Friday, January 30, 2015

THE SERIES SERIES Guest Post: Kathy from Read This Instead


Welcome to the fifth and final of this week's guest posts on The Series Series! All week this week I'll be hosting guest posts from around the blogosphere, wherein five lovely book bloggers will share their love for a beloved book series by answering ten questions about it. 

Today's post is brought to you by Kathy from Read This Instead and she'll be talking about The Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater.  I was personally really excited when Kathy told me what series she had chosen, because I haven't started this series yet, and have been wanting to give it a go.  (That GIF especially makes me want to start reading.)  Also, as a side note, Kathy agreed to do this post with very little notice, so basically Kathy is my favorite person in the world right now.  All hail Kathy!  When you're done here, you know the drill: Show Kathy some love by stopping by Read This Instead!

Lastly, seeing as this is the last post in my Series Series, I just wanted to say thank you for all your thoughts and comments (and even posts!) over the past two weeks - I've loved hearing from you, and my TBR list has all but exploded with all the series love I've heard.  I was in a bit of a reading slump, but your enthusiasm picked me right up.  Thank you!!  I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.  Okay, on to The Raven Cycle.  Take it away, Kathy!


1. Describe this series in five words:
Prep-school boys seek sleeping king

2. Who should read this series?
Anyone who likes a good character driven story, or magical realism, or Maggie Stiefvater's other books.


3. If this series were an animal what would it be?
A birdsaw 


4. Is there anything triggering in this series that readers should be aware of?  
One of the characters comes from an abusive family, there's some fist fighting, and non-gory violence. There's also some teen drinking and quite a bit of profanity. And there are psychics who use tarot cards and such.

5. What food/drink did you crave after reading this series?  
Yogurt with fruit on the bottom, which becomes a thing in the second book

6. If you were to give this series to someone as a gift, what other item would you pair it with?  
Some lessons in driving a stick shift (at least the book made me think learning that would be cool) :)

7. What emotion did you feel the most while reading this book? 
Excitement. Even though these aren't very plot driven stories I'm always interested in what new twist is going to happen and how the characters are going to deal with it. And some angst because each book ends with a cliffhanger.

8. After finishing this series, what should I read next?  
The last book comes out this fall and I think the ending will be bittersweet, so I'd go with something happy to balance it out. For me that would be contemporary romance.

9. Summarize this series with a GIF:

10. Give your final pitch of why people should read this series: 
This really is a great series! The summary for the first book tries to make it sound like a paranormal romance but that's not what it is at all. (seriously, in three books there have been two kisses: one involving a ghost and the other a hitman. This is not a kissing series.) It's magic and adventure and complex relationships between characters that are very different and flawed. Also psychics and trees that speak Latin. And some car racing. 

Really, there's so much going on you're bound to find something that appeals to you.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

THE SERIES SERIES Guest Post: Kami from Kami's Library Thoughts

 
Welcome to the fourth of this week's guest posts on The Series Series! All week this week I'll be hosting guest posts from around the blogosphere, wherein five lovely book bloggers will share their love for a beloved book series by answering ten questions about it. 

Today's post is brought to you by Kami from Kami's Library Thoughts and she'll be talking about The Théâtre Illuminata series by Lisa Mantchev. I have a soft spot for all things Shakespeare, since I spent so much time in my MA program studying his work, but I actually haven't read these yet!  I love how all these guests posts this week seem to be tailor made for me.  Thanks for being so accommodating, guest posters, you're the best.  :)  Really, though, thanks to Kami for writing this awesome post!  Theatre Illuminata sounds like a charming, enchanting, thrilling story, and I'm glad that these books are now on my radar! When you're done here, show Kami some love by stopping by Kami's Library Thoughts!

  

Théâtre Illuminata by Lisa Mantchev
Love the title of the series, and these covers are AMAZING!

1.    Describe this series in five words:    Trapped Shakespeare characters escape theater

2.    Who should read this series?   Anyone who loves Shakespeare, plays, fairies, charming men, and adventure.

3.    If this series were an animal what would it be?    A pixie fairy

4.    Is there anything triggering in this series that readers should be aware of?    I read this a few years ago, so I can't quite remember. The 4 little fairies from A Midsummer's Dream like to run around naked. They don't go into detail or anything. It just mentions it. Other than that, I think it is a pretty clean read.

