Thursday, August 4, 2016

Mini-reviews: Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter by Marissa Meyer

Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Rating: 4.5 stars
Source: Purchased
Buy the Book: Amazon
Summary: "Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future."

Mini-reviewHow did I never do a review for Cinder?  I actually read this book about 4 years ago, loved it, recommended it to everyone, and then never continued the series until a friend bought book 2 for me a few months ago.  The story was a bit predictable, but that didn't stop it from being awesome.  What a fun, unique spin on fairy tale retellings.  I especially like Cinder as a character.  I had a blast with this one, and am glad I was pushed to finish the series, because it was awesome.

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Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
Rating: 4 stars
Source: Gifted
Buy the Book: Amazon
Summary: "Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive. 

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner."

Mini-review: A lot of fun! Cinder and Thorne and Kai and Wolf were all so interesting, their stories crashing together and building into what's sure to be another suspenseful and wild ride in the next book. Scarlet herself felt like the weakest link in this book, and though her temper and her impulsivity sometimes grated, and though her romance felt a tad forced, it wasn't enough to stop my enjoyment of the story.

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Cress by Marissa Meyer
Rating: 5 stars
Source: Purchased
Buy the Book: Amazon
Summary: "In this third book in Marissa Meyer's bestselling Lunar Chronicles series, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they're plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and prevent her army from invading Earth.

Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl trapped on a satellite since childhood who's only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she's being forced to work for Queen Levana, and she's just received orders to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is splintered. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a higher price than she'd ever expected. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai, especially the cyborg mechanic. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has."

Mini-reviewThis book is just a whole lot of fun. Cress is no Cinder, but I still just couldn't put this book down. I love compulsively readable books like this.  This book is so fantastically compelling that it merited 5 stars purely for the fun factor.

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Winter by Marissa Meyer
Rating: 4 stars
Source: Purchased
Buy the Book: Amazon
Summary: "Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won't approve of her feelings for her childhood friend--the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn't as weak as Levana believes her to be and she's been undermining her stepmother's wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that's been raging for far too long.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters? Fans will not want to miss this thrilling conclusion to Marissa Meyer's national bestselling Lunar Chronicles series."

Mini-reviewI blew right through this one. Another compulsively readable book, which is certainly nothing to scoff at considering the length of this novel (800+ pages). There are a lot of pros to this book. Such as: I had a lot of fun! A lot, a lot of fun. This book was action packed, and certain moments had my heart racing because of Meyer's unpredictability. The plot was intricate and exciting and at times really breathtaking. The way the Snow White fairy tale was weaved into this story was very clever. I am satisfied with this conclusion, and feel closure with the story. I will miss these characters, especially Cinder and Thorne. (The moment with the high five was spectacular.) I loved that friendship was just as important in this story as romance. I appreciated how everyone felt distinct and individual. I think these stories would make a banging film series. Also, I REALLY REALLY REALLY want to visit Luna. That being said, there were a few things I didn't luuuurrrrve as much as I wanted to. Such as:
-The revolution felt way oversimplified. There was some commentary about sacrifice for the greater good, but every decision to be made in the book had a pretty clear right decision vs. wrong decision, whereas in reality things are much grayer and messy and complicated than that. 
-Relatedly, there is a pretty bad case of white horse/black horse syndrome going on. It felt like this world was split into good people and death eaters. Everyone was either totally heroic or else they were selfish, ignorant, and cruel. I would have preferred more variety on both sides, and for the characters' moral compasses to be less in sync. (I wanted for people with good intentions to disagree on the best course of action, for example. I don't know if I'm making sense here. It makes sense in my head.)
-I was a little confused about one of the characters in the end, and I didn't get quite as much resolution about another character, but on the whole I was satisfied with this series.  It was a whole lot of fun and I'm glad I read it.

