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text 2015-09-08 06:05
Top Ten Tuesday: Complete Series I Have Yet to Finish
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - J.K. Rowling,Mary GrandPré
Cobble Cavern - Erik Olsen
Froi of the Exiles - Melina Marchetta
Unearthly - Cynthia Hand
Angelfall - Susan Ee
Manifest - Artist Arthur
Cold Fire (The Spiritwalker Trilogy) - Kate Elliott
All Our Pretty Songs [Paperback] - Sarah McCarry
Prep School Confidential - Kara Taylor
The Golden Lily - Richelle Mead

This is my first time participating in a blog theme that's hosted by another blog, so I'm excited and nervous at the same time.  If you're curious, Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

 

This post will be cross-posted on my main blog "Writing Through Rose-Tinted Glasses", as will be future posts on this topic.

 

So, this week's topic is "Ten Finished Series I've Yet to Finish".   Oh boy.  This is hard.  I'm rather compulsive about finishing series, but I'll admit in at least the last year, there have been a number of series that I've been meaning to finish that I just haven't gotten around to.  That's probably (and conveniently) what gives me fuel for this post. I don't know whether to be thankful or start kicking myself to the curb about it.  

 

Here they are, in descending order:

 

Cobble Cavern - Erik Olsen 

 

10. Flin's Destiny series by Erik Olsen

 

This is a series that pretty much flies right by many of my reading friends, and I never really knew the reason why, because I really love this middle grade fantasy series.  I started reading Cobble Cavern as a recommended NetGalley read back when I was really getting into the swing of book blogging and something about the rather mischevious but well meaning Flin traversing with his friends on a school trip that went horribly wrong, leading them into an underground otherworld clicked with me.  I've purchased all the books in the series as a result.  Why I haven't finished reading it?  Because I read them out of order for one (I read the first and third book as galleys, didn't realize it until later, ended up purchasing the second and fourth books.  The fourth I believe is the last book in the series), and I have yet to write proper reviews for any but the first book.  Urgh.  That's a fault on my part for time and such.

 

Froi of the Exiles - Melina Marchetta

 

9. Lumatere Chronicles by Melina Marchetta

 

I adore Melina Marchetta.  I really do. Some of the books I've read by her have torn my heart to bits. (See my review of "The Piper's Son" for one.)  But I'll admit I was less than impressed with "Finnikin of the Rock" the first time I read it.  Then I read "Froi of the Exiles" as a galley from NetGalley and despite how much I didn't like Froi in the first book (there are reasons, and there are some of my reader friends who won't pick up this series because of what said character did, which I totally understand), I still ended up liking the second book quite a bit.  "Quintana" is the last book in the series, finished for a while - and I have it as a galley. I have yet to pick it up.  Reasons?  There are a few:

 

  1. Large ARC stacks, just haven't gotten around to it.

  2. It's Melina Marchetta, I imagine there will be feels and I might have some anxiety over what happens for events, but we'll see.

  3.  I have yet to properly review "Froi of the Exiles".  I've read this book twice, and it's a thick book.  I still don't know how to reflect on it.

 

I'm making it a point to finish this series by the end of the year.  

 

Unearthly - Cynthia Hand 

 

8. Unearthly series by Cynthia Hand

 

I hate myself for forgetting to remember (contradiction much?) to read this series, because I really liked the first book a lot.   I haven't read very many angel books in YA (you guys might not be surprised by what follows this entry as another unfinished series in this vein), but for a beginning, it was good.  And I really like Tucker (*cough*).  I think the only reason why I haven't finished this series is because my library didn't have all the books available and I just had too many in my stack to tackle at the time.  I hope to finish it eventually now that all the books are released.

 

Angelfall - Susan Ee 

 

7. Penryn and the End of Days series by Susan Ee 

 

I feel like I'm listing this book slightly ahead of "Unearthly" only because I remember when Angelfall was released and virtually EVERYONE I knew was talking/reading/discussing it.  I made it a point to read the second book in the series as soon as it came out because I liked the first, even with a few caveats in the mix of things.

