Series That I am Currently Reading and Would Like to Finish This Year

This year I set the goal to finish 10 series and so far I’ve completed 3. Of course, I thought that I would be finishing series that I had already started, but it appears that I have started quite a few new series in the course of reading books for review and a couple of my reading projects.  But these are the ones that I plan to complete.

  1. Patrick Bowers by Steven James- I am about to pick up the third book in the series.  I have the next 5 books, need to get 2 more (one is already out and another is slated to be released soon).
  2. Harry Potter by JK Rowling – I am on book 4.
  3. Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson – Man! I wish that I read this book when I originally received it for review. Though this had been on my radar, I picked this one up for my Kindle Clean Up project. I am currently reading the first book, but I know that I will probably marathon this trilogy.
  4. Guild Hunters by Nalini Singh- I read the first book because I wanted to read one of the later books in the series, and I can’t wait to continue on with this series.
  5. The Guardians by Nora Roberts- A friend gave me this trilogy to borrow because they thought that I would enjoy it. I read the first one and loved it. I had planned on finishing the trilogy immediately but had review books that I needed to finish. But I plan on finishing this trilogy this month (July).
  6. Stork series by Wendy Delsol – I read the first one a long time ago, because I received the second book for review. Now that I am doing the Kindle Clean Up project I will complete the trilogy, this is the next title for the project.
  7. The Others by Anne Bishop- I read the first book and loved it, then immediately went out and purchased or pre-ordered the rest of available titles. Then promptly (unfortunately) forgot about it. But I plan to catch up with this series this year.

 

Not that if this is not enough books to keep me busy for the rest of the year I do have three other series that I would like to complete. All the books are out AND I own all of the books so there’s really no excuse.

*Nadia Stafford by Kelley Armstrong

**Circle series by Ted Dekker

***Hollow Earth by John Barrowman

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Review: Dark Exodus by Thomas S. Sniegoski

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Dark Exodus by Thomas S. Sniegoski

The Demonists #2

July 11, 2017 – Roc

Purpose: Review

Source: Netgalley

4.5 stars

I was given a copy of this title, free, in exchange for my honest opinion.
Mild spoilers for the first book

Wow! This book turned everything that I knew or assumed on its head. In this installment, John and Theo have realized that what happened the previous Halloween wasn’t an accident, someone had manipulated them to be at the house and to find the jar of demons there. Now they are trying to find out who it was and why, while other infernal incidents vie for their attention. New characters join John and Theo’s team, old characters have bigger parts and the infernal side gathers new followers and minions.

But, everything isn’t as it seems.  In this one, as the story progresses we get more backstory for a couple of the characters. This allows us to see more of the bigger picture, and all the reasons that we make it to the ending the way that we do. We also see that the clear line between the infernal and the divine is not as clear as we suspect it to be. Each of the characters are faced with their own set of challenges and obstacles, as the infernal manipulate and move along in the background.

And I loved every minute of it.  I was surprised at some of the things that were happening, wondering how I had missed so much. While almost everything seemed to be wrapped up at the very end, it’s not. There are seeds for what is going to happen, some of the challenges/temptation that the characters will face in the next book. And I have to say that I can’t wait for it. This was just as engrossing as the first book, if not more so. More emotional strings were pulled and while other sides may or may not be clear, I was still rooting for John and Theo’s unconventional group to save the day.

 

Always Shine!

Review: Steeplejack by A.J. Hartley

Steeplejack

Tomorrow is my stop on the Firebrand Blog Tour.  And you should definitely come back to see my thoughts on that one, and enter the giveaway.

Today though, I will be sharing my thoughts on Steeplejack, the first book in the Alternative Detective series.

SteepleJack By A.J. Hartley

Alternative Detective #1

June 14, 2016 – Tor Teen

4 stars

I was given a copy of this book, free, In exchange for my honest opinion.

Anglet Sutonga is a seventeen-year old steeplejack, a person who climbs talk buildings to do work. She is comfortable dangling over the city at ridiculous heights. The story starts with her waiting for her apprentice to show, but he never does. She is uneasy and discovers that this is due to the beacon, the jewel of Bar- Selehm, missing. Soon she discovers that Berrit did show up, but was murdered.  Her desire to seek justice and uncover the person responsible for Berrit’s death leads her to places she never imagined she be. Hired to investigate, she uncovers strange connections between the growing number of deaths, the missing beacon and other strange things happening around the city.

To be honest, when I first started reading this I didn’t think I was going to like it. I thought that I had made a mistake in signing up for the blog tour. But, as I continued the story grew on me, Anglet grew on me. Still, it wasn’t until the end of the book that I was truly enjoyed it for what it was. The mystery that carries the story from the beginning to end was masterfully unfolded, and the problems that I had with the story had nothing to do with that. Though I was able to guess some of the key players early on in the story, I wasn’t able to put it altogether until the end. The characters were well developed and interesting, though some of their appearances weren’t truly explained.

