A week ago today, I posted part 1 of completed series and then on Monday, I posted part 2. This week, I thought I’d do the same thing but with my incomplete series instead. This list consists of series where I haven’t read the rest of the books and the main reason is because the rest of them aren’t out yet.This list is in no particular order. Without further ado, let’s get on to the list.
Genre: YA Science Fiction
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Rating: 4.5 stars
Buy the book: Waterstones, Amazon, The Book Depository
*SPOILERS FOR ALIENATED*
The romantic sequel to Alienated takes long-distance relationships to a new level as Cara and Aelyx long for each other from opposite ends of the universe…until a threat to both their worlds reunites them.
Cara always knew life on planet L’eihr would be an adjustment. With Aelyx, her L’eihr boyfriend, back on Earth, working to mend the broken alliance between their two planets, Cara is left to fend for herself at a new school, surrounded by hostile alien clones. Even the weird dorm pet hates her.
Things look up when Cara is appointed as human representative to a panel preparing for a human colony on L’eihr. A society melding their two cultures is a place where Cara and Aelyx could one day make a life together. But with L’eihr leaders balking at granting even the most basic freedoms, Cara begins to wonder if she could ever be happy on this planet, even with Aelyx by her side.
Meanwhile, on Earth, Aelyx, finds himself thrown into a full-scale PR campaign to improve human-L’eihr relations. Humans don’t know that their very survival depends on this alliance: only Aelyx’s people have the technology to fix the deadly contamination in the global water supply that human governments are hiding. Yet despite their upper hand, the leaders of his world suddenly seem desperate to get humans on their side, and hardly bat an eye at extremists’ multiple attempts on Aelyx’s life.
The Way clearly needs humans’ help . . . but with what? And what will they ask for in return?
It’s the end of the year so obviously I will need to talk about my favourite books of 2014. I’m going to do a top 14 of 2014 because why not? As I am writing this, it is currently 16th December so I may end up reading more books and these could possibly become a favourite book of mine but hey I feel like doing this list now so I am going to. This list will go from 14 to 1 starting with my least favourite of the 14 books and finishing up with my favourite book of the year. Just know that I definitely recommend all these books and you should definitely go read them.
It is the end of August so here is my August Wrap Up. I made an August TBR at the start of the month so at the end I shall be comparing my wrap up to my TBR to see how I did. Also, I’ve scheduled this post to go up on the last day of August but I will be on holiday then as I am going to Turkey starting on the 25th August so this may not be all the books I read in August or it may be them all. I’m not sure if I will read anything while on holiday but we’ll see. Let’s get started on my wrap up. So far this month I’ve read 1 novella,1 manga,1 non-fiction and 8 novels.
The first book I read this month was Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead. This is the fifth book in the bloodlines series and my favourite one yet. I really love this series and this was one of my most anticipated releases of the year and I absolutely adored it. Everything about this book was amazing. If you want to know more about how I felt about this book, click here to go read my spoiler free review. I obviously gave this book 5 out of 5 stars and I am dying to read the final book in this series.
The next book I read this month was a manga and that was the Clockwork Princess manga. The only manga I’ve ever read has been the manga versions of the Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare so of course when the final book finally came out in manga form, I had to get it. I loved this manga because I thought it showed off the emotion of the book very well and the art was beautiful. However, it was slightly confusing at times. I think if I wasn’t such a big fan of the series and if I didn’t know exactly what happened and when it happened, I would have been completely lost at times. Nevertheless, I gave this manga 5 out of 5 stars.
The next book I read was Roomies by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando. I wasn’t planning on reading this book but I got in the post from Bookbridgr and I just decided to read it that day. I ended up reading the whole book in one day and I did really enjoy it. However there were some things I didn’t like about it so I only gave it 4 out of 5 stars. If you’re interested, check out my spoiler free review of it.
The next book I read was Alienated by Melissa Landers. I was originally planning on reading this on the plane but I just decided one night to pick it up and read it so I did and I absolutely loved it. This book was honestly amazing and I highly recommend it especially if you’re a fan of paranormal romance(I generally am not a fan of paranormal romance but this one was just amazing). I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars and I also did a full spoiler free review on it so click here to read it if you’re interested.
I then finally completed the book that took me most of the month to read and that was In A Handful of Dust by Mindy McGinnis.This is the sequel to Not a Drop to Drink and it comes out in September. This book was great and don’t take my slow reading pace as a bad thing about the book. I was just feeling lazy and I was busy so I never got much time to read it. But when I did get into it, I loved it. I highly recommend this series as I believe it’s a great dystopian. I did a full review on it, so click here to go read it. I ended up giving this book 4 out of 5 stars.