 

And yet I didn't.  One reason was because I found myself reading other books around that time and I think I'd steered clear of reading many paranormal/supernatural books for a while (probably to vary up my reading palette at the time).  Another was that my reading stack was just too high and never came back to it. I'm happy to say that I have the second book as a galley and will be reading it probably within the next few months, and I own the third book. But I'll admit I'm nervous about the third book.  It's had mixed reactions, but I figure I've made it this far, might as well jump feet first into the experience. 

 

Manifest - Artist Arthur 

 

6. Mystyx series by Artist Authur

 

I think the only reason I haven't read this series in full is because the first book I read in the series ended up being the fourth book.  I actually really liked "Mesmerize", too, considering it's a series that features prominent characters of color and supernatural battles, but the experience felt incomplete for me because I started in the middle.  I wish I'd started it from the very beginning.  I want to read it in full eventually.

 

Cold Fire (The Spiritwalker Trilogy) - Kate Elliott 

 

5. Spiritwalker series by Kate Elliot

 

I hate myself so much for not picking up this series sooner.  The first book was awesome (I have yet to write a review for it though, so bear with me).  I have the third book as a galley.  I think the only reason I haven't been able to finish this series is because of availability.  I searched for it in my local bookstores and library, couldn't find it for the longest time.  Ended up footing the bill on the first and second book.  When I do write a review for this series, it'll be after a marathon read in which I'll start with the first book again, and I bet the experience will be epic.

 

By Sarah McCarry All Our Pretty Songs [Paperback] - Sarah McCarry 

 

4. Metamorphoses by Sarah McCarry

 

I'm actually not sure if this series is complete or not, but the third book was released two months ago.  I remember being the odd one out of my friends in saying that I liked (with caveats) the start to this series with "All Our Pretty Songs".  (And I'll admit I was captivated by cover lust.  I mean, LOOK AT THE COVER.  The other covers are just as pretty).  But McCarry's first entry in this series was defined by very dense prose and sluggish momentum.  Even with the super cool music references (I was surprised that Jesus and Mary Chain was even featured in a YA book.  Props, man), there was always going to be the fact that this series was a hard sell with everything that goes on within it, despite some beautiful and intriguing points that you don't normally see in a YA series. (Prominent girl-girl relationships, sensuality, etc.)

 

Nonetheless, I have galleys to all three of these books, and I will be reading the second and third books in this series when I have the chance.  The unfortunate thing is that I haven't gotten around to it because of my large ARC stack.

 

Prep School Confidential - Kara Taylor 

 

3. Prep School Confidential by Kara Taylor

 

I've read the first two books in this series and absolutely loved them.  I adore Anne Dowling and think she's kick-awesome.  The only reason I haven't finished this series is just a lack of time and a growing ARC stack (and yeah, I was introduced to this series via NetGalley as well.)  It's since become one of my favorite YA series, since I love the humor, the mystery, and the characters within.

 

The Golden Lily - Richelle Mead 

 

2.  The Bloodlines Series by Richelle Mead

 

I'm definitely kicking myself over not finishing this particular series considering I liked Vampire Academy quite a bit.  I'm actually surprised I liked Vampire Academy as much as I did with the sheer amount of vampire series that were somewhat in flux around the time it was released, but I totally rooted for Rose (and not just because she has my namesake. Heheh...) I really liked Sydney's character and I thought "Ooooh, she's got her own spinoff series!  And Adrian's supposed to be a major character, too? Ermahgerd! (Or some other non-sensical squeeing phrase)

 

Unfortunately, the only reason I haven't touched this series is because I wanted to wait until all the books had been released before getting through it, and - well - somehow I missed the date of release for the last book.  I expect the book marathon of this to be quite eventful and full of feels...I think.

 

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - J.K. Rowling,Mary GrandPré 

 

1. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

 

I know what you're thinking.  "Rose, what's wrong with you?"  But I've read all but one of the Harry Potter books, and you know why I haven't touched the last book in the series yet?  It was spoiled for me.  Mercilessly around the time the last book was released.  I was so upset I knew I had to put the brakes on reading it for a while, just to clear my head and be able to read it from something of a fresh perspective.  Unfortunately, I never got around to finishing it, and I've been meaning to actually read the book series from the beginning.  I wanted to actually to a reboot read last year, but I never got around to doing it for personal, professional, and other reasons.  Still, I want to do a full series re-read (and the final book) when I have the opportunity.  Count on it.  I expect it to be epic.

