A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

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

Title: A Court of Wings and Ruin
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #3
Publication:  2017 by Bloomsbury
Genre: YA, Fantasy

Around the Year in 52 Books – A book with a location in the title.

My Thoughts (2)


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.

My Thoughts

This review was really hard to write. After the ending of ACoMaF I just had to pick this up and read it straight away. Although I enjoyed it, I had really high hopes for this book and came out feeling like this is the weakest of the 3 books. That’s not saying it’s bad, far from it, but the other two books had me reading at ridiculous times and for hours on end, squealing and fangirling. This book had me more thinking, get to the point!

I’m finally completing this review almost 2 months after reading the book. Every time I sat down to write it, it was hard to think of what to say that hadn’t already been said before. I also found that the more I thought about the book, the harder it was to focus on the things I enjoyed, it was so much easier to pull out the things I disliked.

I was put off of this book more than the others as it is so ruddy thick! I was really frustrated as within the first 100 pages Fayre is undercover, which was great, except she kept doing something and then explaining it. We as readers are not dumb, surprisingly enough we can figure out what she was doing and why without being spoon fed.

In this book we see a lot more characters introduced and more locations, as they go to the different courts. I loved seeing all the different courts and hearing the Bone Carver and Weaver’s back story. The characters are a definite strength in this book, and series as a whole. We get a lot more back story to the main characters, and I just love how she’s able to write about Feyre’s raw emotions such as struggling with PTSD.

However, with more characters and places came greater pacing issues. I feel this book could easily have been a third of a book smaller, especially if you removed all the unnecessary sex scenes. If I’m honest, I’m writing this review about 7 weeks after finishing the book and I’m having to look up what happened because a lot of  it was just that unmemorable.

Taking the series as a whole, it would definitely be a solid five star. I will definitely be re-reading it again the future and it will be very interesting to see how my opinion on it changes with the re-read. Especially for the first book, knowing what I know now…

My Thoughts (1)



Bout of Books | Days 6 + 7 + Wrap Up

Day 6 – Saturday

I read absolutely diddly squat. Unless you’d like to count reading a theater programme? No? I don’t blame you, I don’t count it either. You can read about all the fantastic things I did instead of reading, here.

Day 7 – Sunday

The Disappearance of Winter's Daughter  (Riyria Chronicles, #4)This was much better! I consciously put aside time for reading. Best of all, reading in the bath (quite possibly my favourite reading spot). I managed to complete The Disappearance of Winter’s Daughter by Michael J. Sullivan around 10pm.  This was one of the only books I had put on my TBR for this week that I completed. Moral of the story, don’t create TBR lists!

Wrap Up

Children’s Books

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Graphic Novels

Preludes & Nocturnes (The Sandman, #1)


The Disappearance of Winter's Daughter  (Riyria Chronicles, #4)

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 8th and runs through Sunday, January 14th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 21 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog.
– From the Bout of Books team

Top Ten Books That Tackle Tough Issues

35fed-toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Every week they post a new top ten list and invite everyone to share their answers. They’re currently on a break until mid-August so I’m choosing some past topics I missed out on in the meantime. This week I’ve chosen “ Top Ten Books That Tackle Tough Issues”.

Emily’s Books

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher – I’ve literally just finished this one. It covers rape and suicide. It’s pretty amazing.

Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma – An amazing book that covers the taboo subject of incest. It delicately approaches it, not glorifying it or condone it, but suggests how it may be lead to.

Me and Mr J by Rachel McIntyre (my review– tackling the issue of student/teacher relationship. It was, like Forbidden, not condoning it but suggesting how it could happen. It was a very interesting but difficult read. It also covered bullying too.

The Sister Pact by Stacie Ramey – About death and suicide of a sibling. It also deals with grief, drugs, sex and friendship issues. (my review)

Lets Get Lost by Sarra Manning – I adore this book. It mainly deals with grief of a close relative and the feelings of guilt. It also touches on bullying.

