Nicola, Alyssa and I have some serious longings for sequels going on! There have been so, so many awesome fantasy books this year and we’re dying to know what happens next. We’re willing to bet that a bunch of you are in the same boat as us. So what to do when you’re dying to read the next book in a series, but you’ve got months to wait?
Our suggestion is that you find something new, but similar, to read and start the cycle all over again. This really is meant to be a solution, but you know how it goes with being addicted to reading… there’s always more books. So for the next few weeks we’re going to run a little series we call “What Next? Wednesday” and give you some ideas about what you might read after you’ve finished one of this year’s totally awesome bestsellers.
No shock here, we’re going to start with Sarah J Maas’ smash hit A Court of Thorns and Roses. Remember when the three of us gushed over that one?
To refresh your memory:
When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world. As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.
If you’re as wild about Feyre and Tamlin as we are, here’s what might help you get your fix ’til the next book comes out!
Like A Court of Thorns and Roses, Rhiannon Thomas’ A Wicked Thing is a retelling of a popular fairytale, this time Sleeping Beauty, beginning when Aurora wakes up from her coma. Aurora is a very different protagonist to Feyre, her strength coming from the depths of her convictions moreso than her actions, but readers who loved the rich, magical backstory of Prythian and Feyre’s struggle for freedom from her imprisonment will find much to love about A Wicked Thing.
Allison’s Recommendation: Cruel Beauty
Like A Court of Thorns and Roses, Cruel Beauty, by Rosamund Hodge is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast. In its own way, it is similarly faithful to the original fairy tale. So, if you’re looking for another creative B&B retelling, this may interest you. Unlike Feyre and Tamlin, who are essentially good, Nyx and Ignifex are a little more in the grey area, which makes Cruel Beauty a lot of fun. Cruel Beauty is as full of dark magic and rich fantastical tradition as A Court of Thorns and Roses, but with its own very distinct voice. It is not anywhere near so sexy though, so if you’re looking for a steamy fantasy read scroll down!
Allison’s Recommendation: The Shattered Court
The Shattered Court, by MJ Scott is not a fairy tale retelling. However, if you’re looking for an engrossing romance in the fantasy genre, I think you’ll like The Shattered Court. Much like A Court of Thorns and Roses, The Shattered Court is ripe with magical secrets, a looming war between nations and a sexy love story. I really enjoyed the love stories in both these novels and I found Sophie to be a similarly dispositioned kind of character to Feyre. By that I mean, I think they’d easily be friends.
Alyssa’s Recommendation: The Wrath and the Dawn
The Wrath and the Dawn, by Renee Ahdieh, is a perfect choice for ACOTAR fans. It is a reimagining of A Thousand and One Nights, with a “Beauty and the Beast” twist. Every evening Khalid, the ruler of Khorasan, takes a new bride whom he executes at dawn. After Shahrzad’s best friend becomes one of his victims, she volunteers to marry Khalid. She intends to stay alive long enough to kill him (by cleverly telling him stories), but then…she falls for him. Like ACOTAR, The Wrath and the Dawn reworks “Beauty and the Beast” in fresh and compelling ways, and Shahrzad is a tough heroine who reminds me of Feyre and Celaena. She’s strong-willed, confident, bold, snarky, knows how to fight, and believes in self-sacrifice.
We’ll be back next week with more cures for the “What Next?” woes. Until then, keep cool and keep reading.
Yours in books,
Allison, Nicola and Alyssa