle” and obviously she-who-will-not-be-named would NEVER include an LGBTQ character. So with some new characters introduced, and ones we love opening up about their sexuality, I was more than pleasantly surprised.

And can we talk about Feyre’s father? And the names of the boats?! I literally screenshotted it and set it to my friend out of shock. So good.

The Bookish Bronde Rating:

Now that I’m writing this, I think I enjoyed the story of this book more than the others, and it’s really just Chapter 55 of book two that has me hanging on to it. The triumph I felt when Feyre’s dad came into view surprised me. I rooted for Cassian and Nesta, and I speed-read through the battle (and had to go back) because I worried they wouldn’t win and almost believed Amren screwed Feyre over on purpose. And of course I hung on to every chapter, every word where Feyre and Rhys were together because it is that ~magical.

This book was long, don’t get me wrong, but it was fantastical and well-written and a great distraction from studying. I guess I’m a fan now! But no, I will not be buying candles that smell like the characters. Unless it’s Rhys. Maybe.