A Child Called It by Dave Pelzer – A terrifying story because it’s true. About an emotionally and physically abusive mother.

Dreamland by Sarah Dessen (my review)– It wasn’t light and fluffy as I first would have expected for a Dessen book. I’m reluctant to say the issue as it would ruin the book but a very, very good read.

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Alex’s Books

And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell – A children’s book about gay penguins.

Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy – It deals with forbidden love, reconciliation of faith and suicide. It was so controversial that he never wrote another novel afterwards.

Heretic by Ayaaan Hirsi Ali – A non-fiction book about the need for an Islamic reformation to make it more compatible with modern Western society.

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Top Ten Things On Our Reading Wishlists.

35fed-toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Every week they post a new top ten list and invite everyone to share their answers. This week’s topic is “Top Ten Things On Our Reading Wishlist.”

This was a team effort this week! We would like….

Intricate magical systems that makes sense – Think: Trudi Canavan.

Strong, but realistic, female characters. – Think: Tris in The Witcher Series or Eowyn in The Lord of the Rings series.

Less love triangles with predictable endings – Think: Less like Mortal Instruments or Twilight.

Books with multiple points of view – Think: Falling Kingdom’s series by Morgan Rhodes or You’re the One that I Want by Giovanna Fletcher.

Legitimately threatening villains. Ones that will actually do stuff rather than explain and do things slowly. Think: The Falconer in Lies of Loche Lamora by Scott Lynch.

Better second books. They usually end up slipping as they are building up to the final book. Think: Less like The Painted Man by Peter V Brett more like Michael J Sullivan.

More Pat Rothfusslike, now please.

What’s on your reading wish list?

Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read For The First Time In 2016


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Every week they post a new top ten list and invite everyone to share their answers. It’s a great way to learn more about the bloggers you follow and to find lots of new books. This week’s topic is “Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read For The First Time In 2016”

Emily’s New Authors

Neil Gaiman – I know, I know. About time, right? I read Stardust and I plan on reading American Gods next year. His writing style is definitely unique. I love the cleverness of his book, the humour twisted in with the seriousness, and the flow of his writing.

Jennifer Niven – I read All the Bright Places and I’m part way through Holding Up the Universe. I can’t say I’ve been overly impressed with either of these books.

John Kelly – This children’s author and illustrator came into our school to read us some of his books. I really enjoyed them, and his assembly was brilliant. My review of his books here.

Tsugumi Oba – I’ve started making my way through Death Note at the beginning of the year. I put it down but am fully intending to pick them back up again. I love that the series has finished, so I know that the end is in near sight (unlike Black Butler, which I love but 20 odd books is waaaay too expensive for me!)

Marie Ruthoski – Oh my gosh. If you like fantasy and you haven’t read or heard of The Winner’s Trilogy, them where have you been? I started these because people were going on about how good they are, and they weren’t wrong. Definitely pick them up. (Review of Book 1: Winner’s Curse)

Veronica Roth – I put off reading Divergent for ages because of the hype. I finally picked it up this year and was pleasantly pleased.

Robin LeFevers – I read Grave Mercy at the very beginning of the year. A convent of female assassins who are taught thousands of ways to kills people, using weapons, poisons and their “womanly charms”. This has now reminded me to order the second book.

Daz’s  New Authors

A.J. Smith – I read the Black Guard series earlier this year and really got into it. Full of a mixture of medieval and fantasy as well as shocking twists in the story!

Thomas Harris- Emily and I really got into watching the Hannibal tv series and from this I developed an interest in reading the Hannibal book series. Definitely worth a go!

Alex’s New Authors

John Gwynne – David Eddings by way of George R R Martin, Gwynne writes with a blend of what seem to be fantasy tropes, but twists them on their heads with almost callous brutality. You find yourself not wanting to get attached to characters for fear of their lives, but you just can’t help it. Book One (Malice) took a bit of work to get through, but Book Three (Ruin) was utterly incredible. Some twists come out of nowhere, some you may be able to guess, but the series should still hold some surprises.