5.    What food/drink did you crave after reading this series?    I honestly have no idea!

6.    If you were to give this series to someone as a gift, what other item would you pair it with?    
 
The complete works of William Shakespeare or framed pictures of the covers!

7.    What emotion did you feel the most while reading this book?    Curiosity, Wonder, Love, Frustration, Happiness, Excitement, and a whole bunch of others.

8.    After finishing this series, what should I read next?    
The Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa

9.    Summarize this series with a GIF:

10.  Give your final pitch of why people should read this series:    This series is a hidden gem! It deserves more attention. It is humorous, enchanting, filled with charming characters, and so unique! Plus the covers are GORGEOUS! You can judge these books by their covers. 

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

THE SERIES SERIES Guest Post: Cassi from My Thoughts Literally


Welcome to the third of this week's guest posts on The Series Series!  All week this week I'll be hosting guest posts from around the blogosphere, wherein five lovely book bloggers will share their love for a beloved book series by answering ten questions about it.  

Today's post is brought to you by Cassi from My Thoughts Literally, and she'll be talking about The Wicked Years by Gregory Maguire.  I actually read the first book in this series years ago, and have even seen the Broadway musical based on that book a few times!  (That music... oh that music... perfection.)  But, for all that, I didn't even know that it was a part of a series.  *head desk.*  I am so glad that Cassi enlightened me on this.  (She's also enlightened me on the Mistborn series, and has shared her love for The Magicians series here as well.  Clearly I need to remain friends with Cassi forever so that she can continue to tell me what to read.)  Thanks, Cassi, for writing this post, and for sharing your passion for this series!  When you're done here, show Cassi some love by stopping by My Thoughts Literally!



The Wicked Years by Gregory Maguire

1. Describe this series in five words:
Dark Political Wizard of Oz

2. Who should read this series?
Fans of The Wizard of Oz, fans of retellings, fans of adult Fantasy like Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings

3. If this series were an animal what would it be?
A winged monkey. Much darker and more complicated that you thought possible.

4. Is there anything triggering in this series that readers should be aware of?  
This is an adult book and there are some scenes of a sexual nature. In particular there is a scene in the first book where characters go to the world's version of a strip club and there is a bestiality scene. In the second book there is also a same-sex relationship. There's a lot going on here!

5. What food/drink did you crave after reading this series?  
Nothing in particular. Perhaps some green elixir. 

6. If you were to give this series to someone as a gift, what other item would you pair it with?  
A copy of the Wizard of Oz, a map of Oz, and a copy of the musical soundtrack that is based on the first book.

7. What emotion did you feel the most while reading this book? 
Shock and empathetic. Shock because it was so much darker than I expected and empathetic because Gregory Maguire does such an amazing job making you connect and root for a character you know to be evil. Then as the rest of the series develops you have a strong connection to all the other characters.

8. After finishing this series, what should I read next?  
More Gregory Maguire! I'm a huge fan of his stuff. He has some amazing retellings. I recommend Egg & Spoon if you're looking for something more lighthearted. You should checkout more adult Fantasy with dark plot and political intrigue like A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin and Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

9. Summarize this series with a GIF:




10. Give your final pitch of why people should read this series

Seriously, this is not the Oz that you are expecting. In the first book we get an amazing retelling and history of the Wicked Witch of the West and as the series develops there are so many elements of amazing adult Fantasies. It's darker, more dramatic, and more complicated than either the original Wizard of Oz or the musical. There's tons of political intrigue, action scenes, and complicated dramas. It's one of my favorite series! Fantasy fans and fans of retellings should absolutely check this series out. Plus the covers are so pretty! Both the hardcovers and the mass market paperbacks!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

THE SERIES SERIES Guest Post: Jessie from Jessie Reads Everything


Welcome to the second of this week's guest posts on The Series Series!  All week this week I'll be hosting guest posts from around the blogosphere, wherein five lovely book bloggers will share their love for a beloved book series by answering ten questions about it.  

