Top Ten Series I’ve Been Meaning To Start

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  Each week there is a new topic and this week’s topic is: Top Ten Series I’ve Been Meaning To Start But Haven’t.  

I have so many series that I’ve been wanting to start but haven’t got around to yet.  Some of them are completed and some are still being written.  All of the ones that I chose for this post are series that I own at least the first book.  Click on the photo of book one of each series to be taken to the Goodreads page.


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The Lotus War trilogy by Jay Kristoff

I have become a huge fan of his since reading Illuminae and Nevernight last year.  I own the entire trilogy but haven’t picked it up to read yet.  I really need to get on that soon!

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Falling Kingdoms series by Morgan Rhodes

I’ve heard so many good things about this series and it sounds like something that would be absolutely perfect for me. So I own all of the books that have been currently released (1-5).  But of course, I still haven’t started the series yet.  Maybe knowing that the final book comes out later this year will get me moving on it.

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The Kingkiller Chronicle series by Patrick Rothfuss

I love adult high fantasy series so this one was a must have for my collection.  I’ve heard great things about it but haven’t been reading as many longer books lately so I’ve been passing this one over for shorter reads.  I’m trying to take an easier go at my reading and not feeling like I need to read a huge number of books per year so that I feel better about taking longer with these bigger books.

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Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy by Laini Taylor

This trilogy has such a huge following that I had to put it on my TBR list.  And I ended up getting the whole set from Book Outlet so now I just need to read it.  I read her other book, Strange the Dreamer, and fell 10000% in love so I really can’t wait to read more of her books.

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Starbound trilogy by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

I bought the first book after reading Illuminae because I wanted to read more Amie Kaufman.  But alas, it has continued to sit on my shelf unread.  Hopefully knowing they are starting another series together will push me to read this one sooner rather than later.

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Worldwalker trilogy by Josephine Angelini

Initially what drew me to this trilogy was the covers.  They’re absolutely gorgeous.  Especially after the redesign.  Ordinarily I’d be a little peeved that my covers don’t match but this one doesn’t bug me so much.

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The Diviners series by Libba Bray

I’ve never read any of her books yet but I loved the premise of this series.  Supernatural and the 1920s…. YES PLEASE!  I have had the first book for awhile but haven’t gotten around to reading it.

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The Gold Seer trilogy by Rae Carson

Again with the gorgeous covers!! I also love blending fantasy with historical fiction so this seemed like a really great trilogy for me to read.  I own the first two books and the third one comes out this fall so hopefully I can get this trilogy started this year.

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Reckoners trilogy by Brandon Sanderson

I became a fan of Brandon Sanderson when he did a fantastic job of finishing Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series after Jordan passed away.  I also read Mistborn and thought it was fantastic so I’m excited to read more of his books.  I have the first two books.

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Three Dark Crowns series by Kendare Blake

This was one of my most anticipated books of 2016 but I guess I hyped myself up too much and ended up choosing to not read it yet.  That also happened to me with Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas.  I tend to get overly excited about a book releasing but then not reading it right away when it is released.  I am still very excited to read this one and the second book comes out soon.


What series have you been meaning to start but haven’t yet?

 

 

 

RENEGADE RED Covers Reveal!

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RENEGADE RED REVEALED!

RENEGADE RED, the sequel to the award-winning novel SHATTERED BLUE will be available in THREE special edition covers, in both Hardcover and Paperback, in March 2017! Distribution from online sites and into bookstores will be random, so you have a chance to collect them all— the POET EDITION, the WARRIOR EDITION, and the very exclusive TRAVELER EDITION. Happy hunting, and learn more at LaurenBirdHorowitz.com!

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Join Lauren and Zoe Cope, the designer of all three covers, for a live Twitter chat at 10am PST/1pm EST Thursday 9/22

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Reckless, desperate, and distraught, Noa Sullivan leaps into a collapsing Portal in the explosive finale of Shattered Blue— the jaw-dropping, award-winning first installment in The Light Trilogy— in wild hope of rescuing her little sister Sasha. Now Noa and the Fae brothers who love her—Callum and Judah Forsythe—must find a way to survive not only across worlds but between them, in places so treacherous and deceptive their own minds are twisted against them. As the three fight to survive their passage, they battle not only enemies but themselves, and their darkest, most difficult secrets.

Surviving, however, is only the beginning: Noa needs to find Sasha. That means becoming a warrior herself, one just as fierce as the magical brothers battling for her love. Across broken cities, underground labyrinths, rushing floods and endless skies; in the face of legions of armies, horrifying tyrants, and the most deceitful of friends, can Mortal Noa rescue her sister—and understand her own heart—in time to escape the most deadly of magic realms?

