August 2017 Book Haul

Sooo, recently I decided to follow in literally everyone else’s footsteps and download Audible. If you didn’t know, this is an audiobook service provided by Amazon, and it seems to be taking the reading world by storm. Below are the books I downloaded with my free credits.


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-Sean, kingdombookblog

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Top 10 Favorite Series of All-Time // 08-06-17

Hey everyone! I was looking for a challenging post to make, so I decided to make a list of my all-time top ten favorite series. I knew this would be difficult because I’ve read so many amazing series and narrowing it down to my top ten sounded impossible.

The requirements to make this list are that the series has to be completed and I have read every single one of the book. However, I also will be including honorable mentions of series that would probably be on the list if I had read all the books and/or not all the books have been released yet. 


Honorable Mentions (see bolded line above):

-The Red Queen Series by Victoria Aveyard

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-The Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas

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-The Winger Series by Andrew Smith

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-The Vega Jane Trilogy by David Baldacci

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Top 10 Favorite Series:

 

10.) The Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth

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9.) The Lone City Trilogy by Amy Ewing

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8.) The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Young

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7.) The Young Elites Trilogy by Marie Lu

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6.) The Legend Trilogy by Marie Lu

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5.) The Balance Keepers Trilogy by Lindsay Cummings

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4.) The Heroes of Olympus Series by Rick Riordan

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3.) The Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series by Rick Riordan

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2.) The Wings of Fire Series (Books 1-5 a.k.a Part One) by Tui T. Sutherland 

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1.) The Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling

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-Sean, kingdombookblog

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The Cage Review (Mini)

Mini Non-Spoiler Review


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Title: The Cage

Author: Megan Shepherd

Genre(s): Young adult, science fiction, dystopian


Rating: 4.25/5

Do I recommend? Yes

Main Characters: Cora, Lucky, Rolf, Nok, Leon, Mari, Cassian

Short Synopsis: A multi-perspective book that follows a set of teens when they wake up in a strange deserted area together without any memory of getting there.


Characters: 7/10

-extremely frustrating

-very 2-dimensional and static

Writing: 8.5/10

-standard

-nothing special but also nothing terrible

Pace: 8.5/10

-slower middle

-exciting beginning and EXTREMELY exciting ending

Entertainment: 9/10

-really fun

-easy to read and enjoy

Average: 8.25/10


Addicting? 

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Boring parts?

none    ,    rare   ,   some   ,   frequent   ,   lots

Continuing Series?

definitely not   ,   probably not   ,   maybe   ,   probably   ,   definitely

Overall thoughts?

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-Sean, kingdombookblog

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Completed Series I Have Started But Haven’t Finished

Below, are a set of series that I am in the middle of reading that have already concluded. I am really eager to read all of these continuations and have plans to complete the majority of them soon.

I will be listing the books that I have and haven’t read and will be including my rating out of five in parentheses for each of the books I’ve read.


the lunar chronicles

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have read: cinder (4.75), scarlet (4)

haven’t read: cress, winter


the inventor’s secret trilogy

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have read: the inventor’s secret (4.5)

haven’t read: the conjurer’s riddle, the turncoat gambit


the darkest minds trilogy

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have read: the darkest minds (3.75)

haven’t read: never fade, in the afterlight


the eighth day trilogy

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have read: the eighth day (4)

haven’t read: the inquisitor’s mark, the morrigan’s curse


the house of secrets trilogy

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have read: house of secrets (4)

haven’t read: battle of the beasts, clash of the worlds


the pennyroyal academy trilogy

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have read: pennyroyal academy (4)

haven’t read: the shadow cadets of pennyroyal academy, the warrior princesses of pennyroyal academy


the cage trilogy

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have read: the cage (4.25)

haven’t read: the hunt, the gauntlet


the vega jane trilogy

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have read: the finisher (4.5), the keeper (5)

haven’t read: the width of the world


the a court of thorns and roses trilogy (considering the three out now as a full trilogy)

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have read: a court of thorns and roses (4.25)

haven’t read: a court of mist and fury, a court of wings and ruin 


I would have to say that I am most eager to continue on with the Lunar Chronicles, the Darkest Minds trilogy, and the Vega Jane trilogy. I am definitely expecting a lot from each of the remaining books in these three series.


-Sean, kingdombookblog

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Top 5 Most Anticipated Releases for the Second Half of 2017

Here are some books I’m looking forward to that are being published in the rest of 2017. I am unbelievably excited for these five books below, you have no idea how eager I am to get my hands on them;)


Honorable Mention:

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I’ve never read any Lauren Destefano books, so that is why this isn’t in my top five, but I am really interested in this story. Definitely will be trying to get my hands on it when it comes out.


5.) Renegades by Marissa Meyer

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I am really excited to read this. I really enjoyed the first two books in the Lunar Chronicles and can’t wait to continue with the series, and this book looks excellent as well. I have a feeling this is going to be extremely fast-paced and suspenseful.


4.) Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

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Of course, I have to read this at some point because it combines two of my favorite things; superheroes and an excellent storyteller in Leigh Bardugo.


3.) The November Girl by Lydia Kang

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Lydia Kang’s first series (Control duology) was good, not fantastic, but I thought that she had a lot of promise. Naturally, when I heard about this book I was super excited. And then I read the summary. OH MY GOSH THIS LOOKS SOOOOO AMAZING. Highly recommend you all pick this up when it comes out in November.


