Book Lovers Book Club: Series Read-Along Selections

Filed in Book Lovers Book Club , featured , The Winged Lover Posted on May 27, 2013 @ 7:00 am 11 comments

Book Loves Book ClubGood moaning every one (see the Allo’ Allo’ reference I just did there),

Here are the choices for our series read-along – the secondary book club feature we will be doing every month. Poll is down the bottom and on the side bar!

There is also a poll for the June 2013 selections on the sidebar too.

Happy Voting!

Jane True Series by Nicole Peeler

In the tiny village of Rockabill, Maine, Jane True—26-year-old bookstore clerk and secret night swimmer—has no idea that her absent mother’s legacy is entry into a world populated by the origins of human myths and legends.  It is a world where nothing can be taken for granted: vampires are not quite what we think; dogs sometimes surprise us; and whatever you do, never—ever—rub the genie’s lamp.   For Jane, everything kicks off when she comes across a murder victim during her nightly clandestine swim in the freezing winter ocean.  This grisly discovery leads to the revelation of why she has such freakish abilities in the water: her mother was a Selkie and Jane is only half human. With this knowledge, Jane soon finds herself mingling with supernatural creatures alternately terrifying, beautiful, and deadly—all adjectives that quite handily describe her new friend Ryu.  When Ryu is sent to Rockabill to investigate the murder, he and Jane fall hard for each other even as they plummet into a world of intrigue threatening to engulf both supernatural and human societies.  For someone is killing half-humans like Jane.   The question is, are the murders the work of one rogue individual or part of a greater plot to purge the world of Halflings?

Genre: Urban Fantasy  |  Number of books in series: 6

Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling (I just had to do it)

Harry Potter has never played a sport while flying on a broomstick. He’s never worn a Cloak of Invisibility, befriended a giant, or helped hatch a dragon. All Harry knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley. Harry’s room is a tiny cupboard under the stairs, and he hasn’t had a birthday party in ten years.

But all that is about to change when a mysterious letter arrives by owl messenger: a letter with an invitation to a wonderful place he never dreamed existed. There he finds not only friends, aerial sports, and magic around every corner, but a great destiny that’s been waiting for him… if Harry can survive the encounter.

Genre: Fantasy  |  Number of books in series: 7

Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb

In a faraway land where members of the royal family are named for the virtues they embody, one young boy will become a walking enigma.

Born on the wrong side of the sheets, Fitz, son of Chivalry Farseer, is a royal bastard, cast out into the world, friendless and lonely. Only his magical link with animals – the old art known as the Wit – gives him solace and companionship. But the Wit, if used too often, is a perilous magic, and one abhorred by the nobility.

So when Fitz is finally adopted into the royal household, he must give up his old ways and embrace a new life of weaponry, scribing, courtly manners; and how to kill a man secretly, as he trains to become a royal assassin.

Genre: High Fantasy  |  Number of books in series: 3 (potential for follow on trilogies as well)



Perfect Chemistry Trilogy by Simone Ekeles

A fresh, urban twist on the classic tale of star-crossed lovers.

When Brittany Ellis walks into chemistry class on the first day of senior year, she has no clue that her carefully created ‘perfect’ life is about to unravel before her eyes. She’s forced to be lab partners with Alex Fuentes, a gang member from the other side of town, and he is about to threaten everything she’s worked so hard for: her flawless reputation, her relationship with her boyfriend, and the secret that her home life is anything but perfect.

Alex is a bad boy and he knows it. So when he makes a bet with his friends to lure Brittany into his life, he thinks nothing of it. But soon Alex realizes Brittany is a real person with real problems, and suddenly the bet he made in arrogance turns into something much more.

In a passionate story about looking beneath the surface, Simone Elkeles breaks through the stereotypes and barriers that threaten to keep Brittany and Alex apart.

Genre: YA Contemporary  |  Number of books in series: 3


Sookie Stackhouse Series by Charlaine Harris

Sookie Stackhouse is just a small-time cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana. Until the vampire of her dreams walks into her life-and one of her coworkers checks out…. Maybe having a vampire for a boyfriend isn’t such a bright idea.

Genre: Paranormal Mystery Romance  |  Number of books in series: 13









About Amanda

Amanda-Lee is a proudly addicted reader and writer from Sydney. She lives with her wonderful husband and their more like a baby than a kitten Hamish. Amanda-Lee has been blogging for 4 years now and is a lover of all genres, though she does have a tendancy to stray towards the weird and wonderful concotions in the paranormal and fantasy genres. In addition to being the Winged Lover on BLI she also runs the book blog StoryWings.

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  • Diane May 27, 2013 at 9:07 am

    Even though I’ve watched True Blood, I haven’t read the books…hope the show reflects them well.

    • draconismoi May 27, 2013 at 8:47 pm

      Well….characters have the same name and general physical and supernatural attributes. There is synthetic blood to drink. The entire Stackhouse clan suffers from terminal stupidity. But beyond that? One of them is on HBO and the other is marketed with a cutsey folk-art cover.

      • Susan May 28, 2013 at 7:29 pm


        I haven’t seen the show, but have read the books. Based on what I’ve heard/read, Draconismoi is correct that the books were a foundation for the series but they are significantly different. I enjoyed (most of) the books–and the covers–more than draconismoi did.

        • draconismoi May 29, 2013 at 3:31 am

          What are you talking about? I loved the covers! I also loved the moronic behavior of the Stackhouse clan. (For awhile at least. I think I made it halfway through before giving up. When was it they tried to turn Hurricane Katrina into vampire politics? That was severely lacking in decency or taste.)

          That series is MADE for a drinking game.

          But when one is marketed with folk art, and the other is marketed with naked Alexander Skarsgård – it tells you a little something about the content. Wouldn’t you say?

    • Amanda June 3, 2013 at 6:34 am

      For me theyre two completely seperate series. In the tv show they’ve follwed the books lightly but as the series go on they stray further and further from the books.
      I really love the tv show though, for me its like a whole new series.

      I love the books as well but i feel sometimes they are too sookie centred, which is fair enough. the show wouldn’t have been able to survive if it was like that though

  • Susan May 28, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    I really liked the Jane True series at first, but have struggled with the last couple of books. I don’t even think I read the last one (two?), but I’ll probably go back and finish out the series at some point just to placate my OCD tendencies.

    I’d be interested in the Hobb series. I own Assassin’s Apprentice but haven’t read it–or any other Hobb books–yet.

    • draconismoi May 29, 2013 at 3:33 am

      Are there dragons? You can’t have a decent High Fantasy series without some species of dragon.

      • Amanda June 3, 2013 at 6:37 am

        This particular one doesn’t focus on dragons.
        Liveship traders has pirates and dragons and magic and the Rainwild Chronicles the newest series is all about dragons

    • Amanda June 3, 2013 at 6:35 am

      Please please even if you don’t join book club…read Robin Hobb.

      she is absolutely fantastic. if you like pirates and dragons read the Liveship Trader series that series follows this one, but this one is seperate even though its set in the same world

  • Ailsa May 29, 2013 at 7:22 am

    That’s the only Robin Hobb series I’ve read (or tried to) – I liked the first couple, but then it just got confusing & miserable, and I gave up.
    My vote is for Harry Potter or Jane True.

    • Amanda June 3, 2013 at 6:36 am

      really? maybe try Liveship Traders. That was my first taste of Robin Hobb and it’s still my favourite high fantasy series to this day.

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