Good afternoon and welcome back to Top 5 Tuesdays! I’m going completely against the grain here and throwing this up on a Wednesday since yesterday was the first of May and I had so many updates to give to y’all. As always, we’re hosted by the wonderful Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm, who has had a lot of unpopular opinions lately. This is the first of the May topics and I’m hoping that I’ll be able to get all of them done. I’m thinking that, as a way to contribute to my word count, I might end up working on old T5T topics and making them throwback Thursdays, because I know I missed so many of them during the school year (apologies in advance for blowing up your notifications, Shanah).
Anyway. I’m sure we all have the series that we’ve seen, thought they were interesting, and then bought and read the first one only to be sorely disappointed. Without further ado, here’s what I’ve got…
Can I just say how much I absolutely hated the main character in the first novel? The girl? Whose name I can’t even remember now because I have tried my hardest to shut everything out of my mind and make it like it never even existed? If you want to read my original review, you can do so here.
I enjoyed the antagonist, but the two protagonists were just a nightmare. I’ve heard that they don’t make a return in the subsequent books, but I just honestly cannot bring myself to finish this series, even if that’s the case.
This is a series I was majorly into during middle school, when my aunt gave me the second book for Christmas. I was confused at first, finished it, and then realized it was part of a series. I immediately went and found the first novel for myself. The first one, if you’re interested is Kiki Strike: Inside the Shadow City. It’s interesting, full of kick-butt girl power, but after waiting so long for the third one to come out, I sort of gave up.
I realized while browsing GoodReads a few months ago for another list that the third book had been released. I also realized they had redesigned the entire series jackets, and as such, if I were to buy the third one, it would not match my first two. Plus, they were ugly redesigns. I read a few reviews, and they were absolutely disheartening, mostly about how the author seemed to have gotten bored with her characters and tried to go for as quick of a finish as possible. That’s not what you want to do when people have been patiently waiting for so many years! I feel like if I were to read this book, I would just be disappointed in what I read, so it’s just going to be shelved for now.
I was contracted to read this as a beta reader/advance reader, and I ended up giving it just two stars, and that was being nice. The book was full of clichés and bad imagery (you can read my whole review here), and I knew that, while it might be interesting to see what was going to happen later, I knew that I would most likely be disappointed. Not to mention, there’s no clue as to when the rest of them would come out.
Zombies, I feel, are over and done with. Once Pride and Prejudice and Zombies came out, it was pretty obvious that the zombie genre had reached its peak, and Welcome to Romero Park was like a watered down version of the twisted take on the Jane Austen classic.
When I was in middle school, I discovered the Warriors series by Erin Hunter. I thought it was the most amazing thing ever. An entire series of books based on warrior cats? It was great! Sure, it was sad when the cats died, but for the most part, the books were really good.
Then she kept writing them.
By the third series, I just couldn’t bring myself to read them anymore. I’ve got maybe 2 books left in the Power of Three series (which I had spoiled for me, so double the I can’t read this feeling!), and I have a few of the Super Editions as well (I really want to read Bluestar’s Prophecy though, because Bluestar was one of my favorite original cats). I guess I just didn’t like the focus being drawn away from Firestar and ThunderClan. They were my babies and it just got too complicated.
Honestly, when I read Life as We Knew It, I had no idea it was going to be a series. I don’t think the original author did, either. But soon, The Dead and the Gone and This World We Live In came out, and I think there’s even a fourth one out now. I read the first book and enjoyed it (you only have to look at the spine to see how much!) because it was different. It was the first post-apocalyptic novel I had read, and it was done in the form of a diary. I picked it up at a Scholastic Book Fair, back when schools still held them (do they still hold them??) and thought it was incredible.
I think she should have stopped with the first book. Don’t get me wrong, the next two books are great (except she [SPOILER] kills the cat in the third one [END SPOILER]), but it just becomes a little too dramatic for me. I liked the ending of the first one. It left the reader with hope that things were going to get better, that things were about to become so much better for the main characters, after all of the heartache and loss that had occurred throughout the novel. It left it open for reader interpretation. The rest of the books just derailed that expectation. (It’s very similar to how I feel about Inkheart by Cornelia Funke.)
So that’s what it all boils down to: me not being able to finish a series because it was either spoiled, the last book has terrible reviews, or the first book was so bad I cringe at the thought of attempting to read another. (I think my eyes would roll out of my head.)
Have you read any of the books on this list? Can you change my mind? Let me know in the comments!
And as always, keep reading.
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