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Top Ten Tuesdays: Finished Series I Have YET to Finish

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Top Ten Tuesdays: Is a weekly meme feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where bloggers post their Top 10 List for an assigned topic! I will not be participating every week, but I will occasionally take a shot at it! You can always find these lists (past, present and original) on my Riffle Page

This Week’s Topic:

Top Ten Finished series I have to finish

Coincidentally, I have had these ten series on my list for a completely different reason. A few monthly inventories ago, I decided to do what I call a Trilogy Termination personal challenge.

When your blog focuses on book series, you pay a little more attention to what series you’ve finished and haven’t than most people. And so I realized that I have a lot of trilogy series that I’ve read the first two books for but haven’t read the finale for. Which irks me a little because those are a) things I have left unfinished and b) some could be brand new reviews for the blog!

My official post for this challenge will hopefully come within the next month and a half along with the reviews.

Here are the Finished Trilogies I Have Yet to Finished (in no particular order):

Endlessly (Paranormalcy, #3) This Is So Not Happening (He's So/She's So, #3) Vanquished (Crusade, #3) Shadows in the Silence (Angelfire, #3) Sever (The Chemical Garden, #3) The Rising (Darkness Rising, #3) The Morning Star (Katerina, #3) Flock (Stork, #3) S.E.C.R.E.T. Revealed (Secret, #3) Angel Fever (Angel, #3) The Forever Song (Blood of Eden, #3)

(Yes, I know that there are 11 here but this is for flexibility for my Trilogy Termination blitz!)

 Do we share some series?

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Top Ten Tuesdays: Authors I’ve Read the Most Of

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Top Ten Tuesdays: Is a weekly meme feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where bloggers post their Top 10 List for an assigned topic! I will not be participating every week, but I will occasionally take a shot at it! You can always find these lists (past, present and original) on my Riffle Page!

This Week’s Topic:

Top Ten Authors I’ve read the Most

When I first saw this as this week’s topic, I had no idea how to go about it. I have a LOT of books in my “read” pile so I was dreading tallying up everything by hand. UNTIL, I discovered a nifty little feature on Goodreads while exploring my bookshelf: they have a “Most Read Author” sorter that tallies everything FOR YOU! Glorious!

Here are my Most Read Authors & the cover of my favourite novel by them!

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#9 – Ally Carter – Books Read: 11  |  REVIEWS: 3

Ally Carter won me over with the Gallagher Girls and she’s had me hooked ever since! One my favourite YA authors, hands down.

(Read all my Ally Carter reviews here!)

#9 – Tessa Dare – Books Read: 11  |  REVIEWS: 3

While I may have outgrown my historical regency romance phase, I STILL read any book that Tessa Dare publishes! Her books are the perfect blend of romance, humour, fun and drama.

(Read all my Tessa Dare reviews here!)

#7 – Lynsay Sands – Books Read: 13  |  REVIEWS: 1

When I first got into highlander and historical romances, Lynsay Sands was someone I read a lot of because of her humour. Her books were a lot of fun and that lead me to her very long Argeneau vampire series.

(Read all my Lynsay Sands reviews here!)

#7 – Julie Kagawa – Books REad: 13  |  REVIEWS: 4

Julie Kagawa is one of my favourite world-building authors. The Iron Fey series had so many great interweaving elements that I quickly put her on the top of my “read-everything-she-writes” list.

(Read all my Julie Kagawa reviews here!)

#5 –Jennifer L Armentrout – Books rEad: 14  |  REVIEWS: 2

While I find most of Armentrout’s work seems to follow the same formula, she always has a unique spin to her stories. Aliens, gargoyles, not-your-average-vampires–always a cool spin that keeps me interested in what she has coming up next.

(Read all my Jennifer L Armentrout reviews here!)

#5 – Bella Andre – Books Read: 14  |  REVIEWS: 3

There’s a touch of irony for me when I see Bella Andre’s name on this list. I almost stopped reading the first book I ever read by her (The Look of Love) but I pulled through and really enjoyed the sequel books in the Sullivan series.

(Read all my Bella Andre reviews here!)

#3 – Meg Cabot – Books REad: 16  |  REVIEWS: 4

This list really be complete without Meg Cabot. I read her books exclusively for most of my teen years. I credit her with making me love reading and starting a love of historical romance (I’ve read Victoria and the Rogue more times than I can count). I also love her adult novels as well!

