Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Best/Worst Series Enders

This week The Broke and The Bookish have asked for our Top Ten Best/Worst Series Enders. When we have a choice like that I like to put some from both and this week is no different. I think sometimes I might over read the topics because for this week I considered that you could have favourite or worst ends in terms of what actually happened but also just having a good or bad last book, I’ve gone the second option because its the way its written that makes what happens good in the end and it also made writing my list a lot easier.

Favourites

  • Rapture – Fallen Series by Lauren Kate
  • United We Spy – Gallagher Girls by Ally Carter
  • Brothers to the Death – The Saga of Larten Crepsley by Darren Shan
  • Monsters of Men – Chaos Walking Series by Patrick Ness
  • Sons of Destiny – The Saga  of Darren Shan by Darren Shan
  • Ascend – Trylle by Amanda Hocking

Worst

  • Requiem – Delirium trilogy by Lauren Oliver
  • Double Crossed – Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman
  • Missing Me – Girl Missing Series by Sophie McKenzie
  • Extras – Uglies Series by Scott Westerfeld

 What Are Your Best and Worst Series Enders?

United We Spy

Cammie Morgan has lost her father and her memory, but in the heart-pounding conclusion to the best-selling Gallagher Girls series, she finds her greatest mission yet. Cammie and her friends finally know why the terrorist organization called the Circle of Cavan has been hunting her. Now the spy girls and Zach must track down the Circle’s elite members to stop them before they implement a master plan that will change Cammie—and her country—forever.

I was both excited and sad about the release of this book with it being the last in the series, but it didn’t disappoint me. It is packed with a perfect balance of action to keep you on your toes and romance and friendship to make you swoon and even get a little bit tearful. I have to say that for me I think this one has the best Cam and Zach moments in it which left me grinning uncontrollably on the train this afternoon and even a little bit of swooning, The end of course had a some great heart pumping action on a whole new scale for all our characters but we get to see just how good their education has been. If only they really well helping keep the world a safe place. What I really enjoyed though was that we still had Cam trying to find her place. It linked really well back to the first book and how sometimes our lives can have some sort of destiny but we can still shape that. For me the ending was perfect. There was a little tearing up as the end of their story came together at graduation, it’s hard not to almost feel like one of the sisters when we have followed their story for the past 6 books and the last few pages provided a satisfying conclusion. Now I just need to wait to read other peoples reactions to this book as I know many people have followed the books and are just as nervous and excited how I was to see how it ends.

Uncommon Criminals

Book Blurb

Katarina Bishop has worn a lot of labels in her short life. Friend. Niece. Daughter. Thief. But for the last two months she’s simply been known as the girl who ran the crew that robbed the greatest museum in the world. That’s why Kat isn’t surprised when she’s asked to steal the infamous Cleopatra Emerald so it can be returned to its rightful owners. 

There are only three problems. First, the gem hasn’t been seen in public in thirty years. Second, since the fall of the Egyptian empire and the suicide of Cleopatra, no one who holds the emerald keeps it for long, and in Kat’s world, history almost always repeats itself. But it’s the third problem that makes Kat’s crew the most nervous and that is simply… the emerald is cursed.

Kat might be in way over her head, but she’s not going down without a fight. After all she has her best friend—the gorgeous Hale—and the rest of her crew with her as they chase the Cleopatra around the globe, dodging curses, realizing that the same tricks and cons her family has used for centuries are useless this time.

Which means, this time, Katarina Bishop is making up her own rules.

My Synopsis

After the success of her project at the Henley, Kat is almost drunk on her good luck and has been going it alone trying to use her skills to right thefts. When she is visited by an older woman who knows of her work she is surprised at the job being asked of her but with the use of one name is talked into the task.

This heist isn’t quite as it seems though and Kat is left with an even bigger task than she thought possible to face as well as being introduced to the complicated world of boys. 

Review

Like the first book in this series I wish I had been able to just sit down and read the whole thing in one go. This isn’t a bad book, I really like the idea and  the characters I just feel it misses a bit of excitement and I think reading it in one sitting would allow you to build that suspense to make it a better read.

The story in this one is a little more complicated but on reflection it mirrors the final heist plan and in that way it works really well. I enjoyed the historic back story to this plot too and the new character was also just as exciting as Taccone. I must admit that I was also glad to have a bit more of Kat and Hale’s relationship in this book. As a tumblr user the couple appear a lot and I felt I didn’t quite feel their feelings in the first book but that improved this time around. 

