Posts tagged ‘series’

September 7th, 2011

Series: There are MORE?

by Madeleine Rex

Everyone seems to have a different opinion about series. Are they bothersome? Irritating? God-sent volumes that extend the time we get to spend with some beloved characters? Or, in Harry Potter’s case, an opportunity to fantasize that we can fly on broomsticks and talk to paintings?

For me, my feelings concerning series depend on the specific series. For example: Can you imagine if there was no more than one Hunger Games book? I would have wandered aimlessly for days, stuck in a depression. There are other books, though, that leave me with a feeling of contentment and satisfaction, and I don’t feel the need for something more. Very occasionally, there are book so drab that I’m relieved there isn’t a sequel!

I never avoid series, as I know some people do. You are signing yourself up for a journey that could last as long as a decade, and occasionally longer. Nowadays, most young adult series are three books long, and an author will release a book every year. However, there’s no knowing for certain how long you’ll be invested when you begin a new series.

Still, the pros outweight the cons, in my opinion. I love that I have the opportunity to revisit the characters, places, and worlds that I adore. Not to mention the fun of snuggling up with a familiar and favorite author’s prose. I’ve felt some of the most exciting anticipation of my life while waiting for another installment in a series. I’ve gone to three midnight release parties and read through the night and into the next day in order to know what happens next.

Series have their place in the world, as do stand-alone books. Some books, like John Green’s Looking for Alaska, are entirely complete on their own.

What do you think of series? Are the overrated? Too long? Do the endless cliffhangers get on your nerves? Or do you, like me, take advantage of the opportunity to reunite with beloved characters?

December 24th, 2010

Five Challenge: Series

by Madeleine Rex

First, a reminder: I’m participating in Persnickety Snark’s Five Challenge. For the remainder of the year, I’ll post 5 books daily that were the greatest in whatever category. Today’s is 5 Great Series. I love, love, love series! I’m qualifying a series if at least one of its books was published this year – not necessarily the first because that’s too complicated! The books pictured are the books in the series that came out in 2010.

Note: Pictures are linked to Goodreads pages.

1. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Book one in The Infernal Devices, a companion series to The Mortal Instruments, Clockwork Angel was much anticipated by me and my friends. We were not at all disappointed, and the wonderful historical atmosphere and steampunk themes guarantee that this is going to be a series I love.

My Review

2. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

The last book in the beloved Hunger Games series! Need I say more? This was definitely, without a doubt, indubitably (+ a gazillion more synonyms) the book I most looked forward to this year. I still have mixed feelings about it, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t beautiful or that the series is one of the best I have ever, ever read.

My Review

3. Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

Everyone knows that I loved this book – even before I read it, really. It was pretty much love-at-first-sight-of-synopsis. Kiersten White is a fantastic lady herself, but even if she were some rascally old Grinch, Paranormalcy would shine. I cannot wait for the second book in this new series, Supernaturally.

My Review

4. The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa

This is book two in the Iron Fey series, and though it wasn’t my favorite, the series overall has definitely earned my love and appreciation. The mystical world of the fey, Nevernever, stole my heart from minute one, and the characters are out-of-this-world (quite literally, actually).

My Review

5. Matched by Ally Condie

I was so thrilled to find an a finished advanced copy at PNBA (Pacific Northwest Booksellers’ Association)! It’s a dystopian, it’s unique, and it’s really great. I love the world of this book, and the ending is fantastic. I am so excited for the rest of this series!

My Review

These are all such fabulous books, but it was still hard choosing them over some others. I’ve read great series books this year!

What were your favorites?

And Happy Christmas Eve!