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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Ten Books I DNF (Did Not Finish)

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 is all about those books that we gave up on too easily. I decided to spin the topic and talk about books that I didn’t finish reading for one reason or another. Now, I don’t like to be too negative on my blog, so please remember that these books just didn’t work for me. I don’t think they are bad books at all. It’s just I found something about them problematic personally. You may have loved them!

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All the Truth That's in Me

This one might shock a few people because I know it’s quite well loved! I found it to be a bit of a slow burner and a little predictable.

A Different Me

I found this book lacked depth when it could have had so much!

A Hole in My Heart

This was a sweet enough story but I really didn’t connect with the characters.

The Pledge (The Pledge, #1)

I was so disappointed with this book!

Miss Carter's War

The pacing of this book really affected my enjoyment!

Across the Universe (Across the Universe, #1)

I know others have really enjoyed this book, but it really didn’t work for me.

Almost Grace

This story didn’t engage me like I wanted and I didn’t connect with the characters.

Because You'll Never Meet Me (Because You'll Never Meet Me #1)

I really didn’t enjoy the second half of this book and promptly gave up!

Linger (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #2)

I feel bad for featuring this book as I know so many love it, but the series really didn’t work for me.

Hunting Lila (Lila, #1)

I know a lot of my blogging friends adore this book, but again, it didn’t work for me. I think my main problem was Lila! I just didn’t connect with her as a character.

How have you taken on this list? Feel free to leave me a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

Top Ten Autumnal Covers

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is a cover list. We all like an appealing cover. We can’t get away from that!

Here are some pretty Autumn/Fall covers that caught my eye. They may not look like an Autumn cover, but they’d make me want to read them Autumn if that makes sense.

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Hollow Pike

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)

To Kill a Mockingbird

Rebecca

The Catcher in the Rye

Watership Down (Watership Down, #1)Forever (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #3)

Little Women (Little Women, #1)

The Accident Season

The Bronze Horseman (The Bronze Horseman, #1)

These book covers just give me a colder weather, snuggled up inside with a good book vibe!

How about you? What did you pick this week? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

The Ones That Got Away #7

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This feature is going to showcase some recent reads that I haven’t fully reviewed. This may be because I didn’t finish the book or that I didn’t have enough to say to warrant a full and fair review of a book that I’m sure others will absolutely adore. I figure this way the books will be highlighted and someone somewhere might find the right book for them!

(BOOK IMAGES GO TO GOODREADS!)

Good At Games- Jill Mansell

Good At Games

Synopsis:

Suzy fell for Harry the moment she showed him her husband’s sperm sample. It didn’t really belong to her husband, though, because she wasn’t married. It wasn’t a sperm sample either, it was a drinks carton containing the dregs of her milkshake. But when you’re trying to get off a speeding charge you just have to improvise, don’t you? And it wasn’t actually love at first sight. Still, it was undeniably a healthy attack of lust. And it might just be the beginning of something special…

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The Marble Collector- Cecelia Ahern

The Marble Collector

Synopsis:

When Sabrina Boggs stumbles upon a mysterious collection of her father’s possessions, she discovers a truth where she never knew there was a lie. The familiar man she grew up with is suddenly a stranger to her.

An unexpected break in her monotonous daily routine leaves her just one day to unlock the secrets of the man she thought she knew. A day that unearths memories, stories and people she never knew existed. A day that changes her and those around her forever.

The Marble Collector is a thought-provoking novel about how the most ordinary decisions we make can have the most extraordinary consequences for how we live our lives. And how sometimes it’s only by shining on a light on someone else, that you can truly understand yourself.

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Linger- Maggie Stiefvater

Linger (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #2)

Synopsis:

Once Grace and Sam have found each other, they know they must fight to stay together. For Sam, this means a reckoning with his werewolf past. For Grace, it means facing a future that is less and less certain.

the loss.

Into their world comes a new wolf named Cole, whose past is full of hurt and danger. He is wrestling with his own demons, embracing the life of a wolf while denying the ties of being a human.

the linger.

