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Book review: Vampire Academy

Ahhhh one of my all-time favorite series, cliche as it might be 😉 I read this series a few years ago, and then another time like a year ago, and I didn’t remember anything that happened in the last two or three books. Then, I started Bloodlines, the spin-off series, and found out that they didn’t get translated after book three (I read them all in Dutch, from the library here), tried to read them as an ebook on my phone, discovered that reading on my phone is horrible, and didn’t read anything of the series till last.. November, I think? Anyhow, long story short, I decided to reread them again, and since I bought both of the series, I should be able to finally read the whole Vampire Academy and Bloodlines series without stopping 😛  Which was a good thing too, because I got this huge book slump and didn’t read anything for months, but I found my love for reading again in both Vampire Academy and, of course, Discworld, which I did keep reading but at such a sloooowwww pace.

Enough with the rambling though, let’s get on with the review!


Title: Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy #1)

Author: Richelle Mead

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Summary: Just like any other story, there are vampires and there are humans. Except here. There are three different kinds of vampires. There are the Moroi, they have the gift of harvesting the Earth’s power. Then, there are the Strigoi, the “evil” vampires. Where the Moroi take a tiny dose of human blood to feed, the Strigoi kill their “prey”. They can also turn Moroi into Strigoi. To protect the Moroi, there are Dhampirs. They’re half human, half vampire. The power from the vampire side helps them to protect the Moroi, and the human side makes them stronger, because they can easily walk in daylight and don’t need blood to survive. Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess, and she and her best friend (who she is also mentally bonded with) Rose Hathaway, a Dhampir, have run away from school, but after 2 years, they’re found and brought back. In order to catch up soon enough, Rose is being mentored with extra practice by Dimitri, a Dhampir. Between Lissa, lessons, extra practice, rose is busy enough. But the Strigoi are always close…

In this book, we meet Rose, who’s.. well, let’s just say she always has an answer ready before you even finish your sentence. I personally am a huge fan of Rose, although I do agree with the people saying she is too childish. She may be, a bit, but that’s part of her personality too. I love her sassyness and snarkiness so much, so her inner (and sometimes outer too) monologue is always a joy to read.

Rose and Lissa have run away from the academy two years ago, and this book starts with them being found and brought back. I remember reading it for the first time and thinking “huh, ironic, this is the first book that doesn’t start with two teenagers running away but being brought back.” They’re caught by Dimitri, who later helps Rose when she is being scoffed at for being so ridiculous and careless. Lissa is afterall the last Dragomir, and she should be protected at all times. Rose will get back to her classes at the academy, and although she did live out in the “real world”, she needs extra field practice, which Dimitri will give her.

Dimitri Belikov is mentioned as being “godly” quite a few times, leaving me with a nice imagination of him. He is strong, smart, and above all, the one who has to take care of Rose being able to keep up with her classmates. Soon enough, they have feelings for each other, but since he is her mentor, it cannot happen. They stay strong and deny any attraction between them, no matter how difficult it may be.

Lissa Dragomir is Rose’s best friend, and they’re bonded as well. Rose can feel Lissa’s feelings, hear her thoughts, and even “visit” her, which turns out to be very useful at times. Too bad, the bond is only one way, and Lissa can do none of those things. I thought Lissa was more childish than Rose in the first book, because were Rose has her training for guardian-being, Lissa is pretty helpless. She, of course, needs to be protected against Strigoi, but besides that, she can make some pretty stupid choices too.

Christian Ozera is another character we’ll see quite much of later. He is found spending time in the church’s attic, where Lissa used to be too, before they ran away. They become friends, even though Christian is hated a lot because of his parent’s choice to turn into Strigoi. His sassyness matches Rose’s, which makes them quite funny.

I can’t say a lot about the other characters, because I’ll spoil too much, but I’ll tell you that there are quite some plot twists I didn’t see coming. In the first book, there is also a bit of slut-shaming, seemingly as Rose looks good and knows how to get stuff done when guys are around. She is still a virgin though, so I just wrote it off as regular high school drama.

