#BestBooksof2018: Day 9: Favorite series. Blogmas. Two winners again …I know I know

Hi dear friends,

 

Today’s topic in our daily “Best Books read in 2018” is favorite series!

Another very difficult topic as I read lots of series! I chose once again two winners but I would like to begin with my honorable mentions to:

Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi (I’ve read Restore Me and can’t wait for the sequel)

The Conquerors Saga by Kiersten White (Bright We Burn read this year with fantastic Lada);

The Dark Artifices by Cassandra Clare (I am still reading Queen of Air and Darkness so I could not choose it right now);

-The Cruel Prince by Holly Black (The Wicked King is my most awaited book for 2019)

Today’s winners are:

Secondborn series by Amy Bartol

I confess that I am a huge fan of the kickass heroine Roselle St Sismode!

Seriously that girl can do everything and is a fantastic trained warrior.

When you add a collection of very handsome males, action upon action and many plot twists you have simply a highly riveting story!

Excerpt of what I wrote:

That’s one of the long list of things that I love in Amy’s books: her heroines have a backbone and Roselle will crunch your nose on the table blood gushing everywhere while munching her bland ration never stopping to chew!

I want to be Roselle when I grow up! She is an exceptional fighter and she has a ginormous heart. She will follow her heart and morale even against order. Gasp! A Secondborn MUST always follow the orders! Well our Roselle is a rebel!

To sum it up: excellent fiction story portraying the journey of a badass female character trying to forge her own path, change the world and protect those she loves. The pace is just right and surprises keep coming avoiding a predictable plot.

 

And for the second book of the series Traitor Born, I wrote:

Secrets, treasons, unforeseen dramatic twists compromising this whole world and its inhabitant, acts of valor and desperate last self-sacrificing attempt from some major character is what awaits you in this brilliant and stunning sequel. You’ll be breathless the whole read.

You will also scream with frustration when this will end on a cliffy of Hell! My kindle barely escaped unscathed.

 

Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas

I think those who have never heard of Sarah J Maas are certainly not readers of YA stories because let’s agree that Sarah is huge in YA books industry!

What I admire above all else is the consistency of her writing. To keep the quality at a top level throughout more than six books and novellas is a testimony to Sarah’s enormous talent!

I really loved that we don’t only have one or two main characters but the side characters became quickly the main characters of their own story! Some have as many fans as Aelin our central female character (I speak of Manon, Chaol, Dorian …).

Here is the conclusion of my review:

I held my breath countless time. I hoped just to despair right after then hope again. When a victory was in sight it was to be squashed right away by a plot twist, another ordeal to face.
I raged and I cried. Often. For all the hurt. For the lives lost. For the biggest sacrifices and the cruelest plot twist Sarah J Maas concocted. I was enthralled. Enraptured in this story of legend. I had stars in my eyes and lived in another world. Filled with huge beasts, witches, warriors, cruel gods, demons … I was elsewhere.

I finished this book exhausted and in awe once more of Sarah J Maas talent. Holding the reader’s interest for 4392 pages, rallying a community behind her and becoming one of the most revered fantasy writer at such young age is a huge accomplishment. Mind you she wrote this series for half her life now!
I bow low to Sarah’s enormous talent. I am happy to have a conclusion yet sad because I am leaving these characters behind while I’ve followed them for six years now.
Can you understand why these are my favorite series of 2018?

Now it’s your turn give me your favorite!

Thanks for reading!

Sophie

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14 Replies to “#BestBooksof2018: Day 9: Favorite series. Blogmas. Two winners again …I know I know”

  1. I finally read the whole Kitty Norville series by Carrie Vaughn and enjoyed it and caught up on a few zombie and apocalypse series. I’ll be reading a lot of short series especially in apocalypse and urban fantasy next year!

  2. I want to read Sarah J. Maas I haven’t yet. I am behind. I have to get working on this in the new year. =)

    Mary
    P.S. I am trying to catch up from my finals week! =)

  3. I’m determined to one day try the ToG series again. I read the first book 4-5 years ago and thought it was okay but it surely didn’t blow me away. Friends kept promising me the books only got better and to carry on but… I’ve never continued the series. As much as I adore the ACOTAR series, ToG just didn’t capture me. Maybe one day I’ll try again!

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      I hope you will Tanya! It is such a fantastic series!

  4. Both of these sound great. I’ve only read the first in Sarah’s series and need to get on it. I’d say one of my favorite series this year is by a new to me author. The Hell Diver’s series by Nicholas Sansbury Smith. I love thecharacter’s and they are edge of your seat reads.

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Why am I not surprised that you’d go for “edge of your seat” reads Laura? LOL

  5. ToG is one of my favorites as well. I have to finish it, but I don’t see it happening this year. I am looking forward to seeing how it all ends though.

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      I hope you’ll get the opportunity to finish it next year Sam!

  6. But can us bookworms ever choose only one favorite book, regardless of the category? I am so stoked for The Wicked King. I’m going to try really hard to reread The Cruel Prince before the end of the month.

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Alicia I saw your “book you’d re read” and yes The Crule Prince is among them LOL

  7. I’ve not read either of these series yet, but they’re both on my TBR so I’m glad to hear they’re favorites of yours.

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      I hope you’ll get the opportunity to read them one day Suzanne!

  8. I need to start both these series soon 🙁 You give me the best recoms dude! I don’t know what I’d do without you lol

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Well Ari you’d be lost! Simple as that LOL

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