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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Top Ten Characters You Wish Would Get Their OWN Book

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Each week they post a new top ten list and invite bloggers to answer it. This weeks is Top Ten Characters You Wish Would Get Their OWN Book. Without further ado, here is my list.

1) Jamie Roth from the Mara Dyer Series by Michelle Hodkin – I adore Jamie! He’s so funny and so sarcastic and I’d love to read more about him either before or after Mara came into his life.

2) The Marauders from Harry Potter by JK Rowling – I WANT THIS SO BADLY! I think everyone wants more information about James, Lily, Sirius and Lupin during their time at Hogwarts. Damnit Rowling just give the people what they want!

3) Charlotte Fairchild from The Infernal Device by Cassandra Clare – Charlotte, dear people, is a BAMF and I want to read more about her. Hopefully, she’ll appear again in The Lost Hours.

4) Alex from the Delirium series by Lauren Oliver – Yeah there wasn’t enough Alex in these books. I wouldn’t mind a detailed description of what he was doing during those last two books, or after, or before.

5) The Darkling from The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo – The Darkling is one of the only villains I’ve actually sort of rooted for! I know it’s messed up but he was all mysterious and sexy. I couldn’t help myself and I would like to know a great deal more about him.

6) Arobynn Hammel from Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas – He is one of the most manipulative and vindictive characters in the Throne of Glass world and one of the most important people in Celaena’s life so I wouldn’t mind spending some more quality time with him.

7) Ress from Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas – I want this because I think it would be hilarious. You just know that Ress knows Celaena and Chaol are sneaking off together! I’d love to read a novella from his POV about how obvious they are.

8) Celia Bowen from the Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – I know she’s technically a main character but she shared the POV with Marco who I didn’t particularly care for so I would like more Celia please – particularly stories about her early life!

9) Isaac from The Fault In Our Stories by John Green – I needed more from him. I’d love to get a novella or short story from his POV after Gus’s death or after Hazel’s death. It be the most depressing thing in the world but I want to know!

10) THE FREAKING MARAUDERS BY JK ROWLING – JUST GIVE IT TO ME.

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Top Ten Ten Places Books Have Made Me Want To Visit

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. Each week they post a new top ten list for bloggers to answer this week is Ten Places Books Have Made Me Want To Visit. Here are my answers:

1) Hogwarts (Harry Potter by JK Rowling) – I know Hogwarts isn’t real…or so they tell us Muggles doesn’t change the fact that I would sell my mother for an opportunity to go there. Sorry mom.

2) Paris (Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins) – I have always wanted to visit Paris and reading Anna and the French Kiss only made me want to go there more – which I did this past summer but I want to go again and have an Anna and the French Kiss tour. Anyone up for a trip next summer?

3) Prague (Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor) – Oh Daughter of Smoke and Bone how you made me fall in love with this city! I mean seriously I really want to go to Prague since reading this book. The second I finished I text my friend and asked her to go! (She said no. Bitch)

4) Barcelona (The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon) – Someone needs to take me to the Cemetery of Forgotton Books – I’ve been wanting to go here since I was twelve. Parents, friends – get on it. (I don’t care if it’s not real.)

5) Idris (The Mortal Instruments/The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare) – I am aware that Shadowhunters have got some problems but I still wouldn’t mind walking around their pretty magic land preferably with a Herondale holding my hand and telling me how pretty I am.

6) Middle Earth ( The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkein.) Doesn’t everyone want to visit a world where Elves look like Orlando Bloom and Viggo Mortensen is King?

7) Edinburgh (Harry Potter by JK Rowling) Yes, Harry Potter locations make the list twice. I’m not even sorry and I’m going there next summer! I will sign the wall of the Harry Potter Cafe!

8) Revka (The Grisha Series by Leigh Bardugo) Just to catch a glimpse of the Darkling to be honest. Damn, he sexy.

9) Terrasen (Throne of Glass series by Sarah. J Maas.) Fae, magic and Celaena Sardothien as it’s Queen – Terrasen is a place I would like to visit (again I might catch sight of Chaol Westfall shirtless!)

10) Serenity (Firefly by Joss Whedon) – This is technically cheating but Firefly is now a comic so it kinda/sorta counts. I would love to live aboard the Serenity with Captain Tightpants and his crew. It would be so much fun and I could learn Chinese – what fun! (BTW: movie, what movie? EVERYBODY IS ALIVE AND WELL.)

