Series I’ve Given Up On/Don’t Plan to Finish | Top Ten Tuesday

I’m gonna be straight out honest and just say I don’t think I have ten series I’ve given up on, but I’m gonna give it a good go. I have this weird thing as a book reader where I have to finish a series even if it’s the least enjoyable thing ever, it’s something I’m getting better at , I’ve realised life’s too short for bad books and bad series.

So on with the series, I’ve given up on, some of these I have reviewed on my blog so have linked the book reviews where I have them :

Alice in Zombieland

Series I’ve Given Up On/Don’t Plan to Finish | Top Ten TuesdayAlice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter
three-stars
Series: White Rabbit Chronicles #1
Also in this series: Through the Zombie Glass
Genres: YA
Published by Harlequin Teen

She won't rest until she's sent every walking corpse back to its grave. Forever.

If anyone had told Alice Bell that her entire life would change course between one heartbeat and the next, she would have laughed. From blissful to tragic, innocent to ruined? Please. But that's all it took. One heartbeat. A blink, a breath, a second, and everything she knew and loved was gone.

Her father was right. The monsters are real.

To avenge her family, Ali must learn to fight the undead. To survive, she must learn to trust the baddest of the bad boys, Cole Holland. But Cole has secrets of his own, and if Ali isn't careful, those secrets might just prove to be more dangerous than the zombies.

The first book in this series let me down a little in the sense that I was expecting a badass retelling and this is nowhere near that. The second book was even worse with the girl who can’t live without the boy. Bad bad message.

All The Wrong Questions

Series I’ve Given Up On/Don’t Plan to Finish | Top Ten TuesdayWho Could That Be at This Hour? by Lemony Snicket
two-stars
Series: All the Wrong Questions #1
Genres: Middle Grade
Published by Little Brown

The adventure began in a fading town. Far from anyone he knew or trusted, a young Lemony Snicket started an apprenticeship for a secret organization shrouded in mystery and secrecy. He asked questions that shouldn't have been on his mind. Now he has written an account that should not be published that shouldn't be read. Not even by you. Seriously, we recommend that you do NOT ask your parents for this, the first book in his new ALL THE WRONG QUESTIONS series. Lemony Snicket, in case you don't already know, grew up to be the author of A Series of Unfortunate Events series.

This isn’t necessarily because this is a bad book, this is purely because I think I’ve outgrown them. I love Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, but this just didn’t do it for me. Something I’m sure to be sad about in the years to come.

The Dark Days Club

Series I’ve Given Up On/Don’t Plan to Finish | Top Ten TuesdayThe Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman
two-stars
Series: Lady Helen #1
Genres: YA, Fantasy
Published by Viking Books for Young Readers

New York Times bestseller Alison Goodman’s eagerly awaited new project: a Regency adventure starring a stylish and intrepid demon-hunter!

London, April 1812. On the eve of eighteen-year-old Lady Helen Wrexhall’s presentation to the queen, one of her family’s housemaids disappears-and Helen is drawn into the shadows of Regency London. There, she meets Lord Carlston, one of the few who can stop the perpetrators: a cabal of demons infiltrating every level of society. Dare she ask for his help, when his reputation is almost as black as his lingering eyes? And will her intelligence and headstrong curiosity wind up leading them into a death trap?

This book was one that drove me craazy, I hated reading this book, I hated the main character and it was just a draining read and one that I wish I had never picked up! An unsurprising addition to the series I’ve given up on list.

Starcrossed

Series I’ve Given Up On/Don’t Plan to Finish | Top Ten TuesdayStarcrossed by Josephine Angelini
two-stars
Series: Starcrossed #1
Genres: YA
Published by MacMillan Children's Books

Destiny brought them together.The gods will keep them apart.

