Things I Would Love to See in Upcoming ACOTAR Books!

Since finishing A Court of Silver Flames, I’ve been thinking about what I want from the rest of the series. There are projected to be two more full length novels and possibly another novella (at least). I wouldn’t say these are predictions necessarily, so they won’t be backed up with facts from the series, but these are just some things I would like to see. As I was writing these points out, it really started to sound like I am dragging this series…which I’m totally not! It is still one of my favorites and SJM is one of my favorite writers, but no series is perfect.

*THIS POST CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR THE ENTIRE A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES SERIES, INCLUDING A COURT OF SILVER FLAMES*

Since finishing A Court of Silver Flames, I’ve been thinking about what I want from the rest of the series. There are projected to be two more full length novels and possibly another novella (at least). I wouldn’t say these are predictions necessarily, so they won’t be backed up with facts from the series, but these are just some things I would like to see. As I was writing these points out, it really started to sound like I am dragging this series…which I’m totally not! It is still one of my favorites and SJM is one of my favorite writers, but no series is perfect.

NO MORE MATES.

Please. PLEASE. I’m so tired of mates. It’s made out to be this super rare thing, but we already have three pairs of mates among the main characters. I really was hoping Nesta and Cassian wouldn’t be mates, but of course they were. SJM even mentioned that being mates doesn’t mean those characters have to be together, but she hasn’t shown that.

The single reason that I like Elain and Azriel as a couple is because they AREN’T mates. It would be a clear rejection of the finality of mates, but unfortunately, it looks like Azriel and Gwyn are going to end up being mates, or at least involved. Since SJM really doesn’t like to keep anyone single, I would assume that means that Elain and Lucien is kind of inevitable as well.

Along the line of mates, I am sick of possessive males. This didn’t feel like an issue in Throne of Glass, but it feels like every male character in this series is a possessive bastard. Rhys in ACOSF drove me over the edge, and I’m sick of it.

MORE EXPLORATION OF THE WORLD.

I am getting a little sick of Prythian, especially the Night Court. I would love to see characters go to the regions in the east for more than a few pages. I also think it would cool to go to Hybern. Since the King was defeated, what’s going on over there? I just think there is a lot of potential for more cool stories or creatures, which actually brings me into my next point!

MORE CREATURES OR NON-HIGH FAE CHARACTERS.

One of the things I loved about the first book was all of the creatures in the Spring Court! I loved that there were characters like Alis, the Suriel, the Attor, and naga. I thought all of those were so cool. There were some others throughout the series, like Bryaxis, but I want more! Having all the main characters all be High Fae, or vaguely High Fae is getting boring. I want creatures and things I’ve never seen before, not an endless stream of perfect and beautiful High Fae.

I can see how SJM kind of tried to incorporate this with Gwyn’s quarter-water nymph heritage, but that’s not enough for me.

DIVERSITY.

None of the main characters are anything more than an ambiguous “tan”. Mor likes women, but that has only ever been discussed like once, in 4.5 books. SJM needs to step it up. It is unacceptable for a series that is still ongoing and an author with MANY books under her belt to still be writing such straight, white characters in this day and age.


Do you agree with any of these? What else would you like to see in the future ACOTAR books?

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Happy #mapmonday ! – My Favorite Fantasy Maps!

I thought it would be fun to show some love to fantasy maps today! Some of these I like for the style and some I like for the design of the land itself.

I thought it would be fun to show some love to fantasy maps today! Some of these I like for the style and some I like for the design of the land itself.

Prythian – A Court of Thorns and Roses series

For this map, I actually like how much potential it has. The big continent over in the east is mentioned very little in the series (so far), so the thing I’m actually the most excited for going forward is being able to see more of this world!

Erilea – Throne of Glass series

I actually think that this is a fairly unique map for fantasy. I like that it shows pretty much the entire continent, even though I wish more of it was relevant to the story. I do also wish we had gotten a map of Wendlyn, but hopefully in the future.

Elendel – Second Era Mistborn series

*Some spoilers for the First Era Mistborn books!*

The reason I didn’t pick the map of the Final Empire was because I love how intentional this one was (as it should be). It’s one thing to hear that it was intentional, but you can clearly see it from the map. Also, the names of things just make me happy.

Elfhame – The Folk of Air series

This map is actually kind of useless, because the specific location of things does not matter the story, but I adore the art style!

The Old Kingdom – The Old Kingdom series

I think this map is so cool! It’s pretty unique and I just feel like it fits the world and the magic really well.

Roshar – The Stormlight Archive

The shape of Roshar has always intrigued me, but I have a special place in my heart for this map because we actually get to see a fair amount of it in the story. Also, the Purelake is just so freaking cool to me.

