Top Ten Authors I’d Love To Meet

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are the Top Ten Authors I’d Love To Meet. I’m quite shy, so I don’t know if I’d have the guts to meet these authors if the opportunity was there… we’ll see! I realised that when I compiled this list that they were British and American authors. I do read more widely than that, but this is a Top Ten list after all. I can’t include ALL my favourites.

The British

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Malorie Blackman- author of so many amazing books- my favourite being Noughts and Crosses.

James Dawson- Queen of Teen. I love his books and have had the opportunity to meet him before but have always been too shy. His recent book, Under My Skin is great and for some fantastic non fiction- This Book Is Gay.

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Siobhan Curham- Siobhan is a very talented writer. I loved her recent non fiction book True Face, but Shipwrecked is pretty great too!

Emma Carroll is a fantastic writer. I loved The Girl Who Walked On Air.

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Last but by no means least for my British picks is Alison Rattle who I find it hard to find a favourite book that she’s written. Her latest… The Beloved is incredible.

The Americans

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Sarah J Maas is a fabulous writer. I may have only recently jumped on the Throne of Glass bandwagon but I’m glad that I did!

Susan Dennard’s Something Strange and Deadly trilogy is intriguing me so far! One more book to go. I love her writing! The second book A Darkness Strange and Lovely is my favourite.

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Heather Demetrios is fast becoming one of my favourite writers. I loved Something Real.

Veronica Roth’s Divergent trilogy blew me away!

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Michelle Hodkin’s Mara Dyer trilogy messed with my mind! But I loved it! My favourite instalment was the first which set up the trilogy so well.

Which authors would you love to meet? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your posts and I’ll stop by!

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14 series that were on my radar… How did I do?

Series that I completed:

(Click on the book cover for my review, if I’ve read it already!)

-Mara Dyer-

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I have so much love for Michelle Hodkin’s writing. This series is seriously crazy, but yet still so readable. It’s messed with my mind, and I although the ending wasn’t exactly what I wanted I still absolutely adore this series.

-Shatter Me-

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I’ve absolutely been sucked into this world. Ignite Me was a decent ending to the series!

-Under The Never Sky-

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I haven’t loved this series as much as others I’ve read, but I was still intrigued enough to see how it all ends. Into The Still Blue was a solid ending!

-Chaos Walking-

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I can’t believe I managed to complete this beast of a series! Very pleased I did though. It was incredibly enjoyable. I ❤ Patrick Ness.

-Everneath-

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I started and finished this series in 2014! I loved it.

Series I got up to date with…

-The Lunar Chronicles-

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This series just gets better and better! I am SO looking forward to Fairest and Winter!

-The Selection-

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This series was supposed to be complete… but The Heir is coming out next…

Series incomplete:

-Matched-

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I read Matched, but I just could not get on with Crossed, so I stopped reading! Not bad out of a selection of so many series on my radar in 2014!

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I could not get into these books!

Series that I wanted to start and have done so!:

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Soon I shall publish the series on my radar for 2015. It’s been good to have this to look back on and remember the series that I wanted to start and complete!

The Retribution of Mara Dyer

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How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
The Evolution of Mara Dyer

Synopsis:

Mara Dyer wants to believe there’s more to the lies she’s been told.
There is.

She doesn’t stop to think about where her quest for the truth might lead.
She should.

She never had to imagine how far she would go for vengeance.
She will now.

Loyalties are betrayed, guilt and innocence tangle, and fate and chance collide in this shocking conclusion to Mara Dyer’s story.

Retribution has arrived.

Thoughts:

I have absolutely loved the Mara Dyer series by Michelle Hodkin. When I got my hands on the final book in the trilogy, I knew I needed to prioritise it and read it as soon as I could! I was happy enough with the final book in the series, but I have to admit it wasn’t my favourite book in the series. I expected a massive ending and I was left a little unsatisfied. I also wanted some closure, but that didn’t really happen. I can understand why it ended the way it did though.

Of course, as most of the readers of this series can imagine, the book is full of crazy twists and turns as we come to expect from Michelle Hodkin’s writing. It picks up straight after The Evolution of Mara Dyer.

Mara goes through so many crazy things in this book. She’s quite to the different to the Mara that we think we know. I think this is as realistic as it can be. I know if anyone else had experienced everything that Mara has they would be changed. Mara really blurs the line between good and evil in this particular book, but I won’t say how or why, I’ll leave that for you to explore yourself. I loved the characters of Jamie, Stella and Daniel. It was interesting to read about Jamie, Stella and Mara’s abilities. I really like Daniel as a character, so I was pleased to see him return!

