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This week's scintillating topic:
How many new series did you start this year will you continue?
Series are a dime a dozen, I am constantly picking up first books in a new series, but when I stop and count, the number of series I plan on continuing it is small in comparison.
These days, I am trying to be more discerning when it comes to choosing a new series that I plan to stay with for the long haul.
In 2015, I started twenty six series that were published in 2015. Of these series, I plan on continuing with eleven, and a couple are in the maybe pile.
In many instances, it wasn't that the first book was necessarily bad, but the story line wasn't impressive enough to make me want to invest more time in the series, especially considering the number of books I read as a blogger.
When I select a series for the long haul, I want it to be one that I can continually reach for and count on.
So here is my list of new series from 2015 that I plan on reading next year:
The first book in the series came out at the end of 2014, but I ended up reading as 2014 rolled into 2015, so I considered it for my list. I have read both books in the series to date, and I am enjoying the archaeological angle and all the paranormal characters. This is an interesting UF series, my only hesitation is that Owl can be a bit immature and she still needs to do some growing.
Shutter by Courtney Alameda
Shutter was a creepy good read. I liked that it had tie ins to Dracula and the famed Van Helsing family. This book surprised and impressed me. There is no listed date for a sequel, so I am hoping that there will be another installment. The first book is listed as Shutter #1, so I am hoping it is indeed a series. I want more.
Black Blade by Jennifer Estep
You can always count on Estep for an entertaining story with plenty of paranormal creatures, and characters with magical abilities. I always appreciate that she never makes us wait too long in between installments. In 2015, Estep delivered two books in this series and the third is due out in April 2016.
A Devil's Isle Novel by Chloe Neil:
I found myself quickly immersed into Neil's vision of New Orleans. In her version, everyone with magical abilities and all the paranormal/supernatural entities are locked away on island known as Devil's Isle. You can be sure that trouble will ensue. I enjoyed this first book. The world building was terrific, the characters interesting, and the story was solid.
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Even though I wasn't as completely blown away by this one as I hoped, I was still intrigued by the story, and I liked the characters. The world building was excellent. Maas has proven to be a talented author with her other series, so I am willing to give the second book a read.
A Santa Fe Cafe Mystery by Ann Myers
I had to include a cozy mystery series as they tend to be my go to reads when I want something quick, light and cozy. I loved the setting of this one, and I also liked all the wonderful food. I am looking forward to the next book.
The Peri Reed Chronicles by Kim Harrison
Even though it took me some time to settle into this one, I know from past experience with Harrison that she takes her time to build her stories and flesh out her characters. I am a big fan of The Hollows, so I am expecting brilliance with this series as it progresses.
The O'Brien Family by Cecy Robson
I have devoured everything Ms. Robson has written to date, and after finishing her Weird Girls Series and Shattered Past Series, I was delighted to learn that she is writing spin offs of both series. The first book in her O'Brien Series: Once Kissed was fantastic. I can't wait for more of this rambunctious family.
The Illuminae Files by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman
This was the most brilliant book I read in all of 2015. I was already a huge fan of both of these authors, and together they are genius. If you haven't read this book, drop everything and read it now. I am more than eager to see what this dynamic duo will do next!
This book had outstanding characters and solid world building. Loved this one and I can't wait for more!
So there you have my short list of series that debuted in 2015 that I plan on continuing. There are a few that are in my maybe pile, that I hope to continue if I get a chance, but they aren't top priority. What about you all, what are the new series you tried this past year that you want to keep on reading?
Next week's TMST:
What books disappointed you in 2015?