Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Totally Should've Tag

I know I've got a backlog of book tags, but I REALLY wanted to do this one. For the most part, I've tried to keep them to Christian Spec Fic novels, but occasionally I had to deviate from that. Thanks to Victoria over at The Endless Oceans of my Mind for the tag. 

Totally Should Have Gotten a Sequel

Knox's Irregulars

I mean, I can see how this one constitutes a complete story, but I really would've liked to see where the story went. Perhaps it would have imploded and I would have said that it would have been better left alone. Who knows?

If you're interested in futuristic military fiction with a dash of romance, you can read my review here. 


What happened to Evan Angler? Did he get captured by DOME? Because I'm totally freaking out that there's no book five in this series! *wails hysterically*

Okay, so I'm not sure that counted as needing a sequel, since it was book four. But I needed to get it out of my system *sniffs*. 

Check out my review of book one here.

Totally Should Have Had a Spin-off Series

Okay, so Christian authors tend to do spin-off series nearly to excess. It makes me happy to see my favorite characters again, but...I can't find one for this one. 

But The Inheritance Cycle seriously needs a sequel series, STAT. *Glares pointedly at Christopher Paolini*.

A Character that Should Have Ended up with Someone Else

Yuck, love triangles. May I say that The 5th Wave would have been much better without a love triangle? Actually, without Cassie. And without Evan "I've been planting bombs" Walker. I'll be quiet before I spoil anything else. It's a good movie to make fun of. 

Totally Should Have Ended Differently

I have to agree with Victoria on this one--Mockingjay should have had a better ending. It needed a better sense of closure, which is something that I think the movie provides. 

Also, Green by Ted Dekker. It had absolutely no closure. He wrote an alternate ending for it, but I'm still not happy.

However, the rest of the Circle series is good. You can read my review of the first book, Black, by clicking here

Totally Should Have a Movie Franchise

To keep with my Christian spec-fic theme, I'm going to say Firebird by Kathy Tyers. I think it's one that could easily be produced by a non-Christian film group and it would turn out great. It would have to receive the right treatment, though. I'm also not so attached to it that I would be crushed if they ruined it. (Also, this gave me the chance to post the beautiful cover again. Still can't get over it!)

Speaking of Firebird, I still need to read the sequel. Maybe that'd change my opinion. 

Totally Should Have a TV Show

I can't go Christian spec-fic with this one; hands-down, this has to be The Ranger's Apprentice. I think it's better suited to TV than the big screen and I just really would love to see it. 

Totally Should Have Had One POV

I don't know on this one. It's got me stumped. 

Totally Should Have a Cover Change

A Wrinkle in Time. It has about ten different covers and none of them really do it justice. This is the one that comes closest, and I'm still not overly fond of it. I'm not sure how to fix it, but it needs fixed. 

Also, speaking of movies that did not do justice to the book...*glares at whoever produced the movie adaptation*. 

If you haven't read it, please go read it right now. Beautiful, beautiful book.

Totally Should Have Kept the Cover

I'm going to reverse this one and say this is one of the best cover upgrades I've seen. Same thing with Firebird. 

I know I had a really good book for this one yesterday, but I can't think of it. I'll post it down in the comments if I remember.

I'll also take a moment to rant at all publishers who have ever changed a cover design in the middle of a series. It's not fair. 

Totally Should Have Stopped at Book One

Is this my pocketbook talking, or my heart?  Speaker for the Dead was not the same at all as Ender's Game and I just didn't enjoy it. I've toyed with the idea of returning to the series, but I'm not sure. I've heard Ender's Shadow is pretty good and more similar in tone and theme. 

Meanwhile, my pocketbook screams in agony over John Flanagan, who has mastered the art of the spin-off series. 

I Totally Should've Stopped Reading

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek. Not speculative, or fiction, but I was tempted to buy a copy just to burn it. When I get to the "Read, Rewrite, Burn" book tag, I'll probably include it so I can have the pleasure.

Totally Shouldn't've prejudged

I've really been wanting to use that contraction this entire post. 

It's really sad, but I can't remember the last time that I was pleasantly surprised by a book. Or vice versa, for that matter. Hopefully I'll encounter the former sometime soon.

Whew, that's a lot of books and side-rants. I also did a lot of self-promotion in that post, which I'm only slightly ashamed of. Let me know if you disagree with any of my selections, and feel free to steal the tag!


  1. Cycle of Inheritance was indeed enjoyable... I don't know about a spin-off of that series, but I do believe that Paolini is working on a sci-fi novel right now? I'm curious about that. And I also agree, The Ranger's Apprentice series could actually do quite well as a TV series. I could see the first two books being a season, the second two... And maybe like make it chronological, so the seventh book would come after that...

    I'm obviously not a filmmaker. But still. There is appeal, no?

    1. Working on a sci-fi novel? Hmmm. I suppose it could be interesting; I'd definitely pick it up and give it a try.

      I think you're right that the series would have to be chronological to work. There should be enough audience for it, I would think.

      Thanks for the comment!

  2. Every time you mention Knox's Irregulars I feel the need to go buy the book. I think I shall do that immediately. I haven't read The 5th Wave mostly because whenever I hear about it people talk about the romance in it, so therefore I'm avoiding it at all costs. Plus it's quite rare that I like a book about aliens (minus Ender's Game, which was freaking fantastic).

    1. Yeah, the 5th Wave is too heavy on the romance for my personal taste. I haven't read the book, so I can't speak to that. But the movie was definitely laugh-worthy.

      Knox's Irregulars does have some romance, just as a heads-up. However, I think it's well-worth the read. Let me know what you think of it if/ when you get to it!

      And Ender's Game...I concur with your evaluation of it.

      Thanks for the comment!

    2. Yeah, I have no plans to see the movie :/

      I don't have a problem with romance, per say, just when it takes over the book and she keeps commenting on his abs. Seriously, I know he has great abs and deep eyes and blah blah blah, let's move on, shall we? If it's extremely well done I'll even enjoy it (crazy, I know).


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