Top Ten Books I’m On The Fence About Reading

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together. 

This week’s list are the books that we’re on the fence about reading. I have a few of these! Ha.

As ever, book images go to Goodreads!

The Jewel (The Lone City, #1)

I used to really want to read this book but I’ve heard a few things that have put me off.

Water for Elephants

I have wanted to read this book for a long time! I think I’m nervous I won’t like it.

Easy (Contours of the Heart, #1)

I’m not a massive fan of this genre, but I’ve heard good things. I’m torn!

Half-Blood (Covenant, #1)

I have yet to read this series. I’m not sure whether it would be for me or not.

The Girl of Fire and Thorns (Fire and Thorns, #1)

Pretty sure that this book has made numerous appearance on my blog, but I STILL haven’t made time for it.

Incarnate (Newsoul, #1)

Hm. I used to really be into this sort of read, but I’m not anymore.

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)

I know this series is massively popular but I’m not sure it’s for me.

Beautiful Disaster (Beautiful, #1)

I’ve heard very mixed things about this book so I’m really on the fence about reading it.

Into the Dim (Into the Dim, #1)

I was originally really excited about reading this book, but I’m not so sure about it now.

Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5)

I’m not sure I want to continue the Throne Of Glass series. I started this book but felt pretty ‘meh’ about it.

What do you think about my selection? Are there any of your favourites that you want to root for? Let me know!

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Top Ten Series That I Want To Start

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are series that we’d like to start. Ooh, I have many of these, but here are a selection…

Book images go to Goodreads!

Obsidian- Jennifer L. Armentrout

Obsidian (Lux, #1)

I am so intrigued by this series as SO many bloggers seem to rave about it. I want to give it a go and see what I think.

Grave Mercy- Robin LaFevers

Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin, #1)

This has been on my TBR for such a long time. I hope to get to it within the next year!

The Name Of The Star- Maureen

The Name of the Star (Shades of London, #1)

This series sounds great. I’m intrigued…

The Girl Of Fire and Thorns- Rae Carson

The Girl of Fire and Thorns (Fire and Thorns, #1)

I have been recommended this book SO many times, I really don’t know why I haven’t picked it up yet. I fail.

Finnikin of The Rock- Melina Marchetta

Finnikin of the Rock (Lumatere Chronicles, #1)

I hear so many wonderful things about this book, goodness knows why I haven’t started it!

Rebel Of The Sands- Alwyn Hamilton

Rebel of the Sands (Rebel of the Sands, #1)

I have heard so many wonderful things about this book. I can’t wait to finally get around to it!

The Madman’s Daughter- Megan Shepherd

The Madman’s Daughter (The Madman’s Daughter, #1)

Another one I want to read ASAP! There’s just too may series to even begin let alone finish the current ones I’m reading.

What’s Left Of Me-

What's Left of Me (The Hybrid Chronicles, #1)

I’ve had this book forever, but never seem to get around to reading it! Story of my life!

The Jewel- Amy Ewing

The Jewel (The Lone City, #1)

I have had this book on my radar for a while now too!

13 Little Blue Envelopes- Maureen Johnson

13 Little Blue Envelopes (Little Blue Envelope, #1)

This looks like a cute contemporary series! Very easy to read.

What series do you hope to start soon? Have you read any of these? Which would you recommend? Let me know!

The Problem With Forever

The Problem with Forever

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:

Synopsis:

For some people, silence is a weapon. For Mallory “Mouse” Dodge, it’s a shield. Growing up, she learned that the best way to survive was to say nothing. And even though it’s been four years since her nightmare ended, she’s beginning to worry that the fear that holds her back will last a lifetime.

Now, after years of homeschooling with loving adoptive parents, Mallory must face a new milestone—spending her senior year at public high school. But of all the terrifying and exhilarating scenarios she’s imagined, there’s one she never dreamed of—that she’d run into Rider Stark, the friend and protector she hasn’t seen since childhood, on her very first day.

It doesn’t take long for Mallory to realize that the connection she shared with Rider never really faded. Yet the deeper their bond grows, the more it becomes apparent that she’s not the only one grappling with the lingering scars from the past. And as she watches Rider’s life spiral out of control, Mallory faces a choice between staying silent and speaking out—for the people she loves, the life she wants, and the truths that need to be heard.

