Series I Will Not Be Finishing – Part 2

If you haven’t checked out Part 1 then click here.
I will continue with my “series I will not be finishing” and explaining why I won’t continue with these books. Each title of the book will lead you to the Goodreads page if you are interested in reading it yourself.


17675462The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater I found the first book to be flat and boring. I didn’t enjoy any of the characters (I can usually get into characters even when they aren’t relatable) nor the plot. The ending definitely didn’t leave me wanting to read the rest of the series. In my opinion, this book is very dull. I wasn’t confused about the story or what was going on because it was crystal clear to me, I was just really bored with the writing, the characters, and the plot. No, I will not be giving this book another shot (I get asked this a lot for some weird reason).

 

 


13455782Shatter me by Tahereh Mafi I read the first book and thoroughly enjoyed it. I got to the second book though and was like “WTF IS GOING ON?!?!” halfway through. In my opinion, I don’t feel like this book had second book syndrome but I didn’t like how the author metaphorically killed one of the characters for plot reasons. I was over the book after that. I DNFed it.

 

 

 


Slated by Teri Terry and Maze Runner by James Dashner  are both Dystopian/Futuristic books that fell very flat to me. The plot and characters were pretty much the same in all Dystopian novels. I found both of them to be super slow after getting into more than halfway through.


10507293The Selection Series by Kiera Cass I feel like a lot of people have the same feelings as I do and that is, this series should’ve been left with the first 3 books. The author should’ve considered book 4 and 5 a spin off series and not a continuation. I didn’t LOVE the first 3 books but they were enjoyable and I couldn’t put them down. Once I got to the 4th book, I was over it. People thought America was annoying, I thought her daughter was a lot worse. So no thank you.

 

 


Atlantis Rising by Gloria Craw this was seriously Twilight 2.0 minus the vampires and
Going Down In Flames by Chris Cannon also falls in the same category of stories I’ve read before and I don’t care to read the same books with different character names


6304335Caster Chronicles by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl I read the first 3 books and it went all downhill from the first book and on. My reviews went from 5 stars, 4 stars, 3 stars, and then DNF. I was no longer interested nor invested in the story and characters. I felt like too much was going on and no longer making any sense.

 

 

 


10818853Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James Do I need an explanation for this? Lol! Just kidding! Well actually I read the first two books (both rated 3 stars) and I was going to read the last book because I was interested in the plot (not going to lie) but someone spoiled the ending for me so whelp, don’t care.

 

 

 

 


9460487Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs This book was just way too slow for me. I liked the plot and the world was pretty cool to imagine but I couldn’t do it with the slowness, I was way too bored, literally falling asleep. I read this book throughout a 4 hour plane ride (I never sleep on plane rides) and my eyes were so heavy. I do look forward to watching the movie though because Tim Burton!

 

 

 


Have you DNFed any of these? Or do you love any of these? Let’s discuss more thoroughly in the comments!

 

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76 thoughts on “Series I Will Not Be Finishing – Part 2

  1. I am unsure if I want to give The Raven Cycle a second chance but I feel like should but don’t know when I will. I have only read the 1st book of the Selection series and it was meh! I do have the 2nd and 3rd book but I’m not jumping to read them anytime soon. I did complete the Shatter Me series but it failed to impress me in anyway. It felt all too familiar because of it’s similarities with the X-men. But I do want to give Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children a try before the movie comes out at the end of the month! Great post!

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  2. I’ve been umming and aahing about whether to bother with the last Selection book. I read the others but didn’t even realise the final book had come out because I thought the story had finished. Looking at what you’ve said, I think I’ll probably give it a miss.

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    • Even the ratings on Goodreads speaks for itself. Once the last two books in The Selection came out, a lot of people were not having it. I definitely think it should’ve been better off a spin-off, that way people can say “I finished The Selection Trilogy”

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  3. Gosh I finished most of these, even though they weren’t my favourite. I read the Raven Cycle and I really liked it, to me the first book was quite a put off I do have to admit, but the next three novels were really good. I just hate that she made the first one crap so no one would continue (ok I don’t mean no one, but a lot of people ha).
    I really want to read the Shatter Me series but I have my doubts, who knows if I’ll ever get it. I enjoyed the Maze Runner & Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, I’m sorry they bored you.
    Beautiful Creatures & Fifty Shades of Grey I read for the same reason, I wanted to know what it was all about; as much as they sucked I can say I read them ha!

