Hi guys! How are you? It’s time for the 4th of my weekly posts about all the series I’ve yet to finish. I’ve only started one new series since last time (The Hundredth Queen), so the number of series I’m currently reading is 66. I’m feeling pretty steely in my resolve to be stricter, so let’s go DNF some books y’all.
16. The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
Books Published: 2/2 Books Read: 1/2
Synopsis: 16 year old Nix Song is a time-traveller. She, her father and their crew of time refugees travel the world aboard The Temptation, a glorious pirate ship stuffed with treasures both typical and mythical. Old maps allow Nix and her father to navigate not just to distant lands, but distant times – although a map will only take you somewhere once. And Nix’s father is only interested in one time, and one place: Honolulu 1868. A time before Nix was born, and her mother was alive. Something that puts Nix’s existence rather dangerously in question.
My thoughts: Oh boy. This book, you guys. I was so excited to read it (time travelers on a pirate ship!) and it started out so well. I loved all the characters, they’re all complex, flawed individuals with credible (sometimes contradicting) motivations and goals. I also loved the Hawaiian setting, which is beautifully described. But the plot wasn’t…the best. It kept getting messier and messier, until I was barely paying attention to it. But the characters! The world! The pirate ship! I’m so torn on this one. Someone please tell me what to do. Seriously, if you’ve read the second book – please tell me what to do.
Verdict: DNF (For now)
17. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Books Published: 3/3 Books Read: 2/3
Synopsis: As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that Miss Peregrine’s children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow, impossible though it seems, they may still be alive.
My thoughts: This is a weird one. I love this series, it’s different and creepy and quirky. I gave the first two books in this series 5 stars, but I have very little interest in picking up the third. I don’t know if my reading tast has changed or if I just left it to long – I read the second one back in 2015. I do want to read the companion book Tales of the Peculiar though, cause I love a dark and creepy fairytale. And who knows, that might revive my interest in finishing the series.
18. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
Books Published: 3/3 Books Read: 1/3
Synopsis: After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one. Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother. or even saving herself.
My thoughts: I only read this cause it was cheap at the thriftstore and my friend said it was kind of like The Host. It was kind of like The Host and I really enjoyed it, but I didn’t leave the most lasting impression. If I was going to continue the series, I’d have to reread the first one and I don’t see that happening. I totally recommend this if you’re into alien invasion stories though and especially if you loved The Host.
19. The Wolves of Mercy Falls by Maggie Stiefvater
Books Published: 4/4 Books Read: 2/4
Synopsis: For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf is a chilling presence she can’t seem to live without. Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human… until the cold makes him shift back again. Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It’s her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.
My thoughts: Maggie Stiefvater is a very polarizing writer, for a lot of different reasons. One of them is her writing style, which is lyrical and ornate; riddled with abstract metaphors and similes. Lots of people hate this type of writing, but I adore it. It might not always make the most logical sense, but it creates atmosphere and for me, that’s more important. Shiver wasn’t my favorite Stiefvater novel, it’s a little too heavy on the (angsty) romance for my taste, but I like all the characters, the setting and the wolves, obviously. I love wolves.
Verdict: KEEP READING.
20. Abhorsen by Garth Nix
Books Published: 5/5 Books Read: 1/5
Synopsis: Sent to a boarding school in Ancelstierre as a young child, Sabriel has had little experience with the random power of Free Magic or the Dead who refuse to stay dead in the Old Kingdom. But during her final semester, her father, the Abhorsen, goes missing, and Sabriel knows she must enter the Old Kingdom to find him.
My thoughts: These posts really have me spilling all my unpopular opinions all over people’s favorite series and I’M SO SORRRY – but I think Sabriel is pretty mediocre. So many people recommended this book to me for so many years, but it took me so long to finally get to it, I think my expectations just had too much room to grow. Cause there’s nothing wrong with this book (except the name Touchstone of course, but would a fantasy book with reasonably named characters even be a fantasy book?) I don’t dislike it, it just left me feeling a little underwhelmed and a lot confused. It took me so long to find my footing in this world, I’m still not entirely sure I understood everything right. But hey, bonus points for necromancy and a cool cat creature. I love cool cat creatures (This girl really doesn’t need to sort out her priorities.)
Verdict: KEEP READING. (I sneak read a chapter of book 2 and loved it)
Total Score – Keep Reading: 12 DNF: 8 My Number: 63
That’s it for today, guys! I feel like my tbr is finally getting (a tiny bit) smaller and I love it. What do you think of my decisions? Would you make the same ones? Should I read The Ship Beyond Time? Let me know in the comments!