Monday, March 3, 2014

Random Book Post!

Okay, I hope you don't mind, but this is going to be a fairly random post! I get asked a lot for book recommendations from kids at school as well as on the interwebs. So! Here's going to be a bunch of lists with various things to help you if you're looking for a certain type of book! If you have a category that you'd like to see, just let me know in the comments! And remember, this is all from my opinion and you can TOTALLY disagree with me about my choices!

The Best Series Enders

Sweet Reckoning by Wendy Higgins, I don't need it to be wrapped up in a bow, but I love it!
Awaken by Meg Cabot
Chosen at Nightfall by C.C. Hunter
Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi, so didn't see this ending coming, but I love it
United We Spy by Ally Carter
The Offering by Kimberly Derting
With All My Soul by Rachel Vincent, I so didn't see that ending coming
If I Should Die by Amy Plum, after waiting way too long to read the last book, I absolutely loved it!
Wings by Elizabeth Richards

Worst Series Enders

Requiem by Lauren Oliver, just no. You don't end a book in the MIDDLE of the climax!
Goddess by Josephine Angelini, not actually a horrible ending, it just went way below my expectations
The Goddess Inheritance by Aimee Carter, another one that simply didn't hit expectations
Boundless by Cynthia Hand, I'm still bitter about that ending...
Reached by Ally Condie
Winterveil by Jenna Burtenshaw, considering I didn't even know what was going on half the time, I'd say it wasn't exactly great
Rapture by Lauren Kate, so, after book one, the series had been getting worse, Rapture really made me think better of it, but then the ending just ruined it for me
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins, I still don't know what happened half the time in the Capitol


First, if you don't know what SBS is, it stands for Second Book Syndrome and means when a second book isn't as good as the first or just plain stinks

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
Dare You To by Katie McGarry
The Essence by Kimberly Derting
Dark Triumph by Robin LeFevers, couldn't even finish this one
Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver, a decent book, but the alternating timelines was way too boring/slow
The Elite by Kiera Cass, the book itself wasn't too bad, but I wanted to murder every single character simply for being an idiot

Books With Love Triangle

Some of you love them, some of you hate them. Here's a list so that you can know what you're getting into!

Half-Blood by Jennifer L Armentrout, a minor one, but it's still there
Born at Midnight by C.C. Hunter, generally, love triangles are just weird, but this one was done PERFECTLY!
Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini, it's not introduced until book two
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare, another well done love triangle
Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas, so, some people are convinced that it's not a love triangle anymore after Crown of Midnight, but I love Dorian and Celeana together and will go down with this ship!
Poison Princess by Kresley Cole, another where it doesn't start until book two
Pushed by Corrine Jackson, yet another that doesn't start until book two, and let me say this, I totally didn't see it coming but I now fully ship it!
Unearthly by Cynthia Hand, grrrr....
Embrace by Jessica Shirvington, only a really big deal in book one, but it's still well done
A Beautiful Dark by Jocelyn Davies
Immortal City by Scott Speer, I honestly don't know where this one is going
The Iron King by Julie Kagawa, Ash... *swoons*
The Selection by Kiera Cass, can you just kill off Aspen already?


I know how many of you complain that there aren't enough contemporaries, so here are a few!

The Chaos of Stars by Kirsten White
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
This Girl is Different by J.J. Johnson
The Theory of Everything by J.J. Johnson
Forbidden by Syrie James
Illusions of Fate by Kirsten White
Faking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens (I think)
Keep Holding On by Susane Colasanti

Books With Less Used Supernatural Creatures

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson, ghosts
Unbreakable by Kami Garcia, more ghosts
White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L Armentrout, gargoyles!
See Me by Wendy Higgins, leprechauns!
Poison Princess by Kresley Cole, tarot cards
Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard, zombies
Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter, zombies
The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Jones, zombies
The Awakening by Kelley Armstrong, necromancers

Now here are a couple that are genre related. For example, you like dystopian? You might like x, y, z. I will also try to avoid books that were mentioned above!

YA Paranormal Romance

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead, vampires, but not in the traditional sense
Embrace by Jessica Shirvington, angels and demons, but with a twist
Evanescent by Sara V. Zook and Wendy S. Chartier
Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins, angels and demons!
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare, a mish mash of angels, demons, warlocks, faeries and so much more!
Crave by Melissa Darnell, what happens when you cross a vampire and a which? Crave, that's what!
Touch of Frost by Jennifer Estep, imagine all the various mythologies in ONE book
The Iron Fey by Julie Kagawa, faeries, but not your run-of-the-mill Tinker Bell
Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins, a boarding school for people with magic, count me in!
Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan, magic always comes with a price, and in this case, it's blood
Chaos by Christine O'Neil, a really cool take on Greek mythology!

Dystopian/Science Fiction

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi, the near future where the main character can kill people with a touch
The Pledge by Kimberly Derting, an evil ruler, magical powers, and a revolution, what's not to love?
The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa, what would happen if vampires took over the world?
Darkness Before Dawn by J.A. London, another story about vampires in charge
Eve by Anna Carey, okay, I haven't actually read this one yet, but I've heard it's awesome!
Across the Universe by Beth Revis, the characters are stuck on a spaceship in the middle of outer space, what could go wrong?
Salvage by Alexandra Duncan, have you seen the cover? It's gorgeous!
Black City by Elizabeth Richards, vampire-like creatures are locked up and considered wrong, so what happens when one falls in love with a human?
Cinder by Marissa Meyer, the main character is a cyborg, if that's not enough, I don't want to talk to you!
Matched by Ally Condie, a love story between two characters who live in a world where everything is regulated
Pawn by Aimee Carter, I read the description and immediately thought of the French revolution
The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken, an amazing book about what happens when kids get special powers
The Selection by Kiera Cass, cross The Hunger Games and The Bachelor and you get this book
The Body Electric by Beth Revis

Historical Fiction

Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare, the prequel series to The Mortal Instruments, takes place in the 1800s
The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd, so cool and extremely creepy!
Grave Mercy by Robin LeFevers, assassin nuns? Yes please!
Cleopatra's Daughter by Michelle Moran, a story about Princess Selene VIII's journey from the death of her mother to her time in Rome


Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry, this book is easily one of the best contemporaries I've ever read
Hooked by Liz Fichera, a girl named Fred who plays golf better than the guys
I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You by Ally Carter, teenage spies in training that kick some major butt
Heist Society by Ally Carter, the Robin Hood of the thief world

Do you agree with my lists? Are there any you would add?

1 comment:

  1. Hey! Visiting from the GTW's link-up.
    Woah, those are a lot of books to recommend. Despite doing a fair amount of reading, I don't think I've read any of those. :-0