Ten Series That I’ve Given Up On

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 is all about the series that we’ve given up on. It feels quite negative to do a list like this. I always feel sorry for the author’s that have put effort into these stories. However, not every book will work for every reader. I’m happy to show these books in case others are interested in them!

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Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1)

Oh boy. I feel like my list could offend some people this week. I just didn’t enjoy this book. I found it to be a little too cringe-y for my liking.

Matched (Matched, #1)

I enjoyed the first book but then I began to read more widely and realised it was quite same-y. I tried to start the second book but it didn’t engage me enough and I stopped reading.

Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, #1)

Again, the first book was alright, I just don’t feel like committing myself to this series.

The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic (Shopaholic, #1)

I liked this series despite it being a bit ridiculous. After book 6 though I was done with the series and the character.

Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1)

Sorry fans of Cassandra Clare! Her writing just doesn’t work for me.

Across the Universe (Across the Universe, #1)

I really wanted to love this book but it just didn’t work for me!

The Selection (The Selection, #1)

Read to Book 3. I have no interest in continuing the series!

Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)

Here’s another one that I wanted to love. Unfortunately it just wasn’t my sort of thing. I tried the second book, but gave up!

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)

I didn’t think that when I started this series that I’d ever put this series on a list like today’s. However, after book 4, I had just lost interest in the series. They got a little too long for my liking and the plot wasn’t what I wanted it to be.

Rebel Belle (Rebel Belle, #1)

I enjoyed the first book, but then heard really mixed reviews for the next book. It definitely made me lose interest.

So there we have it. Series I don’t intend to finish. Please don’t feel sad if your favourite book is here! I can honestly say I gave them all a go but they didn’t work for me! I’m glad that they did for you!

Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

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Comparing ‘My True Love Gave To Me’ An Anthology

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If you love holiday stories, holiday movies, made-for-TV-holiday specials, holiday episodes of your favorite sitcoms and, especially, if you love holiday anthologies, you’re going to fall in love with MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME: TWELVE HOLIDAY STORIES by twelve bestselling young adult writers, edited by international bestselling author Stephanie Perkins.

 

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Thoughts before you started reading My True Love Gave To Me?

CHRISSI: It’s beautiful. Can I just stare it at for a while? Beautiful cover, just beautiful. I  was hoping it was just as beautiful inside!

LUNA: Those are some neon pink pages! 😀 Ok slightly more seriously I was thinking C’s = Cute, Cosy, Comfort reading.

What did you think of My True Love Gave To Me an anthology?

CHRISSI: I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised. I expected it to be a little cheesy. Some stories were. But mostly, I just got the warm fuzzy feeling when you read a very cute, festive, romantic story. Lovely! I think there was something for everyone within this anthology.

LUNA:  My True Love Gave To Me surprised me. I originally thought it was going to be all contemporary Christmas stories but there were other genres in there as well. I was also really happy to see there variety of characters, backgrounds, believes, etc.

There will always be some stories that you prefer more than others but My True Love Gave To Me has a really good collection. I’d be surprised if there isn’t at least one you really love, with a good few more you enjoy a lot.

Favourite story/stories?

CHRISSI: I really liked ‘Angels in the Snow’ by Matt De La Pena. An author I hadn’t heard much about, but I absolutely devoured the story. I also thought ‘Midnights’ by Rainbow Rowell was cute.

LUNA: ‘Angels in the Snow’ by Matt De La Pena was my favourite I think. Also loved: ‘The Lady and the Fox’ by Kelly Link, ‘It’s a Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown’ by Stephanie Perkins, ‘Welcome to Christmas, CA’ by Kiersten White and the quirkiness of ‘Krampuslauf’ by Holly Black.

Have you discovered any new authors because of My True Love Gave To Me?

CHRISSI: I’ve read quite a few of these authors, hence my interest in the anthology. I have to add Matt De La Pena to my list, although Luna has discovered he doesn’t have a UK publisher. Boo!

LUNA: I have actually read a fair few and do have books by quite a few others on top of that. Kelly Link’s ‘Pretty Monsters: Stories’ has moved quite a bit higher on my TBR pile and I’ve added Matt De La Pena to my Christmas wish list. He doesn’t seem to have a UK publisher though, which really sucks…

Any you didn’t enjoy?

