Hey y’all! For Blogmas Day 6 I want to talk about completed series that I read, as of this post. I thought it would be more but I looked at my spreadsheet and I haven’t read near as many. In the interest of giving a little more content, I am adding two additional series that I will be completing by the end of 2017.
The Lunar Chronicles (Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, Winter) by Marissa Meyer – These are kind of fairy tale re-tellings set in a futuristic Beijing where earth is in a fight with the Lunar people. It starts with Cinder who is a cyborg mechanic, after a chance meeting with the Prince of New Beijing things go crazy. This story is a rapid fire read and you become completely engrossed in the characters and the political intrigue. The villain, Queen Levana, is an excellent villain and she never tried to be good. I appreciated that. There are two novellas for this series and also a graphic novel series but I am content with the original quartet. I listened to the audiobook for Scarlet and Winter and really enjoyed those too, I would recommend them. Violence, sex and some language are in there but nothing that I felt would be inappropriate.
ACOTAR (A Court of Thorns and Rose, A Court of Mist and Fury, and A Court of Wings and Ruin) by Sarah J. Maas – Ok so this was the first time that I bought into the booktube hype. I was obsessed with reading these books. A Court of Thorns and Roses is a Beauty and the Beast re-telling. And I, honestly, really didn’t like it, but I wanted to get to the second one after the last 100 pages of the first book. I flew through the second one which was exponentially better than the first. I read the third one, obviously, and upon reflection, I was completely underwhelmed. I mean I liked it and will recommend it to the right reader. And this is definitely not young adult. The sex in these is detailed, albeit, a little cringy, and often. I don’t have strong feelings about Sarah J. Maas and I don’t think I want to read the Thrones of Glass series. However, I did enjoy the characters in this series and will more than likely pick up the additional books coming out, from the library.
Six of Crows duology (Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom) by Leigh Bardugo – These books are why I can put Leigh Bardugo as one of my favorite authors. Six of Crows follows a diverse, rag-tag, morally gray group of characters. They are tasked with pulling off an impossible heist. Admittedly, I almost DNF’d this book before the first 100 pages because I felt it was so slow. But I kept going and man am I happy I did. This book has a good balance of plot and character. I could see the characters in my head and I loved them. And Crooked Kingdom I read in like two sittings when I was home from work sick. I still think about this duology and recommend it to whoever will listen. I have the first book of the Shadow and Bone trilogy and I can’t wait to dive-in.
Lastly, I want to talk about the two series I will complete before the 31st.
Harry Potter (Do I really need to list these) by J.K. Rowling – As I have been talking about this all year, this is my first read through of the entire series. I am over halfway through Half-Blood Prince and absolutely plan to pick up Deathly Hallows immediately. I will do a full series review and discussion on what it was like for me reading through the series for the first time.
All Souls Trilogy (A Discovery of Witches, Shadow of Night, and The Book of Life) by Deborah Harkness – I’m sure you already know that I am LOVING this series. We follow Diana Bishop who is a history professor and studying alchemy at Oxford currently. She inadvertently comes across an alchemial text that catches the attention of every creature: vampire, daemon, and witch, in London. She runs into a vampire named Matthew and the story takes off from there. Diana and Matthew are great, complex characters. The story is compelling and the historical elements woven in the story are so interesting. This series is a blend of fantasy, romance and historical fiction like I’ve never seen done before.
These are the series that I have completed and I’m about to finish before the new year.
What series have you read this year? Let’s chat in the comments.