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Actual rating 4.5 stars.
Started off better than I had anticipated. Very impressed. I have to stay I enjoyed this book far more than the previous 2 in this series.
I loved reading Feyre. Although she did feel predictable - I guessed her actions well in advance. But she was ballsy and did not let a man define her (much.) And I liked how the element of family played a strong part of who she is in this instalment. She always wore her decisions, good or bad. It is an admirable quality and helped me connect and invest in her story.
While I loved the relationship between Feyre and Rhys, his character seems to have evolved into a Mr Goody-two-shoes. Where was that scary darkness that he let us glimpse in the first two books? It gave him an edge. So while a great culmination in their story, I was starting to get a little bored with Rhys.
The shining part of this book, as minor as it is, was Suriel. It tugged on my heart strings and even had many tears falling at the beauty of Feyre's interaction with it in the forest.
Maas is still a fan of overusing the phrase "a mask of..." to describe facial expression and emotion. Almost wanted to turn it into a drinking game. I’m finding frequent repetition of descriptions and qualifiers, which is disappointing because a good editor should have picked these issues up.
I was put off by the overt erotica in some parts - it was fine when it added something to the plot or character development, but the rest just left me feeling... itchy. The graphic content felt like it was included to service Sarah J. Maas' opinion on the ultimate sexual relationship - how a male should put the woman's needs first. And left the whole experience a little contrived.
There was a focus on gender within the narrative, and people being coupled off, which while cute and expected in YA, I was hoping for a little more grit and daring. Especially in a fantasy genre where you can push the envelope a bit further.
The second half of the book was much easier to read than the first half - I guess the story arc with Tamlin bogged things down for me. Focusing more on political manoeuvring than action. Though I understand it a necessary part of the overall storyline. As we needed to see some sort of resolution between these two.
Mass' writing style, especially when setting a scene, painted the landscape with such rich language I was truly impressed. There was a lot too it. A lot happened. The pace just kept driving forward. Though there were some spots where it felt a little slow. As a lot went down, the cast grew, transformed, challenged, I really can't comment too much about them without giving away any spoilers - but enough to say I really enjoyed the journey of all the secondary cast members. With such a wide and varied collection of characters, it was easy to track and identify each one.
Have developed a great fondness for this collection.
“A Court of Wings and Ruin’ is a big book - I frequently got aching hands trying to hold this slab of paper up. The typesetting and formatting is of a comfortable size and layout so that not too much is cramped on to one page and you find yourself re-reading a line of text. Love the cover art and how it ties into the previous two novels. But it is reminding me that I’ll read books over 600 pages in e-book format so that they are easier to hold.
What started out as a Beauty and the Beast re-telling grew into an epic fae fantasy I'd recommend to lovers of this genre, Romance and female warrior protagonists.
 

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i like the book

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