I don’t know any YA readers who don’t love a series! And there are so many to choose from. But for every amazing series, there tends to be three or four mediocre ones. They all sound so promising at the start, but some either don’t live up to the premise or struggle to continue in momentum. So here are a few series that I will not be finishing. Please leave a comment telling me any of your unfinished series or if you think any of the ones below are worth finishing!
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater – I read the first two books (Shiver and Linger) in this series. This one is about wolves and in all honesty that’s all you can really say about it. A very slow, lumbering plot and a bad case of insta-love. Not a terrible story, but I found myself caring more about secondary characters and just waiting for something to happen.
Matched by Ally Condie – This series was very popular a few years ago in the early dystopian boom. The basic idea is that in this society people are paired with their “ideal match”. An original idea that drew my interest. Unfortunately, I hated main character Cassia; she has no real depth and never seems to really struggle throughout the series, plus she’s unspeakably selfish. Her relationship with Ky is sterile and downright boring. The second book is even worse than the first. Avoid at all costs!
Halo by Alexandra Adornetto – A friend recommended this book and she usually has such good judgement! Main character Bethany is an angel sent down to earth, with two others, to rid the world of evil. Whilst masquerading as humans. Predictably, Bethany falls in love with a human and if you’re not gagging yet, try consuming 496 pages of this clichéd, predictable drivel. I have since forgiven my friend…
The Immortals by Alyson Noel – This series is hard to sum up because it is so overcomplicated. I’d like to say it’s about vampires, but vampires are never actually mentioned. So it’s about immortals who need to drink red liquid (not blood, honest!) to survive. I read four out of six books in this series. I want those hours back! What was I thinking? This series suffers from massive over complication and insipid characters. In fairness, I think this is aimed at the younger bracket of the YA audience, but regardless I cannot recommend this series. Ever.
Beautiful Creatures by Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia – The idea is there are good and evil casters (witches, they’re witches!) who are deemed as either once they reach their sixteenth birthday. I only heard of this book once there was a trailer for the film, so I picked it up. There were some positives. I liked the male protagonist, Ethan… Oh, wait, nope, that’s it. This book is at least a hundred pages too long and there’s no real story. Plus the ending made me want to hurl it at the wall. Worst of all, main character Lena is sullen, capricious and never seems to show any warmth of feeling. Avoid both film and book.
The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter – I didn’t hate this book. It was a nice enough quick read. Did it leave me wanting more? Not even slightly. Main character Kate, due to various circumstances, finds herself undergoing some tests in the hope that she’ll be deemed worthy of becoming Hades’ (Henry’s) wife. This was just a vaguely one dimensional. Flat characters, not much storyline. More than a little predictable. It was entertaining enough, but there are too many books and too little time for me to continue reading this series.