Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I’ve Read The Most Books From

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is: Top Ten Authors I’ve Read The Most Books From. So there was probably a way better way to do this, but I exported my books from Good Reads, sorted them by the author, and ran a formula to count how many times the author appeared.

Beginnings: Obsidian & Onyx (Lux, #1-2)

1. Jennifer Armentrout/J. Lynn = 27 books.
I’ve read almost every JLA book. Obsidian was the first book I’ve ever read from her and I’ve been hooked since.

Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse, #1)

2. Charlaine Harris = 15 books
The Sookie Stackhouse series. I stopped enjoying them maybe around half way through, but I was determined to finish the series.

The Best Man (Blue Heron, #1)

3. Kristan Higgins = 13 books
I’ve read all of her published books to date. I adore her writing style.

The Fiery Heart (Bloodlines, #4)

4. Richelle Mead = 12 books
The Vampire Academy and Bloodlines

The Protector (O'Malley #4)

5. Dee Henderson = 11 books
Mostly the O’Malley series, which I really liked, and a few standalone/part of other series which I didn’t enjoy as much.

Unseen (Will Trent, #7)

6. Karin Slaughter = 10
Mostly the Will Trent series. I am sooo ready for the next book in the series to come out already! She’s written two standalones since the last installment instead.

Pretty Little Liars (Pretty Little Liars, #1)

7. Sara Shepard = 9 books
Most of the PLL series before I just had to stop.

I've Got Your Number

8.Sophie Kinsella = 9 books
Mostly the Shopaholic series until I couldn’t take anymore. I’ve Got Your Number is by far my favorite, though.

Storm (Elemental, #1)

9. Brigid Kemmerer = 8 books
The Elemental series

The Dead Will Tell (Kate Burkholder, #6)

10. Linda Castillo = 8 books
The Kate Burkholder series.

Which authors have you read the most from?

Review: The Ruby Circle (Bloodlines #6) by Richelle Mead

The Ruby Circle (Bloodlines, #6)

Synopsis from Good Reads:

Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets—and human lives.

After their secret romance is exposed, Sydney and Adrian find themselves facing the wrath of both the Alchemists and the Moroi in this electrifying conclusion to Richelle Mead’s New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series. When the life of someone they both love is put on the line, Sydney risks everything to hunt down a deadly former nemesis. Meanwhile, Adrian becomes enmeshed in a puzzle that could hold the key to a shocking secret about spirit magic, a secret that could shake the entire Moroi world.

The Ruby Circle is the last book in the Bloodlines series. I’ve found this series to be mostly enjoyable (much more than I did Vampire Academy) and this book was a decent ender, but a little underwhelming.

The arc of the book focused on the search for the kidnapped Jill, but most of it just seemed like filler. I usually really like Sydney, but I found myself skimming through most of her POV chapters. Until we got closer to the end, there just wasn’t a lot that she did that was interesting. Adrian’s chapters were a little better because he’s dealing with being a little crazy, but he also is part of the side plot that is, as the synopsis says, “…the key to a shocking secret about spirit magic, a secret that could shake the entire Moroi world“! While it was an interesting development, there was nothing really done with it, which leads me to believe there will be yet another spinoff series.

Also supporting my future spinoff series, Queen Lissa has still not had any progress in changing the law that would keep her queen without a blood relative or approving the Moroi Magic Guardian Squad, which has been a running theme since The Vampire Academy days.

Overall, though, I was glad to see Adrian & Sydney get a happy ending. I liked that even though they got married in the previous book, their relationship still progresses a lot throughout the book. I liked seeing Rose and Dimitri more in this book, too, as well as some of the other supporting cast from the series. One noticeable absence is Angeline, which may bother some, but I never, ever liked her, so I was good with it. While I’ll miss Adrian and Sydney, I was ready for this series to end. I think fans of the series will enjoy The Ruby Circle and would recommend to them.

Rating (out of 5):

3 stars

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Debut Novels For 2015

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is: Top Ten Most Anticipated Debut Novels For 2015. I feel like this was just done recently? I also don’t have a lot of “debuts” on my TBR list. So instead I’m going with a list of the First Ten Most Anticipated Books of 2015. These are books on my TBR in the order they are published in 2015.