I’ve also seen quite some comments about the lengthy descriptions that Richelle Mead has in her book, and the disappointing amount of actual badass fighting, which I will assure you, that will come. As for the descriptions.. I personally don’t mind that. I read quite fast so I tend to miss one or two words sometimes, and this makes it really easy to still know what’s going on 😉 And, as I also said in my review of The Night Circus, if I like the book, I really like long descriptions.

As for the disapproval on Rose and Dimitri.. well, Rose is almost 18 in this book, if I remember it correctly and Dimitri is 24. Which is not that much of a difference, if you ask me. But hey, I’m 20 and my boyfriend is 34 so I guess I’m not one to judge here 😉 For real though, I don’t mind age difference (duh) and I saw how they were more on the same level than student-teacher most of the times. They are, however, right on one thing. If they both will be guarding Lissa, they can’t be in a relationship, since they will have to be willing to sacrifice themselves for her, not for each other.

Overall, this book is a great start of the series, it introduces the most important characters and the setting of the story.

Despite the idea of this being the “new Twilight”, I personally don’t see any resemblance with Twilight, besides from Vampires being in the story. There’s also a lot more action, and while that may not be all in the first book, the next ones will get more than enough, trust me on this 😉

Did you read Vampire Academy? What did you think? 


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Book review: The Hidden Oracle

Hey there! I’m back with another review for you, another book I read on my vacation haha. Now, this was also a book I actually bought in London, at Waterstones Picadilly (and damn if that isn’t the most beautiful bookstore I’ve ever seen in my entire life <3)

I’ve always been a big fan of Rick Riordan, in fact, the Percy Jackson series was the first thing I ever read in English (besides stuff for class of course). I borrowed it from my teacher, who said it should be easy enough for me to read. He was right, and they soon got on the list of favorite series.

This book is one I bought because it was the first one of a new series, and it was among the “buy one, get the second one half price” stack. Yay for having excuses to buy two books instead of one at the time! 😉


Title: The Hidden Oracle (The Trials Of Apollo #1)

Author: Rick Riordan

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Summary: How do you punish an immortal god? By making him human, and mortal. And that’s how Apollo, former God, finds himself cast down from Olympus and, if it hadn’t been bad enough already, straight into a dumpster. He is now a regular teenage boy, without any of his powers from when he was a God, and close to having no friends at all. Too bad that there are enough monsters and other Gods who would love to destroy him, so Apollo must find a safe place and someone to help him survive. Which is how he ends up in Camp Half-Blood, together with the demigods who regularly spend their time there. He is determined to find a way to get back to being a God again, but first, he will need to learn how to survive in the modern world.

Oh I loved this book. I was planning on rereading the Percy Jackson series first, and then reading the Heroes of Olympus series, and then starting this one, but I read the first few pages in the bookstore and honestly couldn’t stop already.

Apollo is by far one of the most hilarious characters, ever, although a lot of rick Riordan’s characters are. He is very flawed, extremely arrogant and self-centered.. but that’s what makes it fun. His way of seeing humans, for instance, is what you’d expect of him. except that he isn’t a god any more and has to find a way to survive, which won’t work with the way he’s thinking.

he soon enough finds Meg McCaffrey, a girl who’s almost as sarcastic as he is, which should either go very well together.. or not at all. In this case, it’s a bit of both, and she’s the only one who seems to be able to help her. I liked reading about her throughout the book.

I also really loved the appearance of Percy and Sally Jackson. Those two will always have a special place in my heart ❤

Along the way, Apollo makes some friends, some more enemies (like he didn’t have enough already…), and overall, this book was absolutely fantastic. I’m looking forward to the next ones! (and maybe I’ll even read the Heroes of Olympus series first ^^;)

Have you read this book? Or any other books set in the Percy Jackson universe? What did you think?


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T5W: Books you disliked but love to discuss

The Top 5 Wednesday is created by gingerreadslainey and hosted by Sam @Thoughts On Tomes. You can find the Goodreads group here.

Some books we disliked or they were just okay, but they still have a lot of discussion points to sink your teeth into. 

I actually had to check my whole Goodreads shelf for this instead of easily coming up with some titles.

