We've all been reading it together. We've all been mourning the wait for the next book together. We've all been buzzing, been gushing, been talking, been EVERYTHING about this book.
One more thing we've been doing together?
Getting drunk on ACOMAF and having the BIGGEST. BOOK HANGOVER. EVER.
Ask around and everyone is saying the same thing: They can't read, or have no interest in reading, or everything is mundane in comparison to how amazing ACOMAF was.
I've been saying that all other books are like ashes in my mouth.
I mean, listen. I read one of this year's BIGGEST releases right after ACOMAF--a book EVERYONE is obsessed with. And I went MEH. *THEN* I read a book I've been wanting to read for over a year now. And I went MEH.
All I wanted to do was re-read ACOTAR/ACOMAF.
(And I had just re-read ACOTAR and first-read ACOMAF, and I never want to go back and start all over again right away! I think the last times I remember doing this were for The Hunger Games trilogy that I binged back-to-back and ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS by Stephanie Perkins. It's very rare!!!)
And so I DID. Well...I re-read certain parts from both books. Which I knew I would very early on reading ACOMAF. And I think I'm already ready to read both books AGAIN. ^^;;;
How can I move on to something new when I'm still so stuck in another world? Book after book, nothing was working.
I decided: I needed to read something SIMILAR to ACOMAF.
...But....there really isn't anything quite like it.
On a whim (And remembering NOTHING about the synopsis), I decided to try the adult fantasy series Tairen Soul by C.L. Wilson that has been sitting on my nook for years. I've always wanted to read it and have heard great things about it, but have never gotten around to it.
|But these covers, though....|
THIS WAS THE BEST DECISION EVER!!!
So far, it has helped me overcome my ACOMAF hangover in a way that no other book has come close to.
I think it's because there are themes that resonate the same way in both books, and it's structurally what I needed.
There are fae warriors in both books (And let me go on record: I'm not a big reader of fae books. These are more fae warriors than traditional fae in both books, and they read differently!). Both books also feature worlds where the fae/fey are feared, where their magic and choices bleeds into and affects the lives of humans. Both have wars coming that will change the fates of both humans and fae alike.
Both series feature human girls with drastically different, more magical futures than they ever envisioned for themselves.
Both books have prophecies and destinies. Tales of romance, of soulmates, of truemates.
Structurally, Tairen Soul is more like Maas' debut series Throne of Glass in that both books are in third person and have POV switches to other characters, including villains, while the A Court of Thorns and Roses trilogy is in first person.
Both series are technically composed of adult fantasy novels. I don't really care that the ACOTAR series is in teen, because it's hard for me to recommend the series to a young teenager. It's just not meant for new teens (Sorry.) Maas and her publisher were originally going to publish the series as adult before deciding to keep it in teen with her ToG series.
Granted, I'm not saying that the two series are on the same playing field, because they're not. But the two worlds have enough similarities that my soul latched onto it when it wanted no other type of world after being so entranced by ACOMAF.
I've been enjoying the first book, LORD OF THE FADING LANDS, a lot, and have already moved on to the second book, LADY OF LIGHT AND SHADOWS. After I finish, there are still three more books in the series--and they're all published--so I'm really excited to have a lot of new reading material!!!
Why did I wait so long to finally pick this series up?
Well, for one, maybe the covers. They're so cheesy!!!! For another, I think I picked the series up right around when I started blogging more frequently, and I tend to read review books and ARCs for books I'm really excited about before I have time to read the stuff I've already purchased. ^^;;;
I need to get better at that!!!
But what's it about?
The series centers around a girl named Ellysetta who is on the brink on turning 25. Once she hits 25, marriage is no longer possible. Nobody wants her save for a bully she despises who tricks her into a betrothal. The series also stars Rain, King of the Soul, who harbours a Tairen Soul within him. He consults the Eye of Truth Oracle to find out if there's a way to prevent the Tairen and the Fey from dying into extinction and is called to the city of Celieria. Once in Celieria, Ellie's soul calls to Rain's, marking them as truemates. But how can a fey and a human be destined to be together? How can a human girl be fated to save the Tairen and the Fey...and to save Rain himself? There's more to this not-so-ordinary-human-girl than what meets the eye, and with war on the horizon, she may indeed have the ability to save them all--but only with Rain's help..
If you're suffering from an ACOMAF book hangover or, heck, just want to read something in a similar genre, check out the Tairen Soul series by C.L. Wilson.
You won't regret it!