It’s not often that a novel series becomes a viral internet sensation, but when it does…it’s hot. From the front pages of #BookTok to front tables in bookstores, Sarah J. Maas’ A Court of Thorns and Roses became wildly popular in online circles of readers practically overnight.
The internet spawned the term ‘spicy’ to refer to romance books that get steamy because of ACOTAR and similar series, like Jennifer Armentrout's From Blood and Ash. On top of that, it’s a very carefully crafted and complex fantasy series with distinctive characters and subplots that are absolutely enthralling without any romance. It’s known for its spice, but it’s so much more than that.
The series stars a huntress, Feyre, who gets kidnapped to the faerie realm, Prythian, when she accidentally kills a fae. But, everyone there is super hot and there aren’t many rules, so she’s hardly a prisoner as she becomes tangled up in the war, politics, and a fierce love triangle.