Thursday, June 12, 2014

5 YA Series I started and Probably Won't Finish (Part 1)


I know everyone is going to think I'm crazy and I'm missing out and I'm not a real fangirl but I just can't seem to get into these series even though I've read one or more of the books in the series.

Here we go: (cue the angry fangirls)

1. The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare

Okay, so while I think these are well written books and the characters are fairly intriguing I just can't seem to get into them like everyone else has. I read books one and two and about a 1/4 of book three and although I initially felt the excitement it quickly fizzled. I'm not sure what it is but it just isn't doing it for me. Although I probably will read Clockwork Angel, I hear from people that feel sort of similar to me about this series that CA is the series to read.

2. The Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead

I initially started this series based on the plethora of recommendations I got on Instagram so I read book one, and it was just like, oh so that was Vampire Academy. I don't get it. I'm not much of a vampire fan but I will read a book about them if it interests me but this one just didn't grab me.



3. Pretty Little Liars series by Sara Shepard
I adore the Pretty Little Liars TV show. I am glued to my TV every Tuesday watching it. So of course I wanted to read the series the show was based off of ( I read books 1 and 2) but with approximately 18 books in the series I just don't imagine I'll finish it.

4. The Matched Series by Ally Condie


I loved the plotline to this series. It was unique and dystopian which I love but after reading book two I started to question my interest in the series altogether. It just bored me so much. Then I bought book three. I honestly can't tell you why. I'll more likely than not read book three because I already own it but it's not on my list of things to do.

5. Percy Jackson and The Olympians series by Rick Riordan
I read about 50 pages of book one and I just lost interest. I'm not sure if it's because I really have no interest in Greek mythology or because it's middle grade but I just have like zero interest in finishing this series. Maybe, possibly, one day...

 Are there any series you've started but never finished and probably won't?


26 comments:

  1. I'm a *really* bad Fangirl then as I've read absolutely none of them! I may do at some point*, but I've so much else to read. Also, I'm still detoxing from reading the entire Dark Towers trilogy in a year, so another series may not be a god idea.

    *except Vampire Academy, 'cos anything that so blatantly rips of 'the Slayer' on it's front covers gets an immediate urgh from me.

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  2. I'm not familiar with the Dark Towers Trilogy but if you need a detox I can imagine there are many many books. *shivers*

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  3. I quit with The mortal instruments after book 3. The story was done for him and I really started to dislike everything :p I'm also having trouble with Vampire Academy. The first book was mweh for me and the second is on hold for now.

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  4. Honestly, I'd say the only one worth finishing is the Vampire Academy series because the Bloodlines series is a lot better. I haven't read the Percy Jackson books so I can't speak for that but I really don't think anyone should waste their time on the others. I don't mind City of Bones but it wasn't the best series ever. Loved this post!

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    1. Thanks! People keep telling me Vamp Academy gets better but I keep wondering if it's worth all the effort. I may return it later. MAYBE.

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  5. Percy Jackson!!! *fans herself
    I loved that series!! (Of course I was in 7th grade when I read them....)
    Everything else I agree with though. Matched is only worth finishing if you really, really, (REALLY REALLY) want to know the story.

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    1. Yeah I think I might have missed the window for PJ because I just can't bring myself to read it.

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  6. It's really nice to see someone else who feels the same way as I do about certain series. I only got to book 3 in the Mortal Instruments series and gave up. I only read book one in the Vampire Academy series and gave up. I also gave up on the Wolves of Mercy Falls, Fallen, & Hush series. I think the fact that sequels take FOREVER to come out after I read the first book ends up making me lose interest all together. I enjoyed the first books in those series but have no plans to finish them now.

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    1. I think I'm happier than you are that someone feels the way I do. I thought it was just me.

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  7. I MUST recommend finishing VA because it gets pretty awesome and the spinoff series is downright EXCELLENT. Trust me, I felt the same way about VA through the first two books actually, but ended up really liking it.

    Also, I LOVE Percy Jackson, but I do know that it's not for everyone. While I'd love for you to give it a chance, I can understand why you won't finish.

    All of the others I totally agree with! I read book 4 of MI and I just gave up. Books 2-3 were pretty awesome and then it lost steam and I lost interest. Great post! :)

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    1. Thanks! I keep hearing that but I'm just not sure. I may continue. MAYBE. I'll give it some thought.

