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I have a confession: I rarely finish series.

Although I believe I have confessed this I'm just airing my dirty secrets repeatedly. I have what I call the Squirrel Syndrome. I see a book, I read it, I forget about it being in a series, I see a new book...etc. There are SO many books out there to read! HOW DO I FIT THEM ALL IN?

Cloning is a possible option.

But I do like the thought of series (if not the commitment), and I have good intentions to finish them...or start them. One day. Maybe? Ha ha. Probably not.

This week's prompt is: Top 10 New Series I Want To Start

1. Curse Workers by Holly Black

I'm going to specific and say these covers. Aren't they gorgeous? I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THE SERIES IS ABOUT! I assume it's about freaky supernatural things because a) have you seen the covers? and b) it's by Holly Black.

I love Holly Black.

She's a genius of all things creepy and unique. I loved The Coldest Girl In Coldtown so much.*

* I also really love Spiderwick, but because I'm, like, a hundred years too old for that series, I have to keep it as my small secret. I really, really love children's books.

2. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

Despite the last cover reminding me a delicious biscuit, I like the sound of this series. Did someone say "frightening abilities they can't control"?

Professor X understands. Let's groove with these mutants.*

* I actually only assume they're mutants by the use of "frightening abilities". I haven't read the books yet, so I could be wrong. Duh.

3. The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

I LOVE CASSANDRA CLARE, TOO. I'm nearly finished The Mortal Instruments series* and therefore need to move onto this one. Lots of people have told me it's even better. I'm 98.3% confident I will enjoy the socks off it.

Also I'm having serious cover-love palpitations here.

* A phrase here which means "Omg, I have just realised how freaking big book #6 is and I may pass out".

4. The Lotus War by Jay Kristoff

If my dragon doesn't come through as a yard-friendly household pet, I also want a griffin. Apart from that I have no idea what these books are about except they're Japanese! Let me cheer! I like when books venture outside of America/Australia/Britain.

I am struggling with the author's name though.
Basically everything relates back to Frozen these days.

5. Dante Walker by Victoria Scott

I've heard it's insanely witty. Plus the blurb starts "Dante Walker knows is flippin' awesome, and he knows it." I feel kinship to him already.* Obviously he has wardrobe issues as he only owns one shirt in the first two books and loses it completely in the third.

* Since I, too, am flippin' awesome.

6. Dust Lands by Moira Young

I keep borrowing book #1 from the library and it just sinks to the bottom of my TBR...and ends up going back unread. It is a huge shame. I need to finish it! Or, well, start it!

I know it's a letter different...but the author's name makes me think of The Mines of Moria every. single. time.

7. The Iron Fey by Julie Kawaga

They're pretty. (Okay! I promise I'll stop making that my first reason of why I want to read a book!) Also, faeries are delightfully horrible little creatures and I enjoy reading them. Maggie Stiefvater's versions are my favourite, but I need to expand my horizons at some point.

And the covers are really pretty.

8. Fairyland by Catherynne M. Valente

But seriously? The series is all "The Girl Who..." and then a boy comes along and totally loses the plot. Pfft. Boys.

I've been recommended this a lot, plus I own the first book! Why have I not started it yet?! What is wrong with me?

9. BZRK by Michael Grant 

It's the only series of his I haven't read yet! Considering I blather* about how much I adore Gone and hugged Messenger Of Fear (to name a few) I should really just read this. 

I have the first book on audio from the library, so possibly when I've finished listening to Disruption** I will read BZRK!

* But you love it. You love my recommendations. You love the way I tell you to read books that will rip out your heart and stomp on it. That's why we're friends.
** While we're on topic, Disruption is amazing. I didn't think I'd like it...but then I did.

10. The Wicked Years by Gregory Macguire

My sisters are in a plot to make me read this. One sister bought book #1 for me, and the other insists on belting the Wicked musical songs ALL over the house. I GET IT, GUYS, I GET IT. I will (and do really want to) read it...I just...

I don't know. Why haven't I read it yet?

I obviously need a clone.

so, my funky friends, i will take your recommendations now. any of these I should really really reeeeeally bump up the TBR and devour fast? did I list any of your favourites? and how about you: series finisher or series abandoner? and, yes, i want to read all of this basically based off cover alone. but that's normal, right?

Cait is still rewriting her book. Ha! Actually she's writing this post to procrastinate writing her book because writing is hard. It took her 2 hours to write 2,000-words, which is unokay. SHE IS UNOKAY! SHE NEEDS A BREAK. Her mind is breaking. So she's given herself a moment to read more of THE GHOSTS OF HEAVEN which is a sad and miserable book where everyone dies.

I have this mild interest in the END OF ALL THINGS. 

What? I can't help it. It interests me. (It whispers bookish ideas to my writer brain.) If there's an apocalyptic movie, I want to see it. If there's a book, I need to read it. And (since I have eaten a lot of theories) I have developed small plans of survival.