 

 

The Taylor Swift Book Tag

The Taylor Swift Book Tag is an original tag created by The Book Life. Now I wasn’t tagged by anyone to do this but it’s a book tag that features T-Swizzle and she’s my girl so here I am. So this tag is basically taking Taylor Swift songs and matching them to books!

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So let us begin!

1) We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together – Series I was in love with but later wanted to Break Up With

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There are a few series that I read that I sort of fell out of love with but the one that stands out the most for me will always be the Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer. Like everyone else in the world I was obsessed with these book for a long time but as I got older I started to realise that there was a hell of a lot of problems with them and the characters and eventually I just had to let it go!

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2) Red – Pick a Book with a Red CoverHalf Bad: cover of first novel by Sally Green, predicted to be next Harry Potter or Twilight Saga

If you follow me on instagram or Tumblr you’ll see I own a lot of red books but I think I’ll let Half-Bad by Sally Green take centre stage this time, mostly because I have not read it and I really, really need to!

 

 

3) The Best Day – Pick a Book That Makes You Feel Nostalgic

The Princess Diaries series by Meg Cabot always brings me back to the good old days of messing around with my friends, talking about Mia and Michael for far too long and then complaining about how the movie was nothing like the books while still loving the movie! Just good, good times!

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4) Love Story – Pick a Book with Forbidden Loveworld after

So, so many choices for this. At first I was tempted to pick Clary and Jace from City of Bones through City of Ashes but then I realised I needed to save them for a later question! So I racked my brains and eventually I decided on Penryn and Raffe from Penryn and the End of Days series by Susan EE.

I love these two. They are so sarcastic and funny together and I know technically nothing has happened between them but they are totally in love and it’s wonderful and it’s going to be so painful because human and angel during a civil war between humans and angels and worse still this angel arrested other angels for loving humans! So much forbiddenss!

5) I Knew You Were Trouble – Pick a Book with a Bad Character You Couldn’t Help But Love

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I have got to give this one to the Darkling from the Grisha series by Leigh Bardugo. I mean he’s called the Drakling for fuck sake! I should have known he was going to be evil! But of course I was blinded by his charms and even when he showed his true evil, dark colours I still loved him. I even wanted him to win a little bit. I know, the shame.

6) Innocent – Pick a Book That Someone Ruined the Ending For You.

Who can forget when Kanye West interrupted Swiftie during her VMA acceptance speech? No one likewise I can never forget when my friend spoiled the fate of Robb Stark from a Game of Thrones for me. I wasn’t reading the books or even watching the series at the time so it didn’t particularly bother me but then months later I was obsessed with the series, reading the books, declaring Robb one of my favourite characters and flashback! Needless to say I was not happy!

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7Requiem by Lauren Oliver) Everything Has Changed – Pick a Character Who Goes Through Extensive Character Development.

I’m going to give this one to Lena Halloway from the Delirium Trilogy by Lauren Oliver. Lena starts the trilogy believing that love is a disease and she cannot wait to get her treatment and be paired off and at the end of the trilogy she’s a rebel, a spy and tearing down the walls that separate people all in the name of love and freedom. It’s a rather big 180!

 

8) You Belong With Me: Pick You’re Most Anticipated Book Release

I know that Heir of Fire is technically out but my copy is still in the post so I’m still anticipating it’s release to me! I’ve been counting down the days for Heir of Fire and I am so excited to read about Celaena and Chaol again and ugh I just wish I had it now!

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9) Forever and Always – Pick Your Favourite Book Couple

So many couples to pick and love. Celaena and Chaol, Penryn and Raffe, Bellamy and Clarke, Harry and Ginny, Ron and Hermione, Rose and Dimitri – I adore them all but I think the first book couple to really get me emotionally invested and keep me emotionally invested was Clary and Jace from the Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare.

loved these two! So much I was even shipping incest – do you realise how good a book has to be to ship incest? Thankfully life worked out and these two are happy and going to get married and have very sarcastic babies! (They will!)

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10) Come Back, Be Here – A Book You Would Never Lend Out For Fear of Missing it too Much.

