Books I’ve Read: Specials by Scott Westerfeld

Today I’m continuing with my journal postings of the Uglies Series by Scott Westerfeld. The third book of the main trilogy is Specials, which could be the end if you wanted it to be, but there is one more book. I read this series back in 2010, and you can read my handwritten below, from well before my time of blogging.

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Have you read this book? What did you think?

JEH

My Top 5 2017 Young Adult Book Releases I’m Waiting For

There are a lot of series out there, especially in the young adult reading world. I’ve started reading a lot of series in the past couple years, a lot of which aren’t even finished being written yet (or maybe they are, and the publishers just haven’t released them yet!). Hurry up, publishers! Below is a list of the top 5 Young Adult Fantasy books I’m waiting for this year. Only one of these isn’t part of a series I’ve already begun reading, but is instead a new series by an author that I love.

1.The Savage Dawn (The Girl At Midnight #3), Melissa Grey, July 11th, 2017

I’ve loves this series since I first read The Girl at Midnight. Melissa Grey’s lively characters really bring this world alive for me. Especially Jasper, lovely funny Jasper. I also love the world building and the unique mythology in this trilogy. The Savage Dawn in the last book of the series. So if you’re the kind of person who likes to read a series all in one go, you’ll be able to do that come July 2017.

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2.  Throne of Glass 5.1 Chaol Novel, Sarah J. Maas, September 5th, 2017

If you’re a Throne of Glass fan, then you’ve probably already heard that book #6 has been bumped to a 2018 release date because Sarah J. Mass instead wrote a 100K novel regarding Chaol’s exploits, currently titled Throne of Glass 5.1. I’m acutally pretty pumped for this because Chaol is one of my favorite characters and he wasn’t in book 5 at all. Where did Chaol go? What is happening to Chaol? Maas has advised fans to read The Assasin’s Blade before TOG 5.1 is released, which I’m currently doing. I think I know how the novellas are going to fit into the Chaol novel. It’s going to be a good one!

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3. Traitor to the Throne (Rebel of the Sands #2), Alwyn Hamilton, March 7th, 2017

I loved Rebel of the Sands when I read it in 2017. I loved the world and the characters and the mythical beasts. I can’t wait to discover what happens next in Alwyn Hamilton’s world, and it looks like I’ll be able to do this right away with the March 7th release date.

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4.Strange the Dreamer, (Strange the Dreamer #1) Laini Taylor, March 28th, 2017

I still haven’t completed Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone series (I’m almost done audiobook #2), and I have to say, I love these audiobooks! Daughter of Smoke and Bone actually won Best Fantasy Audiobook in 2011, which does not surprise me. The Daughter of Smoke and Bone series is one of those that are classified as Young Adult, but I think that’s pretty iffy. Barely any of the characters are teens (I think most of them are like, 50-200 years old, and there is enough gore and violence to make me cringe). Anyway, Laini Taylor is such a great writer that I’m sure Strange the Dreamer will be just as fantastic as Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Also, a bonus fact, this book is scheduled to be released on my birthday! I think I might pick this one up in hardcover. Happy Birthday to me!

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Waiting for those birthday cupcakes…and Strange the Dreamer!

5. The Ship Beyond Time (The Girl From Everywhere #2), Heidi Heilig, February 28th, 2017

This entry is a bit different, as I haven’t even finished reading The Girl From Everywhere. You see, what happened is that I borrowed the book from my e-library and began reading it, but got really busy, and my loan expired before I got all that far into the book. This happens with a lot of books that I borrow to try. Most of the time I forget about those books, and never borrow them again. But I keep thinking about The Girl From Everywhere, and I keep wanting to know what happens. i need to know how this time traveling ship and these maps work. I need to know what happens to these characters! So I’ve waitlisted myself for this book again, and this time I’ll finish it. The sequel is out next week, so maybe I’ll even be able to read them back to back.

What books are you looking forward to this year?

JEH

J. E. Hunter’s Ten Favorite Reads of 2016

*I was actually going to post this last week and forgot. Oops

It’s the end of year, which means it times to spend a bit of time contemplating what I’ve spent the past year doing. I wrote a lot, read a lot, worked hard, and traveled a bit. The post is going to focus on the reading. My Goodreads goal was to read 40 books, which I met just this week. I read an assortment of YA, Fiction, Non-Fiction. All kinds of things really. I’ve reviewed the list, and here are my top ten favorites, from most loved to least (Though I did love everything on this list).

  1. Queen of the Tearling
  2. The Name of the Wind
  3. Daughter of Smoke and Bone
  4. The Shadow Hour
  5. The Selection
  6. Rebel of the Sands
  7. Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass Series, really, since I read the majority in 2016)
  8. As I Darken
  9. The Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson
  10. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

I feel like I’m quite behind in my reading, since half of the books on my list weren’t published in 2016. A lot of the books I did read were from series, as I seem to like reading these only once their  completed. I know I’m not the only person who hates waiting for sequels, but this list makes it pretty clear that I prefer to read the whole thing in one go if at all possible. Unfortunately, this makes it a bit rough for new releases. I also hate having to buy hardcovers. I don’t mind ebooks, but I prefer paperbacks, which means I have to wait even longer to find the books I want. Why is the entire publishing industry working against me??? Good thing I can still use my e-library.

I’m setting my reading goal for 2016 at 60 books, slightly less than the number of unread books currently lying around my bedroom. Here’s a glimpse at my overflowing bookshelf:

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I’m sure some new releases will jump the cue as well. What were your favorite reads in 2016? What are you looking forward to in 2017?

JEH