Today's post is brought to you by Jessie from Jessie Reads Everything and she'll be talking about The Kate Daniels Series by Ilona Andrews.  I have to be honest, I had never even heard of this series before Jessie brought it to my attention!  But all the mentions of lions has me immediately curious (go Gryffindor!) plus this story sounds like it's wildly adventurous, so basically I'm down to read it IMMEDIATELY.  Thanks, Jessie, for writing this post, and for sharing your joy and enthusiasm for this (new to me!) series!  When you're done here, show Jessie some love by stopping by Jessie Reads Everything!

 1. Describe this series in five words: Kate will kick your ass.

2. Who should read this series? Everyone who loves a good urban fantasy book!

3. If this series were an animal what would it be? A lion. It has to be a lion.  Because reasons.



4. Is there anything triggering in this series that readers should be aware of? This series has quite a bit of violence and adult humor as well as a few sex scenes later in the series.

5. What food/drink did you crave after reading this series? Steak and Apple Pie. Read the books and tell me you don’t crave apple pie.

6. If you were to give this series to someone as a gift, what other item would you pair it with? I have to pair it with a stuffed lion because Curran.




7. What emotion did you feel the most while reading this book? Happy!

8. After finishing this series, what should I read next? I’d recommend starting either the Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne or the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs.

9. Summarize this series with a GIF:



10. Give your final pitch of why people should read this series: This is one of the best-realized fantasy worlds I've ever encountered. This series takes in a post-apocalyptic Atlanta, where magic and technology come in unpredictable waves. Magic feeds on technology causing skyscrapers to fall, planes to drop out of the sky, cars to stall, and electricity to die. When magic is down, guns and all other technology works while spells fail. The magic has allowed for all kinds of creatures to exist like shapeshifters, monsters, and the Masters of the Dead with their vampires. And in this screwed up world lives Kate Daniels. Kate likes her sword a little too much and has a hard time keeping her mouth shut. The magic in her blood makes her a target, and she has spent most of her life hiding in plain sight. But sometimes even trained killers make friends and fall in love, and when the universe tries to kick them in the face, they kick back.

Monday, January 26, 2015

THE SERIES SERIES Guest Post: Bridget from Dog-Eared & Dog-Tagged

Welcome to the first of this week's guest posts on The Series Series!  All week this week I'll be hosting guest posts from around the blogosphere, wherein five lovely book bloggers will share their love for a beloved book series by answering ten questions about it.  

Today's post is brought to you by Bridget from Dog-Eared & Dog-Tagged and she'll be talking about The Magicians Series by Lev Grossman.  I can't tell you how delightful Bridget has been to work with - so kind and genuine.  Plus, her post has me reeeeeeeeeeally wanting to read The Magicians.  As a self proclaimed fantasy fan, I find it mildly embarrassing that I haven't read it yet.  (Anyone want to read it with me??)  Thanks for writing the post, Bridget!  And Definitely show Bridget some love by stopping by Dog-Eared & Dog-Tagged after reading her post!



The Magicians Series by Lev Grossman

Hi all! I’m Bridget from Dog-Eared & Dog-Tagged. I just finished Lev Grossman’s trilogy The Magicians and I looooved it. Here are my answers to Melissa’s questions:

1. Describe this series in five words: Teenager discovers Narnia is real.

2. Who should read this series? Fans of Harry Potter and The Chronicles of Narnia, or just, you know, everyone. Because it’s just that awesome. I’d recommend an age limit of 13 and up, though. And maybe a mature 13-year-old at that.

3. If this series were an animal what would it be? A griffin. I’m not even entirely sure what a griffin is, but I’m pretty sure The Magicians would be one.

4. Is there anything triggering in this series that readers should be aware of? There are some pretty intense battle scenes; not a whole lot of gore, but enough. There’s also a good amount of sex, particularly in the first book, and one particularly unsavory rape scene in the second. Young and sensitive readers, beware.

5. What food/drink did you crave after reading this series?  Strangely, coffee. I say strangely because I don’t drink coffee.

6. If you were to give this series to someone as a gift, what other item would you pair it with?  This adorable little sloth necklace.


