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The SHOCKING TRUTH About The Throne of Glass and A Court of Thorns and Roses Series

Hey guys! So today I’m coming with you all with a bit of a controversial post. But hey, everyone loves a bit of controversy every now and again.

So we all know about the intense level of sexual content in the ToG and ACOTAR series, which has been something that has put off a huge number of people (but saying that, a lot of people really enjoy it), myself included. I always thought it was extreme, but then again, I don’t read sexual content anyway.

But when I saw this, it just made SO MUCH SENSE….

https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/31006810-v-parental-guidance-a-court-of-wings-and-ruin-is-new-adult-erotica-bu

*** MISLEADING, DECEIVING MARKETING ALERT THE GOODREADS CHOICE AWARDS 2017 CONTESTANTS INCLUDE BOOKS FEATURING EXPLICIT SEXUAL CONTENT***

“One of my pet-peeves is fake marketing and lack of warnings of sexual content in books marketed toward readers under the age of consent If a book contains content that I wouldn’t read aloud to my boss, parents or a group of underage kids I want to know before hand and unfortunately in the case of certain books that kind of information is still not general knowdlege. 

The erotic content of Fifty shades of grey it’s common knowledge. 

The erotic content of books that are now part of the Goodreads choice awards contenders group in the Young adult section isn’t a widespread fact.

Certain books have been shelved as new adult book multiple times by the goodreads community as they are part of series featuring explicit, erotic material. Not many people know about this so I’m hoping to spread the word.

If you see one of these books in the young adult section of your library and bookstore, please be aware that it’s like if you were seeing Fifty shades of grey being sold to minors.

Don’t believe me, do your research finding out the content of pages pages 21, 22, 530, 531, 532, 533 of the american hardcover american version of A court of mist and Fury and then form your own opinion. 

I’m not inviting you to avoid reading or buying these books. If you don’t mind erotic explicit content be my guest! I’m just letting people know because this information isn’t widely-known yet.”

and:

“Hi my friends!
Goodreads is hiding my updates and reviews from your newsfeeds, but in case you’re visiting my profile here’s some information that I think you might find useful. If you are a teacher or a librarian visiting my profile I invite you to distrust Goodreads, Booktubers and Common sense media regarding the genre and recommended age of some of the most recent YA realeases. Do your own research.

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Source: AMAZON CANADA CHILDREN’S BOOKS ADVENTURE, AMAZON CANADA CHILDREN’S BOOKS FANTASY, AMAZON AUSTRALIA CHILDREN’S BOOKS LOVE, AMAZON AUSTRALIA CHILDREN’S BOOKS LOVE, Booktopia A COURT OF MIST AND FURY RECOMMENDED AGES

ALSO (https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2809537781?book_show_action=false):

“For those of you who don’t know what New adult is, you should pay more attention.

New Adult books are a huge section of the book market. New adult is sometimes marketed as something else, as Adult fiction in some cases but more often than not as YA because bookstores refuse to open their New adult sections. Maybe this refusal to open a New adult section in libraries is at the request of the big publishing houses as they know many successful New Adult titles are from indie writers. They can’t compete with Indies’ successfully. Not in price at least. And lately, not in quality either as I’ve noticed more and more editing and cover issues in books from the big publishers. I’ve read plenty of indie books with better editing than many new releases from traditional publishers.

However, the people who buy booksexclusively in bookstores as opposed to ordering on line, borrowing from libraries, or downloading ebooks is in comparison to the whole of the Goodreads community small. I don’t know anybody who buys books in bookstore. My bookclub usually orders on line or downloads ebooks. I rarely visit bookstores, it’s a joy when I do, but for me it’s like a trip to Disneyland. It’s rare that I buy books at the bookstore and many of my favourites books (new adult) are only available on Amazon so there’s no reason for me to visit bookstores.

So it’d be a good idea for bookstores to open a section for New adult books. Otherwise we get publishers desperately trying to market their New adult books, some containing VULGAR, EXPLICIT SCENES, As EXPLICIT AS WHAT YOU EXPECT TO FIND IN BOOKS LIKE FIFTY SHADES OF GREY STYLE to young kids.

Plenty of books that people think are Young adult are New adult: Ignite me, Restore me, Empire of storms, Breaking Dawn A Court of Mist and Fury (BTW any booktuber who tells you they don’t like erotica is lying through their teeth, as EOS and ACOMAF contain erotic elements and VERY few booktubers minded enough to comment about this) Damsel, The last of the shadow hunter series, The Red scrolls of Magic, Poison Study, Graceling, Uprooted, the last releases of Laini Taylor long etc. New adult is a rentable genre with a lot of respectability, but all the publishers want the YA label at all costs. Even moral costs.

So they label their New adult books as YA. 

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More on what New adult is HERE (Notice that SJM books are among the most read of the new adult genre)

New adult doesn’t translate automatically to vulgar displays or erotic material like in the case of Empire of Storms and A Court of Mist and Fury. Not all New adult books are about sex. Slammed by Colleen Hoover, Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, Making Faces, The bird and the sword by Amy Harmon and plenty of fantasy books with protagonists older than 19-YO, aren’t sexually explicit, but they’re still New adult and should be advertised as such. It’s not the same reading Percy Jackson than The Bird and the sword and both are free of sexual content. The age of the main character gives us an idea of what kind of challenges they face and how relatable they might be for the target audience. Shane is a sophomore in College, she faces adult problems like cheating, anxiety among others. Her problems are the typical of the New adult Genre.