Noah wasn’t really around until towards the end of the story. I missed him, so I was so happy to see him appear again! The romance between Mara and Noah isn’t as focused on in this book, which will be good to hear for some, but for me I found it a little disappointing! I really enjoyed reading about their relationship and seeing it grow amidst the craziness.

I didn’t feel like The Retribution of Mara Dyer was a psychologically thrilling as the other two books in the series. It definitely has a different vibe. This isn’t a bad thing, but for me it is the reason that I didn’t give this book five stars. I missed the creepiness of the story. Some of the gaps in the plot were just glossed over and I didn’t think this gives the reader enough resolution.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

I love this series. The ending wasn’t exactly like I wanted it to be, but it was intriguing and well written!

WWW Wednesday #99

Welcome to another WWW Wednesday! To participate in WWW Wednesday, you need to answer three 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 Goodreads page for the book.

What are you currently reading?

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I am just over halfway through Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas. I hope to finish this book later today! I’m thoroughly enjoying it!

What did you recently finish reading?

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I am pleased to finish The Retribution of Mara Dyer. It wasn’t the 5 star read that I anticipated, but it was still a good end to the series!

What do you think you’ll read next?

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Oh yes. It is time! I hope to begin the last book in the Chaos Walking trilogy tonight!

What are you reading this week? Feel free to answer the questions in the comments below or leave a link and I’ll stop by! Happy Reading! 😀

 

WWW Wednesday #98

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

 

Welcome to another WWW Wednesday! To participate in WWW Wednesday, you need to answer three 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 Goodreads page for the book.

What are you currently reading?

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I am over halfway through The Ask and The Answer by Patrick Ness. I’m really enjoying this series. It may be a chunky book, but it has captured my attention! I hope to finish it tonight, if I don’t have a lot of lessons to plan!

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It’s been a while since I read a Marian Keyes book, but I found this book to be enjoyable! I shall hopefully have a review up soon!

What do you think you’ll read next?

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I am SO excited about this book. I hope it lives up to my expectations!

What are you reading this week? Feel free to leave a comment or a link to your posts! Happy Reading 😀

Top Ten Sequels I Can’t Wait To Get

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. Each week they come out with a list for us all to complete. This week’s list are the Top Ten Sequels that I Can’t Wait To Get To.

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Crown of MidnightSarah J.Maas– I’ve recently jumped on the bandwagon for this series. I can’t wait to continue it!

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Checkmate and Double Cross- Malorie Blackman– I am absolutely loving this series. The second book left on such a cliffhanger, I can’t wait to read the rest of the series.

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A Darkness Strange and Lovely Susan Dennard- I found the first book in this series intriguing. I have the next book ready to go!

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The Retribution of Mara DyerMichelle Hodkin– I can’t wait to see how this will all end!

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Monsters of MenPatrick Ness–  Again, I can’t wait to see what happens next!

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If I Should Die- Amy Plum- Another series finale. I’m cheating really with this list, but I do have a lot to finish off!

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Flat-Out Matt and Flat-Out Celeste- Jessica Park- I find this series incredibly underrated. I can’t wait to read about the characters again!

WinterMarissa Meyer– No cover image yet! I can’t wait to read the next book. The Lunar Chronicles just seems to get better and better.

What sequels can’t you wait to read? Let me know! Feel free to link to your Top Ten posts and I’ll stop by.

Stacking The Shelves #93

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

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:

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I can’t wait to read The Retribution of Mara Dyer. I’m intrigued to see how the series finishes! I have definitely jumped on the Throne of Glass bandwagon and can’t wait to continue to the world for Crown Of Midnight. My True Love Gave To Me is packed full of short stories from some of my favourite authors. I can’t wait to read them! The Year I Met You is by Cecelia Ahern, an author I used to insist was my favourite, but I unfortunately haven’t adored her recent books. I’m holding out for a great one again though, so I’ll always buy a book from her!

NetGalley:

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All The Bright Places looks so intriguing. I’m a bit wary about it being compared to The Fault In Our Stars, but I’m going to give it a far chance. I’m also intrigued by the synopsis of Sarah Alderson’s Conspiracy Girl. It looks like it could be very fast-paced and exciting! I was so happy to be approved for Love Hurts which is another series of short questions edited by an author I adore…Malorie Blackman!

What have you added to your shelves this week? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your haul and I’ll stop by!