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


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?


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!!


The Unpopular Opinion Book Tag

The Unpopular Opinion Book Tag

Hey guys! It has been forever since I’ve done a tag, so I am super excited to finally do one again! I wasn’t exactly tagged to do this (shhhhh….) but I first saw it on The Little Contemporary Corner blog (link here) so be sure to check out their post too! So, without further ado, lets get to some unpopular opinions!

1. A popular book or series that you didn’t like.

10429045Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi 

I tried to read this book about a year ago, and I really just didn’t enjoy it. Nothing about the story really appealed to me (even though I usually enjoy dystopias). But this series does seem to have a huge amount of people that love it, but this book really just wasn’t for me.

Second place for this one is tied with Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, The Fault in our Stars by John Green, and The Moral Instruments by Cassandra Clare

2. A popular book or series that everyone else seems to hate but you love.

You know, I’ve been trying to think of a book for this one, but I honestly can’t. I don’t think that I have ever really loved a book that the majority of people have hated.

3. A love triangle where the main character ended up with the person you did NOT want them to end up with.

2767052Katniss and Peeta from The Hunger Games Trilogy

Why did I not love this pairing? I have no idea. I just really didn’t. I wanted her to end up with Gale. Honestly it was the relationship between Katness and Peeta that ruined this trilogy for me.

Also, my second choice (because I feel like I need to say this) is Edward and Bella from Twilight. I am 100% team Jacob. Although I did like how the series ended, so that’s the only reason this pairing wasn’t my first choice.

4. A popular genre that you hardly reach for.


I don’t really know why I steer away from suspense novels, because I do love a good suspense film. Maybe I just need to pick one up and go for it, but I have yet to do that.

5. A popular or beloved character that you do not like.

24755483Joss Byrd in Unscripted Joss Byrd

I really wanted to like Joss. I really did. But for some reason she just came off as whiny and kind of annoying. I actually didn’t really like any of the characters in this book, no matter how much people are falling over themselves about it. I guess the book itself wasn’t bad, just the characters rubbed me the wrong way.

6. A popular author that you can’t seem to get into.

11870085John Green

I read A Fault in Our Stars a few years ago, and since then I have never picked up another John Green book. I just couldn’t do it. His style of writing just doesn’t appeal to me, and I haven’t read an interesting enough book blub from him that has inspired me to pick up another one of his books and try again.

So, for now, I am John Green free.

7. A popular book trope that you’re tired of seeing.(examples “lost princess”, corrupt ruler, love triangles, etc.)

The whole “love at first sight” and “destined to be together” thing

Like when a character sees somebody else across the room or brushes their hand or something and is just like “a bolt of lightning shot through my body and I knew that I was in love with this person that I have known for .2 seconds.” It just gets on my nerves. Like stop. Just stop.

8. A popular series that you have no interest in reading.

6068551.jpgThe Wolves of Mercy Falls by Maggie Stiefvater

I’ve known about this series for years, and have never even considered picking it up. It just doesn’t interest me.

Second place for this is the Matched series by Ally Condie. I just don’t think that there is anything there for me.

9. The saying goes “The book is always better than the movie”, but what movie or T.V. show adaptation do you prefer more than the book?

mortal_instruments_city_of_bones_ver11_xlg.jpgThe Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (Book series by Cassandra Clare)

Okay, so I really don’t like the Freeform Shadowhunters TV show, but I really did enjoy the movie. I actually saw the movie before I tried to read City of Bones (oops!). And when I loved the movie (which seems to be another unpopular opinion) and decided to read the book, I ended up not really loving the book at all.

So yes, I liked the movie more than the book.

And there we have it! My unpopular opinions. Which ones did you agree with? Which ones did you not agree with? What are your unpopular opinions?

If you haven’t done this tag yet, consider yourself tagged. I would tag individual people but since this tag has been around for so long, I have no idea how many people have done it!


Book Review- Shatter Me



Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Published by Harper on November 15, 2011
Genres: Young Adult, Dystopian, Romance
Pages: 338

I have a curse
I have a gift

I am a monster
I’m more than human

My touch is lethal
My touch is power

I am their weapon
I will fight back

Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.

Shatter Me was not my favorite book by a long shot. Firstly, the way the book is written got on my nerves. A lot of the text is crossed out (like this). I get how the effect is supposed to work, but it felt unnecessary and a little over the top. Also, repetition is used frequently. It got irritating after a while. It would make sense if a few things were repeated to make the effect greater, but it felt like every fifth word was repeated repeated repeated over and over and over.

As for the actual content of the book, it felt like a mix between X-Men and Divergent, if you take out all the cool action and add it a bunch of uncomfortably desperate romance. Juliette could not stop talking about Adam; how she wanted to touch him and hold him and kiss him and so on. Everything was SOOOO intense (catch the sarcasm there?) and honestly a bit cliché.

The story line of the book was the only original thing there was. I have to say that if the romance and self-pity and desperation were toned back a bit (a lot), I would have really liked the story. As far as twists go, Shatter me had quite a few good ones.

I’m going to give Shatter Me two out of five hearts.

♥ ♥

May Book Wrap Up

may wrap up

Is it really that time already? I can’t believe how fast May went! This month was my first without school, so I went a little crazy with all the free time (read: binge-watched Grey’s Anatomy and the Harry Potter movies).

I got some good writing in with that time too. I’m writing chapter three of Candy Wrappers (progress has been a bit slow, but I’m happy with how it’s coming along), and I’m writing a story-blog with a friend called Typing Templar (it’s pretty cool, if I may say so myself. You should totally go check it out!).

I also started a podcast called Book Talk, where I share a bit about books I’m reading, new blogs and authors to check out, and some other cool stuff. I have an author interview in the making for the podcast, so I’m pretty excited about that.  And if you leave a review I will be forever grateful (no pressure or anything).

Somehow between all that jazz, I managed to read ten books! I really do amaze myself sometimes. So, without further ado, here are May’s books!

P.S. The titles are links to the original posts.


Martini Henry

Rating:  ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Thoughts: I loved this book so much. It was fresh and thoughtful and original and an amazing read!


Pale Highway

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥

Thoughts: It was an okay book, but it lost me as soon as it started with the talking slugs. Other than that is was very well researched and an interesting read.



Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥

Thoughts: It was a pretty good book, and I definitely did not see the twist in the end coming. Sick was a little disturbed, but still a very entertaining read.



Rating:  ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Thoughts: I liked part two of the Sick series much more than the first. It was pretty dark and twisty, but I couldn’t put it down.


In The Highlands


Thoughts: There were people in my fifth grade class that wrote better poetry than this. I was very disappointed.


The Ascent of Feminist Poetry

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Thoughts: This was a truly beautiful book. It used poetry as a tool to reinforce the passages in the book. I think every feminist (and non-feminist) should read this.


The Travelers

Rating:  ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Thoughts: This book was layer after layer of deception, secrets, and lies. The further I got the more it sucked me in.


Thirteen Reasons Why

Rating:  ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Thoughts: Wow. Just wow. Never before has a book so perfectly captured the chain reaction of a teenagers life.


The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

Rating:  ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Thoughts: The book was deep and thoughtful, and the writing was absolutely beautiful. I do, however, feel that the hype surrounding the book is a little much, and I was expecting more than I got.


Shatter Me

Rating: ♥ ♥

Thoughts: I haven’t actually posted the review for Shatter Me yet (the link is to my review on Goodreads), but I was very disappointed with this book. The writing style annoyed me, and there was way to much romance and desperation.

And there you have my reads in the month of May! What books have you read this month?