Series I Won’t Continue (Even Though I Like the First Book)

I’m terrible at finishing series. There are dozens that I’ve started and still haven’t finished. While I intend to go back to most of them (though it seems less likely the longer I wait), there are some that I just don’t have the desire to continue, and it’s not because I hated the first book.

A Curse so Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

YA Fantasy/ Romance

I was happy where the story wrapped up, and I think it could have been standalone novel. I wasn’t much of a fan of the twist that is going to keep the story going, so I’m not going to continue. Simple as that really. Also I suspect book two is going to add in new character points of view, and I’m not really that excited for it.

Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant

Sci Fi/ Horror

I loved this book so much. It was in my top 10 of 2018, so why am I quitting on the series? Because I’m a coward, and I don’t think a sequel could possibly be as good as the first book. I usually rate book 2 and 3 lower than the first. Plus, I was satisfied with the ending, and am of the opinion that it would be madness for the characters to continue on the quest.

The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale

YA Fantasy/ Romance

This was essentially a standalone novel, and the rest of the books in the series follow other characters at a later date. While I liked the side characters in this book, I’m not that interested in where their lives go afterward, so I’m not going to waste my time.

The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken

Middle Grade Fantasy

This was an entertaining and light read about a boy and a demon fighting over control of one body. I didn’t hate this book. I’m just not the biggest fan of middle-grade because I always feel like something is missing, and I can’t quite put my finger on it. For this reason, I chose not to continue the series.

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

YA Fantasy/ Romance

While I didn’t hate this book, I just didn’t care enough about the characters or the story to continue. Don’t shoot me! I had super high expectations going in, and I was underwhelmed. That being said, it was easy to read, and I had no major problems with the characters, plot or worldbuilding. I just don’t want to experience it again. Ever.

The Girl with all the Gifts by M. R. Carey

Sci Fi/ Horror

I don’t feel like this needed to be a series. The novel is amazing as it is, and I’m okay not knowing what happens afterwards. I think that sometimes it’s better to leave the reader wondering, instead of ruining the mystery.

Mirage by Somaiya Daud

YA Sci-Fi/ Fantasy

Mirage was a really good book. I wouldn’t have rated it as highly as I did if I didn’t like it. One reason I don’t want to continue is the love story. I actually liked it, which probably means something terrible is going to happen to tear them apart, and I don’t think my poor heart could take it.

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The Queen’s Rising by Rebecca Ross

YA Fantasy/ Romance

Again, this not a terrible book. It was just overwhelmingly average. I felt the book finished in a place that wraps up all the loose ends, and I’m not really desperate to follow what happens to the characters after the climax of The Queen’s Rising.

Author: Ana

My name is Ana. My pronouns are she/her. I am a 30 year old bisexual, disabled Australian. I love reading, and my goal is to promote diverse books on this blog. Besides reading I love writing, singing, dancing, and bullet journaling. I am also mom to 2 Birman cats.

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