YA Series Recommendations- What are your favorite series? What series are not worth the read?

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Finding a new series to dive into can be a hard and daunting task. Series are a big commitment. They are scary. And more often than not, they get shoved down to the bottom of a TBR because who has time for that?

What are you talking about? Obviously people read series.

Obviously. But think about it for a minute: has there ever been a series that you put off reading for so long and then when you picked it up you were like “why did I wait so long to read this? This is amazing.” ???

If your answer is “no, does that really happen to people? Hah puny mortals.” then get out of here what are you doing you wizard/god

wait, actually on second thought please come back and teach me your secrets because I need them

But seriously, what is the purpose of this post?

Well:

We are gathered here today to join John and Jane in holy… oops.. wrong place

We are gathered here today to discuss great YA series and inspire each other to finally pick up that amazing series and stop missing out! I’ve put together a list of some of my favorite YA series, and then we can talk about them and you can tell me what your favorite series are and then we can all be sprinkled with pixie dust that will make all our responsibilities go away so we can read forever.

Or something like that…

So what counts as a series? Basically anything with more than one book. So douologies through 100 book series (if such series exist). Or at least that’s my definition of a series, so I’m rolling with it.

My YA Series Recommendations (in no particular order):

Anna Dressed in Blood (Duology) by Kendare Blake

I will never not recommend these books. They are amazing. The end.

Red Queen (Quadrilogy) by Victoria Aveyard

I’m not sure if this series is going to stop at 4 books, but that’s all I know of for now, and based on the ending of King’s Cage, I think the fourth (still unnamed book) is probably going to wrap everything up.

This series is one of my favorite dystopias, and I can not wait for the fourth one to come out! It is gripping and exciting. There are powers, princes, rebels, high stakes, and heart wrenching events. If you love dystopia, this is not one to miss.

Ruby Red (Trilogy) by Kerstin Gier

I regard these books as the best time travel books to grace the planet. Good luck convincing me otherwise.

The Selection (Trilogy) by Kiera Cass

I adore everything about this trilogy. I know that technically The Heir and The Crown exist… but I don’t really consider them a part of this (do you?). Plus I’ve only read The Heir and I don’t really think it lives up to the glory of the original trilogy.

This series is so adorable and swoon worthy!! And it’s a quick read, which is always a plus!

Throne of Glass (6 books? 7? More?) by Sarah J. Maas

So remember in the beginning of this post when I said something about putting off a series for wayyyy too long and then being like “why did I wait so long?” Yeah so that’s pretty much this series.

I’m only on the second book as of right now, BUT ITS SO GOOD I HAD TO PUT IT ON THIS LIST. Seriously this writing is some sort of sorcery. Don’t deprive yourself of the amazingness.


Okay so that’s it for my list.

Are there more amazing series out there?

Obviously. That’s where you guys come in! I want to hear what your favorite series are!

28962906And, also, there are of course series that are just starting. As in only the first book has been published as of now. Like Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco. SOOOO GOOD.

But I tried to only include complete or almost complete series on this list, so if anyone decides to start one of the series I recommend, you won’t be stuck waiting for the rest of the series to come out (which could take years).

Because binge reading rules!

But also support new authors. Because that is important.

But what about the series that are not worth the read?

Well, I’m sure that ever series has it’s fans. And, a lot of people like the series that I had a lot of trouble reading. But, here is a list of series that I could not get in to. Just remember that these are my opinions, and if you like any of these series that is great and I’m glad that you were able to find something in them that I wasn’t.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Trilogy) by Ransom Riggs

I don’t have anything against this series (I actually kind of enjoyed the first book… kind of), but I could never bring myself to pick up the second book. I just don’t think this series is worth reading.

Shatter Me (6 books) by Tahereh Mafi

I don’t want to say I hated the first book of this series….

A lot of people enjoy this series, but I can’t figure out why for the life of me. I just can’t stand anything about it.

Girl Online (Trilogy) by Zoe Sugg (Ghost Writer Siobhan Curham)

These books are the bane of YA. I don’t know why they exist. The first book was so cringey that I could barely finish it.

The Maze Runner (Trilogy? Not really sure at this point) by James Dashner

The Maze Runner was actually a DNF. I tried to read it several times and never got past the middle of the book. I watched the movie, too, just incase that would inspire me to finish the book… but I didn’t really like the movie either.


