Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly book meme hosted by Sam of Thoughts on Tomes on YouTube. Here is the link for the Goodreads group where you can find the list of topics and such.
This weeks topic is: Ideal Mash-Ups
1. Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas
Flame in the Mist* by Renee Ahdieh
I adore both of these novels for very different reasons but I think blending them together would create something incredible. Prior to Tower of Dawn Sarah J Maas came under flack for a lack of diversity within her novels. In fact, the only character (that I can currently think of) that was a possibly a POC was killed off. Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh is set is feudal Japan, immediately, it is an incredibly diverse fantasy novel but I feel, even though I adored it, it suffered from a slight bit of insta love. It has been a while since I've read it though.. The two together I think would create an incredible balance and also I'd love to see how Chaol dealt with Okami.
As much as I adore straight Sci-Fi I'd love to read a contemporary novel set in space. Nothing technical goes wrong, there's no murderous AI, nothing. Just a love story set in space. I have no idea why I want this but I think it'd be fab. I love the format of Illuminae, how it was told in IM's and records. It made for a really unique reading experience. Which I think would translate well into a love story set in space. When We Collided is one of my favourite novels because it's realistic in the sense of people struggle every day even though you might not be aware of it. Vivi has an issue with her mental health but doesn't let people know about it, in fact she actively attempted to hide it (from what I remember) and Jonah is dealing with the death of a close family member. However, all of the aforementioned things are handled with such sensitivity whilst still demonstrating the difficulties of both.
The Sin Eater's Daughter trilogy is without question one of my absolute favourites. It has an incredible cast of character, lore executed to the point where it could be believable and a phenomenal over arching plot. A Court of Thorns and Roses has all of this and also FAE. I MEAN FAE. A lot of why I want these characters together is to see how the dynamics of them would work. That and I think Azriel would adore Twylla. In comparison to the Throne of Glass series there's definitely a lot more diversity in the A Court of Thorns and Roses series, which I greatly appreciate.
I have a review for A Court of Wings and Ruin here.
A Darker Shade of Magic has some of the most incredible world building I have ever read. I'm so happy that we're getting another three books set in this world. One of my favourite aspects was the way the magic worked. It remained the same but the emphasis it had on the world changed depending on which London they were in at the time. Similarly, I adored how the 'magic,' for want of a better word, worked in The Bone Season. It was complex as a result of the many different kinds of Voyants there are but it enriched the world so much. Even if we never saw one kind of Voyant across the series. I mean, it's a seven book series and there are only three out so far....there's plenty of time. I'd just love for Samantha and V to work on a series together. I think it'd be phenomenal.
Game of Thrones is one name I consistently see on the cover of books as 'perfect for fans of' but so far I've yet to find anything that actually matches that criteria. However, when I started reading The Black Magician Trilogy I got the same feeling I did as when I read Game of Thrones. Both have worlds with a ridiculous map, both have morally grey characters and some that you just downright hate. Joffrey I'm looking at you. I'd be really interested to see how the Magic from the Black Magician Trilogy would integrate into the Game of Thrones world. So far the only magic comes from a select few people. Dany's Dragons and Melisandre. I think it could be rather fabulous.