9 series I NEED to finish/get up to date with in 2019

With all the awesome new releases coming out I have been neglecting the series I have already started and enjoyed. So here is a list of the series I want to finish or at least get to the most recent released if the full series isn’t out yet.

Arc of a Scythe by Neal Shusterman

I read Scythe last year & enjoyed it. I put off reading Thunderhead as we had not received a release date for book 3, The Toll, and I didn’t want to read Scythe & Thunderhead back to back and then have to wait however long for The Toll. We now have a date though! The Toll is set to release in September 2019 so I will be able to finish the series in 2019 if the book does come out this year.

Jackaby by William Ritter

I’ve read Jackaby and absolutely loved it! I plan to read Beastly Bones in the upcoming Fantasy AdventureAThon but I really want to get to the rest of the series! I ordered the last 2 books off Booktopia and one has shipped but the other is just sitting there with no explanation! If they don’t ship it soon I’ll cancel and buy elsewhere as I can’t wait to get to the rest of the series! Booktopia has been hopeless lately. I used to swear by them but I’ve had so much trouble in recent months with them…

Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

So I have read the original series which includes Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Hollow City & Library of Souls and I loved the how trilogy! However I have been super sceptical about this new trilogy that is coming out as part of the series. I’m worried I’m not going to like it as much as the original trilogy and that’s why I haven’t continued. But I need to just do it as it has received really good feedback. There will also be 2 other books in this series, however we don’t have a release date yet or really any information about them.

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

I’ve read the first 2 books, Three Dark Crowns & One Dark Throne and enjoyed them. They weren’t absolute favourites, but enjoyable. I still haven’t gotten to Two Dark Reigns and book 4, Five Dark Fates is set to release in September 2019, so hopefully I will be able to finish the full series by the end of the year!

The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

I read The Last Magician last year and really enjoyed it! However because I listened to it on audiobook I didn’t retain the information as well as I would have if I had read it physically. So I want to reread The Last Magician physically before moving onto The Devil’s Thief. Also there is a book 3 but we don’t have a release date.

Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller

This is basically the exact same situation as The Last Magician. I listened to the audiobook for Mask of Shadows last year. Loved it but can’t remember as much as I would like so I want to reread before starting Ruin of Stars. This is only a duology though.

Renegades by Marissa Meyer

I read Renegades when I was on holiday last year and enjoyed it alot. I received Archenemies from the publisher at the end of last year but when I received it I was in a huge slump. So I never got around to picking it up. Also Book 3 Supernova is set to release November 2019.

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

I read The Bone Season & The Mime Order in I think 2017 and really enjoyed them! I have had the Song Rising sitting on my TBR for WAY too long! I want to reread book 1 & 2 before picking up The Song Rising though as it has just been soo long! Also this is meant to be a 7 book series and we don’t have a release date for book 4 yet!

Magisterium by Holly Black & Cassandra Clare

I’ve listened to the first 3 books of this series a fair while ago and really enjoyed them! Now that book 4 and 5 is out I want to relisten to the audiobooks and finish the series! The audiobooks are really good, so I want to listen to them again rather than physically reading it.

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International – The Medoran Chronicles GIVEAWAY!

Yes you read that correct! I am giving away the complete The Medoran Chronicles series by Lynette Noni!!

Unboxing the books! Plus some other stuff fun stuff!

Prize

1 x Paperback of Akarnae by Lynette Noni
1 x Paperback of Raelia by Lynette Noni
1 x Paperback of Draekora by Lynette Noni
1 x Paperback of Graevale by Lynette Noni
1 x Paperback of We Three Heroes by Lynette Noni
1 x Paperback of Vardesia by Lynette Noni
1 x Set of Character Cards
1 x Vardesia Bookmark

What you need to know

This giveaway is International excluding places those places Australia Post can’t actually ship to. I don’t have any control over this.
Exclusions: Libya, Sudan, Syria, North Korea, Somalia & Yemen

Giveaway Open: 12:01am on 18th of March 2019 till 11:59pm on 3rd of April 2019 (AEST).

