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Books and Series To Give a Chance

A list of ten book series that I personally enjoyed reading. These are not my top ten favorites, but ten that I thought of off the top of my head because I honestly loved reading them.

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#10 - Furnace (A.K.A - Escape From Furnace)

#10 - Furnace (A.K.A - Escape From Furnace)

"Beneath Heaven is Hell. Beneath Hell is Furnace"
Furnace is a series of novel that includes 5 books by the author of, Alexander Gordon Smith. These books are in the genres of: Young Adult Fiction, and Science Fiction.
*SYNOPSIS: *
Go to hell. Furnace Penitentiary: An underground hellhole. A place of pure evil with walls coated in blood where murderous gangs and vicious guards rule the darkness. Horrific creatures steal people away in the dead of night. And the impossible - ESCAPE - is the only hope.

Through the point of view of the teenage protagonist, Alex Sawyer, the series is about Alex and his incarceration in the fictional London prison Furnace Penitentiary. In the first book, "Lockdown", the readers are introduced to Alex, a 14 year old petty thief. Alex is framed for murder and locked away in Furnace. Furnace, located a mile below ground, is a one-way trip – inmates are sentenced for life without parole, which doesn’t usually last long. Alex learns quickly that Furnace’s gangs are the least of his problems: nightly raids by creatures in gas masks drag inmates off for purposes unknown; vicious doglike animals can attack at any moment, and something is going on deep in the tunnels of Furnace. Follow Alex as he tries to work a way out of the strong grasp Furnace seems to have on him.

Goodreads Rating: 4.1 out of 5

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#9 - Nightshade

"Nightshade" is a series by the author, Andrea Cremer. Like wolves? Then this is a series for you. Nightshade is a four book series that was originally a trilogy, but a fourth book just arrived after much consideration, and fan rave. There are also two prequel books to the series.

She risked her life to save his, believing she'd never see him again... But he has returned, challenging her destiny as alpha wolf, leaving her doubting her past, and fearing her future.

Calla is the alpha female of a shape-shifting wolf pack. She is destined to marry Ren Laroche, the pack's alpha male. Together, they would rule their pack together, guarding sacred sites for beings called, Keepers. Calla risks everything just to save a beautiful human boy, who captures her heart. Calla begins to question everything - her fate, her existence, and her world and the orders the Keepers have asked her to follow. She will have to make a choice. But will she follow her heart if it means losing everything, including her own life?

Goodreads Rating: 4.3 out of 5

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#8 - Red Queen

#8 - Red Queen

Power is a Dangerous Game

In a fantasy world created by the author, Victoria Aveyard, there lives a girl.

Mare Barrow's world is divided by blood-
those with red and those with silver. Mare and her family are lowly Reds, destined to serve the silver elite whose supernatural abilities make them nearly gods. Mare steals what she can to help her family survive, but when her best friend is conscripted into the army, she gambles everything to win his freedom. A twist of fate leads her to the royal palace itself, where, in front of the king and all his nobles, she discovers a power of her own- an ability she didn't know she had. Except... her blood is Red.
To hide this impossibility, the king forces her into the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As mare is drawn further into the silver world, she risks her new position to aid the Scarlet Guard- the leaders of a Red rebellion. Her actions put into motion a deadly and violent dance, pitting prince against prince- and Mare against her own heart.

Goodreads Rating: 4.9 out of 5

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#7 - TH1RTEEN R3ASONS WHY

"Thirteen Reasons Why" is in fact not a series, but a single novel by the author, Jay Asher.
This New York Times bestselling novel is also known today by its Netflix Original adaptation.

SYNOPSIS:

You can't stop the future. You can't rewind the past. The only way to learn the secret... is to press play. Clay Jensen's first love records her last words.

Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker- his classmate and crush- who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah's voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out why. Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a first-hand witness to Hannah's pain, and learns the truth about himself- a truth he never wanted to face.

Goodreads Rating: 4.5 out of 5

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#6 - Talon

In Julie Kagawa's groundbreaking modern fantasy series, dragons walk among us in human form.

Long ago, dragons were hunted to near extinction by the Order of St. George, a legendary society of dragon slayers. Hiding in human form and growing their numbers in secret, the dragons of Talon have become strong and cunning, and they're positioned to take over the world with humans none the wiser.

Ember and Dante Hill are the only sister and brother known to dragonkind. Trained to infiltrate society, Ember wants to live the teen experience and enjoy a summer of freedom before taking her destined place in Talon. But destiny is a matter of perspective, and a rogue dragon will soon challenge everything Ember has been taught. As Ember struggles to accept her future, she and her brother are hunted by the Order of St. George.

Soldier Garret Xavier Sebastian has a mission to seek and destroy all dragons, and Talon's newest recruits in particular. But he cannot kill unless he is certain he has found his prey: and nothing is certain about Ember Hill. Faced with Ember's bravery, confidence and all-too-human desires, Garret begins to question everything that the Order has ingrained in him: and what he might be willing to give up to find the truth about dragons

Goodreads Rating: 3.77 out of 5

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#5 - Hush, Hush (by: Becca Fitzpatrick)

A SACRED OATH
A FALLEN ANGEL

A FORBIDDEN LOVE

Romance was not part of Nora Grey's plan. She's never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how hard her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her. Not until Patch comes along. With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Patch draws Nora to him against her better judgment.

But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure whom to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is and seems to know more about her than her closest friends. She can't decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is way more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel.

For she is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen - and, when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost Nora her life.

Goodreads Rating: 4 out of 5

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#4 - The Infernal Devices (book one - Clockwork Angel)

Clockwork Angel is the first book in a prequel trilogy to the acclaimed series, The Mortal Instruments, by author, Cassandra Claire.

In a time when Shadowhunters are barely winning the fight against the forces of darkness, one battle will change the course of history forever. Welcome to the Infernal Devices trilogy, a stunning and dangerous prequel to the New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments series.

The year is 1878. Tessa Gray descends into London’s dark supernatural underworld in search of her missing brother. She soon discovers that her only allies are the demon-slaying Shadowhunters—including Will and Jem, the mysterious boys she is attracted to. Soon they find themselves up against the Pandemonium Club, a secret organization of vampires, demons, warlocks, and humans. Equipped with a magical army of unstoppable clockwork creatures, the Club is out to rule the British Empire, and only Tessa and her allies can stop them...

Goodreads Rating: 4.3 out of 5

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#3 - Throne Of Glass Series

A series by: Sarah J. Maas (Book One)

OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS:

After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king's council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she'll serve the kingdom for four years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilarating. But she's bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her ... but it's the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead ... quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

Goodreads Rating: 4.24 out of 5

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#2 - The Maze Runner

A trilogy by author, James Dashner (Book One)

OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS:

If you ain’t scared, you ain’t human.

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers—boys whose memories are also gone.

Nice to meet ya, shank. Welcome to the Glade.

Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out—and no one’s ever made it through alive.

Everything is going to change.

Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.

Remember. Survive. Run.

Goodreads Rating: 4.3 out of 5

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#1 - The Mortal Instruments Series (Book One) City Of Bones

A Bestselling Series by the author, Cassandra Clare. Book one of the Mortal Instruments series dives into the life of Clary Fray, a seemingly mundane girl.

OFFICIAL SYNOPSIS:

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder― much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary's first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It's also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace's world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know...

Goodreads Rating: 4.12 out of 5