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TTT: Ten Finished Series I Have YET to Finish

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by the wonderful, list making gurus, The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they publish a new Top Ten list and invite their fellow book bloggers, bloggers and bookworms to join in.

I hate to admit it but this Top Ten post was far too easy to complete. Sadly there are so many amazing books out there (both new and old series) that I just can’t keep up so unfortunately series like the ones below sometimes get left behind, but not forgotten. I still remember them well, and how they made me feel and regardless of how long it takes I will eventually finish them ☺

Fallen Series by Lauren Kate

I started this series when I was on holiday and got through the first 3 books quickly and swiftly. But as soon as my plane landed back home, I got sucked into so many new and shiny covers that I got totally sidetracked. But I have every intention to come back and finish this series as I enjoyed it waaaaay too much.

The White Rabbit Chronicles by Gena Showalter

I fell in love with this series straight away what with me having a huge soft spot for fairytales and all that is a little dark and dangerous. And then in my anxious wait for the sequel I got sidelined and eventually caught up in so many other things, but still something I am determined to come back to.

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Yes I know I am severely sinning with this one but I solemnly swear I will finish it asap just please don’t throw digital rocks at me and don’t shoot an innocent book worm with eyes bigger than her reading stomach >_< Syrena Legacy by Anna Banks

I’d been itching to read this book and figured since the series was complete it would be nice to be able to start and finish a whole series without having to wait for the sequel to come out. Guess again!!! But will be returning to the depths and mystical blue sea of Anna Banks’ tales.

Inescapable by Amy Bartol

To say I love this series and it’s lovely lovely lovely author is to say not enough, and I have to admit I am incredibly ashamed that I have not managed to finish this particular one. I eagerly devoured all the published books one after the other and whilst I was waiting for the grand finale to become available the inevitable happened. The magpie book blogger’s attention got caught by another equally great read and that was it, totally distracted. I have promised Amy though more reviews and that I will be reading her new series so watch this space because I refuse to leave this one much longer on my kindle shelves!

Mystic City by Theo Lawrence

What can I say. Yet another great story to which I desperately need to hear the ending of but somehow missed it. But not for long. I have not forgotten and determination remains to complete it.

The Selection Series by Kiera Cass

I was totally grabbed by this series and its somewhat unorthodox characters and storyline. The strength of its themes and emotions hit me strongly so how I got distracted is a mystery to me, but like with so many others I simply need to know who the girl picks?! So I will definitely be reading this one to finally tie off that loose end and give my story an ending.

Under the Never Sky Series by Veronica Rossi

Loved it. Totally and utterly loved this one. I have no excuse. I am a terrible terrible person *bashes head against wall in self punishment*

Dark Heart by Lee Monroe

I stumbled across this series because every time I bought a new book amazon kept suggesting it to me. Having read the synopsis I thought it sounded pretty good and all the positive reviews tipped me over the edge. And in a moment of weakness I bought the whole trilogy. Did I finish it? Nope. But am I going to? Hell yes!!! It’s climbing fast my TBR pile!!!

The Winter Trilogy by Ruth Warburton

This trilogy I discovered because I happened to meet the author at a book signing, and after hearing her talk about her book so passionately I simply had to read it. I did, and I thought it was completely up my street and couldn’ wait for the sequel. Sadly the series was finished long before I realized that the second one had even been released so I have some serious catching up to do but will gladly do so 😀

Needless to say there are plenty more that I could list but think these are enough to make me severely guilty. So instead of prattling on any further, boring yet more and embarrassing myself furthermore I think I’ll go pick up one of these series and polish it off to ease my book heavy conscience!

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Bookish Brits: #FinishItFeb Video Diary

Personal Target: Finish/get up to date with four series

Total books read: 3

Series completed for challenge: 2

Currently reading: The Fall by Claire Merle (The Glimpse #2)

To learn more about Finish It Friday and to join in visit our link up post here. To follow the challenge on Twitter search for #Finishitfeb

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Finish It February: Week Two Roundup


Personal Target: Finish/get up to date with four series

Books read this week: One

Total books read: Two

Series completed for challenge: One

Currently reading: The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson (The Girl Of Fire and Thorns #3)

General feedback:
I have had a really busy week, a combination of house improvements and an assessment at work to study for, so I have not managed to read as much as I had hoped.

I am keeping my fingers crosses for a quieter and more productive (reading) week.

