Series I’ve Finished

So, I saw a few people on the Booktubes showing off all of the series that they’ve finished and I thought: why don’t i do that? So, here I am, doing that. Here, in more words than needed, are the all the book series that I have finished! (That was superb English.)

1) Harry Potter by JK Rowling

Well, this one was obviously going to be on the list. i think Harry Potter was one of the first series I ever read and ever completed – to my memory anyway. It was wonderful, sensational, compelling, touching and it’s Harry Potter you all know how great it is.

2) The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot.

If you have no read the Princess Diaries you should. It is so funny. I think it’s definitely the Bridget Jones for young girls but I would recommend it to anyone of any age who’s just looking for a giggle.

3) The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

One of my favourite series of all time! It is funny, scary, sad, lovely, romantic and just great. I adored this series and I obsessed about it for ages and I still do (Any news of the TV show yet?) and you should read it. Great urban fantasy, great characters, great relationships..

4) The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

The prequel series to The Mortal Instruments set in Victorian London. This historical fiction fantasy series is splendid. Wonderfully written with all of the great qualities of it’s predecessor and has one of the best love triangles ever written.

5) The Anna and The French Kiss Companion Series by Stephanie Perkins

In the same vein of the Princess Diaries, this companion series is funny, sweet and romantic and simply adorable in every way. Well worth a read.

6) Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

I was young. We all make mistakes but at one point in my life I did adore this series and for some ungodly reason I seem to own more than one copy of Eclipse – it concerns me.

7) Alex Rider Series by Anthony Horowwitz

I loved this series. An action packed middle grade series that was full of humour, sadness, kick ass gadgets and a pretty hot protagonist (Hello Alex Pettyfer.) While the ending may have been bittersweet I still really enjoyed it.

8) Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth.

I am not the biggest fan of this series and even the presence of Theo James can change my mind. I just couldn’t connect it and I found myself disappointed that was before I even picked up Allegiant.

9) Legend Trilogy by Marie Lu

I really enjoyed this series. Short and sweet, this action packed dystopian had me hooked from start to finish and while I didn’t like the ending I enjoyed the series overall.

10) Delirium Trilogy by Lauren Oliver 

Set in a world where love is an illness Delirium was definitely an interesting series, it went from a girl falling in love, to battling for survival and fighting in a rebellion. It was very cool, very bleak and all around good even if the ending felt a bit bleh to me.

11) The Mara Dyer Trilogy by Michelle Hodkin

I am still not sure what happened in this trilogy. Not even joking, I’m still not 100 percent on the plot or what was real or what was not but I’m pretty sure I like it. So, if you’re looking for a book to mess with you’re head I’d suggest picking Mara Dyer up.

12) Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

I adored this series! Rose Hathaway was a BAMF for the ages. Smart, sarcastic, cleverly written and packed full of action book this is the vampire book to redeem all vampire books.

13) If I Stay Dulogy by Gayle Forman

If you want to cry and cry hard might I recommend If I Stay and it’s sequel Where She Went? This was one of best series I read all year. Poignant, touching and just plain sad. Really beautiful and really wonderful, worth a read.

14) The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo

This is the first series that I have wanted the villain to win and if that;s not a sign of good writing then I don’t know what is. A terrific fantasy infused with Russian culture with a fantastic female lead and a brilliant antagonist.

15) The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins

Nearly forgot this one! I read this so long ago that I can barely recall what I thought of the actual book – I know, short memory. I’m pretty sure I just liked it though, I never quite loved it as far as I remember but I am planning a reread so hopefully I’ll have a  better time with it second time around.

Now, I do believe that is all of the book series that I have finished. Guaranteed the second this is posted I will remember another one. Bet you all a euro!

I am planning on posting a list of series that I’ve started and haven’t yet finished so that will hopefully be up in the next few weeks!

Hope you all have a great day and thanks for reading!

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Waiting On: The Rest of Us Just Live Here

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine. Each week bloggers highlight an upcoming release that they are excited for and this week my pick is:

the rest of us just live hereAuthor: Patrick Ness

Publisher: Walker Books

Genre: Fantasy/ Contemporary

Expected Release Date: August 27th 2015

Summary: What if you weren’t the Chosen One?

What if you’re not the one who’s so often the hero in YA fiction; who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death? What if you were like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again. Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life. Even if your best friend might just be the God of mountain lions… (Via Goodreads)

Why I’m Excited: I really like Patrick Ness. I think he is an incredible writer and the plot of this book just sounds hilarious! I can’t wait to read from the POV of the kid who’s studying for a maths test and then someone blows up the school! I’m expecting many LOLS.

Top Ten Favorite Heroines From Books

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. Each week they post a top ten list and invite bloggers to participate and this weeks is Top Ten Favorite Heroines From Books! So without further ado here is my list!