Ravka – The Grishaverse

I like the fact that water is in the middle of the map and I also really like the artistic style, specifically the boat in the ocean!

Queendom of Inys – The Priory of the Orange Tree

I love the style of this map and I think the land itself is really cool!

Middle Earth – The Lord of the Rings

I have hand-drawn this and painted it on a canvas, so there is no way I wasn’t going to include it! Also, it’s just a classic!


What are your favorite fantasy maps? I’m curious if anyone disagrees with any of my picks!

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A Court of Thorns and Roses (ACOTAR #1) by Sarah J. Maas

After killing a wolf in the woods, an unexpected guest shows up at Feyre’s cabin – a faerie enraged that she killed his friend, a faerie who was in the form of a wolf. In order to save her family from harm, she agrees to go with this faerie back to the faerie lands to pay the price for the life she took.

Fantasy, 419 pages, published in 2015

After killing a wolf in the woods, an unexpected guest shows up at Feyre’s cabin – a faerie enraged that she killed his friend, a faerie who was in the form of a wolf. In order to save her family from harm, she agrees to go with this faerie back to the faerie lands to pay the price for the life she took.

Spoiler Free Review:

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This was a reread for me, one I’ve been meaning to get to for a long time. I was a little hesitant because I wasn’t sure if I would like this as much as I did the first time, but I think I enjoyed it even more!

There is just something about Sarah J. Maas’s writing that pulls me right in. I read 80% of this book in one day, something that I haven’t done in a long time. I think technically her writing isn’t the best because there are a lot of awkward and abrupt sentences, but the way she tells a story is so addicting.

This book is a perfect mix of fantasy and romance for me. I love any type of fae setting as well.

I think the one thing that makes this book not perfect for me is how rushed the second part of this book is. The events that happen at the end could have been expanded on a lot more and even been incorporated into the series more. The first half of the book doesn’t really feel like it has much of a plot, so it feels like its all pushed in right at the end.

The first time around, I thought Feyre was fine, but this time, I liked her a lot. She has really complicated feelings about her family and seeing her deal with that was interesting. She wants to care for them, even if they don’t appreciate, and she loves them even if they are cruel to her. It was also interesting to see her guilt surrounding leaving her family. She can’t see that they are taken care of, so she just has to trust that they are and learn how to live for herself again.

I really, really enjoyed this reread, so I can’t wait to reread A Court of Mist and Fury, since it was my favorite the first time around.

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Books I Plan to Reread This Year!

One of my goals this year was to reread a lot, so I’ve come up with a lot of books I want to try to get to this year. I was originally going to make a schedule of when I wanted to reread everything, but that’s really not who I am.

One of my goals this year was to reread a lot, so I’ve come up with some books I want to try to get to this year. I was originally going to make a schedule of when I wanted to reread everything, but that’s really not who I am. These are in no particular order!

A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES

I had lukewarm feelings about the first and third book of this series, and with the next book coming out soon-ish, I want to give these a reread. ACOMAF was an all-time favorite of mine, so I want to see if my opinion has changed on that.

THE BOOKS OF BAYERN

I’ve read The Goose Girl probably close to 10 times, but I’ve only read the other books in this series once, maybe twice. I finally bought them all when they came out with these gorgeous new editions! They are gonna be super quick reads.

SIX OF CROWS

I really loved this series when I was reading it, though I do remember being confused by Crooked Kingdom. I would like to savor these a little bit more this time around because I was definitely rushing the first time.

MISTBORN

As I am writing this, I just started reading The Eleventh Metal, a short story to go with this series, and it gave me a HUGE rush of nostalgia for these books! The atmosphere, the characters, the magic, I loved it all! I can’t decide if I want to reread the second era as well. I think I would enjoy them more the second time around because I know what to expect.

THE SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO

I seriously adored this book the first time around! I want to feel that way again. This book is unlike anything else I’ve read before.

STRANGE THE DREAMER

Laini’s writing is absolutely stunning and I want to experience it again! Also, these books just speak to my soul, okay I need to reread them.

AKEMI DAWN BOWMAN BOOKS

I related to Starfish when I read it more than any other book I had read before. Both of her books are beautifully written and are so powerful. I can’t wait for her next book!

THE LUNAR CHRONICLES

I read this series right when I started getting back into reading and I loved it! I know I got a little burnt out on them by the last book, so I may try and space them out a little more this time.

THE LANGUAGE OF THORNS

This book is absolutely gorgeous! I don’t normally love books of short stories, but the artwork combined with the creative and memorable stories makes this one of my favorites.

Do you have any goals to reread this year?

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