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Sarah J. Maas Books: A Discussion

Hi everyone!

I recently finished A Court of Wings and Ruin and gave it four stars. Of course, I enjoyed it, but it made me realize something about Sarah’s books: I don’t love them individually, but rather as a series. When I’m actually reading it, I’m realizing the fact that yes, it’s good, but I’m not dying to finish them. (In comparison to some of my other favorite books).

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BUT, after I finish them, my feelings for the series grows. This applies to both Throne of Glass and ACOTAR. While I’m reading, although there are some scenes when I’m like ohmygoshilovethissomuchsosososomuch, it’s generally not throughout the entire book. Only after I put it down, digest it for a few months, do I realize: I love this series. And I do–but as a whole, connected series, rather than each individual book. Since the series are so long, especially for TOG, for example–some of the books feel like fillers. A lot of times the books can be cut down by a lot. They don’t have to be over 600 pages to be just as good.

But over time, I forget about all the boring moments and the parts I didn’t like as much. The filler pages disappear and I only remember the action and the good parts and how much I love the characters, and the world.

For example, from Throne of Glass, my current ratings are: (may not necessarily agree with Goodreads)

  • Throne of Glass: 4? stars
  • Crown of Midnight: 4 stars
  • Heir of Fire: 4.5 stars
  • Queen of Shadows: 3.5 stars
  • Empire of Storms (my personal favorite): 5 stars

The overall series, however, I’d rate 4.5 stars.

Another criticism I haven’t talked much about on here is how I feel Sarah completely transforms her characters for the sake of some other plot device. Note: spoilers for TOG series below:

  • Rowan’s character (whom I hate) is completely changed once he becomes a love interest. I hate him, anyway, but that’s a discussion for another time.
  • Chaol’s character is butchered for the sake of Aelin–he starts acting so much more differently than before.
  • Many characters are killed off…for no apparent reason.

Spoiler end. 

Now don’t get me wrong. I love her books. But there is something off, and I can’t quite place my finger on it. Anyway, that’s it for this discussion! Do any of you agree with the points I raised? I’d like to write more about this in the future as I have many opinions, but yea!

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Books I’d Love To Read in June

Hi guys!

As the school year starts to end a little (well, three weeks but still…) I want to make sure I read a bit more than usual. My goal for June is to read at least three books, which may sound little, but considering the fact that I’ve read a book a month this whole year–it’s a lot.

First, I want to finish A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas, which I actually only have 200 pages left of.

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(By the way: it’s real good. I’m loving it, obviously.)

The second book I MUST read is Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare–this is probably my most anticipated read of the year and I just. Can’t. Wait. I know it’s already been released, but I need to buy it and make sure I can read it without any distractions.

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The other books on this list I know I won’t get to ALL, but I’d love to pick them up.

One of these books is Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali–a book about a Muslim-American (like me!) This is the first book that I can think of right now that is about a Muslim American teenager, and I think it’s super important for books like this to be published considering…everything. It seems really cute but also meaningful, so I’m hoping it doesn’t disappoint!

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Another is When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon–which is also a contemporary with diverse characters. I really miss reading contemporary books that are light and fun, since lately I’ve been reading only fantasy.

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Finally, I want to read Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han. This is one of my favorite contemporary series ever–the cuteness, the characters, everything. I started reading it in 8th grade and I can’t wait (or can I?…) to see how everything wraps up. It’s going to be bittersweet but I know I’m going to enjoy it. :’)

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I know I won’t get to all of these, but hopefully sometime during the summer I will.

Thanks for reading guys! What books are you excited about this month? Let me know–I’d love some recommendations!

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