For Grace, Sam, and Cole, life a constant struggle between two forces–wolf and human–with love baring its two sides as well. It is harrowing and euphoric, freeing and entrapping, enticing and alarming. As their world falls apart, love is what lingers. But will it be enough?

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The Doubt Factory- Paolo Bacigalupi

Synopsis:

Everything Alix knows about her life is a lie. At least that’s what a mysterious young man who’s stalking her keeps saying. But then she begins investigating the disturbing claims he makes against her father. Could her dad really be at the helm of a firm that distorts the truth and covers up wrongdoing by hugely profitable corporations that have allowed innocent victims to die? Is it possible that her father is the bad guy, and that the undeniably alluring criminal who calls himself Moses–and his radical band of teen activists–is right? Alix has to make a choice, and time is running out, but can she truly risk everything and blow the whistle on the man who loves her and raised her?

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Passenger- Alexandra Bracken

Passenger (Passenger, #1)

Synopsis:

Passage, n.
i. A brief section of music composed of a series of notes and flourishes.
ii. A journey by water; a voyage.
iii. The transition from one place to another, across space and time.

In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.

Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them—whether she wants to or not.

Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are playing, treacherous forces threaten to separate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home… forever.

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Have you read any of these books? Let me know your thoughts! It’s fun to discuss.

15 for 2015: How did I do?

In 2015, I highlighted 15 series that were on my radar- either to finish or to start! Here is how I did with this challenge…

Series I finished…

-Splintered-

Splintered (Splintered, #1)Unhinged (Splintered, #2)Ensnared (Splintered, #3)

I read Unhinged and Ensnared.

-Legend-

Legend (Legend, #1)Prodigy (Legend, #2)Champion (Legend, #3)

I read Champion.

-Burn For Burn-

Burn for Burn (Burn for Burn, #1)Fire with Fire (Burn for Burn, #2)Ashes to Ashes (Burn for Burn, #3)

I read Ashes to Ashes!

-The Summer I Turned Pretty-

The Summer I Turned Pretty (Summer, #1)It's Not Summer Without You (Summer, #2)We'll Always Have Summer (Summer, #3)

I read We’ll Always Have Summer (review to follow).

Series I’m nearly finished

-Something Strange and Deadly-

Something Strange and Deadly (Something Strange and Deadly, #1)A Darkness Strange and Lovely (Something Strange and Deadly, #2)Strange and Ever After (Something Strange and Deadly, #3)

I read A Darkness Strange and Lovely. Strange and Ever After is coming soon.

Series I didn’t finish and have no intentions of finishing…

-Birthmarked-

Birthmarked (Birthmarked #1)Prized (Birthmarked, #2)Promised

I didn’t enjoy Prized, so didn’t and won’t continue the series…

 -Unwind Dystology-

Unwind (Unwind, #1)Unwholly (Unwind, #2)UnSouled (Unwind, #3)

This one surprised me. I didn’t really enjoy Unwholly, so don’t want to read the rest. A shame!

-The Darkest Minds-

The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds, #1)

I didn’t enjoy this book, so won’t be continuing!

-Across The Universe-

Across the Universe (Across the Universe, #1)

Unfortunately I didn’t connect with this book!

 Series I started-

Unspoken (The Lynburn Legacy, #1)Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1)The Giver (The Giver, #1)Awaken (Awaken, #1)Ten Tiny Breaths (Ten Tiny Breaths, #1)Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna, #1)

Unspoken– I’m almost finished this trilogy! (Unspoken, Untold)

Shiver– I started this trilogy, not my favourite trilogy, but decent enough! (Shiver)

The Giver– I’m almost finished this quartet. One book to go! (The Giver, Gathering Blue, The Messenger (review to follow))

Awaken– I started this series, I remember enjoying it at the time, but it’s story isn’t sticking with me. (Awaken)

Ten Tiny Breaths– The ending really annoyed me, but I’m intrigued enough to continue! (Ten Tiny Breaths)

Anna Dressed In Blood– I enjoyed the first book! (Anna Dressed In Blood)

In 2016, I shall continue to conquer my series. Look at the page HERE for series I am aiming to finish!

Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #1)

Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1)

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Synopsis:

For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—is a chilling presence she can’t seem to live without.

Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human… until the cold makes him shift back again.

Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It’s her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human—or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.

Thoughts:

This is going to be one of those tricky books to review, because whilst I sped through it and enjoyed reading it, I could tell it wasn’t the best book in the world and it has oh so many flaws. Yet, it was enjoyable at the same time. Hmm.. tricky! I have to admit, I went into reading this book with fairly low expectations because of all the mixed reviews. I think that’s why I was surprised that I found it to be enjoyable enough.

I think one of my biggest bug bears about this book is the insta-love. Grace and Sam have known each other for years, but Sam has often been in the form of a wolf. Grace is obsessed by the wolves after an experience with them when she was younger. One day, Sam (as a human) arrives on Grace’s porch and thus starts the insta-love. They immediately start dating and sleep in the same bed. Woah, now that is fast insta-love. Grace abandons her friends (which really annoys me) and spends most of her time in Sam’s company. They spend every moment possible together. It comes across as an intense and full on relationship. Not healthy.

I did find Maggie Stiefvater’s werewolf mythology interesting. In Shiver, we learn that the werewolves turn when the weather gets cold. There’s something addictive about this book. I couldn’t stop turning the pages and I’m intrigued enough to see where the story goes next. I think I’m really going to like Maggie Stiefvater’s writing. I know from many bloggers, that they believe this series isn’t her best, so I’m looking forward to exploring more!

Would I recommend it?:
Yes- to those that don’t mind a cheesy storyline…

Not for those that can’t stand insta-love!

Last Ten Books That Came Into My Possession

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are the Last Ten Books That Came Into My Possession. I thought I’d list the books I’d purchased rather than review copies.

So here goes.. (book images go to Goodreads)

P.S I Still Love You- Jenny Han

P.S. I Still Love You (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #2)

I wasn’t the biggest fan of the first book, but I was certainly intrigued enough to pick up a copy of the next instalment!

Challenger Deep- Neal Shusterman

Challenger Deep

I am excited to read this book. I have heard that it is a powerful read dealing with mental illness.

Star Cursed- Jessica Spotswood

Star Cursed (The Cahill Witch Chronicles #2)

This is the second book in the Cahill Witch Chronicles series. I’ve already read it and thoroughly enjoyed it!

Linger- Maggie Stiefvater

Linger (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #2)

I had really mixed feelings about Shiver, the first book in the series. I’m looking forward to reading this book, so I can sort out whether I like this series or not! (…as ridiculous as that sounds!)

For Holly- Tanya Byrne

For Holly

I adore Tanya Byrne’s writing. Hopefully I can pick up this book very soon!

Remix- Non Pratt

Remix

I will be reading this book later this month as part of my ‘Comparing’ feature with Luna’s Little Library. Look out for our review later this month!

Dream A Little Dream- Giovanna Fletcher

Dream a Little Dream

I have already read and reviewed this book, which is a perfect summer read. Well worth exploring!

The Sun In Her Eyes- Paige Toon

The Sun in Her Eyes

Regular readers of my blog won’t be surprised to see Paige Toon’s latest adult book in this list. I love Paige Toon’s writing, and hope to get to read this book soon!

What My Mother Doesn’t Know- Sonya Sones

What My Mother Doesn't Know (What My Mother Doesn't Know #1)

I reviewed this book several months back as part of my banned books feature with my sister, Beth!

Making Pretty- Cory Ann Haydu

Making PrettyThis book is coming up for me soon. I’ve heard some very mixed things about it, so I look forward to seeing what I make of it!

What have you recently added to your book collection? Feel free to leave me a link to your Top Ten posts this week and I’ll stop by!