I have been enjoying writing these post that look back over my year in reading. It has been fun thinking about topics and then looking back at all of the books I’ve read to come up with some books to talk about. This week’s topic is all about the series. There were many series that finished this year, and I am glad to say that I read many of them. Three of them were only duologies but they still count in my book as series.
All of Us Villains by Amanda Foody
I think a lot of people had issues with the ending of this duology, but I personally loved it. This was such a fascinating magical system with curses and spells being contained in rings and other jewelry. I also quite enjoyed the plot with lots of changes in allegiance and the truth behind the town curse was quite the twist. I highly recommend this if you like dark twisty stories with characters you love to hate.
Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim
I was a little disappointed with the second book, but that was mostly because I wanted more time in the Kingdom of the Dragons. But overall I thought it was a great retelling of the The Wild Swans by Hans Christian Andersen. The thing I liked the most about this duology was the seamless joining of Asian culture with the European fairy tales. The writing and the setting just made for a perfect story.
Gilded by Marissa Meyer
Another dark retelling of a fairy tale. This time it is Rumpelstiltskin and Ms Meyer does a fabulous job with it. And can we just take a moment to enjoy those magnificent covers! They so fit the tone of the stories. I also enjoyed both of these as audiobooks and can recommend that as well.
The Scholomance series by Naomi Novik
Hmm, I am sensing a theme here with dark series. Oh well, the heart wants what it wants. This series is the best dark academia out there. I mean, the school is literally out to kill the students, how much darker can you get. The final book was amazing, and so dark. What the conclaves do to secure a safe place to live is ghoulish to say the least. Loved the love story in this one as well.
The Adam Binder Series by David R. Slayton
Another delightfully, somewhat dark series. I loved the main character Adam Binder and his family. The world building was phenomenal, especially in the final book. The magical system was fascinating and I loved that we got to visit other worlds. The fairies in this one are quite different from other books too.
Imposters Series by Scott Westerfeld
Another stunning set of covers. This was an excellent series set in the future after the Uglies series. And yes, Tally Youngblood and others from that series make an appearance in the last book. This was another one that I listened to the audiobooks which were all very well done. If you liked the Uglies series this is one that you should also like.
Crave Series by Tracy Wolff
Ok, I know some of you are thinking that this series isn’t done yet, but hear me out. I am considering this a done series because the main story line of Hudson and Jaxon’s father’s evil machinations finished in Court. I consider that done. The next book, Cherish, starts a new adventure for the gang. But I could be proven wrong in the end and I will then come back and edit this post accordingly. But I am pretty stubborn so I probably won’t ever say I’m wrong about this.
I haven’t decided yet what my topic will be for next week. Or I might just decide to do my end of the year post instead. We will have to see where my mood takes me next week.
What series did you finish this year? Let me know in the comments.
I really want to read The Golden Enclaves and although I didn’t really like All of Us Villains that much, I’d still quite like to know how it all ends up. I certainly agree about the second book of Six Crimson Cranes not being quite as good as the first but I still loved the duology.
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