Five Series I Will Not Finish

A post everyone has done and I want to do it too.

I never abandon books. It’s something I’ve discussed before (more on it HERE ), but if I start a book, I’ll finish it, even if I am not enjoying myself. Same goes for series. I gotta know what happens, and sometimes I even enjoy hating on a book. But there are series that I will not finish ever. I either hated the books I’ve read so far, or I just lost interest in the series. Whatever the case may be, here are the series that I won’t ever finish:

BUT before we start, let’s do a PSA. If I don’t like a book you don’t like, that does not mean I don’t like you. If you feel the need to convince me to read this, by all means try to, but be nice about it. I’m sure that there are books I like that you hate. And that’s great! We all have different experiences. That’s what’s amazing about books & literature. Now we can start. These are in no particular order.

1. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

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I read the first three books, and even Fairest, but I just can’t bring myself to finish this series. I remember I picked these up when the hype surrounding them was HUGE, and I was beyond disappointed. I felt like the world was so underdeveloped and the story dragged so much. I loved the ending of each book, but it was almost excruciating to get to it. The books were to long, and I felt like nothing actually happened. Cinder was my favorite in the series, and everything kind of went downhill from there. By the time Winter came out, I was over it, and could not bring myself to finish a huge book that I knew was going to drag on and on for me. So yeah, never finishing this one. Although, given the fact that there’s a huge fandom for this series, I am always intrigued when I see edits of it, but never enough to read it.

2. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

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Ugh, I never wanted to like a book more than I liked this one. But everything went wrong with it. This is advertised as a dystopian, but this is a FULL ON Romance book. Which is fine, but I need to know that, and not think that I am getting dystopian action. Of which there is nothing. There’s zero world building. I hated the writing. It was too flowery and I always felt like it was trying too damn hard. The characters were flat and did nothing for me. Actually, no. They did something to me, they annoyed me to the point of almost chucking the book across the room. Another one of those books were I expected so much, and got so very little. And I hated the X-men-esque aspect of this. I do adore the covers though.

3. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Again, so very sorry about this. I was so excited when I started reading this, which made the reading experience even more painful. First of all, I do not want to be TOLD stuff, instead of being SHOWN stuff. I don’t care that you tell me Celaena is a badass, SHOW ME. Celaena is probably the most annoying character in all of history for me. She is a supposed badass, but the first thing we see her do is fret about her looks, AFTER SHE JUST GOT OUT OF SLAVERY. She is worried that the pretty prince will think she’s dirty or ugly. Seriously? And then, she is in this competition where we’re told she is the bomb.com and yet every single fight scene where we can actually see that for ourselves is SKIPPED over and we just get told “…oh, and btw she won the challenge because she is so awesome”. Please stop. Besides the fact that she is so annoying, the world building is non existent, the magic system and the plot are so muddled and underdeveloped and I felt constantly manipulated by Maas’ writing. I get that every author manipulates you, BUT I DON’T WANT TO FEEL THAT while I am reading. I am supposed to be oblivious to that fact. But every thing in this book felt like it was designed to rile an emotional response from me so that I get attached to characters. And when I heard what happens in later books, this just confirmed my thoughts even more so. Chaol was the only character I felt any connection to, and we all know the drama behind that. Sorry for the rant and for disliking everyone’s favorite book.

4. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

Another popular one that I hated. The premise is fine and interesting, but again, very little world building. What really made me set on never finishing the series is the fact that  I hated the character in these books. Detested them really. I didn’t feel for them at all. They could’ve been plummeting to their deaths, and I just thought meh. I couldn’t care less. They had no depth to them whatsoever. They were just dull, plain and one-dimensional. I honestly can’t point at one characteristic of the heroine and say “there’s something that defines her” because there isn’t any. At all. Except maybe her shallowness, but that’s more due to the society she lives in than anything else. Her character just doesn’t offer anything. For me, it was completely unrelatable. And when she met David, her “love”, she really started getting on my nerves. One moment they didn’t even acknowledge each other, but the next they were in love. I could’ve gone past it, if I just felt it, but I didn’t. I was reading about their shared moments and again I was just like meh. Oh, and David? Even worse than Tally, even more plain and uninteresting. Obviously, the secondary characters are non-existent. They are there, for the sake of the story, but they don’t bring anything to it. Just a huge letdown and I am not even mildly interested in what happens in this series.

5. A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R.Martin

First of all, I love the TV show. An all time favorite. And I really wanted to get into the books. I want to know what the show is missing. I read the first book, thought it was good. But I tried reading the second one five times. FIVE. And every time I get bored out of my mind, and can’t get past the third of the book. I am so sad about this, but the books are just too dense and descriptive for me. I can’t deal. They just bore me to no end. There I said it. Love the show though.

So there you have it! Let me know what series you won’t finish and your thoughts on the ones I mentioned here!


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18 thoughts on “Five Series I Will Not Finish

  1. Wow, TLC, Shatter Me AND ToG? I’m astonished! (I haven’t read ToG but I hope to). I read the Uglies series back when I was just getting into Dystopian. It was a little strange. But we all have diff tastes!!

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    1. Haha, sorry to disappoint! I just could not get on with those books! 😔 I will say that I think TLC is the best out of the three, I had no real issues with it, just did not work for me! But I agree, we all have different tastes and experiences with books!

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  2. No, I love TLC and TOG! They’re some of my faves. 😭 I do agree with Shatter Me; that one was a waste of my time. I’ve yet to read Game of Thrones, but had zero interest in Uglies, even though the concept sounded so interesting!

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  3. I’m honestly a standalone person than a series person, so I’m kinda in the same boat with you regarding not finishing series. I haven’t read any of those books yet, but I’d probably read the first or second and just stop. I’ve done that with The Hunger Games and I’ll do it again! There’s uncommonly many series that I want to finish since I want to go into different storylines with different characters!

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    1. I definitely became more of a standalone person throughout the years. I think series can be amazing, when they are done right, but I think they can go horribly wrong as well. Like with The Hunger Games, where I loved the first two books, but disliked the third, so it affected my feelings for the series as a whole. So that’s why now I usually read standalones, with a sprinkle of Adult Fantasy series occassionally 😊

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      1. I agree: there are series that when done right are amazing! I’ve read series that kept on getting better and better and some that it just got worse and worse. Standalones are great in the sense that you can enjoy new characters and settings after you finished! I don’t like sticking with something super long… unless I really love it! 😉

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  4. There are so many series that I didn’t like and others loved. Everyone has something different they’re looking for in books! Too many books, too little time, so don’t waste time on something you’re not invested in!

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  5. Personally I liked Uglies, but I can see where it might not appeal to everyone! Being disappointed in “hyped” series is why I rarely read anything where the author’s name is bigger than the title of the book. I’ve been disappointed too many times. 😦

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  6. We feel the same way about Throne of Glass! Seriously, I am amazed. Haha. A lot of people liked it but Celaena annoyed me and I was disappointed by the lack of focus on the competition. And yes, Chaol was the only character I loved and I’ve heard what happens to him so I’m having doubts on giving it another chance.

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    1. I get so excited when someone else doesn’t like the series, just because I’m usually in the minority! I never even thought of giving the books another chance, especially given the fact that actual fans of the series stopped reading the books after some of the stuff goes down. And I’ve seen people who loved the first few books say that her later work becomes “manipulative” which is how I felt with the first one, and I am not about to submit myself to that again! But I’d love to hear if you do end up giving the books another chance how you felt about the rest of the series.

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