(Read all my Meg Cabot reviews here!)

#3 – Richelle Mead – Books Read: 16  |  REVIEWS: 3

One of my all time favourite YA authors! But I’ve also enjoyed her adult novels as well. One of the most consistent authors I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading!

(Read all my Richelle Mead reviews here!)

#2 – H M Ward – Books Read: 18  |  REVIEWS: 2

Ok, this one is a little inflated because H M Ward writes mostly serial novels so the total is so high because there are so many parts. But I do enjoy her works and how they all are interwoven together in some capacity.

(Read all my H M Ward reviews here!)

#1 – Abbi Glines – Books Read: 22  |  reviews: 6

Abbi writes great dramatic New Adult novels. They have a fantastic balance between romance and drama. I simply devour them in one day and can’t wait for the next one to be published!

(Read all my Abbi Glines reviews here!)

 Honourable Mentions:

  • Mary Balogh – Books Read: 10 |  Reviews: 0 (Fave: Slightly Scandalous)
  • Louise RennisonBooks Read: 10  |  Reviews: 1 (Fave: Georgia Nicolson Series)
  • Colleen Hoover Books Read: 10  |  Reviews: 5 (Fave: Hopeless)
  • Christina LaurenBooks Read: 10  |  Reviews: 2 (Fave: Beautiful Player)

Do we read a lot of the same authors? who was on your list?

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Top Ten Tuesdays: Best Books I’ve Read So Far In 2015 [8]

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Top Ten Tuesdays: Is a weekly meme feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where bloggers post their Top 10 List for an assigned topic! I will not be participating every week, but I will occasionally take a shot at it! You can always find these lists (past, present and original) on my Riffle Page
This Week’s Topic:

Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far In 2015

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Top Ten Books I’ve Read Published in 2015

So this was a little easier than I thought because all I had to do was look at what books I’ve given 5 stars to. It was  a lot of fun because I normally only look back at the ratings I’ve given at the end of the year for my year in review posts. But after I created the little graphic, I realized I should have done one for the best books I’ve read in 2015 that were published in 2015. And so, I decided to add a brief list at the bottom of this post 😛

Here are the best books I’ve read so far in 2015 (in no particular order):

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#10 – riot – mayhem series (#2) | Read my series review
#9 – Sweet Filthy Boy – Wild seasons series (#1) | my series review
#8 – snow like ashes – snow like ashes trilogy (#1) | Review tbp
#7 – red queen – red queen trilogy (#1) | Read my series review
#6 – ruby circle – bloodlines series (#6) | Read my series review
#5 – beautiful player – beautiful bastard series (#3) | my Review
#4 – wallbanger – cocktail series (#1) | review tbp
#3 – bad romeo – starcrossed SEries (#1) | Read my series review
#2 – hopeless – hopeless series (#1) | Read my series review
#1 – A Thousand Pieces of You – Firebird trilogy (#1) | MY REVIEW

#If I only got One ChoiceThe winner’s curse My Review

I was blown away by this book! It solidified my love of YA High Fantasy and restored my faith in female heroines who can use their minds above all else. Can’t wait for the final book in the series!


Best reads published in 2015…so far:

Days Like This An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes, #1) One Last Song A Darker Shade of Magic (A Darker Shade of Magic, #1) Written in the Stars

Rogue (Talon, #2) When I'm Gone (Rosemary Beach, #11) Beautiful Secret (Beautiful Bastard, #4) Mayhem (Mayhem, #1) The Winner's Crime (The Winner's Trilogy, #2)

*Ruby Circle, Riot and Red Queen were also published in 2015

If you could only pick one awesome book that you’ve read this year, what would it be?

what book–published this year–has been your favourite?

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Top Ten Tuesdays: Most Anticipated Releases For the Rest of 2015 [7]

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Top Ten Tuesdays: Is a weekly meme feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where bloggers post their Top 10 List for an assigned topic! I will not be participating every week, but I will occasionally take a shot at it! You can always find these lists (past, present and original) on my Riffle Page!

This Week’s Topic:

Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases For the Rest of 2015

While May was a big month for releases I’ve been hotly anticipating, there are still a ton of great books I can’t wait to read once they are released this summer and fall!

Here are my Can’t-Wait-For Releases for the last half of 2015 (in no particular order):

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#10 – Soundless by Richelle Mead

With the Bloodline Series coming to an end earlier this year, I’ve got a huge Richelle Mead void in my bookish heart. I can’t wait to see her next foray into YA and am even more intrigued that it seems to be a standalone novel!

