Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Series-ously Great Books

I started to get terrible at reviewing (and reading) series this year, so I decided to talk about a few of them that I actually finished over the spring, summer, and winter in a more casual post-type discussion instead.

the Every Breath series
The love I have for this series and its characters is endless. And I'm grateful for the book community, because I don't know if I ever would have heard about it otherwise. Since Ellie's in Australia, it didn't publish in the US til later. So it wasn't until bloggers were obsessing over it that it got on my radar. Anyway, it was so damn good and here are just a few reasons why I love it:

♞ Mycroft who is my EVERYTHING
♞ the badass, intelligent Rachel Watts
♞ she's not reduced to a sidekick to the genius logic boy, but instead is a partner to him wholly and equally
♞ secondary characters Gus, Mai, and Harris were AWESOME
♞ Rachel has PTSD, which isn't downplayed or forgotten about
♞ the. banter. is. everything.

Rating: 5, 4.5, and 4.5 respectively

the Winners Trilogy
I can see why so many people have been shouting about their love for these books for it over the years. But I didn't really come to love it myself? What I loved most about this series, though, was how different it is from a lot of fantasy ones. It's more about the cunning, political maneuvers behind the powerful and hungry; it prides intelligence and ambition, rather than brute force and characters who let their emotions choose their course. Which is not to say that it's better, but more, showed a female lead we don't see as often. Kestrel fit right in with these people, and she was not a heroine who used her physical strengths, but her mental ones. Her clever mind that was able to look at the countries, and see how she could move the chess pieces on the board to her advantage. Her manipulation and strategist mind was a sight to behold. But she wasn't the only one, and it was fun watching her go head-to-head with others, and seeing where the characters ended up. Overall, I highly enjoyed the series!
Rating: 4, 4, and 4

Three Sisters Island
I've always been more of a fan of Nora's non-contemporaries than her romances, and this was no exception. However, I didn't love the books. They were quick, warm reads that did have that splash of NR magic. But I guess after loving two of her series a bit too much, all the others pale in comparison. I did enjoy them on a whole, and I'm glad I was able to get to this series, but I also could've skipped them and been perfectly fine.
Rating: 3.5, 3, and 4 respectively

Percy Jackson
Overall, I highly enjoyed this series! I'm not the biggest middle grade fan, and even though the characters get older, the feel of them never seemed to? So I wasn't sure how I'd feel about them, but they were SO FUN. And they got me back into an obsession with Greek mythology, which I have been devouring lately. So yeah, I'm happy I finally read these books, and I'm very much looking forward to the rest of them!
Rating: 3.5, 4, 4.5, 4.5, 4 respectively

Have you guys read any of these series yet? If so, what did you think of them? Let's talk! :)

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