2.) Warcross by Marie Lu

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Marie Lu has never disappointed me before and I don’t think she will this time either. She has a way of creating intriguing plots, amazing characters, and a flowing structure.


1.) Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas

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This was far and above my most anticipated book of the year because I love Chaol as a character so much. Can’t wait to read this and have extremely high expectations for it.


-Sean, kingdombookblog

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Top 5 Books I’ve Read in 2017 So Far

Below is my list of the best books I’ve read in 2017 so far. I have limited my list to one book per series, and this rule was effective in eliminating Killer Instinct by Jennifer Lynn Barnes which would’ve made the cut if multiple books in a series were allowed.


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The Midnight Star by Marie Lu

Marie Lu never disappoints, and her conclusions are especially remarkable. If you’ve never read the Young Elites trilogy, you need to stop what you are doing and pick it up right now.


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Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

This book was extremely thought-provoking and I enjoyed nearly every minute of it. I fully expect this book to be at the top of my 2k17 favorites list come the end of the year.


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The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

This series, especially this first book, contained by far the most addicting storyline that I’ve ever read. Absolutely thrilling.


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The Black Key by Amy Ewing

Far and above one of the best conclusions I’ve ever read. Amy Ewing somehow found a way to blow her already incredible first two books out of the water. HIGHLY recommend these books.


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This finale rivaled the excitement of the conclusions to the Harry Potter and Percy Jackson and the Olympian series. That’s how good it was. Absolutely mind blowing. Don’t hold me to this, but I’m certain this book will hold the top spot for the rest of the year.


-Sean, kingdombookblog

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August TBR 2017

This month is a month where there is no doubt in my mind that I will be able to stick to this TBR. I might not be able to finish Funny in Farsi, but I should be able to make a large dent in it. Here is the list:


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-Sean, kingdombookblog

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Dystopian Wishlist!

Here are some dystopian books/series that are on my wishlist!!


hit by delilah s. dawson

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tracked by jenny martin

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avalon by mindee arnett

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revolution 19 by gregg rosenblum

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metaltown by kristen simmons

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the glass arrow by kristen simmons

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monument 14 by emmy laybourne


delirium by lauren oliver

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matched by ally condie

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uglies by scott westerfeld

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the loners by lex thomas

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under the never sky by veronica rossi

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the enemy by charlie higson

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infected by sophie littlefield

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gone by michael grant

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the calling by james frey

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dove arising by karen bao

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wasteland by susan kim and laurence klavan

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scythe by neal shusterman

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blood red road by moira young

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this savage song by victoria schwab

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partials by dan wells

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bluescreen by dan wells

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dualed by elsie chapman

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reboot by amy tintera

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pods by michelle k. pickett

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the program by suzanne young

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not a drop to drink by mindy mcginnis

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starters by lissa price

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breathe by sarah crossan

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mind games by kiersten white

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in the after by demitria lunetta

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the book of ivy by amy engel

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-Sean, kingdombookblog

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The Eighth Day Review (Mini)

Mini Non-Spoiler Review


Title: The Eighth Day

Author: Dianne K. Salerni

Genre(s): Middle grade, science fiction, fantasy


Rating: 4/5

Do I recommend? Yes

Main Characters: Jax, Evangeline, Riley, Tegan, Thomas, Miller, AJ, Diedre

Short Synopsis: A boy discovers that there in a secret eighth day between Wednesday and Thursday.


Characters: 8/10

-likable

-generic

Writing: 9/10

-descriptive

-impressive for a middle grade novel

Pace: 8/10

-slow beginning/middle

-faster ending

Entertainment: 9/10

-very fun read

-loved the ending

Average: 8.5/10


Addicting? 

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Boring parts?

none    ,    rare   ,   some   ,   frequent   ,   lots

Continuing Series?

definitely not   ,   probably not   ,   maybe   ,   probably   ,   definitely

Overall thoughts?

bad   ,   meh   ,   good   ,   very good   ,   excellent   ,   superb


-Sean, kingdombookblog

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One of Us is Lying Review (Mini)

Mini Non-Spoiler Review


Title: One of Us is Lying

Author: Karen M. McManus

Genre(s): Mystery, thriller, realistic fiction


Rating: 4.5/5

Do I recommend? Yep

Main Characters: Bronwyn, Cooper, Addy, Nate, Simon, Maeve, Ashton, Jake, Kris, TJ

Short Synopsis: The presumed accidental death of a high school student stirs up suspicion that is directed at the four teens present when he died.


Characters: 9/10

-loved Bronwyn

-enjoyed the larger cast of characters

Writing: 8.5/10

-simple

-kept story moving

Pace: 9/10

-relatively fast-paced

-few slow spots (rarely dragged)

Entertainment: 9.5/10

-thoroughly enjoyable

-impossible to put down

Average: 9/10


Addicting? 

not at all   ,   minimally   ,   sort of   ,   considerably   ,   extremely

Boring parts?

none    ,    rare   ,   some   ,   frequent   ,   lots

Overall thoughts?

bad   ,   meh   ,   good   ,   very good   ,   excellent   ,   superb


-Sean, kingdombookblog

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