Rules

I will keep this short and sweet.

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The Fantasy AdventureAThon TBR

This ReadAThon runs from 25th to 31st of March and I am so keen! So the basics of this ReadAThon is to start at the bottom of the map & make your way up! So I will leave the map & the prompt meanings below. You can also check out all the details HERE!

Also I am in Team Mermaid!

Team #FantasyMermaid

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My TBR

So I will not be aiming for all the challenges but I will explain that as I go!

Fellowship

Read the Group Book

This is the first challenge I will not be completing as I have already read the group book which is A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab!

Cliff

Read a book with a nature word in the title

The Storm Keeper’s Island by Catherine Doyle

Rat

Read a book with brown on the cover

The Wicked + The Divine: Vol 5 by Gillen McKelvie & Wilson Cowles

Fate

Read a book set in the past

Beastly Bones by William Ritter

Bewilderment

Read a book with a plot twist

This is the other challenge I will not be doing as I found it super hard to figure out what books have a plot twist that I own. All the lists I found online where older books that I had either read or didn’t own and I was not going out to buy a book just for this challenge. So SKIP!

Adventure

Read the first book in a a series

A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Birgid Kemmerer

Potion

Read a book while drinking a drink

The Wicked + The Divine: Vol 6 by Gillen McKelvie & Wilson Cowles

So that is everything on my TBR! I’m so keen for this ReadAThon as its been a while since I participated in a ReadAThon with prompts.

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Warrior of the Wild – Spoiler Free Review

Title: Warrior of the Wild
Author: Tricia Levenseller
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: February 26th, 2019
Pages: 336 (Hardcover)
Publishers: Feiwel & Friends
Rating:

Goodreads Synopsis

How do you kill a god?

As her father’s chosen heir, eighteen-year-old Rasmira has trained her whole life to become a warrior and lead her village. But when her coming-of-age trial is sabotaged and she fails the test, her father banishes her to the monster-filled wilderness with an impossible quest: to win back her honour, she must kill the oppressive god who claims tribute from the villages each year or die trying.

Writing

Let’s just get the negative out of the road straight up. I didn’t like how the romance was written. It was a very very typical YA romance and felt very forced. I didn’t mind the romance in the end, they were fine together. However everything leading up to that was just meh. I just didn’t care about it and the same thing could have been achieved better with friendship.

Now onto everything else. I loved it. The world building was really well done. Everything was so detailed and the creatures were super unique and interesting. The character development was also done well, you saw the characters progress and grow through their experiences.

Plot

The plot was very fast paced which made the book super quick to read. It was also fairly constant. I wouldn’t say it was always action packed, but there was nearly always something interesting going on. I don’t think there were very many dull moments honestly.

Characters

Rasmira was a really awesome main character. She was a badass and you soon learn how strong she is, but not just outwardly, inwardly as well. She faces a lot of inner turmoil which she battles with and learns from throughout the book. She is also a badass axe wielding warrior. So there is that too.

Soren was probably my least favourite of the 3 major characters. He just felt very typical to me. Attractive, funny, charming, etc. You know the drill.

Iric I really enjoyed. He didn’t just accept the easiest option and he actually questions things which made him feel more realistic than Soren. I also liked his sense of humour and how stubborn he was. It made for a fun clash between Rasmira and Iric as they are both as stubborn as each other.

Overall

I really enjoyed most aspects of this book. Obviously I didn’t like the romance and didn’t love Soren as a character that much but besides that it was a really solid read.

I also want to mention that this is a standalone fantasy, which is rare to find. I love a good standalone so this was awesome. It was well rounded and everything fit in nicely in the end. I wasn’t really left with any questions that I felt needed to be answered, which is a good thing after a standalone!

