Books in Series That I Need to Read

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So I’m currently reading a book series, and I noticed that I tend to start series and I either marathon them until I’m done, or I stop and start series. So I felt that I would make a post about a couple series that I really need to finish! Most of these books are the third in the series, which is a trend I tend to do it seems.

So here we go!

Deity by Jennifer L Armentrout, the third book in her Covenant series. I just finished the second book in early January and took a break to read other books. There are a few more in the series and I hope to finish all of them this year.

Gathering Darkness is also the third book in the Falling Kingdoms series which I started a few weeks ago and finished the second book right after I finished the first. I really enjoyed it and plan to start the next two sometime next month.

Fire Study by Maria V Snyder is another third book in the series that I absolutely devoured because it was so amazing! Again I don’t know why I haven’t gotten around the finishing the series since I have all the books, but again I hope to finish this before the end of the year.

This Shattered World is the second book in the series by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner. I finally got around to reading the first book a month or so ago and I loved it so I hope to start and finish the trilogy sometime soon as with the other books in this post.

Heir of Fire is the third book in the Throne of Glass series by the amazing Sarah J Maas. I think the reason I haven’t finished the current books in this series is because I am so in love with the series as a whole that I don’t want to finish it so soon. But I hope to finish at least HoF and Assassin’s Blade before the fifth book comes out.

Opal by Jennifer L Armentrout is another third book in a series that I have yet to get through. I am currently reading Onyx and will hopefully get to this book sometime this month. My goal is to finish the Lux series this month but with the amount of projects that I have going on I don’t know if it’ll happen. But I do plan on finishing both Onyx and Opal this month.

Burning Kingdoms is the second book in the Internment Chronicles by Lauren DeStefano and I really just need to get on this book. Because I loved Perfect Ruin so much and I really just need to really find out what happens next! Maybe next month…?

Lastly is Cress by Marissa Meyer. I sadly have not continued the series…which is sad because it ended on a good note, and I really just want to see what happens next! So far the series has been amazing and I hope it continues to live up to my expectations!

Let me know in the comments if you are like me and haven’t finished a lot of series, or have a habit of starting a series, then stopping then starting up again!

 

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Cinder

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Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

Published: January 3rd, 2012

Rating: 5/5

Cinder is a fairy tale retelling of a cyborg Cinderella, and her life as a mechanic in New Beijing. I honestly loved this book, and I felt it was a really great twist on Cinderella! I enjoyed how Marissa told this story and created the different characters such as Cinder, Kai and Levana.

I really think that Levana is such a great evil villian, I hated her so much during the course of reading this book. I think that Marissa got her intent across. Kai was so sweet, that I really adored him as a character, and loved reading about him. He had such compassion, and a need to help his people that it really made me feel bad for him with what he was contemplating doing. I loved that he, as well as other characters in the story really thought about their choices, and the consequences not just towards themselves, but towards other people.

Iko was also a great character, really sarcastic, helpful and I really enjoyed what she brought to the table. I really loved her relationship with Cinder, and how she was really a great friend for her during her life with her stepmother. Iko was also really hilarious, which just added to her overall appeal. And let me tell you, her stepmother was a piece of work, same with the step-sister. The younger step-sister was a great girl, but the older was just downright mean! Hated her and the mother so much! When the story twisted around, oh my gosh that was when I really truly hated the stepmother.

But this book had me hooked from page one, and had so many twists and a mystery element that you just wanted to keep reading to figure out. And of course when you did find out what happened and the pieces were put together, my jaw just dropped! I just really enjoyed how the story line just kept me interested, and really made you look at everything to try and see what clues you could find.

Cinder was my all time favorite character in the book, as well as the series so far. You really get invested in what happens to her, as well as feel bad for certain things that happens to her in the life during the book. It was really awesome reading about a girl who liked mechanics, and was great at them.

I highly recommend this book, as well as this series. If you really love fairy tale retellings, you’ll really enjoy this book, or if you like any type of fantasy book you’ll love this series.

