I keep saying that I want to put a pause on starting new series for a while because I’m already invested in so many that it get’s hard to keep track of it all. I checked my Goodreads reading list and found that I have unfinished book series from three years ago which I’ll probably never get around to completing. One of the main reasons for this is that often authors take a long time to release the next book in a series, and by the time the book is launched, I’ve already found something else to keep my bookaholic tendencies satisfied. Not only do I get easily distracted, but I find that if a book series is not unbelievably, mind-bogglingly good, then I’ll end up forgetting the plot by the time the next book hits the shelves.
Another reason that I may not complete a series is because I didn’t like the first book and don’t feel the need to spend time reading something that I don’t enjoy when I could be using that time to read books I actually like.
For these reasons and more, here are a few book series I DNF(and have no plans to either):
THE EDGE OF NEVER SERIES BY J.A. REDMERSKI
I vividly remember reading this book, and I cannot forget how much I enjoyed it at the time. The thing is though; I read a few chapters of this book a couple of months ago and could not stand it. I didn’t like the writing style, the characters were annoying and I found the plot to be a little unimaginative. I’m sure that when I completed book one for the first time years ago, I got really excited thinking about reading the sequel. But from what I remember about this book there isn’t much left to write about so I’m left wondering what on Earth would book two be involving. Too bad I have no desire to find out.
RED QUEEN BY VICTORIA AVEYARD
A few months ago I visited The Storyteller’s book stall at Die Kattebak Market and we got to talking about what fantasy books I’ve been really into lately. I immediately started naming The Lunar Chronicles, Throne of Glass and of course A Court of Thorns and Roses; to which Hayley responded: “Okay so you enjoy a book with a heroine” (I’m paraphrasing so forgive me if I’m butchering your response, Hayley!). The thing is that I never even thought about that until she mentioned it. I mean of course I love a strong woman to be the main character of a book but I can’t recall actively seeking these books out. So I’m still stumped as to why Red Queen went so wrong for me. Don’t get me wrong, it is a wonderful book with beautiful world building and magic; but it didn’t draw me in enough to commit to an entire series. I didn’t feel connected with any of the characters and if I’m being completely honest I thought that the story-line has been done to death. I gave this book 4/5 stars which was very generous, but I doubt I’ll ever pick up the sequel for this one.
FIND YOU IN THE DARK BY A. MEREDITH WALTERS
Has anyone else noticed most YA books that focuses on mental illnesses is told from the female’s perspective? More often than not you will find that it’s the girl who battles with these psychological conditions, but in Find You In The Dark we follow a boy. I remember feeling like this book was such a new perspective on my way of thinking about bipolar, and I even got around to reading a few chapters in the second book. Unfortunately I didn’t take too well to the sequel, and I doubt I’ll even get back to it again. Also, I’m kind of getting a bit annoyed with every book focusing on mental health issues being a romantic book as well. That is why I liked Beautifully Broken Things by Sara Bernard.
ME BEFORE YOU BY JOJO MOYES
I read Me Before You and I liked it, and then upon further pondering I found that I loved it. But I felt like this duology should have been left as a standalone because what more is there left to say? I have no intention of reading the sequel, After You, because Me Before You was a good book. Sure it dragged and it could’ve been shorter but the story-line was unique, vivid and oh-so-emotional. I have no interest in what happens next. The story has been told, and I’d like to leave it at that.
THE EVER TRILOGY BY JASINDA WILDER
I’ve mentioned a few times on this space that I loved Falling Into You by Jasinda Wilder. And while it was far from being a favourite for some trusted book bloggers, I just felt drawn to the story and the characters. Naturally, after loving that first book, I went ahead and read the first book in The Ever Trilogy – and did not like it one bit. It was dark, weird and honestly I could not fathom the decisions made by the main characters in this book. I felt it was twisted and I was so put off by the direction of the plot. I have no plans to read the rest of this series.
ANYTHING WRITTEN BY ABBI GLINES
About two years ago I binge read every book Abbi Glines ever published until I got bored and went ahead to find something more deep and meaningful. I completed the Rosemary; Too Far series, as well as The Vincent Boys duology but I don’t see myself completing the rest of her series of which I’ve read the first one or two books. There are just too many books with very weak story lines and I’ve called it quits!
CONTOURS OF THE HEART BY TAMMARA WEBBER
Breakable is the second book in the Contours of the Heart series by Tammara Webber. I loved Easy, which was the first book in the series. I loved Jacqueline and Lucas, as well as their story. It was a book that read so peacefully even at a point in the plot where the characters felt nothing but peaceful. I loved the intensity and the mysteriousness of Lucas, so when Tammara Webber went ahead and wrote book two from his perspective, it killed the idea of him that I’d built up in my mind. By writing a book from his point of view, it took away the one thing that drew me to him and that made him a character I enjoyed reading about. I loved the not knowing. Which is why I’d never read this book.
Are there any series out there that you’ve completely abandoned? And do you find that this happen for very specific reasons? Let me know, I love hearing from you!