The Magician's Lie

1. The Magician’s Lie by Greer Macallister. 1/13/15. The comparison to The Night Circus is the biggest reason I want to read this.

First Frost

2. First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen. 1/20/15. I won a copy of this from Good Reads – my first ever giveaway win from them! I read Garden Spells to prepare for it and loved it and am now anxiously awaiting for my copy to arrive!

Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles, #0.1)

3. Fairest by Marissa Meyer. 1/27/15. Do I really need to explain why I want this?

Unbecoming

4. Unbecoming by Rebecca Scherm. 1/27/15. I think I entered a giveaway somewhere for this one? It’s a psychological thriller “for fans of Gillian Flynn”, so I have high hopes for it.

The Mime Order (The Bone Season, #2)

5. The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon. 1/27/15. I’ve actually already read this one and it was very good! Read it!

Invaded (Alienated, #2)

6. Invaded by Melissa Landers. 2/3/15. I wasn’t as impressed with Alienated as I wanted to be, but I still want to give it’s sequel a shot.

Sabotaged (Alaskan Courage #5)

7. Sabotaged by Dani Pettrey. 2/3/15. I’m actually reading an arc of this right now and am enjoying it! Love the McKenna family!

Red Queen (Red Queen, #1)

8. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. 2/10/15. The early reviews I’ve read of this have been great so far and I’m so excited to read it!

The Ruby Circle (Bloodlines, #6)

9. The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead. 2/10/15. The conclusion to the Bloodlines series! I need to know what happens with Sydney and Adrian!

The Return (Titan, #1)

10. The Return by Jennifer Armentrout. 2/17/15. Seth’s spin-off!!!!

What 2015 books are you looking forward to?

 

Monday’s Minutes

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Monday’s Minutes is my weekly post where I share what I’m reading and what I’m reading next

WHAT I’M READING

Silver Shadows (Bloodlines, #5)

I’m still reading Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead. I got distracted by a couple books since I started it. I’m still having a hard time getting into it, though. Not a whole lot has been going on yet.

WHAT I’M READING NEXT

Four: A Divergent Story Collection (Divergent, #0.1 - 0.4)

Four: A Divergent Story Collection by Veronica Roth. I honestly wasn’t going to read this since Allegiant kind of ruined this series for me. But it was at the library, so I thought I’d give it a try. I also just finally watched Divergent this weekend and while I didn’t think the movie was as great as everyone else did, it reminded me how much I liked the first book. And how much I liked Four before books two and three happened.

What are you reading?

Monday’s Minutes

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Monday’s Minutes is my weekly post where I share what I’m reading and what I’m reading next.

WHAT I’M READING

Silver Shadows (Bloodlines, #5)

Silver Shadows (Bloodlines #5) by Richelle Mead. I’m only a couple chapters in so far, so I don’t have much of an opinion of it yet. So far Adrian has reverted back to his old ways and I find that annoying. I’m hoping it won’t take the whole book for him and Sydney to be reunited.

WHAT I’M READING NEXT

Opposition (Lux, #5)

Opposition (Lux #5) by Jennifer Armentrout. This comes out tomorrow!!!!!!!!! I’m so excited. I seriously contemplated taking a vacation day at work so I can just read.

What are you reading?

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books On My Summer TBR list

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the Broke and the Bookish, is: The Top Ten Books on my Summer TBR List.

Ruin and Rising (The Grisha, #3)

1. Ruin and Rising (The Grisha #3) by Leigh Bardugo. THIS IS OUT TODAY!!!!!!!!

Landline

2. Landline by Rainbow Rowell. Out July 8, 2014

The Dead Will Tell (Kate Burkholder, #6)

3. The Dead Will Tell (Kate Burkholder #6) by Linda Castillo. Out July 8, 2014.

Silver Shadows (Bloodlines, #5)

4. Silver Shadows (Bloodlines #5) by Richelle Mead. Out July 29, 2014.

Opposition (Lux, #5)

5. Opposition (Lux #5) by Jennifer Armentrout. Out August 5, 2014 (*Insert excited squealing here*)

Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss, #3)

6. Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss #3) by Stephanie Perkins. Out August 15, 2014.

