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2011 Books

Since I can’t recall when last I posted about the novel du jour I figure I should just list out the books I have read since the start of the year. I commenced the year ‘catching up’ with A Song of Ice and Fire in preparation for the start of the HBO series and the release of the new book. I loved rereading the series – it was amazing how my perception of the characters had changed from the first time I read the novels to this time. Definitely a lot more love for Sansa this time 'round…and of course Sandor became my favourite. The last 10 chapters of A Storm of Swords is still hands down the most compelling bit of reading ever. I only hope the tv series lasts that long as I wouldn’t want to miss it on screen...even if it doesn't live up to my expectations from the novel.
 
So January to July basically looked like this:
A Game of Thrones
A Clash of Kings
A Storm of Swords
A Clash of Kings (MUCH better this time ‘round)
A Dance with Dragons
 
After the GRRM marathon came the Julie Kagawa Iron fey series as follows:
The Iron King
Winter’s Passage
(novella)
The Iron Daughter
The Iron Queen

Summer’s Crossing (novella)
The lead character in the novel is a typical female wannabe…you know the type, they all seem to be crafted on the “Bella” model - thrust into a supernatural world they don't understand yet think they can somehow master within a day. OK granted Meghan Chase is a lot better than Bella Swan. Truthfully it is the supporting cast of characters that makes this series – Ash is the perfect male lead but arguably Puck and Grimalkin steal the show. Further, the description of the faery realm and the respective three kingdoms is in itself very spiff. I am currently reading the final novel in the series, The Iron Knight, told from Ash’s POV. I am trying to read it slowly, to savour it. I am  about half way through and Ash has reached the gauntlet. It’s turning into quite the adventure to say the least. Definitely worth reading this series if you like YA and the faery realm.
 
After completing Summer’s Crossing, my next series to tackle was The Hunger Games trilogy:
The Hunger Games
Catching Fire
Mockingjay

Read the series in less than a week. First novel was good…second was arguably better…third was a total disappointment and a terribly weak conclusion IMO. Since most of you have read this series already no details are required other than to say I am neither Team Peeta nor Team Gale…I’m District Four, Team Finnick all the way. Sadly I spend far too much time pondering who will be cast in that role. Please don’t botch it up.
 
And then came the Cassandra Clare Mortal Instruments series:
City of Bones
City of Ashes
City of Glass
City of Fallen Angels

Wow…another brilliant YA series. Oh gosh the stuff that comes out of Jace’s mouth in those novels…he is just way too much. They should have a blog exclusively for Jace Wayland/Morgenstern/Herondale/Lightwood or whatever his ‘official’ last name is quotes. Between him, Puck and Grimalkin I swear they put Sheldon Cooper to shame. Again another so so female lead…why is it that I never am enamoured by the female leads in these YA stories? Loved the idea of the Shadowhunters. This series incorporated just about everything you could think of: Nephilim, vampires, werewolves, warlocks, fey, demons…and, of course, humans, or rather…mundanes to be correct. As much as I loved Jace, Simon truly was my fav character. Jace is the kind of guy you want to slap one minute and sleep with the next…in other words, he’d get annoying. Simon was just the right mix. Other fav character was Isabelle – aha, Isabelle and her demon-stomping boots…who couldn’t love her? She makes a better female lead than Clary but quidquid – I said the same thing about Alice in Twilight. Anyhow, can’t wait for the next novel in this series. Also can't wait for the movie - Jaime Campbell Bower is the PERFECT Jace IMO even though it appears everyone would prefer Alex Pettyfer *cringes* Ever since I read JCB had the part I can ONLY see him in the role now....he is Jace...it is known. Now just make the movie already...
 
After The Mortal Instruments I began a very brief series that is just starting out - only one novel and novella in, re: Mythos Academy:
First Frost (novella)
Touch of Frost
The premise of this series is the teenage descendants of the ancient world (gods, heroes, Vikings, Spartans, etc.) attending a prep school in the US. I recall the intro novella not being that great but the actual novel was decent enough. I will continue to read the series when the new novels are released.
 
After all those YA series it was time to go back to some regular novels for a while until The Iron Knight was released…so next up was:
Angelology – About a young nun in a convent in New York who discovers secret letters that are part of a mystery involving research on the ‘fallen angels’. Loved this novel right up until the end which left me rolling my eyes and screaming “REALLY???”

Vestal Virgin – A free book download for my ereader. Nero was the villain in this one and since I’m a bit of a Nero sympathizer myself (history has him all wrong IMO) it wasn’t as enjoyable a read as it should have been. I didn’t particularly like any of the characters that much…except maybe for the lead character’s sister (she was an idiot…but at least she was enjoyable). Let’s just say I’m thankful it was free.

The Map of Time – This book was painfully annoying…not because it was bad but because it wasn’t as good as it should and could have been. The novel was split up into three separate stories and once you read the final story you sit there and question the necessity of the first two stories…I wish the author had chosen to just keep all the main characters from start to finish and develop the one plot as necessary. Only the H.G. Welles character remained consistent and truly interesting throughout. What a shame…this novel really had so much potential.
 
That takes me to where I am now which is revelling in Ashallayn'darkmyr Tallyn, The Iron Knight.
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I'm not sure if you are referring to the A Song of Ice and Fire or the Iron Fey series (and I agree, serieses looks weird...I wonder if 'series' even has a plural?) but you should read both as they are both sooooo good. If you are going to read ASOIAF make sure you block of a lot of time for it - those novels are massive. They are the reason I bought an ereader - the novels are too heavy to carry around...LOL
I thought I was a print book only person as well but my problem is I prefer paperbacks to hardcovers and I just hated waiting so long for the paperbacks to come out after the hardcovers. Plus the large novels are too heavy to carry around. An ereader is great. I have five bookcases full of books so I was running out of space...now they are all on my ereader (well all the new ones are..LOL)

DEFINITELY read Game of Thrones...it is so good...even better than the tv series.
Been there, done that. I was so desperate to read a specific book that I went to the library to borrow it in hardcover just 'cause I didn't want to pay for the hardcover or wait for the paperback to come out a year later. That worked out okay but then I still wound up buying the paperback when it came out so I could read it again...LOL
Series is plural lol....you can't have a series unless there is more than one :D
I'll get around to reading Cassandra Clare and Julie Kagawa's series and the rest of the Hunger Games as well once I finish A Princess of Mars....now that you have your new eReader I can borrow your old one to read these on...

Mythos Academy sounds like a rip off of Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson books...except in a Prep school instead of on an island..just sayin'!

I want to read Angelology too at some point. I need more reading time in my life lol
I can't wait till you read them...I may reread along with you...just to LOL at the LOL quotes (there are so many).

Mythos Academy is for girls...Percy Jackson is for either girls or boys...that is pretty much the only difference...EXCEPT of course that Percy Jackson is waaaaay better.

Ummm, Angelology, don't say I didn't warn you about the crappy ending.