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Book Talk: Re-Reads

To celebrate the awesome new update on Goodreads that allows us bibliophiles to mark books as re-read I decided to share some of the books I want to re-read in 2017, series I want to revisit eventually and books I keep coming back too.

To Re-Read In 2017:

Rick Riordan

Percy Jackson and the Olympians

I read this series for the first time way back when I literally only had ONE shelf to store my books and I devoured it.  It’s a middle-grade to young adult adventure series themed around Greek mythology. The thing I enjoyed most about this series is how educational it is, I really love ancient history and more importantly I love to see it reimagined.  In addition to the series being educational it’s also easily accessible – in the language and tone – to people with ADHD.  I can say this because I have ADHD and was never bored with this series or the characters.  I would love to come back and re-read the series now and even write a series review and book recaps.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can’t seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse—Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy’s mom finds out, she knows it’s time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he’ll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends—one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena—Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods. 

The Heroes of Olympus

The Heroes of Olympus series is a spin-off/continuation of the Percy Jackson series by Riordan which introduces Roman mythology to the readers and characters and features new and old characters to love and adventure with.  This series is still classed as middle-grade however the characters vary in ages from 13 to 18 so I mostly classify it as young adult.  Since I’ll be re-reading the Percy Jackson series I wanted to continue with the characters and similarly do a series review as well as book recaps. I mostly want to revisit Percabeth in their prime cause #goals.

The Heroes of Olympus: The Lost Hero

Jason has a problem.
He doesn’t remember anything before waking up in a bus full of kids on a field trip. Apparently he has a girlfriend named Piper, and a best friend named Leo. They’re all students at a boarding school for “bad kids.” What did Jason do to end up here? And where is here, exactly?

Piper has a secret.
Her father has been missing for three days, ever since she had that terrifying nightmare about his being in trouble. Piper doesn’t understand her dream, or why her boyfriend suddenly doesn’t recognize her. When a freak storm hits during the school trip, unleashing strange creatures and whisking her, Jason, and Leo away to someplace called Camp Half-Blood, she has a feeling she’s going to find out.

Leo has a way with tools.
When he sees his cabin at Camp Half-Blood, filled with power tools and machine parts, he feels right at home. But there’s weird stuff, too—like the curse everyone keeps talking about, and some camper who;s gone missing. Weirdest of all, his bunkmates insist that each of them—including Leo—is related to a god. Does this have anything to do with Jason’s amnesia, or the fact that Leo keeps seeing ghosts?

Kane Chronicles

Obviously since I’m planning on re-reading Riordan’s two biggest series’ I would want to come back to his Egyptian mythology series set in the same world as his other series’ but following different characters of different mythological backgrounds.  Similarly to Riordan’s other works this series is aimed at a middle-grade to YA audience.  I don’t remember much about this series and because of that when Demigods and Magicians was released last year I didn’t end up reading it immediately. I really want to re-read this series to not only remind me of what it was about but also to read the bind up novella book.  Again I would be trying to do a series review and individual book recaps.

Kane Chronicles: The Red Pyramid

Since their mother’s death, Carter and Sadie have become near strangers. While Sadie has lived with her grandparents in London, her brother has traveled the world with their father, the brilliant Egyptologist, Dr. Julius Kane.

One night, Dr. Kane brings the siblings together for a “research experiment” at the British Museum, where he hopes to set things right for his family. Instead, he unleashes the Egyptian god Set, who banishes him to oblivion and forces the children to flee for their lives.

Soon, Sadie and Carter discover that the gods of Egypt are waking, and the worst of them —Set— has his sights on the Kanes. To stop him, the siblings embark on a dangerous journey across the globe – a quest that brings them ever closer to the truth about their family and their links to a secret order that has existed since the time of the pharaohs.

Jennifer L. Armentrout

Lux Series

Similarly to a substantial number of book bloggers this was the novel that inspired me to create my blog, The Troubles and Woes of A Bookworm, and for that I will forever be thankful.  I loved this series and I loved the love/hate relationship and I really loved how it made aliens hot (think Roswell vibes) and I just haven’t picked the series up since first reading it.  In fact I technically haven’t read the full series so that is something I want to remedy.  It’s a YA paranormal/sci-fi romance series that includes some conspiracies (Are 51 and D.O.D) and just goes out of this word – directions you would not expect. Some of my earliest posts were literally just ramblings about how amazing this series was and poor attempts at reviews.  I would absolutely LOVE to re-read this series and write reviews on them individually it would be such a throwback.

Lux: Obsidian

Starting over sucks.

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring… until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something… unexpected happens.

The hot alien living next door marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.

