Recently Read #11: Series Crackdown Wrap Up And MORE

Welcome back to another Recently Read post! I can’t believe I’ve actually read enough books already this month to write one – especially after how little I read in July. xD

But as you may seen if you follow me on Twitter (or from my TBR post) I participated in the Series Crackdown for the first time earlier this month and I had such a great time and kicked off the month with a good bit of reading and returned motivation to read more – which was probably the best part!

I ended up reading a total of four books during the readathon but I had also finished two other books just before, so I’ll include them in here too! Let’s dive into this wrap up by quickly rounding up the books I’ve reviewed on the blog before:

What To Expect: exciting start to a new trilogy. an intelligent and quick thinking MC. a slowly developing m/m relationship. multiple POVs. easy to root for characters. fast paced story that’ll keep you sucked in.

My full review can be found here.

What To Expect: a lot more politics. expansion of the world. time for multiple characters to shine. a character who cannot for the life of him stay out of trouble. a story arc that’s both heartwarming and heartbreaking. an end that’ll keep you turning pages as fast as possible. a number of interesting things being set up for the finale.

My full review can be found here.

What To Expect: relatable main character. conversations around identity and growing up as immigrants/children of immigrants. a quick read. great friendships. a not-quite fake dating trope. a bit of insta-love. overall well executed debut!

My full review can be found here.

The Awakening by LJ Smith

One of the prompts for this readathon was to read a book that had a TV/movie adaptation and for some reason I picked The Awakening when I later thought of so many other books that would’ve worked too and would’ve made for a much better reading experience too. Well, next time!

The Awakening by L. J. Smith is part of a young adult paranormal series that was first published on September 1st 1991 (HOLY SHIT THIS IS OLD).

And now that I’ve seen the publication year on this I even more so understand why the characters are as infuriating as they are. We all know early 2000s young adult literature had some not so fun characters but this topped that with absolutely no problems. xD To be honest, I don’t want to spend too much time talking about this book. It’s something I’ll never read again and a book series I hope to forget exists. Let’s just move onto the next book I read.

Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Laini Taylor’s Strange The Dreamer, a young adult fantasy novel published on March 28th 2017 by Little, Brown Books was actually the last book I read for this readathon and I’m so glad this was the final book I read as it made the overall experience so much fun.

This was actually a reread for me as I originally read this in November of 2017 and while I didn’t love it as much as everyone else had at the time, I still adored Laini Taylor’s writing style a lot and knew I would probably return to this book at some point in the future.

And I have to say, my reread was definitely a better experience (in part because I remembered barely anything) and I flew through this book in no time! I adored Lazlo and Sarai as character, Minya terrifies me and I cannot wait to see what Muse Of Nightmares has in store for me. I just need to buy that hardcover first – I already have the audiobook.

Laini’s writing style still absolutely blew me away and I kept wanting to tab & annotate scenes because of it though I did stop tabbing as much towards the end because I just needed to know what happened next and I didn’t want to stop for anything. xD

I still haven’t decided if this is a 4, a 4.5 or a 5 star read to me. It’s definitely not the 3.5 star book I thought it was the first time around so I’ve already upped my rating overall and I think I actually have it set at 4-stars on Goodreads right now which I think is a good middle ground while I try to decide on a more permanent rating. xD

Morning Star by Pierce Brown

The last book I want to talk about (and that I also finished before the readathon) is Pierce Brown’s Morning Star, an adult sci-fi novel released on February 9th 2016 by Del Rey.

If you read my blog regularly you may have seen me talk about this series in the past couple of months as I’ve been trying to get caught up in time for the most recent release – which I didn’t end up doing. xD

Never in a million years did I expect myself to pretty much fly through these books especially since I don’t usually read sci-fi and it’s a genre I’m not as familiar with. Plus, with this series there were so many new words to remember and hierarchies to keep in mind, etc. I did expect to take my time with it, but here we are caught up with at least the original trilogy.

Overall, I still very much enjoy this series a lot despite my ongoing problem in the way Pierce treats the majority of his female characters and let’s not even talk about the end of Morning Star. That kind of felt out of nowhere and I’m still not sure how I feel about it.

In the end, this ended up being another 4-star read for me (as has been the case for the two previous books) and I can’t wait to dive into Iron Gold next (once I finish reading this one book I keep saying I’ll read – it’s actually happening!).

There we have it, my most recent reads all wrapped up! I can’t believe I’ve actually gotten this much reading done again (I’m at 5 books for August if I remember correctly) and am already reading my next book. August, you’ve been a good reading month despite the effort BTS put into distracting me. xD

Have you guys read any of these books? If so, what did you think? And as for Frankly In Love, is it on your TBRs? If not, please make sure you do add it as I really and truly enjoyed it – just under a month left until y’all can get your hands on it!

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6 thoughts on “Recently Read #11: Series Crackdown Wrap Up And MORE

  1. I read the vampire diaries books when I was a young teen and remember liking the first three books. The fourth was just a filler that didn’t need to be read lol. I’m sad you didn’t love Strange the Dreamer but I agree that Laini Taylor is a master at writing craft 🙂 great post!

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  2. I’ve read The Smoke Thieves but haven’t gotten around to the second book yet. It’s on my TBR list because I really enjoyed the first one but there’s so many on my TBR list who knows when I’ll get around to it. 🙂 I’m glad you enjoyed Strange the Dreamer so much the second time around, and really glad you loved Morning Star too. I hope you enjoy Iron Gold, I’m hoping to re-read that one before starting Dark Age but they’re both so long it’s taking me a while to actually motivate myself to pick them up. 🙂
    Great post, it seems like you had a successful readathon. ❤

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  3. I know TVD is old, but I never realized it was THAT old 😂 I read the series a while back (like when the show started) and really enjoyed the original series (the first 3 or 4 books). The second trilogy was a mess; I finished it but I’d rather think it doesn’t exists 😂

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  4. I cannot believe the Series Crackdown is long over now, I had such a good time and actually managed to read everything I wanted to 🥰 I cannot wait to read Frankly in Love too, it sounds like it has got lots of potential! 🙂 I also have yet to read aaaaanything by Laini Taylor, but I do own the Daughter of Smoke and Bone books so I might read them first & then Strange the Dreamer 📚 Lastly, the Vampire Diaries books are a mess and I’m still reeling from my experience with book 5, it was so horrible omg 😂

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