This will be a continuation of my Half Year Reading Wrap Up. If you have not read that post and want to see what I read in the first half of the year, you can click here. This wrap up will start from July 1st and end on December 31st (hopefully). Since I didn’t binge my series for the second half of the year, the setup will be a little different as I will be listing the books in the order I read them.
The first book I completed in the second half of the year was Beyond the Valley of Thorns by Patrick Carman. This is the second book in the Land of Elyon series. I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars. I loved every minute of it. We met some new characters and I got to see my favourite little squirrel, Murphy, again. I recommend this series to younger readers, but I think older readers can appreciate it too.
The second book was The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars. I knocked it down a point because it started off really slow and didn’t captivate me until I got to chapter 8 which was 107 pages in. I really like Percy as a character and I loved the fact that he is continually learning things and doesn’t suddenly figure out everything he can do all at once. It was an entertaining read overall.
Then I read The Tenth City by Patrick Carman. This is the third book in the Land of Elyon series. I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars as I didn’t enjoy it as much as the ones I read previously. I thought this was a reread, but I discovered halfway through that I hadn’t actually read this book before. I found the plot a little bit boring and preachy, but I really loved the characters which is why it got 3 stars.
Next I read Wicked Lovely by Marissa Marr and I gave it 3 out of 5 stars. It seemed like I was reading Twilight but with fey instead of vampires. Alot of the time, I was just pushing myself to get through it, but there were some things that intrigued me. I mainly gave it 3 stars because it took a very different turn to what most romance books do and that made for a very interesting story in my opinion. I will not be continuing with this series though since it didn’t interest me that much.
Then I read The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan, the second book in the Percy Jackson series. I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars. I really enjoyed this book a bit more than the first one, but it did take me a couple of chapters to completely get into it. We meet Tyson in this book and he ended up becoming my favourite character in the series. There were some parts of the book I found a bit dull, but it was a fun read overall.
Next I read Into the Mists by Patrick Carman, the prequel to the Land of Elyon series. I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars. This book is also a bridging book between the first three books in the series and the last book in the series, Stargazer. This book follows a new main character (Roland Warvold) as his story is being told to the original main character of the series (Alexa Daley). The whole book is divided into Roland (the past) and Alexa (the present) chapters. I really enjoyed this book, but I didn’t like the Alexa Daley chapters all that much, but they were integral to the main plot of the overall series.
Next I read Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi and I gave it 5 out of 5 stars. This book was amazing. I literally could not put it down. As soon as I finished, I wanted to read it again. I loved all of the characters, the story, the world and the magic system. I can’t wait for the sequel.
Then I read The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan, the third book in the Percy Jackson series and I gave it 3 out of 5 stars. I found this book to be very oddly paced, and the battles to be very short. I would have liked a slower pace where the battles were more fleshed out. Again, we met some new characters who didn’t seem all that important to me until I got to the very last few pages of the book. This book was the least enjoyable of the series so far.
Next I read Vicious by VE Schwab and I gave it 5 out of 5 stars. I loved the subject matter of EO’s and how they were created. I like all the characters and how flawed they all were. They showed what humanity is actually like, especially when they feel like they have the opportunity to play God.
Then, I read Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard and I gave it 4 out of 5 stars. I really enjoyed this book. I was very surprised by the plot because it wasn’t what I expected at all. I honestly thought it was going to be another romance novel where the prince falls in love with the peasant girl, but it was so much more. I knocked it down one star because some things happened that I didn’t completely agree with.
This was followed by Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan, the fourth book in the Percy Jackson series. This was my favourite of the series so far and it received a 5 out of 5 stars. I was immediately hooked from the start and the excitement continued on at a steady pace. Alot of things happened in this book and it made me more excited to finish the series.
Next I read Otherworld by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller. I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars. It wasn’t what I expected it to be, but I still enjoyed it quite a lot. It got 4 instead of 5 stars because I didn’t like the abrupt ending and the fact that some things never actually got explained in the book even though they were apparently really important.
This was followed by Stargazer by Patrick Carman. This was the last book in the Land of Elyon series and it was amazing. So, naturally, it got 5 out of 5 stars. It was the last great adventure of Alexa and Yipes and I am sad to see them go, but also happy with the way it ended. To me, it was perfect.
And lastly, we have Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard, the second book in the Red Queen series. I gave it out 4 of 5 stars. It reminded me quite a lot of X-men First Class, so I really enjoyed it. I’ll be reading King’s Cage next year.
As of me writing this post, I have started The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan, but I’ll be finishing that in the New Year.
Thank you for reading. I hope you enjoyed. Let me know in the comments if you’ve read any of these books and what you thought of them. Bye!!!