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?

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Close My Eyes

Book Blurb

It’s been eight years since Gen Loxley lost her daughter, Beth: eight years of grief in which nothing’s really moved forward, for all that her husband, Art, wills it to. Gen, once a writer of novels, has settled in to a life of half-hearted teaching, while Art makes his name and their fortune – and pressures her into trying IVF once again. For Gen, it seems a cruel act of replacement; life without Beth is unthinkable, unbearable – but still it goes on. And then a woman arrives on Gen’s doorstep, saying the very thing she longs to hear: that her daughter was not stillborn, but was spirited away as a healthy child, and is out there, waiting to be found…So why is Art reluctant to get involved? To save his wife from further hurt? Or something much more sinister? What is the truth about Beth Loxley?

Review

I was really interested in this book as I really enjoyed Mckenzie’s more action based teenage and I felt the premise of this book may be similar to that. She did achieve a similar idea with this one although I did feel a little less of the energy she builds in her books for younger readers. I’m only really beginning to really explore more adult fiction so I’m not sure if this was done purposely however I did feel it was about the right level to go alone with the rest of the story. The book as a whole for me was OK but that’s really all. I don’t read a lot of adult fiction because I find it too everyday and although this wasn’t an normal life situation it was still approached with characters leading a life I’ve not got experience of yet. For that reason relating to the characters is more difficult and that effects my a level of enjoyment. The characters in the book were interesting though and there is a lot of suspision built up about them all throughout the story. This was what really made the book as it was really who was involved that you were reading till the end to find out about rather than what was going to happen. Throughout the book we are also given snippets of story from a child’s point of view and as the book progresses your opinion of who that child is changes. When I first read them related to the first character you initially believe them to be they seemed to build to what was going to be the action at the end of the story. The reveal however was a surprise for me at the end and although I was pleased to read the action I’d pick the book up for however the very last two pages really let the story down for me as I felt it added something unnecessary. Overall the book for me was fine, I didn’t particularly feel driven by the story but I am still glad I read it.

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Authors Who Deserve More Recognition

The topic this week from The Broke and The Bookish is Top Ten Authors Who Deserve More Recognition. I found this quite a difficult topic as I wasn’t sure what counted as an author being recognised however I have just gone for the authors I think should be talked about more online as a couple have received awards.

  • Simmone Howell
  • Sophie McKenzie
  • Jenny Downham
  • Catherine MacPhail
  • Tabitha Suzuma 
  • Amanda Hocking 
  • Gena Showalter
  • Cat Patrick 
  • Michael Morpurgo
  • Jamie McGuire

Which Author Do You Feel Deserve More Recognition?

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 Book I Thought I’d Like More/Less Than I Did

This weeks topic from The Broke and The Bookish is Top Ten Books I thought I’d like more or less than I did. I don’t think before I started blogging I would have had any on the thought I like less list but now I have more on that list. I think we could have just picked on but I have gone for a bit of both.

Thought I’d Like More

  • Warm Bodies by Issac Marion I was really excited about this book becuase it seemed like a really original idea but for me there wasn’t enought excitement in it. 
  • The Auschwitz Violin by Maria Angels Anglada Books about the war tend to grab my attention and because I like music I thought this sounded really interesting but I found it lacked the emotional connection. 
  • Uglies Series by Scott Westerfeld Dystopian is another thing that makes me pick up a book and I liked the idea of a world obsessed with beauty because it is becoming true but the main character was just totally unlikeable. 
  • Delirium by Lauren Oliver This was another dystopian that I thought had merit in its idea but just didn’t have the drive for me. 
  • The Medusa Project by Sophie McKenzie I love how Sophie Mckenzie writes action books that still feel realistic and I was looking forward to this series but it didn’t like up to her Blood series. 
  • The Fault In Our Stars by John Green This one might be a bit contreversial as I know how much people love John Green but for me this story wasn’t what everyone made it out to be I think just because I have read a lot of similar stuff. 
  • The Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis My disappointment from this book may be because of my age but I felt this book missed a bit of action. 

Though I’d Like Less

  • Before I Go To Sleep by SJ Watson I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book but everyone kept recommending it to me so I gave it a try and it blew me away. Totally original idea and racing plot. 
  • The Black Pear by Alan Porter This was a kindle freebie that I thought I would try as I don’t usually read a lot of scary mystery and it was free so worth it but it turned out to be really interesting. 
  • Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver After not enjoying the first book in the series as much as I expected I was just reading this to see what happened but the different lay out of the book and more action going on made it really enjoyable. 

What Books Did You Find Better Or Worse Than You Expected?

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Books I Read Before I Was A Blogger

This week we have another good topic from The Broke and The Bookish, out top ten books from before we were bloggers. I think this is a really good topic for bringing back our old favourites and I have made the effort to try and pick mostly books that I haven’t used before in a Tuesday list.

  • Blood Ties & Blood Ransom by Sophie McKenzie  
  • The Pact by Jodi Picoult 
  • Twilight by Stephenie Meyer 
  • Girl, Missing by Sophie McKenzie 
  • Vegan Virgin Valentine by Carolyn Mackler  
  • Oh My Goth by Gena Showalter 
  • Notes From A Teenage Underground by Simmone Howell 
  • Everything Beautiful by Simmone Howell 
  • Looking for JJ by Anne Cassidy 
  • Over A Thousand Hills, I Walk With by Hanna Jansen 

What Are Your Favourite Books From Before You Were A Blogger?

The Host

Book Blurb

Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. Earth has been invaded by a species that takes over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact, and most of humanity has succumbed.

Wanderer, the invading “soul” who has been given Melanie’s body, knew about the challenges of living inside a human: the overwhelming emotions, the too vivid memories. But there was one difficulty Wanderer didn’t expect: the former tenant of her body refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.

Melanie fills Wanderer’s thoughts with visions of the man Melanie loves – Jared, a human who still lives in hiding. Unable to separate herself from her body’s desires, Wanderer yearns for a man she’s never met. As outside forces make Wanderer and Melanie unwilling allies, they set off to search for the man they both love.

My Synopsis

When Wanderer awake on Earth in a Human Host she listens quietly for a bit to her Seeker talking of her reputation. Souls are suppose to have love for everyone but for some reason she seems to find this seeker unlikable and it is a feeling that doesn’t leave her easily. For this reason when Wandered finds that her host’s thoughts wont be quietened she tries to avoid her finding out. 

Souls can’t lie though and her worried comforter tell the seeker of her difficulties. It is suggested to her that she change host and so she begins the journey to see her trusted healer. This journey however gives her time to think, and time with Melanie’s thoughts. Melanie isn’t about to let herself be destroyed and knowing that Wanderer can feel her desire to find her brother and boyfriend she convinces her to go looking for them instead. 

When all hope seems lost after wandering in the desert mountains they are finally found by Melanie’s uncle and he seems to sense her inside. This saves her but she still has to win over the rest of the humans hiding from her species. Wanderer is about to discover the other side of humanity from all her knowledge of them and also a truth about herself as well as challenging both the humans and herself to rethink their views of one another. 

Review

I’m not sure where to start with this review, I have both good and bad points to bring up. When this book was first released I did try to read it but it was such a different style to what I was use to at the time that I didn’t really give it a chance. With the film coming out soon though my friends really wanted me to read it so I gave it another go. This time I found it fair easy to get in to. There was plenty that I like about the book. I found that because Wanderer could hear Melanie and have conversations with her that it was like there were two main characters. It felt like a very fresh and original idea which I enjoyed reading about. It is also the only book I have ever read where the love triangle included two girls and one boy. I have no idea if any other books have this set up but for me it’s the only one and it was good to get away from that popular format. The base of the story was also interesting. The idea of an alien species taking over the earth but by taking over the humans directly and living almost like we did but with better health systems and no money. I don’t know if you could count it as a dystopian but it does challenge some of our societal set ups and the human desire for violence.

What bothered me about the book though was that I felt it had the potential to be so much more that it was. It was suppose to be a love story, about how Wanderer couldn’t escape the power love that Melanie felt for her brother but especially Jared and how she learnt about love for herself. For me though this love story wasn’t really that powerful. I felt that her battle between humanity and being a Soul was much more powerful and I kept wanting the story to be about the humans either trying to take back what is there or at  least fighting t0 try and live side by side. I felt that this was touched on a bit in the story and I think that is why I am frustrated. I kept waiting on some action but it never really happened.

Overall I did enjoyed the book. I found it interesting. I liked the idea of what was going on and I enjoyed the double character in Wanderer. I just want someone like Sophie McKenzie to re-write it to give it the action boost it needs to be a great book.

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Authors I’d Put On My Auto To-Buy List

This week from The Broke and The Bookish we have the interesting topic of our Top Ten Authors on my auto to-buy list. I’m afraid I don’t have an answer of ten for this. When I was younger, well in my early teens there was one author I would always buy but now I’m much more fussy.

  • Catherine MacPhail I think may been my only ever auto-buy. However that was when I was in my early teens and I no longer read her work. 

Now I wouldn’t buy any book just because of the author. I only really read books that I think I’ll like and I have to been in the mood for an idea before I’ll read it too. There are however a few Authors that I would always pick up their books to at least see if I am interested in it.

  • Darren Shan I have never read his Demon series but I really enjoyed his books on vampires and I’m interesting in his recent book Lady of the Shades.
  • Sophie McKenzie I really like Sophie McKenzie’s books that explore science such as Blood Ties and Medusa and I have read her Girl! books but I have never been interested in her more girly series.
  • Simmone Howel I love the books she has released so far, even though that is only 2  but I am very excited about a new book coming soon.
  • Cat Clarke Although I have only read one of her books so far I am hoping on read more of her work and would definatly pick them up if I seen her name on them. 
  • Cat Patrick So far I have read the books she has published and I’m excited about a new book coming out in May this year.

Are There Any Authors On Your Auto-Buy List?

Top Ten Tuesday – Top Ten Favourite Characters In X Genre

This week from The Broke and The Bookish we have to pick a genre of our choice and share out favourite characters in that genre. I’m not very good with genre specific topics because I don’t usually pay attention to them but for this I am just going for Young Adult Fiction.

Travis from Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

Mikey from You Against Me by Jenny Downham

Gem from Notes from the Teenage Underground by Simmone Howell

Cammie from Gallagher Girls by Ally Carter

Riley from Everything Beautiful by Simmone Howell

Grace from Entangled by Cat Clarke

Four from Divergent by Veronica Roth

Mara Valentine from Vegan, Virgin, Valentine by Carolyn Mackler

Bree Tanner from The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephenie Meyer

Theo from Blood Ties by Sophie McKenzie

Who Are Your Favourite Characters?