Thoughts:

I like Jennifer L.Armentrout’s writing. Well, I wouldn’t say I’m a major fan, after all this is only the third book I’ve read from her. I know she is very widely appreciated in the blogosphere. I follow many bloggers that love her writing. I have enjoyed the books I’ve read of Jennifer’s, but I have to admit that I don’t quite ‘get’ the love for her writing. Perhaps I haven’t read her best books yet. I don’t know. I did enjoy The Problem With Forever, but for me, the problem was that the story seemed to drag on a little. I started to lose interest in the characters and the plot at just over halfway through.

The Problem With Forever tells the story of Mallory. She has been in care since she was young. She is currently living with a ‘decent’ family. She doesn’t speak much due to post traumatic stress and conditioning from a horrible experience at her previous foster home. The new couple that have taken Mallory in have homeschooled her so she has no need to speak publicly. Mallory has dreams of going to college, and her foster parents know she’s going to have to attend public school so she can adapt and learn how to function with her PTSD. Strangely, Mallory runs into a boy from her past, Rider, a boy that looked after her at her previous foster home. Mallory is really happy to run into Rider, but they share so much history with one another that affects both of their lives.

I really appreciated what Jennifer L.Armentrout was trying to do with telling the story. It is a fantastic idea, I just don’t think it was executed as well as it could have been. I think if it was a shorter read it would have increased the pace and the same, important story could still have been portrayed. It felt like an incredibly dramatic book, packing so much in. I feel if the focus was on one or more of the plot lines then this book would’ve felt more solid.

I really appreciated that Mallory’s anxieties were explored within this story. I always like to read about characters that are struggling with mental health. It’s so important to have them represented in literature, especially when so many people are experiencing the same or similar problems. It makes people realise they aren’t alone.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

Despite some criticisms, I do think fans of Jennifer’s writing would enjoy this book. It is a decent read. Just be aware it doesn’t have the fastest pace…

Stacking The Shelves #144

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

As ever, click on the book image to get to the Goodreads page!

Bought

The Problem with Forever

The synopsis of this book really captured my attention. That and I’m intrigued to read more from Jennifer L.Armentrout!

Time to Say Goodbye

I’ve heard a lot of good things about this book recently. It looks like it could make me weep though!

A short but sweet haul for me this week. What have you added to your shelves? Feel free to leave a link and I’ll stop by. Happy Reading 🙂

Cursed

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How did I get it?:
Bookbridgr- many thanks to them!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Don’t Look Back

Synopsis:

Dying sucks
…and high school senior Ember McWilliams knows firsthand.

After a fatal car accident, her gifted little sister brought her back. Now anything Ember touches dies. And that, well, really blows.

Ember operates on a no-touch policy with all living things–including boys. When Hayden Cromwell shows up, quoting Oscar Wilde and claiming her curse is a gift, she thinks he’s a crazed cutie. But when he tells her he can help control it, she’s more than interested. There’s just one catch: Ember has to trust Hayden’s adopted father, a man she’s sure has sinister reasons for collecting children whose abilities even weird her out. However, she’s willing to do anything to hold her sister’s hand again. And hell, she’d also like to be able to kiss Hayden. Who wouldn’t?

But when Ember learns the accident that turned her into a freak may not’ve been an accident at all, she’s not sure who to trust. Someone wanted her dead, and the closer she gets to the truth, the closer she is to losing not only her heart, but her life.

For real this time.

Thoughts:

I requested this book from Bookbridgr after wanting to read more from Jennifer L Armentrout. At the moment, I don’t really want to commit to her series, so I’m looking out for her standalone books. Cursed is an interesting book. I found it very easy to read with an engaging although not very deep storyline.

