Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Reading Challenge 2015: Series!

I'm making more progress on my book goal. I'm on #43 out of 75 right now. I've read a couple of underwhelming books in a row which is a bummer. Here are some of the books I read earlier in the year. These are three series I started this year.
The All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness  A friend from work has been obsessed with these books so I thought I would give them a try. The writing reminded me of fan faction a lot of the time, but good for me, I like fan fiction. The series follows a woman who was born into a family of witches but has been repressing her magic since she was young and her parents were killed. She is a historian who is interested in alchemy and opening a certain book for her research starts her on a path that she can't ignore. If you like super natural stuff I bet you will love this. In this world witches, vampires and daemons are  everywhere and live under a shaky truce. I like the mythology she creates and even though something the romance is INSANE all there were a good read. Especially number 2 when they go back in time.
The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer The first book, Cinder, has been on my list for a long time. Jen recommended on her blog back in 2013! I'm almost glad I waited so long because almost the whole series is out so I could read them one after the other! Cinder is a futuristic retelling of Cinderella on post world war Earth where humans, androids, and cyborgs coexist. There is a sinister race of humans who have lived on the surface of the moon for generations, there are girls trapped in satellites, space ships, identity chips, a mysterious plague... It is so good and feels fresh and different from a lot of the young adult fantasy I've read. I can't wait for the last book to come out in Novemeber. I really thought it was going to be a trilogy so imagine my dismay when I got to the end of Cress and it was just climaxing. Ahhh! Fairest is a prequel that explains some of the motivations of the evil Moon queen and it is just as good as the main series.
The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater "Four private school boys. One psychic’s daughter. A Welsh legend sleeping under the mountains near a sleepy Virginia town." Do you sense a theme here? Yep, more supernatural stuff. This series was recommended by my friend Ashley  Rocketship (post more on your blog!) and I looooooove it. This one isn't about witches and vampires like you might be expecting, it is more about ancient power and magical places. The main character Blue is the daughter of a physic and lives in a house full of them. She befriends a group of private school boys and together they are looking for a legendary king that should be located along a ley line, or an ancient line of power that runs across the country/world. I was just kind of into it until about halfway through the first book they discovered this magical forest and then I was HOOKED and couldn't put it down until I was through the third book. I even BOUGHT it instead of waiting for it at the library because I just couldn't wait! The characters are so complex and there are sad parts and funny parts and shocking parts. ALSO it is a book with a girl protagonist that isn't completely about her finding a boyfriend. Also the books get better and better, weirder and weirder. The last book comes out early next year, and I can't wait to see how it all ends.

Have you been reading anything good lately?


  1. I love the lunar chronicles and can't wait for the final book! Didn't know there was a prequel- so will check that out :)

  2. AHHHH i know i am so bad at updating!! SO GLAD YOU LOVED THE BOOKS!! i am too excited for the last one AND it comes out right before my birthday!!


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