Ten popular books/series that I haven’t read yet

Happy Sunday guys! How’s your day going? Well I should really be doing some French revision because I seriously failed my listening and reading exams, but I had this great idea for a post so I am throwing caution to the wind! 

So this list isn’t really in any particular order and some of these books/series are on my TBR list and some I just don’t have any interest in reading or I tried and failed in reading the series. Let’s get to this list then!

10. The Twilight Series by Stephenie Meyer

  

I just thought I should get this one out the way. I don’t have any interest in reading this series because I’m not keen on werewolves and vampires. Also I don’t think Bella is my kind of female protagonist.

9.The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare

  

I really want to try and read this series, so I can contently read the Clockwork series as well. I at least have to read City Of Bones.

8. Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sánez

  

First of all the cover is amazing. Second of all I have read such good things about this book! I like how the two main characters are not your typical white, heterosexuals. I little diversity never hurt nobody.

7. The Lunar Chronicals by Marissa Meyer

  

I have heard SO much about this series it’s unbelievable. It’s a miracle that I haven’t been spoiled yet! I am planning to get the first book this month to read for November. I am a totally fan of fairytale retelligs and I can’t wait to read this one!

7. The Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth

  

Yes I have only read the first book and I rated it a 3 out of 5 stars. I was not a fan of Tris or the writing to be honest, so I won’t be finishing off the trilogy…probably.

6. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

  

Yeah this just sounds like a lovey dovey contemporary that I just do not feel like getting into. If you have read this series please comment below and tell me if you liked it or not. From the people I’ve talked to they say that it is a very romancey novel.

5. Wonder by R.J Palacio, Raquel Jaramillo

  

This book sounds like a book everyone should read. I don’t know if I’m going to get to read it before the end of the year, but I do definitely want to read it.

4. The Remnant Chronicals by Mary E. Pearson

  

This cover slays! I am usually not a fan of books with a person on the front but this cover actually intrigues me so much! It’s one if those books that are just always there on your TBR pile wanting to be read. It needs to be a mission of mine to get this book before Christmas before it gets shoved down to the bottom on my pile.

3. The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy by J.R.R Tolkien

  

I enjoyed reading the Hobbit (even though it took me about a month to read) but the LOTR trilogy is on a completely other level. You have to be really committed to read those books because the books are so dense! I don’t know if I could ever concentrate that hard on just one trilogy and I feel like even if I did o wouldn’t be enjoying the experience.

2. The Maze Runner Trilogy by James Dashner

  

I got 60-100 pages in and could not finish The Maze Runner. The writing was just not for me at all. I’m going to try again to read it again (probably next year or later this year if I have nothing to read), but I will definitely be wary before reading another one of Dashner’s books.

1.  Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen 

  
I found it so hard to get into this book last summer that I did not try to read it again this year. It was so disappointing for me as well not to get into this book because I thought I was okay with reading Classics. I am not giving up with Austen though, I just have to be in the mood for her.

And there are ten books/series I haven’t read before. What popular books have you not read? Drop a comment down below so I can see how bad I’m doing! 

I’ll write soon.

-Astra

 

Review: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Title: Red Queen
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
My Rating: 4-4.5 stars
Goodreads rating: 4.12

My Summary: The world is divided by the colour of a person’s blood. Red meaning you are a simple commoner expected by go to war by the age of eighteen, if they are not in work and if you do return from war you are still oppressed by the Silvers. The Silvers are the nobles, the ladies, the lords and many even hold strong magical powers which they demonstrate on a frequent. The country is, if not unfair, stable…until Mare Barrow comes.

She is an anomaly- a Red, but with Silver like powers. After showing off her extraordinary powers in front of the Silver royal family and their company they decide to take her in and doll her up as a lost Silver Princess.

Mare takes this opportunity to assist a Red Revolution within the castle wars, but what she doesn’t know is that she has stumbled into a game of power and betrayal- one that might end in death.


Cover- 5/5 

Absolutely stunning!



Review: I loved this book so much, I still gush about it even though it has been a month since I read the book. After a slow paced 60 pages at the start of the book, the rest of the novel sparks up and you are thrown headfirst into this messy, futuristic, but dystopian world.

When people say that this is a mash up of best selling YA novels, they weren’t kidding. I have draw a lot of comparison from the Hunger Games trilogy.

Firstly, and the most obvious, is the rebellion.

Secondly, the protagonist becoming a provider for the family.

Thirdly, the capital (or the Royal Family in this case) trying to control the protagonist.

Fourthly, a love triangle and so many more. But the thing is that these comparisons don’t bother me, but I didn’t like the book because it was a walking talking Hunger Games, but because I still found the plot unique.

The main character, Mare, is a spunky, stubborn seventeen year old, who thinks she knows everything, but in reality is rather naive. I had no problems with Mare, she she wasn’t a star shinning protagonist, but she wasn’t annoying either. But I loved one character in particular more. Maven, one of the Princes of Norta. Where do I begin with Maven? I just adore his character so much and as Mare says ‘he is good with words’. I am keeping this a spoiler free review, but damn I just love him more towards the end. Cal (the CROWN prince of Norta) on the other hand….lets just say that his character went kind of down hill three quarters in the book. Though there wasn’t tons of character development for the characters in the Red Queen (which consequently knocked this book down slightly), I ‘knew’ them well enough I feel towards the end of the book.

Another little niggle I had with this book is that the magic seemed endless. There were no limits on the Silvers powers it seemed and it didn’t really make sense for why there seemed to be so many problems within the kingdom. I also had a problem with Kilorn, I didn’t know why he was there to be honest. Just a Gale 2.0 in my opinion. Hopefully he gets some character development in the next book.

Verdict: I feel in love with this book as soon as the action started to kick in! Victoria’s writing and story just sent me on a thrilling adventure I did not want to end.

-Astra

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