(Read my reviews of Richelle Mead’s work)

#9 – November 9 by ColleeN Hover

I totally jumped on the CoHo bandwagon this past winter…need I say more about waiting for her next book?

(Read my reviews of Colleen Hoover’s work)

#8 – The Iron Warrior from The Iron Fey: The Call of the Forgotten

When this book was given a release date, I jumped for joy! I can’t wait to see how everything wraps up in this finale because I am expecting epic things!

(Read my series review of The Iron Fey: The Call of the Forgotten)

#7 – Ice Like Fire from Snow Like Ashes Trilogy

My review of this series will be published next month, but I was blown away by this book. Not only did I find a new heroine I adore, I also cemented my love of High Fantasy with this series. I can’t wait to see what is going to happen next!

#6 – Dark Wild Night from Wild Seasons Series

GAH! This couple has been the one that I wanted to read since I picked up Sweet Filthy Boy (not that I didn’t love the other two books, because I totally did!). Why can’t it be September already? Oh yeah, because I don’t want school to start yet 😉

(Read my series review of the Wild Seasons)

#5 – Sweet Temptation from The Sweet Trilogy

You don’t have to say much more than Kaiden’s POV <3

(Read my series review of the Sweet Series)

#4 – Queen of Shadows from the Throne of Glass series

I’m sure I’m not the only one who has this book on their list this week. While I was disappointed at the start of Heir of Fire (it took me two attempts to read it) I really can’t wait to see what happens next!

(Read my series review of Thone of Glass)

#3 – The fate of Ten from The Lorien Legacies

If you want a series that is non-stop action and builds from book to book, it’s this series. It’s so bittersweet to read the finale because I love these characters so much and don’t want to part with them but at the same time, I want to see how their stories end!

(Read my series review of the Lorien Legacies)

#2 – Ten Thousand Skies Above You from Firebird Trilogy

I know the inaugural book, A Thousand Pieces of You, had mixed reviews with my fellow readers but I loved it. I finally found an alternate dimension story I liked and I’m stoked to see what happens next!

(Read my series review of the Firebird Trilogy)

#1 – The Rose Society from The Young ELites Series

I waited too long to jump on the Legend bandwagon and I wasn’t going to make the same mistake with Marie Lu’s newest series. The Young Elites was one of the most refreshing books I read in 2014 and the next instalment promises to take things to a whole other level!

(Read my series review of The Young Elites)

#If I only got One Choice – Oblivion from the Nevermore Trilogy

I have been waiting 5 years for this book! The first book in the Nevermore Trilogy was published in 2010 and I read it right away; and the second was published in 2012. I’ve been dying to know how everything is going to come together in this last book. I’m totally going to have to reread the first two books but it’s no chore and I’m so excited to finally complete this series!

Honourable Mentions:

A Thousand Nights Dark Tide (Waterfire Saga, #3) When a Scot Ties the Knot (Castles Ever After, #3)

  • A Thousand Nights by E K Johnston – That cover and synopsis have captured my full attention!
  • Dark Tide (Waterfire Saga #3) by Jennifer Donnelly – This series really grew on me with the last book and I can’t wait to see how the plot develops in the next instalment!
  • When a Scot Ties the Knot (Castles Ever After Series #3) by Tessa Dare – While I stopped reading regency and highlander novels a long time ago, I STILL read anything by Tessa Dare because she writes fantastic romance novels with humour, fun plot lines and tons of sexual tension!

Do we share any releases? If you could only pick one from your list which one would it be? Let me know!

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Top Ten Tuesdays: Authors I REALLY Want To Meet [6]

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Top Ten Tuesdays: Is a weekly meme feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where bloggers post their Top 10 List for an assigned topic! I will not be participating every week, but I will occasionally take a shot at it! You can always find these lists (past, present and original) on my Riffle Page!

This Week’s Topic:

Top Ten Authors I REALLY Want To Meet

So this week I picked 5 living and 5 deceased authors I really want to meet. Is that cheating? It feels a little like cheating. Anyways…I mostly composed this list as if I was going to invite these authors to dinner and had an opportunity to chat with them about their works.

