I don’t know why I referred to myself in third person. I don’t usually do that.
Hello, everyone! How are you today?
As you all know, or maybe you don’t, I’m currently studying in University far, far away (but not really) from my family. So, that means that I am also far, far away from my bookshelf! #SAD, I know. Anyway, I realized that I don’t remember most of the books that I own (because you know, I haven’t seen them in years!) So I asked my sister to help me take some photos of my bookshelf, just so I could remind myself what I’ve read, what I haven’t and what I don’t want to read.
The result was shocking! There are SO many books on my bookshelf that I haven’t read! Add that number to the unread books I have in my apartment and that would mean I’d probably be buried alive! Maybe not, but let me be my drama queen self for now.
That’s why I decided to do this post, to motivate me to read the books that I already own before buying new ones. Let’s face it, I’ll never be able to stop buying books, but my goal is to at least reduce the number of books I buy each month. So far it seems to be working. It’s almost the end of January and I’ve only bought one book 🙂
Today’s post will be all about book series I’ve started but have yet to finish. But since I have quite a few unfinished series, I’ll probably make parts 2 and 3 😦 . Anyway, I’m hoping to cross out a lot of titles off this list by the end of the year.
Let’s get started!
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1. Defiance by C.J. Redwine
While the other girls in the walled city-state of Baalboden learn to sew and dance, Rachel Adams learns to track and hunt. While they bend like reeds to the will of their male Protectors, she uses hers for sparring practice.
When Rachel’s father fails to return from a courier mission and is declared dead, the city’s brutal Commander assigns Rachel a new Protector: her father’s apprentice, Logan—the boy she declared her love to and who turned her down two years before. Left with nothing but fierce belief in her father’s survival, Rachel decides to escape and find him herself.
As Rachel and Logan battle their way through the Wasteland, stalked by a monster that can’t be killed and an army of assassins out for blood, they discover romance, heartbreak, and a truth that will incite a war decades in the making.
(Published August 28th 2012 by Balzer + Bray)
I read the first book in this series a long time ago and to be honest, I don’t remember much. I don’t remember anything actually 😦 . I do remember that I liked it enough to buy the next book. Now I have all three books just gathering dust on my bookshelf, waiting for me to read it. I’m hoping to read it sometime in the future because I did spend money on the series and I don’t want to leave it unread forever…
2. Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan
Jason has a problem.
He doesn’t remember anything before waking up in a bus full of kids on a field trip. Apparently he has a girlfriend named Piper, and a best friend named Leo. They’re all students at a boarding school for “bad kids.” What did Jason do to end up here? And where is here, exactly?
Piper has a secret.
Her father has been missing for three days, ever since she had that terrifying nightmare about his being in trouble. Piper doesn’t understand her dream, or why her boyfriend suddenly doesn’t recognize her. When a freak storm hits during the school trip, unleashing strange creatures and whisking her, Jason, and Leo away to someplace called Camp Half-Blood, she has a feeling she’s going to find out.
Leo has a way with tools.
When he sees his cabin at Camp Half-Blood, filled with power tools and machine parts, he feels right at home. But there’s weird stuff, too—like the curse everyone keeps talking about, and some camper who’s gone missing. Weirdest of all, his bunkmates insist that each of them—including Leo—is related to a god. Does this have anything to do with Jason’s amnesia, or the fact that Leo keeps seeing ghosts?
(Published October 12th 2010 by Disney-Hyperion Books)
I really like this series and I actually have all 5. I’ve read the first 2 books, The Lost Hero and Son of Neptune, but before I could read the rest, the ‘move’ happened. My family moved away, taking all my books with them, while I had to go to university. I’m definitely going to continue reading this series soon(ish).
3. Penryn & the End of Days by Susan Ee
It’s been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.
Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.
Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.
Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels’ stronghold in San Francisco where she’ll risk everything to rescue her sister and he’ll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.
(Published August 28th 2012 by Skyscape)
Yep. It’s a great series, I remember that. I loved the first book and even though I don’t really remember much from the second one, I know I really liked it, too. I don’t have a good reason why I haven’t finished this series, but I will! I will!!!
4. Conquered Earth by J. Barton Mitchell
Earth has been conquered by an alien race known as the Assembly. The human adult population is gone, having succumbed to the Tone—a powerful, telepathic super-signal broadcast across the planet that reduces them to a state of complete subservience. But the Tone has one critical flaw. It only affects the population once they reach their early twenties, which means that there is one group left to resist: Children.
Holt Hawkins is a bounty hunter, and his current target is Mira Toombs, an infamous treasure seeker with a price on her head. It’s not long before Holt bags his prey, but their instant connection isn’t something he bargained for. Neither is the Assembly ship that crash-lands near them shortly after. Venturing inside, Holt finds a young girl who remembers nothing except her name: Zoey.
As the three make their way to the cavernous metropolis of Midnight City, they encounter young freedom fighters, mutants, otherworldly artifacts, pirates, feuding alien armies, and the amazing powers that Zoey is beginning to exhibit. Powers that suggest she, as impossible as it seems, may just be the key to stopping the Assembly once and for all.
(Published October 30th 2012 by St. Martin’s Griffin)
I remember buying this book online and when it arrived, I wasn’t home so the mailman decided that it was a good idea to just leave the package on the ground instead of in the mailbox. And because it was just that kind of day, it rained and the book was soaked and I came home to find it in that sad, sad state. It took a while to dry and because I thought Midnight City had suffered enough, I read it immediately. I thought it was a really interesting book and I really liked it when I read it a few years ago. I never got around to reading the sequels, but I might do it sometime soon.
5. Starters by Lissa Price
Callie lost her parents when the Spore Wars wiped out everyone between the ages of twenty and sixty. She and her little brother, Tyler, go on the run, living as squatters with their friend Michael and fighting off renegades who would kill them for a cookie. Callie’s only hope is Prime Destinations, a disturbing place in Beverly Hills run by a mysterious figure known as the Old Man.
He hires teens to rent their bodies to Enders—seniors who want to be young again. Callie, desperate for the money that will keep her, Tyler, and Michael alive, agrees to be a donor. But the neurochip they place in Callie’s head malfunctions and she wakes up in the life of her renter, living in her mansion, driving her cars, and going out with a senator’s grandson. It feels almost like a fairy tale, until Callie discovers that her renter intends to do more than party—and that Prime Destinations’ plans are more evil than Callie could ever have imagined. . . .
(Published March 13th 2012 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers)
This book has the coolest cover! There was an Android app that lets you watch the book trailer when you look at the cover through your phone’s camera. To 5-years-ago-me, that was the best thing ever! Also, Starters is a really unique story where old people ‘rent’ the bodies of teenagers so they can experience youth again. It’s all very disturbing, but it was an interesting read. There are only two books in this series so I have no idea why it took me so long to read it. I might ask my sister to send me these books so I can read them! 🙂
Okay, that’s all for today’s list! See anything you recognize? Or have you finished reading any of the series I mentioned? Tell me in the comments! I’d love to hear what you think 🙂