1. City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

I absolutely loved the first three books in the series, and liked the last two fairly enough as far as I remember (and as always, yes I do plan on rereading ^^; ), but this one… nope. I remember talking to quite a few people after reading this book, and we all agreed that this one was just the downfall of the series. It wasn’t particularly too bad (I think. I gave it one star, but that might change after my reread), but I just really didn’t like this one.

2. The Selection by Kiera Cass

Would you believe me if I said I actually read the first three whole books to see if maybe it was just the first book that I didn’t like? I stopped reading when I got to the fourth one and everything happened again, just with the daughter. I really didn’t like anything in these books, they were too predictable and boring to me.

3. Waterfall by Lauren Kate

Excuse me, but what the hell. I liked Teardrop, and besides the weird things that happened, I thought there was some good potential for the next book, then I read it and I just.. didn’t read any further. Every time I tried to pick it up, I either read without actually reading a word, or I fell asleep, and it almost got me into an actual reading slump. The story went a completely different way, and for some reason, I really couldn’t concentrate on it any more. I don’t plan on rereading it, since I didn’t love the first book that much already.

4. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

I’ve actually written out a review for this one, over here. I liked the book, the story itself was quite nice, I just didn’t like so many other things about it. The whole point of the book (to me, at least) got ruined, and it was too predictable (hint: I hate it when books get too predictable, which might have shown so far).

That’s all I could think of, I’m actually quite glad I’ve read mostly awesome books 🙂 What are your thoughts on this list? Do you agree with me, or not at all? Let me know!


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Book review: Norse Mythology

Another book I took with me during my vacation, and read within one or two nights. But that’s only because at some point I just straight up fell asleep while reading because we had walked all day and I was so damn tired XD


Title: Norse Mythology

Author: Neil Gaiman

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Summary: Introducing an instant classic—master storyteller Neil Gaiman presents a dazzling version of the great Norse myths.

Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction. Now he turns his attention back to the source, presenting a bravura rendition of the great northern tales. In Norse Mythology, Gaiman fashions primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds; delves into the exploits of the deities, dwarves, and giants; and culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and the rebirth of a new time and people. Gaiman stays true to the myths while vividly reincarnating Odin, the highest of the high, wise, daring, and cunning; Thor, Odin’s son, incredibly strong yet not the wisest of gods; and Loki, the son of giants, a trickster and unsurpassable manipulator. From Gaiman’s deft and witty prose emerges the gods with their fiercely competitive natures, their susceptibility to being duped and to dupe others, and their tendency to let passion ignite their actions, making these long-ago myths breathe pungent life again

(summary from Goodreads)

Okay so I took the summary from Goodreads since this book is basically a lot of short stories in one. I have been interested in the Norse Mythology (okay and the Greek and Roman, and basically anything, I’ll admit), so this was a great opportunity for me to read some more about it.

Neil Gaiman wrote about them in a hilarious way, the characters were very on point, I laughed a lot while reading. I loved that the stories were so detailed, it made me imagine them easily.

I read some reviews on Goodreads and saw people say that this is a children’s book, because the stories were so.. childlike explained. Now, I’ll admit, in the beginning I thought so too. The way it’s written makes it seem like it’s written for kids to understand, but if you read a bit further, there are some things explained that’s absolutely not for kids. Besides, it’s not a bad thing, it makes the reading more fun and easy, since not everyone can as easily read long dreaded sentences that some other mythology books use.

I definitely plan on reading more that Neil Gaiman wrote, if you have anything to recommend me to start with, please let me know!


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T5W: Forgettable books

Back again with a T5W! The Top 5 Wednesday is created by gingerreadslainey and hosted by Sam @Thoughts On Tomes. You can find the Goodreads group here.