CHRISSI: I didn’t really dislike any of the stories, but my least favourite was probably Jenny Han’s ‘Polaris Is Where You’ll Find Me.’

LUNA: There weren’t any that I disliked as such but I was expecting to be blown away by David Levithan’s ‘Your Temporary Santa’ (because you know it’s David Levithan!) and I was also really excited about Jenny Han’s story but neither really connected.

Would you recommend it?

CHRISSI: Of course! An anthology full of talented authors. What’s not to like?

LUNA: Absolutely, with a hot drink and a cuddly blanket.

Daughter Of Smoke and Bone

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How did I get it?:
A present from my sister.

Synopsis:

Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grown dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real, she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”, she speaks many languages – not all of them human – and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.

When beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

Thoughts:

I have been meaning to read this book for so long. I have seen it on so many Top Ten lists, seen it listed as favourite series by many bloggers and just generally read the hype around it. I’m glad I finally got around to reading it. I have the sequel to read this month as well, which I’m looking forward to. My overall opinion of Daughter of Smoke and Bone, is that it’s a good, unique paranormal/fantasy read but it’s not quite a five star read for me, because I felt the pace really slowed down towards the middle of the book.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone centres around Karou. Karou is a fairly normal seventeen year old, living in Prague. Karou studies art. She draws inhuman characters, which her friends want to know about. Karou is living another life. She carries out errands for Brimstone and finds herself surrounded by the characters that she draws. Throughout Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Karou finds out who she really is. I don’t want to say too much about the plot, because sometimes I think it’s nice to jump into a story without knowing a lot about it.

I thought Daughter of Smoke and Bone was particularly gripping at the beginning. This was largely to do with the imaginative world that Laini Taylor has created. It’s intriguing and imaginative. I’m particularly impressed with Laini Taylor’s writing. I think although the story did slow down, the writing was beautiful and easy to read. I’m already looking forward to reading Days Of Blood and Starlight.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

Reading next:
Frost Hollow Hall- Emma Carroll

WWW Wednesday #48

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Click on the image to get to her blog!

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Click on the image to get to her blog!

Welcome to another WWW Wednesday post!

To join in with WWW Wednesday you need to answer 3 questions..

•What are you currently reading?
•What did you recently finish reading?
•What do you think you’ll read next?

Click on the book cover to get to the Goodread’s page for the book!

What are you currently reading?

13600168I have just started Daughter of Smoke and Bone and it’s incredibly promising so far. I think I’m going to really like this one! It has taken me a long time to get around to reading it, but I’m SO glad I’ve picked it up.

What did you recently finish reading?

15705011I have just finished The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier. I LOVED The Girl With A Pearl Earring, so I was really looking forward to this book. I’m happy to say I very much enjoyed it. Tracy Chevalier’s writing is stunning! This book will be reviewed with my sister Beth, very soon.

What do you think you’ll read next?

17846874Frost Hollow Hall is next up for me. I’m really looking forward to this one, as it’s been highly recommended by a lot of people that I trust! I just hope it’s not been over-hyped!

What are you reading this week? Please feel free to answer in the comments or leave your link to your post!

Top Ten Sequels I Can’t Wait To Get My Hands On

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. Each week they come up with a list for us bloggers to fill out. This week the list is the top ten sequels we can’t wait to get our hands on.

I have a bit of a bad habit of starting series, but never finishing them. It’s something that I’m definitely going to work on next year!

As ever, click on the book to take you to the Goodread’s page. In no particular order here are my 10:

15844362 The OneKiera Cass– This book is a total guilty pleasure for me. It’s not the world’s best written series, but there’s something about it that makes me want to read it. The covers have been SO gorgeous as well. I want that dress. I’d look like one of those dolls you can put on a toilet roll, but that’s beside the point!

13188676Ignite MeTahereh Mafi– I can’t wait to read this book, the end of an amazing series. I’m hoping that it turns out how I want it to…

13206828CressMarissa Meyer– I loved Scarlet more than Cinder, so I’m very excited about reading Cress. I hope it lives up to my expectations!

15768409The Retribution of Mara DyerMichelle Hodkin– I absolutely can’t wait for this book. I’m just terrified that I’m not going to like the ending..

17924944The Lovely and The LostPage Morgan– I’m really looking forward to reading this book. I loved The Beautiful And The Cursed much more than I thought I would.