 

That's all for this entry.  Until next time, same book place, same book channel. :)

 

~Rose

 

(Note: I'm featuring some of my favorite covers from the series mentioned above, so I know some of them are not the first books in the series. I figure the cover love was worth the feature.)

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review 2015-03-10 15:55
Prep School Confidential - Kara Taylor

I would have said the love triangle ruined the book for me, but that is not entirely true. The mystery was not gripping either.

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review 2015-02-10 00:00
Deadly Little Sins: A Prep School Confidential Novel
Deadly Little Sins: A Prep School Confidential Novel - Kara Taylor Initial thoughts: I thought the second book in the trilogy was better but Deadly Little Sins delivered anyway. Anne continued to be on the verge of expulsion but that didn't keep her from pursuing her next lead. The way her romantic interests were handled ran somewhat thin for me but since I read these books for the mystery, I didn't care much either way. The plot continued to be fast-paced and kept me practically glued to my Kindle. Except at night because too much excitement of a murder mystery is not why I wanted to lose sleep. Although, that ending! Hahaha. *wipes tears*
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review 2015-02-08 00:00
Wicked Little Secrets: A Prep School Confidential Novel
Wicked Little Secrets: A Prep School Confidential Novel - Kara Taylor Initial thoughts:So much fun reading this series! I went through a phase when I was 14/15 years old where I read one mystery book after another. Reading Wicked Little Secrets kinda felt like revisiting this phase, which is a lot of fun. Picking up Deadly Little Sins next because that cliffhanger means I must know what happens next.
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text 2015-01-01 07:00
Rose's Favorite Reads of 2014 Part I: Interesting Facts and My Top Ten
Hate List - Jennifer Brown
Prep School Confidential - Kara Taylor
Thin Space - Jody Casella
Frenzy - Robert Lettrick
The Silent Wife - A.S.A. Harrison
The Martian - Andy Weir
Lies We Tell Ourselves - Robin Talley
The Belief in Angels - J. Dylan Yates
By Megan Hart Flying - Megan Hart
Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn

It's that time again when I name some of my favorite reads and various book superlatives for the present year.  For those of you who aren't familiar with my superlatives lists, I bring you the lists from previous years that I've featured on my main blog and BookLikes blog (Note: it looks like my 2013 list was incomplete, but I figure I'll share that one anyway).

 

Rose's Favorite Reads of 2012: Part I

 

Rose's Favorite Reads of 2012: Part II

 

Rose's Favorite Reads of 2013: Part I

 

Rose's Favorite Reads of 2013: Part II

 

This superlative list will be two posts in total.  This post will kick off that series, starting with some interesting factoids and a list of 10 of my favorite books from this year  Let's do this.

 

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So, in total for this year, I've read 168 books (maybe slightly more because there were some I didn't mark, but I know it was less than 200), which is way, way less than my total from 2012 (which was 365 books), and far less than the goal I set for myself this year (450).  

 

Some interesting tidbits:

 

First book I finished in 2014: "Garden of Lost Souls (Flin's Destiny #2)" by Erik Olsen (4 stars, Children's/Middle Grade Fantasy)

 

 

 

Last book I finished in 2014 (technically): "The Silent Wife" by A.S.A. Harrison (4 stars, Adult, Mystery/Suspense)

 

 

 

Longest book I read in 2014: "Gone Girl" by Gillian Flynn (560 pages, Adult, Suspense/Thriller)

 

 

 

Shortest book (not a novella or short story) I read in 2014: "Out of Sync" by Amanda Humann (103 pages, Children's/Middle Grade)

 

 

Shortest short story/novella read in 2014: Mrs. Maddox (Beautiful #1.5) by Jamie McGuire (2 stars, New Adult/Romance)

 

Longest short story/novella read in 2014: "The Nekkid Truth" by Nicole Camden (2.5 stars, Adult/Mature, Erotica)

 

 

Breaking down my reads by age group:

 

Children's/Middle Grade: 10 books

Young Adult: 41 books

New Adult: 36 books

Adult: 39 books

Non-Fiction (various age ranges): 42 books

 

So technically, I had about an even spread of reading through most categories, save for Children's/Middle Grade.

