My Top 10: Worst Reads of 2018

My Boyfriend is a Vampire (Series) by Han Yu Rang

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Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

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Shuriken and Pleats by Matsuri Hino

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Green Grow the Lilacs: A Play by Lynn Riggs

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Honey & Honey Drops by Kanan Minami

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Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder

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Blue Morning by Shoko Hidaka

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The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler

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Red Queen (Series) by Victoria Aveyard

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Professed by Nicola Rendell

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My Top 10: Best Reads of 2018

Tokyo Ghoul (Series) by Sui Ishida

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Circe by Madeline Miller

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Aoharu X Machinegun (Series) by NAOE

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Peter Darling by Austin Chant

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Fruits Basket (Series) by Natsuki Takaya

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Becoming by Michelle Obama

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Noragami (Series) by Adachitoka

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The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis

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The Water Dragon's Bride by Rei Toma

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Giant Days (Series) by John Allison

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My Top 10: Most Disappointing Reads of 2018

What If It's Us by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera

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Mystic by Jason Denzel

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Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore

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Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson

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The Gentleman's Guide to Vice & Virtue by Mackenzie Lee

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Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson

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The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

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The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

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Radio Silence by Alice Oseman

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A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

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My Top 10: Most Surprising Reads of 2018

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupery

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Sadie by Courtney Summers

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George by Alex Gino

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Human Acts by Han Kang

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The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

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The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

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The Backstagers (Series) by James Tynion IV

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The Way I Used To Be by Amber Smith

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Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

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5 Series I’ll Never Review

I’d been thinking about doing some new things on the blog for a while now, but haven’t gotten around to doing much except taking breaks lol. Now that I’m back (again) I’d like to restart doing some original posts as well as try my hand at few lists (a big thanks to fellow bloggers for the suggestions in the past!). 

While I was thinking up things I wanted to review, I kept coming across things I absolutely refused to write a review on. So for these lists I’ll be picking five books, manga, and/or comics that I’ll never write a review on (with varying reasons). Then attempt to say a few words about said book/series. Here goes:

 

5 Books/Manga Series I’ll Never Review…because my words will forever be unable to do them justice:

 

These are 5 (of many) series where a review attempt may begin normally, but would quickly descend into raving madness, ending with incoherent fangirling.

Graceling by Kristin Cashore (Just the first 2)

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A Short Synopsis:

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Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa

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A Short Overview:

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A Seven Realms Series by Cinda Williams Chima

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A Short Summary:

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Vagabond by Takehiko Inoue 
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A Few Words on the Series:

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The Night Angel Trilogy by Brent Weeks

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….I Think You Get the Idea:

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Now excuse me,

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while I go drown in an ocean of FEELS for a few days…

Half a King (A Shattered Sea novel) by Joe Abercrombie

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I’d be surprised if any of you actually remember (I certainly didn’t until recently lol), but some time ago I had made a resolution, which only lasted a couple weeks, to actually read some of my most neglected possessions. This is one of the many series I’ve had on my shelf for more than a year that I finally got around to reading. I’ve been hearing the hype about Abercrombie for a long time so, as I’ve yet to reading something by him, I decided this would be a good way to get back in to my forgotten resolution. Glad to say I’ve found myself another favoured author!

Half a King is an Abercrombie Y.A. fantasy series (a complete trilogy), and revolves around the young crippled prince of Gettland named Yarvi. The story begins as Yari studies to become part of an order of scholars, history keepers, linguists and anthropologists, geographers, and philosophers who’s craft is knowledge of all kinds.  These Ministers, who often act as advisers to high ranking officials and royals, live the kind of knowledge driven lifestyle that is everything Yarvi could hope for. Unfortunately, of course, things don’t go as planned as the night before Yarvi is to become an official Minister, his uncle brings the unwelcome news that both his father and older brother were murdered. This leaves the only remaining heir, constantly taunted and called “half a man“, to sit on the throne.

Rating: 8.5/10 Unicorns Horns!

This is a series I would recommend to most fantasy readers, as it has many of the elements that makes this genre so appealing: mystery, political power plays, betrayal, adventure, and a touch of darkness. This fast paced novel was honestly one of he best fantasy reads I’ve come across. Each and every character is this book was amazing. They stood out to me as unique in there own right. Yarvi, the underdog of this wonderfully crafted story, is an amazingly sharp and quick witted character that plays well to his own strengths and limitations. He felt quite human to me and even his weak moments were relatable rather than grating. His companions and other supporting characters, of which I cannot give too much away, were all…well except for one…people who I’d love to get to know more about and made me want to keep reading, sometimes even more than the actual story itself did.

I have more questions than ever after finishing Half a War than most other series I have read lately. It’s a pleasant surprise how much this book got me thinking, and how much I found myself excitedly trying to read into the smallest of comments, actions, and events thinking it might to a clue to the many mysteries this book held. I cannot wait to get on the the next one!