Rebel (Reboot, #2)

7. Rebel (Reboot #2) by Amy Tintera. Published 5/13/14.

Sweet Reckoning (The Sweet Trilogy, #3)

8. Sweet Reckoning (Sweet Evil #3) by Wendy Higgins. Published 4/29/14. (I know! I still haven’t read it yet!)

Dorothy Must Die (Dorothy Must Die, #1)

9. Dorothy Must Die (Dorothy Must Die #1) by Danielle Paige. Published 4/1/14.
Ruins (Partials Sequence, #3)
10. Ruins (Partials #3) by Dan Wells. Published 3/11/14.
What are you reading this summer?

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Books About Friendship

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish is: Top Ten Books about Friendship.

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1)

1. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. Gansey, Adam, Ronan, Noah, and Blue!

Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, #1)

2. The Vampire Academy Richelle Mead.  Lissa and Rose!

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3. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell. Beth and Jennifer!

Unspoken (The Lynburn Legacy, #1)

4. Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan. Kami, Jared, Angela, Rusty, Holly, and Ash!

Storm (Elemental, #1)

5. The Elemental Series by Brigid Kemmerer. – The Merrick brothers!

Well, I’m going to stop at a top 5 for today! What books about friendship are missing from my list?

Half-Blood by Jennifer Armentrout – 3 stars (out of 5)

Half-Blood (Covenant, #1)

Synopsis from Good Reads:

The Hematoi descend from the unions of gods and mortals, and the children of two Hematoi pure bloods have godlike powers. Children of Hematoi and mortals–well, not so much. Half-bloods only have two options: become trained Sentinels who hunt and kill daimons or become servants in the homes of the pures. Seventeen-year-old Alexandria would rather risk her life fighting than waste it scrubbing toilets, but she may end up slumming it anyway. There are several rules that students at the Covenant must follow. Alex has problems with them all, but especially rule #1:Relationships between pures and halfs are forbidden. Unfortunately, she’s crushing hard on the totally hot pure-blood Aiden. But falling for Aiden isn’t her biggest problem–staying alive long enough to graduate the Covenant and become a Sentinel is. If she fails in her duty, she faces a future worse than death or slavery: being turned into a daimon, and being hunted by Aiden. And that would kind of suck.

As I mentioned in my Monday’s Minutes, the Covenant series has a lot of similarities to The Vampire Academy series. There’s a race that is hidden from the humans and they’re divided into 3 groups: The Elite (Pure Bloods in Covenant, Moroi in VA), The Lesser (Half-Bloods and Dhampirs) that are trained to protect the Elite, and The Evil (Daimons and Strigois) that they can be turned into. There’s a girl that’s been away for several years and finds herself back in the community where an older and romantically forbidden guy volunteers to train her. Forbidden Romance ensues.

Though there are all those similarities, it’s not the same book. And I prefer Jennifer Armentrout to Richelle Mead any day (no offense Richelle! I love Adrian Ivashkov very much).

Ok, so here’s My Thoughts:

-I had a  little trouble liking Alex for most of this book. She’s so impulsive and disrespectful. I know she’s supposed to be sarcastic and tough and cool, but I spent a lot of my time rolling my eyes at her. That said, I did start to like her a little more as the book went on.

-I liked Aiden. He’s kind and sweet and funny and brave. He’s the first Romantic Lead I’ve read in Armentrout’s book that doesn’t have that whole cocky arrogant thing going on. This is usually the type of guy that I prefer, but I found I just didn’t really like him and Alex together. I think part of it was that there wasn’t enough build up. It wasn’t insta-love, but I didn’t really get where it came from. She had a crush on him forever. They had a couple nice moments training. Then Boom.

-The secondary characters were well developed. I like her best friend, Calab, a lot and Aiden’s younger brother, Deacon. Lea, the resident Mean Girl, and a couple of other Half-Bloods and Sentinels are all used well and not just backdrop for Alex. I look forward to finding out more about her step-father Lucian’s motivations.

-And then there’s Seth. He has the whole cocky arrogant thing going on that Aiden lacks and I hate to admit that that’s maybe why I love him so much. I am totally Team Seth. He’s such an interesting character and we just didn’t get enough of him in this book. My favorite part was towards the end where he and Alex finally spend some talking.

