Top Ten Tuesday: Finished Series I Have YET to Finish

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is: Top Ten Finished Series I Have YET to Finish.

Storm (Paper Gods, #3)

1. The Paper Gods trilogy by Amanda Sun.

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2. Penryn and the End of Days series by Susan Ee.

The Retribution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #3)

3. The Mara Dyer series by Michelle Hodkin

Her Dark Curiosity (The Madman's Daughter, #2)

4. The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd

Guardian (Proxy, #2)

5. Proxy by Alex London

Ruins (Partials Sequence, #3)

6. Partials Sequence by Dan Wells

A Future Arrived (Passing Bells, #3)

7. Passing Bells by Phillip Rock

Enders (Starters, #2)

8. Starters by Lissa Price

My Soul to Keep (Soul Screamers, #3)

9. Soul Screamers by Rachel Vincent

So I know that’s only 9, but I can’t think of another completely published series that I’ve started and want to finish, though there probably are some.

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Reviewing the Unreviewed: December

I read a lot of books that I don’t end up reviewing for whatever reason. Some because I wasn’t impressed. Some because I didn’t have the time. Some I just wasn’t feeling it on whatever particular day I finished. I thought I’d start doing a post once a month  with just the couple thoughts I shared on Good Reads.

Wild (The Ivy Chronicles, #3)

Wild (The Ivy Chronicles #3) by Sophie Jordan. Read November 30 – December 1. 2 (generous) stars.

One of those books that I read only because I had started the series and wanted to finish it. There were a couple sweet moments between Georgia and Logan, but overall it just wasn’t my cup of tea. I liked this book better than book 2, but nowhere near as much as #1. Despite how ridiculous the plot was of the first book, I thought the relationship between the characters were really well done and the rest of the series just didn’t live up to it for me. Another great example of why I shouldn’t be reading NA.

 

The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds, #1)

The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds #1) by Alexandra Bracken. Read December 3-7. 2.5 – 3 stars? I can’t decide.

This book probably could’ve been 100 pages shorter. The characters were pretty well developed, though. It was overall pretty depressing.

 

The Evolution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #2)

The Evolution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #2) by Mara Hodkin. Read December 9-14. 2 stars.

I liked the ending of this one and that there were some answers, while still making me want to read the next book to find out everything – though I’m in no hurry to do so…

However, I found most of the book to be pretty boring and it took me about twice as long to finish as it normally would for a book of this size. I don’t like how dependent Mara is on Noah and how possessive Noah is of her. I don’t get how people who hate Twilight love Mara and Noah because Noah’s attitude towards Mara is very Edward Cullen-esque.

Dissonance (Dissonance, #1)

Dissonance (Dissonance #1) by Erica O’Rourke. Read December 21-27. 2 stars.

This book might have been better if it was about 100 pages shorter. I found the world building confusing. The main character often annoyed me and any time when she wasn’t with Elliot or Simon was pretty boring. It took about half way through before I really got into the story at all and the ending was interesting enough that I’ll probably give the second book a try, but I’m not in any hurry for it.

 

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BACK ON THE TBR SHELF

The Taking (The Taking, #1)

The Taking (The Taking #1) by Kimberly Derting.

I really wanted to like this book. It was ok, but I was just having trouble getting into it. I also realized that this is the beginning of a series and not a standalone like I thought, so I decided to stop reading it for now and maybe I’ll pick it up again once the rest of the series is published.

 

Made to Last (Where Love Begins, #1)

Made to Last (Where Love Begins #1) by Melissa Tagg.

This book sounded like something I would really enjoy, but I only got a few chapters in before I gave up on it. The writing wasn’t quite as up to par as I was expecting and the main characters were both a little annoying. However, I still might give it a try at a later date.

 

Outlander (Outlander, #1)

Outlander (Outlander #1) by Diana Gabaldon.

I’ve heard lots of conflicting reports of this series, but mostly it’s been good. I blame my reading rut for not making it past the first chapter of this one. I’ll give it another try some day!

 

Wicked (A Wicked Saga, #1)

Wicked (A Wicked Saga #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout.

I got several chapters in, but just couldn’t get into it. It was very typical JLA, which don’t get me wrong, I enjoy, I just wasn’t feeling it right now. But, because this is JLA, I’ll eventually read it.

Review: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #1) by Michelle Hodkin

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #1)

Synopsis from Good Reads:

Mara Dyer believes life can’t get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.
It can.

She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her strangely unharmed.
There is.

She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love.
She’s wrong.

The blogosphere seems to be in love with the Mara Dyer series, so I finally decided I needed to get with the program and try it out. Unfortunately I think the hype surrounding it left me feeling a little disappointed with it.

I was expecting something mind-twisty and supernatural. This book definitely has those elements, but for the most part I felt it was overshadowed by the romance plot line. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer was more of a girly, high school book than anything else. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, it just wasn’t what I was expecting.

It has the clichéd YA romance: New Girl catches the attention of the Hottie Hot Hot guy that every girl wants (and several have briefly had) and there’s something special about her that makes him want to change his bad boy ways. She “hates” him at first, but we all know there’s a thin line between love and hate and after witnessing his vulnerable side, the line is quickly crossed over to love. Blissful moments are interspersed with misunderstandings since this is the first book in the series and obviously they can’t have a healthy, happy relationship yet.

Despite my slight irritation with the romance, I did actually like both Mara and Noah. I thought both of their characters were pretty well developed. I also really liked Mara’s brother, Daniel. I liked how Mara’s family was portrayed, that even though they weren’t perfect, they all had pretty good relationships with each other and the parents were present and loving and not absentee like a lot of other YA families are.

I thought Hodkin did a good job of keeping me guessing about Mara’s mental state. She sees visions, she has blackouts, she’s super paranoid, she has nightmares that might be memories. She also may or may not be able to kill people just by thinking about it.

Overall, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer was an ok read for me. I didn’t feel like it lived up to the hype, but I did like it enough that I plan on reading the rest of the series. I would recommend it to fans of YA romance with some supernatural on the side.

Rating (out of 5):
Plot: 3
Characters: 3
Readability: 3
Enjoyability: 3
Overall Rating: 3 Stars