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Series I Won’t Be Continuing


Last week I posted my top ten series to continue reading in 2016. This week I thought I’d do the opposite and discuss series that I’ve given up on, or definitely don’t plan on giving any more chances.

Grave Sight Grave Secret

I’ve read books two and three of the Harper Connolly series by Charlaine Harris, but not book one or book four (yeah, weird order, just the ones I happened to own). After the rather… almost incestuous events of book three, I have no interest in continuing this series, thank you very much.

The 100 The 100

The television series of The 100 by Kass Morgan was great, although it took me two attempts to get into it. I am more than happy to continue with that, and am looking forward to the next season. The books however? Nah. This is a case of the adaptation being VERY different from the book – not so unusual – but also the adaptation being a much better version. Not something that seems to happen very often. The book felt lifeless compared to the show.

Evil Star Night Rise Necropolis

I bought the first three books of The Power of Five (also called The Gatekeepers) by Anthony Horowitz from a charity shop for 50p each, as it was a series I’d always wanted to read. However, I think I got to this one far too late. If I’d read it in my teens, maybe I would have enjoyed it a lot more. As it is, it doesn’t work for me, and I’ll be taking those books back to the charity shop…

Those Below

I was so sad that The Empty Throne series by Daniel Polansky just did not work for me. I saw it before release, admired the cover, and then was sent a copy by Hodder. Unfortunately it was just lacking something to make it really work for me. But just look at the cover of the second book – so gorgeous!

Shadow's Edge Beyond the Shadows

The first book of the Night Angel series by Brent Weeks was a Fantasy Book of the Month for my Goodreads book group, and I’m normally pretty happy with what we choose. I even already had this one on my shelf. Unfortunately, it was not at all what I’d expected. It felt so flat, boring and disappointing. Maybe some of Brent Weeks’ other work is for me, but not this series.

Captive Queen

All I want to say here is that the first book of The Blackcoat Rebellion series by Aimee Carter was hands down the worst book I read in 2015. I think that pretty much sums it up.

18812716 Catacomb

I was hoping that the Asylum series by Madeleine Roux would be a Miss Peregrine style story infused with creepy photos. It turned out to be an absolutely rubbish story with the worst characters, and photos that served no real purpose.

Untamed Hunted Tempted

The very thought of the House of Night series by P.C. Cast and Kristen Cast makes me shudder. I read the first three books a couple of years ago, as my sister owned them and I was home from university for Christmas, reading everything I could in the meanwhile. They’re the sort of books that are so bad you kind of want to keep reading, like when you drive past an accident and don’t want to look but human nature makes you. Absolute trainwrecks.

Earth Star Earth Flight

This makes me a little sad, because I really wanted to love the Earth Girl series by Janet Edwards. I met Janet at Bristolcon and she was lovely, she even took part in the first Sci-Fi Month – but I cannot stand Jarra, the main character of this series. I wanted to bitch slap her so hard.

Day Shift Night Shift

Sorry Charlaine Harris. Midnight, Texas is your second series on here. I love you for writing the Sookie Stackhouse novels, but I don’t seem to have much luck with the rest of your work. The first book was just so… uneventful, I have no interest in reading any further.

Are there any series you’ve given up on? Have you read any of these series, and if so what did you think?


22 thoughts on “Series I Won’t Be Continuing”

  1. Great post, Rinn! I wish I hadn’t bothered with the latter two books in Lauren Oliver’s Delirium trilogy; I thought Delirium was a really good book, but in Pandemonium it fell into the trap of being like every other YA dystopia out there and then Requiem… Ugh, don’t even get me started on Requiem. I hated Legend by Marie Lu, so I didn’t continue with that series, and I didn’t like The Giver, Matched, Uglies or Divergent either. Basically I don’t have much luck with YA dystopia, which is a shame because dystopian fiction done well is fascinating.

    A series I absolutely loved when I was younger was James Patterson’s Maximum Ride series. I loved those books and I think I read almost all of them, but from the middle of the series onward the stories started getting sillier and sillier, so by the time the last couple of books came out I just didn’t care anymore. :

    1. That’s another one actually, I read the first book and it was so… bland. I liked Legend at the time, but I remember absolutely NOTHING about it now, so it can’t have been that great. I’ve not read The Giver but have it on Kindle, I read Matched and it was also bland (and I honestly can’t remember what happened in that or Delirium, they basically merge in my mind, even wrote a post on it once), Uglies I read years and years ago and quite liked, and Divergent is… okay. Problem is, there’s so much of it out there that it has to be really special to stand out.

      I remember seeing those books a lot, but they never appealed to me that much. Was it like a young James Bond kind of thing?

  2. This is very interesting. I’ve given up on many series and might just steal this post (with credit of course :p) as well. I’ve heard similar things to Charlaine’s other books, like they just don’t seem as sparky as the Sookie series! Pawn just seems plain awful- I don’t know how you finished it! Also the gif you use in your review for it. PRICELESS>

    1. DO IT! I want to see what you choose 😀 Sookie always wins, even if the last few books were just depressing.

      I don’t know how I finished Pawn either. I wanted to poke my eyes out. But I carried on, for the good of the blogging community.

