Let’s Talk About- Series I’ve Started, Read the First Book and Never Made it to Book Two…

I am a series sinner I have been doing the same damning thing for years and it needs to be addressed. I have a terrible habit of starting series, picking up the first book jumping head first into a word getting, often  getting completely sucked in to the characters, the stories.

But then when I finish and place the book back on my shelf, instead of picking up the next book in the series I read something else instead, which is fine if I were to ever get around to reading the second book in the series; but I rarely do. And this can be frustrating for me as a reader, as a reviewer and just as a person who wants to know what happens but lacks the discipline or the will to finish what she has started.

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In an attempt to tackle the problem I started to look through my bookshelves, now I don’t know how you all organised you TBR and your shelves but I keep all my unread books on the same one.  I started pulling off all the second, and third, fourth books in series that I haven’t read I started to realise I have a problem. After some thought I decided it was time for an unhaul, what books am I realistically never going to read (or read again in some cases) and what books but looking at series in particular am I just never going to get around to completing. (All the books below are going to be donated to my local library)

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This works both ways as well, I like to have a monthly TBR and yes I’m flexible with my reading but I do like to have a rough idea of what I may like to read in a month. So in April I came up with the idea of introducing or re-introducing series often a second book that I have forgotten about to my TBR. A Series that I still want to read and have never lost  interest in even after time has passed. This month that series is AngelFall and the Penryn and the end of Days books by Susan Ee. I read the first book Angelfall a few years ago and it became victim to my usual pattern of failing to read book 2, but thanks to my new monthly plan I have just finished the second book in the series WorldAfter (review to come). Going through my shelves I really thought seriously about series I intended to finish and at the top of my list are Shatter Me, Angelfall, Cinder and Daughter of Smoke and Bone.

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I know my reading tastes are maturing and changing in general and there are some books I’m never going to get around to reading The last book in the Selection Series is a great example of this. But as I grow and change and explore new genres and writing styles as a reader there are some books I want to bring with me, some I don’t want to forget.

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Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. Today’s theme was: Series I am yet to finish.

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I am a real reading sinner when it comes to starting a series (good or bad) and absently ‘forgetting’ to read the rest of the series. So here are the top ten series I have started but erm… never quite made it past the first book (usually because I was distracted by other books) 🙂

  1. Insurgent by Veronica Roth

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I know, I know but I actually think I have a pretty valid reason for never continuing on with the Divergent series. I loved the first book but some internet person(damn you Divergent fandom), spoiled me for thing that we all know happens at the end of the third book. Ever since then I have never been able to pick up the other two, it’s the feels guys, I just can’t do it.

2. Mockingjay by Suezanne Collins

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This is one of those rare situations where I saw the films first. The books are great but I think the film goes into the world on a deeper level than in the books. By the time I got around to wanting to read book three I felt like I enjoyed the film world more than the book world which lets be honest is a rare thing.

3. World After By Susan Ee

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I loved Angel fall, it was so gross but brilliant. I read it in one sitting my eyes where glued to the pages, I was unable to move and I am going to be honest with you now it was a total cover buy so boy did I get lucky. I should have read World After by now, hell I should have completed the trilogy by now but… I can be turned off things so easily a friend of mine said Rafe (my favourite character) disappeared for the whole of the second book and that was literally all it took for me to add this to my TBR – at some point in the future just not right now pile. Read my Angelfall review

4. The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo

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I absolutely love the first book in this series, I remember when I started it, it seemed so new and interesting. When I read the second book I don’t think I was in the right frame of mind for it/for fantasy and have actually given it a low rating. But I plan to re-read it soon and possibly re-review with plans of continuing on with this series. Siege and Storm (Grisha Book 2 Review)

5. The Lynburn Legacy by Sarah Rhees Brennan

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This series is brilliant, I love the main character Cammie an aspiring journalist and her and Jared’s connection between book 1 and 2 is great it’s on my TBR and I plan to get to it soon. Unspoken Review (Lynburn Legacy Book1)

6. Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon

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I am currently reading the second book in the series A Dragonfly in Amber so no spoilers pleassseee! Check out my Outlander Review

7. The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare

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I flew through the first three Mortal Instruments books and moved straight on to The internal devices (Will or Jem who can say?) But when I wanted to move onto the fourth book in The Mortal Instruments and I found it really hard to get into. It’s from Simons POV who was originally a secondary character and found it hard to make the Clary, Simon POV shift. I’m told the rest of the series is brilliant and well worth the effort and I’m sure sometime soon I will get back into the Shadow Hunters world. Really excited about the t.v adaptation that’s coming soon! The Mortal Instruments Review and my The Internal Devices Review

8.  Ladies of Lantern Street Trilogy by Amanda Quick

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Read the first book in this Historical Sci-Fi series a couple of years ago it’s just there are so many books so little time. Ladies of Lantern street review

9. Dublin Murder Squad Series by Tana French

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I have read book one Into the Woods and book two The Likeness The Murder Squad is an adult crime series that follows a different detective in the Murder squad in each novel. Next time I am in the mood for crime I will be picking up book three a really interesting series set in inner city Dublin, Ireland and completely character driven.  The Likeness Review, Into the Woods review

10. Saga Volume 3

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I have read volumes 1 and 2 I know that only volumes 1-4 are out I think volume 5 is just about to be released. These graphic novels are beautiful and tell a beautiful love story, I try to spread out my reading of these because I don’t want to read them too quickly THAT’S how good they are!

Angelfall by Susan Ee Review

Some spoilers ahead

Angelfall is Susan Ee’s hugely successful self published young adult novel this book started off small but my god had it grown some wings and taken on a life of its own. This is what authors dream of, this is a real self publishing success now with print editions, a sequel and third book on the way AngelFall (Penryn and the end of days) really has made its mark.

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So Angelfall does exactly what it says on the tin, Angels have fallen and they are reeking havoc on earth – this is a real dystopian drama and at its heart is Penryn a teenage girl who is just trying to survive with her mum and younger sister, that is until she meets the angel Raffe.

So I loved this book, it was such a nice surprise to open a  young adult novel and not have to endure a predictable romance page after page, while reading Angelfall I was waiting for some kind of predictable Twilight esk romance to begin and it never  came which left me wanting which is the best feeling when at the start of a trilogy.  Penryn is an excellent leading lady, she is a kick ass, take no prisoners kind of chick and I like that, and I like that she can hold on to that part of herself when the world is literally falling around her ears. Not to mention that she has one mental mother to contain with, from the word go Penryn’s mum makes for some awkward reading but by the end of the book she is my favourite character and has a great story arch of her own.

I have read a few angel books recently most recently the Halo/Hades/Heaven series all which I have reviewed on my blog and all I can say is that this just smashes Halo right out of the park. I think Angelfall has allowed real scope for the series to develop and in in my opinion there is a love story there but building slowly like a beautiful Raffe shaped flame and although I am eager for more Raffe and Penryn Angelfall isn’t all about the love story which is really refreshing.

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The second book in the Angelfall series called World After and it’s out now and I will be picking it up ASAP I just need to know what happens next! I would defiantly recommend Angelfall to other readers it’s something different and a refreshing change in the young adult genre this book is a real page turner and I was well and truly blown away.