Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Series I Started (and Never Finished)


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

This week’s prompt was a FREEBIE, so I decided to talk about the Ten Series I Started and Never Finished. Some are multi-book series, others are duologies/trilogies, but all of them were abandoned for reasons (that I will talk about).

Also, I apologize in advance if I talk ill about one of your favourite series, it’s just my opinion! And I’ll try not to spoil anything, but I can’t promise that.

1) The White Rabbit Chronicles – Gena Showalter

I love the covers, I love the concept, but I can’t stand the characters. I read Alice in Zombieland and was heartbroken when I hated it. I wanted to like this trilogy so much, but Ali (and Cole) infuriated me. I even considered reading the second book, but after mulling it over, I knew there was no point – it would have just disappointed me even more.

2) Teardrop duology – Lauren Kate

I’m scared to re-read Fallen (which I actually loved), because I don’t know if the trainwreck that was Teardrop will affect my opinion. This was basically Fallen expect with more water (and less angels), and I didn’t like any of the characters (Luce wasn’t the greatest heroine, but she at least had some personality). Again, the more I thought about it, the angrier it mad me.

3) Hush, Hush series – Becca Fitzpatrick

It pains me to admit it, but I loved this book when I first read it. I’d like to point out that I was deep in my Twilight phase and Patch (such a terrible name for an angel) was like a more aggressive Edward. And then my sister (Ro) read it, broke it down, and I was like “Welp, you’re right. This is awful”.

It’s interesting to see how much hate the series gets (I definitely DID NOT realize how abusive Patch/Nora’s relationship was).

4) The Immortals series – Alyson Noel

Ever started grating on my nerves sometime around book three, but I read the fourth one because I was intrigued. And then nothing too thrilling happened and the thing with Jude annoyed me, and I just couldn’t deal with any of the characters anymore.

4.5) Riley Bloom series – Alyson Noel

Once I stopped reading the original series, I didn’t see the point in finishing the spinoff! Plus Riley, while great comedic relief in the first Immortals book, was pretty meh as a protagonist.

5) House of Night series – P.C. and Kristin Cast

I think I suffered through four of these books too before I stopped caring: boring/annoying protagonist; the antagonist who ends up redeeming herself in some one and then also becomes boring; WAY TOO MANY guys falling all over themselves for her. I can’t take it when literally every guy has a thing for the main character – my maximum is two because love triangles are a thing (in YA, at least).

6) The Princess Diaries – Meg Cabot

Do not talk to me about the end of book eight (which is when I gave up) but you can highlight for angry spoilers:

Mia spends nearly SEVEN BOOKS talking about how much she loves Michael and then SHE BREAKS UP WITH HIM because he and Judith were “friends with benefits” BEFORE HE AND MIA EVEN STARTED DATING and then she KISSES J.P. and I was so mad.

I don’t care if they ended up together in the last book, it was HORRIBLE.

7) The Saga of Darren Shan – Darren Shan

This was a series that I always meant to finish, but never got around to (I don’t have the last book). I honestly don’t remember much from anything after book four, but Ro recently read them for the first time, and, according to her, half the books are just filler. So while I may still buy the last book – if only to complete my set – I’m not in any rush.

8) Blue Bloods series – Melissa de la Cruz

I read the first three and really liked them (again, this was during the Twilight years, so I mentally compared Jack to Edward and preferred Jack). But by the time the fourth book came out, I wasn’t as attached to the characters, and then I heard that werewolves were randomly being introduced, so I just gave up.

9) The Hollow series – Jessica Verday

Another series I desperately wanted to like, but I was bored to tears with it, and couldn’t connect to any of the characters (I’m very much a “character” person – if I don’t like any of them, I have a hard time with the book). Plus I (purposely) spoiled the ending of the third book and basically had a “WHAT IS GOING ON?!” moment, so I know I won’t read the sequels.

That was technically ten! What are some series that you’ve abandoned?

Teardrop – Lauren Kate

On Tuesday, I finished reading the book I started last week: Teardrop by Lauren Kate.

I loved Lauren’s other series (Fallen), so I was excited when I found out she was writing a new trilogy.

All of her books have gorgeous covers.

From Amazon:

“An epic saga of heart-stopping romance, devastating secrets, and dark magic . . . a world where everything you love can be washed away. The first book in the new series from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Fallen series

Never, ever cry. . . . Eureka Boudreaux’s mother drilled that rule into her daughter years ago. But now her mother is gone, and everywhere Eureka goes he is there: Ander, the tall, pale blond boy who seems to know things he shouldn’t, who tells Eureka she is in grave danger, who comes closer to making her cry than anyone has before.

But Ander doesn’t know Eureka’s darkest secret: ever since her mother drowned in a freak accident, Eureka wishes she were dead, too. She has little left that she cares about, just her oldest friend, Brooks, and a strange inheritance—a locket, a letter, a mysterious stone, and an ancient book no one understands. The book contains a haunting tale about a girl who got her heart broken and cried an entire continent into the sea. Eureka is about to discover that the ancient tale is more than a story, that Ander might be telling the truth . . . and that her life has far darker undercurrents than she ever imagined.”

I have to admit, it didn’t affect me as much as reading Fallen for the first time did. It’s a great concept – I can’t say I’ve ever read another YA book about Altantis (that’s not a spoiler, by the way, Altantis is mentioned in the prologue). And being the first book in a trilogy, it’s obviously heading towards a crazy conclusion. While a lot happened and there was a lot of explanations and build up, I felt like the climactic event didn’t happen until somewhere around page 400…out of 440 pages. Which is not to say that the preceding 399 were completely useless, but it was slow going.

One of the things I loved about the Fallen series was Luce’s relationship with Daniel (my other favourite aspect were the other –SPOILER ALERT– angels, who were pretty awesome). But I wasn’t quite as sold on Ander, Teardrop‘s main love interest. It hurts my heart to say this because I hate when critics fall back on this same tired comparison but…their relationship had a bit of a Twilight vibe. Just in that “oh, there’s a hot guy who’s stalking me (i.e. watching me sleep, literally following me around, etc), and I should be scared, but I’m not because he’s soooo dreamy and I think – no, I KNOW – that I love him” way. Throughout all their (well-written) scenes together, I couldn’t really get behind the idea of Eureka and Ander. There was something off about them that hopefully will be addressed in the rest of the series.

I did like that the prologue was from Ander’s POV and the epilogue from Brooks’, because it was a unique way to bookend the story without taking away from Eureka’s narrative. But it also kinda bugged me that the huge conflict near the end took place in Eureka’s backyard only because it reminded me of the end of Torment (especially with her best friend being present and all like “WHAT KIND OF WACKY WORLD DO YOU LIVE IN”. Although Eureka and Cat’s friendship was, in general, very reminiscent of Luce and Callie in Fallen, so it wasn’t really surprising).

I was a little worried, after I finished reading it and realized I didn’t love it, that I was falling out of love with Young Adult fiction (especially after my feelings re: Alice in Zombieland a few weeks ago) and that maybe I was setting my expectations bar way too high. But then I started reading Beautiful Chaos (the third book in The Caster Chronicles), and OH MY GLOB, IT’S INSANE. My review of that will probably be much more enthusiastic.