Anyway, that’s it for this post!

What are your can’t-miss YA series? What series are not worth the read?

Also: if you make a post similar to this one, link me in it so I can see it!

Thanks for reading!!

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Book Review- Girl of Nightmares

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Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake
Published by Tor Teen on August 7, 2012
Genres: Young Adult, Horror, Paranormal, Fantasy
Pages: 332
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It’s been months since the ghost of Anna Korlov opened a door to Hell in her basement and disappeared into it, but ghost-hunter Cas Lowood can’t move on.

His friends remind him that Anna sacrificed herself so that Cas could live—not walk around half dead. He knows they’re right, but in Cas’s eyes, no living girl he meets can compare to the dead girl he fell in love with.

Now he’s seeing Anna everywhere: sometimes when he’s asleep and sometimes in waking nightmares. But something is very wrong…these aren’t just daydreams. Anna seems tortured, torn apart in new and ever more gruesome ways every time she appears.

Cas doesn’t know what happened to Anna when she disappeared into Hell, but he knows she doesn’t deserve whatever is happening to her now. Anna saved Cas more than once, and it’s time for him to return the favor.

Kendare Blake has done it again. Girl of Nightmares picks up six months after Anna Dressed in Blood ends, and immediately launches into the ghost hunting world of Cas, Thomas, and Caramel. Only Cas keeps seeing Anna everywhere.

One reason I love Girl of Nightmares is that it feels like a real continuation of the story. I didn’t need to “get back into it” like I need to with other series. The second I started reading it, it felt like I was in familiar territories. It gradually eased into the new plot line in a natural progression.

I also loved the development of the characters. Cas changed so much (in a good way, I might add) in the first book, and his character continues to develop in the second. He’s not perfect, but he is determined and loyal and not afraid to do what he believes is right. Thomas and Caramel also continue to grow, and although they both change in surprising ways, it is all for the best.

Girl of Nightmares is one of those books where you get to the last few pages and say to yourself: “There is no way all of this is going to be tied up in this many words”. Only it is. And the ending is beautiful (although certainly not what I expected). Although I have to admit that I wish there was a third book. I’m not ready to leave Cas and his friends quite yet.

Girl of Nightmares gets five out of five hearts from me!

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Totally Should’ve Book Tag

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Hi guys! Today I have a fun book tag that I saw over on Kat’s blog, KatReadsALot! The tag was created by Emma from Emmmabooks on YouTube. You can see the tag video here.

So here we go!


69313561. Totally Should’ve Gotten a Sequel

It was pretty hard to think of a book that needs a sequel. Most novels are tied up pretty well, so they could use one, but don’t really need one.

I decided to go with The Duff by Kody Keplinger because I absolutely adore the story and the characters, and I would love to see more of them!

 


8524702. Totally Should’ve Gotten a Spin-Off Series

This one was easy. The Gallagher Girls books are amazing and action pact. Oh, and it takes place in a girls school for spies. Not to mention there is a boys school for spies.

See where I’m going with this? Lots of awesome spin-off potential!

 


jjj3. An Author Who Totally Should Write More Books

Another easy one. I just finished Beyond the Rising Tide by Sarah Beard, and OH MY GOSH it was amazing! Sarah Beard has one more published book that I’m going to read as soon as I can get my hands on it, but I really hope she comes out with more books fast.

And mean a lot more books. Like a million of them.


27670524. A Character Who Totally Should’ve Ended Up With Someone Else

I stand by my belief that Katniss should’ve ended up with Gale. I mean, I get why she ended up with Peeta, but I’m not too happy about it.

I guess the romance between Katniss and Peeta just never felt real to me.


125072145. Totally Should’ve Ended Differently

I’m not hating on Girl of Nightmares, because the book was amazing and the ending actually fit in perfectly. I just wish it ended differently… more happily I guess.

I also kind of wish this book had another sequel. Maybe that would make up for how sad I was at the end.

 


 

45874926. Totally Should’ve Had A Movie Franchise

These movies would be badass. I would love to see I Am The Weapon come to the big screen. It would be amazing, like the mash up of James Bond and Jason Bourne in the very capable body of a teenager.

I don’t know why this isn’t happening. It needs to. Get a producer on the line right now.

