So, here’s the scoop: There are a lot of series I have not and do not plan on finishing. I thought long and hard about this after my last post, the part where I promised to give the Matched Series another chance. I looked through my bookshelves and then scrolled through my amazon book shelf and found a lot more series I haven’t even attempted to finish. The first emotion I felt? Absolute shame.
“I’m a horrible reader!” I actually said this out loud.
I pulled the books from their dusty places on my shelf and just fanned them out around me. With my kindle in my lap, I went through, one by one.
Instantly, after remembering the character names, I knew why I didn’t finish them.
But I was raised where you push through things you don’t like. If I fell down at the park and skinned my knee, I was told, “Walk it off.” If I tripped in front of a crowd of people, I’d just laugh, though internally I was cringing. When I jumped into the pool during my high school swim meet before the buzzer went off, I pretended like it never happened. And when I worked a job that was practically eating away at my soul and giving me a bad case of lock jaw from grinding my teeth during the night and clenching them during the day at work, I just watched a series of stupid cat videos on youtube during my breaks.
I don’t give up easily. So, I am a little hesistant to admit that I’m sort of a serial book series dater. I get through two dates and never call those characters back.
So here’s my list. If you don’t agree with me not continuing the series and you really think I’m missing out, let me know in the comments. I want to hear your opinion. If you want me to give the series another try, I will. It may be the kick in the pants that I need to do it. But from where I’m standing, I have no want or need to continue.
Hall of Shame:
The Twilight Saga by Stephanie Meyer
What? I liked the first book! I just didn’t necessarily like them all? Okay. Okay. I’m no twi-hard.
But I really did like reading it. I sped right through the pages and devoured the first one in one day.
The second one I purchased right away from my local bookstore. That one took me about a week. Then I got Eclipse…
I didn’t like it.
I’m happy that Meyer’s didn’t want Edward and Bella shacking up without him putting a ring on it, so two thumbs up there. But the love triangle with Jacob just shoved me right off the band wagon. Why? Why?!?
Love triangles drive me batty. I can’t stand them. I won’t be the first to admit that Bella’s melodramatic post break-up. which took up the entire sequel, was a struggle to get through. The all out battle for Bella’s affections in Eclipse was repetitive. Edwards man pain in New Moon and Eclipse had me rolling my eyes.
Yet I still purchased the final book, Breaking Dawn. The reason I didn’t continue is mostly my fault. I completely got spoiled about the events that take place by a co-worker, who assumed I’d already read it.
When I heard what happened, I didn’t even bother cracking the baby open. It down-right irritated me.
I’m sorry that I didn’t finish it. It may or may not have been a let down, but I just didn’t feel invested anymore. Besides the $18 or so bucks I paid for it, that is.
It’s a pretty cover though, and it looks nice on the shelf. Still a win, I suppose.
Shatter Me Series by Tahereh Mafi
Mafi’s writing style is absolutely breathtaking. So much of what she wrote and the elegance with which she wrote them, had the words just spinning in my head for days. She’s a magnificent writer. I felt every single one of Juliette’s emotions as if they were my own, and GAH! It was a wonderful journey. Unfortunately, not even Mafi’s wonderful prose could keep me reading this series.
I’m not a fan of companion novel’s. Let’s start with that.
Companion Novels (My big pet-peeve)
I feel like they are often there to just make more sales and it rattles my nerves, immensely. I don’t understand why I have to purchase another book to get the full grasp of the story. If the companion novel is for me to better understand the world, usually with fantasy novels, I’m on board. Sometimes there just isn’t enough room in one book to really flesh out everything your readers would like to learn about the characters worlds.
In regards to that, in Shatter Me, there is a particular character in this series that starts out as more of an antagonist, who is of course obsessively in love/lust (I’m still not convinced which) with the main character, our heroine, Juliette. I simply don’t like the dude. As I read the novel I didn’t care to like him. He’s phenomenal to read, don’t get me wrong, but his relationship with Juliette gives me the creeps.