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    • A lot of people have said the same thing about The Raven Cycle, that it gets better after the first book, I don’t know though. Some books aren’t just meant for everyone. Know what I mean? Lol. If you like x-men, then read Shatter Me. A lot of people compare it to that but with a dystopian feel. I honestly would’ve finished Fifty Shades had I not been spoiled because the author always finished the books with such a cliffhanger that I was left with a little but of feelings lol. How did Beautiful Creatures end? Was it okay?

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      • I definitely agree! That’s an interesting comparison. I do like x-men, maybe I will give it a shot. To me Fifty Shades was whatever and I don’t think you absolutely need to read it, unless you really want to. And from what I remember, Beautiful Creatures ended kinda cheesy. What I do remember liking was that it had different points of view. I remember reading the spin off series & getting so mad at the generalizations & crap that the characters kept saying. They were so stuck in their small town that I was like how did I ever think any of this was any good. Sorry ranting there. But yeah, not worthy of my time.

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      • No need to apologize! I was spoiled for the last book in 50 so need to read that when I already know what happens. Bleh! I feel like Beautiful Creatures could’ve been really good. OMG HAVE YOU SEEN THE MOVIE?!?! In my opinion, it was complete garbage. I remember people in the movies being so mad because they legit changed everything.

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      • To be honest I can’t even remember if I saw the movie- a part of me thinks I did, but it probably wasn’t any good if I can’t remember LOL (I literally just googled the trailer to refresh my memory & yes I did see it I hated the guy who played Ethan). Yeah it wasn’t a great movie haha!

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  4. I have not DNFed any of these, but I tend to not gravitate towards series. I am tepidly stepping into Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige and Cinder by Marisa Meyer but at a certain point I do feel like series need to know when to quit.

    One series I do remember DNFing was Twilight. I got as far as Eclipse and then I just couldn’t take Bella mooning over Edward anymore. Around the fifth mention of college and what she was going to do because he couldn’t leave Forks I just didn’t care.

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    • I completely agree with you on when series need to know when to quit but then again it’s also on Publishing Houses and the need for $$$. I’ve heard interviews of authors saying it would’ve been one big book or split into two but the Publishing house wanted to make it 3/4 books so they had to add extra story. In my opinion, I think it’s wrong and that’s why so many books suffer from second book syndrome. They lack quality and plot. Now I’m on my toes when it comes to series.

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      • Yea I can understand that on both sides. Having to add extra story is difficult, but at the same time I understand publishing houses needing to make money. There’s a difference between a planned series though and a series that drags out. I have that argument with my mother all the time regarding television. She was upset that Orphan Black is going to end after Season 5, and I told her…”That’s what they planned! The story only goes that far. Would you rather it jumped the shark and started repeating itself?”

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    • I’ve seen tons of mixed reviews for this one but people still finishing the series?? I don’t understand that but to each it’s own I guess. Not my cup of tea. Have you tried reading it? I feel like you would feel the same as me since we see eye to eye with majority of books.

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  5. Damn, girl, you’ve got all the blogger favs on this list. I love when there’s controversy over popular books. I’m so with you on The Raven Boys. I need to write a rant/DNF post about that awful book. 50 Shades is complete garbage. I wrote a rant all about that series. Don’t even get me started on that one. I bought Shatter Me and haven’t read it yet. I’m also supposed to read Mrs. Peregrine’s next month for my book club. I hear the ending sucks so doesn’t make me at all excited to read it. The Selection is another rant I need to write. American is so stupid and annoying and that ending was crap. Awesome post! 🙂

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    • Lol thanks so much!! I can’t wait to read your rants. I wonder how you will feel about Miss Peregrines since so far we’ve pretty much felt the same about the other series mentioned. 50 shades was dumb but I would’ve finished had I not been spoiled just to give it a full review. But whatevs. I thought America’s daughter was way more annoying than America herself. I wanted to pull my hair out.