1) Hermione Granger from Harry Potter by JK Rowling – How could the Brightest Witch of her Age not make this list? Hermione is smart, brave, ruthless and loyal while still being anxious, insecure and a bit of an annoying know-it-all but dammit if I don’t love her.

2) Celaena Sordothien from a Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas – The Heir of Ash and Fire who bows to no one. Celaena is my Queen, such a BAMF and an incredible protagonist. Adore her.

3) Kat Bishop from Hiest Society by Ally Carter – Sassy, clever and funny. Kat Bishop is an awesome thief with an incredible crew and I love reading about all of her adventures and heists.

4) Lindsay Boxer from Women’s Murder Club by James Patterson – Lindsay was one of my first ever heroines and I still love her. Dedicated, smart, a terrific friend and detective Lindsay is one of my favourite people to read about.

5) Clary Fray from The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare – Fiery, stubborn and a total badass. Tiny Clary Fray let me believe that tiny girls can kick ass and score the hot guy while doing it!

6) June Iparis from Legend by Marie Lu – Clinical, passionate, dedicated June Iparis was such a compelling and intriguing protagonist. I loved her.

7) Karou from Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor – Karou who wants to fly and won’t let anyone get in her way. Loyal, passionate, romantic, dedicated and sensational. Love her!

8) Verity from Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein – Words cannot properly describe what I feel for this character and the risk of spoilers prevent me from trying but she was just stunning.

9) Kestrel from The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski – Clever, strategic, ruthless and willing to do what she has to do what she has to to win. Kestrel is an incredible heroine and I am very much looking forward to reading more about her.

10) Celia Bowen from The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – Beautiful and enchanting, a true survivor and a most worthy competitor. Alongside the circus Celia was the true star of the Night Circus

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The Prince of Mist: Review

prince of mistAuthor: Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Publisher: Little, Brown Books

Genre: Historical Fiction

Summary: A mysterious house harbors an unimaginable secret. . . .

It’s wartime, and the Carver family decides to leave the capital where they live and move to a small coastal village where they’ve recently bought a home. But from the minute they cross the threshold, strange things begin to happen. In that mysterious house there still lurks the spirit of Jacob, the previous owners’ son, who died by drowning.

With the help of their new friend Roland, Max and Alicia Carver begin to explore the suspicious circumstances of that death and discover the existence of a mysterious being called The Prince of Mist—a diabolical character who has returned from the shadows to collect on a debt from the past. Soon the three friends find themselves caught up in an adventure of sunken ships and an enchanted stone garden, which will change their lives forever. (Via Goodreads.)

Review:

I am a big Carlos Ruiz Zafon fan! So I was delighted to receive The Prince of Mist for Christmas unfortunately I did not like it as much as I was expecting to.

Firstly, it turned out to be a middle grade novel which I’m not usually big fan of to begin with and to make it slightly worse the writing was very inconsistent throughout. Sometimes it struck me as being written for adults and then at other times I was very aware that it was written for children so that annoyed me and it did make it difficult for me to fully immerse myself in the plot.

As for the plot itself it was very entertaining. It was rich and frightening and very wonderful but the writing let it down.

The characters too were a bit odd. While being very interesting and compelling the character of Max felt too old for his supposed age and while i know some kids are more mature than there age Max felt more early twenties then thirteen.

Overall, it was an interesting read but not quite as wonderful as I wanted it to be.

3 Stars

February TBR

Another month, another TBR pile to tackle. It occurred to be recently that I’d never really done a TBR post so I thought since I will be lacking in book hauls in the next few months now is the perfect time to start!

My reading challenge for the year is 80 books and I only read three last month which according to goodreads puts me a bit behind schedule. I feel like Goodreads will be taunting me until at least June. But February is a short month and as it stands a busy one for me. Not only will I be working and going to college I am also going to Rome so my goal this month is to only read three to four books and without further ado, here they are:

Sabriel by Garth Nix

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Under the Dome by Stephen King

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Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

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Not That Kind Of Girl – Lena Dunham

not that kind of girl

More than likely I’ll probably only get Sabriel and maybe some of Under the Dome read this month but for now I’ll remain optimistic about my chances!

Top Five Most Anticipated Releases: February 2015:

A new month means new books and February 2015 have some good ones! It took me so long to narrow down my list to five I definitely had a list of thirty something for awhile and I was seriously considering just listing them all! But though it hurt me to do it I finally narrowed my list down to five with a few honourable mentions at the end! 😉

red queenAuthor: Victoria Aveyard

Publisher: Orion

Genre: High Fantasy

Expected Release Date: February 10th 2015

Summary: The poverty stricken Reds are commoners, living under the rule of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers.

To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from The Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change.

Mare finds herself working in the Silver Palace, at the centre of
those she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control.