Tom Holland – Tom Holland is a historian of phenomenal renown. If you are browsing a bookshop’s history section and you don’t see his name then you may as well stop. It’s also worth noting he does historical book review for the Times, so you had better believe his own stuff is up to standard. He writes with insight and engagement, bringing characters long dead back to life so vividly that he blurs he line between historian and necromancer. He writes with a consideration of as much evidence as he can provide in a work of popular fiction, and isn’t afraid to tackle controversial subjects (like the origins of Islam) while remaining objective. Highly recommended for history buffs.


Top Ten Books I Would Like To Be Made Into A Movie.

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Every week they post a new top ten list and invite everyone to share their answers. It’s a great way to learn more about the bloggers you follow and to find lots of new books. This week’s topic is “Movie Freebie”. I have chosen “Top Ten Books I Would Like To Be Made Into A Movie.”

Sabriel by Garth Nix.

Lies of Loche Lamora by Scott Lynch

Blood of the Elves by Andrzej Sapkowski

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Skulduggery Pleasant by Derick Landy

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

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The Black Guard by A.J.Smith

George’s Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl

Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman

Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

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Top Ten Villains


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Every week they post a new top ten list and invite everyone to share their answers. It’s a great way to learn more about the bloggers you follow and to find lots of new books. This week’s topic is “Top Ten Villains”

Emily, Daz and Alex’s Choices:

  1. Professor Umbridge from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K.Rowling.
  2. Iago from Othello by William Shakespear.
  3. Miss Trunchbull from Matilda by Roald Dahl.
  4. Bill Sikes from Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
  5. White Witch from The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S.Lewis
  6. Kerrigor from Sabriel by Garth Nix
  7. Rience from The Witcher by Andrzej Sapkowski

Who are your top villains?


Top Ten Books I’d Buy Right Now.

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Every week they post a new top ten list and invite everyone to share their answers. It’s a great way to learn more about the bloggers you follow and to find lots of new books. This week’s topic is “Ten Books You’d Buy Right This Second If Someone Handed You A Fully Loaded Gift Card.”

Emily’s Choices

  • The new Harry Potter hardback collection with the pretty stars under the covers.
  • Hollow World by Michael J Sullivan
  • All of the Penguin Classics hardback booksDaz’s Choices
  • The Witcher Graphic Novels
  • All of the Sword Art Online books
  • The hardback versions of Terry Pratchet’s Discworld. We already have Hogfather.

Alex’s Choices

  • The Marvel Annihilation Conquest Omnibus
  • All of the Fables comics
  • Hardback collection of Game of Thrones
  • King Lear –  Oxford Classics Edition.

What would you buy?

King Breaker by Rowena Cory Daniells

King Breaker (King Rolen's Kin #4)

Title: King Breaker

Author: Rowena Cory Daniells

Genre: High Fantasy, Epic Fantasy, Political Fantasy.

Published: 13th September 2013 by Solaris

Book 4 in King Rolen’s Kin series.

Synopsis (Goodreads)

The conclusion to the hugely popular King Rolen’s Kin series!

The story of Byron, Fyn and Piro picks up immediately where the cliff-hanging ending of The Usurper let off! When Cobalt stole the Rolencian throne, Byren, Fyn and Piro were lucky to escape with their lives, now they’ve rallied and set out to avenge their parents’ murder.
Byren is driven to defeat Cobalt and reclaim the crown, but at what cost? Fyn has sworn to serve Byren’s interests but his loyalty is tested when he realises he loves Byren’s betrothed. And Piro never wanted to win a throne, now she holds the fate of a people in her hands.

