Monday, January 6, 2014

Rachel's Top Ten Series Books of 2013

Today I'm back with another top ten list. This time, I'm sharing my favorite books of 2013 that are part of a series. I'm counting any books with at least one sequel as a series, as well as books that are the first of planned series. Also, in a few cases, I'm counting an entire series in one spot. That's not cheating, right? If it is, blog, my rules. ;)

Anyway, here are my top ten series books of 2013:


10. Vampire Academy series #1-3  by Richelle Mead- I'm only including the first three books in the Vampire Academy series on this list because these are the only ones I read in 2013. My thoughts on this series so far? AWESOME. It's super fun and addicting, and I'm seriously having a blast reading these books. The series seems to get better and better as it goes on, and right now, my favorite is the third book, Shadow Kiss. I'm going to predict right now that the last three Vampire Academy books will be on my top-something-of-2014 list. :)

9. Allegiant by Veronica Roth (Divergent #3)- This book isn't the flawless conclusion to the series I was hoping for, but it's still a satisfying conclusion. I have quite a few issues with this book, but let's be real, all I truly care about is the ending. And the ending is FANTASTIC. It's like ninety percent of the reason Allegiant made it to this list, but that's fine with me, because seriously WHAT AN ENDING. 

8. Sever by Lauren DeStefano (The Chemical Garden #3)- I've been a fan of this series since I first read Wither right when it was released. Sever is the perfect conclusion to a story I've enjoyed so much over the past few years. While it was sad to say goodbye to the characters and the series as a whole, this book really impressed me, I'm so happy the series ended the way it did.

7. Perfect Scoundrels by Ally Carter (Heist Society #3)- Ahh, Ally Carter. You were a big part of my life this year, for reasons that I will discuss later on in this post. I think the Heist Society series is brilliant, and this installment surprised and impressed me. Also, I mean, Hale was in it a lot, so that was pretty great. :D

6. Pivot Point by Kasie West (Pivot Point #1)- This was one of the first books I read in 2013, and it was also one of the best books. The Distance Between Us made the number two spot in my Top Ten Standalones list, so clearly Kasie West is a new favorite author of mine. Pivot Point is such an awesome and well-written story, and I'm dying to read the sequel in 2014.

5. The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson (Shades of London #2)- Maureen Johnson is one of my all-time favorite authors, and 2013 gave me the chance to go to a signing and meet her, which was such an amazing experience. I thought The Name of the Star was pretty awesome, but The Madness Underneath blew me away. It's even better than the first one, and I cannot recommend this series enough.


4. Gallagher Girls series #1-6 by Ally Carter- I very clearly remember starting the first book in this series the week of finals at school. At the time, the sixth book hadn't been released yet, but I read the first five books in five days instead of studying for any finals. And you know what? I regret nothing! It was totally worth it, because this series is FANTASTIC. So congratulations to Ally Carter for making it to this list twice. (Well, technically more like seven times, I guess.) Both my mom and my sister also read all most of Ally Carter's books this year, so we all bonded over the fact that we are Ally Carter's Biggest Fans.

3. The Darkest Minds and Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken (The Darkest Minds #1-2)- I was a little late to The Darkest Minds party, but oh well. All that matters is I got to the party eventually. Both books in this series were very intense reads for me, and I flew through each one of them very quickly. This series is brilliant on so many levels, and I quickly became addicted to it. While both books are absolutely fantastic, I have to say that I like The Darkest Minds a tiiiiny bit more. :)

2. Just One Day and Just One Year by Gayle Forman (Just One Day #1-2)- These books caused me so much anxiety and frustration, and I absolutely love them. Just One Day is my favorite of the two, but Just One Year is an excellent companion novel. When I read Just One Day back in January, it had a huge affect on me, and I knew it was one of the best books I've ever read. The wait for Just One Year was excruciating  and I'm not sure I've ever anticipated a book more than I did Just One Year. January to October was a shorter wait than I'm used to, but still waaaaay too long!

Are you ready for my number one favorite series book of 2013???? If not, prepare yourself!


1. Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare (The Infernal Devices #3)- I CAN'T EVEN HANDLE MY LOVE FOR THIS BOOK. I'm a huge fan of all of Cassandra Clare's books, but Clockwork Princess is by far my favorite. The entire book, and the entire series for that matter, is so well-written and fantastic and [insert other gushing adjectives here], but the ending to this book was what impressed me the most. This book is the last book in a beloved trilogy, and I was so worried about my precious characters. But Cassandra Clare ended it in the best way possible, and I could not be happier with the conclusion to this series. Thank you, Cassandra Clare, for this beautiful story, and thank you for ending it in such a perfect way.

What are your favorite series books of 2013? Are any of them listed above? Let me know down in the comments!


  1. This is a fabulous list! I haven't read them all, but I'm in love with every Ally Carter book ever written. I also think the Infernal Devices books are even better than TMI! Allegiant was interesting and I can't wait for the third Shades of London book! I'll have to check out the rest of the titles on your list ASAP! :)

  2. Oh geez, I'm so behind on series! They're so many on here that I've been wanting to read for a long time that just never got to. At least I know now they're good! :)