I am going to get the third book in the series but I am going to try and wait to read it when I can do so in one go. I want to see if that builds the excitement up more as with that this series will be just as good as the Gallagher girls.

Double Crossed

Book Blurb

Macey McHenry—Glamorous society girl or spy-in-training?
W.W. Hale V—Heir to an American dynasty or master thief?

There are two sides to every coin. Whether these two can work together is a tossup.

Born into privilege, Macey and Hale are experts at mingling with the upper class. But even if they’ve never raised an eyebrow at the glitz, neither teenager has ever felt at home with the glamour.

When Macey and Hale meet at a society gala, the party takes a dangerous turn. Suddenly they’re at the center of a hostage situation, and it’s up to them to stop the thugs from becoming hostile. Will Macey’s spy skills and Hale’s con-man ways be enough to outsmart a ruthless gang? Or will they have to seek out the ultimate inside girl to help?

The worlds of Heist Society and the Gallagher Girls collide in Ally Carter’s fast-paced, high-stakes and tantalizing new story. Get a behind the scenes glimpse as Ally delivers an irresistible thriller that is full of her signature style and savvy twists.

My Synopsis

Macey wasn’t looking forward to the society gala but when she see’s Hale she wonders what someone like him is doing there. Hale is just as excited about the party and also a little curious about who Macey really is but neither really trust one another till thing get out of hand and they have to. 

Review

This is just a short story of only 60 pages that brings together the characters of both of Ally Carters series. It was interesting to get to read from the different characters point of view and amusing to see them not trust one another when you knew all about both of them.  It combines all the smarts and actions of her other works just a little shorter. I think this was a really good idea from Ally Carter and would recommend it to anyone who has read the books, even if you’ve only read the one series, I am sure this would make you pick up the other.

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Books At The Top Of My Summer TBR List

This week The Broke and The Bookish‘s topic is the Top Ten Books At The Top Of My Summer TBR List. I tend not to really plan so many books for a summer I like to read what I feel but there are a few I would like to get through over the summer and need to keep up with my Dystopian Challenge.

  • Chocolat by Joanne Harris 
  • Close My Eyes by Sophie McKenzie 
  • The Kite Runner by Khaled Hossenni 
  • Uncommon Criminals by Ally Carter 
  • The Dark Heroine by Abigail Gibbs 
  • The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson 
  • Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson 
  • The Maze Runner by James Dasher 
  • The Scorch Trials by James Dasher 
  • The Death Cure by James Dasher 

What Books Are At The Top Of Your Summer TBR List?

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Beach Reads

The Broke and The Bookish have asked us this week for our Top Ten Beach Reads.This weeks topic is quite a hard one for me because I don’t really go to the beach that often and when I do reading isn’t something I so there. I’ve not quite managed 10 books but I have come up with a list of some books I think may but what people go for when reading on the beach.

  • Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire 
  • Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire 
  • Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen 
  • Vegan Virgin Valentine by Carolyn Mackler 
  • Everything Beautiful by Simmone Howell 
  • Chasing Windmills by Catherine Ryan Hyde 
  • Heist Society by Ally Carter 
  • An Abundance of Katherine’s by John Green 
  • Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein 

What Are Your Favourite Beach Reads?

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Books Featuring Travel In Some Way

This week The Broke and The Bookish‘s topic is our Top Ten Books Featuring Travel In Some Way. I didn’t think I was going to find this topic that easy when I first seen it but once I started thinking about it there were quite a few books to choose from. I have cheated a little by adding a few series but these are the ones I enjoy the most. My favourite is the last one on the list but the rest are in no particular order.

  • Passion by Lauren Kate 
  • Angel by L.A. Wetherly 
  • The Darren Shan Saga by Darren Shan    
  • The Saga of Lartren Crepsley by Darren Shan    
  • Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver 
  • The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness 
  • Gallagher Girls by Ally Carter     
  • Between Shade of Gray by Ruta Sepetys 
  • An Abundance of Katherine’s by John Green 
  • We’re Going On A Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury 

What Are Your Favourite Books Involving Travel?