In her sign up post Julianna shares the reasons why she has so many unfinished series.

Into The Still Blue by Veronica Rossi

In to the still blueTheir love and their leadership have been tested. Now it’s time for Perry and Aria to unite the Dwellers and the Outsiders in one last desperate attempt to bring balance to their world.
The race to the Still Blue has reached a stalemate. Aria and Perry are determined to find this last safe-haven from the Aether storms before Sable and Hess do-and they are just as determined to stay together.
Meanwhile, time is running out to rescue Cinder, who was abducted by Hess and Sable for his unique abilities. And when Roar returns to camp, he is so furious with Perry that he won’t even look at him, and Perry begins to feel like they have already lost.
Out of options, Perry and Aria assemble a team to mount an impossible rescue mission-because Cinder isn’t just the key to unlocking the Still Blue and their only hope for survival, he’s also their friend. And in a dying world, the bonds between people are what matter most.
In this final book in her stunning Under the Never Sky trilogy, Veronica Rossi raises the stakes to their absolute limit and brings her epic love story to an unforgettable close.

One of the best things about reading a series late is that you get to avoid all of the angst associated with waiting for the next instalment. The very next day after finishing Through the Ever Night, I dove straight back in to Aria and Perry’s world.

The Third and final instalment of the Under The Never Sky Trilogy was everything that I had hoped it would be. It managed to maintain the energy and pace of the earlier books and develop the story further, while still remaining true to the characters we have grown to love.

I particularly enjoyed the interactions between the “Savages” and “Dwellers” which not only highlighted how far our our protagonists had been changed by their experiences since Under The Never Sky, but also showed them utilising their experiences (particularly those from Through The Ever Night), to aid the unity of their group.

Verdict: An excellent end to a fantastic series!

Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication Date: January 2014
Format: Hardback
Pages: 400
Genre: Dystopian, romance
Age: YA
Reviewer: Caroline
Source: Own copy
Challenge: Finish It Feb

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Finish It February: Week One Roundup

FinishItFeb1 Finish It February is a month long event where we try to finish as many of our half read books and incomplete series as possible.

Personal Target: Finish/get up to date with four series

Books read this week: One

Total books read: One

Series completed for challenge: None

Currently reading: Into The Still Blue by Veronica Rossi

General feedback:
This week got off to a bit of a slow start, ironically, because I had to finish a review book before I could focus on the challenge. Now that I have gotten into the challenge and finished my first book, I am really excited to make my way through as many of my neglected novels ( visit here to see the full list) possible.
I am also a little hyper because this is the first challenge I have helped to organise ( please excuse the Re-Tweet over load!). It has been fantastic to see other book lovers responding to the challenge and attempting to wrestle their TBR’s in to submission.I am delighted that fellow Bookish Brit Michelle has decided to join us. In her introductory post (here), not only does she share her reasons for joining the challenge, she has also filmed her entire unfinished series TBR!
Faye has done so well this week that she has had to create new targets for the challenge. Read her update (here) and let her know what you think of her cheating ways!

Don’t forget that you can learn more about Finish It Friday including how to join the challenge at the challenge sign up post here. To follow the challenge and join in the fun on Twitter search for #Finishitfeb

Through The Ever Night by Veronica Rossi
It’s been months since Aria learned of her mother’s death.

Through the evernightMonths since Perry became Blood Lord of the Tides, and months since Aria last saw him.
Now Aria and Perry are about to be reunited. It’s a moment they’ve been longing for with countless expectations. And it’s a moment that lives up to all of them. At least, at first.
Then it slips away. The Tides don’t take kindly to former Dwellers like Aria. And the tribe is swirling out of Perry’s control. With the Aether storms worsening every day, the only remaining hope for peace and safety is the Still Blue. But does this haven truly exist?
Threatened by false friends and powerful temptations, Aria and Perry wonder, Can their love survive through the ever night?
In this second book in her spellbinding Under the Never Sky trilogy, Veronica Rossi combines fantasy and sci-fi elements to create a captivating adventure-and a love story as perilous as it is unforgettable.

I honestly don’t know why it took me so long to read this amazing sequel to Under The Never Sky (read my review here). Under The Never Sky was one of my favourite reads of 2012, I loved that book- the world building, the characterisation, the plot, the slow building love story- so, so much that Through The Ever Night was one of my most anticipated releases of 2013. I loved it so much that I pre-ordered both the second and third books in the trilogy! I loved that book so much that the arrival of the third instalment is what promoted this month long reading challenge. I honestly don’t know why I didn’t return to this series sooner.