It's the little things that get you to the next day. *

- I always wear comfortable shoes. If a zombie charges at you, there's no way he'll pause while you get into good Katniss-approved running shoes.

- I have entertainment in case we lose power. It's called books. Movies in your brain. I have an entire BOOKSHELF of them, and while people may judge me for the many ones I have unread...what if we have an apocalypse?! I need unread books for those times.

- I love peanut butter. This...this will help me survive. I'm sure of it.

- I have watched copious episodes of Bear Grylls. He does weird survival things like eat spiders and jump off waterfalls.**

- I am okay with the Hermit Life. What? Introvert here. While people are tolerable*** I think I could handle a life like Lynn had in Not A Drop To Drink where she drank water and shot at people if they looked suspicious.

- I know important things. Like zombies die with head shots. How to filter water (with rocks). How to catch fish. Don't anger bears.**** Don't eat weird berries. How to light a fire. And how to behave if you're on a small raft with a tiger.

* I probably stole this from somewhere, but since I can't remember, we could pretend that is a highly motivational survival-of-end-times quote from me, right?
** It's like Bear Grylls has this thought of: "if I do this Thing which could possible kill me, how could I survive it?" which are good questions to ask yourself, I assume.
*** ...from a distance.
**** This doesn't really apply in Australia.

So I read this book called The Sky So Heavy

It's like Tomorrow, When the War Began...but so much better. For starters, they use cereal as currency. Isn't that ingenious? This book and I were destined to be friends.

But they went hungry a lot in the book, which (obviously) made me hungry. I craved cereal and pizza as I read.

PS. I apologise for the Les Mis gifs. They just happened.

What if the world randomly and suddenly ended in ice and snow? 

Especially in Australia where we're not really versed in freezing to death. (Although we do get snow.) The Sky So Heavy explored a lot of survival questions and emotions (darn those little emotions)... although it didn't answer a lot of questions

I do get bothered when end-of-the-world situations aren't fully explained. There's zero closure for this book, and there's not a lot of answers. Like exactly what the country's survival plan was? Towards the end of the book, the army keeps everyone in lockdown...all numbered and accounted for. They don't want refugees from other towns coming in. WHY. Just for control? It a little floppy to me. The story focused on characters instead of plot.

Speaking of plot: it's not so much action and fighting as...hiding and attempting not to freeze to death. 

Admirable intentions, but I actually thought the teens would be running around with guns screaming, "Viva la revolution". Instead they took the End of The World with a more logical how-long-can-we-survive-on-creamed-corn-and-cereal approach. I was a little disappointed at the lack of action.

The characters were obviously the gold of the book. 

It's narrated by Fin, who's looking after his 12-year-old brother Max since their dad went out the night the missiles hit and didn't come back. Fin is "Mister Steady". Max is "Mister Hyper". I loved them both, a lot. Then we meet Lucy (luuuurve interest, of course) and Noll (the kid everyone bullied but hey, he's got food, so suddenly everyone's friends...I felt so sorry for him). They're a fabulous group, although I felt I'd met them before (in John Marsden's version). Noll was a favourite since he was so calm with just a shred of bitterness.
Yes I wanted more action but instead got cereal and awesome characters, so I enjoyed myself immensely. 

It's dying for a sequel though. The ending is as open as a box of cornflakes and I NEED CLOSURE. Because the last 50-pages hurt. Stuff goes down that makes you close your eyes and whisper, "No, don't do this".

Thank you UQP for the review-copy! The Sky So Heavy by Claire Zorn hit shelves in January, 2013.
For Fin it's just like any other day--racing for the school bus, bluffing his way through class, and trying to remain cool in front of the most sophisticated girl in his universe. Only it's not like any other day because, on the other side of the world, nuclear missiles are being detonated. When Fin wakes up the next morning, it's dark, bitterly cold, and snow is falling. There's no internet, no phone, no TV, no power, and no parents. Nothing Fin's learned in school could have prepared him for this. With his parents missing and dwindling food and water supplies, Fin and his younger brother Max must find a way to survive all on their own. When things are at their most desperate, where can you go for help? This haunting dystopian novel thrillingly and realistically looks at a nuclear winter from an Australian perspective.

Go forth and eat your cereal, blogglings. While you can...

so, i'm curious: do you have a personal apocalyptic survival plan? how comfortable are your shoes? legit question here...needs answering. have you read The Sky So Heavy? i think you should, by the way.

Cait is currently eating a cupcake and finalising this review at the last second. The cupcake was delicious, thanks for asking. She's spent most of today rewriting her sci-fi monstrosity. She usually tweets updates, like how it is not a good idea to nearly-kill-your-character too early in the book. OH! And she hit 800 followers which made her smile like a psychotic Cheshire cat. Currently she's reading THE GHOSTS OF HEAVEN.