Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Best & Worst Series Enders

Top Ten 
Best & Worst Series Enders 
  Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish

Best Series Conclusions:

1. Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi 
Into the Still Blue was an awesome conclusion to the Under the Never Sky series.  Really the whole series was awesome. But I thought this series ender had the right amount of action, romance, and progression.  I was wholly satisfied.

2. The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson 
The Bitter Kingdom was another series ender in a very strong trilogy.  Much of the trilogy is about Elena's progression and maturation. The Bitter Kingdom really nailed that message.  I also loved the setting and the new characters.  Another series ender that left me extremely satisfied.

3. Shades of Earth by Beth Revis 
To be honest, this was not my favorite series.  I had some issues with it, but I put this last book on the list because Shades of Earth was my favorite book out of the three.  I loved that they were finally off the ship and had to deal with the unknown on Centauri-Earth.  Also Amy and Elder work together instead of against each other.  I like them better together.

4. Unbroken by Rachel Caine
Unbroken is a great conclusion to Rachel Caine's Outcast series. The entire series is brilliantly action-packed and the only disappointing thing about Unbroken is that it is the last in the series. It is a romantic, edgy read! I love Urban Fantasy.

5. Hidden by Sophie Jordan
Hidden is just one of the most adorable conclusions to a young adult trilogy that I've ever read. Of course, the main character didn't end up with the guy that I wanted her to- but it is cute nonetheless. I was really sad to see these characters go and I think that's why I chose this one.

Worst Series Conclusions:
1. Reached
I really liked Matched, but I'm not sure what happened after that.  Reached seemed so far removed from where the series started.  There was so much they could have focused on, but instead we got a whole "race for the cure" plot that took up almost the whole book.  I wasn't a fan of the plot, but also I thought it took the series too far away from the beginning.

2. Girl of Nightmares
Girl of Nightmares was a book I was so excited for because I loved Anna Dressed in Blood.  In retrospect, I'm not sure a sequel was even necessary.  I think the whole weird secret society nonsense could have been avoided and the ending could have been tacked on to the ending of the first book.  It just had too much moping and silliness for me.

3. Requiem
Requiem, Requiem, Requiem.  Sigh.  The non-ending aside, I just couldn't get behind this book and it remains one of my biggest series end disappointments.  My main problem was how awful Lena is to Julian and how awful Alex is to everyone and how Julian needed to grow a backbone and tell Lena to stuff it.  Seriously.  What was that? 

4. Monsters by Ilsa J. Bick
Monsters... Oh, Monsters. I am so so disappointed about this. I had been looking forward to this book for so long and I LOVED Ashes, the first book. Then Shadows happened, and it wasn't bad, but it wasn't great. But I thought, there is no way that Bick will disappoint me with this conclusion. It is going to be long and epic. Oh, boy was it ever long, and that's about it. It is incredibly wordy and boring and just, it was a true struggle to make it through this book. I will recommend Ashes to EVERYONE, but then tell them to stop there. 

5. Daylighters by Rachel Caine
Daylighters is the 15th and last book in the Morganville vampire series. I really wouldn't have put it on this list if it wasn't for the very end of this book. I can't say what happens, because some people may get angry about that and it isn't released yet. But it was just so silly. A lot of fans may like it, but I thought it was absolutely ridiculous. Also, I realized while reading this book that Eve really had not changed or grown up and she annoyed me just as badly in book 15 as she did in book 1. At least Rachel Caine had a book make it on the "best" list above too though ;)


  1. Nice! You're the first one I've seen with SHADES OF EARTH on the best list. I have quite enjoyed the first two - I think because I read a similar series (not to be named) around the same time that I didn't particularly like, so it made Revis's series that much better for me. I've not read the last installment yet, though.

    INTO THE STILL BLUE is on my ereader and I'm so looking forward to it!

  2. I...have not read a single one of these books. Despite the fact that we have relatively similar tastes you've read so many books that I haven't!

    1. Actually this list was composed by me and Julia, the blog owner. There are a few on the list I haven't read either (Hidden, Monsters, Unbroken and Daylighters). :D

    2. Oh good I feel a little bit better now haha

  3. I think I'm one of the few people who didn't hate the ending to Requiem. I thought the open ending worked well with Oliver's themes of freedom and choice (but I can totally understand why others hated it!).

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    1. You know, I think I would be ok with the ending if I liked the rest of the book. Basically I just couldn't handle how the Lena/Alex/Julian love triangle was handled. It made me really upset. Not because I had alliances, but I just didn't like how it was played out.



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