Top 10 Unfinished Series

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s theme is a freebie so I’ve decided to talk about last week’s theme. Top 10 Unfinished Series. I love series and trilogies, but often have to stop in the middle, or wait a while before finishing them. Here is my list of Top 10 Unfinished Series.

  1. The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo

shadow-and-bone_hi-res-677x1024This is actually a trilogy that I plan on finishing this fall as I already took books one and two out of the library. I read book one last year and am currently re-reading it before continuing.

2. The Madman’s Daughter trilogy by Megan Shepherd

MMD+final+cover+hi-resI read the first two books in this trilogy but haven’t been able to get book three out of the library. Continue reading

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins is more than "Hogwarts for Juvies"

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Synopsis

Three years ago, Sophie Mercer discovered that she was a witch. It’s gotten her into a few scrapes. Her non-gifted mother has been as supportive as possible, consulting Sophie’s estranged father–an elusive European warlock–only when necessary. But when Sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, it’s her dad who decides her punishment: exile to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries, and shapeshifters.

By the end of her first day among fellow freak-teens, Sophie has quite a scorecard: three powerful enemies who look like supermodels, a futile crush on a gorgeous warlock, a creepy tagalong ghost, and a new roommate who happens to be the most hated person and only vampire student on campus. Worse, Sophie soon learns that a mysterious predator has been attacking students, and her only friend is the number-one suspect.

As a series of blood-curdling mysteries starts to converge, Sophie prepares for the biggest threat of all: an ancient secret society determined to destroy all Prodigium, especially her.

Review:

Hex Hall was recommended to me by a book seller at my local independent bookstore, The River’s End Bookstore.  She described it as “Hogwarts for Juvies.” And while that did sound interesting, it didn’t exactly make me jump to begin reading this book. However, I am glad that I bought/read it. Hex Hall was funny and light read that I read the majority of in one sitting.

The first thing that grabbed my attention when I began reading  was the witty and sarcastic narrative of the main character, Sophie Mercier. While she is gullible and quick to judge at times, I enjoyed reading from her point of view. She is a witch who knows so little about her powers, which is one of the reasons why she sticks out amongst the rest of the people who go to school at Hex Hall. I enjoyed reading from her point of view. Despite being one of the most hated people at her school (for reasons I will not spoil for you) Sophie was a likeable and compassionate character.

Jenna, Sophie’s roommate was easily one of the best characters in Hex Hall. She is the only vampire in a school full of witches/warlocks, faeries, & shape shifters, making her singled out and picked on more than anyone else in the school. She is also a lesbian. I love how Rachel Hawkins made one of the most interesting characters in her book a lesbian without making a huge deal about it. She told Sophie about her sexual orientation and it was simply accepted and not made the main focus in the book, which is awesome to see in YA.  She and Sophie have a realistic friendship that is natural and sometimes strained.

The description of the school, it’s ghosts, and it’s unpredictable and unique students kept me wanting to read Hex Hall. The idea of a secret society called “The Eye” hunting Prodigium (what witches, warlocks, shape shifters, faeries, and vampires call themselves in this series) was intriguing and is something that I hope to read and learn more about in the upcoming book.

Hex Hall was a fun read that kept me on my toes! It had the right amount of mystery, suspense, and great characters with interesting stories (not to mention a lot of awesome supernatural elements). I hope to be picking up the second book in this series, Demonglass very soon!

I highly recommend this book to teens and adults that like to read books about the paranormal and supernatural.

5/5 Stars!

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Review: The Diviners by Libba Bray is Pos-i-toot-ly Fabulous

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Evie O’Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City–and she is pos-i-toot-ly thrilled. New York is the city of speakeasies, shopping, and movie palaces! Soon enough, Evie is running with glamorous Ziegfield girls and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is Evie has to live with her Uncle Will, curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult–also known as “The Museum of the Creepy Crawlies.”

When a rash of occult-based murders comes to light, Evie and her uncle are right in the thick of the investigation. And through it all, Evie has a secret: a mysterious power that could help catch the killer–if he doesn’t catch her first.

 

Review:

The Diviners was one of those books that I had a difficult time putting down after I started reading. The premise of it immediately hooked me- a young girl with unexplainable secret powers being sent to live in Manhattan with her Uncle, while terrifying murders are being committed. It made me want to skip work and stay awake until I finished reading

The setting is what first struck me. I haven’t read many contemporary YA books that are set during the Roaring Twenties. But Libba Bray pulled it off and wrote an intriguing book that shows just how good she is at doing her research. Even the 1920s lingo is sprinkled throughout the novel.

I found both the plot and the characters to be fascinating. While Evie O’Neill and her “lingo” annoyed me at times, I realize that to have a believable story set in the 1920s the language needs to be consistent. I loved how independent, smart, and sassy Evie was (even if it did get her into trouble at times). She could also be a stubborn and selfish character, but Bray has created a multi-dimensional and believable character that overall is very likeable. I enjoyed reading the backstories of all of the main characters and learning about their motivations and pasts throughout the novel, especially that of Theta who remains a bit of  a mystery to me. I hope to learn more about her and am excited to see how each of these characters will grow as The Diviners Series progresses.

Not only did The Diviners have excellent protagonists, but the antagonist was absolutely terrifying. Without giving anything away, he was enough to give me some pretty creepy dreams. However, he was original, unique, and interesting. I haven’t read another novel that had an antagonist quite like him.

I didn’t have many complaints about this novel. There were points that dragged a bit but they didn’t last long. I made myself look past all of the pos-i-toot-lies and allowed myself to get dragged into the story and into the horror. This might not have been the light summer read that I was looking for but it was fabulous.

The Diviners was a thrilling blend of the paranormal and historical fiction. It was a page-turning adventure that made me race to the end to find out what happened to Evie and her friends. I highly recommend it to both young adult and adult readers, especially those who like getting the creepy-crawlies while reading.

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