The Girl of Fire and Thorns - Rae Carson The Shadow Cats - Rae Carson The Crown of Embers - Rae Carson The Shattered Mountain: A Girl of Fire and Thorns Novella - Rae Carson The King's Guard - Rae Carson The Bitter Kingdom - Rae Carson Tuesday's Child - Dale Mayer Hide'n Go Seek - Dale Mayer Maddy's Floor - Dale Mayer

It's not quite a marathon because I have planned the books to be read spaced out between few other books (the other three books pictured above) I've checked out from the library that need to be turned in before others.  I don't like strict itineraries, but I have a thing for making lists of the books I'm planning to read in a very tentative, yet particular order.


Yea.  I'm kinda a nerd.


Anyway, I've read some reviews for this series and the general concensus seems to be that, while it's not the best series ever, it's worth the read.  I'm hoping it'll be enjoyable as well.  I've had this hankering to read a full YA series from beginning to end that has had a good impression on the reading community, as well as a series I've been interested in for some time.  And since I have a love/hate relationship with paranormals, a lot of series got eliminated.


So it was a (fairly biased) competition between Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson, or Legend by Marie Lu, once I went through my options.  Also, there was a very big emphasis on the whole "series of which I am currently very interested in" persuasion.  So these two were really the only ones along with some other very "close second" contenders listed below that may be chosen as my next marathon after the above two listed series.


Skylark by Meagon Spooner has been on my radar since the first book came out, but I'm limited on monies and every time I check the library, someone has it checked out.  Also, the last book still has two months until release, so I'm just going to have to wait this one out.


Sirantha Jax by Ann Agguire sounds interesting, but it's six books long and I'm not quite interested in a long series at the moment, though I DO own the first book and have had it on my TBR pile for some time.


Other books series I'm interested in are under the same category as Skylark--the last book has yet to be released for another couple to few months.


Anyway, I'm gonna see how well I enjoy Fire and Thorns--I do like a good high fantasy.  And this one boasts a less than standard main female character who is supposedly not the usual "gorgeous but doesn't know it girl-next-door with a courageous heart of gold".  In fact, she's been consistently referred to as fat already and seems to enjoy her fair share of food.  I can totally relate with that.  If anything, I think I'll enjoy it for that alone--an author willing to break out of the typical character molds. 


Anyway, in between my "marathon" of Fire and Thorns, I'll be reading some paranormal mysteries and more romantic suspenses such as Dale Mayer's Psychic Visions series and a few Kay Hooper and Lisa Jackson books.  I know I said that I have a love/hate relationship with paranormals, but that seems to exclude paranormal mysteries.  Everything else paranormal doesn't always get along well with me with few exceptions.


Anyway.... Happy Reading!



On a side note, I keep glancing at the hardcover books of Fire and Thorns I borrowed from the library and realize that this would be a very pretty set to own on my bookshelf, whether or not I like the series.  And this is just from glancing at the spines of the books sitting together on my shelf right now.  Something to consider, I guess.  I don't always buy hardcover books, but this might be one to consider.