Hey everyone! So my last list of books you might like if you like Sarah J. Maas is easily my #1 post on this blog. And since I published it over two and a half years ago, I thought it was time to update the list a little. I still 100% stand behind my previous books, but I’ve read a lot more since then (over 250 more books) and I’ve come across a number of them that I think you’ll love!
Now that Maas has more or less completed her two best-known series (ACOTAR and Throne of Glass), I think we definitely need something else we can sink out teeth (or souls) into.
Ten More Books To Try If You Like Sarah J. Maas
1. Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orisha, #1) by Tomi Adeyemi
Why: This book has one a number of awards for its outstanding storytelling. (In fact, it was up for the Goodreads YA Science Fiction and Fantasy award in 2018, only to get beat by Maas.) Like Maas typically does, this book has multiple narrators, sweeping landscapes, magic, abuses of that magic for nefarious purposes, and characters who don’t know they’re own strength until they’re tested. It’s a wonderful read.
2. His Fair Assassin series by Robin LaFevers
Why: This series is a favorite of mine. It’s historical fiction (mostly), but it does deal with pagan gods and assassins who worship a death god named Mortain. These assassins frequently get pulled into political games of chess where it’s a kill-or-be-killed world. Like Maas, these girls are clever, dangerous, and deal a little in their own brand of magic. The medieval setting does feel a little like a fantasy world, which helps too.
3. A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
Why: Only the first book out in this series, this book is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, much like ACOTAR. In it, Harper is taken from her hometown of Washington, D.C. and dropped into the fantasy world of Emberfall where a vicious beast is destroying the land and Prince Rhein needs Harper to help break the curse. Since ACOTAR and ACSDAL are coming from the same source material, the stories do have quite a bit in common. I had a hard time putting this book down when I read it. Bonus? Harper is an even stronger and more unconventional heroine for overcoming the limitations of her cerebral palsy.
4. Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard
Why: This series took the YA world by storm when it came out. This fantasy about a kingdom where those with silver blood have magical powers and those with red blood don’t will surprise you every step of the way. Mare is a Red, but when she discovers she has powers, it turns the entire kingdom on its head. And there are many people who are not ok with this and want to see her dead. You’ll get swept up into this story in no time.
5. The Diviners series by Libba Bray
Why: This is another historical fiction, this time set in the 1920s, but the Diviners are a group of people who have abilities. These abilities all manifest themselves differently, but they all quickly see they have much in common. Especially when people of the time start pushing back against them and monsters are lurking in the dark, waiting for them. Seriously, these books are so good at letting off that creepy, unsettling vibe that I do no recommend reading the endings right before bed. I have very clear, vivid memories of how the first book ended because of how haunting it was.
6. The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones
Why: One of only two standalone novels in this list, this urban fantasy captured my attention from the very first sentence. In this world, people can make deals with demons for anything–escaping a bad home life, getting the promotion, etc. In exchange, they have to give up their hearts. And when Dee, our main character, gets pulled into more supernatural incidents, it completely changes her world view. I’m pretty sure I read this book in about one sitting because I just could not put it down.
7. Scythe series by Neal Shusterman
Why: This immersive dystopian series doubles as a scathing social commentary about where our world is headed. This may not sound like something you’d enjoy if you’re looking for a Maas-esque fantasy, but this series is equally impossible to put down. Teens are trained to be Reapers in a world where death no longer exists unless a Reaper kills them. Like Maas, there are a lot of abuses of power, backstabbing, betrayals, and intricate plots you won’t see until it’s already happening. It’s so good.
8. City of Bones and/or Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare
Why: Well, I’m guessing many of you have already read these books, as City of Bones has been out for over a decade, but they’re worth putting on this list. As urban fantasies, these books put demons and other creatures into otherwise normal locations to wreak havoc. But we also have the very interesting world of the Shadowhunters, which plays by its own rules. This was one of a few series that got me into fantasy enough to eventually build up to Maas.
9. The Host by Stephenie Meyer
Why: Perhaps the most unexpected choice of the list, this book is easily one of my favorites. Judge Stephenie Meyer all you want, but this series beautifully created a world where Souls took over the human race, supposedly for the better of the world. What I love most about this book is how I get sucked into it. When Wanderer feels something, I feel it too. I become the characters, feeling their pain and joy right along with them in a way that I don’t feel very often on my fourth or fifth reread. It still gets me every time.
10. Nevermore by Kelly Creagh
Why: This dark series does feel a little dated at first. It, like many mid-2000s books puts a cheerleader and a goth boy together to work on a class project and weird things ensue. However, this series is based off of Edgar Allan Poe’s work, which is its own level of dark and messed up. That leads to some time spent in a fantasy world where everything could be dangerous and death could be lurking in any corner. With a healthy dose of humor, though, this story isn’t as depressing as you might expect, and it stars a heroine who really kicks butt.