My Unfinished Series: Keep reading or DNF it #6

Hi guys! It’s time for another look at the unfinished series on my tbr. This is the part where I usually tell you how many new series I’ve started since last time, (since I have no self control) but for once I’ve actually finished one series and caught up on one instead. Which means the current number of series on my tbr is now 57. Still ridiculous high, but at least it’s getting smaller. Now let’s talk books!

26. Shades of Magic by V.E. Schwab


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

Synopsis: Kell is one of the last Antari, magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel Londons; Red, Grey, White, and, once upon a time, Black. Kell was raised in Arnes, Red London, and officially serves the Maresh Empire as an ambassador, traveling between the frequent bloody regime changes in White London and the court of George III in the dullest of Londons, the one without any magic left to see. Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see. It’s a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand. After an exchange goes awry, Kell escapes to Grey London and runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She first robs him, then saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.

My thoughts: When you hear nothing but amazing things about a book, you build up some pretty high expectations and whether you want it to or not, that’ll affect your reading experience. I think that’s what happened here. Don’t get me wrong, I think this book is pretty amazing. But I was expecting it to be amazing, so I was never wowed by it and I don’t know if that’s the whole reason I didn’t fall head over heels for it, or if I would’ve felt that way regardless. But I did fall in love with both the main characters (which literally never happens to me, I’m always here for the side characters) and the magical world it’s set in, so I’d say things are looking promising for the next books, which I’ve heard are even better than the first one (and here comes the expectations…)

Verdict: Keep Reading

27. Liveship Traders by Robin Hobb


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

Synopsis: Wizardwood, a sentient wood. The most precious commodity in the world. Like many other legendary wares, it comes only from the Rain River Wilds. But how can one trade with the Rain Wilders, when only a liveship fashioned from wizardwood can negotiate the perilous waters of the Rain River? Rare and valuable a liveship will quicken only when three members, from successive generations, have died on board. The liveship Vivacia is about to undergo her quickening as Althea Vestrit’s father is carried on deck in his death-throes. Althea waits for the ship that she loves more than anything else in the world to awaken. Only to discover that the Vivacia has been signed away in her father’s will to her brutal brother-in-law, Kyle Haven.

My thoughts: If you watch a lot of Booktube you probably know that Robin Hobb’s an author who’s talked about a lot, nearly everyone who’s read her books love them. Now epic-fantasy has always been a bit of a hit or miss genre for me. They’re typically very chunky books with excessive world-building and multiple plot-lines, and they’re usually part of a long series. If I’m going to spend that much time on a book series, I need to feel really invested – and I need to feel that way right away, or at least after reading the first book. This book did that for me with the first chapter. There are pirates, legendary islands full of treasure, mysterious ‘other’ being, sea-serpents (with their own pov’s, which I loved), living ships and a fascinating cast of characters.

Verdict: Keep Reading

28.  The Malediction Trilogy by Danielle L. Jensen


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

Synopsis: For five centuries, a witch’s curse has bound the trolls to their city beneath the mountain. When Cécile de Troyes is kidnapped and taken beneath the mountain, she realises that the trolls are relying on her to break the curse. Cécile has only one thing on her mind: escape. But the trolls are clever, fast, and inhumanly strong. She will have to bide her time, but the more time she spends with the trolls, the more she understands their plight. There is a rebellion brewing. And she just might be the one the trolls were looking for.

My thoughts: I really liked the first book in this series, but while it was an entertaining and enjoyable read – I never felt super invested in any part of the story. Not the characters, not the plot and not the romance. There’s nothing wrong with this book, I just feel like I’ve read so many versions of this story already and this version didn’t bring anything new to the table.

Verdict: DNF

29. The Queens of Renthia by Sarah Beth Durst


Books Published: 2/3 Books Read: 1/3

Synopsis: Everything has a spirit: the willow tree with leaves that kiss the pond, the stream that feeds the river, the wind that exhales fresh snow. But the spirits that reside within this land want to rid it of all humans. One woman stands between these malevolent spirits and the end of humankind: the queen. She alone has the magical power to prevent the spirits from destroying every man, woman, and child. With the position so precarious, young women are chosen to train as heirs. Daleina, a seemingly quiet academy student, is under no illusions as to her claim to the throne, but simply wants to right the wrongs that have befallen the land. 

My thoughs: The first book in this series is a nearly perfect fantasy novel in my eyes. I loved the world it’s set in – with entire cities built in the tree tops, the main character, the focus on friendships and the magic system. It ends on quite the cliffhanger, which sets the stage nicely for the rest of series. And yet, I have no desire to pick up the next book. I feel pretty inconsistent, considering I’ve decided to keep reading series with first books I enjoyed a lot less than this one, but those are all series where I see so much potential for the story could go and I just don’t see that with this one.

Verdict: DNF

30. Temeraire by Naomi Novik


Books Published: 9/9 Books Read: 1/9

Synopsis: Aerial combat brings a thrilling new dimension to the Napoleonic Wars as valiant warriors ride mighty fighting dragons, bred for size or speed. When HMS Reliant captures a French frigate and seizes the precious cargo, an unhatched dragon egg, fate sweeps Captain Will Laurence from his seafaring life into an uncertain future – and an unexpected kinship with a most extraordinary creature. 

My thoughts: I usually have a lot of expectations when I pick up a book, which is something I think a lot of bookworms can relate to. Whether they come from hype surrounding a book or simply reading the blurb or look at the cover – it’s rare to be completely expectation free, even though that might be the ideal state of mind to go into a book with. At least if my experience with this one is anything to go by. I barely skimmed the blurb before picking it up and ended up really, really enjoying it. The dragons in this book are wonderful creatures and the friendship that builds between Captain Laurence and Temeraire, based on mutual trust and respect, is beautiful. I’m not one for military SFF and the aerial battle scenes where way over my head (no pun intended), but I’m so here for bookish dragons and pure friendships – who cares if I skim read the action scenes.

Verdict: Keep Reading

Total Score – Keep Reading: 16 DNF: 14 My Number: 55

That’s it for today guys! What do you think of my decisions? Would you make the same ones? Have you ever DNF’d a series even though you love the first book? Or kept reading one even though you didn’t? 

20 thoughts on “My Unfinished Series: Keep reading or DNF it #6

  1. Liveship Traders by Robin Hobb looks amazing! Plus its only 3 books so I think I can handle that 😀 I didn’t know Naomi Novik had a series out! I loved Uprooted, it is one of my favorite books! Tho I prolly won’t start this series yet because I don’t want to start a 9 book series :/

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    1. Liveship Traders is amazing and 3 books is so short for an epic fantasy series, which is great 🙂 I loved Uprooted too. This series is totally different though, so I wouldn’t pick it up for that reason. I feel you! 9 books is a lot!

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  2. I think I really need to do a similar kind of post because the series on my TBR are really too much and sometimes I tend to forget about them (and yes, I’m guilty and I feel bad!).
    Anyway I have read the first book in the Stolen Songbird series and A Darker Shade of Magic and I decided to DNF both of them, even if I didn’t completely dislike the books that I have read, but those series aren’t for me and I have a ton of series to finish that I am curious about that simply doesn’t make sense to keep the one that I am not interested in, even if the thing sadden me 😦

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    1. That’s exactly why I started doing these post, to force myself to deal with how ridiculous my series-TBR has gotten. You should try it 🙂 I agree! There are so many great series out there that it just doesn’t make sense to force our way through the ones we don’t really care about. I’d rather spend my time reading the ones I love 🙂

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