Books

S.I.P – Series In Progress (part 2 – DNF)

Last week I talked about some of the series I want to finish. This time I thought I would mention some series I will not be continuing… For now… It does not always mean I did not like the books, as you will see.

Wait for this! There are some big ones here!

1. Red Rising (Pierce Brown)

 

Let’s start off with a bang. I read the first two books, Red Rising and Golden Son. Although I liked them well enough, I just do not feel compelled to pick up the next book any time soon (unlike the rest of the bookish world it seems!). There are far too many other books I would rather read at the moment. I will probably read Morning Star at some point. Maybe when I run into it secondhand in a charity shop…

2. The Kingkiller Chronicle (Patrick Rothfuss)

 

I may have mentioned before… ahem… that I did not get on that well with The Name of the Wind. I was so looking forward to reading it after hearing all the amazing reviews and then when I read it I just felt deflated. I was so disappointed.  It was not bad (I gave it 3 stars on Goodreads), but I just did not think it was that amazing.

I have no interest in continuing the series for now. The first book is still on my shelves though, so I may re-read in a few years’ time.

3. A Song of Ice and Fire (George R R Martin)

 

Now, I loved A Game of Thrones and A Clash of Kings, both of which I read at least five years ago. However, with the TV show going on and veering away from the books and George RR Martin looking more and more incapable of actually finishing the series, I just do not feel like I want to read those books right now. I am sure I will one day, but not any time soon. First I want some sort of certainty that the series will be finished.

4. Throne of Glass (Sarah J Maas)

 

I read Throne of Glass last year and I actually quite like it, but it did not compell me to pick up the next book. I may one day, but there are too many other series I would prefer to continue.

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Am I making a mistake? Which series really deserves to be continued? Is one of these your favourite? Let me know!

Have a great weekend!

 

Books · Reviews

Book Thoughts: Golden Son (Pierce Brown)

Brown, Pierce - Red Rising 2 Golden Son

★★★★☆☆☆

Title: Red Rising #2: Golden Son
Author: Pierce Brown
Genre: YA / Sci-Fi / Dystopian
First published: 2015
Edition: Paperback, published in 2015 by Hodder & Stoughton

I felt the first book did not have enough space, but I feel this second book in the Red Rising series seem to have the opposite problem. It simply drifted too far into the sci-fi spectrum for my tastes.

I suppose I would not have minded if I had felt more connected to the characters, but I really had trouble in that regard with this book. I did not feel the connection to Darrow and some of his friends that I did have in the first book and that was quite frustrating to me.

Having said that, I felt the plot was pretty good. You never knew quite who to trust and there were enough twists to keep me reading.

I think this is a good book, but it simply is not quite for me. However, I did tell my husband to read it. I have a feeling he will enjoy it much more than I did. So though the Red Rising series is not quite my thing, I can see why others do love it.

I am not sure whether I will be reading the final book in the series. The ending does sort of  want to make me want to find out where the tale could go next, but it certainly is not a priority. I do hate leaving a series unfinished though…  I will have a think about it!

4 out of 7 stars

Books · Reviews

Book Thoughts: Red Rising (Pierce Brown)

Brown, Pierce - Red Rising Saga 1 Red Rising

★★★★★☆☆

Title: Red Rising
Author: Pierce Brown
Genre: YA / Sci-Fi / Dystopian
First published: 2014
Edition: Paperback, published in 2014 by Hodder & Stoughton

I went into this book knowing how much hype there had been surrounding it. Sometimes hype does not do the book itself any favours as you come to expect so much from it. I feel Red Rising suffered a bit from that on my part. Willing or unwillingly, I went into this story with skyhigh expectations and I have come out of it only partly satisfied.

I managed to avoid spoilers before reading Red Rising, and so I knew little about what it was actually about. Now I finished it, I will say this is a good book. Let’s throw that out there. It is well written, the story is well structured and the characters are flawed and well developed, but I just expected more twists and turns. I also found myself feeling like I had read similar stories before. It did not feel that original and that surprised me.

It started out on the sci-fi spectrum and I surprisingly enjoyed learning about the Reds and their way of life in the mines. I liked the sci-fi angle in this case, but it moves away from that a bit. Once the story moved elsewhere I found myself having a bit of deja-vu. Having said that, I think Darrow’s character development and his learning curve are what makes this story a good one.

Overall, I think Red Rising is definitely worth reading and I will pick up the next books if I come across them, but I was not blown away by it.

5 out of 7 stars