Harry Potter. I would never ever ever give anybody a copy of my Harry Potter Books! Just no! I’d never risk it! My friends are animals! They’d spill something or worse lose them or never return them and Harry has suffered enough!

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And that Dear Friends is the end of the Taylor Swift Book Tag! I’m not going to tag anyone directly because I don’t know if people are T-Swift fans or not although in my opinion there are only two types of people – People who like Taylor Swift and Liars – so if you are a Swift fan I tag you and be sure to link me your tags so I can check them out!

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Leigh Bardugo Q&A and Signing Event

So, last Friday I was very lucky to get to go see Leigh Bardugo at a signing event at Easons in Dublin! It was really exciting because not many American authors come to do signings in Ireland, they usually go as far as England or Scotland and then turn around and go right back home so when I heard that Leigh Bardugo was coming I called my friend(who has not read her books) and said we’re going.

So on Friday I set off at 9am, completed an hour drive and then got on a train for an additional three hour journey! Finally, I was in Dublin and me and my friend found out way to Dundrum (like four hours early but hey we needed to shop and burn our mouths off at Nandos) anyway the time finally came and we made our way into Easons, sat down and awaited the arrival of Ms Bardugo.

To start off, IMG_1092Leigh Bardugo is ridiculously pretty! I mean seriously! She is simply stunning and articulate and so very funny. Her talk was amazing.

It was a pretty small signing, only about twenty to thirty people but as Leigh kept talking and answering questions a crowd gathered beyond the red velvet rope (seriously there was a red velvet rope) and started listening to her which I think is a testament to how interesting she was.  She discussed a lot go things, from how YA designation is literally just a marketing tool and how a book being placed in that category does not diminish it’s value and I was just like “Preach!”, movies and tv shows and music and where her inspiration comes from. She talked for over an hour and honestly it only felt like fifteen minutes! She was just so sweet and so interesting and so funny that honestly I wouldn’t have minded if I had to miss my train home. (which was a genuine concern for me like all day!)IMG_1091

One of my favourite moments of the entire talk actually occurred at the very beginning. The moderator was asking about YA and of course he mentioned fantasy books and books like Divergent, the Hunger Games but when it came to talking about Contemporary books he referred to it as “John Green Real Life” and Leigh while not overly criticising sort of called him out on it by mentioning Rainbow Rowell, Stephanie Perkins and Gayle Forman amongst others, sort of casually reminding him that Contemporary is not a JG dominated field as some people like to believe. That had me sort of squealing in my chair.

She talked as well about her future projects The Dregs which is still set in Revka and occurs after the events of the Grisha Trilogy and will be “Ocean’s 11 meets Game of Thrones” which really excites me and should excite everyone else in my honest opinion! There is nothing I love more than a good heist and Leigh promised a good one!

IMG_1090She also talked briefly about Shadow and Bone being optioned by David Hayman (Harry Potter) and Dreamworks. She revealed that she was originally asked to write a screenplay but as she was in the middle of writing Siege and Storm she said no, now however she wouldn’t mind taking a crack at it now that’s finished. This sort of lead into a massive talk about movies and the YA movie trend. She talked about how contemporary’s like The Fault in Our Stars and If I Stay don’t have huge budgets and therefore the studio is never very concerned about them whereas Fantasy costs a lot to produce and isn’t always successful (even ones not based on books) and so a lot more people get involved and change things and essential wind up ruining the film because they are so concerned about profit. I thought it was really interesting and since she worked in the film business you know there’s a lot of truth to what she is saying. That being said even though she couldn’t say much about where they were with the film or if they were anywhere Leigh did say she trusted Hayman and Dreamworks so maybe one day we will see Shadow and Bone on the big screen.

The talk then came to an end and Leigh listed her Top Three Books That Everyone Should Read:

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell (“Required reading for everyone”), Dunne, and Howls Moving Castle by Dianna Wynne Jones.

Then came the signing!IMG_1094

The signing was really quick even though Leigh actually talked to everyone for a few minutes when they went up and she personalised every book! I told her the Darkling was my favourite character so she put a quote by him into my book and she revealed a little secret (slight spoilers) originally Nikolai was supposed to die at the end of Siege and Storm! Sacrilege, I know!

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And then finally against all odds I actually managed to make my train!

Twas a good day!

