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Sarah J. Maas is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series (Heir of Fire, Book 3, will be out in September 2014). Starting in Spring 2015, her New Adult Fantasy series, A Court of Thorns and Roses, will be published by Bloomsbury as well.

Sarah lives in Southern California, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much coffee, and watches absolutely rubbish TV shows. When she's not busy writing, she can be found exploring the California coastline with her husband.

So, I just turned in my second round of edits on Throne of Glass numero 4, which means I'm back to drafting the sequel to A Court of Thorns and Roses, and maaaaaybe drafting up some new Starkillers stuff with my best bud, Susan Dennard. (If you have no idea what Starkillers is, click here. It's basically a free serialized space opera that we've been writing/sharing for a while.) I've been crazy... Read more of this blog post »
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“Libraries were full of ideas–perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons.”
Sarah J. Maas, Throne of Glass

“How long was I asleep?" she whispered. He didn't respond.
"How long was I asleep?" she asked again, and noticed a hint of red in his cheeks.
"You were asleep, too?"
"Until you began drooling on my shoulder.”
Sarah J. Maas, Throne of Glass

“You could rattle the stars," she whispered. "You could do anything, if only you dared. And deep down, you know it, too. That’s what scares you most.”
Sarah J. Maas, Throne of Glass


Help us pick Nothing but Reading Challenges' December Young Adult Book of the Month from among the books our members nominated. Also, please note this is the first month members can use the Power Votes. For more information check out this post: Banking Voting Power Points: The Rules

Poison Princess (The Arcana Chronicles, #1) by Kresley Cole
Poison Princess by Kresley Cole

Book Synopsis:
#1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole introduces The Arcana Chronicles, post-apocalyptic tales filled with riveting action, the dark mysticism of Tarot cards, and breathtaking romance.

She could save the world—or destroy it.

Sixteen year old Evangeline “Evie” Greene leads a charmed life, until she begins experiencing horrifying hallucinations. When an apocalyptic event decimates her Louisiana hometown, Evie realizes her hallucinations were actually visions of the future—and they’re still happening. Fighting for her life and desperate for answers, she must turn to her wrong-side-of-the-bayou classmate: Jack Deveaux.

But she can’t do either alone.

With his mile-long rap sheet, wicked grin, and bad attitude, Jack is like no boy Evie has ever known. Even though he once scorned her and everything she represented, he agrees to protect Evie on her quest. She knows she can’t totally depend on Jack. If he ever cast that wicked grin her way, could she possibly resist him?

Who can Evie trust?

As Jack and Evie race to find the source of her visions, they meet others who have gotten the same call. An ancient prophesy is being played out, and Evie is not the only one with special powers. A group of twenty-two teens has been chosen to reenact the ultimate battle between good and evil. But it’s not always clear who is on which side….
  15 votes 16.1%

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

Book synopsis:
Lina is just like any other fifteen-year-old Lithuanian girl in 1941. She paints, she draws, she gets crushes on boys. Until one night when Soviet officers barge into her home, tearing her family from the comfortable life they've known. Separated from her father, forced onto a crowded and dirty train car, Lina, her mother, and her young brother slowly make their way north, crossing the Arctic Circle, to a work camp in the coldest reaches of Siberia. Here they are forced, under Stalin's orders, to dig for beets and fight for their lives under the cruelest of conditions.

Lina finds solace in her art, meticulously--and at great risk--documenting events by drawing, hoping these messages will make their way to her father's prison camp to let him know they are still alive. It is a long and harrowing journey, spanning years and covering 6,500 miles, but it is through incredible strength, love, and hope that Lina ultimately survives. Between Shades of Gray is a novel that will steal your breath and capture your heart.
  15 votes 16.1%

The Diviners (The Diviners, #1) by Libba Bray
The Diviners by Libba Bray

Book synopsis:
Evie O'Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City--and she is pos-i-tute-ly thrilled. New York is the city of speakeasies, shopping, and movie palaces! Soon enough, Evie is running with glamorous Ziegfield girls and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is Evie has to live with her Uncle Will, curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult--also known as "The Museum of the Creepy Crawlies."

When a rash of occult-based murders comes to light, Evie and her uncle are right in the thick of the investigation. And through it all, Evie has a secret: a mysterious power that could help catch the killer--if he doesn't catch her first.
  14 votes 15.1%

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Book synopsis:
Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers thirteen cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker, his classmate and crush who committed suicide two weeks earlier.
On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out how he made the list.