They won’t get it until they read the second book, though.

7. What emotion did you feel the most while reading this book? Is suspense an emotion? I was always waiting for the other shoe to drop. And it always did.

8. After finishing this series, what should I read next? Had a little trouble with this one myself! Honestly, I had to take a little time off fantasy and go read a different genre, but that might just be me.

9. Summarize this series with a GIF

10. Give your final pitch of why people should read this series: If you’re someone who doesn’t really enjoy “high fantasy” (which I think of as Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, Eye of the World, etc.) but liked Harry Potter, which is most people (at least of my vintage), I think you should give this one a try. It’s darker, grittier, and scarier than Harry Potter, but that just made me love it even more. For me, it was sort of the next logical step: the last Harry Potter book came out when I was 17; now I’m 25. The Magicians has that same magical feel as Harry Potter, but it’s more grown up and there’s more at stake. It’s really hard to describe other than that. But please do give this series a try. I don’t think you’ll regret it.

You can read my reviews here:



Thanks for having me, Melissa! 

Friday, January 23, 2015

THE SERIES SERIES Discussion: In Defense of the Series Format


We've all been there.

You're talking to someone about a book, and you get asked the question, "...but is this the start of a series?"

If you say yes, they crinkle up their nose and begin quietly backing away from you.

If you say no, they give a sigh of relief and maybe even read the book.

Here's the thing.  Sometimes you just need a stand alone novel.  Maybe you don't have the energy to commit to a whole series.  Maybe you've been disappointed in a series in the past.  Maybe you've experienced the second-book-slump one too many times.  Maybe you hate it when middle books in a series don't actually have a hook, rising action, climax, falling action, and a resolution like stories are supposed to, but just continue the general story without being its own individual novel.  (<--- A personal grievance of mine.)  Maybe you have no real reason, you just don't feel like starting a series.

All of these reasons are valid!  Stand alone novels are wonderful things!  Some of my favorite books are stand alones!  Let me be clear that I am not in any way saying that you shouldn't read stand alone novels.  By all means, gobble them up if you want to.  All hail the stand alone.

However.

I really, really love a good series.  Although they can be risky, the payoff can be also be huge.  Making the investment in a series can definitely be worth it.  I am here to give you a few reasons why, just maybe, you could consider starting a series next time instead.  Here are a few benefits to reading a book series instead of a stand alone novel:


1. Series are Longer

Now, obviously, this is a two-edged sword.  If you don't love a series, it can be frustrating to have to read multiple novels just to get a sense of closure.  But, there are also some serious pros to a longer story.  For one, the extra time allows you to get to know several minor characters in addition to the protagonist(s).  Also, the extra time allows for several more side-plots to develop as well.  Think of everything you would miss if the Harry Potter series stopped after the first book: No Sirius, Lupin, Tonks, Mad-Eye, Luna, Mr. Crouch, Dobby, Diggory, Victor Krum, Slughorn, Cho, Kreacher, or Crookshanks.  (There'd also be no Umbridge, Bellatrix, or Greyback, which would be oddly nice.  But it's worth it to have them if I can also have everyone else.)  Plus, you'd never see Hagrid become a professor; never see Sirius' vindication; never see Scabbers' final justice; never know what happened to the Malfoys; never discover Neville's sad history; etc.  You wouldn't even know what a horcrux was.  Now really.  I love that first book, but the story is so much bigger than The Sorcerer's Stone, and I can't tell you how glad I am that Rowling didn't stop there.  I know you might be thinking, "Well, that's Harry Potter.  Not every story is that engaging or that well-developed."  And you would be right.  Not every long story is a good story just because it's long.  But, do remember that the long length doesn't just mean you have more pages to wade through.  It often times means more meat to chew, so to speak.  And those extra pages might be delicious.