 


182493157. Totally Should’ve Had A TV Show

Those Girls would make an amazingly addicting melodrama. It is full of backstabbing and revenge and hormonal teenagers. Seriously it would be amazing to watch. It could totally be the next O.C.

Do you still have the producer on the line? Don’t hang up yet. This needs to happen too.

 


 256711528. Totally Should’ve Had A Cover Change

Honestly Pale Highway’s cover just doesn’t do it for me. The book itself was good, but I never would have picked it for myself just because of the cover.

There could be a whole lot more going on here, and instead it’s just kind of ‘blah’.

 


399999. Totally Should’ve Kept The Original Cover

I don’t have one specific pick for this one. My pick is more of a genre really: books turned into movies. Just like when they changed the cover for The Boy In The Striped Pajamas to feature a still from the movie.

I hate when they re-release books with new covers that feature the actors in the movie. That really gets on my nerves, especially when the movie doesn’t do the book justice.


946048710. Totally Should’ve Stopped at Book 1

Now,  I haven’t actually read the sequels of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children quite yet, but I don’t know if I really want to. I feel like the book could’ve been wrapped up very nicely at the end of book one, and they left it with a cliffhanger just so there was room to write more.

Then again,  I might end up loving the sequels, so who really knows.

 



 

That’s it for this book tag! Do you agree with my choices? What books would you choose? Let me know in the comments!

Author Q&A- Kendare Blake

Today I had the honor of interviewing one of my favorite authors; Kendare Blake! When she agreed to let me interview her, I screamed with excitement. My brothers thought I was crazy (just kidding, they love Kendare too). She is the author of several amazing books, including Anna Dressed in blood, which I must have read at least ten times. But in all honestly, everything she writes is amazing.

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Q: How long have you been writing? Why did you start?

A: I’ve been writing with the hope of publication since I was about…twelve. I loved books so much, and really wanted to tell stories. The first book I wrote was about wild horses. Of course it was crap. I wrote several more crappy books after that before I found a good one.

 

Q: What inspires you to write? Do you have a muse?

A: Different things inspire me with every story. I never know where inspiration is going to come from. There are things I’m intensely interested in that never spark-off anything original. And there are things that I only notice in passing that end up spinning into the next thing I work on.

 

Q: What was the first novel you wrote? What inspired it?

A: I already talked a little about those wild horses, so I’ll talk instead about the first novel that was published: Sleepwalk Society. It’s a coming-of-age college story about three best friends and how they and their relationship changes after high school. Since I wrote it when I was going through a similar time, I imagine that’s what inspired it. Lots of confusion about the future and the desire to work it out on paper.

 

Q: If you could give advice to yourself before you became a published author, what would it be?

A: Don’t be hasty. When you’re trying to “break in” everything feels like a race. Like someone will beat you and take your place but that’s not true. Do good, thoughtful work, and do not waste time on anything you do not want to be writing.

 

Q: What is your favorite book? Why?

A: Can’t possibly answer this. Too many favorites. My favorite coming out soon is April Genevieve Tucholke’s WINK POPPY MIDNIGHT. Favorite recent horror is Joe Hill’s NOS4A2. Favorite classic…. today I’ll say Jane Eyre. I just read The Sad and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton and that was great. Read I’m most looking forward to: The Festival of Insignificance by Milan Kundera.

 

Q: If you could spend one day inside one of your books, which one would it be?

A: None of them! They’re fairly brutal places, and I’d probably get insta-killed. Plus, I spend so much time in them already, on the page and in my head, I feel like I practically live there.

 

Q: You have written books in several genres, including horror, contemporary, and mythology. Which is your favorite to write? Which is the hardest?

A: Still can’t pick a favorite. I love them all. The only genres I don’t think I’ll ever write are hard sci-fi (too lazy for the research) and mystery (not tricksy enough). So far, my fantasy book has been the hardest, but I probably only think that because I’m working on it right now. Everything seems easy in hindsight.

 

Q: What are some of your favorite things outside of writing?

A: Animals. Food. I like going to museums and learning new things, learning about wine and beer at tastings, learning about cheese in cheese flight tasting, hiking, playing bad tennis, seeing films and of course reading, reading, reading.

 

Q: What bad habits do you have that you want to get rid of?

A: None, actually. I like my bad habits. I embrace my bad habits.

 

Q: What is one thing you want the world to know about you?

A: Not anything in particular. Just what they can learn by reading my fiction. The work is what matters.

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