The next book I read was a novella and that was the extra epilogue to The One that Kiera Cass released. This may be cheating but hey, it counts on goodreads. This was so wonderful and cute and amazing and everything I could have wished for. I was fangirling and flailing and just squealing with delight. I’m so happy that Kiera Cass has decided to expand the Selection series because I love it so much and I can’t wait for the rest of the books. I, of course, gave this novella 5 out of 5 stars.
The next book I read was Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins. This book guys. It was utter perfection. I can’t believe this series is over. I want to mourn the end of such a fabulous series. If you haven’t read this series go pick it up now. I think Isla was my favourite out of the trilogy and I just loved it so much. Go check out my fangirly spoiler free review of it here. I also gave this book 5 out of 5 stars(duh).
The next book I read was Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson. Ahh. I enjoyed this book, I really did, but it was quite a disapppointment. It wasn’t what I was expecting but I still enjoyed it If you want to know my full opinion on it, check out my spoiler free review here. I ended up giving this book 3 out of 5 stars.
The next book I read this month was Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. We had to read this for school but I ended up really liking it. I would have liked it a lot more if I didn’t have to fill in sheets and if I didn’t know what happened at the end. I still ended up giving this book 4 out of 5 stars.
The next book I finished this month was Cursed by Jennifer L Armentrout. I enjoyed this book but I had quite a few problems with it. It was generally okay. I wrote a full non-spoilery review on it so click here if you want to go read it. I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars.
The final book I read this month was the non fiction read of the month and it was Brunette Ambition by Lea Michele. I have been waiting for this book ever since it was announced and yesterday I finally got it on my kindle and I sat down and read it all day. It was amazing to read about her life and it was inspiring to read all of her tips and see all of her recipes. I really loved this book and I gave it 5 out of 5 stars.
Monthly Wrap Up:
Books at each star rating:
1 star: 0 books
2 stars: 0 books
3 stars: 2 books
4 stars:3 books
5 stars: 6 books
Favourite book of the month: Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
In a Handful of Dust
- Shadow and Bone
- Just Like the Movies
Isla and the Happily Ever After Of Mice and Men
- Rebel Belle
- Since You’ve Been Gone( I am currently reading this one though)
I read 5 books off of my TBR list which isn’t that bad. And while I didn’t read that many books, I’m proud of my reading this month because I really enjoyed most of my books and I actually found time to read. I may have read more than this but this is a scheduled post so I don’t know. Whatever books I do read, I shall add to my September wrap up. I will not be doing a September TBR because I’m going back to school and I don’t know how much I’ll be able to read.
It’s no secret that my love for romance has grown rapidly over the last year and now I just keep fangirling and squealing over the relationships in books. So I thought I’d do a post all about my top 10 fictional couples. This was a hard list to compile considering the fact that I ship so many characters, it’s just ridiculous. So if one of your favourite couples isn’t on here, I’m sorry. I should also just mention this will only include book couples and not couples from TV shows and movies because then that would just be too hard. But if you’re interested, here’s my top 10 fictional TV couples and I might do one based on movies but I’m not sure. Beware there may be spoilers for who ends up with who within these books but most of these are pretty obvious but spoilers for some, especially Shatter Me, The Selection, The Infernal Devices and other books with love triangles in them but I think in the other love triangles it was clear who would end up with who. When I first made this list it had 20 couples in it so first I have 10 honourable mentions but all I’m going to do is mention them and not go into why I ship them. By the way, there will be a lot of fangirling in this. Just saying.
Honourable Mentions(In no particular order):
Aleyx and Cara – Alienated
Erik and Talia – Talented
Adam and Mia – If I Stay
Noah and Mara – The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
Dexter and Emma – One Day
Landon and Jamie – A Walk to Remember
Hazel and Augustus – The Fault in Our Stars
Peeta and Katniss – The Hunger Games
Ron and Hermione – Harry Potter
Anna and St Clair – Anna and the French Kiss:
Some of you may be shocked at the ones who are just honourable mentions and didn’t actually make the actual list and so am I! I was working it out and I was like woah, Peeta and Katniss didn’t make my top 10?! And Hazel and Augustus?! I can’t believe it myself. Don’t hate me too much for it.