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  8. I haven't read the PLL series though I love the TV Show, too (season première episode on Tuesday was pretty great!) or the Percy Jackson series (though I've seen 1 movie) The other 3, read and loved, but hey, books are art, and art is subjective, so not everybody likes everything :) Thanks for stopping by! Happy reading!

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  9. Four out of five of these series are actually favorites of mine. :D I definitely understand why you're not that interested in finishing them, though (I see a lot of people saying similar things about each one). Pretty Little Liars is the one that I'm not a huge fan of. I really liked the first two (three?) books, but I lost interest in the middle of the third or fourth one. The length of that series makes me not want to get back into it. It's way too long for me. :(

    Great post! I'm looking forward to reading the next part.

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    1. Thanks! Don't you just love how subjective reading is! It's hard because I didn't hate any of these I just can't get into them enough to finish.

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  10. I really struggled with VA until I started listening to the audiobooks. The later books are much better, as mentioned, and Bloodlines is even better. I finished the Matched series. You're not missing anything. I read a lot of the PLL books way before the show started. They kept adding books after (I guess) the success of the show and it's really unnecessary. I probably won't read any more either. I also dumped the show last season because I was bored, so I have incentive to go back and how it's different from the later books. I read 4 of the Percy Jackson books but I don't think I read the last one. I want to like that series so much more than I do. I'm not interested in Greek mythology either, and I think that's a big part of my problem with it.

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    1. I probably will finish Matched but that's more so because I had already purchased book three! I think I'm a glutton for punishment!

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  11. Pretty Little Liars is definitely my favorite show, but I agree on the books. I read the first and it was alright but I don't see myself tackling them anytime soon. Great post!

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    1. Thanks Andie!
      There are just far too many books in the series!

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  12. Yeahhh I couldn't finish the Mortal Instruments either. Those books were just all over the place :P I LOVED Vampire Academy though, so it sucks you didn't love em :(

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  13. Ok, I'm going to be one of those people and just tell you you're crazy for not wanting to finish Mortal Instruments or Vampire Academy. :)

    I absolutely loved Mortal Instruments, although I do have to say, the Infernal Devices series is better. And I read the first Vampire Academy book and I just thought it was ok so it took me awhile to read the second, but once I did, I was hooked. And I love Bloodlines even more, so if you've only read the first VA book, I would say read the second and see what you think…and Adrian shows up in the second book and you have to meet him! :) ~Pam

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    1. :P I probably won't finish TMI but I may consider continuing Vampire Academy.

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  14. I agree with you on The Mortal Instruments - I feel like the plot is getting dragged out with all the new books Cassandra Clare is adding to the series. I also didn't get to finish the Matched trilogy either. I was halfway through when I decided to drop it. (It was just SO boring.) I'm sad to hear that you didn't like the Percy Jackson series, but I think you do have to be a certain age to really enjoy it. :)

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    1. Yeah I think I missed the window for PJ but maybe one day.

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  15. I didn't finish the Fallen series by Lauren Kate, I tortured myself through the first three books in hopes that something would finally happen, when nothing did I decided reading the last book wasn't worth my time.

    With Matched, I made in 30 pages into the first book before I stopped. It was so dull, for me, that I just couldn't force myself to finish the book.

    I read most of the Percy Jackson series, until I realized that I just didn't care about the characters. I actually don't mid Middle Grade, I do on the other hand have issue with books that sounds like they are written for children. Using cheap jokes that only little kids would find funny, just doesn't do it for me. Personally I feel the mark of a good children's book is one that can equally be enjoyed by adults. Because often times Parents are reading those books to their kids.

    Another series that I didn't and don't plan on finishing is The Sookie Stackhouse series (the books True Blood is biased on) They were just... eh.

    Another series that I don't think I'll be finishing is (and I may get crap for this) The Archived. I recently read the first book, and it just didn't wow me as much as everyone said it would. I had heard nothing by praise for that series and well. I figured out who the villain was right away. Must have been from me reading lots of Nancy Drew as a kid or something, but the mystery which was supposed to be the big selling point of the story just wasn't that hard to solve.

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    1. Matched is pretty much a meh series but I already bought book three so now I feel like I may have to finish that series.

      I haven't read any middle grade titles so I'm not too familiar with any that have adult crossover appeal but I would probably just avoid that age group all together.

      I finished the entire Sookie Stackhouse series give or take a book or two. Some were blah some were entertaining. I think a lot of adult series don't know when to quit and let the series rest.

      I actually never read Archived. It just never seemed like my kind of read. Thanks for sharing your opinion :)

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