YA Series that Made Me Quit Dystopia Genre

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No bad blood, just honesty,
I used to love these books, wholeheartedly.
After jaw dropping first books,
followed by ‘okay’ second books,
series finale always give me
a disappointed look.

Instead of ranting, let’s now reveal
the series with great beginnings,
and disappointing endings
that made me quit reading
YA dystopia genre.

Hunger Games Series by Suzanne CollinsThe Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)

The Hunger Games Trilogy Boxset (The Hunger Games, #1-3)

I do love the first and second book but I don’t like the ending.

Divergent Series by Veronica RothDivergent (Divergent, #1)Insurgent (Divergent, #2)Allegiant (Divergent, #3)

Like Hunger Games, the first and second book are great. BUT the ending is just soooo heartbreaking. -_-

Uglies Series by Scott Westerfeld : Uglies (Uglies, #1)Pretties (Uglies, #2)Specials (Uglies, #3)Extras (Uglies, #4)

I read the first book and the DNF-ed the second book. I quit the entire series because I don’t like the characters, especially Tally.

The Selection Series by Kiera CassThe Selection (The Selection, #1)The Elite (The Selection, #2)The One (The Selection, #3)The Heir (The Selection, #4) and The Crown (The Selection, #5).

I LOVE, still love, the first three books but not the fourth one, because of Eadlyn, but I will still read The Crown. 😀

Shatter Me Series by Tahereh MafiShatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)Unravel Me (Shatter Me, #2)Ignite Me (Shatter Me, #3)

The first book is awesome, then the second is okay then the third… -_-

Photo Credit: GoodreadsAmazon, Kat of ImpossibleGirlBlog


In response to The Broke and the Bookish‘s Top Ten Tuesday today:

May 24:  Ten Books I Feel Differently About After Time Has Passed (less love, more love, complicated feelings, indifference, thought it was great in a genre until you became more well read in that genre etc.)

P.S. Do you agree or disagree with me? Either, please let me know. 🙂

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BOOK READS: A Review of Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

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A refreshing read with a unique premise but the twist is…

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Everything, Everything
Genre: Young Adult
Published: 2015
Rating: 💖💖💖💖 (MUST-READ)

THE STORY:

Madeleine Whittier has an odd illness that confined her in her own little home. For 18 years, she has never been outside her house filled with filtered air.

She doesn’t long to be outside her home until she saw her new neighbor, Olly.

Olly’s arrival introduced her to a life she doesn’t know she wanted to have.

THE BLURB:

After I have read a lot of good reviews for this book, I am now convinced that it is indeed a good read.

First, the premise is interesting and unique. I have never heard of SCID until I read this novel. So I commend how Nicola Yoon researched for this book.

Second, her characters are relatable. Maddy is just any teenager who first experienced falling inlove, jittery and nervous but definitely in a bliss.

The people the surround Maddy are all relatable, too, Carla and even Olly and his family.

I also love the doodles/illustrations included in between some of the pages which are drawn by Nicola’s husband. They made the book more refreshing.

Finally, I like Yoon’s simple choice of words. She has selected just the right adjectives in illustrating the characters’ emotions, especially Maddy’s.

So…  you are now asking why on earth did I gave it only four hearts.

Well… until now, I am not quite sure if I like how Yoon twisted the story. I don’t like to tell any spoilers but I kinda felt that there is something wrong.

Also, I almost predicted the ending. And I don’t like knowing how a story ends before I reach the final pages.

THE WISE WORDS:

“Everything’s a risk. Not doing anything is a risk. It’s up to you.”

“In my head I know I’ve been in love before, but it doesn’t feel like it. Being in love with you is better than the first time. It feels like the first time and the last time and the only time all at once.”

THE WRAP:

I think Yoon ended the story in a way that her readers would be happy.

It was ok but it doesn’t end up as strong as I hoped it would be.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Finished Series I Have YET to Finish

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It takes a lot of interest and patience to be able to finish a book series. – rosemawrites

I know a lot will agree with me on that. Unless you are really so engrossed with a book, you will not be able to finish a whole series.

Today’s The Broke and the Bookish Top Ten Tuesday is related to these thoughts.

September 8:  Ten Finished Series I Have YET to Finish (topic first done in 2012)

I have some ‘abandoned’ book series and I also have some unfinished sequels because there are just a loooot of ’em. (I’m talking about James Patterson’s.)

I am not sure if I can supply 10 unfinished series, so I consulted my ever-reliable Goodreads account.

So here’s the result:

1. Triple Threat Series by Lis Wiehl and April Henry

Triple Threat

READ: Face of Betrayal (Triple Threat, #1)Hand of Fate (Triple Threat, #2) and Heart of Ice (Triple Threat, #3)

Eyes of Justice (Triple Threat, #4)

TO BE READ: Eyes of Justice (Triple Threat, #4)

I enjoyed this murder mystery series and the only reason I was not able to finish this yet, is because I am wrapping up my 2015 Reading Challenge. 🙂

2. East Salem Series by Lis Wiehl and Pete Nelson

East Salem

READ: Waking Hours (East Salem, #1) and Darkness Rising (East Salem, #2)

Fatal Tide (East Salem, #3)

TO BE READ: Fatal Tide (East Salem, #3)

This series is also engrossing. Well, Lis Wiehl is actually one of my favorite mystery writers.

3. Every Day series by David Levithan

Every Day (Every Day, #1)

READ: Every Day (Every Day, #1)

Another Day (Every Day, #2)

TO BE READ: Another Day (Every Day, #2)

I consider Every Day as one of the best books that I have read this year so I will definitely read its sequel! Soon!

4. Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld

Uglies

READ: Uglies (Uglies, #1) and Pretties (Uglies, #2)

Uglies 2

NOT READ: Specials (Uglies, #3) and Extras (Uglies, #4)

I have nothing against Scott Westerfeld and those fans of this YA series but I have no plans of finishing this novel any more. I loved the premise, but Tally, the main character, is just annoying. This is just my opinion, though. 🙂

5. Cormoran Strike series by Robert Galbraith (Pseudonym), J.K. Rowling

Cormoran Strike

READ: The Cuckoo’s Calling (Cormoran Strike, #1) and The Silkworm (Cormoran Strike, #2)

Career of Evil (Cormoran Strike, #3)

TO BE READ: Career of Evil (Cormoran Strike, #3) (will be out on October 20, 2015!)

J. K. Rowling is indeed a genius writer. I cannot help but admire her. I haven’t read, or watch, any Harry Potter yet but this mystery and crime series is enough for me! 🙂 (I don’t mean any harm to those Potter fans. 🙂 )

6. Roy Grace series by Peter James

Dead Man's Time (Roy Grace, #9)

READ: Dead Man’s Time (Roy Grace, #9)

Roy Grace

TO BE READ: Dead Simple (Roy Grace, #1)Looking Good Dead (Roy Grace, #2)Not Dead Enough (Roy Grace, #3)Dead Man’s Footsteps (Roy Grace, #4)Dead Tomorrow (Roy Grace, #5), Dead Like You (Roy Grace, #6)Dead Man’s Grip (Roy Grace, #7)Not Dead Yet (Roy Grace, #8)Want You Dead (Roy Grace, #10) and You Are Dead (Roy Grace, #11)

Woah! I was not aware that the Dead Man’s Time is part of a series, big series I mean! It seems I have a lot of reading to do after the 2015 reading challenge… 😀

7. Fifty Shades series by E.L. James

50 shades

READ: Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, #1) and Fifty Shades Freed (Fifty Shades, #3)

Fifty Shades Darker (Fifty Shades, #2)

NOT READ: Fifty Shades Darker (Fifty Shades, #2)

Yep. I have read half of Fifty Shades of Grey and the entire Fifty Shades Freed. But that doesn’t mean I am a fan. It’s curiosity plus the teenage me that fantasizes a ‘rich-knight-in-shining-armor’ thing. But I am done with that and I will not read any book from this series. #NoJudgment 😀

Here comes the never-ending list of book series by the mystery/crime/thriller master, Mr. James Patterson.

8. Women’s Murder Club Series with Maxine Paetro

READ: 1st to Die (Women’s Murder Club, #1) and 12th of Never (Women’s Murder Club, #12)

TO BE READ: 2nd Chance (Women’s Murder Club, #2)3rd Degree (Women’s Murder Club, #3)4th of July (Women’s Murder Club, #4)The 5th Horseman (Women’s Murder Club, #5)The 6th Target (Women’s Murder Club, #6)7th Heaven (Women’s Murder Club, #7)The 8th Confession (Women’s Murder Club, #8)The 9th Judgment (Women’s Murder Club, #9)10th Anniversary (Women’s Murder Club, #10), and 11th Hour (Women’s Murder Club, #11)

9. Private series

Private L.A. (Private, #7)

READ: Private L.A. (Private, #7)

Private

TO BE READ: Private (Private, #1)Private London (Private, #2)Private Games (Private, #3)Private: #1 Suspect (Private, #4)Private Berlin (Private, #5)Private Oz (Private, #6)Private L.A. (Private, #7)Private India (Private, #8)Private Vegas (Private, #9)Private Sydney and Private Paris (Private, #11)

10. Alex Cross series

Cross My Heart (Alex Cross, #21)

READ: Cross My Heart (Alex Cross, #21)

TO BE READ: There’s a lot! Here’s the Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/series/40543. 🙂

I am a huge fan of James Patterson but I’m afraid it will take me a loooong time before I can say that I have read all his novels! Every piece is worth your time, though. 🙂

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Woah! I’m surprised that I was able to complete those 10 spots! Whew!

I am really enjoying this book meme!

How about you? 🙂

Till next time!

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2015 Reading Challenge SUPER UPDATE Part 2: 17th to 20th Book

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I am here again! Just want to give you an update on how I am doing with my reading challenge!

So here it goes:

A book that became a movie (17th) – Still Alice by Lisa Genova

Still Alice

The movie version of this book gave Julianne Moore two Best Actress trophies from no less than Golden Globe Awards and Oscars. I haven’t seen the film yet but I have seen the trailer and I can already say that Moore was able to depict the depth of emotion and struggle described through words by Lisa Genova.

I am not actually a  fan of medical drama novels but this one really moved me. Genova was able to tell the horrors of Alzheimer’s disease in a brave manner. It’s just moving, really.

A trilogy (18th to 20th) – Shatter Me, Unravel Me and Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi

Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)Unravel Me (Shatter Me, #2)

Ignite Me (Shatter Me, #3)

Those eye-inspired covers are just gorgeous right?

So this is the trilogy that I have read and just what I expected, the story will start great and the ending will just be good. I am sorry to the fans of this trilogy, there are a lot I think because the goodreads rating of these books are high, but I am not quite impressed. I like it yes, but I don’t love it.

In all fairness to Mafi, she was able to paint a vivid picture of the setting and most especially her characters. But maybe I am just tired of reading dytopia YAs. Maybe I’m getting old? Haha!

So that’s it for now!

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2015 Reading Challenge Update: A BOOK BASED ENTIRELY ON ITS COVER (9/50)

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Reading is my cheapest leisure and I am blessed to have plenty of time to do it during this past few days. So to update you guys on my 2015 Reading Challenge, here is my version of book entirely based on its cover.

As I have posted in my last update, I finished reading  Stargirl (Stargirl, #1) by Jerry Spinelli and because I have come to love Stargirl and Leo’s eccentric love story, I read its sequel which I think can be considered a book based entirely on its cover. It is Love, Stargirl (Stargirl, #2).

Love, Stargirl (Stargirl, #2)

Why is a book based entirely on its cover? Majority of the book was told through a letter from Stargirl, which is why I think it is titled “Love, Stargirl”.

If the first book was told in Leo’s point of view, it is Stargirl’s turn to tell her story after her sad ending with Leo. (SPOILER!) Honestly, there are some dull parts in this second book. This again proves that in a novel series, the first book is usually the best.

On the other hand, Spinelli was still able to vividly paint Stargirl as the odd yet full-of-kindness teenager. New characters were also introduced and they somehow gave new angles to the story.

Finally, the ending is what I liked best. There’s is no happy ending YET, oh I hope there will be one! But Spinelli was able to give me goosies with just one word: YES!

Next book please!

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DAY One

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I have seen this challenge in thesepaperwords‘ blog and I got this here: beckysblogs.

I’m excited to join so here it is!

1. A book series you wish had gone on longer OR  a book series you wish would just end already.

Oh! that would surely be the Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer. This is the only novel turned movie that I absolutely love both versions. The four novels are ingeniously written while the movie is equally well-made. I will not forget the final movie, Breaking Dawn Part 2, as it is the only movie, yet, that made me want to stand and clap when it ended. It’s just so great.

Unlike other Young Adult series, this series managed to sustain the action and thrills from the first book up to the last. It is indeed a book that would make you ask for more!

I would also like how would Edward and Bella would be like as parents to Renesmee. I would want to read about their small talks and small act of love that really tugs the heart. I am also quite interested how would Jacob court Renesmee. 

The how’s what-if’s are just endless and undeniably I would want to have another book about this series! 

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