Here are the Top Ten Authors I Really Want to Meet (in no particular order):

Deceased: Shakespeare, JRR Tolkien, Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Present: Jennifer L Armentrout, Cassandra Clare, Lesley Livingston, Meg Cabot, Veronica Roth

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(There is just one spoiler regarding the Divergent Series, otherwise this is clean!)


 #10 – Shakespeare — My Favourite Work: Hamlet

Who wouldn’t want to sit down with Shakespeare? I find his plays and sonnets to be uterly fascinating–and the same goes for his personal life. He seems like an interesting guy.

(For the record, Hamlet is my favourite tragedy; A Midsummer Night’s Dream is my favourite comedy!)

#9 – JRR Tolkien 

Tolkien is the only author on here that I haven’t read a single book for. The Lord of the Rings scares the crap out of me for its detail and length. It’s been a goal of mine since I was a teen to read it but I haven’t worked up the courage. Maybe this summer I’ll get around to it or at the very least, The Hobbit. Regardless, I can appreciate the fantastic world-building of his works and think he would be fun to listen to at a party 😛

#8 – Jane Austen — My Favourite: Pride and Prejudice

Ok, Pride and Prejudice is the only Austen novel I’ve finished but it really is a defining piece of literature. Austen herself seems to have lead an interesting life and I’m sure she had more stories to write. I’d love to sit down and chat with her.

#7 – Charles Dickens — My Favourite: Great Expectations

Dickens is another defining author of his time. He has so many stories that I want to read and I would love to pick his brain!

#6 – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle — My Favourite: The Hound of Baskerville

Yet another author I want to read more of! Sherlock Holmes is one of fiction’s greatest characters and has had a huge influence in popular culture (who doesn’t watch Sherlock or Elementary?). It also fascinates me that a lot of Holmes’ methods are relevant to today. Doyle would be a lot of fun to talk to; especially about the burden he felt having to write more Holmes stories!

#5 – Jennifer L. Armentrout — My Favourite Series: Covenant or Wait For You

I follow Armentrout’s blog and I have to sympathize with her Theo James obsession! He is very attractive <3 She just seems like a really cool lady that I would have a lot in common with and would be a lot of fun to hang out with.

(Read my review of Wait for You)

#4 – Cassandra Clare — My Favourite Series: The Infernal Devices

Clare is one of my Top 3 favourite authors. I love the entire Shadowhunter world and I know that she has more stories to tell. It would be so much fun to sit down and talk to her about all of them!

(Read my series review of The Infernal Devices)

#3 – Lesley Livingston  — My Favourite Series: Wondrous Strange

This list wouldn’t be complete without one of my favourite Canadian authors! Her works are always rich in mythology or Shakespeare and it makes them so much fun to read. She also seems to have a vast array of interests that would be a lot of fun to talk about!

(Read my series review of Wondrous Strange)

#2 – Meg Cabot — My Favourite: All American Girl Series or The Mediator Series or Victoria and the Rogue or Avalon High

Ok, I have a lot of Meg Cabot Series that I adore. I never really got into the Princess Diaries series though the movie is one of my all-time favourites! (I blame my small town public library for having limited copies so I read that series all out of order). Anyways, I really want to meet her and thank her for starting my love of reading. She was my go-to author for YEARS as a teen and her works will always have a spot in my heart <3

(Read my review and movie review of Avalon High)

#1 – Veronica Roth — My Favourite: Divergent Trilogy

***SPOILERS***

I think anyone who has finished the Divergent Trilogy has the same question: why did you DO that Veronica!?!?!? It takes a lot of guts to kill off a character and she was never afraid to do that (the last few chapters of Divergent were proof of that). And while I get in the grand scheme of things why it was necessary but damn…heartbreaker!

***End Spoilers***

(Read my series review of Divergent Trilogy)

If you could only meet ONE author, who would it be? Living or Deceased?

Top Ten Tuesdays: Characters Who Are Reluctantly in Love Triangles [5]

Top Ten Tuesdays: Is a weekly meme feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where bloggers post their Top 10 List for an assigned topic! I will not be participating every week, but I will occasionally take a shot at it! You can always find these lists (past, present and original) on my Riffle Page!


This Week’s Topic:

Top Ten Books Which Feature Characters Who…

are reluctantly in love triangles <3

This week, it was a “your choice” and I decided to pick characters who are reluctantly in love triangles.