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The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnston – Spoiler Free Review

Title: The Vanishing Stair
Author: Maureen Johnston
Series Name: Truly Devious
Genre: YA Mystery
Publication Date: January 22nd, 2019
Pages: 369 (Hardcover)
Publishers: Katherine Tegen Books
Rating:

Goodreads Synopsis

All Stevie Bell wanted was to find the key to the Ellingham mystery, but instead she found her classmate dead. And while she solved that murder, the crimes of the past are still waiting in the dark. Just as Stevie feels she’s on the cusp of putting it together, her parents pull her out of Ellingham academy.

For her own safety they say. She must move past this obsession with crime. Now that Stevie’s away from the school of topiaries and secret tunnels, and her strange and endearing friends, she begins to feel disconnected from the rest of the world. At least she won’t have to see David anymore. David, who she kissed. David, who lied to her about his identity—son of despised politician Edward King. Then King himself arrives at her house to offer a deal: He will bring Stevie back to Ellingham immediately. In return, she must play nice with David. King is in the midst of a campaign and can’t afford his son stirring up trouble. If Stevie’s at school, David will stay put.

The tantalizing riddles behind the Ellingham murders are still waiting to be unraveled, and Stevie knows she’s so close. But the path to the truth has more twists and turns than she can imagine—and moving forward involves hurting someone she cares for. In New York Times bestselling author Maureen Johnson’s second novel of the Truly Devious series, nothing is free, and someone will pay for the truth with their life.

Writing

These books just get better and better! This series is extremely addictive. The Vanishing Stair is very fast paced and will keep you guessing the entire time. This is definitely one of those books that you will hate the author just a little bit at the end because while a lot of your questions from book 1 were answered in book 2, you will have 1000 more. Which can be a good thing, because its addicting and you are super keen, or bad because it makes you feel like slapping a bitch.

Plot

Lets just say the plot is insane. You have literally no idea what to expect next and you can guess all you want about who did what, but you will be wrong 99% of the time! I just love how unpredictable this plot is.

Characters

The Characters in this book will never be fully developed but that is just one of the aspects of this book. If you know too much about them it would be easier to figure out motives. So I’m not really mad about not connecting with any of the side characters.

As for Stevie, our main character, she is awesome. She is extremely intelligent and very realistic. She show weakness, she shows fear and that makes her super relatable in this book.

Overall

I LOVE this series. It has been added to my Top 5 favourite series of all time. It is addictive, action packed, mysterious and just fucking awesome. This is definitely a book I will always recommend.

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On the Come Up by Angie Thomas – Spoiler Free Review

Title: On the Come Up
Author: Angie Thomas
Genre: 
YA Contemporary
Publication Date: February 5th, 2019
Pages: 431 (Hardcover)
Publishers: Balzer + Bray
Rating:

Goodreads Synopsis

Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Or at least make it out of her neighborhood one day. As the daughter of an underground rap legend who died before he hit big, Bri’s got big shoes to fill. But now that her mom has unexpectedly lost her job, food banks and shutoff notices are as much a part of Bri’s life as beats and rhymes. With bills piling up and homelessness staring her family down, Bri no longer just wants to make it—she has to make it.

On the Come Up is Angie Thomas’s homage to hip-hop, the art that sparked her passion for storytelling and continues to inspire her to this day. It is the story of fighting for your dreams, even as the odds are stacked against you; of the struggle to become who you are and not who everyone expects you to be; and of the desperate realities of poor and working-class black families.

Writing

Angie Thomas has this way of creating a world so vivid that you feel like you are literally sitting on the hood of a car listening to Bri rap. She incorporates so many touchy subjects in her books but handles them in way that is real & also respectful. Same with the diversity she brings into her stories. Even though she isn’t own voices for all of the diverse characters she writes, she handles those diversities in a super respectful & tactful way. She doesn’t pretend like she knows what it’s like, but incorporates them in a way that works.
I absolutely adore her writing and she has become and auto-buy author for me. Seriously, she could write a guide to polishing furniture and I would read it.