Alex’s Thoughts

It’s sad that I’ve had to rate this book so low. I thoroughly enjoyed The King’s Bastard, which was one of the first modern high fantasy books I read, having previously encountered some Tolkien and Pratchett. The Chronicles of King Rolen’s Kin was my first real experience of political fantasy, which gripped me from the start. What I’m trying to say is that the first book is very good. The Uncrowned King and The Usurper were good too. This makes the problems that King Breaker has even more painful.

The fundamental problem is that this book should not exist. As with the Inheritance Cycle, the tale was initially intended to be a trilogy, yet, as fans of the series will know, book three did not resolve all the key plot points. This leads to the book becoming bloated with unnecessary bits to try and justify its existence, like multiple films based on a single book. What we seem to have is another case of a fantasy tale getting bigger than its author. When this happens, there is always at least one book that stands out as sub-par (every series has its Feast For Crows or Order of the Phoenix). It just turns out that the weak point in this series is its finale. The main problem is that there are a bunch of storylines that meander about with no urgency and then all sort of crash at the end, leaving a partially resolved plot, but then none of the characters really get what they want. Whether Rowena Cory Daniells is trying to set up a sequel series or not is unclear; the ending rushes to fix everything, but then everything is still a bit messy by the final chapter. As the seventy-two chapters may warn the reader (in comparison to the thirty-one chapters of Book One), the plot often crawls at a snail’s pace, that snail being a particularly unfit one that has to take a rest every once in a while, then wakes up and forgets where he’s going, starts crawling in a completely different direction before remembering where he’s meant to be going.

To explain further, we enter spoiler territory for the first three books, and possibly some for this one too.

The start of the book sees our hero Byren trying to set himself up as king of Rolencia and Merofynia, the two adjoined countries that make up ninety per centof the known world (I know, what could possibly go wrong for him?). These two nations are divided by the Snow Bridge, an impassable… bridge of snow. Except when people just cross it. But if everyone did that, we’d miss the rollicking ride of the first third of the book, where most of our heroes are on boats waiting to go places. That’s Byren, Piro and Fyn for the most part of the start of it. Byren leaves his Merofynian fiancée without at first marrying her immediately, because that would have cemented their alliance. Instead, his watertight plan is to leave his younger brother Fyn, who has spent most of his life in an abbey with zero per cent government experience. This masterstroke is made even better by the fact Fyn is madly in love with Isolt, the princess-turned-queen of Merofynia. To his credit, Fyn does the best he can. His character is one of the more compelling and its only when his storyline becomes repetitive that I started to lose interest. He is crushing spar warlords (spars being the pointy-out bits of land encircling Rolencia and Merofynia) which is fun to see, until they liberate an estate from the spar warriors then leave, only for the same spar to attack the same estate two chapters afterwards. But at least he isn’t on a boat. Piro and Byren both faff about on boats to places, then do some stuff in those places, then turn around and go right back to Merofynia. Byren doesn’t seem to evolve much as a character, he’s just after the Rolencian throne to get revenge against Cobalt, a descendant from a royal bastard who claimed the throne through treachery. Cobalt doesn’t really play much of a role, and considering he was virtually supplanted as the main villain by Palatyne in Book Three, the reader doesn’t have many reasons to root against him. His methods to gain power were treacherous, but that’s royal politics. Byren doesn’t have anything that blatantly makes him the better choice for king. Does he think he will be a good king? Irrelevant. How does he plan to govern Rolencia and Merofynia? Doesn’t matter. With all this in mind, he is hard to root for. His siblings are more compelling, as Fyn is toiling with forbidden passion and Piro is trying to dodge being married off as a piece in someone else’s game. She heads towards the Ostron Isle, before becoming entangled with a whole other mess which goes on for a bit. Her companion Lord Dunstany is a bloke everyone seems to repsect enormously, but does not seem to do much to justify his huge reputation. The Ostron plot reads like a crossover into Assassin’s Creed, as Dunstany and co. have to convince “Lady Death” (no, not Thanos’s wannabe girlfriend) to call off her coraxes trying to wipe out our plucky Rolencian heroes. The coraxes in this book are awesome though. Cobalt’s bodyguard corax is a beast when he’s unleashed, but again, these guys don’t appear enough.