2. Series are Less Predictable

Every story has to follow an arc of some kind.  Standalone novels can be surprising, I'm not saying they can't.  But consider the multiple-book format: not only do you have an overarching story arc, you also have individual story arcs within each novel.  Each of those arcs have to be different from the arc in the previous book(s), and therefore by necessity must hold surprises in order to make itself distinct from the other books in the cannon.  If you had told me after the first book in The Song of Ice and Fire series what characters I would be rooting for in book 5, I never would have believed you.  (Except for Daenerys.  She's the bomb.)  Of course, this can backfire.  For example, if you expect certain things or events to happen in a series' final novel and it doesn't, it can be frustrating and disappointing, and even enraging.  I know, I've been there.  But, oftentimes, it's that very unpredictability that makes those disappointing endings possible that also makes the wildly fulfilling endings possible.  Good, solid endings wouldn't be so successful if there was never even a chance for a terrible ending.  (If it's a satisfying ending you're looking for, might I recommend The Grisha Series, The Girl of Fire and Thorns series, The Seven Realms Series, and/or the Under the Never Sky series.)


3. Series Give You More to Love

Say you read a book, and you like it.  One of the first things I do when I'm done is check and see if that author has written anything else.  If they've written a series, BINGO.  I'm way more likely to read theirs than a series by someone I've never read before, since I've already had a positive experience with their writing style.  Besides, if you find a book you love, it's natural to want to spend more time in that book's world.  And if it's the start of a series, you can!  You are guaranteed a whole separate book (or even books!) completely devoted to that story and world!  It's a glorious thing!  I am currently reading the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas, and, might I just say, this series is a huge testament to the idea that series give you more to love.  With each new book that comes out I fall more in love with this ever-expanding world.  On a related vein, I've started many a series that didn't have all its installments released yet.  That time between books when you wait for the next sequel to be released, while torturous, has also allowed me to make friends with other bookish people who are suffering the same agonizing fate as I am.  We share our speculation, our predictions, our excitement, and, ultimately, our thoughts on each new installment, and basically fangirl ourselves into happiness.  While a big part of me will always want the next book of whatever series I'm reading IMMEDIATELY, I've loved those fangirly  interactions with others, and wouldn't trade them for the world.  Like I said, series give you more to love.


Have I convinced you?  Do you like reading series?  What other benefits would you add to this list?

Thursday, January 22, 2015

THE SERIES SERIES: Series I Haven't Read (That I'm Considering Starting)

Wecome to Part 3 of The Series Series!  Today we'll be talking about the series I haven't read that I'm continuing starting.  

Fact: I have a massive TBR list.  There are so many books I want to read, and it's hard knowing that I'll never have time to read them all.  I have to be very selective when starting a new series, because life just isn't long enough to spend time reading books you're not crazy about.  These are all series that have caught my eye, though, and that I very well might start.  I might even start soon.  (TELL ME WHAT TO READ!)


The Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan
Number of Books: 5 (plus supplemental book series)
Why I Want to Read It: Because it's really, really popular! I want to know what all the fuss is about! 


The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare
Number of Books: 6
Why I Want to Read It: I have had a couple of different people tell me that they haven't been as absorbed by a series since Harry Potter.  That level of addiction is difficult to achieve, so I'm curious.  (But I have to admit, that terrible film set this series back quite a bit in my mind.)


His Dark Materials series by Philip Pullman
Number of Books: 3
Why I Want to Read It: This world sounds so unique and interesting.  I had a college roommate who LOVED this series, and ever since I lived with her I've remembered her passion about this story.


Abhorsen series by Garth Nix
Number of Books: 4
Why I Want to Read It: I heard about Sabriel a long time ago, and wanted to read it, but never did.  I feel like I'll be scratching a childhood itch by reading it.


The Lies of Locke Lamora series by Scott Lynch
Number of Books: I don't know!  Only the first book has been released so far, but I know that there is going to be at least one sequel.  (Do you know?)
Why I Want to Read It: I read a glowing review on the first book in this series, and I've never forgotten about it.  It sounds like this series will be right up my alley, and I'm looking forward to giving it a shot.


The Scarlet series by A.C. Gaughen
Number of Books: 3
Why I Want to Read It: I originally dismissed this series because that cover does absolutely nothing for me.  (It's about as generic as they come.)  But all the positive reviews have me wondering if I should give it a go...


The Books of Bayern by Shannon Hale
Number of Books: 4
Why I Want to Read It: Because it's Shannon Hale.  Case closed.  (And no, I have no idea why I haven't read it yet.)


Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
Number of Books: I think 3
Why I Want to Read It: Because Emma Watson told me to.  Yes, that is the only reason.  AND IT'S GOOD ENOUGH FOR ME.

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A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
Number of Books: I think 3
Why I Want to Read It: I've never read anything by Schwab before, but I know several book friends with similar tastes as I do who LOVE her, and love this book in particular.  So I think I should definitely give it a shot.


The Heir Chronicles by Cinda Williams Chima
Number of Books: 5
Why I Want to Read It: Chima's Seven Realms series is one of my favorite fantasy series EVER, so I've been wanting to give this series a go for a while now.  No idea why I haven't started yet.


The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

Number of Books: I thought 3, but Goodreads says 4.  Do you know?
Why I Want to Read It: I have had a few unlikely sources recommend this series to me, which makes me extremely curious.  However, I read Stiefvater's The Scorpio Races and after finishing I concluded that her and my bookish tastes didn't quite allign, so I'm also hesitant to start.  What should I do??


The Luxe Series by Anna Godbersen
Number of Books: 4
Why I Want to Read It: It's been compared to Downton Abbey, which is basically all I need to know.


Which of these have you read?  What should I read first?  What should I skip?

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

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

Welcome to Part 2 of The Series Series!  Today we'll be discussing:

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


People are understandably hesitant before starting a new series.  With multiple books, it's a big commitment.  You basically sign up ahead of time to have no closure for multiple years until the last book is released.  And then, if you don't like the last book, it can feel like you've just wasted time and emotion investing in characters who didn't deserve your anxiety.  (I'M LOOKING AT YOU, ALLEGIANT.) 

That being said, I still love a good series.  I love following a single character through multiple adventures.  I love the extra time a series provides to fully flesh out side characters, and completely build a whole new world.  When done well, series can be really phenomenal.  That's why I still start series: with the hope that my imagination can find a new home for several books in a row.  Because the pay off can be extraordinary. 

Here are the series I have started within the past year or so, and whether or not I plan to continue.  (This list does not include the series I have already finished.  That's another post.  This list only includes the series I am in the middle of.)  Tell me if you think I should change my mind!

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
Books Read: Just Cinder so far
Books Currently Released: 3/4, plus novellas
Current Feeling: I really liked Cinder, and want to read more.  I've heard such good things about Scarlet and Cress.  I figure I'll just wait for Winter and read the next three in one giant lump of fabulousness.
Verdict: Continue

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
Books Read: 1/3 (Seraphina)
Books Currently Released: 2/3
Current Feeling: I strongly disliked the first half of Seraphina, but then did a complete 180 and really liked the second half.  I'm not sure how to reconcile those two emotions, but its sequel is not as high on my list as others.
Verdict: Undecided (leaning towards no)

The Remnant Chronicles by Mary E. Pearson
Books Read: 1/3 (The Kiss of Deception)
Books Currently Released: 1/3
Current Feeling: GIVE ME BOOK TWO BEFORE I EXPLODE.
Verdict: Continue or Die

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The Jewel by Amy Ewing
Books Read: 1/3 (The Jewel)
Books Currently Released: 1/3
Current Feeling: It was alright, but I don't feel like it added anything new to the genre.  It's so short, though, that I feel like I could read the whole series in an afternoon and at least be entertained.
Verdict: Undecided (leaning towards yes)


The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski
Books Read: 1/3 (The Winner's Curse)
Books Currently Released: 1/3
Current Feeling: I'm so curious as to what will happen next.  I really have no idea what to expect, and I like that I can't predict it.
Verdict: Continue


Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
Books Read: 1/2 (Cruel Beauty)
Books Currently Released: 1/2
Current Feeling: I have to be honest, I strongly disliked this book.  I don't have a whole lot to say about it other than that I'm not interested in reading further.
Verdict: Stop Reading

Red Rising Trilogy by Pierce Brown
Books Read: 2/3 (Red Rising and Golden Son)
Books Currently Released: 2/3
Current Feeling: The end of Golden Son left me unable to form coherent sentences.  I am so mad that I have to wait a WHOLE YEAR to read book 3.
Verdict: Continue, and bribe Mr. Brown with baked goods for his book 3 outlines