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

2016 First and Second Quarters Reading Report

Oh, hello.  Yes, I'm still here.  I had a bunch of holds come through at the library all at once and was busy trying to get through them all before they were due back.  On the bright side, I got a lot of reading done in July.  On the not-so-bright side, none of those books will be featured in this post because I'm only talking about the books I read between January and June.  :)

In the first two quarters of 2016 I read a total of 13 books.  This whole year is definitely a low-reading year, which I blame entirely on my adorable children and the fact that we moved this year.  But at least I got a few books in!  Here are the books I read:

  • Carry On by Rainbow Rowell (2.75 stars) - In concept, this book was brazen, imaginative, and gutsy.  In execution, however, this book was really, really bloody boring.
  • The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (3.5 stars) - A gripping and disturbing mystery that I really should not have read.
  • The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen (4 stars) -  A slower political fantasy peppered with some pretty spectacular moments of excitement.
  • The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty (4.5 stars) - Charming, fun, witty, a little gritty, and everything else Moriarty is known for.  I was especially touched by the devastatingly accurate portrayal of PPD.
  • Scarlet by Marissa Meyer (4 stars) - Not my favorite in the series, but still a fun read. (How do I not have reviews posted for this series yet?)
  • Cress by Marissa Meyer (5 stars) - Definitely my favorite in the series.  I could not put this book down.  Full review to come.
  • Winter by Marissa Meyer (4 stars) - I thought the revolutionary aspect of the story was way oversimplified, but I enjoyed the cast and had a fun time reading.
  • The Winner's Kiss by Marie Rutkoski (4 stars) - An emotionally intelligent YA revolutionary novel, though I missed Kestrel's mind from the earlier books.
  • Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (4 stars) - Exhilirating and original, with a LOT of violence and an unfortunate level of crass.  
  • The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen (3.25 stars) - I give this series major props for originality, but wish it spent more time answering my questions than giving me new ones.  I'll definitely be reading book 3 when it comes out, though.
  • Maybe In Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid (4.25 stars) - Short, funny, and thought-provoking.  This book raises a lot of questions in a mostly light and conversational way.  This would be a good book club choice.
  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (DNF) - This book has so many positive reviews, but I just couldn't do it.  Nothing I did could get me into this story.  Apologies to the fans.
  • The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (4.5 stars) - This book was not a happy story  and yet I left it feeling hopeful. Believing in beauty and truth and love. Believing that good can come from strange back doors. And believing that even if life is one giant game of Screw You, there's a way to play that game joyfully.
And here are some graphs:

It is becoming abundantly apparent that I am quite liberal with my 4-star rating.  What can I say, I read a lot of good books.  :)

How were your first two quarters?

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

THE SERIES SERIES: Series I Still Haven't Gone Back To (And Whether I Ever Will)

Welcome back to the Series Series!  It's been a few days, but series are still on the brain.  Today I'm talking about: 

Series I Still Haven't Gone Back To (And Whether I Ever Will)

I'm dividing these series into three groups.  In all three groups I haven't returned to the series since my last Series Series.  But I will return to the series one day in the first group.  In the second group, I'm undecided.  And in the third group, I will not be finishing the series.

Series I Haven't Gone Back To (But I Will!)

Red Rising Trilogy by Pierce Brown 
YES!  I'm just waiting for my hold on Mourning Star to come through.

The Game of Throne series by George R.R. Martin 
Yes, I will absolutely finish this series.  That is, if Martin publishes the last two books within my lifetime.

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis 
Yes, I will finish this series someday.  I think I'll wait until my kids are older and read it together with them.  So it will be some time before I finish this series, but eventually I will.

Series I Haven't Gone Back To (But I Might!)

Seraphina Duology by Rachel Hartman
(Probably Not.  Seraphina ended on a good note, but it was too little, too late.)

The Lone City Trilogy by Amy Ewing
(Still a Maybe.  The first one was fun brain candy, though there were some pretty significant holes.)

Anna and the French Kiss Trilogy by Stephanie Perkins
(Maybe.  I have to be in a mood for teenage romance before I'll pick any of these up, and that doesn't happen very often.  I'm picky about romance, especially YA romance.)

The Starbound Trilogy by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner 
(Probably not.  I understand the enthusiasm for this series, but I'm not sure it's a great fit for me.)

The Chronos Files Trilogy by Rysa Walker
(Unfortunately No.  The first one was awesome, but it's been too long since I've read it, and I'm not sure I want to reread.  And it would be confusing to go into the second book without a reread, so.)

Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy by Laini Taylor 
(Probably Someday.  This series seems like the perfect story for me.  But I just never read book 2 and now I'm afraid I've forgotten everything.)

Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon
(Maybe.  I liked the first book, but I know a few spoilers that make me hesitate to continue the series.)

Legend Series by Marie Lu
(Probably Not.  The first one was kind of a disappointment.  But I love these covers.)

The Giver Series by Lois Lowry
(Maybe.  The first book was huge in my bookish upbringing, but I kind of want to leave it be rather than adding things to my memories of that story that might change my feelings towards it.)

