Popular Book Series I Am Yet Too Read…

These book series have been sat on my shelves for longer than I care to admit! I honestly can’t wait to read all of them as I’ve heard amazing things, but I’m currently finishing off the All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness. In other news, I have officially submitted all of my university work and am now free to enjoy my summer, so hopefully, I will be getting round to all, if not most of these books.

Are there any series you are yet too read?

 

The Raven Cycle – Maggie Stiefvater

 

A Court of Thorns and Roses – Sarah J Maas

The Illuminae Files – Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

The Mistborn Trilogy – Brandon Sanderson

The Kingkiller Chronicles – Patrick Rothfuss

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Popular books I am yet to read…

1. Carry On – Rainbow Rowell

Everyone has been going on about how amazing this book is but I’ve put off reading because I didn’t enjoy Fangirl. That being said I did enjoy Elenor and Park. I don’t think I like her writing style but perhaps I’ll give it a go sometime.

2. An Ember In The Ashes – Sabaa Tahir

I honestly don’t know why I haven’t read this yet because it sounds amazing and everyone has told me to read it! It’s just always been put to the back of my bookshelf and forgotten about as new books have come out.

3. A Court of Thorns and Roses – Sarah J. Maas

If any of you have read my reviews for the Throne of Glass series ( albeit I’ve only read the first 3), then you’ll know how much I loved the series! So I truly cannot answer or understand why I have not read this book yet… but hopefully I’ll get round to it soon enough!

Do any of you struggle with this? Do you buy books and then never get round to reading them even though they seem incredibly good!

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Top 5 Auto – Buy Authors

Cassandra Clare’s writing is magical and the shadow hunter world that she created is going to be something that will be remembered and loved for years to come. I am eager to read anything and everything that she writes! 

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Sarah J Maas is yet another author who was able to create an amazing world and characters that jump of the page and seem scarily realistic. I am yet to read A Court of Thorns and Roses but I can say that with the Throne of Glass Series the books get better and better ( and bigger…) with each one. 

3. 

Jennifer L. Armentrout is a legend when it comes to creating loveable male characters! She is great at world building and just an overall literary goddess in my opinion and I am happy to say that I still have a lot to read of her books and I shall savour every moment.

4. 

Marissa Meyer has not disappointed me yet! I haven’t read Winter yet but the rest of this series is incredible and certainly some of the best books that I have read this year. I look forward to Stars Above coming out soon and any future books that Marissa Meyer releases.

5. 

Libba Bray wrote an incredible book, The Diviners, which I read and fell in love with. The plot, Characters, writing, setting and simply everything was perfect. I know that she has Written many books and that I shouldn’t judge her based on one book, but hey… I loved it. I will starting Lair of Dreams a the start of 2016 and I have already ordered the Gemma Doyle trilogy which is at the top of my TBR. 

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Heir of Fire – Sarah J. Maas

Synopsis – 

She was the heir of ash and fire, and she would bow to no one.

Celaena Sardothien has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak—but at an unspeakable cost. Now she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth…a truth about her heritage that could change her life—and her future—forever.

Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. To defeat them, Celaena must find the strength to not only fight her inner demons but to battle the evil that is about to be unleashed.

The king’s assassin takes on an even greater destiny and burns brighter than ever before in this follow-up to the New York Times bestselling Crown of Midnight.

Goodreads Rating – 4,59/5 stars

Review – * Contains Spoilers*

I don’t know where to start with this review because we are talking about a book with almost 600 pages of pure awesomeness and perfection!

After the first two books you may think that you know Celaena, the kickass assassin who became the kings champion through death and destruction with the help of her friends. The truth however is that you don’t know how she came to be this badass assassin. Within this book she starts attacking herself because she blames herself for so many deaths and we finally find out her history and how she came to be an assassin. Eventually, with the help of Rowan, a Fae prince, Celaena lets her walls down and accepts her past allowing her to embrace the pain, regret and self-loathing she kept hidden for many years.


Rowan, the new addition to this series is a kickass Fae Prince that is told to train Celaena and get her to master her magic and ability to shift.  He is protective and caring, but lethal when it comes to his enemies. Rowan doesn’t take snark or sarcasm from anyone which was awesome because he was able to show Celaena that she isn’t all that mighty and he really helped her character grow from a hot headed teen girl to a mature woman, ready to accept her mistakes and protect her people. They do eventually develop a friendship which was important as Celaena needed a friend to support her through her memories and acceptance. 

Another addition to the series is Aedion Ashryver, Celaena’s cousin. Aedion comes across as daring, clever, manipulative and self – centered … At least until he hears about Celaena. He is set on killing the King of Adarlan, and seeing his true queen on the throne and magic restored. He partners up with Dorian and Chaol which are both ” minor characters in this book as Chaol simply aids `Aedion and Dorian seems to be going through some sort of Identity crisis and is enjoying himself with his new love interest. 


Lastly we were introduced to more witches! Remeber Baba Yellowlegs? Well, say hello to Manon Blackbeak, heir of her coven ( the Blackbeaks… shocking right?) of the Ironteeth witches and leader of the Thirteen. ( Actually don’t say anything to her because she will probably rip your throat out with her Iron teeth)…  The witches are part of the Kings plan and they fight to see who will become Wing Leader and lead all of the covens. Manon is cruel and bloodthirsty but she wasn’t exactly a villain because even though she was aggressive, I didn’t hate her. The way she treated her Wyvern showed me that there’s a chance she has a heart and soul, contrary to her grandmothers words and that she may not want the life she has been given.

Rating – 5/5 Stars

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Crown of Midnight – Sarah J. Maas

Synopsis – 

“A line that should never be crossed is about to be breached.

It puts this entire castle in jeopardy—and the life of your friend.”

From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.

Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.

Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena’s world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie… and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.

Goodreads Rating – 4,52/5 stars 

Review – *Minor Spoilers*

I think that Throne of Glass is an excellent book, but Crown of Midnight was much better. Throne of Glass introduced that magical world and characters that we will learn to love and hate. In Crown of Midnight we start to see the darker sides of some characters, plot twists, cliffhangers and more mysteries come to the surface. 

This book took me on such an emotional roller coaster. I laughed, cried and threw the book across the room at times only to run to it and continue reading ( I’m not completely crazy…) 

Celaena is an amazing character who did annoy me at times with her childishness and naivety but as the book progresses she matures and will probably continue to mature as the series progresses. Chaol and Dorian are both awesome and I love them but I do prefer Chaol with Celaena just because Dorian seem to sweet and innocent ( think of a Lamb) and Celaena needs someone who will stand by her side and fight for what is right. 

The death in this book broke my heart into many little pieces and I really did not see it coming even if I did see the final cliffhanger revelation from the start of the book. If you have not started this series yet or if you didn’t like the first book and don’t want to continue, I urge you to read this because each book gets better and better. I would keep reading just so that I can finally see the King of Adarlan die because he deserves it. Plus Celaena is badass!

My rating –  4,5/5 stars

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