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
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
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
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
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.
10. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
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.
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!