Let me know in the comments whether or not you have read and liked the book, as well as others in the series.

Obsidian & Oblivion

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Obsidian & Oblivion by Jennifer L Armentrout

Publisher: Entangled Teen

Published: May 8th, 2012 & December 1st 2015

Rating: 5/5

Obsidian follows the story of a girl named Katy after she moves to a new town in West Virginia. She meets Daemon Black and his sister Dee. Who just so happen to not be from this world. Oblivion is this story told from Daemon’s point of view.

I really enjoyed Jennifer’s take on the alien’s among us idea; because while the alien idea has been done before, her way of going about it definitely felt different. Daemon is just so swoon worthy, and Katy was a wonderful character to read about. She is just so sassy, and doesn’t crap from anyone! I also felt that she was great because she had an open mind, and it really showed her great character. I loved reading Obsidian in her point of view, and hearing her mind at work.

Daemon was a bit hard to get used to a first in Obsidian, mainly because he was such a jerk for the first couple times they met, but after a while I got used to him and once I read the scene in his point of view, it was much easier to handle him. But once getting more into Obsidian I really started to like him, as well as understand his motives on why he was the way he was to her.

I really don’t know which one of the two that I liked more, because they all were great in different ways but also similar. I liked reading from Katy’s point of view and mind; but I also liked hearing from Daemon and what he thought of different things. It gave them both more dimension as well as more back story on certain situations where you only get one view.

If you’ve read Obsidian I highly recommend checking out Oblivion to get inside Daemon’s head. And if you’ve read Oblivion then I recommend reading Obsidian to get into Katy’s mind. I really think you’ll like them, individually and the series as a whole. I am currently making my way through the Lux series and I am really enjoying the books!

Let me know in the comments if you’ve read the Lux series and your thoughts on them! I don’t know many people who have so I’d like to hear other’s thoughts on the series.

Death Troopers

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Death Troopers by Joe Schreiber

Publisher: LucasBooks

Published: October 13, 2009

Rating: 4/5

This book takes place on the Imperial Prison Barge called the Purge and it follows a couple characters aboard, and this fight to survive a mysterious illness that takes over after a trip aboard a deserted Star Destroyer. This takes place before A New Hope, with Darth Vader still alive, and Han and Chewie doing their jobs before meeting Luke and Leia.

I really enjoyed this book, I did not love it but it was very good. The plot line was very well done, and the writing was great as well. I felt that the characters were well done, and really enjoyed getting a look at Han and Chewie.

This was my first Star Wars book in quite awhile and it made me miss reading all them so hopefully I’ll be getting back into these types of books very very soon!

There were great points in the book, and moments where my jaw dropped so hard and fast that I was just like woah! The idea, using the undead, was not unique but the way he wrote it and used it, just really felt different than anything I have read before. There are some disturbing concepts in the book; such as cannibalism, piles of decapitated bodies, and other events of the sort. I know they aren’t normally present in most of the books in the Star Wars universe, which is kind of why this novel felt really different and unique to me, which kind of makes me sick I guess. The author really fills this book up with horror as well as adventure, and those really will suck you in and keep you hooked. I really enjoyed his writing.

Kale and Trig were my favorite main characters, and their story is so heartbreaking that your heart gets ripped out at certain points. I loved their relationship as brothers, and I really adored Kale for looking after his brother all the time.

Jareth just…oh my gosh I hated him, which meant the author really did his job because gah! He was horrible and while what he did at the end was great, still did not like him! He redeemed himself but that doesn’t mean I actually like him.

It was a very quick read, I finished it in a little over a day and I hope I get a chance to check out his other Star Wars books in the future. I know he wrote one more Star Wars about Darth Maul (who is hands down one of my favorite characters in the movie-universe), so I’m anxious to check it out!

Honestly I feel that fans of The Walking Dead, as well as fans of Star Wars (obviously) will enjoy this book. Highly suggest checking it out sometime!