Speaking of Cobalt’s corax, that leads us to Florin’s storyline in Rolencia. This starts the most promising out of all the plots, before she winds up back with all the others and becomes superfluous to requirements. She likes Byren and Byren likes her but remember Orrade likes Byren too but Byren’s not gay but Orrade is and anyway Byren is betrothed to Isolt but Fin likes Islot…. And breathe. Florin’s initial potential is exciting, as she’s a badass with  nothing to lose, but before she even realises she’s a typical damsel in distress, helpless until the chiselled, broad-shouldered protagonist swings in at the last second. The Orrade-Byren dynamic seems to be thin as well. Byren’s drive to be king robs him of all other personality, to the point where it would be unsurprising if halfway through it was revealed he was a cardboard cut-out that Orrade had been carrying about with him.

There’s also a guy called Garzik who was thought dead in Book One, is Orrade’s brother, the main character of a short story set around this bigger one and does nothing to influence the plot. His inclusion feels like Rowena Cory Daniells is building towards a new series and is introducing him now (like that Emma girl in Caasandra Clare’s City of Heavenly Fire). He’s with the Utlanders and basically they’re big, hairy, thieving murderers but some still have hearts of gold. Or maybe slightly softer steel than the other ones do.

All this wasted potential and meandering plots leave the story lacking. Its most criminal offence is to build up towards something happening with one character and then jumping to another character arriving after all the action. This happens once in particular and leaves the reader feeling cheated, like you waited for ages for something that you then never got (remember when we were all ready to see the Mandarin in Iron Man 3?). Add to this that every character has some sort of Affinity power (magic) that gets them out of any mess they’re in. If Fyn and Isolt are in a pickle they can use their tag team of a wyvern and a foenix to unalive any problems they have. Byren can summon magical creautres (Affintiy beasts) and Orrade can get special visions. The Affinity was interesting at first, being an original interpretation of magic, and it being a part of magical creatures gave it an interesting nuance to it. The main issue is that Byren’s dad wasn’t a fan of it, so those with Affinity could not rule. As he and his all his closest relatives and friends have it, his claim to the throne is questionable.

Overall, I am sad to say that the finale to this series just did not deliver. Epic battles were avoided or skipped over, people were going back and forth with no clear direction and despite some promise, and ultimately the hurried conclusion does not justify the slow build-up. Two stars.

Alex’s Rating


Ten Books I Really Love But Feel Like I Haven’t Talked About Enough/In A While

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Every week they post a new top ten list and invite everyone to share their answers. This week’s topic is a freebie week, so I have decided to go for “Top Ten Books I Really Love But Feel Like I Haven’t Talked About Enough/In A While”

Emily’s Choices:

  • Harry Potter Series – I adore these. ADORE. But I have been holding off talking about them because when I do, it can be a little full on!
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium Trilogy) by Steig Larsson – I really enjoyed these books. They were some of the first crime books I read and just opened the doors to others. They were really good, unlike many others, I couldn’t predict who did it early on.
  • Trudi Canavan books – I love Trudi Canavan books! I cannot recommend them enough… except I don’t speak about them very often as many people haven’t read them!

Daz’s Choices:

  • Sabriel by Garth Nix – They’re amazing,
    everyone should read them but I don’t tell people enough.
  • The Witcher by Andresz Sapkowski – Better than Harry Potter and Game of Thrones.
  • Strike the Blood – a manga series. I don’t read manga enough as most of it is really annoying but this one really drew me in.

Alex’s Choices:


  • Skull Duggery Pleasant by Dereck Landy
  • Red Wall books by Brian Jacques- I haven’t encouraged anyone to read these but I love them
  • Disk World Series by Terry Pratchett


What books are on your list?

Have you read any of ours?