Kingdom of Ash is coming out October 23rd and like nearly every Sarah J Maas book I’ve ever read I know I’m going to have a super book hangover after it is finished. To top it off it’s going to be the end of her amazing series, so a book (or maybe a few) will be dearly needed.
Book hangover? What is it?
If you’re such a lucky soul, or perhaps the reverse and in fact the most cursed to have never read a book so good you possibly can’t ever consider forgetting those amazing characters and picking up another book that doesn’t have any of those characters because it would be sacrilege against that amazing book / series. Then you need to clearly read a book so amazing it ruins your life. I recommenced either of Sarah’s series or Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows!
I feel like this picture from Epic Reads sums it up pretty well!
Book Hangover Cures
Anyway I always find an amazing contemporary YA is the best cure. These are some of my favourite go-tos for such an occasion:
Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
This contemporary felt almost like it teased being fantasy related, but it isn’t as it’s about a famous online comic writer coming to terms with her potential fame and anxiety. I liked Eliza’s voice and the double life she lived.
When We Collided by Emery Lord
Vivi is another character with an amazing voice and is just so upbeat she’s fun to read about. On the flip side I also liked Jonah because he was more grounding and sweet. It’s a romance but also copes with grief and mental illness.
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
The cover is flipping yellow, it already wants to cure you of that book hangover just by looking at it. The characters have these big personalities and their problems are so very not fantasy related that it’s refreshing after a huge heart destroyer like Kingdom of Ash (that ending better be good). I also found the characters and the romances that bloom between them all really sweet.
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
I feel like this novel should be considered a YA classic at this point, almost everyone seems to have read it or heard of it. I was late to the bandwagon too. This novel is about fitting in school, relationships and family, with all that feel good cliche of mix tapes.
We Are Okay by Nina Lecour
Hard hitting and may also rip your heart out. (Why did I suggest this?) The cover is beautiful and its about real people problems (not a magical evil fae queen and the demon kings). It could be refreshing. But its a damn good book and you should check it out.
What am I reading for my book hangover?
I’ve got a line-up. My contemporary read is going to be Emergency Contact by Mary H. K. Choi . The cover seemed pretty cool and it’s about two characters striving for their dreams in difficult situation and they collide. I’ll drop the description below:
For Penny Lee high school was a total nonevent. Her friends were okay, her grades were fine, and while she somehow managed to land a boyfriend, he doesn’t actually know anything about her. When Penny heads to college in Austin, Texas, to lear
n how to become a writer, it’s seventy-nine miles and a zillion light years away from everything she can’t wait to leave behind.
Sam’s stuck. Literally, figuratively, emotionally, financially. He works at a café and sleeps there too, on a mattress on the floor of an empty storage room upstairs. He knows that this is the god-awful chapter of his life that will serve as inspiration for when he’s a famous movie director but right this second the seventeen bucks in his checking account and his dying laptop are really testing him.
When Sam and Penny cross paths it’s less meet-cute and more a collision of unbearable awkwardness. Still, they swap numbers and stay in touch—via text—and soon become digitally inseparable, sharing their deepest anxieties and secret dreams without the humiliating weirdness of having to see each other.
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Then to ease myself back in to fantasy I’m thinking Black Dawn by Mallory McCartney. I’m reading the prequel now and I’m loving it so far. Black Dawn is also only 99p on Kindle right now, so I super recommend grabbing it if you’re interested!
The end of an Empire, The rise of a Queen
Emory Fae enjoys leading a quiet, normal life. That is until two mysterious, and handsome soldiers show up at her apartment, and the life she knew is instantly whisked away. Memphis Carter and Brokk Foster come from the magical and war ridden world of Kiero, and upon Emory’s arrival she will discover she is the long lost heir to the Royal Line and is thrown into the Black Dawn Rebellion with a dynamic role to ignite the rebels and reclaim her throne.
With both men being darkly woven in her past Emory uncovers hidden secrets, a power held long dormant, and will soon realize there are worse things than supernatural humans, love, loss, betrayal, and a Mad King.
Some things are better left in the shadows.
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I also feel really inspired after reading an amazing book, so I hope to really delve in to my writing and finish up the final draft of book 2 of The Gem Experiments.