I’m so excited to be kicking off a brand new feature here at The Midnight Garden! Introducing: The Love Letter Series! In which we wax lyrical to our favorite authors. The ones that inspire us. The ones that keep us reading way past midnight. The ones that give us all the feeeeeeelings. Without further adieu, I suppose I will kick us off with a love letter to (C’mon, guys, it’s me. Who else would it be to?) Sarah J. Maas!
Dearest Sarah J. Maas,
It’s no secret how much I adore you. I hope by now I am well known for relentlessly pushing your books and for my inability to disengage the caps lock whenever your series are mentioned. I am really quite passionate about your writing. I shall elaborate!
I love how you create such intricately fantastical worlds with seeming effortless ease. It’s so easy to escape into your lush writing. The thought and care you put into your worlds are evident in the details. When there’s a Sarah J. Maas book in my hands I know I’m in store for breathless, gut wrenching, and yet often joyous adventure.
You create badass ladies of all varieties. Your female characters are ruthless yet vulnerable, swaggering but insecure, thorny but with a great capacity for love. In short, they are people. Well rounded, complex, flawed and intricate people. Not merely the ubiquitous “strong female character.” And I always and forever love how Celaena is an assassin, but also unashamedly girlish. You can kick ass and take names and love to shop. These things aren’t mutually exclusive. So thank you for that, Sarah.
And in general all of your characters are so fully realized and articulated. They’re all flawed and imperfect but immensely lovable. There are very few authors who can make me actively worry about their characters as if they were real people. Yours top my list.
I can think of certain scenes months and months after reading the given book and my heart will still clench with joy or sadness. Even after all that time. It is so evident that you pour your heart and soul into your writing. The text vibrates with emotion. I can, and have, spent hours discussing your books at length with my friends and fellow readers. We have many theories! :) Yours are the only books where I have elaborate scenes plotted out in my head that have not happened(….yet ;) ). Your worlds and characters are just that real to me.
Oh, and you’ve also created my favorite bookish couple of all time. That’s a minor thing to mention, I guess. Celaena with her sassy swagger and Chaol with all that stolid seriousness. The teasing! The banter! The wit! The faltering resistance to falling for each other! I love that they are on opposite sides when it comes to national loyalties but still fall in love. Mostly, I love the moments when they’re able to put all differences aside, swagger, stoicism, and all, and really connect with each other. There are scenes in Crown of Midnight between these two that contain the most magic in the book (and there’s a lot of actual magic in that book). I’m still so heartbroken and yet simultaneously happy sighing over them. View Spoiler »But a lot of pain too still. Sarrrrrrraaaaaaahhhhh, whyyyyyyyyyyy? « Hide Spoiler
I also love the tremendous emphasis you put on the importance of friendship. I mean, the entirety of Heir of Fire is basically an ode to the power of friendship and how the love of a friend can be a salvation. But above all, it’s not romantic love, or even the love of friendship, that is shown to be most important. Your books show that the love and acceptance of self are paramount.
I’ve had the privilege to meet you a few times. Each time you have been gracious, cool, funny, and so delightfully weird (extra points for delightfully weird!) Even when you’ve had hundreds of books to sign you were so friendly and personable. It means so much to readers.
Thank you for your books. They’ve enriched my life immensely. I’m rather fond of saying that to love books is to love life. And when I read yours I get to experience the richness and breadth of human experience. Sorrows and joys, darkest days and greatest triumphs. They inspire me and remind me to not be afraid and to keep on fighting. Thank you. A hundred times over.
With utmost affection,
P.S. A Court of Thorns and Roses is the actual sexiest YA novel I’ve ever read. My goodness, lady! More please and thank you! *fans self*
Thanks for our friends at Bloomsbury, one of our readers will win a much coveted advance copy of this May 2015 release! This is the first in a brand new series from Sarah featuring fae, a darkly glittering new world, romance, and more than a hint of a Beauty and the Beast influence. Layla, Wendy, and I can attest that A Court of Thorn and Roses is going to make you swoon. Look for my review closer to release.
All you need to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form and leave a thoughtful comment below telling us why you’re specifically excited about reading this book.
Open internationally to those aged 18 and older, or 13 and older with parental permission. Good luck!
An advance copy was provided by the publisher for this giveaway. Photographs are by Kim and courtesy of the author.
Are you a Sarah fan like I am? Or will this be your first foray into the wonderful world of SJM? Either way I’m sure you’ll be swooning over this darkly magical read just like I have!