Ten Series That I’ve Given Up On

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together.

This week’s list is all about the series that we’ve given up on. It feels quite negative to do a list like this. I always feel sorry for the author’s that have put effort into these stories. However, not every book will work for every reader. I’m happy to show these books in case others are interested in them!

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Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #1)

Oh boy. I feel like my list could offend some people this week. I just didn’t enjoy this book. I found it to be a little too cringe-y for my liking.

Matched (Matched, #1)

I enjoyed the first book but then I began to read more widely and realised it was quite same-y. I tried to start the second book but it didn’t engage me enough and I stopped reading.

Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, #1)

Again, the first book was alright, I just don’t feel like committing myself to this series.

The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic (Shopaholic, #1)

I liked this series despite it being a bit ridiculous. After book 6 though I was done with the series and the character.

Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1)

Sorry fans of Cassandra Clare! Her writing just doesn’t work for me.

Across the Universe (Across the Universe, #1)

I really wanted to love this book but it just didn’t work for me!

The Selection (The Selection, #1)

Read to Book 3. I have no interest in continuing the series!

Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)

Here’s another one that I wanted to love. Unfortunately it just wasn’t my sort of thing. I tried the second book, but gave up!

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)

I didn’t think that when I started this series that I’d ever put this series on a list like today’s. However, after book 4, I had just lost interest in the series. They got a little too long for my liking and the plot wasn’t what I wanted it to be.

Rebel Belle (Rebel Belle, #1)

I enjoyed the first book, but then heard really mixed reviews for the next book. It definitely made me lose interest.

So there we have it. Series I don’t intend to finish. Please don’t feel sad if your favourite book is here! I can honestly say I gave them all a go but they didn’t work for me! I’m glad that they did for you!

Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

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Ten Series That I Have Quit!

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are the Top Ten bookish things we want to quit, or have quit. We could be creative with this list, but all of my creativeness has seem to have disappeared! I thought I’d look at ten series that I have given up on. Me being me, I’m quite happy to be persuaded to continue if it’s really a book series you love…so let me know!

As ever, click on the book image to get to Goodreads!

Matched- Ally Condie

Matched (Matched, #1)

I started the second book in the trilogy, but I just couldn’t get on with it. I found it unoriginal and not very exciting to read.

Eve- Anna Carey

Eve (Eve, #1)

I thought this book was okay, but I’m not excited enough about it to continue reading.

The Pledge- Kimberly Derting

The Pledge (The Pledge, #1)

Again, another series I could take or leave, so I decided to leave…

Vampire Academy- Richelle Mead

Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, #1)

I’m sorry! I know this series is really popular but it just didn’t do it for me. I don’t think I could commit to the rest of the series when I found the first book a bit dull.

Across The Universe- Beth Revis

Across the Universe (Across the Universe, #1)

I thought this series was going to be my kinda thing, but it wasn’t. It was okay, I’m just not inspired to continue.

The Darkest Minds- Alexandra Bracken

The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds, #1)

I really wanted to like this series too, but I didn’t connect with the characters at all.

The Selection- Kiera Cass

The Selection (The Selection, #1)

I was happy with it finishing with The One, I just have no interest in the rest of the books!

The 5th Wave- Rick Yancey

The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave, #1)

The 5th Wave took me ages to get into and then hasn’t really stayed with me, so I’ve decided not to continue!

Partials- Dan Wells

Partials (The Partials Sequence, #1)

I remember liking Partials but it’s been so long since I’ve read it that I’ve lost interest in the books!

Rebel Belle- Rachel Hawkins

Rebel Belle (Rebel Belle, #1)

I enjoyed Rebel Belle but I’m not really interested in the next book, especially after very mixed reviews!

Do you think I should continue with any of these series? Which bookish things have you quit? Feel free to leave me your Top Ten lists and I’ll stop by!

Vampire Academy

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How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Synopsis:

St. Vladimir’s Academy isn’t just any boarding school—it’s a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They’ve been on the run, but now they’re being dragged back to St. Vladimir’s—the very place where they’re most in danger…

Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academy’s ruthless social scene, and unspeakable nighttime rituals. But they must be careful lest the Strigoi—the world’s fiercest and most dangerous vampires—make Lissa one of them forever.

Thoughts:

I haven’t read many vampire stories before besides Twilight which I wasn’t blown away by, so I’m a bit behind in reading this series. After reading the first in the series I’m not sure what I thought about it or whether I’m going to carry on reading the series. The reason why I’m not sure whether to carry on or not is because I did actually enjoy it, I just didn’t love it. It fell short for me.

The main character, Rose, isn’t easy to like, but she is entertaining to read. She’s such a strong, sassy character. I loved her friendship with Lissa. Their friendship is strong and made more believable because of their bond.

I thought Richelle Mead’s twist on vampires was interesting. It was clearly thought through and felt original compared to the stereotypical vampire stories.

As mentioned, I didn’t love this book which is why I’m not sure whether to carry on with the series. I think Rose was the only really well developed character. I would’ve liked to have known more about Dimitri, he just seemed to be the typical ‘hot’ guy. Their relationship didn’t seem as believable as I would’ve liked either. Lissa seemed important to the story, but really seemed to fade into the background. I wasn’t blown away by the ending either. I felt if it had been more of a cliffhanger I might’ve wanted to read the next book more.

Overall, I did enjoy Vampire Academy. It was a decent read with a very strong main character. The take on vampires is unique. I’m just not sure whether to carry on with the series! If you have read the series, please let me know whether it gets better…

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

Reading next:
The Bone Dragon- Alexia Casale