Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Top Ten Tuesday-Series I Gave Up On

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  http://www.thatartsyreadergirl.com/top-ten-tuesday/

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1) Kim Harrison-The Hollows
I really loved the first book in the series and the humour at the start of the second. But I got so tired of Ivy tring to bite Rachel, and Rachel continually getting into situations to let this happen that I quit in book three. It's a shame that this repetitive plotline ruined my enjoyment of good characters and overall plot.

2) Devon Monk-Allie Beckstrom
I read and enjoyed the first book, liking the way Allie is drained when using her magic and what it costs her. But I didn't like what I read in the second book at all and DNFed it. I lost interest in reading on in the series.

3) Ada Adams-Angel Creek
I read and loved the first two books in this YA vampire series. However, the second book finished on a huge cliffhanger in 2012 and there is still no sign of book 3 so I've given up on ever getting it now.

4) Jenna Black-Morgan Kingsley
Putting aside that I didn't much care for the bondage stuff that appears in it, I did like the plot and most of the characters. But the MC was such a whiny bitch that I lost patience in her and the sexual interactions in her head when crimes were to be solved.

5) PC Cast-House Of Night
This series got off to a decent start but as the series went on and on, I ended up only liking the so called bad girl. It got repetitive and dragged and the sidekicks became cliched and annoying.

6) DelSheree Gladden-The Destroyer
I loved the first book in the series but the second had morphed from love triangle to bloody square with every guy she meets loving Libby and a ton of boring school angst instead of her destroy the world destiny. 

7) Sierra Dean-Secret McQueen
I liked a lot of the characters, the backstory, the MC and the first book had good action in spite of the love triangle issue. However, the second book had too much of the love stuff and I just started to lose interest.

8) James Patterson-Alex Cross
I read and very much enjoyed the first five books then Christine becomes a bitch and I didn't like the bank robbery books that followed. I never got round to reading the rest. Based on reviews they sound pretty like the same 'quit your job' nagging in with a slightly different crime.

9) Jocelynn Drake-Dark Days
I really liked the first book with so much action and a great MC. But the repetitive bickering of the MCs through both books got on my nerves along with book 2 being a bit padded in places and I stopped reading the series.

10) Laurell K Hamilton-Anita Blake
I liked the characters and Anita to start with but as soon as the bloody ardeur turned up it just became have sex, fight with Richard, have sex, fight with Ronnie or Dolph, have sex with someone new, fight with Richard, have sex again. This is the pattern for pretty much every book and I got tired of it.

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  1. I’ve not read any of these but I’ve heard many many many bad things about what happens to the Anita Blake series. I’ve got so many series going and most are on my “maybe one day when I’m bored” pile.

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    1. I liked the idea of it more than the delivery...I found the first five had decent stories and I liked the characters but after my favourite, book six, my favourite characters all became idiots!

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  2. I've only heard of a couple of these and both of them are what I call "never ending" series. Are they all like that?

    Because that would make me stop, for sure.

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    1. Anita Blake series is up at 26 books now. I endured up to 15 but should have quit at 10. Alex Cross went the same way into too much relationship angst and same old stuff. It's at 26 now too. A lot of these crime series go on a long time. Most of the other series I think stopped between 4 and 10. If the standard of plot is good I don't mind long series but only if the standard stays high!

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  3. I gave up on house of night too. I think after the second book.

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    1. I liked the first few then things started to get a bit samey.

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  4. Oh yea, I forgot about House of Night. I gave up on that one too. I still need to read the last Hollows book and I did manage to enjoy them despite TOTALLY understanding what you mean about the whole Rachel and Ivy thing. I loved Jenks so I continued for him :)

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    1. Jenks was great and I loved the humour of the first few books. I started skipping the Ivy bites drama so I couldn't justify continuing with the series which was a shame.

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  5. Great list! I give up on most of the series I start. I usually lose interest in them while waiting for the next book to come out.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. I'm pretty good at sticking to series. I have a zombies and apocalypse series still going at 16 books and I hope they are all as good as the first! I have a ton of long apocalypse and urban fantasy series to get through!

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  6. I love the Harry Dresden series by Jim Butcher, but when Harry became one of the Knights in Faerie I stopped reading them, because I'm not a fan of the Fae and it kind of ruined the rest of the series for me. (But I did read most of them!)

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    1. I'm not a great fan of the Fae either but I did like Sonya Bateman's Wrong Side of Hell. That looks like it has potential!

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  7. I agree with the House of Night series. Everything was being repeated over and over. I also started to hate the main character as the books went on. I think I stopped on book #8?

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    1. I stopped during book 4. Zoey and her friends were such pains! I only liked Aphrodite and Stevie Rae...

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  8. Some of these would fall on my list. I have only read the first 3 or 4 Harrison books but I do plan to keep working my way through them. I kind of lost interest in the Alex Cross series. I haven't read the past few Anita Blake books but have a review copy of the upcoming one so I guess I will try that one again. It is so easy to lose interest in a long running series!

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    1. Reviews of the Alex Cross books recently seem to suggest that his gran nags him through every book about his job over and over until they get sick of it, while he solves a crime. It just sounded very samey so I never went back to it after stopping at the end of book 7 years ago. I just didn't feel invested or interested any more!

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  9. It is always tough when a series starts out strong, but then flails or becomes repetitive, isn't it?? I'm sure you have found twenty more to fill the void by now though, right?

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    1. Oh yes I agree! If I only had twenty series to catch up with I'd be happy but I probably have about a hundred!

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  10. With so much UF out there to choose from, I don't blame you for ditching the series that aren't interesting you anymore. I abandoned Anita Blake early on too, what a mess that one became.

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

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    1. Anita as a character had such potential for great stories...another author could have made it really great urban fantasy instead of porn.

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  11. I read some of the Alex Cross books and enjoyed the first few but then kind of drifted away. I didn't dislike them like I did with the Patricia Cornwall but I just didn't feel the need to read them. I've heard a lot of people who have quit on Anita Blake. It sounds like the series got a bit too crazy.

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    1. It's a real shame when good series just fall apart. With Alex Cross, my enjoyment waned when he split with Christine as I liked them as a couple. Her character became such a bitch!

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  12. I think my sister gave up on the Kim Harrison series for veeeery similar reasons. Boo. :(

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    1. It was so disappointing as there was a lot to like in the series!

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