Google+ Reading Teen: Second Hand Saturday 5.18.13

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Second Hand Saturday 5.18.13

Welcome to Second Hand Saturday!
In an attempt to clear our bookshelves, and pass on great used books to our stalkers followers, we have decided to hold weekly giveaways of some of the books on our bookshelves! Every Saturday, we will post the books available, and the following Saturday, we will announce the winner and our next challenge. The winner will get to choose a book from the list and we will ship it to that lucky person! Each week we will have a different challenge to complete.

This Week's Question:
This week's question comes to us from Amber Hsu.  "Have you ever read any series where the first/ or first few books are really great, but then the plot and writing gets really weird/worse?" I'm going to say Blood Red Road and Matched.  I really liked BRR, but Rebel Heart was just TOO WEIRD.  I couldn't handle it.  I really liked Matched a lot, and I liked Crossed, but Reached was SO BAD AND BORING that I couldn't even finish.  How about you?

Just comment below to be entered!

And this week's winner is...


Email me at Readingteen1(at) with your book choice. Please put "winner" in the subject line. You have one week to claim your prize!


Books Available:

Middle Grade


      YA books + (ARC=Advanced Reading Copy)

      • Skinny by Cooner
      • Two or Three Things I Forgot to Tell You by Oates
      • Prodigy by Marie Lu
      • The Farm by Emily McKay
      • Shadows in the Silence by Courtney Allison Moulton
      • Magisterium by Hirsch
      • Notes from a Ghost Town by Ellison
      • Futuredaze (various authors)
      • The Wrap-up List by Arnstson
      • Sway by Turner
      • Beta by Rachel Cohn
      • Stolen Nights by Rebecca Maizel
      • The Rivals by Daisy Whitney
      • The Blessed by Hurley
      • What's Left of Me by Kat Zhang
      • Outpost by Ann Aguirre
      • If I Stay by Gayle Forman
      • Ten Things We Did and probably shouldn't have by Sara Mlynowski
      • A Blue So Dark by Holly Schindler
      • The List by Sioban Vivian
      • The Demon's Covenant by Sarah Rees Brennan
      • Nobody by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
      • Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
      • Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin
      • Nobody's Secret by MacColl
      • Haven by Kristi Cook
      • Once in a Full Moon by Schreiber
      • Magic of the Moonlight by Schreiber
      • The Beginning of After by 
      • A Midsummer's Nightmare by Kody Keplinger
      • The Girl Who was on Fire by various authors
      • When You Were Mine by Rebecca Serle
      • Guilt by Katherine Longshore
      • Alice Bliss by Laura Harrington
      • Rootless by Howard 
      • Entice by Jessica Shirvington
      • Fang Girl by Keeble
      • The Dust of 100 Dogs by King
      • The Morganville Vampires volume 2 
      • Wish You Were Here by Clark
      • Hunger by Kessler
      • Pretty Bad Things by Skuse
      • The Peculiars by McQuerry
      • The Tension of Opposites by Kristina McBride
      • You Wish by Mandy Hubbard
      • Saving June by Hannah Harrington
      • Stargazer by Claudia Gray
      • Fat Vampire by Rex
      • The Sweetest Thing by Mandelski
      • Trance by Gerber
      • Anxious Hearts by Shaw
      • Between by Warman
      • Nicholas Dane by Burgess
      • Where She Went by Gayle Foreman (hardcover)
      • The Carrier of the Mark by Lee Fallon ARC* (signed to Andye)
      • Mercy by Rebecca Lim ARC *
      • Bitter End ARC by Jennifer Brown*
      • Desires of the Dead ARC by Kimberly Derting*
      • Team Human ARC by Justine Larbalestier & Sarah Rees Brennan*
      • Shut Out ARC by Kody Keplinger*
      • Deception by Lee Nichols ARC*
      • The Fox Inheritance ARC by Mary E. Pearson (signed to Andye)*
      • Undercurrent ARC by Tricia Rayburn (signed to Andye)*
      • END OF DAYS ARC (A Nightrunner Novel) by Max Turner*
      • I Now Pronounce You Someone Else ARC by Erin McCahan*
      • Gilt ARC by Katherine Longshore*
      • Numbers: Infinity ARC by Rachel Ward* (book 3)
      • Dark Water ARC by Laura McNeal*
      • Prom by Laurie Halse Anderson (signed to Kirstyn)*
      • The Lucky Kind ARC byAlyssa B. Sheinmel*
      • WHEN I WAS JOE by Keren David*
      • Drain You ARC by M. Beth Bloom*
      • The Key: The Guardian of Time by Marianne Curley* (book 3 hardcover)
      • Destiny ARC by Gillian Shields*
      • Small Town Sinners ARC by Melissa Walker*
      • The Springsweet ARC by Saundra Mitchell*
      • HUSH ARC by Eishes Chayil*
      • I am J ARC by Cris Beam*
      • Going Underground ARC by Susan Vaught*
      • Grim ARC by Anna Waggener*
      • Tantalize by Cynthia Leitich Smith*
      • Waiting ARC by Carol Lynch Williams *
      • Wondershow ARC by Hannah Barnaby*
      • After the Snow ARC by S.D. Crockett*
      • Hush ARC by Eishes Chayil*
      • Guardian of the Gate (Prophecy of the Sisters book 2) ARC by Michelle Zink *
      • Little Women and Me by Lauren Baratz Logsted*
      • Circle Nine ARC by Ann Heltzel*
      • The Julian Game ARC by Adele Griffin* (signed to Andye)
      • THE 10 P.M. QUESTION ARC by Kate de Goldi*
      • YOU KILLED WESLEY PAYNE ARC by Sean Beaudoin*

