Why I’m Not Reading ACOFAS? // Thoughts on SJM + My Opinions Changing

This is a post I’ve been wanting to do for a while but I’ve kind of been iffy because it is kinda controversial, but I really do want to hear everyone’s opinions and share my own so here it is!

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Also I’ve only ever done one other discussion type post, but I really enjoyed that so here’s the second of many more!


My thoughts on SJM

Ah okay well here we go. There are lots of opinions on Sarah J Mass, but I love *most* of her books and her writing! I love the world and the characters and they always leave me in some sort of book hangover (which isn’t a great thing but you know, it also kind of is).


Problematic?

I know some people really don’t like her writing and some people think she’s really problematic and I understand that. Sarah J Mass sort of holds a special place in my heart because she was the first YA author I read because of bookstagram. At the time I remember loving all her books! However, I started hearing problematic things about her and her books and I decided to reread them. I reread the ACOTAR series this year and I found the first book problematic. Apparently the third is too and I did talk about that in my review but it’s not anything I noticed and/or drew the conclusion to. ACOMAF was amazing however, but book one and two were just meh to me.


Will I read ACOFAS?

So I wasn’t that excited about ACOFAS but as I said I LOVE the world and the characters so I was still going to pick it up. Ha. Well. I’ve tried picking ACOFAS up three times now and I just can’t get into it. I don’t know if this is a sign or not but I’m not loving it and I’m not feeling it. I still want to pick it up sometime in the future because I want to give the new series a chance, but I feel as though after my reread, I’m just not as in love with the ACOTAR series as I thought I was.


Throne of Glass

I’m also planning to reread the Throne of Glass series in preparation for the release of Kingdom of Ash and honestly I’m scared. If I read it and can identify problems within the series I’ll be glad, because being in the book community has definitely made me more aware and critical of books and that’ll mean *I’ve changed*. Haha I hate that line, but I think it’s a good thing, because while reading is for enjoyment and you shouldn’t (always) analyse what you read, it’s also good to be able to identify issues and that’s something I was just oblivious to before. I just read for enjoyment and I didn’t even realise that was a thing and I know it sounds incredibly naive but that’s how it was. So yes I’ll be glad of that but I also don’t want to hate it because right now I love the series so much. We’ll see how it goes and I’ll post reviews for the books, but I have this feeling that I’m just going to notice more and more flaws and it’s bad that I don’t really want to but NOSTALGIA


So longer ranty/discussion post today but yeah. Those are my thoughts. Hope you guys found it interesting!

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Do you guys like or dislike SJM and her books? Have you read ACOFAS? Do you find the books problematic? Let me know all your thoughts and opinions!


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18 thoughts on “Why I’m Not Reading ACOFAS? // Thoughts on SJM + My Opinions Changing

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  1. I feel the same way! When I first started reading her books years ago, I didn’t really pick up on the problematic nature until others started mentioning them. But as I started to get older and read her books with more awareness, I started to see it. And I feel the same about ACOFAS, I’ve been trying to read it but it’s not working out for me!

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  2. You speak truths that are in my brain too, I finished ACOFAS, and was left feeling blah. However I say skip it and just read the excerpt for the next books.

    I think since SJM really got me into YA fantasy it’s hard not to have a spot in my heart, but after expanding past her – I realize there is a lot of great authors out there with less “problematic” stories.

    You got further than me in Throne of Glass, I couldn’t finish Crown of Midnight.

    Lovely post!

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    1. Right now I’m going to try to read it later this year, but I just might skip it yeah. Me too I know what you mean, but it’s so true. There are so so may other series that aren’t problematic and deserve more attention.

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  3. Mmm I absolutely hate SJM, so I’m *secretly* glad you are converting. 😛 I’d been working on a rant review of ACOTAR for a while, and I definitely did find it problematic. But of course, her books are rather entertaining, so I don’t judge anyone who likes her books. Nice post! 🙂

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    1. It definitely it. When I reread the ACOTAR series I found that I had so many thoughts that I had to turn the reviews in spoiler discussion posts haha. They are entertaining it’s true. Thanks for reading!

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  4. Love this post! I haven’t started the ACOTAR series, but I do adore the ToG books. One series that I realized was VERY problematic after a reread was the Maze Runner books. They were the first YA books I read after the Hunger Games, and I was a naive reader so I didn’t realize how awful the writing was and how many plot holes were evident. Hahaha.

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    1. Thanks Kelly 🙂 Yes I adore the ToG series! Ooh I read the Maze Runner years ago so I basically have no recollection of it haha. It’s so great how we can look back now and notice all these flaws!

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  5. I totally get you! When I read the trilogy, I loved it, but I’ve read some bad reviews since and discovered I really agree with a lot of things they didn’t like. Also I’ve seen such bad things for ACOFAS people saying there’s no plot and stuff 😦

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    1. I’ve heard that too! I guess it’d work for people who really adore the series and characters, but I don’t find any interest in reading a book with a lack of plot.

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  6. What a great article! I am glad somebody else has chosen not to read this series. I know it is SUPER popular, but I’ve heard some things about it (such as how some of the later books in the series are full of sex scenes) that make me feel iffy about trying it. Thanks for a wonderful post! 🙂

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