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USA BOOK AWARD BEST NEW FICTION 2015

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NEXT GENERATION INDIE BOOK AWARD BEST YOUNG ADULT FICTION 2015

“Must-read romances of 2015… I guarantee you’ll be hooked and anxiously awaiting the next book in the series”

–USA TODAY

“Anyone who’s ever fantasized about kissing a Fae will enjoy Noa and Callum’s first sexy kiss…Romantic sparks ignite…fast-moving…hip…lyrically concise”

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“A fantastical tale of love and betrayal…colorful world-building…more than enough emotion and angst to keep any romance-loving teenager glued to the pages, and the promise of a trilogy will keep them eagerly anticipating the next book…VERDICT Librarians with a large fantasy readership should invest in the print version of this title.” – School Library Journal

“A book to fall for”

–BUZZFEED

“Not your average fairy tale… will have you clamoring for more of a story that you didn’t see coming…new and surprising.”

–HYPABLE

“Magic, action and a really, really attractive love interest… what more could you want?”

–GLITTER MAGAZINE

“A love story you won’t soon forget… A story of of protection sacrifice and love”

–SHE KNOWS.COM

A “Book To Lean On When The Going Gets Tough”

–BUSTLE

A “Book for All Ages”

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For Noa and Callum, being together is dangerous, even deadly. From the start, sixteen-year-old Noa senses that the mysterious transfer student to her Monterey boarding school is different. Callum unnerves and intrigues her, and even as she struggles through family tragedy, she’s irresistibly drawn to him. Soon they are bound by his deepest secret: Callum is Fae, banished from another world after a loss hauntingly similar to her own.

But in Noa’s world, Callum needs a special human energy, Light, to survive; his body steals it through touch—or a kiss. And Callum’s not the only Fae on the hunt. When Callum is taken, Noa must decide: Will she sacrifice everything to save him? Even if it means learning their love may not be what she thought?

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Lauren Bird Horowitz, screenwriter and novelist, has won an enthusiastic following for her innovative, lyrical poetic voice. Her debut novel Shattered Blue: Book One of The Light Trilogy, won the 2016 Independent Publishers’ (IPPY) Silver Medal for Young Adult Fiction, as well as Finalist honors in the 2016 USA Book Awards for Best New Fiction and Best New Fantasy, the 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Awards for Best Young Adult Fiction, and the 2016 International Book Award for Best Fantasy. It was also listed as one of USA Today’s top romances of 2015, and selected as a notable book by BuzzFeed, Popsugar, Hypable, San Francisco Book Review, Glitter, The Culturalist, Teen Reads, Maria Shriver.com, Bustle and others.

Bird studied writing at Harvard University with novelist Jamaica Kincaid, where she won several prizes including the Edward Eager Memorial Prize for fiction and Winthrop-Sargent Prize for writing. She’s a proud member of the Writers Guild of America. Bird lives in Kauai and Los Angeles.

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Spotlight On Shattered Blue

Hey guys!  Today I am going to share some awesome stuff with you about one of my new favorite books, Shattered Blue by Lauren Bird Horowitz.  If you read my blog regularly you have probably seen how much I love this book.  I read this book for the first time in December and was so in love with it that it only took me 2 days to finish it.  I could not put it down!  I gave it a 5 star review, which you can read here!  And right away in January I listened to the audiobook.  I often have a hard time of finding good audiobooks because of narrators I don’t like, but I really enjoyed the narration of Shattered Blue.

I loved this book so much that I bought it in every format available which you can find at Amazon and Barnes & Noble and Audible.  In case you couldn’t tell, I highly recommend that you pick up a copy of this book today!  You will love it 🙂

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Formats available are: Paperback, MP3, CD, Kindle, and Audible


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Synopsis:
For Noa and Callum, being together is dangerous, even deadly. From the start, sixteen-year-old Noa senses that the mysterious transfer student to her Monterey boarding school is different. Callum unnerves and intrigues her, and even as she struggles through family tragedy, she’s irresistibly drawn to him. Soon they are bound by his deepest secret: Callum is Fae, banished from another world after a loss hauntingly similar to her own.

But in Noa’s world, Callum needs a special human energy, Light, to survive; his body steals it through touch—or a kiss. And Callum’s not the only Fae on the hunt. When Callum is taken, Noa must decide: Will she sacrifice everything to save him? Even if it means learning their love may not be what she thought?