Overall, I enjoyed Half-Blood. I’ve heard lots of great things about this series and I look forward to reading the rest of it, but the Lux series is still my favorite of Armentrout’s books.

The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead – 3 stars (out of 5)

The Fiery Heart (Bloodlines, #4)

Good Reads Synopsis:

In The Indigo Spell, Sydney was torn between the Alchemist way of life and what her heart and gut were telling her to do. And in one breathtaking moment that Richelle Mead fans will never forget, she made a decision that shocked even her. . . .

But the struggle isn’t over for Sydney. As she navigates the aftermath of her life-changing decision, she still finds herself pulled in too many directions at once. Her sister Zoe has arrived, and while Sydney longs to grow closer to her, there’s still so much she must keep secret. Working with Marcus has changed the way she views the Alchemists, and Sydney must tread a careful path as she harnesses her profound magical ability to undermine the way of life she was raised to defend. Consumed by passion and vengeance, Sydney struggles to keep her secret life under wraps as the threat of exposure—and re-education—looms larger than ever.

Pulses will race throughout this thrilling fourth installment in the New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series, where no secret is safe.

So. The Fiery Heart. I just don’t know. Sometimes I really enjoyed it. Sometimes I was just getting through it. I’m going to try to collect my thoughts.

-This is the first book in the series where we get multiple 1st person POV. The chapters alternate between Sydney and Adrian’s POV and I liked it. However, I felt like Adrian’s POV chapters could’ve been a little more Adrian. While I didn’t have trouble forgetting who’s POV we were in, they weren’t really that different. I expected Adrian’s head to be a little more funny and sarcastic than it was. His dialogue still had it, but I would’ve liked to have seen it in his thoughts. I also felt like this allowed more to be added to the story instead of just being stuck with Sydney the whole time.

-We get to see a little of Lissa, Rose, Dimitri, and Christian from The Vampire Academy series, which I liked. I would’ve liked a little more, though. We finally get a little more Lissa, but Christian is still getting the shaft.

-There wasn’t a whole lot of development of secondary characters. I still despise Angeline. And I especially dislike that Trey is still into her. Trey was one of my favorite characters in the first couple of books, but he wasn’t given a lot of time in this book.

-Adrian and Sydney’s romance. What the book lacked in plot, it made up for in romance. Seriously. Not a lot happened in this book that didn’t involve them declaring their love and making out. And they took their relationship to the next level. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I don’t think there should be that much sex in YA books.

-There were some developments with learning how to protect from Strigoi attacks and in making the special Alchemist tattoos for Marcus’ rebellion, but the biggest plot point in the story was Sydney and Adrian trying to keep their romance a secret from her sister, Zoe. Zoe was a poorly developed character and a poor villain, although she did turn out to be more of a threat than anyone really believed.

-The end left on a cliffhanger. Mead wrote in her Acknowledgments, “We’re in the middle of a series, so you know things are going to get rough for the characters, but hang in there! It’ll be worth it.” I read an interview where she compares the development of the series to the way The Vampire Academy developed. This does not give me a lot of hope for what happens next: the book where *VA SPOILER* Rose goes after Dimitri after he becomes a Strigoi and the whole time is spent with Rose pining away and NOTHING HAPPENS.

-Overall, I mostly enjoyed The Fiery Heart. I would recommend it to those who have already started the series. It was an easy, fluffy read with some sweet moments.

Monday’s Minutes

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Monday’s Minutes is my weekly post where I share what I’m reading and what I’m reading next.

WHAT I’M READING

The Best Man (Blue Heron #1)

The Best Man by Kristan Higgins. I’ve read one other book by Kristan Higgins (Just One of the Guys) that I liked, so I thought I’d give this one a try. It’s chicklit at it’s finest. Fun, silly, sappy. I also enjoy Higgins writing style. Even though I can totally predict what’s going to happen, I’m enjoying the read to get there.

WHAT I’M READING NEXT

The Fiery Heart (Bloodlines, #4)  World After (Penryn & the End of Days, #2)

The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead and World After by Susan Ee. Both come out tomorrow!

What are you reading?