The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani
Books Read: 2/3 (The School for Good and Evil and A World Without Princes)
Books Currently Released: 2/3
Current Feeling: I liked book 1 well enough, but I really, really, really disliked book 2 an extraordinary amount.
Verdict: Stop reading

The 5th Wave Trilogy by Rick Yancy
Books Read: 1/3 (The 5th Wave)
Books Currently Released: 2/3
Current Feeling: Meh.
Verdict: Stop reading

Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas
Books Read: 3/6 (Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, and Heir of Fire)
Books Currently Released: 3/6, plus novellas
Current Feeling: GIVE ME MORE MAAS.
Verdict: Create a shrine to Celaena Sardoothien.  Finally read the novellas.  Also, continue the series.



Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson
Books Read: 1/3 (Mistborn)
Books Currently Released: 3/3
Current Feeling: Really good!  This one was the perfect amount of complicated and accessible.  It definitely left me wanting more.  In fact, I plan to read The Well of Ascension next week!
Verdict: Continue


The Troubled Waters Trilogy by Sharon Shinn
Books Read: 2/3 (Troubled Waters and Royal Airs)
Books Currently Released: 2/3
Current Feeling: I love this world and this magic system so much, and am so excited that book 3 is from Corene's point of view.  (Ms. Shinn PLEASE WRITE FASTER.)
Verdict: Reread Troubled Waters fifteen times while waiting for book three to be released.



The Anna and the French Kiss Trilogy by Stephanie Perkins
Books Read: 1/3 (Anna and the French Kiss)
Books Currently Released: 3/3
Current Feeling: I understand why so many other people liked this story, but it just didn't do it for me.  At all.  *scrunches up nose.*  Yes I am a bit of a curmudgeon, why do you ask?
Verdict: Stop reading

The Starbound Trilogy by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner 
Books Read: 1/3 (These Broken Stars)
Books Currently Released: 2/3
Current Feeling: While I feel like it was well written and well developed, something didn't connect with me.  I think this is definitely a it's-not-you-it's-me situation.  
Verdict: Stop reading

The Chronos Files by Rysa Walker
Books Read: 1/3 (Timebound)
Books Currently Released: 2/3
Current Feeling: I really liked this one!  I worry about how much time has gone by since I read it, though.  I'm not sure I would be able to continue without a reread, and I'm not sure I have time for that.
Verdict: Undecided.  (TELL ME WHAT TO DO.)


The Princess Academy Series by Shannon Hale
Books Read: 2/3 (Princess Academy and Palace of Stone)
Books Currently Released: 2/3
Current Feeling: These books are so much fun.  When I think of Shannon Hale, I think of these books.  They're perfect for a pick-me-up.
Verdict: Continue


His Fair Assassins by Robin LeFevers
Books Read: 1/3 (Grave Mercy)
Books Currently Released: 3/3
Current Feeling: I didn't really enjoy the story until halfway through, but I flew through the second half.  I liked reading in a setting I'm mostly unfamiliar with, and enjoyed the political intrigue.  I may come back to this series, though it's not super high on my list.
Verdict: Undecided

Matched series by Ally Condie
Books Read: 1/3 (Matched)
Books Currently Released: 3/3
Current Feeling: Too much conversation, a little more action, please.
Verdict: Stop reading

Uglies series by Scott Westerfield
Books Read: 3/4 (Uglies, Pretties, and Specials)
Books Currently Released: 4/4
Current Feeling: I feel like I should finish, since there's just one measly book left.  But I disliked Specials so much that I have a hard time finding the motivation to continue.  So I probably won't.  (Though I do really like the updated covers.)
Verdict: Stop reading

Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy by Laini Taylor
Books Read: 1/3 (Daughter of Smoke and Bone)
Books Currently Released: 3/3
Current Feeling: I feel like this series is taylor (see what I did there??) made for me: it's bizarre, exciting, romantic, and filled with high-stakes action.  But even though it had all the right ingredients, I just didn't connect to the story.  I feel like maybe I should give it another shot, though.  Maybe it just caught me on an off day?
Verdict: Undecided (leaning towards yes)