I detest love triangles but even I have a soft spot for those characters who somehow find themselves in a love triangle situation without meaning to be. I’m talking about the ones who are forced into an arranged marriage or are the best friend who was always there but gets passed over for the newest guy in school– you know, the ones who aren’t really a choice for the lead but are introduced to add some pressure on the true intended? I am always a sucker for these plot device characters and often I want them to be the ones who end up with the heroine. Sigh…

Here are the characters I think find themselves reluctantly in a love triangle

aka the times I picked the wrong person to “win” the love triangle

(in no particular order):

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#10 – Theron (w/ Meira & Mather) from Snow Like Ashes Series

Theron is actually the motivation behind picking this week’s topic! It was hard not to like him because he seems like a really nice guy who is simply pushed into a marriage alliance by his father. He instantly won me over with his passion for protecting his people and I think he would make a fantastic match for Meira! Time will tell who she picks but I honestly think she has a win-win situation on her hands with Theron and Mather!

#9 – Prince Verex (w/ Kestrel & Arin) from The Winner’s Trilogy

Again, another arranged marriage situation for political gain! Verex immediately stole my heart with his kind nature and if I didn’t like Arin so much, I would be hoping Kestrel picks this prince!

(Read my review of The Winner’s Trilogy)

#8 – Theo (w/ Marguerite & Paul) and Paul (w/ Marguerite & Imperial Russia Paul) from The Firebird Trilogy

Confused? That’s what happens when you read a book about alternate dimensions!

Theo gets are spot because I really do think he has feelings for Marguerite, he just knows he doesn’t have a shot thanks to the spy hijacking his present-day body.

Now poor Paul has the opposite problem: the girl he loves is in love with his alternate self! I can understand the appeal of Imperial Russia Paul but I feel bad that real-Paul is stuck in a situation because he was trying to save Marguerite and thereby forces her to meet his alternate self.

(Read my series review of The Firebird Trilogy)

#7 – Liam (w/ Olivia & Zoey) from No One Needs to Know

It’s not everyday that your girlfriend falls in love with your twin sister…

(Read my review of No One Needs to Know)

#6 – Tess (w/ Dylan & Hannah) from Canton Series

The only girl on my list I can remember reading in a long time that didn’t have to choose between two boys, rather she was the choice between the hero and another girl. This story was simply a case of bad timing for everyone involved!

(Read my series review of The Canton Series)

#5 – Stella (w/ Daniel & Her Mom) from Everything Between Us

I still don’t know how Stella was able to reconcile the fact that the boy she falls in love with used to sleep with her mother–yikes! But to be fair, it wasn’t like it was some deep connection between the two of them and I ended up really liking Daniel by the time I finished the book.

(Read my review of Everything Between Us)

#4 – Death (w/ Evie & Jackson) from The Arcana Chronicles

This one is a little tricky because of the whole reincarnation bit and probably doesn’t really, truly belong on this list but I’m so Team Death it isn’t even funny. While this love triangle pisses me off to no end when I read the series, I can’t help but feel bad for Death because he has waited so long for Evie to return. Ok, so maybe that waiting wasn’t totally romantic and was totally evil but, he’s had over a hundred years to feel the burn of Evie’s last betrayal so sue me that I sympathize with him a little bit!

#3 – Ren (w/ Calla & Shay) from Nightshade Trilogy

I was Team Ren from the start so it was not fun watching his complete downward spiral as the series progressed. I swear, every bad thing that could happen to a character in a book series happened to this guy! I thought he was a much better match for Calla and the only reason he didn’t get her in the end was because they were cast as an arranged relationship from the time they were kids and she couldn’t deal with it–sigh. I would have picked you Ren <3

(Read my series review of The Nightshade Trilogy)

#2 – Xander (w/ Cassia & Ky) the Matched Trilogy

In my opinion, Ky was duller than a rock. I just did not get the appeal of his character whatsoever. Again, I think for poor Xander it was simply the fact that he got Matched to Cassia that killed any chance he had with her. If he had simply revealed his trump card earlier, he might have got her in the end. Not that she was any prize, so maybe it was a good thing!

(Read my series review of The Matched Trilogy)

#1 – Keenan (w/ Aislinn & Seth + Donia) from The Wicked Lovely Series

Nothing is more heartbreaking than finding the queen your kingdom needs in someone who doesn’t want you or having the girl you truly love act as your enemy–and poor Keenan gets shafted with both. Doesn’t get much worse than that but I applaud both Aislinn and Keenan for trying so hard when it was inevitable that it wouldn’t work.