About Lauren:

Lauren – or ‘Bird’ as she is often known – is a screenwriter and novelist lucky enough to call both Los Angeles and Kauai home. Bird also counts herself lucky that writing exists as a profession—how else could she share the crazy, fantastic worlds in her head? Bird studied writing at Harvard University with novelist Jamaica Kincaid, where she won several prizes including the Edward Eager Memorial Prize for fiction. She’s a proud member of the Writers Guild of America.

Lauren believes strongly in dog rescue organizations, whom she has to thank for her beloved Ninja. Ninja was saved by Lucky Dog Animal Rescue in Washington DC. To find out more, please visit http://www.luckydoganimalrescure.org.

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Check out Bird’s website where you can find more info about Shattered Blue and read other beautiful things that she has written!

You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!


I have had the pleasure of getting to know the author for the past couple of months and she is such an awesome person.  In March, there will be an event for Shattered Blue in California and I am lucky enough to get to attend this!  If you live in the San Francisco/San Jose area, you should come see Bird at Keplers’ Books and Magazines in Menlo Park!  Click on the poster for more event info and RSVP!  Also check out the Facebook event page!

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And for the month of February, Bird is having another amazing giveaway!  For more information about the giveaway, check out this page!

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Top 10 Most Anticipated Early 2016 Releases

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  Each week there is a new topic and this week’s topic is: Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases For The First Half of 2016.  There are some great looking books coming out the first half of 2016.  Here are the ones I am most looking forward to in order of release date.

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Next week these two books will be released!  I have pre-ordered Truthwitch and am very excited to read it!  I read a preview excerpt from NetGalley and it was awesome.  Passenger also sounds great but I am trying to limit my purchases right now so this one will have to wait for a bit.

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Normally I am not into short story collections but when those short stories are part of one of my favorite series, then yes!  Sign me up!  Stars Above is another of my 2016 pre-orders.

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Glass Sword is another of my 2016 pre-orders.  I really enjoyed reading Red Queen so I can’t wait to see what happens next with Mare, Cal and Maven.  Blackhearts is another that sounds absolutely fantastic but I will have to wait on for awhile.  I majored in history in college and one of the classes I took was about pirate history so I know all about Edward Teach aka Blackbeard so I’m excited to read this one.

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Both of these will have to be waited on but sound like something totally up my alley.  The Shadow Queen is another fairy tale retelling.  Those have been so fun to read this year so I’m hoping to be able to read this one next year.  And The Girl From Everywhere will continue on with my new found interest of time travel.

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TWO PRE-ORDERS IN ONE DAY!  I am BEYOND excited for both of these books!  The Rose & the Dagger and A Court of Mist & Fury.  I don’t know which one to read first!  I think in anticipation of these two releases I will be re-reading the first books in their respective series.

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The Last Star, book 3 of The 5th Wave series, is one that I am very eagerly anticipating.  I’m debating pre-ordering it but haven’t pulled the trigger yet.  I still have time but I know this is one I want to read in 2016 for sure.

What books are you looking forward to in the first half of 2016?

The Mansion’s Twins by Rose M. Channing

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I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

The Mansion’s Twins by Rose M. Channing

Published July 23rd 2014 by Createspace

430 Pages

Goodreads Summary: Ellie and Savannah Senka, fourteen year old twins, ran away from their unhappy homes, thinking they’d return after a brief adventure. Together, they journey to another world. The new world is full of magic, but though it was once beautiful, it is damaged, unbalanced, and dangerous after a terrible storm. Ellie and Savannah may be the only ones with the power to restore the world to its original state, for the magic of twins is rare and powerful. The girls are welcomed into a grand mansion, the safest place in the aftermath of the storm. There, they learn who they are, and what they have to do. To restore the world, they must travel through the mansion to the center of magic and reset the balance. They discover their own magical abilities, find joy and friendship in the mansion’s family, and face the dangers of the storm’s left-behind magic. The journey to the center of magic is full of twists and turns, magic and excitement. Ellie and Savannah support each other to overcome obstacles along the way, knowing the whole world is depending on them.

Review: If you are looking for a new YA fantasy then you should definitely check this book out. Ellie and Savannah are twins born in an alternate world who are separated as babies in our world. As tweens, they find each other and end up traveling back to their original world and learn that their destiny is to restore and save the Mansion and keep it out of the hands of darkness. It’s a magical coming of age story complete with action, drama and comedy. I really enjoyed reading this book. I loved the characters and it was really interesting to watch the twins grow and get used to their new world.