Category Archives: Reason: I Like the Series

Colony East by Scott Cramer

Colony East by Scott Cramer

I read the first book in The Toucan Trilogy almost five years ago and never got around to reading the second book, Colony East, until now. The author did a great job over the first few chapters nutshelling what happened in the first book so I was able to remember it easily and not feel lost at all even though it’s been so long since I read it. The characters in this trilogy are very well-rounded and their growth throughout this book is very well done. I found it fascinating (and likely accurate) that the few surviving adults don’t think the kids can pull together a new world without adult help even though they are clearly doing just that on their own. I really enjoyed this book and hopefully will get the third book read before another five years go by! I recommend it to anyone who enjoys young adult dystopian novels.

5 (out of 5) Stars
Books Read in 2022: 5
Pages Read in 2022: 1569

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Secret is in the Bones by Heather Sunseri

Secret is in the Bones by Heather Sunseri

The third book in the Paynes Creek Thriller series, Secret is in the Bones carries on what was happening at the end of the first book (I somehow missed reading the second book and that was not a problem reading this one). As is typical of books by this author, I literally could not put it down. I kept staying up until midnight or later (VERY unusual for me) and had to force myself to put my Kindle down and go to sleep. The action is pretty much non-stop and the romance between Faith and Luke is just perfect. The occasional chapter from the point of view of the killer/stalker/all around bad guy really added to the reading experience. I got to know more than the characters! I often wasn’t sure where things were going and even though I knew who the bad guy was I had no idea where he fit into everything, or why he was obsessed with Faith, until nearly the very end. Truly a fabulous book. I recommend it to adults who enjoy thrillers, but definitely read the first book in the series or you will be very confused reading this one (though obviously the second book isn’t required before this one).

5 (out of 5) Stars
Books Read in 2021: 81
Pages Read in 2021: 26,482

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Filed under Reason: I Like the Author, Reason: I Like the Series, Reason: LitHub Bingo, Reason: We Be Book'N, Thriller

Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

Always and Forever, Lara Jean is the third and final book of the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy. It’s a lovely wrap-up to the story that started with some old love letters and a fake boyfriend. This one follows Lara Jean and Peter through their final year of high school. It’s cute and sweet, though quite a bit heavier and more emotional than the first two books in the series. I recommend it to anyone who enjoyed the first two books in the series.

5 (out of 5) Stars
Books Read in 2021: 77
Pages Read in 2021: 25,056

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The Hawthorne Legacy by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

The Hawthorne Legacy by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

The Hawthorne Legacy is even better than the first book. There are fewer individual puzzles to solve, but instead a lot of clues to be gathered leading to where Toby is hiding. Along the way lots of secrets are revealed and relationships inside the mansion evolve. There’s a lot more Xander (always a good thing) and Max, too. I literally could not put this book down, promising myself I’d read just one more chapter (repeatedly). When I finished it I was so sad. It’s definitely one of those book hangover sorts of books. I highly recommend this book to teens and up and especially anyone who enjoyed The Inheritance Games.

5 (out of 5) Stars
Books Read in 2021: 67
Pages Read in 2021: 21,495

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When the Moon Has No More Silver by Connie Lapallo

When the Moon Has No More Silver by Connie Lapallo

Picking up around the time Cecily finally made it to Jamestown, When the Moon Has No More Silver is the continuing story of the early years of the colony, focused on the women and children and told from the point of view of one of the original settlers (Cecily’s mother Joan). The book ends right around the time the Peace of Pocahontas ended. The writing is very descriptive and goes at a relatively slow pace which really works well for the topic. The research in impeccable. The author is descended from various settlers (including the narrator) so it was partly a genealogy project for her so she wanted to get it as correct as possible. There is an entire section at the end explaining which few characters are fiction, short bios of some of the Jamestown settlers, primary source quotes, explanations of various things included in the book, and much more. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in colonization and Jamestown in particular. You do not have to read the first book (Dark Enough to See the Stars in a Jamestown Sky) for this one to make sense, but I’d recommend reading it first anyway.

5 (out of 5) Stars
Books Read in 2021: 66
Pages Read in 2021: 21,137

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Filed under Historical Fiction, Reason: I Like the Series, Reason: LitHub Bingo

The Desolations of Devil’s Acre by Ransom Riggs

The Desolations of Devil’s Acre by Ransom Riggs

With less than 10% left in The Desolations of Devil’s Acre I had my doubts that the story could possibly be wrapped up. Somehow, though, the author managed to do it and even gave an ending that was completely unexpected and also absolutely wonderful. As my 13-year-old said, it was a perfectly happy ending for a scary and intense book. The action is pretty much nonstop in this one. It’s an excellent conclusion to the six book Miss Peregrine series. I’ll miss Jacob and Emma and Noor and even Enoch. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has read and enjoyed the first five in the series.

5 (out of 5) Stars
Books Read in 2021: 65
Pages Read in 2021: 20,542

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Filed under Fantasy, Reason: Bedtime Story for the Boys, Reason: I Like the Series, Young Adult

PS I Still Love You by Jenny Han

P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han

I’m so conflicted about the end of this book. It definitely did not turn out exactly how I wanted it to, but it was still perfect so I love it anyway. The author does such a great job at conveying emotions and drawing you into to story. The characters are well rounded and I even found myself caring about the meanest character. Sometimes the main character drove me crazy, but that’s how it is with flesh and blood people, too. It’s just an all around excellent book. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys YA and liked the first book in the series.

5 (out of 5) Stars
Books Read in 2021: 52
Pages Read in 2021: 16,378

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Filed under Realistic Fiction, Reason: I Like the Series, Reason: LitHub Bingo, Reason: We Be Book'N, Young Adult

A Map of Days by Ransom Riggs

A Map of Days by Random Riggs

The fourth book in the Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series, A Map of Days sees Jacob and a few of the kids on a mission to locate an uncontacted Peculiar in America. As usual the author incorporates strange old photos into the story to create characters and plot lines. America is kind of the “wild west” of Peculiardom so the adventures are even more outlandish and exciting than in the first three books. I recommend this book (and series) to people of all ages who enjoy strange, but fun, stories.

5 (out of 5) Stars
Books Read in 2021: 51
Pages Read in 2021: 16,025

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Filed under Fantasy, Reason: Bedtime Story for the Boys, Reason: I Like the Series, Reason: LitHub Bingo, Young Adult

Warden’s Vengeance by Tony James Slater

Warden’s Vengeance by Tony James Slater

Warden’s Vengeance is full of action. Just when you think Tris and the others are going to get a little break something else goes wrong. A few things are tied up by the end of this book, a few things are still left to be dealt with, and a couple things are just getting started. It has a satisfactory ended, though it did leave me wanting to read the fifth book in the series. I enjoyed it a lot and recommend it to people who enjoy sci fi.

5 (out of 5) Stars
Books Read in 2021: 44
Pages Read in 2021: 13,052

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Dante’s Path by David Meredith

Dante’s Path is the third book in the Aaru series. It picks up right where the second one left off. There are so many storylines in this series and the author is amazing at weaving them together and not losing any of the threads. The characters, including the minor characters are very well fleshed out and I actually care about what happens to many of them. The end tied up a few things, but also set up even more. I’m looking forward to the fourth book now! If you liked the first two Aaru books, you’ll love this third one.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2020: 51
Pages Read in 2020: 14,413
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Filed under Reason: Asked by the Author, Reason: I Like the Author, Reason: I Like the Series, Science Fiction