The Mara Dyer Trilogy by Michelle Hodkin
Books Read: 1/3 (The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer)
Books Currently Released: 3/3
Current Feeling: Meh.  I read it because I liked the cover.  It was a spooky enough story, but I'm not all that interested in continuing.  Plus, the language really bothered me.  (Which is unusual for me, so the swears must be really irritating.)
Verdict: Stop reading


The Of Metal and Wishes Duology by Sarah Fine
Books Read: 1/2 (Of Metal and Wishes)
Books Currently Released: 1/2
Current Feeling: I loved the spook factor combined with the dangerous romance and the atmospheric factory setting.  I definitely want to know what happens next!
Verdict: Continue


The Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon
Books Read: 1/8 (Outlander)
Books Currently Released: 8/8 (I'm pretty sure this series won't have any more books in it, but I'm not sure.  Do you know?)
Current Feeling: I LOVED Outlander.  Loved it.  But when I heard that the second book jumped a couple decades into the future and introduces other characters I became a little disenchanted.  That's twenty years we're missing.  TWENTY YEARS!!  I want to spend more time with Claire and Jaime, not anyone else!
Verdict: I'm not over my resentment yet.  I might continue the series one day, but not yet.


The Chemical Garden series by Lauren DeStefano
Books Read: 1/3 (Wither)
Books Currently Released: 3/3
Current Feeling: I really did not like this book.  It felt way too contrived and I did not enjoy the story at all.
Verdict: Stop reading.


The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan
Books Read: 1/14 (The Eye of the World)
Books Currently Released: 14/14
Current Feeling: I get why this series has such a huge fan base, but the story didn't grip me enough to make me want to agree to a FOURTEEN BOOK commitment.  
Verdict: Stop Reading


The Game of Thrones series by George R.R. Martin
Books Read: 5/7
Books Currently Released: 5/7
Current Feeling: I am actually very terrified with the direction these books are going, but I'm too sucked in to stop now.
Verdict: Continue.  And get a prozac prescription for the feels the next two books are certain to provide.


The Legend Series by Marie Liu
Books Read: 1/3 (Legend)
Books Currently Released: 3/3
Current Feeling: I enjoyed the first book well enough, but just never finished the series.  I'm afraid too much time has passed for me to pick up book two without a refresher, and while I did like Legend, I'm not sure I liked it enough for a second read.  (Though I will say that I still think the Legend cover is one of my all times favorites.)
Verdict: Undecided.  (Leaning towards no)


The Giver series by Lois Lowry
Books Read: 1/4 (The Giver)
Books Currently Released: 4/4
Current Feeling: The Giver is my #1 favorite book.  Ever.  Of All Time.  In the whole world.  You get the idea.  I didn't continue the series for two reasons: first, because how could any sequel live up to my #1 all time favorite book ever in the whole world?  And the second reason is because the conclusion to The Giver, ambiguous as it is, is enough for me.  That book is perfect, and I don't want to spoil it with sequels.  (This is probably the best possible reason I can come up with for not continuing a series.)
Verdict: Stop Reading  


The Inheritence Series by Christopher Paolini
Books Read: 2/4 (Eragon, Eldest)
Books Currently Released: 4/4
Current Feeling: I really loved the first two books, but at the time the next two hadn't been released yet.  Now several years have gone by and I don't know if I could continue with book 3 or if I would have to start over.  But I'll probably get to it eventually.
Verdict: Continue.  (Eventually.)


The Maze Runner series by James Dashner
Books Read: 1/3 (The Maze Runner)
Books Currently Released: 3/3
Current Feeling: I liked the film a lot more than the book, so I think I'll just stick with the films on this one.
Verdict: Stop reading (but keep watching the movies)


The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
Books Read: 1/7 (The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe)
Books Currently Released: 7/7
Current Feeling: I liked the first book as a child, but couldn't get into the next book, so I stopped reading.  I think I might read this out loud to my kids when they're old enough.
Verdict: Continue in about Ten Years


What do you think?  What series should I change my mind on?  What series should I start that I haven't yet??