        Adult and Non-Fiction



                1. As soon as I read this question I totally thought of the Matched series. I really liked Matched but honestly I could't finish Crossed. Also I loved Die for Me but I had a really hard time getting into Until I Die.

                2. Yes I have read those kind of series! I think my choice would have to be the Immortal series by Alyson Noel. I thought Evermore was really good, but as the story kept being dragged on, I found myself less and less interested.

                  Thanks for the giveaway!

                3. I totally agree with you on the Matched series. Reached was a tough slough. I also think the Delirium series was like that for me. Delirium was very lyrical and engaging. Pandemonium was also good and more exciting, but it felt almost like a completely different book. But Requiem derailed the series. It felt so off compared to the beginning. And the lack of ending slayed me.

                4. Yes, I wish that writers would sometimes just write one great book instead of a series. The Delirium series is the one that came first to my mind.

                5. Yeah, for me it's the House of Night series. I liked the first two or three books, but the others were just - meh.

                6. The Fallen series by Lauren Kate failed to hold interest for me. I got past Torment with difficulty but could only manage to read 40 pages of Passion

                7. I liked Matched, but Crossed was sooooooo boring.
                  I liked Delirium, but Pandemonium was so slow (and boring).
                  I liked the first three books in The Mortal Instruments, but everything after that...meh.
                  I can, sadly, go on and on :(

                8. For me it was the Stephanie Plum series and the Sookie Stackhouse series. I loved the first seven books of the Stephanie Plum and I loved the first 10 books by Charlaine Harris but then it felt like the writing went downhill.

                9. Twilight is a horrible series in general I feel, but I think with that series the writing got worse and worst.

                10. I have to agree with you on the Matched series. I liked Matched, liked Crossed a lot less, and had no desire to finish the series because at that point I didn't care anymore. Also I liked Withered, but couldn't get through Fever. I head Sever is better, but I don't want to have to read Fever to get to it.

                  1. lol!! Heard, not head. I should really proof read my comments first.

                11. Hmmm..... I can't think of any right off the top of my head. I guess I should have slept in longer this morning. Thanks for the Giveaway any how.

                12. I haven't really had any of the YA series, that I just didn't want to finish because they changed courses and ended up strange. It was an adult series that I tried to read.

                  Jenea @ Books Live Forever

                13. Absolutely loved Hourglass by Myra Mcentire and then read Timepiece and was totally let down. Not sure if I'll read Infinityglass.

                14. I hate to say this, but Kingdom Keepers. I loved the first four books but I did not like the fifth. I'm going to try and read it again to see if maybe my opinion has changed, but I found it strange. Also, Maximum Ride. The first three books were amazing, but then the fourth was positively TERRIBLE. I actually stopped reading the series after that one! I'm trying to start again, but it may be hard!

