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My Unfinished Series: Keep reading or DNF it #2

Hi Guys! Today’s post is the second in my series all about all the series I haven’t finished yet. When I started my number of unfinished series was 67, then I DNF’d 2. Since then I’ve caught up on one (Akata Warrior) and started another two (Falling Kingdoms and River of Teeth) – so my current number is 66. For the purpose of these posts I won’t be including series I’m caught up on, so if I’ve read every book that’s currently out – I’m not counting it as unfinished. Now let’s make some decisions!

6. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

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Books Published: 4/6 Books Read: 2/6

Synopsis: Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days. The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

My thought: It seems to me that everyone either loves or hates this series, but I fall somewhere in the middle. Maybe that’s because I didn’t read them earlier. I listened to the first two books on audiobook last year and while I didn’t think they were anything incredibly special – I did enjoy them. They’re entertaining reads and the writing is beautiful.

Verdict: KEEP READING

7. Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi

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Books Published: 2/? Books Read: 1/?

Synopsis: Born as blank as canvas in a world brimming with colour and magic, Alice’s pale skin and milk-white hair mark her as an outcast. Because, for the people of Ferenwood, colour and magic are one and the same. And since the disappearance of her beloved father, Alice is more determined than ever to prove herself. To do so she’ll have to travel into the mythical, dangerous land of Furthermore, with the help of a fiercely annoying boy named Oliver. But nothing in Furthermore is as it seems, and it will take all of Alice’s wits to find her father and return him safely home.

My thoughts: I’m not a big middle grade reader, but I loved Furthermore. It’s such a fun, colorful adventure story with some serious Alice in Wonderland vibes and Tahereh Mafi’s writing is gorgeous.

Verdict: KEEP READING

8. Red Rising by Pierce Brown

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Books Published: 4/6 Books Read: 1/6

Synopsis: Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Humanity already reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet. Inspired by a longing for justice, and driven by the memory of lost love, Darrow sacrifices everything to infiltrate the legendary Institute, a proving ground for the dominant Gold caste, where the next generation of humanity’s overlords struggle for power.

My thoughts: I never really got on the dystopian bandwagon. It’s just too bleak for me – I’m all about the lush, lyrical prose and beautiful settings. This series is basically a dystopian in space and I AM SO HERE FOR IT. I don’t know exactly why this one works for me when most dystopians don’t, but it just pushed all my buttons. There’s excellent worldbuilding, complex and morally ambiguous characters and an intense, twisty plot. On the downside I’ve forgotten 99% of what happens and I don’t own a copy of the first book – so reading the sequel will be fun™

Verdict: KEEP READING

9. The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey

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Books Published: 3/3 Books Read: 1/3

Synopsis: Beneath the streets of New York City live the Avicen, an ancient race of people with feathers for hair and magic running through their veins. Age-old enchantments keep them hidden from humans. All but one. Echo is a runaway pickpocket who survives by selling stolen treasures on the black market, and the Avicen are the only family she’s ever known. So when a centuries-old war crests on the borders of her home, she decides it’s time to act. Legend has it that there is a way to end the conflict once and for all: find the firebird, a mythical entity believed to possess power the likes of which the world has never seen. 

My thoughts: I found this series back when I’d just finished The Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy and was doing that thing we bookworms like to do when we run out of books in our favorite series –  look for something similar. It feels unfair to fault a book for the very thing that drew me to it in the first place, but the similarities (especially in the first half of the book) are so obvious it’s impossible not to compare the two and this one always fell short for me. Which is why trying to fill the hole left in your heart by your favorite series with a similar book isn’t the brilliant idea it might sound like. You’ll never find a perfect fit. Maybe I would’ve loved this series if I hadn’t read DoSaB first – but I did and I can’t change that.

Verdict: DNF

10. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

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Books Published: 4/4 Books Read: 3/4

Synopsis: Lena Duchannes is struggling to conceal her power, and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever. Ethan Wate is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town’s oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.

My thoughts: My love for the first book in this series is pure and unconditional. If you’ve been here before you might have noticed that I like to talk about atmosphere, it’s one of those things that can be hard to define – but which is essential to my reading experience. This series has plenty of atmosphere, thanks to it eerie Southern small town setting. But sadly pretty much everything else has gotten progressively worse with each installment and my Goodreads rating has dropped for 5 to 2 in the span of 3 books.

Verdict: DNF

Total Score – Keep Reading: 6 DNF: 4 My Number: 64

That’s it for today, guys! Have you read any of these series? What did you think of them? Do you agree with my decisions – or do you think I need to change my mind immediately? Let me know in the comments!

29 thoughts on “My Unfinished Series: Keep reading or DNF it #2

    1. The covers are really pretty! I only read the first one and it wasn’t a bad book at all, so I wouldn’t say don’t read it. I’d just say try not to go into it expecting another DoSab 🙂 Though it’s hard not to compare!

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  1. I would have loved The Girl at Midnight if DoSaB didn’t exist, but since it does, I read it long before, and it’s so much better…
    I felt the same way about Beautiful Creatures: the series started out well, but the third book made me want to sleep. I remember nothing about Beautiful Chaos but the boredom. Way to waste a story about witches!

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  2. I did fall somewhere in the middle for shatter me, but ended up really invested in it (to my surprise) so I understand where you’re coming from- they’re definitely worth reading, so good call. And I love Red Rising- glad you did too and plan to continue 😀

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  3. I’m not too sure how I feel about Shatter Me either, but I might start Restore Me?
    Furthermore is on my TBR! + I’ve only read the first book of Red Rising but I loved it!

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  4. This is a neat idea, I haven’t read most of the series on this list but I started Whichwood last fall and it’s been slow going for me. I hadn’t read Furthermore, but I had heard that Whichwood was more of a companion novel and that it could be read and appreciated without the first novel. I like Mafi’s dream-like writing that feels like a fairy tale, but I think the story just hasn’t grabbed me yet.

    Great list, though!

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    1. Thank you! It took me a little while to get into the story in Furthermore as well, at first I was just charmed by the beautiful writing and colorful world. But eventually the plot got going. Hopefully it’s the same with Whichwood 🙂

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  5. I really like this feature, because sometimes it’s time to consider if one wants to continue a Series or leave it be!
    I definitely agree on the Shatter Me books, I read them pretty late as well and wasn’t as blown away like everyone else. I did like books 2 and 3 though and will read Restore Me 🙂
    When it comes to Beautiful Creatures, I already gave up after 1 books, because this Series was so not for me, which is sad because I wanted to like it :/

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    1. Thank you! I felt the need to reduce my tbr of shame 😂
      It’s always disappointing when you really want to love a book, but just don’t. Good call though – they only got worse after the first one.

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  6. Oh I really like this series! I have so many series books I started but haven’t finished. I should start doing this. I know some series I’m never going to finish. I do really want to check out the Shatter Me series. I always see people bring it up. Plus now the newest book is out. I need to check them out at some point.

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    1. Thank you, I’m glad you like it! Let me know if you do, I’d love to read your posts 🙂 I felt the same way about Shatter Me, I kept hearing about it, so I just had to try it. It’s not my favorite thing in the world, but they’re entertaining books and the hype around the new one’s revived my interest in the series.

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      1. Oh yes I will let you know if I end up doing it. Yeah I know Shatter me is very popular with a lot of people. I don’t know anything about it though. If it sounds interesting I’ll deff have to pick it up at some point especially with the new one just being released.

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