Friday, December 19, 2014

2014 Prequels and Sequels Challenge Round-Up

At the start of this year, I started the 2014 prequels and sequels challenge from Novel Heartbeat. And I did enjoy it a lot, although I didn't end up reading all the books I wanted to read. Which, on the one hand, is a shame because there's a lot of books here I wanted to read. On the other, hey, I have my 2015 TBR cut out for me. 

I'll enclose a full list of my completed challenge reads below, with links to reviews, but I wanted to give some of the highlights:

Favorite finished series: Though technically Garth Nix said he's working on another Old Kingdom book, I think that Clariel is hands down my favourite read this year, and the Old Kingdom is my favourite series. I have the full review if you want to know why, but if you want a gateway into the world, and something that is relatively self-contained, this is the one for you.

Series I'm looking forward to most in 2015: That would probably be the Lunar Chronicles. I already loved them, but after reading Scarlet and Cress I'm super-excited for Winter. (Fairest, I'm withholding judgement until I actually read it. Queen Levana has a ton of potential, but I've only had glimpses of her so far. I can only hope her stand-alone lives up to the hype.)

Best discovery: Not so much a discovery since I started this series earlier, but I was pleasantly surprised by Sweetly and Fathomless. Neither was perfect, but I liked how they liked to get gray. Or grayer than what I'd been used to. Honestly, I kinda don't want to read the final installment because then there wouldn't be any left. And then what will I do?

Biggest disappointment: The Mercy series. Through and through. Exile was okay, but Muse and Fury just dug the whole thing into the ground, which was such a pain because Mercy was fantastic. (And now with the angel trend over, what are the chances of this repeating itself?)

First for 2015: First series I'll pick up in 2015? That'll be the Russalka Chronicles by Jonathan L. Howard. And not just because the main character and I share a name. It's just quality stuff, these series.

Although this latter category makes me think about all those series that I wanted to finish this year, but I would have liked to re-read first. The Ghost and the Goth series for example, and a lot other. A re-read challenge perhaps? What would you guys think about it?

Full list of reads:

Allegiant by Veronica Roth
Sever by Lauren de Stefano (having just finished Fever today)
Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake
Scarlet (and Cress) by Marissa Meyer
Magic Study and Fire Study by Maria V. Snyder
Exile (and Muse, and Fury) by Rebecca Lim
Prodigy by Marie Lu
Sweetly and Fathomless by Jackson Pierce
Rebel Heart by Moira Young
Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein
Because It Is My Blood by Gabrielle Zevin
Clariel by Garth Nix
Into The Shadows by Carolyn Crane

Points count: 84

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