Plot

The main issue that I usually have with contemporary books is that I get bored. 100% not the case with Angie Thomas. The plot is gripping and action packed but in a realistic way. She doesn’t just through crap at the main character simply to create interesting points. Everything just flows & makes complete sense to what is going on.

Characters

Now Bri actually isn’t my favourite person. She did frustrate me at times as she was very hot headed, stubborn & would jump into things without thinking of the consequences. But I appreciate that she was meant to be that way and I enjoyed her as a character, just not as a person.

Really there isn’t a character in the book I can fault as a character. Yes some are horrible people, but that is the point & they were written amazingly.

Overall

I friggen loved this book! Not quite there compared to THUG but still amazing. I would give THUG a 5 stars & OTCU a 4 3/4 stars if I could. They are both amazingly written, deal with important topics really well, have amazing characters & amazing diversity. I can’t fault this book at all.

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Escaping from Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco – Spoiler Free Review

Title: Escaping from Houdini
Author: Kerri Maniscalco
Series Name:
Stalking Jack the Ripper
Genre: 
YA Historical Mystery
Publication Date: September 18th, 2018
Pages: 431 (Hardcover)
Publishers: Little Brown (Hachette Australia)
Rating:

Goodreads Synopsis

In this third installment in the #1 bestselling Stalking Jack the Ripper series, a luxurious ocean liner becomes a floating prison of scandal, madness, and horror when passengers are murdered one by one…with nowhere to run from the killer. . 

Audrey Rose Wadsworth and her partner-in-crime-investigation, Thomas Cresswell, are en route to New York to help solve another blood-soaked mystery. Embarking on a week-long voyage across the Atlantic on the opulent RMS Etruria, they’re delighted to discover a traveling troupe of circus performers, fortune tellers, and a certain charismatic young escape artist entertaining the first-class passengers nightly.

But then, privileged young women begin to go missing without explanation, and a series of brutal slayings shocks the entire ship. The strange and disturbing influence of the Moonlight Carnival pervades the decks as the murders grow ever more freakish, with nowhere to escape except the unforgiving sea. It’s up to Audrey Rose and Thomas to piece together the gruesome investigation as even more passengers die before reaching their destination. But with clues to the next victim pointing to someone she loves, can Audrey Rose unravel the mystery before the killer’s horrifying finale? 


Writing

I absolutely adore Kerri Maniscalco’s writing! It has a way of dragging you in and hooking you from the very beginning. I love how she slowly develops the mystery and is constantly throwing possible hints at you. It leaves you guessing and in the end you still have no damn idea who to believe until the big reveal.

I promise to stand by your side through whatever comes our way. You’ll end up being the hero, no doubt, but I’ll look good beside you. And that’s what truly counts.”

Thomas Cresswell (Escaping from Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco)

Plot

The plot/mystery of this book really keeps you on the edge of your seat and I loved it! The mystery aspect is my favourite & it is so unpredictable! I did not however enjoy the side plot, if you can call it that, of the love triangle. I’m not a huge romance reader & I especially don’t like love triangles. So I wasn’t happy with that aspect and that is the reason this book didn’t get 5 stars.

Characters

I love Audrey-Rose but in this book with the love triangle I kinda wanted to slap her often. Don’t get me wrong, I do love her but I just didn’t love that aspect. Ignoring that I really like her. I love seeing how her mind works through mysteries & I love how realistically strong she is. By ‘realistically strong’ I mean that she is strong but you still see weakness at times & you see her struggling to be strong at times which makes it more realistic than some YA characters.

Of course I love Thomas, he is an awesome character & I also loved seeing Liza back in this book. I really enjoy her character, so I was really excited when she returned in this book.

I also enjoyed all the new characters we meet in this book. Everyone was super intriguing and I love that everyone has a back story and is well fleshed out.

Overall

I enjoyed every aspect of this book except the love triangle. I really love this series and can’t wait to see where it goes next! Kerri Mansicalco is an amazing mystery writer who can leave you completely confused in the best way possible!

*I was sent a finished paperback by Hachette Australia in return for an honest review!*

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