The Inheritence Series by Christopher Paolini
(Maybe.  I loved the first two books, but Brisingr wasn't out yet at the time and now it's been too long since I've read the first two.)

Series I Haven't Gone Back To (And I Never Will!)

Cruel Beauty Series by Rosamund Hodge
The School For Good and Evil by Soman Chainani
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
His Fair Assassins by Robin LaFevers
Matched Trilogy by Ally Condie
Uglies Series by Scott Westerfeld
The Mara Dyer Trilogy by Michelle Hodkin
The Chemical Garden Series by Lauren DeStephano
The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan
The Maze Runner Series by James Dashner

What series have you shelved (in)definitely?  What makes you stop reading a series?  Any series you're sure you'll go back to, even though a lot of time has passed since reading the first book(s) in that series?

Thursday, June 30, 2016

THE SERIES SERIES: New Series I've Started (And Whether I'll Continue)

I'm doing a follow up on my Series Series this week!  At the bottom of the post I've got links to the rest of the series, but for today we're talking about: 

New Series I've Started (And Whether I"ll Continue)

This is the post where you'll discover just how much I love a good series.  Yes, I've started all these series in the last 18 months, all in the search for a new series to fall in love with.  I am obviously insane.

The Scarlet Series by A.C. Gaughen
Books Read: 1 out of 3
About: Robin Hood retelling from Maid Marion's perspective.
Current Feeling: This series is not for me.  I disliked the first book a lot.
Verdict: Stop Reading

The Tearling Series by Erika Johansen
Books Read: 2 out of 3
About: Fantasy-Distopia about a strong queen in an extremely difficult situation.
Current Feeling: GIVE ME MORE TEARLING.  I'm loving this character-driven, suspenseful series.  
Verdict: Keep Reading!

The Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Books Read: 1 out of 3
About: Spaceship zombie apocolypse meets some pretty intense family drama
Current Feeling: Original and intense, I liked the first one.  Though something's holding me back from committing to the rest of the series.
Verdict: We'll see how the reviews for book 2 pan out before deciding.

The Lynburn Legacy by Sarah Rees Brennan
Books Read: 1 out of 3
About: Paranormal mystery with a sarcastic protagonist and a controversial romance.
Current Feeling: Meh.  It had all the right ingredients, but it fell flat for me.
Verdict: Stop Reading.

Six of Crows Duology by Leigh Bardugo
Books Read: 1 out of 2
About: Ocean's Eleven meets the Grisha (Plus some crazy apothecary stuff going on.)
Current Feeling: I liked the first one.  Didn't love it, but I liked it.  I'm not sure I'd continue if it were a trilogy, but I think I might be able to read book 2 since it's just one more book for closure.
Verdict: Probably Keep Reading

The Magicians Series by Lev Grossman
Books Read: 1 out of 3
About: Parallel fantasy series with every trope turned upside down and all the happiness sucked out of the world.
Current Feeling: I like how Grossman messes with the tropes, but book 1 was waaaaaaaay too depressing for me.
Verdict: Stop Reading

The Second Selection Series by Kiera Cass
Books Read: 1 out of 3
About: The Selection gets a whole new cast with this next generation featuring America's daughter.
Current Feeling: It's the same kind of light and fun popsicle as the previous Selection series.  Which means I'll read the whole thing between seasons of The Bachelor.
Verdict: Keep Reading

An Ember in the Ashes Series by Sabaa Tahir
Books Read: 1 out of 3
About: ... I have no idea since I can hardly remember a thing about it.
Current Feeling: Why should I keep going if the first book was obviously forgettable?
Verdict: Stop Reading

A Court of Thorns and Roses Series by Sarah J. Maas
Books Read: 1 out of 3
About: Beauty and the Beast gets a highly suspenseful and grown up retelling in the masterful hands of Maas.
Current Feeling: I loved book 1 SO MUCH. *drools*
Verdict: Keep Reading

The Wrath and the Dawn Duology by Renee Ahdieh
Books Read: 1 out of 2
About: A new and intense take on the A Thousand and One Nights tale. 
Current Feeling: GIMMEEEEE.  Why Have I not read this yet?  It's been out for at least a month.
Verdict: Keep Reading

Red Queen Series by Victoria Aveyard
Books Read:1 out of 3
About: Take the gist of every YA fantasy/dystopia you've ever read and you'll know what this book is about.
Current Feeling: I enjoyed it well enough, but it wasn't original enough to inspire me to keep reading the series.
Verdict: Probably stop reading, unless the reviews for book 2 convince me otherwise.

