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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

So far in 2011...

So in hindsight maybe being a book reviewer blogger isn't for me. I completely and totally love books but when I finish them I don't want to take the time to write an in depth review, just a I loved/ hated it and I do/ don't recommend it before I'm off into my next adventure. So far this year I've read 54 books for a grand total of 20,168 pages. A list of the books I've read so far can be found here but I'll see if I can sum up my favorites and least favorites

First and foremost if you haven't read The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare (City of Bones, City of Ashes, City of Glass, City of Fallen Angels) shut down your computer and start reading...pure genius. The most recent book, City of Fallen Angels, has been out for a week now and I'm already itching for a reread. Of course my pre-ordered copy won't be here until July with another pre-order so I'm stuck waiting until I see it back on the library shelf. I am anxiously awaiting City of Lost Souls in May 2012 and City of Heavenly Fire in September 2013.

The Forest of Hands and Teeth trilogy by Carrie Ryan is amazing as well. The books in order are The Forest of Hand and Teeth, The Dead Tossed Waves, and The Dark and Hallow Places. Zombies, love, broken hearts, and many many tears shed by me, need I say more?

Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton was an unexpected delight packed full of awesomeness.

The Soul Screamers series by Rachel Vincent is worth your time for sure: My Soul to Take, My Soul to Save, My Soul to Keep, My Soul to Steal, and it will conclude with If I Die in September I believe.

The Faeriewalker series by Jenna Black is another one of my favorites, Glimmerglass, Shadowspell, and Sirensong (due out in July).

Need, Captivate, and Entice by Carrie Jones are full of pixies, fighting, and of course love.

The Dark Divine by Bree Despain was one of my all time favorites and the story continues in The Lost Saint and a yet to be titled book due out later this year.

Hex Hall and Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins had lots of witchy, demony, vampirey action that should not be missed.

That just about rounds out the good for books I have read this year. Mind you there are many others I'd recommend I'm just looking at the 54 I've read this year.

Now the bad...I tried not to be to harsh but I am a book lover and for me to not enjoy a book I must really dislike it, there have only been two that I haven't finished in my life.

The most disappointing book I have read is Afterlife by Claudia Gray. I absolutely LOVED the Evernight series and ranked it as one of my favorites. I expected this book to have my emotions pulled in every direction reading it but instead I found myself thinking come on when is the good stuff going to start the entire time. It wasn't that I was disappointed with the ending, in fact I found it quite fitting, just the book as a whole was a major let down.

My other major disappointment so far this year was Midnight (The Vampire Diaries: The Return, #3) by L.J. Smith. I've read all of the Vampire Diaries books and quite enjoyed the first four and the first The Return book (Nightfall), the second The Return book, Shadow Souls, was okay, but Midnight was borderline ridiculous. The thoughts for a great story are there but I find the execution lacking.