(Read my series review of The Wicked Lovely Series)

#If I only got One Choice – Adrian (w/ Rose & Dimitri) from The Vampire Academy Series

I loved Adrian from the minute we met him and while I was totally Team Dimitri, I honestly would have been happy with either of these guys winning Rose’s heart. I’m glad in the end that Adrian didn’t, because him and Sydney are amazing together, but when it came to the VA series, Adrian was a solid choice for Rose in my books.

(Read my series review of The Vampire Academy Series)

 

Was there any love interest that YOU loved but the lead didn’t end up picking?

Top Ten Tuesdays: ALL TIME Favourite Authors [4]

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Top Ten Tuesdays: Is a weekly meme feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where bloggers post their Top 10 List for an assigned topic! I will not be participating every week, but I will occasionally take a shot at it! You can always find these lists (past, present and original) on my Riffle Page!


This Week’s Topic:

Top Ten ALL TIME Favorite Authors

I wasn’t planning on writing any more Top Ten Posts for April but these next two weeks were too good to pass up!

I think the title gives it all so without further ado:

Here are my picks for my ALL TIME Favourite Authors:

(in no particular order):

  1. Tessa Dare – my favourite Regency read author for her humour and sexual tension
  2. Monica Murphy – love her characters
  3. Lesley Livingston – a great Canadian author who seamlessly blends mythology and Shakespeare into her works
  4. Richelle Mead – her stories always have a great blend of action and romance
  5. Cassandra Clare – her worldbuilding skills are second to none
  6. Cora Carmack – her romance reads have a great blend of romance and humour
  7. Meg Cabot – I think I read all her books as a Teen, even her adult romances!
  8. Abbi Glines – if I want a juicy, drama-filled New Adult read she is my #1
  9. Jennifer L. Armentrout – while I find her works to sometimes be formulaic, I enjoy that her stories have unique spins (ex. gargoyles, aliens, etc)
  10. Colleen Hoover – the newest addition on this list but she writes flawless New Adult stories

You can check out more of my favourite authors on my Top Picks Page of my blog 🙂

Do we share any favourite authors?

Top Ten Tuesdays: Characters You’d Like To Check In With [3]

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Top Ten Tuesdays: Is a weekly meme feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where bloggers post their Top 10 List for an assigned topic! I will not be participating every week, but I will occasionally take a shot at it! You can always find these lists (past, present and original) on my Riffle Page!


This Week’s Topic:

Top Ten Characters You’d Like To Check In With

I love having epilogues at the end of my books. To me, a book isn’t really complete without an epilogue (there are a few exceptions of course) and when I don’t get what I was looking for–or an epilogue at all–I get very disappointed. Blame it on the series reader in me but I want a solid conclusion with respect to these characters that I have spent my time–sometimes years!–following. So this list is a combination of some of my all-time favourite characters or books I wish had sequels.

Here are the characters I want to check in with (in no particular order):

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#10 – Tristan & Vianne from The Hedgewitch Queen Series

After such a wild ride from these two I wanted to have a solid idea of what happened to them after everything was done. Did they stay together? Did other bad things happen? Just a little closure please 🙂

(Read my series review of The Romances of Aquitaine)

#9 – Mikey and Ellie from You Against Me

When the whole story is about a court case, I would have liked to have known how that case ended… ‘nough said

(Read my review of You Against Me)

#8 – Aria & Perry from Under the Never Sky Trilogy

While I loved how this series ended, I would have loved for it to go on forever. What is life like in the Still Blue? Did everyone survive? Was everyone happy? What is this new world like?

(Read my series review of Under the Never Sky)

#7 – Gwyn from The Ruby Red Trilogy

Everything literally happens within the span of a few days in this series so I just wanted to see what things would be like in the future! Gwyn’s family is quite the cast of characters so I would love to see what everyone is up to or if any more time travelling adventures are planned.

(Read my series review of The Ruby Red Trilogy)

#6 – Any character from Wicked Lovely

While I can appreciate why the epilogue only focused on two characters, there are so many characters in this series that I wanted to have closure with! How are the romances? How are the courts doing? Does anyone have kids? Little things like that!

(Read my series review of Wicked Lovely)

#5 – Adele from Violins of Autumn

I feel that there is still a story to tell with this character. I would love to chat with her about her experience in the war and get more insight into her romantic life.