Let me know in the comments if you have read this book as well as your thoughts! I’d enjoy reading them!

 

Falling Kingdoms

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Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

Publisher: Razorbill

Published: December 1, 2012

Rating: 5/5

Falling Kingdoms follows four characters: Cleo, Jonas, Magnus and Lucia, from three separate kingdoms. Cleo is a princess from the richest kingdom, Magnus and Lucia are royal siblings of the King of Blood, and Jonas is the son of a wine cellar from a poor land. After a tragic event that both Cleo and Jonas were both present at, things start falling apart for everyone.

This book took me a while to read and not because it was boring, which is why the 5/5 rating is still present. I started reading it in physical form, went to turn it back to the library because while I wanted to continue and recheck it out it had a hold on it already, I ended up getting the ebook. And I forgot I had the ebook so when I started it this month I actually started over and read from the beginning.

I just fell in love with this book. I really enjoyed the different point of view’s and felt that it really added to the story-line. I think out of the four my favorites were Cleo and Jonas. Magnus was great, but I think with Lucia I wasn’t as invested in her story. She’s a great character, but she just was not my favorite. Jonas has a hard life, and I really wanted to see him succeed in his life, which is part of the reason I got invested in him, and with Cleo I liked how while she seemed spoiled, she really was a caring person in her mind.

I really enjoyed the setting, the magical elements of the story, the characters, the plot-line, the writing and just everything about it. This book was right up my alley and I really wish I had finished it sooner because it was worth every page of the book.

It really exceeded all the expectations I had for it, and at the same time crushed me heart, put it back together, and crushed it again! There were so many twists and turns in this book, and so many surprising moments and elements in this book that made me see why everyone really loves this book. I honestly feel that it is one of my all time favorite books this year, and is now on my top 10 books ever!

I highly suggest picking it up and reading it! You will not be disappointed!

Let me know in the comments if you’ve read this book and your thoughts!

Dark Elements Series

 

Dark Elements Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Published: February 25, 2014, October 21, 2014, July 28, 2015

Rating: 5/5

The Dark Elements series is about a girl named Layla who is half demon, half gargoyle. She lives with a gargoyle family and after mysterious incidents happen she meets a demon named Roth.

I just absolutely was sucked into this book series, and I just could not get enough of these characters, this plot line, and the writing. This is one of the books that really got me into Jennifer’s books. I had read Half-Blood before I read these and I liked it a lot but these are the ones that really pushed me to buy as much of her books as I could.

Roth is now one of my fictional boyfriend.

All the characters so great and so dynamic! Let me tell you! I just adored Zayne (but not as much as Roth), Roth was super sexy, and lastly Layla was badass! I really enjoyed that she wasn’t willing to step back and let people handle things for her, and that she was putting herself out there to kick some major butt! She’s also realistic in her sense of herself, she admits that’s shes not a stunning girl, but she admits that she’s pretty. I really liked her confidence, that she didn’t just go saying “I’m so plain, so boring, look how ordinary I am”. It was really nice to see that in books, since a lot of characters tend to see themselves as plain or ordinary.

Roth was just downright sexy throughout the series. I adored him from the moment he entered the book series, he is snarky, brave, and funny! He’s such a good character, and I loved that I got so involved in him and what happened to him. His role in book 2 made me get so angry at him, and I was just itching to reach into the book to smack him but I loved that I got so into it that I was getting angry and getting so attached and involved. I really enjoy when author’s create characters that make me do that or feel that. It makes the overall feel of the book so much better. But he is really a character that you just can’t help but fall in love.

Zayne was just a sweetheart. I think that was why I liked Roth better at times. Because I couldn’t see past his sweetness to Layla. In books I tend to like the guys that are considered the ‘tough guy”, and while he was a tough and badass character, it was more his power was badass. He seemed to me to be the sweet, kind guy. There were moments where I wanted to smack him but I understood in a way why he did the things he did.

