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Will I Finish That Series?

How do you feel about abandoning book series? I think Dnfing books is great even though it never feels great at the time. In the end though it’s better to have moved on to something that interests you and you enjoy. I know for most of us reading is for fun so why read something that isn’t fun?

Most of these are series I started as far back as 7 & 8 years ago. This is just books in a series that are completed otherwise this post would double in length 😐 I’m not here to disparage anyone from reading these books or bashing people who did like these stories. I think it’s freeing to talk about stories that you’ve had to leave behind because they no longer serve you. I’m a mood reader so I rarely know what I’m picking up next which I assure you only sounds fun, but it’s cool to see the journey of a reader.

In an earlier post I made, Books I Forgot, I talked about series that I was contemplating finishing. There are but a few on this massive list that I could be swayed to finish but for the majority I have given up on that notion. This is not to say that these books are bad it’s just been too long and my interest in them has faded. So to answer my question Will I finish that series? Probably not. To see which books I reject and which I may continue with, read on.   

Die for Me (Revenants, #1)
Until I Die (Revenants, #2)
If I Should Die (Revenants, #3)

Revenants series by Amy Plum, Until I Die, If I Should Die, I have only read the first book which is Die for Me. There is too much use of the word die for my liking even though it serves a heavy handed purpose. This is like Anna and the French Kiss except make it paranormal. It has the Paris setting romance with a side of paranormal. I read this so long ago that I can’t recall much about the powers associated with the characters that have the ability to save lives. I didn’t love this book by any means because I don’t like romance centered stories. This is a series that will remain unread for me.

Black City (Black City, #1)
Phoenix (Black City, #2)
Wings (Black City, #3)

Wings by Elizabeth Richards, This is the third book in the The Black City series. I only have the third one left to read. And I’m sure you’re thinking its the last book just read it but it’s been well … 7 years and I can’t. LOL I don’t know why I didn’t read it after it came out but that’s just how it is sometimes. I do however remember HATING the second book in this series. Just AWFUL. SO that may be the culprit lol The fact that I even picked the first book is surprising because 1. it has vampires and 2. it’s post apocalyptic &/or dystopian. Two things I dislike a lot. However the first book wasn’t too horrible but the second book LOL Just NO!

His Majesty's Dragon (Temeraire, #1)
Throne of Jade (Temeraire, #2)

Throne of Jade by Naomi Novik this is the second book in the Temeraire series, The first being His Majesty’s Dragon. I did want to continue with this series but I’ve heard from others that the other books are slow & boring. I really love this book because of Temeraire. He is a talking dragon who is baby but powerful & so dang smart. This was also funny at times because of Temeraire. If you love talking animals than you must pick this up. Also it’s historical fiction. This book is firmly in the maybe pile.

Warcross (Warcross, #1)
Wildcard (Warcross, #2)

Wild Card by Marie Lu, This is a sequel to a duology the first book being Warcross. Again one book and I still can’t manage it because I just didn’t care for the predictability in Warcross. I won’t go into too much here since I did in Books I Forgot, but basically, the first book didn’t leave me with wanting more.

Renegades (Renegades, #1)
Archenemies (Renegades, #2)
Supernova (Renegades, #3)

Archenemies by Marissa Meyer. I have only read the first one and it was just alright. I love the Lunar Chronicles but I’ve struggled with her other books and this was no different. I like the idea and the superpowers but everything was pretty predictable. I don’t see myself finishing this series.

What’s a series you’re not finishing and why?

Thanks for reading!!

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Spinoffs & Continuations || Discussion

I’m curious how you feel about them. Do you prefer continuing on with the same characters or exploring new characters and seeing more of the world?

When done well it’s amazing. For me, I love character driven stories they’re my favorite for a reason. So any chance to continue on with them is great unless they have a conclusion. Restarting a series picking up where we’ve left them makes me angry lol It never gets better with this option. I would just prefer following new characters and exploring more of the world.

There are occasions when the ending is left very open with room to come back to. This doesn’t irk me but I’m less likely to pick it up if it’s been too long & my interest has dwindled.

I’m going to talk about some I enjoyed, some I’m on the fence about, and ones that I wished didn’t exist.

Rebel by Marie Lu

Rebel (Legend, #4)

I was not okay after that ending in Champion. Raise your hand if you were also victimized by that book. I think Champion came out in 2013 & had this new book come out a year or two later I would’ve been all over it. As it stands I have no desire to pick it up. I’ve actually not heard anything about this LOL Sooo I don’t know if that means something bad. Regardless, the longer away I’ve been from this world and these characters the less I remember and the less I care to grab this book. What are your thoughts if you read this book?

Call down the hawk by Maggie Stiefvater  

Call Down the Hawk (Dreamer Trilogy, #1)

Unpopular opinion but Adam is my least favorite of the group of people from this series. Sorry, but that’s just how I feel. I haven’t read this book and again I’m not sure I want to. I was curious about it when it was announced but my excitement has waned. I love her writing style it can be a little difficult at the beginning but eventually all the strings of connection are pulled together. I also enjoyed the Raven Cycle but I liked how it ended. Idk I could go either way but for now I’m not going out of my way to read it.  

The Lost Prince by Julie Kagawa

The Lost Prince (The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten, #1)

Oh boy, this was a big ole let down. We’re following a character I don’t care for.  In the original series they were around about a handful of times & as a small wee child. I went in with low expectations and still ended up disappointed. There also happens to be another continuation from another character’s perspective coming out today Haha I’m cautiously curious, is that a thing because that’s what I’m feeling. The Iron Raven follows a character I wished The Lost Prince did so,, I’m more keen to at least attempt this one.

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

King of Scars (King of Scars, #1)

This too was a letdown and I was really hyped for it. I do not understand Nina’s POV it feels so separate from the rest of the story. I hope the sequel does a better job of correcting this disconnect. I’ve only read King of Scars once and may re-read before venturing onto the sequel but there was a lot of predictability that annoyed me. After reading Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom I kept expecting surprised reveals Haha but jokes on me cause it never happened. & then that ending, like come on *eye roll*

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (The Hunger Games, #0)

I read this series long after the movies had come out. I don’t like or care for dystopian. I did enjoy the first book but I couldn’t stand the 2nd or 3rd   and having read them back to back I can’t distinguish them from each other. With all that being said I will not be picking up this book that focuses on Snow of all people. Really??  

Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan

The Lost Hero (The Heroes of Olympus, #1)

The reading journey I had with these books was the most fun I’ve had in a long time. I read these stories after some personal devastation and they were the perfect healing balm. Even though I was not the reading demographic I still laughed and cried and truly cherished these characters. There was some growing pains when going to into Heroes of Olympus series because we’re no longer just following Percy. It took a while to warm up to Jason, idkw because everyone else Leo, Hazel, Frank and Piper were fairly quick to love and root for but not Jason. I feel bad saying that after having finished the Apollo series 😦 This long paragraph just to say young or old these stories were dam fantastic.  

Would it be a spinoff/ continuation post without mentioning the most obvious one the Shadowhunter world

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1)
Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1)
Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices, #1)
The Bane Chronicles
Chain of Gold (The Last Hours, #1)
The Red Scrolls of Magic (The Eldest Curses, #1)

I have read every book aside from some of the short stories with Sarah and Maureen. I understand the love I understand the dislike but I like how expansive the world is. I don’t like having to keep a chart of who everyone is  & who’s related to who lmao I do think the newer books are better and I can’t wait for Chain of Iron!

Let me know some of your favorites & least favorites in the comments