Cursed is centred around Ember, who was brought back to life by her younger sister Olivia after a fatal accident claimed the life of her father. Since the accident Ember has been able to kill with her touch, so now she has a no touch policy. Ember is also sole carer for her sister, since their mother no longer interacts with them. Ember feels isolated from her peers, because she’s changed. Even her eye colour has changed. Everyone now treats Ember as an outcast, and she feels like she is as well. Life is about to change for Ember though. Hayden Cromwell turns up and tells her that her ‘curse’ is in fact a gift. He’s been watching her for years to ensure that she didn’t kill anyone with her touch. Hayden is interested in Olivia as well, since Olivia has the gift of life. I won’t say any more about the plot as I really don’t want to ruin it for those that haven’t read it yet!

I thought that Cursed had a very full plot considering that it’s quite a short book. Ember experiences so much throughout the novel. The reader is always kept on their toes throughout the story. It’s interesting to see Ember’s story unfold and learn more about her life.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes- 3.5 stars

Cursed is a great standalone read which is well worth checking out if you enjoy books with a paranormal edge!  

Top Ten Books I’m Not Sure If I Want To Read

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely The Broke and The Bookish. Each week they come up with a list for us to complete. This week the topic is Top Ten Books I’m Not Sure I Want To Read (books you may have bought but aren’t sure if you are into it anymore, books you wanted to read but heard mixed things about, hyped books you aren’t sure about — basically any book that has you going, “TO READ OR NOT TO READ?”)

I’ve gone for hyped books that I’m yet to read and I’m unsure whether to read…

So here are mine in no particular order! (Click on the book cover for the Goodreads page!)

Water For ElephantsSara Gruen

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I’ve heard so much about this book that I feel like I’ve overhyped it! I feel like it’s a book that I should like, but I’m not sure I would.

City of BonesCassandra Clare

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Oh the struggle I have with this! I know that I should read it because everyone loves it so much, but if I’m honest, I’m not sure it’s my sort of thing and I’m not sure I want to commit to another long series. Hmm. Is it worth it?

ShiverMaggie Stiefvater

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Maggie Stiefvater is an author I’ve wanted to check out for ages, but again I’m not sure I want to commit to a series. I have a problem of wanting to see a series through and if I don’t like it then I’ll be annoyed! I don’t know if I’m missing out. Argh, the struggles of a bookworm.

IncarnateJodi Meadows

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Are you starting to see a theme here? There are so many series on my radar that I’m far too nervous to start. One, in case it’s rubbish and two, in case I’m so sucked in I have to find time to marathon them!

Anna Dressed In Blood- Kendare Blake

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This book sounds a bit spooky, and I’m not the biggest fan of spooky. But is it worth it?

The Girl of Fire and ThornsRae Carson

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I am so intrigued by this book, but I’m not the biggest fantasy reader. Does that matter? I don’t know.

Born Wicked- Jessica Spotswood

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I’m intrigued. Pure and simple.

The Immortal Rules Julie Kagawa

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This is where I admit that I haven’t read any Julie Kagawa before. I’m intrigued by this book but I’m a bit over vampires. I’m wondering whether this book stands out in the genre.

EasyTammara Webber

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I’m not a big fan of the New Adult genre, but I hear that this book is very good?

Half-BloodJennifer L.Armentrout

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Again, this is a series problem. Is it worth investing in?

As you can tell, most of the books I’ve featured on here are series and I’m unsure whether to invest time in them! What do you think? Are any of your favourites here? What would you recommend? Please let me know and feel free to leave your links to your posts!

Stacking The Shelves #83

Click on the image to take you to Tynga's blog to learn more! (Opens in same window)

Click on the image to take you to Tynga’s blog to learn more! (Opens in same window)

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

As ever, click on the book Image to get to the Goodread’s page!

From Bookbridgr:

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I succeeded in not buying any books this week, but I did receive these three books from Bookbridg. I have wanted to read more from Jennifer L. Armentrout and I liked the sound of Cursed. Hopefully I’ll get to read it soon. I’ve heard mixed things about Roomies, so I’m intrigued to see what I make of it. I’ve also heard a lot of positive things about The Visitors by Rebecca Mascull. It’s another one I’ll try and get to ASAP.

NetGalley:

Robin Talley - Lies We Tell Ourselves

I’ve been wanting to read this for a while now, so I was thrilled to be accepted to review this book!

What have you added to your shelves this week? Please feel free to leave a link to your posts and I’ll stop by!