If I don’t kill him first, that is

R.J. Larson

Books of the Infinite

Now I won’t lie, this series isn’t for everyone.  It’s Christian lit and I adore it, but you can easily look at it as a fantasy it’s marketed as being ‘Fantasy meets the Old Testament’.  Something I’ve found through my journey as a Christian bibliophile is that I really don’t like Christian books.. Or at least YA Christian fiction and Christian romances, which are basically the two fundamentals of the genres I read, YA and romance.  They always feel to preachy and have very little plot driving the story. But, while it is very preachy, this story and the overall plot throughout the series is incredibly done and written and I loved it. Not only that but the accuracy of how my beliefs are represented impressed me, it helped me understand some things about myself and God that I might not have realised if not for this story.  This is an almost direct quote about my experience with this book and the Bible that I told my psychologist: “I struggle to read non-fiction, even in the Bible I struggle.  If it’s a vision or prophesy I’m fine, I can read it no problem, Psalms, Proverbs, Ezekiel, Revelations, I’m fine.  But the moment it’s a recounting of a true event I just don’t retain it and don’t take anything away from it.  This series uses a lot of those classic Biblical stories as the foundation for certain plots and keeps the same message or lesson and through it being fiction I absorbed that message a lot easier.”  To all my Christian readers I highly recommend this series and even if you aren’t a Christian this is an incredible series that could be classified as fantasy and it’s just incredibly written.  Although I only just read this series for the first time I already want to re-read with the physical copies and annotate and sticky note with references and use this series as a learning tool for my continued journey in Faith.

Books of the Infinite: Prophet

Ela Roeh of Parne doesn’t understand why her beloved Creator, the Infinite, wants her to become His prophet. She’s undignified and bad-tempered, and at age seventeen she’s much too young. In addition, no prophet of Parne has ever been a girl. Worst of all, as Parne’s elders often warn, if she agrees to become the Infinite’s prophet, Ela knows she will die young.

Yet she can’t imagine living without Him. Determined to hear the Infinite’s voice, Ela accepts the sacred vinewood branch and is sent to bring the Infinite’s word to a nation torn apart by war. There she meets a young ambassador determined to bring his own justice for his oppressed people. As they form an unlikely partnership, Ela battles how to balance the leading of her heart with the leading of the Infinite.

Amanda Bouchet

Kingmaker Chronicles

Although I’ve only read the first book in this series (the sequel has only just been released) and I only just recently read it I already want to re-read this incredible adventure.  I have been recommending this book left, right and centre and to be completely honest I devoured it so fast I can hardly remember the details about what happened now.  Just that I loved it.  So I want to revisit it and remind myself why I thought to myself upon closing the book that it was everything I wanted in a fantasy novel.

Kingmaker Chronicles: A Promise of Fire

Catalia “Cat” Fisa is a powerful clairvoyant known as the Kingmaker. This smart-mouthed soothsayer has no interest in her powers and would much rather fly under the radar, far from the clutches of her homicidal mother. But when an ambitious warlord captures her, she may not have a choice…

Griffin is intent on bringing peace to his newly conquered realm in the magic-deprived south. When he discovers Cat is the Kingmaker, he abducts her. But Cat will do everything in her power to avoid her dangerous destiny and battle her captor at every turn. Although up for the battle, Griffin would prefer for Cat to help his people willingly, and he’s ready to do whatever it takes to coax her…even if that means falling in love with her.

Jade Parker

To Catch A Pirate

I recently was in the mood to read a pirate YA romance.  Unfortunately there isn’t much available in this specific genre field and for the most part what there was did not interest me in the slightest.  But then I found a diamond amongst the coal (or perhaps I should say I found a pearl amongst the clams?).  As I read it ticked each box of what I wanted in a pirate book and I am so glad I found it.  I read it at the end of last year but I’d love to revisit it again this year.  Maybe after I’ve read Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller?

To Catch A Pirate

Once caught, it’s harder still to let a pirate go.

When Annalisa Townsend’s ship is set upon by pirates in search of her father’s treasure, one of the crew, James Sterling, discovers her in the hold. When he moves to take her necklace, she begs him not to, as it is all she has left of her mother. He accepts a kiss in exchange for the necklace. “A fair trade, m’lady,” he tells her afterward, before disappearing.
A year later, with a forged letter of marque, Annalisa is intent on hunting down the wretched James Sterling and reclaiming her father’s treasure from him. But now she’s in danger of him stealing something far more vulnerable this time: her heart.

Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows

My Lady Jane

What can I say, I loved this book.  It brought me so much joy and not only do I want to re-read it for the story but I’d also love to write a review for it.  Before this book I never thought I’d like a historical fiction novel but this book flipped my perspective upside down.  Granted the authors took certain liberties with the actual historical accuracy and you know… added in a whole branch of shape shifting humans.  But it sparked a certain interest for historical stories and it was honestly just so flipping funny, I remember having tears streaming down my cheeks which were sore from smiling.

