Five Popular Book Series I Haven’t Read Yet

Five Popular Book Series I Haven’t Read Yet

I spent a month being too daunted by the idea of getting stuck into a book series. Now that I am in the midst of one I don’t know why I was so hesitant. I am currently reading through Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunters Chronicles. After that I intend to make a dent in some other series I’ve put off reading for far too long. Here are five popular book series I haven’t read yet!

Caraval By Stephanie Garber

Welcome to Caraval, Where nothing is quite what it seems…

Caraval book cover

Scarlett has never left the tiny isle of Trisda, pining from afar for the wonder of Caraval, a once-a-year week-long performance where the audience participates in the show. Caraval is Magic. Mystery. Adventure. And for Scarlett and her beloved sister Tella it represents freedom and an escape from their ruthless, abusive father.

With the release of the third instalment, Finale, I have seen this book raved about all over the book community. The story sounds very captivating and I think it is one I will be able to relate to a lot. Caraval is definitely at the top of my series TBR.


The Cruel Prince By Holly Black

Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

One terrible morning, Jude and her sisters see their parents murdered in front of them. The terrifying assassin abducts all three girls to the world of Faerie, where Jude is installed in the royal court but mocked and tormented by the Faerie royalty for being mortal. As Jude grows older, she realises that she will need to take part in the dangerous deceptions of the fey to ever truly belong.But the stairway to power is fraught with shadows and betrayal. And looming over all is the infuriating, arrogant and charismatic Prince Cardan . . . 

I have heard so so many amazing things about this trilogy. The Folk of the Air is the epitome of popular book series. It is probably one of the most raved about series I hear about on a daily basis on social media. I can see why, it sounds really interesting! I love princes and fairies and all that stuff so I definitely think this is something I’ll enjoy reading.


Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Welcome to Ravka . . . a world of science and superstition where nothing is what it seems.

shadow and bone book cover

Soldier. Summoner. Saint. Orphaned and expendable, Alina Starkov is a soldier who knows she may not survive her first trek across the Shadow Fold – a swath of unnatural darkness crawling with monsters. But when her regiment is attacked, Alina unleashes dormant magic not even she knew she possessed.
Now Alina will enter a lavish world of royalty and intrigue as she trains with the Grisha, her country’s magical military elite – and falls under the spell of their notorious leader, the Darkling. He believes Alina can summon a force capable of destroying the Shadow Fold and reuniting their war-ravaged country, but only if she can master her untamed gift.
As the threat to the kingdom mounts and Alina unlocks the secrets of her past, she will make a dangerous discovery that could threaten all she loves and the very future of a nation.

I feel like the only person on the planet who has not read this yet! Everyone raves about Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha Verse and the amazing characters and stories she’s creating within this fictional world. I own King of Scars but I dare not dive into that having not read any other books. Ideally I’d like to start with Shadow and Bone trilogy. Then onto Six of Crows/Crooked Kingdom and lastly, King of Scars. I am not entirely sure if it matters for spoilers though? As far as I know they are individual stories but don’t quote me on that!


A Court of Thorns and Roses By Sarah J. Maas

Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill

a court of thorns and roses cover

The forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price … 
Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.

Similarly with Shadow and Bone I feel like I am so late to the party with this series! I see it all over Instagram and I need to hurry up and get my hands on it! It’s not as long as some of the other series on my TBR. Because of that, I think this will be one that I read before the others. Though I will say, I have heard mixed reviews about A Court of Frost and Starlight. I am still interested to see what my experience with it will be though.


The Red Queen Series By Victoria Aveyard

This is a world divided by blood – red or silver

red queen book cover

The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.
That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.

With the very recent release of Broken Throne, I am being reminded more than ever that I really need to get a wiggle on and start this series by Victoria Aveyard. I have heard from a few people that it wasn’t for them, even a DNF here or there but I am determined to give this a try. I’d also still consider it a widely popular book series. It sounds like something I’d like and the covers look ever so pretty in hardback format!

Those were just five of the popular book series I haven’t read yet! Have you read any of these? Let me know in the comments!


  1. 13th May 2019 / 12:09 PM

    The Cruel Prince is very overrated.
    I’m finally reading Shadow and Bone trilogy, I read Six of Crows first and honestly, it hasn’t taken anything away from the story.
    ACOTAR is amazing, book two is the best, it’s worth a read!
    I gave up on Red Queen, it gets boring pretty fast, unfortunately

    Hope you enjoy these. Happy reading!

    • Dominique
      13th May 2019 / 12:26 PM

      Yeeaaa I’ve heard a lot of people say similar things about The Red Queen. Why do you think the Cruel Prince overrated?