When shy, awkward Helen Hamilton meets Lucas Delos for the first time, she thinks two things: the first, that he is the most ridiculously beautiful boy she has seen in her life; the second, that she wants to kill him with her bare hands.An ancient curse means Lucas and Helen are destined to loathe one another. But sometimes love is stronger than hate, and not even the gods themselves can prevent what will happen next...

This was another series that has that unrealistic undying love for one another type of vibe. The tropes in this book were overwhelming nothing was developed and I had a hard time reading this book, safe to say I didn’t pick up the next one!

The Iron Trial

Series I’ve Given Up On/Don’t Plan to Finish | Top Ten TuesdayThe Iron Trial by Holly Black, Cassandra Clare
two-stars
Series: Magisterium #1
Genres: YA, Fantasy
Published by Scholastic Press

Most kids would do anything to pass the Iron Trial.

Not Callum Hunt. He wants to fail.

All his life, Call has been warned by his father to stay away from magic. If he succeeds at the Iron Trial and is admitted into the Magisterium, he is sure it can only mean bad things for him.

So he tries his best to do his worst - and fails at failing.

Now the Magisterium awaits him. It's a place that's both sensational and sinister, with dark ties to his past and a twisty path to his future.

The Iron Trial is just the beginning, for the biggest test is still to come . . .

Let’s just put it out there, I hate Cassandra Clare’s writing, I personally think The Mortal Instruments are some of the worst books. I really struggled to find anything I liked about this book. I will not be picking this or any of her books up again, I have learnt my lesson.

The Warrior Heir

Series I’ve Given Up On/Don’t Plan to Finish | Top Ten TuesdayThe Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima
three-stars
Series: The Heir Chronicles #1
Genres: Fantasy, YA
Published by Hyperion Paperbacks

An epic battle between good and evil...

Before he knew about the Roses, 16-year-old Jack lived an unremarkable life in the small Ohio town of Trinity. Only the medicine he has to take daily and the thick scar above his heart set him apart from the other high schoolers. Then one day Jack skips his medicine. Suddenly, he is stronger, fiercer, and more confident than ever before. And it feels great - until he loses control of his own strength and nearly kills another player during soccer team tryouts.

Soon, Jack learns the startling truth about himself: he is Weirlind, part of an underground society of magical people who live among us. At their helm sits the feuding houses of the Red Rose and the White Rose, whose power is determined by playing The Game - a magical tournament in which each house sponsors a warrior to fight to the death. The winning house rules the Weir.

As if his bizarre heritage isn't enough, Jack finds out that he's not just another member of Weirlind - he's one of the last of the warriors - at a time when both houses are scouting for a player.

This is actually a book I desperately wanted to love, like so desperately but just didn’t. I couldn’t connect with the characters, the writing felt funny to me and there were just tropes flying everywhere. I just couldn’t get into these books.

No book reviews…

The Darkest Minds

Series I’ve Given Up On/Don’t Plan to Finish | Top Ten TuesdayThe Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
Genres: YA
Published by Disney Hyperion

When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something frightening enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that got her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that had killed most of America’s children, but she and the others emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they could not control.

Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones. When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. She is on the run, desperate to find the only safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who have escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents. When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at having a life worth living.

The problem with this book is that I think I was oversaturated with dystopian fiction at the time and this just didn’t blow me away. I struggled with the storyline and the characters. It’s been a long time since I read this and this is definitely a series I’ve given up on.

The Raven Boys

Series I’ve Given Up On/Don’t Plan to Finish | Top Ten TuesdayThe Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Genres: YA
Published by Scholastic Press

“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

From Maggie Stiefvater, the bestselling and acclaimed author of the Shiver trilogy and The Scorpio Races, comes a spellbinding new series where the inevitability of death and the nature of love lead us to a place we’ve never been before.

I never got this book, like ever. I have read it twice, listened to it on Audible and still have no idea. I’m not sure if I’m missing something fundamental but this book really doesn’t do anything for me. I even tried listening to the second one and still had no clue.