Whether you loved or hated them at the time, these are books that you just don’t really remember…

Well, this should be easy enough for me since I don’t remember half of the books I read 😉

1. House of Night by P.C. Cast

I used to be such a big fan of this series, now all I remember is that the girl (Zoey?) becomes a vampire? And a lot of stuff happens. Cool stuff, I guess xD

2. Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot

Ahhh I absolutely loved this series, and I actually kinda want to read it again. I do remember the first book quite clearly (I’ll admit, I’ve seen the movie a year ago so that helps too ^^; ) but the others… No idea. I’d love to go back to them, honestly

3. The Wolves of Mercy Falls by Maggie Stiefvater


Maggie Stiefvater ❤ I sadly don’t remember a lot of this series (the 4th part has come out and I’ve never read it??), but I do want to read it again since this started my Stiefvater obsession 😉

4. Divergent by Veronica Roth

A series I have on my shelves purely for rereading purposes xD I’ll be honest, I have read the entire series a few years ago.. and everyone I know is still all like “oh no but the ending of Allegiant was the worst!” etc and… I literally don’t remember what happened at the ending. So, yeah, there’s that XD

5. Angel by L.A. Weatherly


Another series where the 3rd part has come out, and I’ve never read it. But, let’s be honest, those covers already make me want to read it again, so I just might do that sometime.


Alright, it’s just halfway through January and I’ve already added so many books to my TBR and we all know I am never gonna read them all xD Ohwell

I could literally add so many more books to this list, since I just scrolled through my goodreads Read-list and picked out a few, but there are SO MANY books I didn’t remember.. even books where I just sat here thinking “I’ve read this?? When did I read this? What is this book even about?”. I might even make a new post for it *adds it to list of post ideas that never get written because.. I don’t even have a legit reason*


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T5W: Books you didn’t get to in 2017

Hey there! As promised, another T5W. The Top 5 Wednesday is created by gingerreadslainey and hosted by Sam @Thoughts On Tomes. You can find the Goodreads group here.

These are books you didn’t end up getting to in 2017, but really want to prioritize in 2018

1. The Hate U Give

I’ve heard so many good things about this book and I already have it at home, but I just haven’t read it. Which I do feel bad about, since I’ve been wanting to read it ever since it came out xD

2. The Raven Cycle


Technically not a book, but hey, let’s be real.. when am I ever holding back when it comes to books I want to read… I do finally have the whole series complete though, so I’m ready to be swallowed up in the whole world of the Raven Cycle!

3. Renegades by Marissa Meyer

Ahhh I was so enthusiastic about this book when I heard about it! And I’m a huge Marissa Meyer fan in general so that works too. I picked it up at the bookstore late December so that’s quite a good excuse as for why I haven’t read it yet.

4. Wayfarers by Becky Chambers


I’ve heard so many good things about this duology and I’m so excited to start it… I just haven’t yet xD shame on me

5. The Talon Saga by Julie Kagawa

Last but not least… Another favorite author. I secretly already wanted the books before I even knew what they were about, because let’s be real, those covers look amazing on any bookshelf. There’s a 4th part that’s not on the picture, and a 5th part coming soon<3
Have you read any of these books? Or do you want to? Let me know!


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Book review: Everything, Everything

First review of the year!! etc etc etc, excuse the sarcasm please. This is a book I’ve read 6 months ago and I’ve only written the review now because well… *earlier post with all my excuses for not posting*. However, I have a few reviews written and scheduled and I think I could keep this up 🙂

(spoiler-free review over here at Goodreads, spoiler is marked if you still want to read it here)

Title: Everything, Everything

Author: Nicola Yoon

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Summary: Madeline is allergic, to the whole world. If she goes outside, she will probably die because of her allergies. She lives inside her room and her best friends are her mom and Carla, her nurse. One day, there are people moving into the house next door, a family with a boy. He is called Olly and Madeline is falling for him, hard. They keep contact by texting, since Madeline can’t ever meet him in person. Or can she…?

Since I loved The Sun Is Also A Star  so much, I expected a lot of this book. I heard a lot of good things about it, and was damn excited to start it. But, I’ll be honest…. I was a bit disappointed ._. I felt like this book was too predictable and didn’t feel a lot while reading it.

Madeline is sick, that’s been clear since the beginning. I loved how the set up of the book was partly text, but also partly her diary and things like that in the beginning. I felt as frustrated as she did about her allergies, and I don’t know how I would’ve handled it (okay, obviously by reading all day, probably like any of us would).

