A Court of Wings and Ruin: A Court of Thorns and Roses, Book 3

Book review by Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 16+

Gore, sex, epic battle against evil in twisty faery tale.

Parents say

age 17+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 23 reviews

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age 18+

Pure bad. Garbage.

The protagonists are all self-absorbed, entitled, violent to anyone that's not their friends, shallow, selfish people. There's no merit to this series. None. I can't think of one good thing- a single redeeming quality - about these. The writing is exaggerated and melodramatic, the main character Feyre only thinks of herself and her precious friends and acts in a way that harms the general population under their rule. She and her friends physically attack anyone who just slightly insults them, even if they themselves initiated the badmouthing in the first place. Several times they maim/attack/ hit the other person who dared to oppose the main character or her friends. All the main characters are extremely rude and insufferable and not good role models for kids at all. I'd go so far as saying this is worse than Twilight. There's a scene where Feyre gives a blow job to Rhysand, her partner, in the middle of a war. These characters think of nothing other than shagging each other. The rest of the world can go in fire. Honestly, even if you're an adult in need of a decent fantasy erotica, go look somewhere else. There are better ones than this disaster. If you're a sensible, responsible parent, don't let your kids read this.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 16+

Excellent finale to a brilliant series!

This is one of my all-time favorite series and I was so happy with ACOWAR! Many reviews point to the amount of graphic sex and violence, but while those are certainly present, I think that they add to the depth of the world, characters, and plot and serve to emphasize the emotional impact of war and the importance of strong, healthy relationships. Still, I don't think that the themes in the series or the level of adult content is appropriate for younger teens and tweens since it might somewhat desensitize the more impressionable kids to real world events. It is much more mature than any other book on a YA shelf and fits into the New Adult category that is rarely labeled at libraries and booksellers. I'm mature for my age (18) and I was perfectly fine reading this book at 17 and the first two at 16 so I would definitely recommend them to other teens like me or a little younger. Also, for those who are concerned about/sensitive to profanity, I will point out that this series uses f**k rarely, but when it does it is in the literal sense, as a verb, not as an expletive. And I haven't seen other reviews that mention this, but the word c**k is used a handful of times, too.

This title has:

Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex

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