Series I've Completed #1

I love reading series. I much prefer them to standalone's because it gives a chance for the world created by the Author to be completely fleshed out (if done well (~_^)).

Harry Potter
By J.K Rowling



Of course this is on the list... how could it not be on my list??? I grew up reading this and it will always have a big place in my heart. Harry Potter is part of my identity. Anyone that knows me, knows I LOVE Harry Potter. When I was younger and there was a new release (book or movie) I would make (that's right make) my parents take me to the shops that very day. I remember once the store we went to had sold out of, I think, Half-Blood Prince so we went to another shopping centre. No regrets!!!! 

Pros:

  • Friendship in this series is strong. In the beginning it focuses on Harry, Ron and Hermione's friendship but as they grow so do their relationships with others 
  • This book is so well written, it's descriptive, magical and develops as the characters mature
  • This series will make you laugh, cry and shout. But in the best way possible
Cons:
  • Bit cliche but I got nothing, maybe the Cursed Child haha

Overall Rating: 5/5 Stars

His Dark Materials
By Philip Pullman

Synopsis:
"Lyra Belacqua (Dakota Blue Richards) lives in a parallel world in which human souls take the form of lifelong animal companions called daemons. Dark forces are at work in the girl's world, and many children have been kidnapped by beings known as Gobblers. Lyra vows to save her best friend, Roger, after he disappears too. She sets out with her daemon, a tribe of seafarers, a witch, an ice bear and a Texas airman on an epic quest to rescue Roger and save her world."

I read this a while back when I was in high school. So details are a little fuzzy. But there was lots of action and adventures. I wasn't convinced about Lyra in the beginning but she grows on you. The one thing I remember clearly is that I would have preferred a different ending. Other than that, good middle grade novel.

Overall Rating: 3.9/5 Stars

1800-where-r-u
By Meg Cabot
Synopsis: 
"This series revolves around Jessica Mastriani, an ordinary 16-year-old girl given extraordinary psychic powers after being struck by lightning. Her powers allow her to know the exact location of missing children; after seeing a picture of a person, they appear in her dreams. The first four books take place over less than a year, and chronicle her attempts to help missing children while trying to avoid the scrutiny of the federal government. The fifth book, published four years after the fourth book, picks up the story line after Jess has turned 19. Over the course of the books, Jess is romantically involved with Rob Wilkins, a boy from the wrong side of the tracks."

To anyone with children I would highly recommend getting your kids to read this series. I loved this when I was younger would definitely recommend this. For its time it was a unique concept I thoroughly enjoyed.

Overall Rating: 4.5/5 Stars


Divergent trilogy
By ‎Veronica Roth
Synopsis:
"In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself."

Confession I haven't read Four...yet. I was so angry by the end of Allegiant I'd had enough. I first picked this up because I watched the movie and LOVED it. I was so excited and asked my mum to get it for me for Christmas. I read the first book in 2 days and then the second in 2-3 days. 

I know many people had an issue with how it ended and while yes it was sad that wasn't the issue. It took me about 4-5 days to read because it was really hard to get through. It was very slow paced and not much happened. But overall I just don't get it. There was no real closure by the end of it. Tris was a hero YAY but what happened to everyone else?

Overall Rating: 2.7/5 Stars

Hunger Games Trilogy 
By Suzanne Collins
Synopsis:
"The nation of Panem, formed from a post-apocalyptic North America, is a country that consists of a wealthy Capitol region surrounded by 12 poorer districts. Early in its history, a rebellion led by a 13th district against the Capitol resulted in its destruction and the creation of an annual televised event known as the Hunger Games. In punishment, and as a reminder of the power and grace of the Capitol, each district must yield one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 through a lottery system to participate in the games. The 'tributes' are chosen during the annual Reaping and are forced to fight to the death, leaving only one survivor to claim victory."

Love Love Love. While the third book was a disappointment (aren't they always?) these first 2 books were so different to anything I'd ever read. My favourite scenes were in the arena because there was so much action, it was hard to put down.

I have to admit. It took me 5 years to finish the first book. Let me explain. I picked up Hunger Games about 5-6 years ago but it was too much for me. The concept didn't gel with me. I didn't like the idea of kids killing kids so I put it down. I decided to pick it back up (in all honesty because I love the movies) and smashed through the series.

The only reason I wasn't really a fan of the last book is because I feel like it dragged out. But it picked up at the end which is why I prefer it over Divergent.

Overall Rating: 4.2/5 Stars


A Series of Unfortunate Events

By Lemony Snicket
Synopsis: 
"I'm sorry to say that the book you are holding in your hands is extremely unpleasant. It tells an unhappy tale about three very unlucky children. Even though they are charming and clever, the Baudelaire siblings lead lives filled with misery and woe. From the very first page of this book when the children are at the beach and receive terrible news, continuing on through the entire story, disaster lurks at their heels. One might say they are magnets for misfortune."

Unfortunately I hardly remember this series. I started reading it when I was in Primary School which was a LONG time ago. However the way it is written is so unique. Lemony Snicket sets your expectations from the get go. So when something good happens no matter how small it feels like a huge win. I think I might re-read this one... 

I also love Lemony Snicket's narration he's got so much sass and very straight forward, all the while truly caring about the Baudelaires.

Overall Rating: 4/5 Stars 

The Twilight Saga
By Stephenie Meyer
Synopsis:
"When Isabella Swan moves to the gloomy town of Forks, Washington, and meets the mysterious, alluring Edward Cullen, her life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn. With his porcelain skin, golden eyes, mesmerizing voice, and supernatural gifts, Edward is both irresistible and impenetrable. Up until now, he has managed to keep his true identity hidden, but Bella is determined to uncover his dark secret."

Where to start...this was my one of my favourite series growing up. I loved it when I was in High School. I read that last book in 2 days and Breaking Dawn is not small. My high school banned kids reading Breaking Dawn when it came out because no one was concentrating in class. I re-read this saga 3-4 times (always skipping New Moon I will NEVER read that book again) while I was in High School.

But then I re-read it again in first year uni and noticed all the flaws. The writing leaves little to be desired. I cringed so many times. Bella with basically everyone made me feel awkward while reading numerous times. 

However, this did make me excited about reading so I'll give it that.

Overall Rating: 3/5 Stars 

Total Read: 7


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