                15. I just finished Reached and it was more of a think to much rather than an action like the others.

                16. I recently read Crossed in the Matched series and didn't enjoy it like I did Matched so I don't know if I will read Reached.

                17. I feel this way about the Mortal Instruments series. There's the 5th and 6th books I have to read still but I don't really feel any urgency to do so. And the fact that she's starting another series about the same topic... It's getting really played out.

                18. I dont think i have read any series where the 2nd-3rd books get bored/ thinking..I dont recall any, so far.. I dont like book series that dont have the main characters as in the 1st book..

                19. Beautiful Creatures. Beautiful Redemption was so extremely slow. I loved Partials. It Fragments took me 9 days to read. L will read book 3 because the ending of Fragments was the best part of the book.

                20. Ugh! I feel the same way about the Matched Series. I couldn't even finish Crossed, sadly. I enjoyed Matched, but couldn't get through Crossed. The plot just get boring and dragged. The writing was about the same, but I felt it went into even more prose and detail than Matched, which slowed the book down even more.
                  Rachel M.

                21. The Delirium trilogy was like that for me. I loved Delirium, liked Pandemonium, but I HATED Requiem. I really wanted to like it, but I just couldn't. Also Maximum Ride. I loved the first three, but after the fourth it just got weird.


                22. Sookie Stackhouse is a series that I feel was probably too long. I still enjoyed them, but I can feel the decline.

                23. House of Night. Loved them so much when I started, but now it just seems like nothing happens and I pretty much hate every plot development.

                24. I don't usually read series. I prefer stand-alones. ;)

                25. There was this series called Entice by Carrie Jones, the first couple were okay, but after that it was boring and the story was just being dragged on. I also agree with you on the Matched books; the last book was like reading a dictionary!!

                26. Hmm. Actually, no. I was disappointed by the 6th Harry Potter book, which kind of broke my heart since the 5th is my favorite in the series, but the 7th book totally made up for it. I don't know - book six just felt a little rushed to me, not as developed as the others. So ironically it made a better book-to-movie because there was less that had to be cut! (please don't hurt me)

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                28. The Delirium series was kind of like that for me, but almost backwards :) I didn't really care that much for Delirium, absolutely adored Pandemonium, but then Requiem fell off for me and I couldn't believe how the ending left you hanging!

                29. THE MAXIMUM RIDE SERIES!! The first 3 were great and then the 4th book, The Final Warning, I was like "WHAT HAPPENED?!?" That book was nothing short of awful. The rest were okay but never as good as the first 3. It was really sad.

                30. The series of Christopher Paolini. Eragon is very good, but I didn't like Eldest.Is so boring. But Ididn't read the two last books yet.

                31. House of Night series by Kristin and PC Cast. I loved the first couple books but then everyone got more "intimate" almost every chapter in the recent books and just really out there that I don't enjoy reading them anymore. :( It makes me sad.

                32. Maximum Ride seriously went downhill after the first three books. And the Delirium trilogy too - I loved that series up until Requiem.

                33. House of Night series was interesting at first but it got more and more boring as each book was released. I stopped reading it. Usually when I read a series that I didn't really like, there is still a spark of curiosity towards wanting to know how it ends so I continue, but with this series, I just gave up.

                34. Maximum Ride series. I haven't finished the whole series, but the first book was very good. However, the books after that just contained some chasing and more chasing and so on. Not very entertaining.

                35. I know most people had the opposite reaction, but for me the Soul Screamers series. If you've read them (and I won't spoil it for anyone who hasn't), you know how the books drastically changed from the first few books with regard to a major plot line/characterization. As a reader who gets invested in certain characters and stories, I felt cheated and a bit angry about the sudden about-face that felt really forced in order to please certain fans and I just dropped the series altogether!

                36. Have you ever read any series where the first/ or first few books are really great, but then the plot and writing gets really weird/worse?

                  I felt this way about L.J. Smith's "Night World" series. I read the first 2 books. I loved the first one, and liked the second pretty well. I started reading the 3rd one a couple times, but it didn't pull me in like the first couple had.

                37. +JMJ+

                  Everything you said about the Matched triology, I could say about the Hunger Games trilogy. Except the part about not finishing. I read to the very end and couldn't believe how bad Mockingjay was. =(


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