(Read my review of Violins of Autumn)

#4 – Finley from Strangely Normal

She really stole the show for me in this book. I would love to see how she is making progress with her condition and her crush. Her having her own book is on my ultimate wishlist of books that need to happen.

(Read my review of Strangely Normal)

#3 – Kali from Every Other Day

A standalone novel should rarely finish open-endedly and this was one of those cases. I really want to know what is going to happen in the next chapter of her life because it interested me way more than the plot of this book did!

(Read my review of Every Other Day)

#2 – Anyone from the Mortal Instruments/Infernal Devices Series

Cassandra Clare writes the best epilogues for her series so I am always satisfied when I read the grand finales. But I just love these characters so much that I feel like they are old friends from high school that you check in with periodically just because.

(Read my series review of The Infernal Devices and/or The Mortal Instruments)

#1 – Four from The Divergent Trilogy

For those of you who have finished the series I think you know why I want to check in with Four. I just really want to give him a big hug–and tell him how much I love him <3

(Read my series review of Divergent Trilogy)

#If I only got One Choice – June and Day from The Legend Trilogy

Again, for those of you who have finished the series I think we all have the same question after things ended: What happens next with June and Day? <3

(Read my series review of Legend Trilogy)

 

Honourable Mentions:

  • Anyone from the Vampire Academy/Bloodlines Series – even with that perfect epilogue at the end of The Ruby Circle, I still want more!
  • Cora, Michiko & Nellie from The Friday Society – These girls and I would be best friends if I lived in steampunk London with them! I really want to hear more about their adventures!
  • Aerin & Dane from Academy 7 – I just want more details on the romance really!
  • Tegan from Measuring Up – I felt like there was a lot more to Tegan’s character than we get and I would love to follow up with him about it.

Who would you pick if you could only catch up with one book series’ characters?

Top Ten Tuesdays: Recently Added TBR Books (Freebie Edition) [2]

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Top Ten Tuesdays: Is a weekly meme feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where bloggers post their Top 10 List for an assigned topic! I will not be participating every week, but I will occasionally wear my David Letterman Hat and create my own Top 10 List as specified!


This Week’s Topic:

Top Ten Recently Added TBR Books

Freebie Edition

I probably add 10 books a day to my TBR pile (no joke!) but I decided to put a freebie spin on this weeks’ Top Ten Post by picking books that I recently picked up as Freebies from Amazon.ca and Kobo.com.

*Note: These reads might not be listed as free on these sites any more or in your country but I encourage you to check anyways just in case!

Here are the FREE reads I recently added to my TBR (in no particular order):

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Maybe This Time has been on my TBR forever but I never got around to buying it–so when I saw it for free on Amazon, I thought I was dreaming. I quickly checked to see if I could get it for my Kobo (my preferred eReading device) and there it was for FREE! Super happy!

Have you picked up any good freebie reads lately? Is there one you are dying to read?

Top Ten Tuesdays: Ten Books For Readers Who… Want to Try New Adult Novels

Introducing a new SERIESous feature…
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Top Ten Tuesdays: Is a weekly meme feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where bloggers post their Top 10 List for an assigned topic! I will not be participating every week, but I will occasionally wear my David Letterman Hat and create my own Top 10 List as specified! 

I’m ashamed to say that after having my blog for nearly two years, I haven’t been very good about seeing what other bloggers are out there doing. One of my goals this year was to get more involved in the blogging community and one way I decided to do this was through weekly features/memes. Because most of my reviews require multiple books to be read before I can publish the full review, I don’t always have reviews waiting to be published and there is only so much coding/updating I can do to my blog before I get bored. So I thought that participating occasionally in weekly features would be a great way to connect with the blogging world and create more discussion on my blog! We’ll see how this goes…


This Week’s Topic:

Ten Books for Readers who Like…

the idea of New Adult novels but have yet to try them!

I’m a HUGE New Adult fan! To me they take the character maturity of contemporary adult romances and mix it with the drama and plot twists of YA fiction: which is the best of both worlds in my opinion. I honestly can’t get enough of them (as my overfilled Kobo can attest to) and I’m often asked what books I would recommend to others–because let’s face it, there are some not so great reads out there and chances are that I have probably read the book and can tell you what I think about it.

But the biggest problem with New Adult is that it can span so many tastes. Do you want a book about two flawed characters or only one? Do you want a steamy romance or a story about self-growth? Do you want your lead(s) to be graduating or starting college? With so many options–each one has its own flare and niche–it is hard to choose! So below I created a list of books that I think cover the vast New Adult market that those new to the genre should try or at the very least, start their search from!