Through Hannah and Clay's dual narratives, debut author Jay Asher weaves an intricate and heartrending story of confusion and desperation that will deeply affect teen readers.
  12 votes 12.9%

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1) by Sarah J. Maas
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Book synopsis:
After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin. Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king's council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she'll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilarating. But she's bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her... but it's the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best. Then one of the other contestants turns up dead... quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.
  9 votes 9.7%

Velveteen (Velveteen, #1) by Daniel Marks
Velveteen by Daniel Marks

Book synopsis:
Velveteen Monroe is dead. At 16, she was kidnapped and murdered by a madman named Bonesaw. But that’s not the problem.

The problem is she landed in purgatory. And while it’s not a fiery inferno, it’s certainly no heaven. It’s gray, ashen, and crumbling more and more by the day, and everyone has a job to do. Which doesn’t leave Velveteen much time to do anything about what’s really on her mind.


Velveteen aches to deliver the bloody punishment her killer deserves. And she’s figured out just how to do it. She’ll haunt him for the rest of his days.

It’ll be brutal... and awesome.

But crossing the divide between the living and the dead has devastating consequences. Velveteen’s obsessive haunting cracks the foundations of purgatory and jeopardizes her very soul. A risk she’s willing to take—except fate has just given her reason to stick around: an unreasonably hot and completely off-limits coworker.

Velveteen can’t help herself when it comes to breaking rules... or getting revenge. And she just might be angry enough to take everyone down with her.
  8 votes 8.6%

Mystic City (Mystic City, #1) by Theo Lawrence
Mystic City by Theo Lawrence

Book synopsis:
For fans of Matched, The Hunger Games, X-Men, and Blade Runner comes a tale of a magical city divided, a political rebellion ignited, and a love that was meant to last forever. Book One of the Mystic City Novels.

Aria Rose, youngest scion of one of Mystic City's two ruling rival families, finds herself betrothed to Thomas Foster, the son of her parents' sworn enemies. The union of the two will end the generations-long political feud—and unite all those living in the Aeries, the privileged upper reaches of the city, against the banished mystics who dwell below in the Depths. But Aria doesn't remember falling in love with Thomas; in fact, she wakes one day with huge gaps in her memory. And she can't conceive why her parents would have agreed to unite with the Fosters in the first place. Only when Aria meets Hunter, a gorgeous rebel mystic from the Depths, does she start to have glimmers of recollection—and to understand that he holds the key to unlocking her past. The choices she makes can save or doom the city—including herself.
  7 votes 7.5%

The Near Witch (The Near Witch, #1) by Victoria Schwab
The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab

Book synopsis:
"The Near Witch is only an old story told to frighten children. "
" "
"If the wind calls at night, you must not listen. The wind is lonely, and always looking for company. "
" "
"And there are no strangers in the town of Near."
These are the truths that Lexi has heard all her life.
But when an actual stranger--a boy who seems to fade like smoke--appears outside her home on the moor at night, she knows that at least one of these sayings is no longer true.
The next night, the children of Near start disappearing from their beds, and the mysterious boy falls under suspicion. Still, he insists on helping Lexi search for them. Something tells her she can trust him.
As the hunt for the children intensifies, so does Lexi's need to know--about the witch that just might be more than a bedtime story, about the wind that seems to speak through the walls at night, and about the history of this nameless boy.
Part fairy tale, part love story, Victoria Schwab's debut novel is entirely original yet achingly familiar: a song you heard long ago, a whisper carried by the wind, and a dream you won't soon forget.
  5 votes 5.4%

The Ruins of Gorlan (Ranger's Apprentice, #1) by John Flanagan
The Ruins of Gorlan by John Flanagan

Book synopsis:

They have always scared him in the past — the Rangers, with their dark cloaksand shadowy ways. The villagers believe the Rangers practice magic that makes them invisible to ordinary people. And now 15-year-old Will, always small for his age, has been chosen as a Ranger's apprentice. What he doesn't yet realize is that the Rangers are the protectors of the kingdom. Highly trained in the skills of battle and surveillance, they fight the battles before the battles reach the people. And as Will is about to learn, there is a large battle brewing. The exiled Morgarath, Lord of the Mountains of Rain and Night, is gathering his forces for an attack on the kingdom. This time, he will not be denied...
  4 votes 4.3%

Born Wicked (The Cahill Witch Chronicles, #1) by Jessica Spotswood
Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood

Book synopsis:
Everybody knows Cate Cahill and her sisters are eccentric. Too pretty, too reclusive, and far too educated for their own good. But the truth is even worse: they’re witches. And if their secret is discovered by the priests of the Brotherhood, it would mean an asylum, a prison ship—or an early grave.

