When I say this series has been in the works for years I’m not joking. I always get so excited when I see a cool map in a book and I’ve wanted to talk about them for so long, but I wasn’t sure how to incorporate them/what the main image would be. Well, I’ve now got it.
As always, I’m going to include the synopsis for the books just in case these maps pique your interest.
Also, I’m using Pinterest to show you the maps and it links to my account, so check it out if you want. I don’t actually follow anyone or have ever promoted it anywhere.
The Cruel Prince – Elfhame
If you’ve been reading Young Creative Press for a while, you’ll know just how much I love this series. Elfhame is probably my favourite depiction of Faerie.
I love how detailed this map is and it actually has a few easter eggs for the series. I particularly like the snake.
For someone who doesn’t go outside often, I love drawings of trees and forests and this map has quite a few. It has a lot of depth and there are so many points of interest on this map with the different levels/layers (does this make sense? Probably not).
Synopsis: Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.
And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.
Jude was seven when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.
To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.
As Jude becomes more deeply embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, she discovers her own capacity for trickery and bloodshed. But as betrayal threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.
Once Upon a Broken Heart – The North
Firstly, I love this version of this map because it’s pink. Secondly, this is one of the most gorgeous book maps I’ve ever seen. I love that it isn’t a classic bird’s eye view, it’s head-on and has so much depth.
One of my favourite parts is the sea. It’s an element you probably miss at first glance, but it’s got an energy to it that really encapsulates the chaoticness that is The North.
My absolute favourite part is the mermaids. Again, if you’ve been reading Young Creative Press for a while, you’ll know how much I love mermaids. There aren’t any mermaids in the first book (that I remember, I read this a while ago) but they are such a prevalent part of this map and they really draw the eye.
Synopsis: How far would you go for happily ever after?
For as long as she can remember, Evangeline Fox has believed in true love and happy endings… until she learns that the love of her life will marry another.
Desperate to stop the wedding and to heal her wounded heart, Evangeline strikes a deal with the charismatic but wicked Prince of Hearts. In exchange for his help, he asks for three kisses, to be given at the time and place of his choosing.
But after Evangeline’s first promised kiss, she learns that bargaining with an immortal is a dangerous game—and that the Prince of Hearts wants far more from her than she’d pledged. He has plans for Evangeline, plans that will either end in the greatest happily ever after or the most exquisite tragedy…
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