The third and final book for the All For The Game series, The Kings Men, by Nora Sakavic, was published in 2016. I hadn't read any of the books until sometime in October this year. One of my best friends found a character description online somewhere (we haven't seen it since!) and she loved the series before even picking up the book. It took me a few days myself before I finally started reading the first book in the series, The Foxhole Court (TFC). Not even two pages in I knew I would love it, I mean a story based on college students and a fictional sport based off of lacrosse? I'm here for it!
I read the entire series in four days, working around school work of course, and as soon as I finished my friend bombarded me with fan theories, and things confirmed and denied by the author about the series! I won't spoil anything here but once you get the books I highly suggest checking out Nora's Foxhole Court page on Tumblr.
The first book is free on iBook so you can get a feel for the book before committing to spending any money on it, and the other two books are ninety-nine cents each. So much goes into these books they are so, so good. It's hard to tell you why they're so good without giving anything away! Throughout the entire book, you learn little things here and there about each character and their past and then when you go to Nora's TFC page afterword and finished making connections it's such an amazing feeling.
I've never read a book series that I've loved like this one. It keeps you guessing, and the book brings out so many emotions, I cried, I laughed, I experienced major secondhand embarrassment and some secondhand pain - it was great. I've reread the series at least five times since then and I'm going to reread it again soon. I've never been able to reread a book this much and that makes it all the more fantastic. If I'm ever anxious and need a world to escape too I know The Foxhole Court is always waiting. (Although I don't recommend it to others while you're having a panic attack until you've read it through at least once because it can get pretty morbid sometimes)
My favorite thing about the book is watching the characters grow as people and heal and get better. I love the way the characters interact with each other between main character Neil and all of his teammates... it's amazing. I can't describe it without giving everything away but it's an amazing experience.
My only thing is if you have triggers I suggest looking at this list of triggers before reading the book (here) http://cabeswaterlovesthem.tumblr.com/post/142112202373/detailed-list-of-trigger-warnings-for-the-foxhole because there are some things that happen in it that aren't the nicest.
Once you finish the series you can go to Nora's Tumblr and find all sorts of interesting things my personal favorite - The twin's first year through Renee Walker's eyes. (definitely worth waiting to read until the book is over with I think it'll have a bigger impact!)
I've never read a book series and fallen in love with it and it's characters quite like this one. I can't wait to see what other books Nora comes out with in the future! I can only hope to write a book that has that effect on people one day.
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(I've decided to bold the titles of the books I want to read so when I refer back to this list through out the year it'll be easier to find them!)
Every year I have a collection of books I want to read but I never get around to it. Whether it's because I don't rent them from the library or I simply don't have the money, the end result is always the same. This year I decided things would be a little bit different... I also figured sharing the books I want to read with the world would encourage me to actually read them so at the end of the year when you all start asking if I finished them I can proudly tell you I did!
The first book I want to read is actually a series. It's called the Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater. I don't know much about it, just that a friend of mine said I would like it. It's a four book series. I currently own the first one and will be getting the others later this year.
I started reading Keys To The Kingdom by Garth Nix last year, and I have yet to finish the final three books. The series is seven books long and I'm currently in the middle of "Lady Friday" and waiting for the last two (Superior Saturday and Lord Sunday) in the mail.
One of my close friends Kayla sent me a book called Rebel Spirits which is about a girl who moves from Philadelphia to Gettysburg and she can see ghosts. I'm not very far into this one yet but the main character is looking into the murder of a Civil War soldier.
A Lite Too Bright by Sam Miller (lead singer of Paradise Fears) isn't set to come out until sometime in May, but I have it preordered!
Girl Online is a three book series by Zoe Sugg (Zoella on YouTube) who writes about a girl owning a blog. I have the first one and am waiting for the second one in the mail.
Note to Self by Connor Franta is kind of like a follow up to his first book, but I'm hoping I can read it and know what's going on. If not, then we'll add A Work In Progress to the list!
I found Turtles All The Way Down by John Green in a Target in the middle of No-Where Illinois, and I can't wait to read it! TATWD is about two girls trying to find a runaway criminal and split the money, the twist? The runaway is the dad of an old friend.
Deep Blue by Randy Wayne White. RWW's books mostly take place around a set of Islands in Florida, and it's fun to read them because I've been to a lot of the area. I can't wait to read about this one!
I'm ordering a bunch of these off Amazon as we speak, but a few won't get here until May. Human error on my part I clicked the fewer boxes option at checkout forgetting one of the books was on preorder! Anyways, I'm looking forward to crossing titles off this list and hopefully making a part two later in the year! I'll keep you all updated!
If you didn't guess by the title, this is my everything blog, where I write about... well everything! You get the idea. The only thing I don't write about here is NASCAR because I have a different blog for that.