Top Ten(This was so hard to order! I literally sat in front of the computer for almost half an hour debating where to put each couple):
10.Warner and Juliette – Shatter Me:
This was an unexpected couple that nobody saw coming. Honestly, during Shatter Me, did anyone predict this at all? Honestly, after reading Destroy Me, I was silently hoping this would happen but I didn’t think it would because of you know Adam Kent(the asshole he is). But then Chapter 62 happened, and everybody shipped Warnette. And don’t even get me talking about certain scenes in Ignite Me because we all know those were fabulous. If you’re reading this and you haven’t read past Shatter Me(you know who you are), I’m sorry for the spoilers but I did warn you in the introduction(I even put it in bold for you). Not my fault. But in all seriousness, Warnette is complete and utter perfection.
9. Maxon and America – The Selection:
I ship these two a lot which is odd because a lot of people get frustrated with them throughout the series. Ever since their first meeting, I knew that Aspen was just nobody anymore because Prince Maxon exists so of course she needs to be with him. I love Maxon so very much and his relationship with America is half of the reason why. He is so sweet and loving and just all types of romantic so of course I ship them so very much.
8.Eleanor and Park – Eleanor and Park:
I’m going to make this quick because if I keep thinking about this book, I will become so immensely sad and I don’t want that. Eleanor and Park are perfection. How can one not ship them? They make my little shipper heart so happy. Especially when Park had that whole passage about holding Eleanor’s hand. Their love is so sweet and innocent. I just can’t deal with their cuteness. Where’s my Park Sheridan? I could honestly write pages and pages about why Eleanor and Park have an absolutely stunning relationship and how they represent what young love should be like but I’m not going to bore you with that now. Maybe another time.
7.Simon and Isabelle – The Mortal Instruments:
Oh Sizzy. Ever since they first met, I was just like ‘I ship this and this needs to happen’. But things kept going wrong and my little shipper heart kept breaking into pieces(I’m going to say shipper hear a lot in this post, deal with it). But then City of Heavenly Fire happened and my heart just exploded with Sizzy feels. Sizzy are just so fabulous together and I need more of them. So Cassandra Clare, there better be one whole short story just on Simon and Isabelle as part of the Simon short story collection because I need more sizzy in my life.
6.Levi and Cath – Fangirl:
I couldn’t make a list and not include my favourite book right? Levi and Cath are the relationship that I want. He understands her and while he isn’t like her, he lets her be who she is and doesn’t interfere and try to change that about her but he still makes an all round better and happier person and I love that. They are just honestly so perfect and I don’t know what else to say about them. If you want to see how fabulous they are, read the book. Or if you’ve already read it, think about the reading out loud scene and the emergency dance party scene and tell me their relationship isn’t perfect.
5.Lola and Cricket – Lola and the Boy Next Door:
Lola and the Boy Next Door is the single book that I have re-read the most and that is simply for one reason; Cricket Bell. Any scene with Cricket in is complete and utter perfection. How can one not love Cricket Bell? He is so sweet and romantic. I mean the last few chapters with the dance show off perfectly how romantic he is. He came to her for the dance! He helped her get ready. He told her that story that made me want to melt inside. And he gave her the moon and the stars! Don’t even tell me that they aren’t perfect because then I may have to just shoot you.
4.Will and Tessa – The Infernal Devices:
Some people find it weird that even though I prefer Jem as a character, I ship Wessa over Jessa. Jem says some absolutely perfect lines to Tessa and his romantic side is utter perfection but I honestly believe that Will and Tessa are better suited to each other. They both read and honestly any scene they are both in is complete perfection. I ship them so much but I don’t even know why. I have no reasons for shipping them but I do.
3.Sydney and Adrian – Bloodlines:
IT’S SYDRIAN TIME!! I love Sydrian so much and I don’t understand how some people don’t ship them. Seriously, they are so perfect together. Seeing them in the Fiery Heart just made my little shipper heart but then the ending just broke it again. However, Silver Shadows Sydrian was utter perfection. They really showed how strong they are and how much they love each other because they kept trying to reach the other. And then when they finally found each other again, I couldn’t deal with their amazingness because honestly when Sydrian get together they are so badass and it’s just ridiculous how fabulous they are. I can’t deal with all this Sydrian because I ship them so much.
2.Percy and Annabeth – Percy Jackson:
I think Percabeth are such a typical couple that everyone ships them. You spend all of Percy Jackson and the Olympians waiting for them to get together and then when they finally do, you don’t get to see much of them together until you realise that there’s another series. Mark of Athena was fabulous for Percabeth but House of Hades was so perfect for Percabeth because we got to see so much of them together. We got to see how much they need each other but how they can still do things on their own. House of Hades Percabeth were just complete and utter perfection.
