Overhyped Books

There are so many series out there with a massive amount of hype. Some of these series are deserving of it, others are not. However this is largely dependent on personal preferences.

There are many series that I find undeserving of the hype, so today I thought I would share a few of those. I want to take a moment to thank Ellyn from allonsythornraxx for giving me this idea with her overhyped books post.

Obviously this is just my opinion, so if you think otherwise that’s okay. I would be interested to hear your thoughts on these books in the comments so please do let me know whether you agree that they are over hyped or not.

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Mini Reviews for Popular Books

I am at a loss for books to review because most of the books I have been reading recently are ones that have been school texts. There are also a few that I read and didn’t have strong feelings for, or just thought like I had nothing to add on. However a lot of these are popular stories this year or just in general so I thought I would talk about them a bit. Today is my thoughts on The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell and Caraval by Stephanie Garber.

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Monthly Recommendations – Big Books

Monthly recommendations is a goodreads group started by Trina from Between Chapters and Kayla from Kayla Rayne. The topic for this month is big books, books with over 500 pages. So if you’re looking for some LONG books to read, you’ve come to the right place because I have a LOT of ideas, often long books are high fantasy so that’s right up my alley. There are a lot of books later on in series that are quite long but I want to try to recommend some that are more from the beginning of series.

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Top Ten Unique Books on my TBR

I’m back again with another Top Ten Tuesday post (hosted by The Broke and The Bookish). Today’s theme is Top Ten Of The Most Unique Books I’ve Read but as per one of the suggested variations I am going to do the top ten most unique books on my TBR, which will be more my opinion from reading the blurb with will avoid the problem of me only ever talking about the same few books which I have noticed happening quite a lot in tag/top ten tuesdays. For this list I will only be taking books off my TBR list, which for me is a list of books that I am definitely going to read.

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Top Ten Urban Fantasy Novels

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This weeks theme is ‘top ten books of a genre’. I have already done a top ten high fantasy post (here) so I decided to do a top ten urban fantasy list. Urban fantasy, for those who don’t know, is fantasy that is set in our world, not a completely different one. *note* I have chosen to exclude dystopian novels from this list.

 

Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan

Percy Jackson was one of my fav series a few years ago, and it was quite popular among my friends. I have been reading these books for the last five years, this is his first series but all of Rick Riordan’s novels are urban fantasy and they are all amazing.  The characters are all so realistic which I love and the blend of the real world and the fantasy world that he creates is amazing.

 

Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger

What sort of a post would this be without one of my other all time fav series, Keeper of the Lost Cities. This series mainly takes place in the elven cities but there are parts of the book that take place in places across the world, especially in the later books in the series. Plus the plot is quite affected by what is happening in the human world.

 

I am Number Four by Pitticus Lore

I am number four is a fantasy series that kind of reminds me of the superman origin series. This group of aliens traveled to Earth after their world was destroyed and now they are being hunted by the species that killed the rest of their species. In this novel the fantasy world really overlaps with the real one. This series takes place all over the world and there are conspiracies that go all the way to the top.

 

Impostor by Susanne Winnacker

Impostor takes place in our world but it’s characters have supernatural powers. There’s murder and some really intense fight scenes. However a lot of this book revolves around the main character’s love life problems. It was kind of cute, but mostly it was quite annoying. If you want a full on thriller then this book is not for you.

 

The Alchemyst by Michael Scott

This is a series that I just raced through. It is about a sister and brother who find themselves involved in a weird magic world. The Alchemyst is one of my friend’s fav series and I would recommend it to everyone. The magic system and history of the world is so well thought out and the plot twists at the end…. wow.

 

Halo by Alexandra Adornetto

This series is very much so a romance, and I really enjoyed reading it considering I don’t really read many romances. Halo is the story of an angel who falls in love with a human, and all the drama that follows. It is a really light read, although also surprisingly dark with the demons and all. I think I love the first book the most because it is so interesting to see how the angels get used to the human world.

 

Switched by Amanda Hocking

Switched is about a troll civilization and is basically about changelings. I feel like there were a lot of them that came out a few years ago, so the plot was slightly familiar. However the characters are people that you just fall in love with and it is a really cute read. It is interesting to see how the troll world interacts with the real world, and how they get their money.

 

Talon by Julie Kagawa

This book is about dragons and dragon hunters which is awesome, and it is also a romance. It is another rather light read. I love the contrast between the fighting scenes and the friendly beach scenes, and the growing up story about a girl with a crush not liking being controlled is something that every teen can relate to. I would recommend Talon to everyone.

 

City of Masks by Mary Hoffman

City of Masks is about a boy who has cancer and an alternate world that has magic and is very fantastical. I have read the first few books in this series and it is such an emotional ride it was something that was really interesting to read. The plot moved fast and I really enjoyed all the mystery.

 

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

What would this list be without Harry Potter. If there’s one urban fantasy book you’ve read then make it Harry Potter. This book is pretty much everyone’s childhood fav and perfectly mixes the real world with the wizarding world.

 

That’s my top ten urban fantasies. I have learnt that although I haven’t read much contemporary I do real a lot of light urban fantasy which is good, you always need a mix. Have you read any of these books? If not then what are your urban fantasy recommendations?

Top Ten TV Shows

The theme for Top Ten Tuesday this weeks is TV so I have decided to share with you the TV shows I just can’t stop watching. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly group hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Now I watch a lot of TV, but my list of shows to watch is even longer (its the same with books) so if you ever need recommendations then know I have many for TV shows as well as books. I mainly watch comedies and dramas, so I will be recommending five of each.

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Afterworlds Review

18367581Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld is a split novel told in alternating chapters. Half of the story is about Darcy Patel, an eighteen year old high school graduate who has gotten a publishing deal. The other half is about Lizzie, a terrorist attack survivor who has an interesting encounter with death.

Lizzie’s story is the novel that Darcy is publishing, and both of them face many challenges in their new worlds that involve romantic ventures.

 

I found Afterworlds to be a very compelling read that I didn’t want to put it down, however I did find myself more likely to stop during or just before Lizzie’s chapters started. As a premise, I did enjoy Lizzie’s story however the pacing and tension really wasn’t there for me. I loved Darcy’s story although there was a lack of plot in this one too. These were both novels that followed the characters as they grew which did sometimes feel a bit tedious.

The way that the novel was told in alternating chapters was really interesting to read, especially because there were ways that you could see the crossover between them. Things that happened to Darcy ended up in Lizzie’s story, and Darcy spent time examining her choices in writing Lizzy. The novel was left kind of open ended, so I am not sure as to whether there will a sequel but I think there could be openings for one.

I was immediately drawn in by the insight that Afterworlds provided into the publishing industry, and as a nanowrimo participant myself  I liked the idea of watching someone go through that process. Although, the idea of a nanowrimo participant submitting their first draft to an agent and immediately getting picked up is ridiculous. Having finished several 50k long first drafts myself I know that they are very rough and not the sort of thing that I would be comfortable sending to my best friend, let alone an agent.

Afterworlds was very different to the sort of novels I normally read, but I did enjoy it. I found some parts of it slow, but most of it was very interesting to read and the different format really added to this. I give Afterworlds a 4 out of 5.