This post is full of unpopular opinions. I can tell you that right now. A lot of the series, if not all of them, are very popular. That’s the warning I’m giving. I promise I’m not out to bash anyone’s favorite book. You can decide if you want to read or not. Read at your own risk. I hope you read. 🙂
One quick thing, before we get started – I should be back to regular posting next week! Thursday is my last day of school and only a half day, so another post will come either that afternoon or on Friday. And then next week, with summer officially started, I’ll have a lot more time to write! For all of you who stuck with me through this weird phase, thank you. I’m coming back slowly but surely! ❤
Okay, now let’s dive in to this list!
- Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge
I read this in February, if I remember correctly, and I did enjoy it. But ultimately, it wasn’t a super memorable read, and got only a 3.5 star rating from me. I liked it more than Romeo and Juliet, for sure, but at this point, I have so many books on my TBR that I’m only continuing series with a really enjoyable first book. 😉
- The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
A lot of people love this trilogy, and I wanted to. I really did. But it was so, so slow and it took me four days to reach the halfway point … while on summer break. I ended up not finishing this, so of course I’m not going to continue the series. I might watch the movie when it comes out, though.
- The Silver Trilogy by Kerstin Gier
I read this back in 2015, when I was only just getting into blogs and reviews, and I still didn’t like this. At all. The concept was intriguing, but the end was so cliché. I remember that to this day. It’s basically the only thing I remember, but it’s enough to keep me away from the other two books regardless. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
- An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
Sorry not sorry. I did finish this one, but it was only an okay read for me. I saw a lot of similarities to Legend (by Marie Lu) while reading, and it just never really hooked me. I haven’t read A Torch Against the Night, because again, I don’t want to continue series that I’m not invested in.
- The Remnant Chronicles by Mary E. Pearson
I loved the first book, and then the second one fell seriously flat for me. I’ve heard the third is really good, but it’s also huge, and I don’t think it’s worth my time at this point. Oops.
- Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
Similarly, Snow Like Ashes was one of my favorites when I read it in October last year, so I ordered Ice Like Fire the first chance I got. It was one of my first reads of 2017 … and I didn’t finish it. It was such a slow read compared to the first, and after reading only half in four days, I put it down.
- The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater
This is probably the most popular series on the list. Like I’ve said a few times now, I started reading with high expectations and was met with a very slow, honestly uninteresting story. Halfway through I didn’t understand the hype or why everyone loved the characters, so, you guessed it, I didn’t finish. People say the end of the first book is what hooks you, but I didn’t want to wait that long. I’m impatient. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
And fun fact: I used to be nervous/ashamed that I didn’t like this series because of the number of fans. People love these books like I love ACOTAR, so I didn’t want to be in the minority that was against it. But now? I don’t hide it. Sorry not sorry.
- The Young Elites by Marie Lu
I actually read and finished the first two books! That never happens, apparently.
But in all seriousness, I wasn’t a fan of the second book, The Rose Society. I read The Young Elites in 2015 and enjoyed it, then finally continued last summer. That didn’t exactly work in my favor. So even though people are saying they love The Midnight Star, I won’t be reading it.
- The Sin-Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury
I read the first book late last year. The beginning was great, unique, and really interesting. Then toward the halfway point there was a twist that, in my opinion, just didn’t work, and it went downhill from there. The covers are gorgeous, but I’m going to admire them from afar and leave it at that.
- Starbound by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
I won’t repeat myself. You know how it goes by know, or at least I assume you do. For me, it was a classic case of a good concept, but not-so-good execution. It was slow and at times too convenient, one of the main characters was insufferable, and I was so confused by the last 100 or so pages. The covers are undeniably gorgeous, but I’m just going to admire them from afar. 😉
What series are you not finishing? Do you agree with any on my list? Or do you feel differently about any of these books? I’d love to know! Tell me in the comments! 🙂
I’m off to do a bit of AP summer reading work and then continue reading The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco. 😉 I hope you all have a fabulous day/night! ❤
Until next time…