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Series I Won’t Be Continuing

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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.

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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?

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Weekly Roundup #18

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My ‘Weekly Roundup’ is where I share the books I have received in the past week, whether bought, gifted, borrowed etc.
 
A day late this week, but at least I’ve actually gotten round to posting it! This, ladies and gentlemen, is why charity shops are bad for me:
 
£4.10 for all of these.
 

Bought

  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle – so I already have this on the Kindle but I prefer real books. And it’s a cool cover!
  • Death of Kings (The Saxon Stories #6) by Bernard Cornwell – apparently this is the sixth in the series but nevermind! I always need more historical fiction. Anglo-Saxon England has always fascinated me – I did my A Level History coursework on it – but I just don’t know loads about it.
  • Nightrise (The Power of Five #3) by Anthony Horowitz – I’ve wanted to read this series for a while, and have the first two books so bought this one too. I think the fourth one is currently only in hardback?
  • The Fry Chronicles by Stephen Fry – because he is awesome. That is all.
  • Bitterblue (Graceling Realm #3) by Kristin Cashore – I picked this up because it looked pretty, and then I realised it’s a sequel to a book that I want to read (Graceling). I know I haven’t yet read the first two in the series, but I plan to, and since this was only 50p I grabbed it!
 
As for other book related news since my last post: I finished The Fault in Our Stars by John Green and sobbed. A lot. I also read The Great Gatsby today, as I plan on watching the new film adaptation, and I like to read the book first.
 
 

What new reads have you acquired this week? Have you read any of my new purchases, and if so what did you think of them?