Thursday, May 31, 2018

30 OF THE BEST COMPLETED YA BOOK SERIES


This is for those of you who have no patience like me.
You know what the worst feeling in the world is? Finishing a book and then finding out the next one in the series won’t be out until next year. Don’t get me wrong. I love all the release parties and the hype that comes with a new book’s launch, but I hate the wait!
Lucky for you, I’ve done away with the wait. I’ve scoured the interwebs, listened to the reading community, and asked everyone at LitJoy. This list has all best young adult books put out in recent years (most in the last decade) that are complete. They are finished! The last book is available! Though there is always a chance for an author to put out another book or novella in a series, as far as I can tell, the last book in each series will be the final one. That means no more waiting. If you finish book two, you can go right on to book three. YAY!
Obviously, we can’t include every series out there, but we included all of our favorites and added some of yours. Each of these books have four stars or higher on Goodreads for the first book and many of them are much higher, especially if you average all books in the series. Many of these are fantasy, some are suspense, some paranormal. We even have a few thrillers, dystopian, and sci-fi to keep you on your toes.
Check out my article on LitJoy Crate to see more details about each book!

Thursday, May 3, 2018

20 Mother’s Day Gifts for Book Lovers

I love my mom. You love your mom. Who doesn't have a book lover in your life? I put together this list of LitJoy Crate (click on the link to see each gift and where to buy it). If I don't already have it, I WANT it.


Thursday, March 1, 2018

Best Board Books for Babies and Toddlers (Ages 0-2)

I love board books, especially ones that have a good story and kids love too. I put together this list for LitJoy Crate. You can check out this link if you want to read about each specific book.



Thursday, February 1, 2018

The Best Fantasy Books for Middle Graders (Ages 8-13)

I put together this post for LitJoy Crate and it was so popular that I wanted to share it on my author page.


I'm putting together one soon focusing on female lead in the middle grade genre. Do you have any favorites?

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Marie Lu Brings Batman to Life

Review by author Robin M. King

(Cue theme music) Duh duh duh duh duh duh duh duh. Duh duh duh duh duh duh duh duh. Batman! Come on. You have to know the original cartoon theme song to Batman, right? Well, if you didn’t, I won’t judge you and your lack of knowledge of everything DC Icons. But, no worries. Because Batman is back and in young adult form. That is, novel form.


Batman:Nightwalker by Marie Lu

Batman: Nightwalker is a tale of a teenage Bruce Wayne before he become the infamous Batman. With a compelling and unique take on young Bruce, Marie Lu tells of Bruce’s need to solve the mystery gripping the city after a group calling themselves the Nightwalkers target Gotham City’s rich and elite. After meeting with Madeleine, a very intelligent young woman who happens to be an inmate at Arkham Asylum and a central figure in the Nightwalkers, Bruce has to decide if he has what it takes to save the city and himself.

Review by Robin M. King


I don’t know about you guys, but this is the first time I have read anything following a younger version of Batman/Bruce Wayne. I think knowing his story as he was younger gives his character so much more depth and makes me want to go watch every movie I have seen of Batman to see how their stories work together.


If you love heroes and amazing writing as much as I do, you can get a copy of Batman: Nightwalker in the January LitJoy Crate. And the book is SIGNED by Marie Lu!!! Plus, Marie helped to pick all the items that come with the box to make your super hero dreams come true.


Saturday, October 7, 2017

Book Review: Topaz Reign by Teresa Richards

Book cover of Topaz Reign, a twisted fairy tale

I love fairy tales but I'm always on the search for something slightly different. If a book can pull me in like a classic fairy tale and yet still leave me guessing, then I love it even more. Topaz Reign in one of those books. When I found out it takes the classic story of Thumbelina, but gives it a twist, I knew it was going to be something unique and fun.

Before you jump in to Topaz Reign, you should probably read Emerald Bound first (check out my review here). Both books are in the Altered Stones series by Teresa Richards. Emerald Bound follows the story of The Princess and the Pea.

Topaz Reign continues the story of Maggie and Lindy, but with new problems, more romance, and a bit of time travel. I was sad at the end of Emerald Bound when present-day Maggie stays in our world and Lindy returns to her tiny Scandinavian country over 400 years before because I wanted them to stay friends! But, in Topaz Reign, they meet up again because during some of Maggie's research on Lindy's country, she discovers that history is changing. That leads her to realize that the curse she broke of the Emerald Necklace had consequences. Now she must find a way to get things back to where they are supposed to be, all while Lindy has to deal with her country being overtaken by an imposter. 

My favorite part about these books is how they take Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tales and turn them into something a little darker (like all the original Grimm stories), but then they still give you that happily-ever-after feeling too. I think the combination of our contemporary world and the historical fantasy part put together give these novels a uniqueness I haven't seen in any young adult books. They are definitely worth the read for teens and adults who love to keep their youth alive.

Emerald Bound and Topaz Reign Teresa Richards

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Book Review: Emerald Bound ( A Twisted Fairy Tale)

I love books that can take a story that we've all heard before, but twist it around into something entirely different. I felt this about Cinder (Lunar Chronicles) by Marissa Meyer and any story that is patterned after Jane Austen's classic Pride and Prejudice. The Altered Stones series is another set of books that does just that! The first book, Emerald Bound, takes the classic fairy tale of Princess and the Pea and turns it into a contemporary fantasy (and altered historical fantasy in parts). 


Emerald Bound follows the story of two teens - Maggie in present day and Lindy in a fantasy country (bordering present-day Sweden) of nearly 400 years before, as well as Lindy in present day. Both girls in their separate times are tricked into becoming part of an ancient curse involving princesses, emeralds (which are referred to as peas to keep them secret), and uncomfortable mattresses. When Maggie's best friend goes missing, she discovers that gems feed on life and that her own history is quite different than she thought. With the help of present-day Lindy and Garon, a handsome stranger who is somehow connected to the emerald, Maggie is sent on a quest to retrieve the emerald before her best friend's fate is sealed.

I would highly recommend this book to readers that love a happy ending, but don't mind a bit of mystery and darkness on the side. If you are a fan of Jenni James or other authors that have taken simple fairy tales and woven them into something frightening and beautiful at the same time, you will enjoy the twists and turns of Emerald Bound.