I was a huge reader when I was a kid. I mean, I inhaled books.
But then I grew up. And I started working, and my free time dwindled to approximately nonexistent…
But along with a lack of time, I struggled to find books that really grabbed me. There were a few good series along the way, and I'd dip in and out from time to time. But mostly the books on my bedside table sat gathering dust.
And then someone recommended a book.
A Court of Thorns and Roses.
ACOTAR, for those who know.
You might’ve heard of it. It’s kind of a big deal
around here on TikTok. So big that "#acotar" has had more than eight billion views over on the social media platform. Billion. With a B. And that many people can’t be wrong. But somehow it still doesn't feel "mainstream" so I'm filling you in.
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I can appreciate that spicy romantasy (what a clashing of genres, btw) isn’t everyone’s bag. But this series – in fact, all Maas' books (we’ll get to them, don’t you worry) – got me out of a reading slump so deep that I thought no light could ever penetrate.
Who is Sarah J Maas?
Maas is arguably one of the biggest names in the young adult and new adult fantasy genres right now. The New York native started writing her first novel, Throne of Glass when she was 16 and yes I feel wildly unaccomplished. She initially posted her writing on a fiction-sharing platform before a literary agent (who must be feeling pretty damn smug right now) spotted it and knew she was onto something huge.
Because the thing about Maas is, she can actually write. I know that’s a ~crazy~ claim, an author who can string a sentence together, but you remember reading other books that went viral (ahem Twilight) and how, even though you were totally hooked, the writing was, let’s be honest, borderline heinous?
Imagine that level of love and obsession with a book but with an author who has a strong command of the English language.