1.Finnick and Annie – The Hunger Games:
So my number one couple goes to Finnick and Annie. Honestly, if you’ve read Mockingjay, you probably fell in love with their relationship which of course led to your heart being ripped out repeatedly. Finnick and Annie were always my favourite couple ever since I first read the books. Catching Fire Finnick was so ridiculously in love with Annie and then when we finally met Annie and got to see them interact together, we all fell in love with Finnick and Annie’s relationship. How could we not? I can’t talk much about them without getting sad and depressed so I won’t say anymore.
Why did I insert these gifs? The pain is real.
So that’s it for my top 10 fictional couples with my 10 honourable mentions. This was interesting to make, despite me being either really emotional or really fangirly. I apologise.
Last night, after a restless hour or so of attempting to fall asleep I gave up and decided to start a whole new book rather than read one that I had already started(don’t ask me why) and this book was of course Alienated by Melissa Landers! I thought I’d read a couple of pages before feeling sleepy but I ended up reading half of the book last night and finishing the other half when I woke up this morning because it was just that good. If you don’t know what Alienated is about, here’s the synopsis:
Two years ago, the aliens made contact. Now Cara Sweeney is going to be sharing a bathroom with one of them.
Handpicked to host the first-ever L’eihr exchange student, Cara thinks her future is set. Not only does she get a free ride to her dream college, she’ll have inside information about the mysterious L’eihrs that every journalist would kill for. Cara’s blog following is about to skyrocket.
Still, Cara isn’t sure what to think when she meets Aelyx. Humans and L’eihrs have nearly identical DNA, but cold, infuriatingly brilliant Aelyx couldn’t seem more alien. She’s certain about one thing, though: no human boy is this good-looking.
But when Cara’s classmates get swept up by anti-L’eihr paranoia, Midtown High School suddenly isn’t safe anymore. Threatening notes appear in Cara’s locker, and a police officer has to escort her and Aelyx to class.
Cara finds support in the last person she expected. She realizes that Aelyx isn’t just her only friend; she’s fallen hard for him. But Aelyx has been hiding the truth about the purpose of his exchange, and its potentially deadly consequences. Soon Cara will be in for the fight of her life—not just for herself and the boy she loves, but for the future of her planet.
Vampire Academy is the only paranormal romance novel that I’ve read and loved but this is on par with that because I devoured both so much. I was hesitant going into it because I am, quite obviously, not a very big paranormal romance fan and I haven’t read any books about aliens. This book has been compared to Jennifer L.Armentrout’s Obsidian but I have not read that due to it not sounding particularly interesting to me. Alas this book exceeded my expectations and I honestly loved it very much. This book is very fast paced and is generally a quick read that is a lot of fun. It made me laugh but it also had serious moments. Honestly, this book was everything I was looking for at this particular time and I’m so happy I decided to read it.
Cara Sweeney was a great main character. She didn’t annoy or irritate me which is a good thing because a lot of protagonists, even some of my favourites, annoy me from time to time. She was an overachiever and incredibly competitive but I felt as if this aspect of her decreased as the book went on but I still loved that about her. Cara was clever and she wasn’t whiny in the slightest. She didn’t rely on others and she didn’t do what the others told her to do which I really admired about her because under her circumstances, I most likely would have cracked and given up.
Aleyx himself was a swoony worthy male character. Since this book was split in dual POV, we got to see more of him and he wasn’t just there as a love interest. What made this book so special was the dual POV because without it, the book wouldn’t have been what it was. Aleyx had his own issues and suffered from a lot of feelings of guilt as well as suffering from the fact that he was experiencing feelings that he hadn’t experienced before and feelings that he had before thought to be ridiculous. He did really grow a lot throughout the book and I loved that. Many male love interests(even though he wasn’t just a love interest) are quite stubborn and usually it’s just the girl who changes drastically throughout the novel. But in Alienated, both characters grow and learn how their lives could be improved for the better.
The writing in this book was fabulous. Melissa Landers is able to pull off writing the dual POV and having it in third person but still allowing the reader to feel connected to both characters which I applaud her for. Believe me, I have tried to do this and it is not an easy thing to do. She also had the right amount of wit and humour in her writing to make the book funny but she had some emotion and a lot of realistic problems which stopped the book from just becoming a big joke. The problems that Cara and Aleyx face in this book are so realistic and I loved that. This novel shows the different ways that people can react to aliens coming in because we see both people who think it’s a good thing but also people who actually despise the idea. The aliens in this book aren’t your typical “I’m going to invade your world and take over” aliens but instead they want to co-exist peacefully. They have a lot that can help the human race and they feel they themselves could benefit from an alliance and this was an interesting take on aliens. Despite this, a lot of people refused to accept the aliens as being good because they are aliens and the bad perception they have of aliens has altered how they think about other life forms. Melissa Landers has also created an amazing world with L’eihr and I can’t wait to further explore it in the sequel.