But overall I loved that Jennifer created such a unique character in Layla, as well as a unique plot line. I read each book one after the other and I was so glad I did, I could not get enough of them. I read them a few months ago and I already want to reread them!

Highly highly recommend the series to anyone and everyone! You won’t be able to put it down let me tell you that right now! And you won’t want to either.

Let me know in the comments below if you’ve read and liked the series and what your thoughts were!

 

All We Have Is Now

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All We Have is Now by Lisa Schroeder

Publisher: Scholastic Inc

Published: July 28, 2015

Rating: 5/5

All We Have is Now is a book about two teenagers who live in a world where an asteroid is about to hit and it’s mass chaos everywhere. Emerson and Vince are left to spend one last day together, and after being given a wallet full of money, are on a quest to grant people’s wishes.

I’ve been a huge fan of Lisa’s since I Heart You, You Haunt Me, and this has to be one of my favorite books she has written. She always has beautiful writing, cute plots, and great characters. I never fail at getting attached to the different characters she creates. This book was definitely no exception. I really loved the theme of this book, taking the time you have left and just using it to help others and make the best of what you have.

Emerson and Vince were just so cute, and their stories were heartbreaking. I literally still think of them to this day after all the books I’ve read since I picked this one up. It was great seeing their dynamic together, and I loved that Lisa really created characters that had such depth to them. I really enjoyed reading from both their POV’s and it gave good insight into their minds. I also loved that they had flaws, that they weren’t perfect teenagers. They really felt alive and human to me, and it really pumped up my love for this book.

The ending was a bit brief, but it honestly didn’t matter because in all honesty the ending wasn’t what was important to me. The message of appreciating life, of enjoying all the moments you are given was more important than anything in the book.

I highly recommend this book to anyone, because it really stays with you after you finish, and just really impacts you. Loved this book so much, and I really enjoyed this authors work, she always writes such amazing books and this book was no disappointment.

Let me know in the comments what you thought of the book, and let me know as well if you’ve enjoyed other books by Lisa!

 

Penryn and the End of Days trilogy

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Angelfall, World After, and End of Days by Susan Ee

Publisher: Skyscape

Published: August 28, 2012; November 19, 2013; May 12, 2015

Rating: 5/5

The Angelfall Trilogy follows a teenage girl named Penryn and her fight for survival during what seems like the end of the world. The end of the world brought upon by angels. In the first book she is on a mission to save her sister after being abducted by one of the angels, and we follow her from there where she meets an angel named Raffe.

I was literally so absorbed in this book trilogy, The first book sucked me in and I was not let go until the end of the third book. I finished the first book in a couple days and bought the second book and again just got so absorbed. It killed me to wait to get the third one, but once I got it I didn’t come up for air until I was done with it. The writing is great, the plot is unique, and the characters were so well developed and was slightly realistic. I liked the fact that I felt that I was in some kind of Mission Impossible situation, because some things left me wondering if that could really happen, but I loved watching them unfold. I also loved that she used a common theme (dystopian, fallen angles) but made them her own and just produced something that was so unique.

Penryn was really such an amazing character, she really showed what a sister would do for another that she really loved. She was trying to do the impossible, and I loved watching her do it and overcome the obstacles she was facing. Throughout the series she just continues to stun me with how she handles things, how she is so focused on her family, and how she does all she can for Raffe. I just really loved how she didn’t leave everything to Raffe to handle, and tried to pull her weight in what they were doing. It really made her seem much more stronger, and she was someone that I really looked up to.

Raffe literally is one of my favorite male characters I have read so far. He is really just a funny guy, but his serious side is also just…swoon! You really just love him, but also hate him for different reasons. I was great reading about him and following his journey throughout the three books to get his wings back. I loved the whole fallen angel side of his story, but also just strength in somehow trying to survive everything that is going on around him and Penryn.