 

Ruin and Rising: Review

ruin and risingAuthor: Leigh Bardugo

Publisher: Indigo Books

Summary: The capital has fallen.

The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne.

Now the nation’s fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.

Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives.

Alina will have to forge new alliances and put aside old rivalries as she and Mal race to find the last of Morozova’s amplifiers. But as she begins to unravel the Darkling’s secrets, she reveals a past that will forever alter her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields. The firebird is the one thing that stands between Ravka and destruction—and claiming it could cost Alina the very future she’s fighting for. (Via Goodreads.)

Review: In my review of Siege and Storm I stated that I was immensely happy that it had avoided the Twilight Effect and Ruin and Rising does too however it does fall prey to the Legend effect in that I did not enjoy the ending of this book, and that seems to be a feeling a lot of people have. While I can’t exactly fault the ending of the book and I can’t really discuss it without spoiling people I will say that the entire thing felt just too neat to me and because of that I was disappointed.

That being said, I did still enjoy this book. As always Bardugo’s writing is wonderful, her dialogue especially. I love the snappy, sarcastic and teasing interactions that occur between Mal and Alina and Nikolai and Alina and the intense, sort-of-kind-of sexually driven interactions between Alina and the Darkling. The my true name scene definitely had me swooning. It was beautifully done and definitely one of my favourite aspects of the book but I wanted more. The Darkling to me is a lot more fascinating than Mal and Nikolai and I wish we saw more of him, again, I think I would have liked a dual POV.

For the most part I enjoyed the plot – well the first third to first half of the plot. Around the middle of the book a plot point occurs that well fucks with a lot of things – especially Nikolai and the mythology of the previous two books and while it was sort of interesting I just didn’t enjoy it, mostly because of the ending. The way Bardugo chose to end the series made a lot of events that happened in this book seem like they were there just to fill pages or word count as they didn’t really have long lasting effect and that did bother me a bit.

Really the ending is what sort of ruined this book for me. I thought it was too neat and a sort of betrayal of what a character had become and all the growing that happened in the previous two novels. It was just too neat for me.

As a standalone I enjoyed this book but as part of the series it is my least favourite. I did still enjoy it, I still think it is worth 4 stars but that ending was just no.

4 Stars.

 

 

Siege and Storm: Review

siege and stormAuthor: Leigh Bardugo

Publisher: Indigo Books

Summary: Darkness never dies.

Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land. She finds starting new is not easy while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. She can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long.

The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling’s game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her–or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm. (Via Goodreads.)

Review: These days I am always a little wary when it comes to picking up the second book in a series. The thing is, I know I want the book, I really want to read the book but I do really fear ‘The Twilight Effect” meaning that I’ll love the first book, read the next books and watch in horror as the slowly get worse and worse until I can’t love the series anymore. The Grisha Trilogy does not suffer from The Twilight Effect. Siege and Storm is simply wonderful and I enjoyed it a lot more than Shadow and Bone.

Bardugo does an excellent job in picking up the story from Shadow and Bone’s cliffhanger-esque ending and expanding the world that she created in her previous novel. It was really fascinating to see what existed beyond the Little Palace and how everyone is affected by The Darkling and his plans and by Alina’s existence. I just loved it.

Siege and Strom also introduced some wonderful new characters in Nikolai, Toyla and Tamar and they created some really interesting contrasts for me and I really enjoyed how they seemed to represent another part of Alina – in that Mal is her security, the part of her that wants to be safe and run, the Darkling is Alina’s darkness and her own desire for power and Nikolai is her willingness to fight to protect people. Bardugo’s mirror images were fun and I really liked seeing them and how Alina plays off of them.

Bardugo’s writing is also much improved. I loved her prose in this book! It really was stunning, I especially loved the last lines of the book.

The Darkling told her he was destined to rule. He had claimed his throne and a part of her too. He was welcome to it. For the living and the dead she would make herself a reckoning. She would rise.

The only aspect I didn’t enjoy in this book is the lack of the Darkling. He is without a doubt one of my favourite characters in the Grisha Trilogy. He is just so fascinating and I wish we could see inside his head – I actually wouldn’t have minded a dual POV in this book – and I wish we could have see more of him.

However, I loved this book. I loved the politics, the romance, the relationships and the struggles Alina went through. My favourite book of the series so far.

4 Stars.