To each their own, right? Don’t stone me. Please?
I was told countless times to read the companion novel Destroy Me, which is in written in the perspective of Warner, the dude I don’t like, antagonist gone rogue for protagonist (kind of). The people who recommended it looked at me like I was bonkers, “If you just read it, your perception of Warner will change completely. You’ll be Team Warner by the end of it.”
ARE YOU KIDDING ME? We’re doing the team thing again?
I don’t want to purchase another book, and to add to that a short book, just so I can fully understand a character, to convince myself to like him! No! No, no, no, no, no. Did I say, no?
Mafi is amazing, but that just bothered me. I purchased Unravel Me, wanting to know where the story was going, and it was sexy and exciting. Not a single let down, though the sexy parts with a character who-must-not-be-named, had me feeling like a perv.
The new characters were to die for. They lit the story up and I could read one whole book just about them, honestly. The story was compelling. The characters were juicy and raw and wonderful. Mafi’s writing was outstanding. Four stars, fours stars, four stars. However, the pining ex-boyfriend, and the leading romantic interest had me cringing. More triangles. More stinking, triangles. I’m starting to hate the shape. If I see another triangle, it better be the cover to a vinyl Pink Floyd album.
But still, I couldn’t convince myself to click the buy it now button for Ignite Me. Couldn’t.
I tried. But no, no thank you.
Unfortunately, I do not believe that there is any convincing me on this one. I don’t want to read companion novels to help me flesh out the story that could be explained in one novel. I don’t want to feel like the pervert down the street, or the judgmental old lady from across the street, who absolutely does not condone the things I’m witnessing.
I already feel old…
The Selection Series by Kiera Cass
I went into this series, not really knowing what to expect. It was recommended to me on Barnes & Noble when I purchased Mockingjay. Perhaps this in needless to say for many of you, but this was not like The Hunger Games. Not even a little. Maybe that was the reason I didn’t feel really connected to it? I don’t know.
There really isn’t anything I can say about this that could be considered profound or worth consideration, really. I just didn’t like it very much. The main character was wishy-washy and I couldn’t stand her.
The story was interesting, despite my complaints, and if your looking for a read like The Lux Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout (another one I didn’t finish it), you’ll probably enjoy this.
It’s an easy read. Because I wanted to try and finish it, I bought The Elite, the sequel in the trilogy.
According to my Kindle, I reached 53%. So, thinking I didn’t give it a chance, I took a look at the page I left off on. I read a couple more pages and decided to take a page out of Disney’s Frozen, and like Elsa, “let it go.”
I think I can assume the ending and be okay with that for now. Maybe some day I’ll go back to it. But as of now, I don’t feel like reading a written version of The Bachelor for Young Adults.
Maybe you can convince me? I don’t know. I don’t know how far you can go with a series if you don’t even like the main character.
Last, but not least:
The Castor Chronicles by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
I read the first book Beautiful Creatures so long ago, I don’t even know where the book is anymore. More than likely, it’s at my parents house with the sequel Beautiful Darkness. Not continuing this series still sits on the back burner in my head. I regret not picking up the second book right after I finished the first. It’s entirely my fault for not continuing this series. I took too long to read the next one and I’m not even sure exactly what happened in the first. I’ve got “words, and glimpses and phrases,” but not enough to plow through the second book.
To add on top of that, the first book was just sooooooo long. It took forever to finish. Don’t get me wrong, I loved every second of it, but it definitely wasn’t one of those books I just flew through. It was a slow read for me.
It was a fantastic book though. I would still recommend it. But… It’s the one that got away, for me.
In conclusion, there is a lot more that I didn’t even list here. The difference between this stack and the others, is that I’m not completely convinced I’m done with the other series.
The Series I’m not set on giving up on:
- Graceling by Kristen Cashore
- The Wolves of Mercy Falls by Maggie Stiefvater
- The Matched Series by Ally Condie
- The Odd Thomas Series by Dean Koontz (I adore these books, ADORE!)
- The Lux Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Until next time!