Despite being nearly two years since I read and reviewed Under The Never Sky (22 months to be precise), Rossi’s writing immediately transported me back in to Perry and Aria’s world. Everything I adored about Under The Never Sky, the emotions, the fast paced plot, unique world building and the healthy relationships, I found in its superb sequel, which I could help but gobble up in two delicious sittings.

Verdict: I’m kicking myself for not reading this sooner. However, I can’t help but smile delightedly at the prospect of starting Into The Still Blue tomorrow.

Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication Date:
Format: US Hardback
Pages: 341
Genre: Dystopian, romance
Age: YA
Reviewer: Caroline
Source: Own copy
Challenge: Finish It February

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Under The Never Sky

Veronica Rossi

Aria has lived her whole life in the protected dome of Reverie. Her entire world confined to its spaces, she’s never thought to dream of what lies beyond its doors. So when her mother goes missing, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland long enough to find her are slim.
Then Aria meets an outsider named Perry. He’s searching for someone too. He’s also wild – a savage – but might be her best hope at staying alive.
If they can survive, they are each other’s best hope for finding answers

300 years after the unity and the remains of humanity is divided into two distinct groups. Sealed in self-sufficient pods and cut off from the outside world, the “Dwellers” are dependent on technology, relying on genetically modified food stuff, reproductive technologies and alternative realities. They tolerate the claustrophobic and monotonous conditions by retreating in to the Realms, a “better than real” alternative reality, where they conduct the majority of their social interactions.

While the “Outsiders” live undoubtedly harder lives, struggling to survive with limited natural resources. They make the most of their shortened life spans, celebrating life’s milestones, living in family groups and have physical closeness that the dwellers lack. While the dwellers have become physically weakened by their “cushy” lifestyles, the tribe’s people of the outside world have become stronger, with some Outsiders evolving extraordinarily powerful senses to survive the harsh environment.

Under The Never Sky is told from the alternating third person perspectives of Aria, a pod dwelling songbird and Perry, a battle scared survivor of the outside world. The scapegoat for a teenage prank that went awry, Aria is cast out of Reverie, and un-ceremonially dumped in to The Death Shop (the outside world). With little chance of survival Aria know that her only hope is to find her scientist mother.

The technology loving Dwellers are almost easier to visualise and relate to, with their environment and technologies more familiar to us than the tribal existence of the Outsiders. You can almost understand Aria’s superior attitude toward the primitive “savages” and like Aria you experience the culture shock of leaving the comfortable, controlled technology dominant dome in to the dirty, uncomfortable and harsh outside world.

Perry is undoubtedly a swoon worthy protagonist, my favourite kind of hero, a rugged, self-sufficient exterior hiding inner turmoil and a big heart. Despite being naturally suspicious of Dwellers and initially repulsed by Aria, Perry risks his life to save her. Perry is not just Aria’s protector but he is also a facilitator in Aria’s development in to a confident and strong survivor. Rather than provide Aria with food he teaches her how to find safe berries to eat, rather than stand guard he teaches her how to protect herself.

The Aether, the sky poised to attack, is a constant, omnipresent threat, that you cannot hide from and you cannot fight. A character in its own right, the Aether felt more like a conscious creature than a weather system. While reading I imagined it as a cross between a lightning storm, and a tornado with the intelligence of “the Smoke” from the Lost series. On one hand I am very curious about the origins of the Aether and I hope that Veronica reveals more about this fantastical element in further instalments of the series. But I am also nervous that too much explanation will diminish the tension it creates, like with horror movies, where the sinister threat is somewhat reduced when the monster is revealed.

While I loved Veronica Rossi’s world building, the real joy of Under The Never Sky for me was the development of Aria and Perry’s relationship. Brought up to fear and despise each other Aria and Perry are forced to rely on each other and work together. This coming together through necessity eventually develops in to friendship and later love.

Verdict: For me this was a perfectly paced romance with a perfect ending. The 2013 release of Through The Ever Night cannot come soon enough.

Reviewed by Caroline

Publisher: Atom
Publication Date: February 2012
Format: Paperback
Pages: 375
Genre: Post Apocalyptic, Dystopian, Sci-Fi
Age: YA
Reviewer: Caroline
Source: Borrowed
Challenge: Debut Author
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