Tales from the Kingdom

Series I’ve Given Up On/Don’t Plan to Finish | Top Ten TuesdayPoison by Sarah Pinborough
Genres: YA
Published by Gollancz

A beautiful, sexy, contemporary retelling of the classic Snow White fairy tale, illustrated by Les Edwards.

Poison is a beautifully illustrated retelling of the Snow White story which takes all the elements of the classic fairy tale that we love (the handsome prince, the jealous queen, the beautiful girl and, of course, the poisoning) and puts a modern spin on the characters, their motives and their desires. It's fun, contemporary, sexy, and perfect for fans of Once Upon a Time, Grimm, Snow White and the Huntsman and more.

JUST BAD WRITING. These books SUCK. Like unbelievably so. I remember finishing and thinking nope… never again.

Mara Dyer

Series I’ve Given Up On/Don’t Plan to Finish | Top Ten TuesdayThe Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Genres: YA
Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Mara Dyer believes life can't get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.

It can.

She believes there must be more to the accident she can't remember that killed her friends and left her strangely unharmed.

There is.

She doesn't believe that after everything she's been through, she can fall in love.

She's wrong.

This is another series I’ve given up on that isn’t necessarily bad, but I just haven’t reached for again. I have never finished this series, and in this time I doubt I ever will. It just doesn’t interest me in the same way so it’s a no.

Do you disagree with any of the series I’ve given up on? Let me know in the comments!

10 thoughts on “Series I’ve Given Up On/Don’t Plan to Finish | Top Ten Tuesday

  1. Oh gosh, it’s only now that I realise just how many series I missed off my list. I felt the same way about Starcrossed and Alice in Zombieland as well. I know what you mean about The Darkest Minds as well, as I found myself reading it when sci-fi/dystop was at it’s peak and I would probably enjoy it more now when there is less of that.

    Great post!

    Jade @ Ink Scratchers

    1. Starcrossed was just a tropey mess, I love a good romance trope when it’s done well but boy was that book a struggle! I wanted so badly for Alice in Zombieland to be good, but I think the disappointment of realising it wasn’t a retelling tainted the story!

      I don’t know whether I’ll try The Darkest Minds again, but I’m not drawn to it, so probably not.

      Thanks for commenting! Will definitely check your list out!

  2. Ahhh I totally agree about The Iron Trial – it almost made my list this week! I enjoyed The Infernal Devices series but couldn’t get through her first series and whilst I think Harry Potter has made a huge impact on fantasy writing in general, I can’t get past the fact that City of Bones was based on her HP fanfic and that The Iron Trial is so, so heavily influenced by Harry Potter.

    1. I can’t stand Clary, she is still one of my least favourite characters ever! It was a series that I never understood the hype of – i think I’m just going to stay far away now! Lessons learnt – the hard way! Thank you so much for commenting – will definitely check yours out!

  3. I have a really hard time not finishing series as well. I feel like I should know how it ends after investing so much time into it. However, I am slowly learning hot to let go of books/series I’m not enjoying and move on. Here is my Top Ten Tuesday.

  4. I’ve tried reading ‘the raven boys’ but I really just don’t like the characters and the whole series is character driven so I didn’t bother with the rest of the series. I guess it’s one of those series that’s not for everyone.

    I have not read any of the series you’ve mentioned but mostly I know I don’t want to read them.

    have a lovely day.

  5. I also gave up on The Darkest Minds books. It didn’t really wow me either, it just felt like other dystopian books I’d read. And same here with The Raven Boys! I didn’t even make it through the first book, despite multiple attempts at it. I want to love it and join the other fans, but… it’s just not happening. Great list!

    1. Yup, I also think it was published at a time where dystopian was completely overdone and I was reading so much of it I got fed up!

      I’m so glad someone else feels the same about The Raven Boys, I so wanted to love that book and understand all the references, but nope. Just not for me!

      Thank you so much for your comment!

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