Ten Books / Series I Abandoned
I wasn’t really feeling this week’s topic so I decided to instead do books / series I abandoned since I missed this prompt a couple of weeks ago.
I’m a mood reader so if I’m not feeling a book, I will usually put it to the side. I may go back to it at some point in the future (and thoroughly enjoy it that time round – it has happened on more than one occasion!) but sometimes I never get round to them again. There’s just too many books to waste on something that isn’t gripping my attention.
I am the same with book series. Quite often I will read the first book and love it but somewhere between waiting for the next entry I gradually lose interest and never get around to reading the rest. Waiting for the next book can build anticipation but it can also cause me to lose interest too.
Here are some books / series that I have currently abandoned (though some I may revisit if the mood takes me):
1. The Rose and the Dagger by Renée Ahdieh
I adored the first book in this duology The Wrath and the Dawn (seriously adored, it was one of my top reads of 2015) and was so excited for the follow-up but when I finally got my hands on it I just couldn’t get into it. I think it may have had something to do with the wait between the books (although that isn’t always a problem for me). I had forgotten crucial plot elements and it just wasn’t flowing for me. One day I will re-read the first book and then re-attempt this one. But for now… it’s on the shelf.
2. The High King’s Tomb by Kristen Britain
This one was definitely the long wait! There was four years between publication dates between the second book and this one and somewhere in that time I lost the interest to continue with this series. I’ve heard things get a bit dragged out in subsequent books (with long gaps between publishing – the first book was published in 1998 while the latest and sixth book was published in 2017). That’s a really long time to keep up with a continuing series. If it ever finishes I might re-acquaint myself with the series but for now its a nope.
3. Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
I read the first book Clockwork Angel and enjoyed it enough although I wasn’t exactly wowed. I have never found the impetus to continue with this series (or any of the other inter-relating series). I know Cassandra Clare is a bit of a… controversial figure (especially in the fanfiction world) but that isn’t the reason why I never continued reading her books. I think I have just gotten too far behind and as each of them are linked it is a bit of a mountain to climb. Maybe one day…
4. Ashes to Ashes by Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian
I loved the first two books in this series and was counting down until the third and final book came out. Yet, when it did and I had it in my possession I just… didn’t read it. To this day, I’m not exactly sure why. If I do ever want to get round to it I would for sure need to read the earlier books again. I intend to at some point but at the moment it isn’t looking too promising.
5. Ravenfall by Juliet Marillier
This one hurts me because Juliet Marillier is one of my favourite authors. I’m not sure why I haven’t read the follow-up to Shadowfell (and the next book either). It’s not like I didn’t enjoy Shadowfell. I do prefer her adult books overall (though Wildwood Dancing is a personal YA favourite) so maybe I just didn’t fully connect to this series quite as much. I will go back to it though I’m not sure exactly when.
6. Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead
I’m not sure what the problem was with this series either. Adrian is my favourite character and I love his romance with Sidney. True, the Bloodlines series wasn’t quite as enthralling as her earlier Vampire Academy series, but it was still pretty darn great. I read books one to four as they were released but still have yet to read book five (Silver Shadows) or the final book. I suck (pun intended!)
7. Iron Crowned by Richelle Mead
What is it with Richelle Mead series?? I do love her writing and I was enjoying this adult series. Books one and two were definitely gripping and I fully intended to continue with the Dark Swan series. Yet, I just didn’t. I haven’t even attempted to read this one so it’s not like the book itself bored me or anything. I’m really not sure why I haven’t gone back to it. I will try to get through this series again at some point but again, no telling when that will be!
8. Winter by Marissa Meyer
You know, I did the exact same thing with Cress. I read the first two books (Cinder and Scarlet) back to back then waited patiently for Cress to come out. When it did I got a third of the way through and then… stopped. Took me ages to finally get back to it (from the beginning) but I eventually did and loved it (Cress is probably my favourite). When Winter was released I started reading and then stopped… again, about a third of the way through. I haven’t gotten back to it as yet.
9. Fire Study by Maria V. Snyder
I loved the first and second book in this series but found the third book really hard to get into. I tried a few times but then just gave up. It could have been I just wasn’t in the mood because it wasn’t like it dipped in quality or anything. Someday I will get back to this series and read the whole lot this time around. Maybe.
10. Linger by Maggie Stiefvater
I read the first book Shiver when it first came out and wasn’t hugely taken with it. I was reluctant to read any more of Stiefvater’s books but I was encouraged to read The Scorpio Races which I adored. I then read The Raven Cycle books and count them among my top favourites. So I think at some point I should read the rest of The Wolves of Mercy Falls books. Perhaps I didn’t give the first book enough of a chance. Or maybe it just wasn’t really what I was in the mood for at the time. It deserves another chance, at least!