Defy Series by Sara B. Larson
Books Read: 1 out of 3
About: Girl in a love triangle.  I forget the rest.
Current Feeling: This series is not for me.  I (clearly) couldn't get past the love triangle trope.
Verdict: Stop Reading

Kushiel's Dart by Jacqueline Carey
Books Read: 1 out of 3
About: Insanely original grown up fantasy with one of the most fully imagined worlds I've ever read.
Current Feeling: Fantastic world building, but you have to be in the mood for the rest.  The characters and the world really come to life, but the plot is soooo complicated and slow.  That's not a bad thing, but good to know ahead of time.  Also, being told this story through the eyes of a courtesan was original, if slightly disconcerting at times.
Verdict: Undecided.  Maybe I'll go back to it one day.

Four Sister's Series by Elissa Sussman
Books Read: 1 out of 4 (I think)
About: Fairy tale setting with a far from fairy tale-esque political system.
Current Feeling: Book 1 was a huge letdown.  Huge.
Verdict: Stop Reading.

To All The Boys I've Loved Before Series by Jenny Han
Books Read: 1 out of 2
About: Endearing young girl does some growing up and finds some romance along the way.
Current Feeling: There's a lot of love out there for book 1.  I thought it was just okay though.  I didn't fall in love, and don't really care to continue.
Verdict: Stop Reading

Pennyroyal Academy Series by M.A. Larson
Books Read: 1 out of 3 (I think)
About: I honestly can't remember.  Apparently this book did not leave a mark.  I think there may have been something about dragons...?? 
Current Feeling: Again, I don't have the energy to continue a series if the first book is forgettable.
Verdict: Stop Reading

Sevenwaters Series by Juliet Marillier
Books Read: 1 out of 6
About: Book 1 was an atmospheric Scottish retelling of the goose girl legend.  It will leave you believing in a more conniving, duplicitous kind of magic, but also in love.
Current Feeling: Book 1 was solid, but really, really, really long.  I liked it, but I'm not sure I liked it enough to read 5 more books of that length and pace.
Verdict: Probably Stop Reading

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

THE SERIES SERIES: Series I've Continued (But Haven't Completed)

I'm doing a follow up on my Series Series this week!  Yesterday I wrote about series I've finished since my last series series post a year and a half ago, and whether I'd recommend them.  Today I'm talking about:

Series I've Continued (But Haven't Completed)

The Remnant Chronicles by Mary E. Pearson
Number of books I've read: 2 out of 3
Series in 5 words: Surprising, Enthralling, Magical Medieval Fantasy 
Will I Continue?: Heck yes!  I am so excited to get my hands on the final book in this trilogy.  I've loved this series.  Are you dying for book 3 like I am??

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Number of books I've read: 4 out of 6
Series in 5 words: Prepare To Get Seriously Wrecked
Will I Continue?: Obviously, yes.  I'm a huge fan of this series.  I'm a little nervous that I've forgotten things though.  This is a really complicated story with a huge cast list, and I can't remember everyone or everything that happened.  Maybe I'll reread the others before starting Empire of Storms this Fall.  (Anyone else feel like the cover image for Empire of Storms doesn't match the others?)

Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson
Number of books I've read: 2 out of 3
Series in 5 words: Characters Struggle Through Misty Evils
Will I Continue?: Yes.  But only because I want closure.  Not because I love this series.  I don't dislike it, but I find I'd usually rather read something else.

Elemental Blessings Trilogy by Sharon Shinn
Number of books I've read: 3 out of 5
Series in 5 words: Shinn Is A Writing Goddess
Will I Continue?: Definitely.  This series is my favorite of all Ms. Shinn's work, which is saying something because I love everything she writes.  This world is so interesting and unique.  I really feel like I understand this world's culture, economics, politics, shortcomings, etc.  Plus there's just enough supernatural elements for it to feel magical.  I love reading this series, and I'm so excited for book 4 to be released in the Fall!

The Cormoran Strike Series by Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling)
Number of books I've read: 3 out of ?
Series in 5 words: Insanely Plotted Who Dun Its
Will I Continue?: For sure yes.  That last book left things hanging, and I NEED to know what happens next!  Usually a new Strike novel comes out each Fall, but I haven't heard any news about the fourth book yet.  (Probably because Rowling has been occupied with The Cursed Child and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.)  If you hear anything about book 4 then let me know!  I'm dying to get my hands on it.  (Don't do it, Robin!!!)