So without further ado here are my top 10 picks for those who would like to try New Adult Fiction…

#10 – Crash by Nicole Williams

Whenever I create a New Adult list, this book gets a special mention because it is the book that introduced me to the whole genre. It bridges the gap between YA and New Adult and has the perfect amount of angst, drama and romance to satisfy any New Adult reader.

(Read my series review of the Crash Trilogy)

#9 – Deeper by Robin York

This one is for those who want a darker, more unconventional read. It deals with a topic that isn’t discussed as much as it should be (revenge porn) and does so in a fantastic way. This book really surprised me and I think it needs to get more attention and credit that it currently does.

(Read my series review of Caroline & West)

#8 – Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

Really anything by Colleen Hoover is great. Her books are in between YA and New Adult but lean more towards the New Adult side. This book had endless twists, a great romance and a beautiful story. I felt every emotion when reading this one! It has some very mature subject matter though.

(Read my review Hopeless in the near future)

#7 – Keep Me Still by Caisey Quinn

This was simply a beautiful story! I loved reading every minute of it: even when it made me cry! It is definitely one of the sadder books on this list because of the heroine’s illness. This series had me hooked the minute I picked up the prequel novella. I plan to read it many more times in the future.

(Read my series review of Keep Me Still)

#6 – Ruin by Rachel Van Dyken

While this book was predictable, I just loved the romance and the characters. They really made this book be something to read about. I definitely cried a few times when reading—always a sign of a good book (unless it is really awful; but this one isn’t! I promise!)

(Read my series review of Ruin)

#5 – Easy by Tammara Webber

I hesitated to read this book because of the rave reviews: but it definitely lived up to the hype! Honestly: New Adult doesn’t get much better than this folks! Beautifully written, extremely realistic and it talks about sexual assault in the most respectful way I have ever come across. Simply a gripping novel.

(Read my series review of Contours of the Heart)

#4 – Sweet Filthy Boy by Christina Lauren

Never have a laughed so much when reading a book! This book was a great blend of romance and humour and had a great plot line. It was just plain fun and one of the more light-hearted reads on this list.

(Read my series review of the Wild Seasons)

#3 – Fallen Too Far by Abbi Glines

For those who like lots of family/friend drama, the Rosemary Beach series is for you! Get ready for stubbornly independent girls and give-you-everything guys! Complete with an extensive cast of characters and more drama and betrayals than a soap opera (ok, that’s an exaggeration) this series is New Adult at it’s finest. Plus, there are lots of books in the series focusing on different characters so there is probably a set of characters for every reader to enjoy.

(Read my series review of Rosemary Beach)

#2 – Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

This is one of those series that got better with every book! It straddles the line between YA and New Adult and is the perfect read for those wanting to make the leap between the two. It’s definitely darker YA and deals with some mature subject matter, especially Pushing the Limits. Also features lots of angst for those who love their leads a little feisty.

(Read my series review of Pushing the Limits)

#1 – Drew + Fable by Monica Murphy

This is probably the first full-fledged New Adult book I read but I still remember it fondly. It has a great romance, drama and such fantastic characters. I didn’t even mind that it takes place within a week because it was done so well! Fable is one of my all time favourite heroines. It is probably the standard I uphold all other novels up to, even if I don’t consciously realize it.

(Read my series review of One Week Girlfriend)

Honourable Mentions:

  • Everything Between Us by Mila Ferrera (It has an unusual plot line which was refreshing to read!)
  • Rival by Penelope Douglas (What a ride this novel was! I love the enemies to lovers plot line but this book had twist upon twist that blew me away!)
  • More Than This by Jay McLean (Again, another book that straddles that YA/New Adult Line. It has a lot of scenarios that I haven’t come across in New Adult plus has great friend drama!)
  • Breathe Into Me by Sara Fawkes (For those who want a standalone, this is a great one! It has tragedy, twists and a great romance.)
  • Measuring Up by Nyrae Dawn (A great story for young girls to read about self-esteem. Not very complex plot wise but I loved the romance in this book! It’s a good intro into New Adult)

Are there any New Adult books that you recommend to your friends/readers not on this list? Or do you disagree with some of my picks? Let me know below!

Thanks for reading!

 I wish you all SERIESously happy reading!