This story is dependent on the culture, politics and racial tension of Bar-Selehm. The only problem with this is that it shifts from the strange to the familiar. Is Bar-Selhm a real place somewhere in history? In our history? This is the problem with the story, some of the words and races are foreign to the reader (or at least to me). But when they are further described its done so with things that are familiar to us. It was disjointed and pulled me out of the story.

The ending was the best for this story. I liked the way that Anglet grew as a character throughout the story. Surprisingly, even Rahvey’s grew throughout the story, in a way that kind of made me proud of her. In the end, I enjoyed this story. Though I am not sure what else can be done in this world, I am definitely looking forward to book 2.

Always Shine!

Review: Haven of Swans by Colleen Coble

Haven of Swans (Rock Harbor #4)

Haven of Swans by Colleen Coble

Rock Harbor #4

May 2, 2017 – Thomas Nelson

Purpose: Review

Source: Netgalley

3 Stars

I was given a copy of this title, free, in exchange for my honest opinion. 

Full disclosure, I read this book a long time ago. It was originally titled Abomination. I wasn’t sure until I had started reading it, and then it was déjà vu than actually remembering.

Bree is driving down a dark road when she comes across a woman with her daughter. The woman has been injured and obviously scared of something or someone. But, she has no memory of who it was or what has happened to her. Nick is devastated to learn that his daughter is missing and his ex-wife has been killed at the hands of the serial killer called Gideon.

This is the fourth in the series, but I haven’t read the first three in the series. (I didn’t know that it was part of a series the first time I read it.) For the most part, it reads as a stand-alone. I did enjoy this story, I found it a nice balance of suspense and mystery. It was well-written and perfectly paced. Eve struggles between not remembering and surprising instincts. She knows that she is running from someone, but no idea who or why. She has made friends and feels safe in Rock Harbor. Nick turns his grief into focus and is determined to catch Gideon. This book is about more than finding a killer and a past one can’t remember. It’s about faith, love and finding one’s way back.  I am interested in continuing with this series.

Review: Hunt by Maggie Stiefvater

Hunted (Spirit Animals, #2)

Hunted by Maggie Stiefvater

Spirit Animals #3

January 7, 2014 – Scholastic

Purpose: Review

Source: Netgalley, Publishers

I was given a copy of this title, free, in exchange for my honest opinion.

4 Stars

This is the second book in the series. The story continues with the 4 kids and the great beasts trying to get the talismans firsts.  As the story progresses each character is facing their own set of challenges. But, they’re also learning more about themselves, each other and their spirit animals.  We enjoyed this installment of the series. The stakes are raised, there’s more action and we learn more about what’s going on. Doubts about the Greencloaks are raised. Glad we already have book 3 ready for us.

Top Ten Series I’ve Been Meaning to Start but Haven’t

This is a meme starts and hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. I thought I’d join in this week.

1. John Cleaver by Dan Wells

2. Partials Sequence by Dan Wells

3. Temperance Brennan by Kathy Reichs

4. Virals by Kathy Reichs and Brandon Reichs

5. The Original Shannara Trilogy by Terry Brooks

6. Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke

7.Foundation by Isaac Asimov

8. Reckoners by Brandon Sanderson

9. Sword of Truth Terry Goodkind

10. Bob Lee Swagger by Stephen Hunter

Honorable Mentions: Rizzoli and Isles by Tess Gerritsen and Mitch Rapp by Vince Flynn

The saddest part is that, except for the Terry Brooks series, I own at least one book in each series. In fact, for four of these I own all of the books in the series.  I have no idea what I’m waiting on.

 

 

What about you? Are there series you’ve been meaning to start but haven’t?

 

Always Shine!

Middle Grade Review: Horizon by Scott Westerfeld

Horizon (Horizon, #1)

Horizon (Horizon #1) by Scott Westerfeld

Source: Edelweiss, Scholastic

Purpose: Review

3.75 stars

I was given a digital copy of this book, free, in exchange for my honest opinion. 

There are some things that you should know about this book before you start it. And that is what I am going to tell you. First thing is that this the first in a seven (7!) book series. While the entire series was outlined by Scott Westerfeld, he will not be writing all of the books. This series is written in the way that Spirit Animals, The 39 Clues and The Infinity Ring series was written.  Another thing that you should know would be that this book reminded me a bit of Lord of the Flies and The Maze Runner, but with a gaming feel to it. Most importantly, and my biggest complaint, you need to know that this book does NOT have an ending. There was no resolutions, even though one of the major questions was answered, so much more was left untouched. This was a great survival story, and I did enjoy it. it was as realistic as it possibly could be given the circumstances. Characters get hurt and no one is guaranteed to make it to the next book alive. After their plane crashes and most of the passengers, including all of the adults, 8 kids are forced to come together in order to figure out what happened and to live through the ordeal. I did enjoy this book. And if it had a definite ending, I would have enjoyed it more and rated it higher.  I was a little (okay a lot) irritated when I realized that there was no way  a satisfactory ending was going to happen. Despite how well written the story was, and how well developed the characters were, I couldn’t enjoy the rest of the story. Chances are, I won’t continue with this series until the rest of the series is available.

Always Shine!