What series are you in the middle of reading?

Previous Posts in The Series Series:
Series I've finished (and whether I'd recommend them)
Series I've started, and whether I'll continue
Series I haven't read (that I'm considering starting)

Discussion defending the series format
Guest posts by BridgetJessieCassieKami, and Kathy
Follow-up to Series I've finished (and whether I'd recommend them)

Monday, June 27, 2016

THE SERIES SERIES: A Follow-up On The Series I've Finished (And Whether I'd Recommend Them)

About a year and a half ago I did a series on here called The Series Series talking all about - you guessed it - book series.  I'm nothing if not imaginative when naming my posts.

Part One discussed series I've finished, and whether I'd recommend them.

Part Two discussed series I've started, and whether I planned to continue.

Part Three discussed series I haven't read that I was considering starting.

I finished my part in The Series Series with a discussion defending the series format, and then had a week's worth of awesome guest posts by Bridget, Jessie, Cassie, Kami, and Kathy.

I really enjoyed writing that whole thing, but one thing that really surprised me while I was doing it was the realization that, holy moly, I have started a lot of book series.  Like, for real, a lot.  So, since it's been a while (A year and a half), I decided to do a follow up to record what changes have occurred in the interim.   I'll be talking about book series all week here, starting with what series I've finished in the last year and a half.  Here we go!

Series I've Finished 
(And Whether I'd Recommend Them)

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Number of Books: 4 (Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter)
Series in 5 Words: Swashbuckling Space Fairy Tale Adventure
Overall Feeling: I read the last three books in this series all at once, and I'm glad I did.  This is a good series to binge read, as going quickly allows you to overlook some of the plot holes and just enjoy the ride.  It may have oversimplified the revolutionary aspects of the plot, but the cast is endearing and the plot is engaging and Meyer does a good job of including romance without it becoming the main focus of the story.  Well done!
Conclusion: Swoony, funny, and exciting.  Definitely worth the read if you like YA and fairy tale adaptations.
Series in a GIF
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The Winner's Trilogy by Marie Rutkoski

Series in 5 Words: Determined Love Struggles And Conquers 
Overall Feeling: This series was primarily an emotional one.  The romance is the forefront of this story, which isn't usually my jam, but Rutkoski won me over with her fine handling of all the emotions going on here: the main characters are under immense amounts of pressure, and their choices are made after a great deal of inner struggle to balance their head and their heart.  It's a bittersweet story in many ways, not a light romance at all considering all the sacrifice they all go through.  But it ends on a mostly happy note, and gives readers a whole lot of adrenaline with the revolutionary background of the story. 
Conclusion: A good one for romance fans who like a bit of excitement with their swoons.
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The Princess Academy Trilogy by Shannon Hale
Number of Books: 3 (Princess Academy, Palace of Stone, and The Forgotten Sisters)
Series in 5 Words: Friendship Will Always Reign Supreme 
Overall Feeling: I really like how Hale's MG and YA novels always have friendship as a main theme.  These books feature a nice picture of loyalty, understanding, and helpfulness between kids, and I'd love for my kids to read these someday.
Conclusion: A sweet and happy series for kids.

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Of Metal and Wishes Duology by Sarah Fine

Number of Books: 2 (Of Metal and Wishes and Of Dreams and Rust)
Series in 5 Words: Phantom and Raoul Are Awesome
Overall Feeling: I loved the first book.  The second book... not so much.  But I liked that the Phantom and Raoul characters were so fleshed out, even though Wen was a little bit of a disappointment.
Conclusion: A great first book, and I hope this starts a trend of more musical-to-book adaptations.
Series in a GIF:
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The Soul Eater Series by Eliza Crewe

Number of Books: 3 (Cracked, Crushed and Crossed)
Series in 5 Words: Friendship In Good And Evil
Overall Feeling: I blew through this whole series in a couple of weeks.  There are some moments of pretty gross violence that required some skimming for my stomach's sake, but I loved the friendship between the main characters, and I really liked that Meda felt like an ordinary teenager in completely extraordinary circumstances.  I've never met another character like her.  It's like she cares about people almost against her will.  I've missed being in her sarcastic head. 
Conclusion: A really exciting, original, and completely gripping trilogy with an unusual protagonist who will win you over.
Series in a GIF:
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