The first book was a great start to the trilogy, it really got you invested into the story that you really just wanted to know what happened. The second book was probably my least favorite but I really enjoyed it anyways. I felt that it dragged a bit, because you were getting prepared for all the happenings at the end of it as well as the happenings in the third book. I loved the third book so much, because so much happened in it that it really was such a fast read as you were trying to figure out what was happening next. It really wraps up the series quite well, and I was honestly wanting more. Mainly because I just couldn’t get enough. There were things I hoped would be covered in the end, but overall I was very satisfied with it.

I really loved that Susan Ee self-published these books. It really gave me a more open mind to self-published authors. It also gave me an urge to check more self-published authors out and see what fantastic stuff they can come up with.

Overall, I highly recommend this series, and I really feel that more people should be reading these amazing books because I was personally just blown away!

Let me know in the comments if you have read this book trilogy before! I would love to know and talk about it!

 

 

These Broken Stars

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These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

Publisher: Disney Hyperion

Published: December 10, 2013

Rating: 5/5

These Broken Stars is a story following a girl named Lilac, the daughter of the richest man in the universe, and a soldier named Tarver. On board a ship, they meet for the first time, and are thrown together when it crashes, leaving them stranded.

The plot was so different, and so well executed with great writing and amazing characters that you really just grew to love. It really sucked me in, and just let me love Sci-fi books again! I loved the survival story aspect of it. The writing is also very beautiful, and complex as well.

I absolutely fell in love with this book! I loved Tarver, and his ability to look beyond his distrust of Lilac to help her out during their time on the planet. And I loved the growth throughout the story with Lilac. She just grew stronger and stronger as a person, and I loved how she really showed her intellect and knowledge with machines. She really surprised me at times, as well as surprised Tarver. She really started picking up the slack as time went on, and I really admired how she was so interested in learning how to help out. They both were just great characters by themselves, but also together they were a great team.

This story also added such a mystery vibe to it, and I really enjoyed that aspect of it. You have to try to find out what is going on, and what is on the planet along with them. And there is so much other stuff you have to try to figure out that you become so absorbed into reading to find out what you can.

A side-note, Tarver just makes me swoon! He’s so cute and sweet!

I just loved reading their relationship, their struggles, and everything surrounding them. Highly recommend to everyone because it just sucks you in and holds you until you put down the book, and you are so tempted to pick up the next book. I’m hoping Lilac and Tarver make appearances, because I know the next books follow different characters.

Let me know your thoughts on this book, as well as the others! I’d really like to know!

 

This is What Happy Looks Like

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This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E Smith

Publisher: Headline

Published: April 2, 2013

Rating: 4/5

This is What Happy Looks Like is about a girl named Ellie who got an email from a guy she didn’t know, who turned out to be a teen movie star. It follows their story as he makes his way to her sleepy town in Maine for a film.

This is my second Jennifer E Smith book, and I honestly thought it wasn’t as good as Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight. But I really did enjoy this book a lot! I just felt that it wasn’t as good, but I would still continue reading her books, which I am!

I really enjoyed the email viewings we got in between chapters, and it really made me think and look at my own life and wonder if those things applied to me as well. This book really left me with a overall happy feeling, it was a cute romantic book, and almost felt realistic in their relationship. They didn’t just fall in love after locking eyes for the first time, and they really had a lot of struggles going on for them in their lives. Ellie has her own secret that really keeps her from opening to the idea of dating Graham.

The different points of views between Ellie and Graham really helped fill the story and the plot. I enjoyed looking into their minds, their going ons, as well as seeing their chemistry and dynamic from each other’s minds.

I also loved the different family issues that were going on with both main characters. They didn’t have perfect little families, and I loved how they worked through them day to day, and I loved how they both resolved these issues on their own. Lastly I loved Ellie’s relationship with her mother, it really reminded me of my own with my mother. They were very open with each other, and it really just let them open up to each other

Overall I really enjoyed the book, and I plan to continue reading more of her books. I liked her writing, as well as the different story lines she chooses for her books. Highly recommend for people who are getting into contemporary, as well as lovers of contemporary!

Let me know in the comments what you thought of this book, as well as your thoughts on Jennifer’s books!