      • 13th May 2019 / 12:38 PM

        It’s just not as good as everyone makes out. It has some problematic elements too. I’m really not into the whole ‘boys will be mean to you if they like you’ kinda thing.

        • Dominique
          13th May 2019 / 12:50 PM

          Hmmmm interesting! I’ll have to see what I think about it when I finally get round to reading it

          • 13th May 2019 / 12:55 PM

            Yeah definitely!
            I’ll lookout for your review if you write one!

  2. 13th May 2019 / 12:46 PM

    Great Post!

    I am seeing Caraval everywhere, thinking of giving it a try once I am done with some Arcs and priority books!

    ACOTAR is amazing, you won’t regret reading it. I am really conflicted on The Cruel Prince but those books have pretty awesome cliffhangers and somehow I ended up enjoying both even with their problematic elements. Shadow and Bone, once again not much keen on the story but the world building are amazing in those books. The Red Queen series was pretty average for me too and it’s definitely drawn out but it has its positives. I just finished King’s Cage and there were times I really wanted to give up but the politics in this series is pretty awesome and I think that’s probably why I am still keen on reading Warstorm and seeing this series through!

    Happy reading!!

    • Dominique
      13th May 2019 / 12:52 PM

      Mmmmm im getting a general consensus on Cruel Prince and Red Queen, so intrigued to see how I find them! And yes Caraval is being raved about everywhere I look, defo need to pick it up myself!

  3. 13th May 2019 / 2:07 PM

    I read the Red Queen last year. It had a difficult start, but by about a quarter or so of the way through, it got better. I do want to read the next one, but I’ve had other books I wanted to read more so I haven’t gotten around to it get.

    I hadn’t heard of any of the others though so thanks for more books to add to my Goodreads list!

    • Dominique
      13th May 2019 / 4:41 PM

      You’re welcome! Happy reading!

  4. 13th May 2019 / 3:24 PM

    I’ve read them all except the Shadow and Bone one ! They’re all great, even though Red Queen does not deserve the huge hype in my opinion

    • Dominique
      13th May 2019 / 4:40 PM

      Maybe I should not have included it nobody seems to be a huge fan tbh!

  5. 13th May 2019 / 4:02 PM

    So all I’m going to say is that when I read.SOC/CK I didnt even know SAB existed. And when I tried to go back and read them? I didn’t like them much. A year later I ended up listening to them on audible barely paying attention only because I wanted to read King of Scars. So *if* you wanted to read SOC/CK. I would say there isnt a need to read SAB first.

    As for TCP/WK? LOL… lord… lady… but why??? Lol

    • Dominique
      13th May 2019 / 4:40 PM

      Thanks for clearing that up, I wasnt sure! Bahaahahah not a fan of TCP/WK by any chance?

      • 13th May 2019 / 4:42 PM

        Oh no dear COMPLETE OPPOSITE LADY!!! lol

  6. 13th May 2019 / 4:37 PM

    After seeing squibbleread’s video on Caraval I dont think I’ll ever read it.

    I also havent read Shadow and Bones and ive heard its bad but im too much of a stickler of reading things in order that i wanna read that series first before six of crows

    • Dominique
      13th May 2019 / 4:43 PM

      Oh no how come!? Im really interested to hear the other side cause I have not heard anyone say anything but how good it is

      • 13th May 2019 / 8:38 PM

        It’s very much full of purple prose and weird descriptors.

  7. 14th May 2019 / 12:16 AM

    I’d say you definitely need to read The Grisha Trilogy and the Six of Crows duology before King of Scars or you wont appreciate the story as much. The jaw dropping ending wont be as jaw dropping unless you read the Grisha Trilogy

    • Dominique
      14th May 2019 / 5:16 PM

      Yeeaaaa I feel like I want to know all the characters and their story before jumping straight into King of Scars

  8. 15th May 2019 / 9:08 PM

    I read two of these novels, Red Queen & Shadow and Bone but I decided not to continue with the series past the first novel. Maybe I wasn’t in the right mood for them a few years ago, but I do hope you enjoy them! 🙂

    • Dominique
      15th May 2019 / 11:14 PM

      Thank you! I hope so too!

  9. 19th May 2019 / 12:52 AM

    I am not reading as much fantasy as I used to, but I will be finishing the Caraval series. I enjoyed the first two books, and have the 3rd one, so it seems like a sure thing. I quit the Red Queen series. It just went downhill after the first book for me. I like SJM. I know people either love her or hate her, but I enjoyed both series.

  10. 21st May 2019 / 4:36 PM

    I really liked ACOTAR and Caraval! I wasn’t a huge fan of Shadow and Bone and Red Queen has never really been on my radar. I hope you love them all if you do get around to reading!

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