Some series are more trouble than they’re worth. Some start off really good, and then you start to hate the world or the characters and you just can’t any more. Others go on for so gosh darn long that if you have to read another word, you’ll scream. And others? Well, on others you tried the first book and it just didn’t suit, and that’s okay.
I have soooo many unfinished series, it isn’t even funny.
Here’s a few, for fun.
Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter (Laurell K. Hamilton)
I actually really enjoy the first handful of books in this series. Okay, okay. They’re so cheesy. But I liked Anita’s character. At first. Then came the ardour. The stupidest thing. The innate magic to allure sexy men. Oh god, please no. I was here for the vampire politics and zombie raising.
Dune (Frank Hebert)
I hated this series with every fiber of my being. I was bored, bored, bored. I read the first book for my 12th grade English class, and disliked it so much that 10 years later, still felt the drive to write a post about how much I disliked it.
New Jedi Order (Star Wars Extended Universe)
When I was in high school, I lived and breathed this series. This was in that weird in-between time for the Star Wars universe, after the prequels, but Star Wars was definitely not a cool thing to like at that time. Not like now! I never finished the series in high school and life moved on. After The Force Awakens came out, I resolved to revisit the series from the beginning. Unfortunately, it just didn’t click the second time around, and I let it go.
The (Full) Chronicles of Thomas the Unbeliever (Stephen R. Donaldson)
I won’t deny that the fantasy world in this one is well written, but the main character is despicable and the pacing is painfully slow. Donaldson made quite a few unique choices in this, but it wasn’t for me. It read the first trilogy (this series is made up of three trilogies, nine books total) but it just didn’t appeal to me enough to continue forward.
Incarnations of Immortality (Piers Anthony)
I read On A Pale Horse in high school and really loved the story of Death, but when it came to Bearing and Hourglass (Time’s story) I was so, so bored. I’m actually still on the fence about whether or not I’ll eventually read With A Tangled Skein (the Fates) – I think that whether or not I like the story may depend on the character telling it. So this one is actually up in the air!
Matched (Ally Condie)
I read Matched in college and had such mixed feelings about it. I thought the world was really interesting and the characters and love story genuinely terrible. I put Crossed on my TBR and didn’t get to it until recently and was destroyed by how much I hated it. Hate. There was only one character that was a saving grace, and beyond all that it was a tangled eye-roll-worthy love story pretending to be a dystopia. I’m full out on that series, thanks so much.
Darkest Powers (Kelley Armstrong)
The first book of this series pitched like a ghost story, turned out to be a “monster” story. I enjoyed the first quite a bit, but the second book fell into the all the cliches. I’d like to re-read the first one again to see if I still like it, but I have no intention of reading the last book in the series.
The Looking Glass Wars (Frank Beddor)
I really could have thrown any Alice in Wonderland retelling on this list, but I went with The Looking Glass Wars because it presented a large cast of characters with really interesting potential. The magic system in this world is wicked cool, where the ruling cast has developed the ability to materialize anything they can imagine, though not all are gifted. I really like it. But it just didn’t work. This is another situation where the romance ruined it all. I found the first book a bit underwhelming, but went on to the second because it was based around Hatter and it still didn’t work. I’m bummed out.
The Infernal Devices (Cassandra Clare)
Everybody loves Cassie Clare.
And I don’t. I don’t know why, precisely, but I don’t. I want to like her, she’s a great worldbuilder. I haven’t read her Mortal Devices series (I knoooow) but The Clockwork Angel just didn’t do it for me. I’m still perfectly willing to read City of Bones, so I’m not writing off Cassie Clare altogether, so please don’t throw tomatoes at me! But I have interest in going any further into The Infernal Devices.
Left Behind (Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins)
Actually, this is a pretty good series. Regardless of your personal beliefs, the apocalyptic story is incredibly well-written, and a lot of these fluffy dystopians could learn from the intricacy. I stopped reading it for two reasons – 1.) It was really long. I think there are twelve books here now, and they are thick, dense books. 2.) For personal reasons, I shied away from the story itself. Long story here, not relevant to the quality of the books. Either way, I stopped reading this one.
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