Is this book as vulgarly explicit as A Court of Mist? I stopped at 35% and didn’t think so, but if I were you I’d be very careful with any book labelled as YA if language and sex are your triggers. I don’t enjoy language and although I DO enjoy reading explicit content (just as many booktubers do enjoy explicit content , they just don’t want to tell you) YA used to be my favourite genre to pick when I needed something different. At present time if you really want to read something PG-13 AVOID or at least be very careful with new releases. 

Because the strong, vulgar language, I wouldn’t feel comfortable playing this book at work or while driving someone around because the use of words like Hell and expressions like “what the fudge”. Of course several f-bombs. Plus the immaturity of Shane, the main character. 

I love listening to audiobooks without regret. While driving my parents around, while eating lunch with company. I love playing audiobooks at work too. That’s why I need to know about language, content and intended audience. 

But I can’t find reliable information about the age of main characters and the adult content in goodreads anymore. The top reviewers mislabel NA as YA all the time and are reluctant to talk about anything that they feelcan discourage sales . Many people create fake accounts to upvote only the positive reviews and attack the negative reviewers. 

And I’m here to tell you that many YA books aren’t really PG13. Try to research first and don’t assume that because you find a book in the YA section of Goodreads or the bookstore the book is for kids. Many people misshelve books on purpose to support the marketing plans of publishers. Shame on them. 

This kind of marketing strategy:

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Recommending a book with Fifty shade of Grey scenes to young readers is the kind of thing that lately you can expect from the big publishers. And they are doing it with the complicit silence of a few people in the booktube comminity. Be careful.

But see? The author of this book belongs to the booktube community. She is one of the few booktubers who reads and recommends New adult content without trying to hide the real genre of a book. She was one of the few honest booktubers who respected her subscribers and talked honestly to them about the real genre and the erotic content of the A Court of Mist and Fury when the book came out. That’s honest and her honesty is the reason I decided to read her book. I think there are some elements in her writing that are really good. I hope that now that she’s working for a very corrupted publishing industry that can scoop as low as to sell pornography to 11-13 YO Children this author can mantain her honesty. This one didn’t work for me, but I think this one will become a NYT bestseller and I’ll read more books of this author if she keeps being honest.”

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR MAKING PEOPLE MORE AWARE OF THIS!!!


What are your thoughts on this? Share this with your friends! Raise awareness!

14 thoughts on “The SHOCKING TRUTH About The Throne of Glass and A Court of Thorns and Roses Series”

  1. This is an amazing post. I can’t believe some people have marketed as children’s…? I won’t read the ACOTAR series for my own sake, let alone letting a twelve year old kid read it. It’s so good to get the word out about these books!

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  2. I agree with everything in this post and thanks for bringing this topic up 🙏

    I’ve read till Empire of Storms and even though I enjoyed the book thoroughly, the sexual content put me off…😒 (still going to go through with the series because I’m too attached to everything at this point 🙈😂)

    I bought the box set of ACOTAR and then I went through a few reviews before reading it and I was horrified. I literally returned the set the next day. I’m sure the books are well written with amazing plots and characters but I’m not signing myself up for porn 🤦‍♀️

    If these books are peoples sort of thing, go ahead and read it. But at least market the book to the appropriate audience, you know?? 🤷‍♀️🤷‍♀️

    After you recommended using Common Sense Media, I always check my younger siblings’ books up there before letting them read it 😁

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  3. Thank you! I know, I agree. Sis dont buy something before reading reviews – rule of life 😂I KNOW SAME, its literally porn. Exactly! aww I’m so glad! but dont listen to the age ratings cos they’re usually pretty low 🙂

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  4. I was reading this post silently going “noooo” to myself as I scrolled through those screencaps.

    It also reminded me of the time someone mentioned their tween child wanting to read Wicked because they were obsessed with the musical and I had a panic fit trying to explain to them how those two mediums were NOT the same story (having experience as a 14 year old child who should definitely not have read that book that young).

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  5. haha, I always check reviews before but I didn’t have Goodreads at the time and I didn’t know about book blogs and stuff 🤷‍♀️ times of ignorance….. 🙈😂

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  6. I know, it’s definitely really sad! Aw haha. Honestly, I feel like there should be really thorough content warnings for every book as well as an accurate age rating that aligns with that – it makes a big difference!

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  7. OMG this post is amazing!!!! And wait, what, they literally labelled it children’s books? That’s disgusting!! Imagine your younger siblings were reading this or somebody gave it to you as a gift when you were younger and he didn’t know…. I haven’t read the books you mentioned here, yet, and I won’t now because that sexual content is too much for me haha…

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  8. thank you!! I knowww – and 13-14 year old’s…. I know it makes me feel really uncomfortable. its so wrong. haha yes it definitely is 😂😂 in general I just wish the level of sexual content in YA is a lot lower than it currently is

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