 

Breaking down my reads by star rating:

 

5-stars: 20 books

4-stars: 41 books

3-stars: 35 books

2-stars: 40 books

1-stars: 32 books

 

Rose's Top Ten Reads of the Year:

 

            

 

In no particular order of rank:

 

Hate List - Jennifer Brown: Definitely one of my favorite reads of the past year, it practically reduced me to tears by the time I finished the book, and I read the book in both audio format and physical.  It's the story of a young woman who copes with the aftermath of a tragedy, in which her boyfriend shoots multiple students at her high school before turning the gun on himself.  After getting in the line of fire herself, she has to both cope with her physical and mental scars to come to terms in the aftermath of the tragedy.  Brown's account is so vivid and realistic, especially getting into the eye of the character here.  It's one that cemented Jennifer Brown as one of my favorite YA authors.

 

Read my review of "Hate List" on Writing Through Rose-Tinted Glasses

 

Prep School Confidential - Kara Taylor: Kara Taylor is another of my favorite up and coming YA authors, and if you haven't checked out this series yet - it's a fun one.  I loved "Prep School Confidential", not just for its fiesty heroine, but believable characters and overarching mystery.  There aren't a lot of standout mystery titles I've come across in YA, but this one is funny, smart and harrowing to follow.

 

Read my review of "Prep School Confidential" on Writing Through Rose-Tinted Glasses

 

Thin Space - Jody Casella: Jody Casella's narrative in "Thin Space" really struck a chord with me, not just because of its viewpoint of a boy's loss of his twin, but with an interesting twist on events as his narrative comes to pass.  It was amazing, and one of my 5-star reads of the year.

 

Read my review of "Thin Space" on Writing Through Rose-Tinted Glasses

 

Frenzy - Robert Lettrick:  Dude, I haven't read a survival horror this year that struck me as strongly as "Frenzy", and it's a middle-grade book!  Robert Lettrick creates a potent narrative surrounding a very dimensional cast that's funny, developed, and kept me on my toes throughout the work. This is one read that I was exposed to on NetGalley and I bought it as soon as it was available.  I'm really glad I had a chance to read it.

 

Read my review of "Frenzy" on Writing Through Rose-Tinted Glasses

 

The Silent Wife - A.S.A. Harrison: "The Silent Wife" took a little while for me to get into, but it ended up being well worth the journey.  A slowly unfolding suspense and eye into a deteriorating relationship, with an unexpected direction to events.

 

The Martian - Andy Weir: My favorite read of the year, hands down.  Andy Weir's account of a man stranded on Mars and his journey of survival and path to rescue is well drawn, well-researched, and hilarious. Mark Watney's voice leaps through the page.

 

Read my review of "The Martian" on Writing Through Rose-Tinted Glasses

 

Lies We Tell Ourselves - Robin Talley: A wonderfully told narrative during a volatile time in American History - I really loved this honest narrative told between two girls who must confront their differences and each other during the Civil Rights era.

 

The Belief in Angels - J. Dylan Yates: Probably my favorite New Adult/Literary book of this past year - it's a wonderfully told meeting of generations - between a young woman growing up in a dysfunctional family during the 1970s and her grandfather, a survivor of the Holocaust.  Beautifully written and evocative.

 

Read my review of "The Belief in Angels" on Writing Through Rose-Tinted Glasses

 

Flying - Megan Hart: Megan Hart's "Flying" pleasantly surprised me this year, providing a refreshingly developed narrative of a woman navigating the rough turbulence of her relationships while contending with issues within her family.  I loved the development of the characters, the intimacy of the narrative, and the feisty heroine.

 

Read my review of "Flying" on Writing Through Rose-Tinted Glasses

 

and last but not least:

 

Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn: I guess you guys saw this one coming.  With a wonderful use of unreliable narration and developed characters in the midst of a deteriorating marriage and whirlwind events, Flynn's narrative is distinct and despite my love/hate relationship with the book, I enjoyed the journey. It left me thinking long after turning the final page.

 

Read my review of "Gone Girl" on Writing Through Rose-Tinted Glasses

 

That's all for this entry.  My Superlatives for the year are coming in the next part.

 

Cheers,

Rose

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