Before her mother died, Cate promised to protect her sisters. But with only six months left to choose between marriage and the Sisterhood, she might not be able to keep her word... especially after she finds her mother’s diary, uncovering a secret that could spell her family’s destruction. Desperate to find alternatives to their fate, Cate starts scouring banned books and questioning rebellious new friends, all while juggling tea parties, shocking marriage proposals, and a forbidden romance with the completely unsuitable Finn Belastra.

If what her mother wrote is true, the Cahill girls aren’t safe. Not from the Brotherhood, the Sisterhood—not even from each other.
  4 votes 4.3%

93 total votes

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“When I was alive, I believed — as you do — that time was at least as real and solid as myself, and probably more so. I said 'one o'clock' as though I could see it, and 'Monday' as though I could find it on the map; and I let myself be hurried along from minute to minute, day to day, year to year, as though I were actually moving from one place to another. Like everyone else, I lived in a house bricked up with seconds and minutes, weekends and New Year's Days, and I never went outside until I died, because there was no other door. Now I know that I could have walked through the walls. (...) You can strike your own time, and start the count anywhere. When you understand that — then any time at all will be the right time for you.”
Peter S. Beagle, The Last Unicorn

“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.”
Roald Dahl

“Llonio said life was a net for luck; to Hevydd the Smith life was a forge; and to Dwyvach the Weaver-Woman a loom. They spoke truly, for it is all of these. But you,' Taran said, his eyes meeting the potter's, 'you have shown me life is one thing more. It is clay to be shaped, as raw clay on a potter's wheel.”
Lloyd Alexander, Taran Wanderer

“Perhaps,' Taran said quietly, watching the moon-white riverbank slip past them, 'perhaps you have the truth of it. At first I felt as you did. Then I remember thinking of Eilonwy, only of her; and the bauble showed its light. Prince Rhun was ready to lay down his life; his thoughts were for our safety, not at all for his own. And because he offered the greatest sacrifice, the bauble glowed brightest for him. Can that be its secret? To think more for others than ourselves?'

That would seem to be one of its secrets, at least,' replied Fflewddur. 'Once you've discovered that, you've discovered a great secret indeed--with or without the bauble.”
Lloyd Alexander, The Castle of Llyr

“If you do follow your bliss you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. Follow your bliss and don't be afraid, and doors will open where you didn't know they were going to be.”
Joseph Campbell

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Guy Vestal  ~ Counter Culture Critic Grazi 4 the add.

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Bre Thank you so much for adding me as your friend!


Writingwriterwhoreads I love your books, Cannot wait for #4!

message 33: by Natalie

Natalie Thanks so much for accepting the friend request :) much love from the uk :)

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Riya Thanks so much for accepting my friend request!!! I love the Throne of Glass series so much and can't wait to read the rest of it!

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Leirah Thank you for accepting my friend request :)

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Elane Thank you for accepting my fried request. You read the kind of books I like to read [and you write those too :D], this way I can find new ones to enjoy. ^^

Cassie C Hi Sarah! Thanks for accepting my friend request :) I love, love, love your series and I can't wait to what you have in store for us next.

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Anna Hi Sarah, thank you so much for accepting my friend request! I finished reading Crown of Midnight the other day and I'm still in shock! It was so good, it had all I've always wanted from a book! All in one package! I can't wait to find Crown of Midnight in the bookstores of my country so I can buy the hardback! This book deserves a place in my library, the ebook isn't enough!
ps: I love Chaol, he's definitely my favourite character!!

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Julia Thank you very much for accepting my friend request. I'm a huge fan of your books :)

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Ankita I loved 'Crown of Midnight' to the core.. It was so super amazing... Being a second book in the series it was better than the first one 'Throne of Glass' which was already AMAZING!! I am your fan now.. Your writing is crisp and I am so happy that I picked your books.. It so made my day.

PS-- Read 'Crown of Midnight' as soon as it was out. I was waiting for it ever since I read Throne of Glass and the waiting was so worth it.