Heist Society

Book Blurb

When Katarina Bishop was three, her parents took her on a trip to the Louvre…to case it. For her seventh birthday, Katarina and her Uncle Eddie traveled to Austria…to steal the crown jewels. When Kat turned fifteen, she planned a con of her own—scamming her way into the best boarding school in the country, determined to leave the family business behind. But now her dad’s life is on the line, and Kat must go back to the world she tried so hard to escape…

My Synopsis

Kat has been pulling off tricks for as long as she can remember so when she is being accused of one she wasn’t involved in she knows something is up. For a short time she had managed to escape the world of crime but it seems it wont leave her alone. When her fathers life is on the line she has no choice but to go back to doing what she knows best and with her friends in tow they have to travel all around Europe before they can pull of the biggest heist heard of. 

Review 

I was excited to read this after enjoying the Gallagher Girls series and this was also worth reading. I’ve read a few reviews of the book being an Ally Carter fan and seen the tumblr so I had some idea about the characters involved and was excited to finally get to met Hale. I thought he was written as a really good romantic interest and I am definatley going to read the other books to find out how their relationship develops. All the characters had really interesting personalities though and I felt that each was given the right amount of attention in the book to fill you and in keep the story going.

The plot was also exciting although maybe a tiny bit lacking in energy at the start. Right for the beginning though we were faced with the work Kat and her friends are capable of and it lures you in to find out just how they are going to be able to solve their issue. I almost felt like I was reading Ocean’s Eleven and was excited to find out just what they were going to do and how they would get away with it. I think you could make a really good movie or TV show out of the book, which isn’t something I would admit often but the mystery/crime nature of the story lends itself to that sort of interpretation. 

You should check this book out if you are a fan of the Gallagher girls series and I can’t want to read the next book in Heist Society.

 

Crossed

Book Blurb

In search of a future that may not exist and faced with the decision of who to share it with, Cassia journeys to the Outer Provinces in pursuit of Ky – taken by the Society to his certain death – only to find that he has escaped, leaving a series of clues in his wake.

Cassia’s quest leads her to question much of what she holds dear, even as she finds glimmers of a different life across the border. But as Cassia nears resolve and certainty about her future with Ky, an invitation for rebellion, an unexpected betrayal, and a surprise visit from Xander – who may hold the key to the uprising and, still, to Cassia’s heart – change the game once again. Nothing is as expected on the edge of Society, where crosses and double crosses make the path more twisted than ever.

My Synopsis

Ky has returned to the outer provinces and though he is living through hell again he can see the Carving in the distance where he remembers his father trading and plans to run away into them to try and find his was back to Cassia. 

Cassia with the help of her family and Xander had been moving about working trying to find the perfect time to make a run for it herself. Although she wants to find Ky she has also learnt of a movement trying to stop the rules of the society, the Rising. As much as she tells herself getting back with Ky is the most important thing she finds herself driven to also find the Rising. 

With the help of knew friends the two teenagers find more about their world as well as each other. The discover secrets about the society that continue to fuel their hatred of it and push themselves to limits that, Cassia particularly, never thought would ever be possible. 

Review

In the second book of the series we get to hear from both Cassia and Ky point of view. This brings a whole new perspective to the story as we also get to fins out about a different side to the society. We learn Ky’s story, how his life was so different to Cassia’s and importantly about his interactions with Xander that make him fear loosing her. 

The travelling aspect of this story made it really interesting for me. It allows for more description of the world that they are in and this is something I enjoy reading. The characters in this book I also find a lot more interesting, with a young character you want to mother and one to be suspicious of. 

I felt the Cassia was trying to find herself as well through this book. Having put faith in the society for so long in the last book her world came crashing down and you can feel her using her journey as a way of rediscovering herself and what she wants to believe in. 

For me this book was as good as the first one and as good as the first time i read it. I am really exciting to read how the trilogy is going to end too and I am assured it is worth the wait. 

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Series I’d Like To Start But Haven’t

The Broke and The Bookish topic for this weeks Top Ten Tuesday is Series I’d Like to Start But Haven’t. Thankfully this was an easier topic than the last couple of weeks.

  • Tomorrow Series by John Marsden
  • Heist Society by Ally Carter
  • Under The Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
  • The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
  • Last Survivors Series by Beth Susan Pifeffer
  • The Killables by Gemma Malley
  • Cat Royal Series by Julia Golding
  • Peter Grant Series by Ben Aaronovitch
  • The Chemical Garden Trilogy by Lauren DeStefano
  • His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman

What Series Have You Been Trying To Start But Still Haven’t?