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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A Court of Silver Flames (A Court of Thorns and Roses #4) by Sarah J. Maas

The latest installment in the A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

Fantasy, 768 pages, published in 2021

The latest installment in the A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

Spoiler Free Review:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Content Warnings: trauma, mentions of sexual assault, depression, graphic sex

*There will be spoilers for the previous books in this review!!* Normally my reviews tend to be as spoiler free as I can get them, but I don’t want to waste the energy trying to be vague about certain things because I have a lot to say.

Where do I even start with this? It felt so weird to me to actually another ACOTAR book in my hands! Going in, I really didn’t have any feelings about Nesta. I realized as I started that I kind of skimmed over all of the Nesta and Cassian parts of the previous books in the series.

I definitely enjoyed this book – to a certain degree, I think I will enjoy any SJM book – but there were definitely some issues I had with this one.

I thought the pacing and set up of the story was so off. Not a ton happens in the first half, then there are two pretty major plotlines that happen in the second half. I feel like neither of those plotlines got the time they deserved. Both would have been really interesting if there had been time to fully explore them both, but there wasn’t, so they both fell flat for me.

I enjoyed being able to see some of these characters from a perspective that wasn’t Feyre’s, specifically Rhys. My opinion of him changed quite a bit in this book, and I don’t think it would have had I been seeing these events through Feyre’s mate-tinted perspective.

There was a whole plotline with Feyre and Rhys that I could not stand. The idea itself was not bad, but every part of how it was executed made me so angry. I don’t want to say more because spoilers and also I could rant about this aspect of the book for days. It definitely affected how much I enjoyed this book.

I’m not sure if it is just because I’ve read some books with great worldbuilding since I first read this series, but I felt like this book had particularly convenient worldbuilding. Every time an obscure thing was brought up, one of the 500+ year old characters just so happened to know the whole history of that thing, without it ever being mentioned before in the series. It just felt kind of lazy and also left me very uninvested in how it related to the plot.

On to the things I did like! There are a couple new characters in this book that Nesta befriends and I thoroughly enjoyed that aspect of the book. One of the things that I think this series lacks in general so far has been female friendships, so it was nice to see it and also nice to get to know some characters outside of the Inner Circle.

Also, I have to say, I think SJM has improved on her sex scenes. There were definitely still parts that were silly to me, but overall, better than before. There is definitely a reason this book is adult, not YA, and it’s mostly these scenes.

Even though Nesta’s journey as a person was at the core of this book, with the romance, multiple plots, and random Feysand sideplots taking up time, I do wish there was more of it because I liked what we got.

Overall, this was definitely a fun read! I could read like 100 pages and not even notice time passing, but I don’t think it is perfect or SJM’s best work.

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House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City #1) by Sarah J. Maas

After the murder of her best friend, half-fae Bryce Quinlan must team up with Hunt Athalar, the angel slave of the governor, to solve the mystery. However, they learn more about the underbelly of Crescent City and the dark dealings of the inhabitants than they expected.

Fantasy, 802 pages, published in 2020

After the murder of her best friend, half-fae Bryce Quinlan must team up with Hunt Athalar, the angel slave of the governor, to solve the mystery. However, they learn more about the underbelly of Crescent City and the dark dealings of the inhabitants than they expected.

Spoiler Free Review:

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So this was my most anticipated release of the year. Sarah J. Maas is one of my all-time favorite authors, so I was expecting the absolute most from this book.

Unfortunately, I had such a hard time with the beginning of this book! The first 200 pages were almost impossible for me to get through and it got to the point where I was considering not finishing the book. There was just so much detail so fast about the world and the social classes. I would have to go back and read the beginning of this book again to actually understand all of it.

Sarah J. Maas’ other two series starters, Throne of Glass and A Court of Thorns and Roses, both introduce you to the world much more gradually. They also have simpler worlds in general. I don’t know if it was just this book in particular, or if this is what it means for her to write in the adult category, but it didn’t work for me.

The other issue I had with this book was that the world of Crescent City has similar technology to our world. I was in the mindspace of fae and angels, not cell phones and reality TV shows. I don’t normally read urban fantasy, so this was hard for me to get my head around.

Other than that though, I thoroughly enjoyed this book! The standout aspect of the book for me was Bryce. She definitely seemed like just a party girl in the beginning, but I loved learning about her and seeing who she truly is. She was so brave and she always stood up for those she considered friends.

The relationships in this book, both platonic and romantic, were so good! We get to see Bryce develop a romantic relationship with Hunt, but also work out her previously damaged relationship with her brother, Ruhn. The sexual tension between Bryce and Hunt was done so well! I loved seeing them open up to each other emotionally. I’m interested to see how their relationship will develop more in the rest of the series.

There were so many plot twists toward the end of the book! The last 200 pages or so were definitely a wild and emotional ride. I definitely cried! I’m not sure where the rest of the series will go, because I don’t feel like the ending left with a very clear next step, but I am definitely looking forward to the remaining books!

If you have read this book, I’m curious: what were your favorite and least favorite parts?

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My Favorite Female Authors!

Happy International Women’s Day! To celebrate, I wanted to chat about some of my favorite female authors! To be honest, most of the books I read are by women, so most of my favorite authors are women, but they still deserve a shoutout.

