Top Ten Tuesday – Book series I need to start or finish reading in 2019

Hi everyone! I’m back with my third Top Ten Tuesday post and this week’s prompt is to list the top 10 Standalone Books That Need a Sequel. However, I made a change as I did in my last Top Ten Tuesday prompt.

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme that was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

So, I can definitely remember a couple of standalones that I’d love a sequel to but I’m going to add a twist of my own to this prompt. My prompt will be about the Top Ten series that I need to start or finish reading in 2019.


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  1.  The Lunar Chronicles:  I have read Cinder, the first book in the series and completely forgot to read Scarlet, Cress, and Winter. Even though there are 4 or 5 novellas, I am sorry to say that I don’t have the time to read those #NeverthoughtI’dsaythat

Illuminae

2. The Illuminae Files The Illuminae Files trilogy by authors Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff has been on my TBR for a year(I think). Somehow, I never pick it up but I have seen many of my blogger and bookstagram friends recommend it so I hope I can start reading the series this year

The Winter of the Witch

3. The Winternight Trilogy: I loved reading The Bear and the Nightingale and The Girl in the Tower so much that I had to stop myself from reading the final book in the trilogy, The Winter of the Witch. 

Six of Crows

4Six of Crows duologyThis duology is yet another book to which I say, “I’ll you soon!” or “I’ll add you to this month’s TBR.” or “I’ll surely read you next year! See? Added you to my neverending TBR list” I really hope I can finish this duo this year because I can’t meet with my Nikolai otherwise.

The Winner's Curse

5. The Winner’s Trilogy by Marie RutkoskiI read The Winner’s Curse so long ago that I had forgotten about it. I definitely need to finish this trilogy.

Legend by Marie Lu

6. Legend by Marie LuAnother highly recommended series I need to finish. *screams “HELP ME”*

Shatter Me

7. Shatter Me series by Tahereh MafiI need Defy Me in my hands right nowwwwwww!!! Besides Kenji’s novella, I’ve read it all.

This Mortal Coil

8. This Mortal Coil by Emily SuvadaAnother underrated -but highly recommended by some bookstagrammers- series that I’ve added to my cart and on my Goodreads TBR but I’ve never checked it out.

Shades of Magic

9. Shades of Magic by V.E. Schwab: I discovered this series waaayyy before blogging and bookstagram and I have never picked it up. It’s on my Goodreads TBR and I hope I will read it this year.

Muse of Nightmares

10. Strange the dreamer duology: It has been so long since I’ve read Strange the Dreamer and by now, I have acquired two editions of Muse of Nightmares but they’re just sitting on my shelf *facepalms^(infinity)*.


That’s a wrap on today’s Top Ten Tuesday post featuring Top Ten series that I need to start or finish reading in 2019.

Thank you for reading

Have you read any of the series I’ve mentioned? If you have,then what’s your favourite among them all? If you haven’t, then are any of them on your TBR?  Let me know in the comments below!

A bloody but brilliant tale of a girl, a prince and a monster

Wicked Saints by Emily Duncan

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Trigger warnings include self-harm and parental abuse. 

REVIEW | WHY SHOULD YOU READ WICKED SAINTS ?

“We’re all monsters, Nadya, some of us just hide it better than others.”

-Emily Duncan, Wicked Saints

This was a bloody book. I mean that literally. Blood is the currency, if I may use that word.

Wicked Saints is the story of a girl who is touched by divinity, a monster with secrets and a prince who wants nothing but to save his country from ruination.

Wicked Saints reminded me a bit of the Grisha trilogy , but in a darker, more gruesome way. It is set in a place where countries are at war with each other and our three protagonists-Nadya, Serafin and one other boy-might bring a stop to the war or cause utter ruination.

The story starts with Nadya who is a cleric touched by the gods. Clerics are people who can perform magic but with the aid of one god. However, Nadya can communicate with all the gods and they grant her powers whenever she is in need of them. Sounds simple? It isn’t. Nadya has lived a simple, secluded life within the walls of a monastery but she is soon about to realize just how much danger her powers will land her in.

Nadya doesn’t have to wait for long to start using her powers as the monastery is soon attacked by an enemy prince who is a powerful Blood Mage. Despite being aided by powerful gods, Nadya’s powers are not enough to save everyone and she is forced to flee with a friend.

While on the run, Nadya and her friend stumble upon three rebels who want a similar outcome as Nadia does. Malachiasz -the leader of the three- is from a country who at war with her’s so he should be her enemy but Nadya is too desperate to ignore help. In return, the three ask Nadiya’s help to infiltrate the palace of the enemy but it will be too late for Nadya to realize that she is not the only harboring a dangerous secret…

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I loved this new concept of magic, even if it was too bloody. There was no clear good or bad sides. I mean, I questioned Nadya’s faith as much as I did Malachiasz’s. The plot picked up about halfway through the book(for me) and I couldn’t put it down after that.

An achingly mournful half-smile caught at his lips and it took all of Nadya’s willpower not to kiss him again.

-Emily Duncan, Wicked Saints

The ending was unbelievable. It was a total 180 than the ending I had predicted. After closing the book and immediately wanted the sequel in my hands.

Why should you read this book? If my review didn’t convince you to pick this book then I wouldn’t know why. I can tell you why you shouldn’t pick up this book. If you have read the trigger warnings above and you feel that this isn’t for you then don’t pick it up. If you are someone who is not the audience for the said trigger warning then, what’re you waiting for?

Overall, this was a fantastically wicked fantasy novel from Emily A. Duncan and I need the sequel now!

Thanks to Macmillan International for providing me with an ARC in exchange of an honest review.

Verdict: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Author: Connect with Author Emily A. Duncan here .

  • Publisher: Wednesday Books
  • Publication Date(US): 2nd April 2019
  • ARC: 400 Pages

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Shadow of the Fox by Julie​ Kagawa | Book Review

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Synopsis: The first book in a brand-new series set in ancient Japan from New York Times bestselling author Julie Kagawa.

Enter a beautiful and perilous land of shapeshifters and samurai, kami and legends, humans and demons…a world in which Japanese mythology and imagination blend together.

When destiny calls, legends rise.

Every millennium the missing pieces of the Scroll of a Thousand Prayers are hunted, for they hold the power to call the great Kami Dragon from the sea and ask for any one wish.

As a temple burns to the ground Yumeko escapes with its greatest treasure – the first piece of the scroll. And when fate thrusts her into the path of a mysterious samurai she knows he seeks what she has. Kage is under order to kill those who stand in his way but will he be able to complete his mission? Will this be the dawn that sees the dragon wake?

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ARC Review: Eve Of Man by Giovanna & Tom Fletcher

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Synopsis: All her life Eve has been kept away from the opposite sex. Kept from the truth of her past. But at sixteen it’s time for Eve to face her destiny. Three potential males have been selected for her. The future of humanity is in her hands. She’s always accepted her fate.

Until she meets Bram.

Eve wants control over her life. She wants freedom.

But how do you choose between love and the future of the human race?

EVE OF MAN is the first in an explosive new trilogy by bestselling authors Giovanna & Tom Fletcher.

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Review of Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

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Synopsis: The capital has fallen.

The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne.

Now the nation’s fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.

Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives.

Alina will have to forge new alliances and put aside old rivalries as she and Mal race to find the last of Morozova’s amplifiers. But as she begins to unravel the Darkling’s secrets, she reveals a past that will forever alter her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields. The Firebird is the one thing that stands between Ravka and destruction—and claiming it could cost Alina the very future she’s fighting for.
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