Ankita Singhal

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Heather Thanks for accepting my friend request.

I just started reading Throne of Glass a few days ago and I really like it! I hope your considering putting your 4 novellas into book format and publishing them. I'm anti-ebook.

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Josey Looking forward to seeing you at the BEA!!

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Amanda I really liked throne of glass. I read it a few weeks ago, and I'm thinking about reviewing it for the teen newletter at my library.

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Jay Thanks for accepting my friend request

Throne of glass was amazing

♥iDevourBooks♥ ☆Sonic~Obsessed☆ Thanks for accepting my friend request!

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Rabi  thank you for accepting my friend request

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Booknut Dear Sarah,

If I thought nothing could make me laugh, cry and smile more than Throne of Glass , your novellas made me think twice! Not only do I love Chaol and Dorian, but I now have a place in my fangirl heart for Sam too! Your writing is fantastic and I can't possibly wait until the second book in the series, when we continue our journey with Celaena...wherever her path takes her!!

Happy ready and best wishes,

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Moekari Katoa Kiorana Sarah

thanks sooooo much for adding me. Please hurry in finishing the next book for Throne of Glass,:).Im desperate for it!!!!


message 17: by Ankita (last edited Aug 10, 2012 03:06PM)

Ankita Thank you so much for accepting my request. Your book "Throne of glass" absolutely blew me away. It is indeed one of the best YA fantasy books of 2012... and the cover.. Oh so pretty.

I am eagerly waiting for the next installment to come out soon (I abso-freaking-lutely cannot wait). I know it be more amazing then this one.
All the best.

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Katie Hi! My friends and I are so excited about Throne of Glass. I read some of it on fictionpress when it was Queen of Glass. I loved it. I can't wait for your book to hit the shelves out her in Philly, Pa. Congrats! <3

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Andrew Weaver Hi Sarah,

I am still very new to Goodreads and thank you for accepting my friend request.


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Ulysses Rake Thank you for adding me. I'm really really looking forward to your book. BTW, that's you on the cover, right? :)

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Sophie Thank you for adding me! Looking forward to your book (:

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Brownie I've finished reading two of your novellas and wow! I'm so proud of you and all you've accomplished since fictionpress. I was one of your avid readers and I can't wait to read Throne of Glass to see how much it's progressed from the original. Can't wait to see more of your work! Best,

Book Whales Thanks for the add :D Cinderella/assassin ohhhh.... we can't wait to see the cover

Jean Pearl hello Ms.Sarah!!! im finally done reading the first novella, The Assassin and the Pirate Lord and my gosh!! I freaking love it!!! I'm now like super duper excited to read the next novella, The Assassin and the Desert!!!! <3

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Sarah Maas Trinity wrote: "Hi Sare! I just wanted to say again how much I enjoyed Caleana and the swashbuckling :) since I've been following all you ladies on ltwf (and now pub crawl) it feels like I'm in a community of awes..."

Awww, thank you so much, Trinity!!! That is so awesome & sweet of you to say!!! I'm THRILLED that you enjoyed the novella--thank you so, so much for reading it!!! <3

Trinity Hi Sare! I just wanted to say again how much I enjoyed Caleana and the swashbuckling :) since I've been following all you ladies on ltwf (and now pub crawl) it feels like I'm in a community of awesome. A part of me read A&PL going ooh I see what she did there *takes notes*, this Sam guy is delicious, howd she do that? *ponders* but most of me was going, this is feaking cool.
Anywhoo! Much love xx

Sydney I saw a Garth Nix book at Books-A-Million the other day, and I imediately thought of you, ha ha. I think it was Abhorsen or Sabriel. If I had the money at the time, I totally would have bought it! :D

Ashley S. Thank you for adding me.

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Sarah Maas Christi wrote: "I can't wait for your book to come out. Congratulations on your publication."

Thanks, Christi!!! :)

Christi I can't wait for your book to come out. Congratulations on your publication.

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Sarah Maas Dani wrote: "Yay your book is finally on GoodReads! :)"

lol, I totally screamed when I saw that it was on here! :) I keep gazing at the QoG page and sighing. ;)

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Dani Yay your book is finally on GoodReads! I am so happy that your book is being published! :)

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Sarah Maas Rachel wrote: "LOL. Nice. Page 1 of CF. I was wondering when I'd see your face on here! :-)"

I finally caved in last night and joined...I'm still half-terrified of this site. :-P

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