I have somehow come this far without mentioning the swoon-worthy romance between Aleyx and Cara. I loved watching this romance play out because it was most definitely not a case of insta-love. Ever since their first meeting at the gala, I knew that I would ship these guys a lot and I did! They took a while to realise their feelings for one another and I found myself screaming at the book, trying to force them together with my words. However, due to them taking a while to get together the reader got to fully appreciate just how much they did care for another and it showed an accurate representation of what a relationship should be like. They got to know each other first and did things to make the other happy e.g. Cara learning how to cook his food and Aleyx learning how to comfort someone else. This of course made me fall in love with their relationship even more and when that particular scene happened(you know what scene I’m talking about if you’ve read it), I was squealing with delight.
My one problem: the ending. It felt slightly too rushed and I felt like Cara’s reaction to what happened was a bit unbelievable. However, the ending is setting up for the next book so I can’t complain.
So overall, I really loved this book a lot and I can’t wait for the next book in the series. I gave this book a 5 star rating but it is closer to a 4.75. I definitely recommend you pick this book up if you love fast paced sci-fi books with an adorable romance.
I’ve never done a TBR before because I don’t like to plan what I’m going to read ahead of time but I think planning ahead of time is easier because it will make me stick to the schedule of days that I have to finish the book by and I will therefore read more books. So welcome to my first ever TBR! I plan to hopefully read a total of at least 10 books this August. I’m hoping I surpass this because it is the summer holidays and I do have a lot more time. Let’s get going with my TBR.
The first book I plan on finishing is Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead. This book came out on the 29th July but I unfortunately had to wait 2 extra days to read it due to being busy. I’m currently reading this but I’m not very far in. Since it is Richelle Mead and bloodlines and since I’ve been waiting for this book for months, I shall hopefully finish it very soon.
The second book is another one that I’ve started but I haven’t finished and that book is Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld. This book actually isn’t released until September but I received a copy via netgalley. This is my first Scott Westerfeld book and I’m really enjoying it. It’s just slightly confusing and quite long. Hopefully I won’t take too long reading this book.
The next book I have to read is another proof copy and that is In A Handful of Dust by Mindy McGinnis. This is the second book in the Not A Drop to Drink duology and isn’t released until September but I was lucky enough to get my hands on a copy. I shall be reading this very soon especially since I really enjoyed Not A Drop to Drink(check out my review here).
The next book I plan on reading is Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo. I have yet to get my hands on a copy of this book but I shall be soon. I AM FINALLY GOING TO READ THIS SERIES. This is apparently a great YA fantasy and I love me some YA fantasy so I’m excited. Hopefully, I’ll be drawn in and I will read it extremely quickly.
The next book I plan on reading is Just Like the Movies by Kelly Fiore. This is another cutesy YA contemporary and I love them. I read this romances quite quickly so hopefully I’ll read it in a day.
The next book I plan on reading is an August release and that is Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins. IT’S COMING OUT THIS MONTH AND YOU CAN BET YOUR BOTTOM DOLLAR THAT I’M GOING TO BE READING IT ON THE DAY. The amount of excitement that I have for this book is unreal and I just need it ASAP.
After Isla, I need to read Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. I need to read this over the holidays for English so I shall definitely be reading it at some point this month.
Then since I’ll be going on holiday, I’ve picked three quick and easy books that I should hopefully fly through. The first is Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins. There was a lot of hype about this book when it originally came out so I really want to read it. This is apparently a very funny book and I generally fly through those books easily. The next book is Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson. I’ve never read a book by Morgan Matson and this is her latest one. There has also been a lot of hype around this one since it came out and it’s again another contemporary which I shall hopefully fly through. The final book I have planned for this month is Alienated by Melissa Landers. This is a YA paranormal romance I believe and if it is anything like the Vampire Academy series in terms of pacing, I should hopefully fly through it really quickly.
That’s all the books I have planned for this month but I shall hopefully be receiving some books via Bookbridgr soon so I might end up reading those since they are review books. As part of my August wrap up, I’ll compare what I read to my TBR to see how well I stuck to it. Hopefully I’ll stick to it but also read more.