Her mom is a bit overprotective, but honestly, I can imagine why. If I would have a daughter with allergies like that, I would never leave her out of my sight, worrying about her all day and night. On the other hand, I would probably give her a bit more freedom too.

Carla is the one character I really liked, she seemed sympathetic but also really cool and I was so sad when she had to leave. I loved that Madeline did get to see her for a bit later during the story.

Olly.. I understand him. But I also don’t. I wouldn’t ever dare to do take her out like that, I would be way too afraid anything would happen. And sure, everything went well, but what if it wouldn’t have? What if anything would’ve happened? That would be on him, and I wouldn’t ever risk that for the world. And with the situation going on along him, I know he feels the need to protect Madeline, but… that’s not the way to do it. 

Overall, I thought this book was nice, I didn’t hate it, but I did expect a few things to happen and they happened exactly like I thought they would. Now, it could be just me, but I hate it when I think “oh what if [insert thing here] would happen” and it does exactly that. Multiple times.

Another thing I don’t really like is the “instalove” thing that happens here. Sure, love me some super-cheesy love that’s bound to fail, like All The Bright Places, or even The Sun Is Also A Star, but I just don’t like it when two characters fall in love as soon as their eyes meet each other. To me, that’s just unrealistic.


And then, there’s the ultimate plot-twist.. IT WAS ALL A LIE. Which is what I did expect. There are no records found anywhere, and even though her mom is a doctor, that should not be enough reason. It was a good plot-twist, sure, but I just didn’t like the reason at all.

I think I’m mostly disappointed that this book wasn’t a realistic story about such an illness. Life doesn’t work that way, and I know that not every book has to be exactly true to the real world, but I hoped for it with this one, because it started off quite strong.



I think I was just way too overhyped by everyone that it turned out to be so disappointing. It’s not that I particularly hated it, it was an enjoyable read. I most probably will read anything new from Nicola Yoon, since I loved her other book and her writing style is something I enjoyed too.

The good thing is, the cover is still damn beautiful so I’m just gonna keep it on my shelves for that purpose :p

Did you read this one, or The Sun Is Also A Star? Did you like them?


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Book review: The Sun Is Also A Star

Hey there! Remember when I said I’d post a review at least once a week…. hahahahahahaha yeah anyways. I keep saying a lot happens in my life, and it does really. I broke up with my boyfriend, was a lil sad about it, worked 13 days in a row had one day free and got back to working 6 days a week (which is actually my regular schedule, I work 40 to 50 hours from Monday to Saturday and I’m free every Sunday), and there’s A LOT of drama at work. Also, since it’s been summer vacation, a lot of my friends wanted to meet up, which we did and I kind of didn’t have a lot of time to read or be active on WordPress?? Bad excuses, I know, but at least I read quite some books before all that, which means I can schedule reviews for the next weeks yay! Now I’ll just have to write them.. xD

HOWEVER, on with the review!!

Title: The Sun Is Also A Star

Author: Nicola Yoon

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Summary: Natasha is a Jamaican girl who’s about to get deported back at 10pm this day. Daniel is a Korean boy, poet, and hopeless romantic, who is on his way to an interview of a job he doesn’t want. When they meet each other, Natasha doesn’t care about Daniel much. She has all the scientific proof that she shouldn’t care for him. Daniel, however, desperately wants her to fall for him, as he is falling for her. They end up spending the day together, Natasha trying to find a way to stay in the US, and Daniel trying to live the life he wants for himself instead of what his parents want for him.

First of all, would you just look at that cover? This is one of the books I bought because I just wanted to see that cover on my shelves (me, cover buying? Absolutely not, where’d you get that idea? *hides behind pile of books with really pretty covers*). I can tell you, it’s even more beautiful in real life.

This book honestly already started out great, with Natasha and her family who had to leave that night. Her feelings and her family’s feelings felt so real, I could almost imagine how it feels like. Almost. 

Daniel’s life was completely different from Natasha’s. He wanted to live his life, do what he wanted to do, but his parents wanted another thing for him. And since he couldn’t really stand up against them, I understand it must suck.