  3. The only Charlaine Harris series I enjoyed all the way through (I dropped out of the Sookie series after the 4th or 5th book) was the Lily Bard Shakespeare series There was an actual character arc through the 5 books where Lily, after much struggle, rose from the ashes of her past and became a full human being.

  4. Just so you know The Blackcoat Rebellion series DOES NOT get any better. The 2nd book is 10,000 times more infuriating than the first. That’s one series I’m not going to finish. Unless I’m in the mood to rage hahaha. I’ve tried watching The 100, but I’m having a hard time getting into it. The effects are really mediocre (I know it’s TV, but still) and also it seems like it takes A LOT of suspension of disbelief. Maybe I haven’t gotten to that magical place where it all comes together yet??

    I’m actually really good at finishing book series. There aren’t that many that I’ve given up on. That could be because I don’t start a ton of series… but it also could be because I like to know what happens even if I’m not in LOVE with the books. Great post 🙂

    1. Ahh, my suspicions are confirmed 😉 How on earth did you get through book two?? It did take me two attempts to get in The 100 and even then I was in the mood for that particular genre, but seriously, as the first series progressed it just got better and better. I can’t remember at exactly what point, but after the teens are more established I think.

      Thanks Michelle!

    1. To be honest there are probably a few more series to add… ever since I started blogging, I do not force myself to finish any book I dislike because there are so many good ones out there, I don’t want to waste my time on stuff I don’t enjoy!

      And I’m sure I will 😀 And finish some great ones too!

  5. I read the first three Harper Connolly books when I was younger and I definitely need to get into the series again and finish it off. I shipped the ship because I am an embarrassment.

    I kind of want to read The 100 books for the hilarity, but I also don’t want to waste my time. I’ve been relying on Terri to tell me what the differences and similarities are.

    I LOVED THE GATEKEEPERS! When I was 12. I never actually finished the series because Horowitz took a huge break in between, during which I had stuff to do and then started blogging, so I never read the last couple of books. I want to read them for nostaglia’s sake, but also I don’t think I’ll love them. Alex Rider > The Gatekeepers.

    I’m DYING to read the Night Angel series but I’ve heard that it’s really flat. Really disappointing, especially as I own all of them :/

    LOL @ House of Night. I DNF’d that series before I knew what DNF meant.

    I hate not finishing series, but at the same time I still have to continue with so many of them. The only one that I can think of right now (it’s 2am, leave me be) that I definitely won’t be continuing with is the Wither trilogy. Wither was just so dull and I don’t really care about the characters or the story at all.

    1. NO AMBER NO. I mean… *technically* it wasn’t incestuous but it still felt so… ughhhh.

      Did you read the first one? I can’t remember. It was so boring and nothing like the show. Wells and Clarke’s relationship dynamic was totally different too. Clarke in the show is basically an amalgamation of Clarke in the book and another character called… Glass I think?

      Yeah, I probably would have when I was 12 too 😛

      Mmm, Night Angel received mixed reviews from my book group… it was just so lifeless, for what was supposed to be an ‘epic’ fantasy.

  6. I definitely gave up on House of Night YEARS ago and have never looked back. I’m honestly shocked that I continued to read them despite how bad they got to be. Like you said, they’re so bad their “good” and I honestly think I replaced them as a guilty pleasure read with The Selection series.

    Shame about The Blackcoat Rebellion. I liked Aimee Carter’s Goddess Series though they kinda lost me near the end and this one sounded intriguing…

    1. What was especially surprising was how bad they were considering they were written by two people. You’d think two brains would be better!

      I read the first Goddess book, it was okay but as someone who has studied Greek mythology and religion, it was kind of painful to read.

  7. I read all of the Harper Connolly books but they aren’t a patch on Sookie or Charlaine’s other creation Aurora. I actually enjoy the Midnight series, I did find the first book a little slow but I really like the second book.

    I have got all the 100 and Earth Girl books but have yet to get past book two in each of them.

    The one series I probably won’t finish is Divergent because I came across the ending by accident and I just cant bring myself to read it.

    1. The first one kind of felt like a bit of a mess to me, as though she’d just tried to hard to fit so many supernatural characters in.

      I did that too, but I’m determined to read the actual book, even if I don’t enjoy the series as much as I did the first time round.

  8. I thought about reading the 100 books but heard the TV show was significantly better, I definitely won’t pick that one up. I have a hard time giving up on stuff because I’m like what if it’s better later on? I gave up on the Throne of Glass Series. A character I liked gets killed of in the second book, and after the third one I just wasn’t interested in where the story was going. I finished the Selection Trilogy, but wish I gave up after the first one. I think the writer is doing more stories, but I am NEVER reading those.

    1. The show is WAY better. I would not have touched the show had I read the book first. I think they also matured the characters which works much better too.

      I know which character you mean 😦 It was painful, but I still like the series. I need to read book 4.

      I’ve heard some… interesting things about the Selection trilogy. I feel that if I read it, I’d go in with super low expectations.

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