Series I am Not Finishing

Today I am sharing the series that I am not going to finish. For whatever reason I will not be continuing on with these series. For the most part I have tried the first book in these series but haven’t made it any further than that. I apologise in advance if I offend anyone, but I am just being honest.
  • The Malazan Book of the Fallen series by Steven Erikson – Technically I am cheating a bit with this one, as I am abit undecided about this one. Since it is such a large series and the first book is quite dense, I don’t know if I should try out the second book before deciding whether or not to stop with the series. Let me know in the comments whether I should read the second book, if you’ve read the series. I am currently planning to read the second book at some point, and then see what I think from there.
  • The Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas – I have mentioned my dislike for this series a few times I think. I just don’t understand the hype around this series. I have read the first 2 books and tried to read the third book but I got about a third of the way through and gave up. The main character is infuriating and the other characters aren’t that great either. This is just really not my thing and I will definitely not be finishing this series
  • Falling Kingdoms series by Morgan Rhodes – I have read the first two books in this series and I wasn’t impressed to be honest. The story and writing was average to mediocre. I didn’t care for any of the characters – Cleo is frustrating, Magnus is an arsehole, Lucia is just kind of there, as is Jonas. The beginning of book 1 always baffled me as well – if Cleo was using her brain she could have completely avoided it. I just really didn’t care about any of the characters or the story. I wanted to like it, but I really didn’t.  In my opinion there is a lot of better fantasy series out there.
  • Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger – I actually enjoyed the first book (Soulless) in this series but I just don’t see myself continuing this series. There are so many books I want to read and although I liked the first book, I didn’t love it. I found the plot to be quite slow, the characters could have had more depth and the world building could do with more detail. It’s an easy, enjoyable read but I was not blown away by it. So I won’t be finishing this series.
  • Darker Shade of Magic series by V. E. Schwab – The first book in this series was the first book I’ve read by this author and to be entirely honest I was kind of disappointed. I had heard alot of positive stuff about the author but A Darker Shade of Magic ended up being only an average book for me. Kell was kind of just there and I wasn’t a huge fan of Lila Bard. To me they were both quite superficial and underdeveloped. The story took forever to go somewhere and so I really had to push myself to finish. I like the idea of the different London but other than that it wasn’t my thing.
  • The Book of Ivy duology by Amy Engel – This is one of my lowest rated books on Goodreads with just one star. The story was entirely predictable and it wasn’t anything new. There was next to no world building. What infuriated me about the first book was the characters, as well as the family dynamics. The manipulation of the main character from her sister and father was just unbelievable – she even recognised it as manipulation but brushed it aside. If my sister ever tried that on me I would call her out on it. The lack of communication between characters was also infuriating. I never felt any concern for the characters or that there was any ever danger. One last thing that infuriated me was the view of suicide – a bit of a spoiler but Ivy’s mother commits suicide and Ivy describes it as ‘giving up’. As someone who has had suicidal thoughts and struggles with my mental health, this is a very simplistic and harmful view on suicide which lends itself to the stereotypes. I will definitely not be finishing this one off.
  • Across the Universe series by Beth Revis – I read book 1 and was quite underwhelmed. It was entirely too romance based for me and the characters were all quite flat for me. The plot twists were all predictable. It started out quite well but that didn’t last long. I am pretty sure there was alot of science fails in the first book as well. This just really didn’t work for me.
  • Paradox trilogy by Rachel Bach – I picked this up because I wanted to try out more science fiction. I could not stand the main character, Devi. Her arrogance is so jarring – it is something that I personally cannot stand. The other characters were all a bit flat for me. I didn’t care about the romance and I struggled through pretty much the whole book. The writing was mediocre, in my opinion. The plot was entirely predictable and I was just disappointed by the first book.
  • 5th Wave trilogy by Rick Rancy – Again I picked this up because I wanted to try out more science fiction and once again I was disappointed. I found the characters to be pretty insipid and to me the romance was pretty creepy. The plot was derivative of any material covering alien invasions and I never felt any real concern for the characters – I just didn’t care. I was not a fan of Cassie as a main character or the love interest. The romance is completely beyond me – I don’t understand it. I mean the guy literally shots her. I had to push myself to finish this one.
  • Shattered Sea trilogy by Joe Abercrombie – I have read and enjoyed the first book, but I just didn’t love it enough to want to continue the series. As I mentioned before there are so many books I want to read, I see little point in continuing a series I don’t adore. I have heard a lot of good things about this author though so I am interested in his other books.

 

So there are 10 series that I will not be continuing on with. I hope I haven’t offended anyone but I am just being honest :). I hope you are all having a great day and I will see you next time.

 

Pippa

 

 

 

7 thoughts on “Series I am Not Finishing

  1. Ugh Falling Kongdoms is awful. I only read them all as i had stupidly bought them all thinking i’d love them (and a little cause the covers are pretty). Absolutely dreadful. I have no idea why it has the fanbase it does. A Darker Shade of Magic was so so for me too but i will say the second one was better. Kell and Lila reminded me too much of Kelsier and Vin to the point of irritation but the second promises more for the series

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    • I know! I don’t understand it either! There are a lot of better fantasy books out there. Oh OK maybe I’ll try out the second book then. Yeah I felt that too! Good to know I’m not alone 🙂

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      • Totally! It’s so poorly written it’s shocking. I can see what trope she’s trying to do but then she spells it out or goes about it totally the wrong way and it’s so frustrating. Not that the characters or plot were any better. Yeah, just awful 🙂 yeah that really annoyed me in adsom, not sure what made me pick up the second. I mean, it’s not amazing so if you’re not bothered i wouldn’t go out of your way to read it, but it is better. And This Savage Song by her was quite good too

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      • Yeah very true! Oh ok maybe I won’t bother then! 🙂 there are so many other books I want to read! Ok maybe I’ll try that instead!

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  2. Malazan is awesome! The first book isn’t the best as it just sort of throws you into the world and story but books 2 and 3 were my two favourites in the entire series. I’ll also say that while it’s a ten book series, book 4 introduces new characters, etc with the first third about just one new character and you can actually read the first three books in the series as an open ended trilogy.

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