My Lady Jane

The comical, fantastical, romantical, (not) entirely true story of Lady Jane Grey. In My Lady Jane, coauthors Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows have created a one-of-a-kind fantasy in the tradition of The Princess Bride, featuring a reluctant king, an even more reluctant queen, a noble steed, and only a passing resemblance to actual history—because sometimes history needs a little help.

At sixteen, Lady Jane Grey is about to be married off to a stranger and caught up in a conspiracy to rob her cousin, King Edward, of his throne. But those trifling problems aren’t for Jane to worry about. Jane is about to become the Queen of England.

Books I Keep Re-Reading:

Nichole Chase

Flukes

I think this was one of the first ‘proper’ reviews I wrote for my blog.  I just love how light hearted it is and still since 2012 it remains the only novels featuring mermaids that I really love.  I’ve read it four times and still I find joy reading it. I love reading it in Summer at the beach.  When I was travelling around tropical and Mediterranean locations I regretted not having a copy, whether physically or digitally, with me.

REVIEW HERE

Flukes

Meena has a secret guarded closely by her family—a secret as dangerous as the sea and buried just as deep. When court-appointed community-service workers are assigned to Flukes, the family-owned animal sanctuary, everyone is on high alert. It doesn’t help that Meena finds herself attracted to sexy-as-sin Blake Weathering, one of the new workers. If he wasn’t so distracting, she might be able to land Flukes a much-needed cruise-line contract.

Blake Weathering, the first in his family to attend public school, has developed a tough image. Unfortunately, it lands him in trouble. Now banned from his high school graduation ceremony, getting his diploma is dependent upon a community-service gig cleaning up fish crap. No diploma, no trust fund fortune—and no way to escape his overbearing father. The last thing he needs is the distraction of a mysterious girl with teal eyes who pulls at his heartstrings.

When Blake discovers Meena’s secret, they are both thrown into a desperate search for information about her past. Two worlds pull them in opposite directions, and they will have to fight to hold on to all that really matters.

Larissa Ione

Lords of Deliverance

Okay, technically I haven’t re-read this series, in fact I haven’t even read the full series.  But the first book in this spin-off from the Demonica series, Eternal Rider, is a favorite that I’ve re-read 3 times.  I just love the main two protagonists and the situation and most importantly I love Hal.  I kind of don’t really care about the other characters- I looked up a additional scene that takes place after the last book that allowed me to feel content with how Ares and Cara’s story concluded.

Lords of Deliverance: Eternal Rider

They are here. They ride. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

His name is Ares, and the fate of mankind rests on his powerful shoulders. If he falls to the forces of evil, the world falls too. As one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, he is far stronger than any mortal, but even he cannot fight his destiny forever. Not when his own brother plots against him.

Yet there is one last hope. Gifted in a way other humans can’t-or won’t-understand, Cara Thornhart is the key to both this Horseman’s safety and his doom. But involving Cara will prove treacherous, even beyond the maddening, dangerous desire that seizes them the moment they meet. For staving off eternal darkness could have a staggering cost: Cara’s life.

Emma Hart

The Holly Woods Files

Okay, so I raved about this series a lot last year and I still stand by my view that it’s one of the best light adult romances I’ve ever read.  I haven’t re-read the whole series but I have read the first and second book multiple times and intend to continue doing so (as well as the following novels).  The characters are so much fun and I love Hart’s writing style.  The Bond family is #goals in my opinion and I think that’s something that keeps me coming back to this series.  Well that that the smoking how alpha love/hate relationship between the protagonist and the love interest.

REVIEW HERE

The Holly Woods Files: Twisted Bond

I’m an Italian-Texan woman in a family full of cops. I’m passionate and shoot before I think. You only f*ck with me if you’re stupid.

Photograph cheating spouses. Hand over the evidence. Cash my check.
That was my plan when I returned home to Holly Woods, Texas, and became a private investigator.
Finding the dead body in my dumpster? Yeah… Given the choice, I think I would have opted out of that little discovery, especially since all three of my brothers are cops. And my Italian grandmother is sure the reason I’m single is because of my job.
Of course, my connection to the victim is entirely coincidental. Until I’m hired by her husband to investigate her murder and shoved bang-smack into the path of Detective Drake Nash. My nemesis, a persistent pain in my ass, and one hell of a sexy son of a bitch.
Shame he still holds a grudge from that time I shot him in the foot twelve years ago, or we could have something. In another life.
So now all I have to do is avoid my nonna’s blind dates, try not to blackmail my brothers into giving me confidential police files, and absolutely do not point my gun at Drake Nash. Or kiss him. Or jump his bones.
All while I hunt down the killer.
Sounds totally simple—until a second body proves that sometimes things that start as coincidences don’t always end up that way…

 

What books do YOU want to re-read in 2017?

What are some books YOU keep coming back to?

 

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