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  6. Wow! Hope you don’t get hate letters.. haha.. The Raven Cycle series.. I really like the characters, but the plot is so boring for me. Shatter me series, TeacherofYA rave a lot, maybe you should give it a second chance? hehe.. I need to read it as well as school for peculiar children. I have the 50 shades books but haven’t ventured there yet. You are brave to post this regarding books that people Rave about 🙂

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  7. Again some of these are favourites of mine, Miss Peregrine’s (though I will admit I struggled a little with the first book as well. Also I hope you enjoy the film a little more, the trailer looks amazing doesn’t it?) and The Raven Boys (but once again it had a slow opening so I can see why you probably didn’t enjoy it).
    I know even without starting 50 Shades of Grey that it would be a series I wouldn’t want to continue with, but it does suck that the reason you didn’t pick up the third book was because someone spoiled it for you! I hate it when that happens!
    I loved this post, will you be doing a part three or are there no more books whose series you won’t be finishing? 🙂

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    • The trailer does look amazing! I feel like my problem with The Raven Boys was more towards the plot and characters and then adding the slowness of the book didn’t help at all. Spoilers are a big no no for me, I have not read books because of spoilers. I don’t enjoy the book once I know what’s going to happen. And thanks so much for enjoying the post. So far there isn’t a part 3 but let’s see because the rest of this year’s TBR are all series. However, I have been picky with what I read so who knows?

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      • Oh that is a shame, so I guess it was pretty much the whole book you didn’t enjoy, not really one part or another of it.
        I try and avoid spoilers as well (I’m reading Empire of Storms now so I avoiding all reviews and everyone related to that book online) but if it was a book I was looking forwards too I’d still read it if it was spoiled for me, I just wouldn’t enjoy it as much I think.
        I guess you’re bound to come up with series you won’t read as you read more! I have a small amount I won’t be continuing but I guess like you I’ll have to wait and see what the rest of this year holds! 😀

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  8. I feel the same for the Selection series. I haven’t even bought the 4th book because for me it ended perfectly with the 3rd and I didn’t want to ruin the memories ahaha. Plus I find it hard to read a book with the characters’ children as main characters.

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    • Yes I completely understand you! I recently read a book that took place 11 years after and all the characters were already old enough with kids. It was very hard for me to get into it. Didn’t come off ass believable. And I also didn’t like America and Maxon (I think that’s his name) choices for their daughter. I understand that they had chooses for plot reasons but it was pretty ridiculous in my opinion.

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  9. Agree about The Selection. I actually did not like even the original trilogy. Also, the Caster Chronicles. Barely made my way through the first book. I found it really boring and way too long for how uninteresting and cliched it was.

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  10. I finished the castor chronicles only because I put so much time into the first 3 but I honestly couldnt tell u what happens after the first one. they dragged so much. Some people love it, but having read the whole series i cant say i enjoyed any after the first.

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  11. Yes!50 Shades of Gray. I also read the first book but DNFed the series at some point. I picked the books due to the hype at that time and sort of liked the first two but that ended soon. Great idea. I think Ill steal it and do a similar post.Enjoy your weekend!

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  12. Maggie Stievfater’s writing is so hit or miss, I loved TheRaven Cycle & ABSOLUTELY hated her Shiver series. I haven’t heard anything great about the other series The Scorpio Races. I’m all for descriptive worlds but because she’s hot or miss, I wait out her books so I get it. I didn’t bother with the Shatter Me series even though I own it. I do want to give Miss P’s a chance since I was supposed to have read it with the bestie back in March smh 🙈 lol. Great post! It’s always good to see what doesn’t work for others 😉

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  13. I can understand why you’re not finishing The Maze Runner. I honestly wish I hadn’t because the other two after it were just kind of annoying to read. A quick question, is it worth it to start Beautiful Creatures? I’ve been meaning to, but some people tel me it’s really good, and other say it isn’t.

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