Top Ten Tuesdays is a weekly event created, and hosted, by The Broke and The Bookish. I’ve been wanting to take part in this event for a while now, but… well, I always end up forgetting. (I’m shocked. Who else is shocked?)


I actually kinda surprised myself today when I randomly looked at my wall calendar, saw that it was Tuesday, and thought, “hey, I should do that Top Ten thingie”. It’s a September miracle. Anyhoo, here’s my list.

1. The Juliette Chronicles – Tahereh Mafi


Don’t look at me like that. I don’t know why, but I haven’t got around to reading the final book. It probably had something to do with the whole Warner thing (not a fan). I really do love the series and will pick up Ignite Me. Eventually.

2.  The Mortal Instruments – Cassandra Clare


My interest in this series dwindled with each book. Ultimately, my enthusiasm faded and I never read City of Fallen Angels. Who knows though, the TV show might rekindle my interest. (Dominic Sherwood ♥)

3. Divergent – Veronica Roth


Look. Look. I know you’re all judging me. I’m judging myself. It’s all good. I just happened to read Divergent (the book, not the series) just before I entered a really long reading slump. And, short story shorter, I never actually went back to the series once I came out of the aforementioned slump.

4. Taken – Erin Bowman


This one’s not my fault. These books aren’t available anywhere here, and I’m not motivated enough to order them online. Okay, so it’s not totally my fault.

5. The Maze Runner – James Dashner


DNF the first book. It was so beyond boring, and I was in a constant state of wanting to smack Thomas in the head with a cast iron frying pan. Like, seriously. Screw Thomas (aka whiny mc whinerson)

(I should mention that I enjoyed the movie. Had it’s issues, but it was much more palatable than the book)

In addition to the fact that I actually remembered to do something, I have ANOTHER surprise. Yes, you read that right. Another surprise. My friend and co-blogger Manushi is collabing with me on this post, making it her first post on the blog since we started it. *throws confetti* SAY HI.

Here are her picks

1. The Iron Witch – Karen Mahoney


Alchemy, a handful of mystery, a bunch of elves, fae, and a teenage witch sounds like a recipe for an interesting read, yes? No. I cannot adequately express my utter loathing for this book. Considering it took me over five months to finish this, it is pretty clear it failed to leave a lasting impression on me. This series is the epitome of run of the mill YA fantasy.  Nothing more than a flimsy knock off. We’ve got the social outcast ‘’ Freak’’ of a ‘ I’ve got everything under control ‘ heroine, the male best friend ,a broody mysterious, ravishing magical being of a man head over heels in love with the heroine because duh! Every smoking hot man is drawn to the heroine’s ‘stubborn soul’, lots of standard fantasy fare. Yup. Getting through this was a tedious task. And because, I do not think I can handle more of Donna sulking around, rolling in pits of self-pity, and random exaggerated descriptions of her bedroom shenanigans with the fae, I refuse to give the rest of the series a chance.  I’ve been scarred.
2. Matched – Ally Condie


This book series was highly recommended for readers who enjoyed The Hunger Game trilogy.
I loved The Hunger Games, I love all things dystopian, and I’ve a pretty massive soft spot for pretty covers – and this was a soul sucker. “Read me, you must’”. But no, I did not love this. Matched was unoriginal and trite in every sense. The plot lacked general direction, moved along really slowly, that I skipped several chapters and not really missed anything. Expect for the exaggerated descriptions of everything around the characters the author had travelled extreme lengths to describe.
The characters – the protagonist, especially – lacked personality. And the ending was pitiful and anti – climatic. I forced myself to stick it out till the end hoping for an interesting twist of events, for something to finally happen, but no, nothing ever did happen. Nothing was resolved. I’ve honestly had it with books that present an interesting premise only to completely disappoint by becoming just another repetitive story, with the only dramatic effect provided by another love triangle. Also, this book is eerily similar to Lois Lowry’s The Giver…. Eerily.

3. Uglies – Scott Westerfeld


Ugliest was an interesting read if not a little more slowly paced than I would have liked, with a hint of dull and lifeless characters.  The premise of the book was what drew me to it, but the plot lacked depth as it developed. The writing wasn’t spectacular, In fact it felt juvenile. I fail to understand why the author felt like he had to include pages and pages of senseless conversations and thoughts that really did nothing to add to the story or develop suspense.
The characters were generic, one dimensional and were in serious need of proper planned development.  Sweet baby Elves was Tally Youngblood annoying. I constantly felt like I wanted to punch her in the face.  Her obsession with being pretty and spying on the Pretties became real annoying pretty quick. Because they were written in first person, I felt like it was impossible to understand the characters’ personalities. But, I must say that story line started to pick up the pace towards the end of the book – the only redeeming quality.
Yet, I’m reluctant to give the sequel a chance.

EDIT: I initially wanted to do this post last week, but things happened and I wasn’t able to post it on Tuesday. I’m using today’s freebie topic to post it today instead.


  1. Marie says:

    You aren’t missing out much with finishing the Divergent trilogy. Insurgent was pretty good, and you probably heard about the hate Allegiant got.
    Finishing TMI is worth it. City of Heavenly Angels is probably the best book in the series, and that may sound weird but honestly, for me the first three books you can tell just aren’t as well written as the rest of the series. (Also, Simon is my favorite.)

    The Iron Witch sounds awesome. Must look into that series.
    I too hated Matched. I DNF’d it at like.. 30 pages.
    I only read the first book of the Uglies series. I just couldn’t get invested in the characters. I also kept getting the feeling the author was trying to make some underhanded social message or something. (I don’t know if he was, but that’s the vibe I got)

    My TTT: Marie @ Pages to Explore

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    • Gabrielle says:

      Yes, I did hear about the hate. But miraculously, I managed to avoid all the spoilers, so I have no idea what all the hate is about. (yay me!)
      Yes, I will be coming back to most of these series (serieses? Serials?) eventually. Except maybe The Maze Runner. I’m just waiting for inspiration to strike.
      (I’m a Jace girl myself, but yes, Simon was awesome :D)


    • Gabrielle says:

      You too? Okay, wow. I don’t feel so alone anymore.
      Hah, I’ve been too hesitant to touch that series since I heard Manu’s thoughts on it. Our tastes are pretty similar, so I feel like it’ll be a waste of my time. Let us know if you enjoy it 🙂


    • Gabrielle says:

      I just genuinely don’t know why I haven’t gotten around to it yet. I want to do a complete reread of the series before the year is up. Ignite Me shall me read, if it’s the last thing I do!!
      It’s such a relief to hear that I’m not the only one who couldn’t get into Divergent. Really, I felt like such a black sheep until this post 😀

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  2. Eve says:

    This is hard on me. While I have lots of series I haven’t started and a few I haven’t finished yet, I rarely ever don’t finish a series, even if I do’t love it part of me just has to know how it ends and I don’t want to read spoilers so I have to read to find out if even the one character I liked lived!
    My Top Ten

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    • Gabrielle says:

      I know what you mean. I’m usually the same way, too. It’s just that sometimes I happen to start a series at a bad time, or my interest dwindles, and I end up forgetting to finish a couple series(es) every now and again. As in the case of most of the books on my list. It’s rare, but it happens. A little voice in my head screams profanities at me when it does.


  3. 125Pages says:

    Mortal Instruments is one of my favs. Hopefully you can get back into it. I struggled with the Uglies series as well. It probably took me a year of picking them up and putting them back down again to finish. My TTT


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