But power is a dangerous game. And in this world divided by blood, who will win? (Via Goodreads)

glass arrowAuthor: Kristen Simmons

Publisher: Tor Teen

Genre: Sci-Fi/Dystopian

Expected Release Date: February 10th 2015

Summary: The Handmaid’s Tale meets Blood Red Road in Glass Arrow, the story of Aya, who lives with a small group of women on the run from the men who hunt them, men who want to auction off breeding rights to the highest bidder.

In a world where females are scarce and are hunted, then bought and sold at market for their breeding rights, 15-year old Aya has learned how to hide. With a ragtag bunch of other women and girls, she has successfully avoided capture and eked out a nomadic but free existence in the mountains. But when Aya’s luck runs out and she’s caught by a group of businessmen on a hunting expedition, fighting to survive takes on a whole new meaning. (Via Goodreads)

distancebetween_final cover_4_1.inddAuthor: Kathryn Holmes

Publisher: HarperTeen

Genre: Contemporary

Expected Release Date: February 17th 2015

Summary: Ever since the night of the incident with Luke Willis, the preacher’s son, sophomore Hallelujah Calhoun has been silent. When the rumors swirled around school, she was silent. When her parents grounded her, she was silent. When her friends abandoned her … silent.

Now, six months later, on a youth group retreat in the Smoky Mountains, Hallie still can’t find a voice to answer the taunting. Shame and embarrassment haunt her, while Luke keeps coming up with new ways to humiliate her. Not even meeting Rachel, an outgoing newcomer who isn’t aware of her past, can pull Hallie out of her shell. Being on the defensive for so long has left her raw, and she doesn’t know who to trust.

On a group hike, the incessant bullying pushes Hallie to her limit. When Hallie, Rachel, and Hallie’s former friend Jonah get separated from the rest of the group, the situation quickly turns dire. Stranded in the wilderness, the three have no choice but to band together.

With past betrayals and harrowing obstacles in their way, Hallie fears they’ll never reach safety. Could speaking up about the night that changed everything close the distance between being lost and found? Or has she traveled too far to come back? (Via Goodreads)

a wicked thingAuthor: Rhiannon Thomas

Publisher: HarperTeen

Genre: Fairytale Retelling

Expected Release Date: February 24th 2015

Summary: One hundred years after falling asleep, Princess Aurora wakes up to the kiss of a handsome prince and a broken kingdom that has been dreaming of her return. All the books say that she should be living happily ever after. But as Aurora understands all too well, the truth is nothing like the fairy tale.

Her family is long dead. Her “true love” is a kind stranger. And her whole life has been planned out by political foes while she slept.

As Aurora struggles to make sense of her new world, she begins to fear that the curse has left its mark on her, a fiery and dangerous thing that might be as wicked as the witch who once ensnared her. With her wedding day drawing near, Aurora must make the ultimate decision on how to save her kingdom: marry the prince or run. (Via Goodreads)

city of savagesAuthor: Lee Kelly

Publisher: Simon & Schuester

Genre: Sci-Fi/Dystopia

Expected Release Date: February 3rd 2015

Summary: It’s been nearly two decades since the Red Allies first attacked New York, and Manhattan is now a prisoner-of-war camp, ruled by Warden Rolladin and her brutal, impulsive warlords. For 17-year-old Skyler Miller, Manhattan is a cage that keeps her from the world beyond the city’s borders. But for Sky’s 16-year-old sister, Phee, the P.O.W. camp is a dangerous playground of possibility, and the only home she’d ever want.

When Sky and Phee discover their mom’s hidden journal from the outbreak of the war, they both realize there’s more to Manhattan—and their mother—than either of them had ever imagined. And after a group of strangers arrives at the annual P.O.W. census, the girls begin to uncover the island’s long-kept secrets. The strangers hail from England, a country supposedly destroyed by the Red Allies, and Rolladin’s lies about Manhattan’s captivity begin to unravel.

Hungry for the truth, the sisters set a series of events in motion that ends in the death of one of Rolladin’s guards. Now they’re outlaws, forced to join the strange Englishmen on an escape mission through Manhattan. Their flight takes them into subways haunted by cannibals, into the arms of a sadistic cult in the city’s Meatpacking District, and, through the pages of their mom’s old journal, into the island’s dark and shocking past. Sky and Phee are dependent on each other, and their ragged posse, for survival, but as their feelings grow toward the handsome English boy Ryder, love and jealousy threaten to break them apart.

While primarily a thriller, City of Savages is also a story about the many meanings of sisterhood, told across two generations of New York women—those who survived a terrible tragedy, and those who were raised to live in its aftermath. (Via Goodreads)

Honourable Mentions: The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead, Conspiracy Girl by Sarah Alderson, The Fire Sermon by Francesca Haig, The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand and My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga.