Tag: Book Series

Blog Tour & Author Interview: Beyond the Moon by R.J. Wood

Blog Tour & Author Interview: Beyond the Moon by R.J. Wood

Beyond the Moon The Voyages of Jake Flynn #2 By R.J. Wood This is my stop during the blog tour for Beyond the Moon by R.J. Wood. This tour is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The blog tour runs from 11 till 24 June. See […]

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eARC Review: Ace Of Shades by Amanda Foody

eARC Review: Ace Of Shades by Amanda Foody

Welcome to the City of Sin, where casino families reign, gangs infest the streets… and secrets hide in every shadow. Partial synopsis provided by Goodreads. Ace Of Shades Series: The Shadow Game #1Author: Amanda FoodyPublication Date: April 10, 2018Publisher: Harlequin TeenPage Count: 416Format: eARCGenre: Young […]

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How Do You Prefer To Read A Book Series?

How Do You Prefer To Read A Book Series?

I think it's time for a discussion post.

‘Nuff with all of these reviews and what not! I’m kidding, I’ll be posting another later today 😛 Anyways, I thought it would be fun to take a break from this April ARC madness and pick all of your brains on this topic. 

As a book blogger and reviewer, I find that I’m constantly battling with myself over how I want to read book series

I believe that perhaps every book lover encounters this at some point or another. If I tried to count how many series I’m trying to keep up with, want to read, or have read, I don’t think I’d be able to. There’s simply too many! This is especially true in the Young Adult genre, where it seems majority of books are part of a series…even when they shouldn’t be…

Before I got into writing reviews, I would almost always read complete series that were already published, instead of waiting impatiently for the next installment to be released. 

However, when I started blogging, I wanted to conquer the book world and stay on top of every new release that tickled my fancy. Yeah, I quickly realized I wasn’t WonderWoman and could only handle about a fraction of what I actually desired to read. I also made the mistake (several times) of requesting books that I didn’t realize were sequels. So, thanks to my lack of investigation, my TBR would double instead of slowly increase. 

Then, book series began to turn into my nemeses. 

Amidst my stacks of awaiting ARCs and new-releases, I found that because of jumping from one book–to a new book series–to the last installment in a series– that they sort of all lost their luster. In other terms, I began to have difficulty deciphering one from the other because I was just trying to get through my TBR. Doing this, however, made me appreciate and analyze less in what I was reading–which is not my goal when it comes to writing reviews. I began to look at my approach and what I could do to improve the book series reading experience altogether.  

A few solutions I came up with were:

  1. Write much more detailed reviews, including a longer-than-necessary summary to outline the events of the book for me to look back on–spoilers or not. (I always include right away if the synopsis contains spoilers or not for viewers’ sake.)
  2. Re-read (and sometimes write a new review) for earlier installments before the upcoming release of the sequel.
  3. Focus on completing already-started series before moving onto another.
  4. Don’t request ARCs that are part of a series!

I’ve actually been trying to implement all of these strategies to see if they work. My reviews have become immensely longer (which is a downfall in a way because of the amount of time they take to write, but also positive because I’m reflecting more on different aspects of the book that I had left out entirely before.) 

I have also been doing some rereading, but have also been refraining from that to stay on top of current reading demands. 

The last two suggestions I listed I’m trying to implement more, but for now, don’t foresee much of a change in the next few months because I’m already in this pickle!

Is there truly a perfect formula? I’m not really sure. When it comes down to it, I think I still prefer reading book series as a whole before moving onto another one. It suites me better, as I try to stretch myself too thin between all demands of life. However, I really do enjoy staying on top of series as the books are released. So, I can’t even make up my own mind! 

Now, it’s your turn.

Pick your poison (or juice is fine too):

Do you prefer to read a series consecutively, or when each book is released?

What are tactics that you have found that help you remember the plot of a series while in-between books of the series?

Mini Book Review: Identity by Ted Dekker

Mini Book Review: Identity by Ted Dekker

My name is Christy Snow. I’m seventeen and I’m about to die.  Partial synopsis provided by Goodreads. Identity Series: Eyes Wide Open #1Author: Ted DekkerPublication Date: December 26, 2012Publisher: Outlaw StudiosPage Count: 66Format: ebookGenre: Young Adult, Christian Fiction, Mystery, ThrillerMy Rating: ★★★½ “Christy was familiar […]

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eARC Review: Children of Daedala by Caighlan Smith

eARC Review: Children of Daedala by Caighlan Smith

Six months alone in the labyrinth has made her strong. But the search for the exit means gambling on an old ‘friend’ and going against everything she’s been taught to survive. Partial synopsis provided by Goodreads. Children of Daedala Series: Children of Icarus #2 Author: […]

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Mini Book Review: The Oracle Queen by Kendare Blake

Mini Book Review: The Oracle Queen by Kendare Blake

Release Day April 3, 2018!

Triplet queens born on the island of Fennbirn can be many things: Elementals. Poisoners. Naturalists. If an oracle queen is born, however, one with the gift of sight, she’s immediately drowned, extinguishing her chance at ever taking the throne. But that’s not how it always was. This cautionary practice started long ago, with Queen Elsabet—the legendary, and last, oracle queen—whose reign was tinged with blood and horror.

Partial synopsis provided by Goodreads.

The Oracle Queen

Series: Three Dark Crowns #0.1
Author: Kendare Blake
Publication Date: April 3, 2018
Publisher: HarperTeen
Page Count: 120
Format: ebook
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Novella
Cover Artist: ---
My Rating: ★★★

The three queens of Fennbirn, Mirabella, Arsinoe, and Katharine, had grown up on the tales of the previous queens. One tale in particular always stood out–the last Oracle Queen Elsabet. Known for her madness and ultimately bloody reign, the truth behind her tale is more devious and tragic that one can imagine. 

The Oracle Queen (Three Dark Crowns Novella)The Oracle Queen by Kendare Blake
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

“Was it not also me who warned you that a queen is only as good as her advisers?” “Yes.” She crooked her mouth at him. “But you were wrong. That may be true of other queens, but an oracle queen is only as good as her gift.”

I’ve been anticipating this novella for quite. The Oracle Queen, mentioned several times throughout the Three Dark Crowns series, has remained an aloof point of intrigue. So, I dove into this story, devouring each page, and looking for…something more than I found.

Politics have always played a big role in this series–and the politics are often muddied with deceit and corruption. 500 years earlier…nothing has changed. While there are five abilities represented instead of the three prominent abilities between Mirabella, Arsinoe, and Katherine, there is all-the-more treachery at work between the groups. While I expected this aspect to play a role in this story as well, I was also hoping for more of a fantasy element to be at work as well. Honestly, I felt a bit let down with the way everything panned out, and the truth is revealed behind Queen Elsabet’s story.

Despite that fact, the interworkings between the different groups were interesting to see. There was a lot more openness between the groups in terms of friendships and working together. Elsabet, a Sight-gifted queen was close friends with the War-gifted Rosemund. Whereas, 500 years later, friendships between people of different gifts was taboo.

Handsome, they called her. She was a queen of presence, they said. She hoped it was true. With such a homely face, it was all she could aspire to.

Queen Elsabet wasn’t what I was expecting. Although, I’m not really sure what I was expecting. While she was a queen, and a young one at that, she was constantly worried about her vanity–to the point of paranoia. This was her weakest quality that guided her to not always make the best decisions.

While this was a decent short story, I was just hoping for it to have more to it. The way everything happened was much more predictable than I had expected.

Vulgarity: None.
Sexual content: There are references, but nothing in detail.
Violence: Minimal.

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Mini Book Review: The Young Queens by Kendare Blake

Mini Book Review: The Young Queens by Kendare Blake

Release Day December 26, 2017 They used to be together. Just three sisters. Alone in a glen. This is the story of the three queens—after they were born, before they were separated, during the time when they all lived together, loved each other, and protected […]

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Book Review: Stalking Jack The Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

Book Review: Stalking Jack The Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life. Partial synopsis provided by Goodreads. Stalking Jack The Ripper Series: […]

eARC Review: Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel

eARC Review: Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel

Release Day April 4, 2017!

As a child, Rose Franklin made an astonishing discovery: a giant metallic hand, buried deep within the earth. As an adult, she’s dedicated her brilliant scientific career to solving the mystery that began that fateful day: Why was a titanic robot of unknown origin buried in pieces around the world? Years of investigation have produced intriguing answers—and even more perplexing questions. But the truth is closer than ever before when a second robot, more massive than the first, materializes and lashes out with deadly force.

Partial synopsis provided by Goodreads.

Waking Gods

Series: Themis Files #2
Author: Sylvain Neuvel
Publication Date: April 4, 2017
Publisher: Del Ray
Page Count: 325
Format: eARC
Genre: Science Fiction
Cover Artist: ---
My Rating: ★★★★

Waking Gods (Themis Files, #2)Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

1) Sleeping Giants: ★★★½

All included quotes have been taken from an ARC and may not match the finished publication.

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Release date 04/04/2017!

Another massive robot has arrived in London. They call it Chronos. It’s bigger than Themis, and no one knows what it wants…

Wow, I enjoyed Waking Gods a lot more than Sleeping Giants. Not that its predecessor was bad, I just didn’t find the story as engaging. This series is very technical and has a lot of scientific backgrounds which needs to be waded through in Sleeping Giants in order to make way for the action present in this sequel.

The continuation of the story takes place ten years after the first book. Almost immediately, a new giant makes its appearance and begins wreaking havoc on London. Unfortunately, he’s only one of the first. The team constructed by the unnamed interviewer scrambles to try and figure out how to stop the genocide of mankind, literally standing at their doorsteps.

“This is why I wish we…I…had never found Themis. They’re here. Her family’s here, now.”

The characters we met in Sleeping Giants take overwhelming steps toward complexity. I wasn’t expecting some of them to go as deep into their emotions as they did. Unfortunately, there are a lot of casualties in this book, including some of the more interesting characters (in my opinion), and we only get to know so much about them. I would suggest not to get too attached to anyone…

“I came to realize that good and evil were out of my reach, that time was the only thing I had any control over. I could buy time, create intervals. I could not truly make the world a better place, but I could make part of it a better place for a short while.”

I’ve discovered that there are a few drawbacks to this writing style—using a dossier to tell the story—It tends to leave a lot out. There is a lot of undisclosed information that I’m dying to know more about. Also, some of the live action parts aren’t explained in full. Don’t get me wrong, there is a lot of action, but at times I felt lost in the setting, and what exactly was happening around me. Lastly, the time frame would sometimes jump drastically from one entry to the next. I felt like my body was shifting along with the story, but my mind was left back in time.

Overall, this was a great story. There are several facets, angles, agendas, and wars of all shapes and sizes interfering with one another. Despite everyone’s differences, they are working towards one goal: keeping mankind alive.

Vulgarity: Quite a bit.
Sexual content: Minimal.
Violence: Minimal.

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Book Review: Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel

Book Review: Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel

A girl named Rose is riding her new bike near her home in Deadwood, South Dakota, when she falls through the earth. She wakes up at the bottom of a square hole, its walls glowing with intricate carvings. But the firemen who come to save […]


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