What’s a girl to do when you’re in a week long road trip, stuck in a hotel for another couple weeks, with a transatlantic flight in the middle, and then living without internet for over a month?
You read. Or I least I read. And I read a lot.
I forgot how good a PCS is for my reading goals! In the month and a half since leaving El Paso I’ve read 14 books. (Woah). To be fair, 9 of those where in YA series, so I had already read 6 of those books previously (hence the blog post title) but let’s talk about them, yo!
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A Court of Thorns and Roses Series
I discovered this series last year and it was my first time reading anything by Sarah J. Maas. And I fell in love. This series follows Feyre, a human, that suddenly finds herself smack in the middle of Prythian, land of faes and among the High Lords, no less.
The ending of A Court of Mist and Fury (Book 2) left me internally screaming for weeks – I needed book 3! NEEDED. IT. And thankfully my long wait was over on May 2.
Truth be told, I didn’t enjoy A Court of Wings and Ruin (Book 3) quite as much as ACOMAF and after thinking about for a long time it came down to two things for me.
First, ACOWAR concentrated a lot more on plot whereas ACOMAF was a lot more about the characters – it was all about Feyre and Rhysand and the Court of Dreams. Whereas ACOWAR was all about the War and fighting Hybern. There wasn’t as much character growth and a couple of the big character moments felt a little forced or made me feel off about a previously loved character (I’m looking at you Mor).
Second, I think I flat out had way too had expectations for this one which is why some of it fell flat for me. The ending fell too perfect and didn’t leave me gasping for the next one like ACOMAF did.
That being said, I am very much looking forward to Book 4 because there are still quite a bit of loose threads in the story and I kind of can’t wait to see what happens with the Archeron sisters.
The Lara Jean Series
Technically speaking this is called To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before but it will always be the Lara Jean series to me.
I was a little overly excited when Jenny Han announced she would write a third book to the series. She had always said it was a two book series but enough fans pressured her on Twitter and other places (yours truly included) that she decided to give Lara Jean one more book.
While I did love the book, it was my least favorite out of the series. At times it felt like the book was going nowhere fast and just kind of idling until the end when all of the threads came to a head. While I liked seeing more of Lara Jean’s family and their relationships, specifically her Dad’s, it felt like we didn’t get enough of Lara Jean’s relationship which is what the whole series is about.
However, the ending was pretty much perfect and felt like a worthy ending to Lara Jean and it just felt right for her and Peter to end where they did. So while it was my least favorite, it felt like a good ending to the series!
The Red Queen Series
Another YA fantasy series! The world is divided amongst Silvers and Reds, amongst those with superhuman abilities and those without. Mare is a red, bound to serve in the army, but by happenstance finds herself with a job in the palace and discovers she has abilities like a Silver.
I read the first two books a while back and was waiting for the third book to come out. I thought this was the last book but I didn’t find out until after I started it that there will actually be a fourth book. And I was not emotionally ready for that. I actually found the third book to be better than the second book and now I cannot wait for book four to come out.
I finished this book a couple of weeks ago and I still find myself wondering how it will play out in book four and if Mare will finally get some sort of happy ending after everything she’s been through.