I loved the way Daniel and Natasha met, and how different they continued to be during the book. Daniel kept convincing Natasha that they were meant to be, while for Natasha nothing actually mattered because she was going away anyway. Not that she told Daniel anything about that. Another thing I really liked was how it’s usually the girl falling in love, and the guy either ignoring it, or playing along, or something like that. With this book, Daniel was the hopeless romantic, believing in love and everything around it.

What makes this book so strong, I think, is the fact that even though their lives are so completely different, both Daniel and Natasha were trying to escape their current lives. And while that’s a thing that happens a lot in YA books, this one felt a little too real with Natasha’s situation.

The ending is something I didn’t expect (don’t worry, I’m not going to spoil anything), but that honestly made it even better. There is one thing in the ending that I was thinking about throughout the whole book, and I’m so glad that part was included too!

I’ve seen some reviews of people who absolutely hated the other POV’s throughout the book. For me, I thought it was amazing. A story isn’t just about two people, there’s everyone around them too, and this book really showed that.

Overall I loved this book, and I’d really recommend it. It’s a somewhat light and cute read, while it made me think about things at some parts too.

Next up is Everything Everything, by the same author. Heard a lot of hype for it so I’ll see (read)!


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Book Traveling Thursday: 1st book in a series

Hey y’all! Back again with another Book Traveling Thursdays, and it seems to be all about TBR’s these weeks! *silently cries over my huge TBR while avoiding the real world*

Book Traveling Thursdays is created by Cátia @ The Girl Who Read Too Much and Danielle @ Danielle’s Book Blog. This weekly meme consists in picking a book related to the weekly theme that is announced in the group Goodreads page (if you want to join click here) at the beginning of each month. After that you can write a blog post where you explain why you choose that book and choose different covers from different countries. To make it a little bit easy you are going to choose different editions of the original cover, the cover from your country, your favorite cover, and your least favorite cover.

July 27th – Choose the first book in a series you want to start soon. 

I’m going with the Shadow and Bone trilogy because I miiiight just bought them….

Original (and favorite) Cover:


Cover from my country (the Netherlands):


Least favorite cover:

Can you believe I don’t have one? All covers from this book look so amazing! 😀

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Top 5 Wednesday: Series that got better

Getting back on track and trying to write my reviews for the three books I’ve read in the next few days! There’s a lot going on in my life at the moment so I do not expect a lot, but I should be able to have at least one review up by the weekend. Note: as I’m typing this, it’s Wednesday night (and it’s 3am oops), and just a day ago on Tuesday I have broken up with my (now ex) boyfriend so I’m not really completely back from that yet.

The Top 5 Wednesday is created by gingerreadslainey and hosted by Sam @Thoughts On Tomes. You can find the Goodreads group here.

— We’ve talked about series that went downhill with each book, but talk about series that are worth pushing through the first (or first few…) books to get to the good stuff!

This will be quite a hard one because usually when I read series, I like all the books! However, I did manage to find some 🙂


1. Legend series by Marie Lu

Gods, I loved this series with the first book, but the second and third were even better! Although there was a little bit of a love triangle, not much happened at that point, which was amazing!


2. Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead

Ahhh of course, Richelle Mead in the list. I absolutely adored the first book, but when this series went on it just got better and better and better. So many new things were happening and it was so good! I still have to finish it someday but I since I recently bought both Vampire Acacademy and Bloodlines, I might as well start them all over again :p


3. Blood of Eden series by Julie Kagawa

While this series also started off great, much more things happened when this series continued. I’m still sad that this series ended after three books though


4. Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi

I must admit, when I first started reading Shatter Me, I honestly didn’t know what to think of it. A girl who can’t touch anyone…. but one person? Who she also seems to hate??? Or not???? However, as the books went on the plot got better and better


5. Penryn and the End of Days series by Susan Ee

Although I haven’t read this series yet (still missing the third book), this is another great series with a great start and a great middle and as far as I know, a great ending. There is actually no love triangle so far so that’s an amazing thing


Honorary mention: Percy Jackson series (and everything else) by Rick Riordan

This is honorary because I already had 5, but also because I didn’t like any other book more than the first one, it’s just that they all are so great! Seriously I can’t tell you enough how much I adore the entire Percy Jackson world ❤


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