Having a best friend who practically worships the ground Sarah J. Maas walks on can be difficult at times. I mean, we're all book lovers here, and we probably have friends who love them, too. And, if you're at all like me, you and your friends tend to have similar tastes.
When Throne of Glass first came out, my best friend was all over it and, for my birthday, I received a pretty, hardback, signed copy of Throne of Glass. Knowing she loved it so much, I was eager to crack it open and see what all the fuss was about. Well, I was... less than enthused. Celaena was far too damn perfect, in my opinion. She was absolutely beautiful, knew how to kill a man a dozen different ways, and despite being enslaved for so long, men were crawling over each other to be with her. Gag. But, determined to give it a fair chance, I read Crown of Midnight, too. So now not only is she perfect, but she's a lost fairy princess? And my favorite character was killed off?
Just. No. Thanks, anyway.
So that was a series me and my BFF would just have to agree to disagree on. In contrast, though, I was super excited about A Court of Thorns and Roses when it came out and even snagged a signed copy of it, too! It's weird. Seeing as it, too, deals with fairies and one of the main plots of the book mirrors that of Throne of Glass, one would think that I would despise this series, too. But I found that I was able to connect with Feyre on a more human level. She had flaws, wasn't a badass from page one and I was able to see her grow throughout the first book to become a strong heroine. Further, we got an awesome (semi?) bad guy in Rhysand that I definitely want to learn more about in the next installment.
Overall, I can't really pin down why I love this series so much, but I'm definitely looking forward to A Court of Mist and Fury's release date next month, May 3rd.
Most of all, though, I'm glad that I was finally able to join the "I Love Sarah J. Maas" book club that it seemed like everyone was in.