Young Adult Genre– 421 pages
Published in 2015 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price …
Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.
Warning: This book has some mature content.
So here’s a little story: I had been seeing A Court of Wings and Ruin EVERYWHERE. It was all over Instagram and book blogs, and it was abundantly stocked on Walmart’s shelves. So I obviously had to see what all the rage was about; which led me to finding out it was the third book of a series. I went to two libraries I frequent, but none of the books in the series were even in their systems. I was bummed. A couple weeks later, my boyfriend and I were looking at the book section in Walmart, and he picked up A Court of Wings and Ruin. He started to read the back. I told him not to even bother, since it was the third book in a series. He frowned and grunted his disappointment. Flash forward two months later and both libraries got the book series. And now we’re here.
Honestly, though I liked the summary, I didn’t really know what I was getting into. By the end, I came to the conclusion that in short, this was about Katniss Everdeen thrown into Beauty and the Beast with faeries. (If any of you have already read the book… am I wrong?)
That comparison may not sound very appealing, but it worked. Maas created intriguing characters and put them in a mysteriously wonderful fantasy world. The characters were complex and I liked seeing their different personalities. My personal favorites were Lucien and Rhys.
What I liked the most was the mystery of the plot. There are so many secrets being kept, and little by little they’re revealed. And it’s like, once one secret is revealed and you think you understand, another secret comes out and you realize maybe you didn’t quite understand everything. There’s always more to learn just around the corner.
I think anyone who is a fan of fantasy/young adult books will want to read this one. I could hardly put it down. I currently have the second and third books in my possession, and will have reviews ready as soon as possible.