Top Ten Tuesday | Series We’ve Given Up On / Don’t Plan to Finish

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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.

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  • Each Tuesday, Jana assigns a new topic. Create your own Top Ten list that fits that topic – putting your unique spin on it if you want.
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10 Series We’ve Given Up On/Don’t Plan to Finish


  1. The Bone Season – Samantha Shannon

We tried. We really did, but we couldn’t finish The Song Rising. This series seems to be a love it or hate it and while we certainly didn’t hate it, we put it down and said NOPE. It was too slow-paced and we couldn’t sit back and watch Paige make yet another dumb decision.


  1. Queen’s Rising – Rebecca Ross

This book was a little too ridiculous for us. We thought the writing was good and the heroine was great but we could not get behind the insta-dad yo-yo games and 0-60 love story. It was a good book but not worth investing time in the next books in the series.


  1. The Selection – Kiera Cass

The first 3 books in this series were solid. They were quick and easy reads that hooked us. Sure, they weren’t the next great American novel but they were good. The Heir, however was garbage and we couldn’t even go near The Crown. Cass should’ve ended it with The One and left a good thing alone.


  1. Darkness of Light – Stacey Marie Brown

This was just a giant hot mess. While we appreciated the idea of the book, the execution was not there for us. It felt like we were jumping around constantly and we couldn’t deal with the abusive relationship happening.


  1. Rush Duet – Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward

Despite our love and respect for Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward the first book in this duet, Rebel Heir, was too much for us. The plot twists were predictable and ridiculous plus it contained some weird kink that made us cringe.


  1. Vampire Academy

I read the first five books no problem, but when it came to number six I just had to take a step back. Now it’s been so long since I read them that I can’t remember what happened to put her in that position. I really don’t want to sit and read the first five all over again.


  1. Cinder

Unpopular opinion I know, but I didn’t like Cinder. It wasn’t engaging to me or interesting at all. I read it a few years ago so maybe my opinion would be different by now, but I’m not willing to read it again to find out.


  1.  Written in Red – Others Series

This was a super intriguing book and both of us started reading the second one, but there is still this awkward tension and no romance to speak of. I’m not saying I have to have romance to like a book, but we need something in a six book series other than uncomfortable tension.


  1.  Red Rising – Pierce Brown

I’m a huge fan of the original Red Rising trilogy but I truly hate when a series “ends” then suddenly come back to life. I’m dubbing this experience “zombie books” because I cannot stand this trend. So, I won’t be giving Iron Gold or the next books in the series a read.


  1. House of Night – P.C. and Kristin Cast

I read this series in high school, which was basically 5,000 years ago, and I’m not even remotely sure what happened in the last book I read. I felt like this series was never going to end and bad things just kept happening for shock value.

What series have you given up on? Let us know in the comments.

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51 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday | Series We’ve Given Up On / Don’t Plan to Finish

  1. Ugh, could not agree anymore on The Selection. They should have kept it a trilogy, but no. They just had to make a fourth with Eadlyn who’s THE WORST. And I somehow missed The Vampire Academy boat?? I’ve always been kind of curious about them, but idk if I have the energy to actually read them. Lol.

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      1. I get it I get it! A lot of people were upset of the ending of their “love” story. For me it was what was unsaid more than what was said if that makes sense.

        I loved Lake Silence but it looks like she set that one up as a *cough* slow burn as well lol 😂

        I’m convinced Anne Bishop has something personal going on cause every main female character was somehow oppressed by a male character in the past, thus preventing love from really happening. But I digress… *talks about it for a million hours*

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      2. Oh god I should look up spoilers but it will make me mad so I can’t! I wouldn’t be surprised if Bishop had some personal issues she was working through because the crap her characters go through are disturbing! I could barely make it through some parts of Written in Red!

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  2. I only read the Red Rising from your list but i did like it. That said, i still haven’t moved onto book 2. Hehe. But i will…

    I don’t know the rest, but i have Bone Season and i thought it sounded pretty good. I might still not like it when i eventually read it.

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    1. Bone Season is great – its the books after it that are not our favorite! Though some people really love it. I’d say try it out and see where you fall on the spectrum of feels.

      You definitely need to continue on with Red Rising it gets soooo good!

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  3. As many have said, I could not agree more with your Selection argument. I really enjoyed the original trilogy but the add ons were like watching a dumpster fire. I’m not sure why I subjected myself to it because it yielded very little entertainment. I’m bummed to hear about Rebel Heir. I have that sitting on my Kindle app currently. Oh well!

    Thanks for the follow btw!

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  4. It’s awful when books get tacked on to a series that had ended smh. The Selection is my guilty pleasure lol. The last two books are trash though. I really liked Cinder and the rest of the series. Admittedly, it did take me a while to get into.

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  5. I didn’t like Cinder either, but I really enjoyed the rest of the series. I find I get really frustrated when I don’t like the main character, but thankfully each book in that series is narrated by someone else, so yay. 😛

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  6. Ooh I’ve only read the first 2 books in The Bone Season series but for now I’m not continuing because there are going to be 7 books or something. Ooh I adore Cinder and Red Rising! I’ve only read the first book in the Red Rising series so I’m excited to continue.

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    1. Yeah, Bone Season is going to be a long one… The second and third Red Rising books are awesome and totally worth continuing with! It’s the new books after the original trilogy that I’m not wild about. We’re thinking we might need to give the second Cinder book a try!


  7. Even if you didn’t like Cinder I would really recommend continuing with the series because the books get so good! The first time I ever picked up Cinder I had trouble getting into it as well, but then a couple years later I tried again and I loved it, and then I read the series and it became one of my absolute favorites. Plus if you haven’t read Cress, you’re really missing out on Carswell Thorne 😉

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