There are definitely more that I could have added to this list, but I wanted to include only authors that I’ve read multiple books/series from.

Happy International Women’s Day! To celebrate, I wanted to chat about some of my favorite female authors! To be honest, most of the books I read are by women, so most of my favorite authors are women, but they still deserve a shoutout.

There are definitely more that I could have added to this list, but I wanted to include only authors that I’ve read multiple books/series from.

CHRISTINA LAUREN

I have read 10 of Christina Lauren’s books and honestly, they are hit or miss for me. Looking back, I have loved less of them than I’ve disliked, but still, the ones I’ve loved are absolute favorites of mine. Their books don’t feel formulaic to me, so each book stands out in my mind. I can’t wait for the release of The Honey Don’t List later this month!

AKEMI DAWN BOWMAN

I was drawn to Starfish initially for the cover, but the main character ended up being very relatable to me because of her social anxiety. I loved the book and all the other issues that were dealt with. Her second book, Summer Bird Blue, was quite different than her first, but was so emotional. I just adore both of these books and I can’t wait to read anything and everything she writes in the future!

TAYLOR JENKINS REID

I’ve loved every book that I’ve read by Taylor Jenkins Reid, starting from when I read The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. She comes up with such heart-wrenching ideas for her stories and they always impact me.

ALICE OSEMAN

I broke my rule with Alice Oseman, since I have only read Heartstopper from her, but I just love it so much. It is so pure and heartwarming and I love it so much. Eventually, I would love to read some of her proper novels.

MARGARET ROGERSON

Both of Margaret Rogerson’s books were just such enjoyable reads! She does standalone fantasy so well and I love the worlds and characters she creates. I don’t know what she has planned in the future, but I will read it for sure.

LAINI TAYLOR

Laini is the queen of beautiful writing! Thinking about Strange The Dreamer still does things to my heart. I’ve read both of her series, and while I didn’t love the end of the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series, she is still an exceptional writer and her stories stay with me.

LEIGH BARDUGO

Leigh Bardugo is another author where I don’t necessarily love everything she’s written. The Shadow and Bone series wasn’t for me (though I have been feeling like rereading it lately…) and King of Scars was one of the most disappointing books I read in 2019, but I love Six of Crows. I think I will continue to read anything she comes out with.

SARAH J. MAAS

It feels controversial to have Sarah J. Maas be among my favorite authors, but truly, I love her books. They are fun and addicting and mean a lot to me. I’ve read and loved pretty much everything she’s written and now that I have House of Earth and Blood in my possession I can’t wait to dive in!


Who are some of your favorite female authors?

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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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Unpopular Opinions Book Tag!

I’ve been wanting to do a book tag for awhile, but I haven’t been able to decide on which one until I saw this one!

I’ve been wanting to do a book tag for awhile, but I haven’t been able to decide on which one until I saw this one! The original tag is here.

1. A popular book or series that you didn’t like.
Name of The Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. Oh man, so many people adore this book, so my expectations were pretty high going in, but it was so boring. I didn’t like the main character at all and I didn’t care one bit about his backstory. I know details of this book were supposed to be important in the next book, but this book still should have had a plot. I know a lot of people have said the writing is good, but I didn’t even notice it because I was so bored with the story. I could go on for ages 😂

2. A popular book or series that every one else seems to hate but you love.
I actually have two answers for this: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas and Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. There are obviously a lot of people who like both of these series, but I feel like they also get a lot of people who vocally dislike them.

3. A love triangle where the main character ended up with the person you didn’t want them to.
Spoilers for the first few Throne of Glass books! My answer is definitely Chaol and Celaena!! I thought I was safe because they got together in the second book, but I was wrong. I totally understand how they wouldn’t work out further into the series, but oh man, I love this ship.

4. A popular book genre that you hardly reach for.
I don’t really know the difference between mystery/horror/thriller, but those are all things I never really reach for. I am a big old scaredy cat. This is a little funny though, because I’ve read two horror-ish books in the past month! (And yes, they both scared me)

5. A popular or beloved character that you do not like.
I don’t like Manon from Throne of Glass. I don’t actively dislike her, but I definitely don’t love her as much as most people seem to. In my reread of Heir of Fire, I totally skipped her sections 😳.

6. A popular author that you can’t seem to get into.
Cassandra Clare. I think that I would like some of her books, but the Shadowhunters universe is just so intimidating. Even if I wanted to read only one series, I feel like I would have read all the other books. I tried reading City of Bones last year and it just didn’t click with me.

7. A popular book trope that you’re tired of seeing.
I’m kind of tired of the typical YA fantasy story we’ve been seeing a lot. I know this isn’t necessarily a trope, but I feel like a lot of the YA books I’ve read recently follow a formula and it’s getting boring.

8. A popular series that you have no interest in reading.
The Raven Boys
by Maggie Stiefvater. I actually don’t really know what this series is about, but I read Shiver by this author and didn’t enjoy it, so I wasn’t keen on picking up anything else by her.

9. What movie or TV show adaptation do you prefer more than the book?
I really hated Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan, but I loved the movie! I was rushing to finish the book before seeing the movie and I was freaking out, thinking the movie would be as bad as the book!

What unpopular opinions do you have? Do you agree with any of these?