Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Top Ten Series I Haven't Finished

It's been a busy week, but I'm so glad I have time to participate in one of my favorite weekly memes, Top Ten Tuesday, which is hosted by the awesome bloggers over at The Broke and the Bookish.  This week's theme: all those book series you started with good intentions, but ended up not finishing for whatever reason.  Picking ten was no problem for me-- I can be picky about rather or not to read the second book after the first in a series, but once I finish the second I typically will finish out the whole series.

What: The House of Night series by PC + Kristin Cast
& Why not: It's a safe bet that I probably won't read the next book in the House of Night series-- it's surprising to me that I made it as far as Burned.  While the series is so addictive, I really think they took a bad turn around book 5 as far as plot and characters.  Whenever the story started to have a lot of different POVs other than Zoey's, I started to lose interest.

What: The Horsemen of the Apocalypse series by Jackie Morse Kessler
& Why not: I still have good intentions about this series.  I really liked both Hunger and Rage-- darker fantasy-meets-reality stories are my favorites-- but still have yet to read Loss.  Must fix that soon!

What: The Hush, Hush series by Becca Fitzpatrick
& Why not: I may in the minority in the blogger community in having disliked Hush, Hush.  The heroine Nora annoyed the crap out of me and the love interest, Patch, is probably one of my least favorite paranormal romance-y heroes of all time 'cause, well, he's a total creep.  Will never read the next book.

What: The Theatre Illuminata series by Lisa Mantchev
& Why not: I really liked Eyes Like Stars-- it was cute and full of theatre and Shakespeare references; had a cool protagonist and (*gasp*, no way) a bad-boy love interest.  But he wasn't a creeper, like Patch.  I definitely want to read Perchance to Dream soon.


What: The Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead
& Why not: This list seems to be almost exclusively populated with paranormal romance-type series. I guess I was really into them for about two years, then fell off the bandwagon and started to read more adult fantasy and historical stuff, etc.  Vampire Academy is a really well-written series and I like the characters, but I just haven't so far been interested enough to read the fifth book.  Also... a couple kissing on the front cover tends to discourage me from buying/checking out a book, because I'm generally worried about what the "people at reception" will think about my reading tastes.  (Links to an Alex Day video-- it explains the "people at reception" syndrome we've probably all experienced... I think?)

What: The Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan
& Why not: I just couldn't get into this series the way I did Percy Jackson & the Olympians-- it's funny, but not as good and suspenseful overall. 

What: Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa
& Why not: In a word (or a series of symbols), $$$.  It's the same old problem with me and graphic novels.  It's hard to convince myself I need to buy ten $9 manga volumes I can read in an hour or so-- but I do really want to finish reading FMA, and watching the Brotherhood anime, too!

What: The Maximum Ride series by James Patterson
& Why not: For me, The Final Warning was like the final straw.  I flipped through the latter books, and didn't find them much better.  (But, really, no book could top the amount of silliness and bizarre dead-end subplots that's found in The Final Warning.)  The first three Maximum Rides are great quick reads, though.

What: The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare
& Why not: Another series I have good intentions about.  The reviews of City of Lost Souls have put me off buying it, but other people say this latest book is good.  *Shrugs*.  I dunno, guess I will get to it eventually.

What: The Darkest Powers Trilogy by Kelley Armstrong
& Why not: This is a simple case of me not being interested enough to read the next book-- The Awakening was good, but a very meh kind of good.

....and there are many more which I don't feel as strongly about.  Hope you guys enjoyed, and be sure to leave the link to your Top 10 so I can check yours out in return.  :)


Anonymous said...

I'm just about to start The Lost Hero, and I really enjoyed the Percy Jackson series, so it's good to know that I might struggle more with this one >.>

Here's mine! http://www.onstarshipsanddragonwings.com/2012/09/25/top-ten-series-i-havent-finished/

Nickie said...

I haven't read any of these, but your description of the Horsemen of the Apocalypse series definitely has me intrigued. I'll have to check it out!

New follower here via GFC. My blog is nickieanderson.blogspot.com

yabooknerd said...

I haven't started the Lost Hero series yet - but one day I hope to get there. And I need to read the Mortal Instrument series too - everyone Raves about them!

Quixotic Magpie said...

I have read the first three in the Mortal Instruments series - I am pretty sure that is as far as I am going. I started the fourth and it was terrible.

This was pretty easy for me to, I am the same way- so picky about the next book in a series. New follower!

Anonymous said...

I'd never heard of the Horsemen of the Apocalypse before but it sounds awesome. I will have to check it out. Also, thanks for commenting on my list!

Christina T said...

While I am cutting back on the YA paranormal books that I read, I still love Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy and Bloodlines series. I did give up on the Hush, Hush series (and other fallen angel or angel fiction) as well as the Mortal Instruments books.

Kat said...

@Christina T-- Fallen angels have become sort of an automatic "no-go" for me, haha. I haven't read the Bloodlines series, but they do look good-- VA is altogether a series I really enjoyed.

@Quixotic Magpie-- I didn't love the fourth book, either. :/ It's a shame, maybe Cassandra Clare should have just ended the series as a trilogy-- I thought the ending of the third book was very satisfying! Thanks for following. :)

Candace said...

It looks to me like we are very similar in our feelings. I gave up on the House of Night books a couple books back.

I liked Hush Hush but didn't care for the second book. The characters drove me nuts!

I read Eyes Like Stars too and liked it but for some reason haven't read the next yet either.

I read the first VA book but just haven't continued them for some reason. It's been so long now I need to start over.

I read the first two Darkest Powers books but didn't feel strongly enough about them to ever get to the third.

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