15792316Split SecondKasie West– I can’t wait to read this after thoroughly enjoying Pivot Point.

4 series that I can’t wait to start!

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I have all four of these books waiting on my bookshelf to be read. I can’t wait to get to them!

What sequels do you really want to read? Feel free to link me to your Top Ten posts!

Stacking The Shelves #42 An unexpected biggie!

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Click on the image to take you to Tynga’s blog to learn more!

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!

Have a click of the title of the book to get to its Goodread’s page!

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This week, I only expected to get Allegiant, as I’m on a book buying ban as I have a holiday coming up in May/June, so I need to be saving the pennies. However, I ended up getting SO many books. My prize pack came through from winning September’s British Book Challenge, Luna from Luna’s Little Library sent me some books and she also arranged for Hot Key Books to send me some books! My mum also bought me some books when she went on holiday. Wow.

Presents:

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Cathy Kelly- The Honey Queen

Philippa Gregory- Stormbringers

Laini Taylor- Days of Blood and Starlight

Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer- Between The Lines

I’m particularly excited to read Between The Lines which I hear is very good!

Won:

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Gina Blaxill- Forget Me Never

Gina Blaxill- Saving Silence

Sita Brahmachari- Kite Spirit

Hayley Long- Downside Up

Andrew Lane- Lost Worlds (couldn’t find on Goodreads!)

I really like the look of Forget Me Never, Saving Silence and Kite Spirit. I’ve read Downside Up before, it’s a good book! I’m not sure if Lost Worlds is for me, but I’ll give it a go at some point.

From Hot Key Books:

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Karen Foxlee- The Midnight Dress

Natalie Whipple- Blindsided

Monica Hesse- Stray

Ellen Renner- Tribute (doesn’t have a cover on Goodreads yet!)

Dawn McNiff- Little Celeste

I was so pleased to get these books, it was such an unexpected surprise. They all look fantastic. Luna picked well!

From Luna:

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Don’t I have the best friends? I’m particularly excited about The Butterfly Novels by Denise Deegan as Luna recommends them so highly!

Helen Grant- Wish Me Dead

Anna Humphrey- Rhymes With Cupid

Mette Ivie Harrison- The Princess and the Hound

Louise Rennison- Fab Confessions of Georgia Nicolson Vol 1.

Beth Goobie- Before Wings

Katherine McMahon- The Alchemist’s Daughter

Lexie Hill- Kissing Booth

Ally Carter- I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have To Kill You and Cross My Heart and Hope To Spy

Denise Deegan-  And By The Way, And For Your Information, And Actually..

Robin Mellom- Ditched: A Love Story

Catherine Gilbert Murdock- Princess Ben

Robin Palmer- Cindy Ella

What did you get this week? Feel free to leave the link to your Stacking The Shelves post and I’ll stop by your blog at some point this weekend!

Stacking The Shelves #33- The Birthday Edition: part 1

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Click on the image to take you to Tynga’s blog to learn more!

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 its Goodreads page!

On Monday 19th August it was my birthday! I’m getting my bookish presents from my parents this weekend so I have included what I received from other people and I guess I’ll have more to add to the birthday pile next week.

Borrowed from Bibliobeth:

Every now and then my sister unleashes a stash of books that she’s been storing for me.

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I don’t know anything about these books. Obviously I respect my sister’s opinion on books so if se thinks I’ll like them… then fair enough! I’m particularly intrigued by Reconstructing Amelia from this selection.

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I love Diane Chamberlain’s books so I’m looking forward to reading Necessary Lies. I’m also very excited about reading Kiss Me First. I’m also a huge fan of Jojo Moyes so I can’t wait to read Honeymoon In Paris.

Birthday Gifts (to be continued…):

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I’m pretty excited about all of these books. I can’t wait to read Insurgent and The Evolution of Mara Dyer. I loved the first book in those series, so I’m looking forward to getting stuck into the next book. I’ve wanted to read The 5th Wave for a while. I’ve also heard great things about Cruel Summer and Forbidden. I’m a bit disappointed that I haven’t got the other cover of Daughter Of Smoke and Bone. I liked the previous cover much better. However, I’m really looking forward to starting that series. I also have really enjoyed Emma Donoghue’s previous books, so Astray looks promising!

What are you stacking your shelves with this week? Please feel free to leave a link to your posts and I’ll come and check them out at some point this weekend!