Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Top Ten Series I Haven't Finished
Top Ten Tuesdays are hosted at The Broke and the Bookish. This week is a freebie, so I'm doing the topic from last week, which I somehow missed. Here's a list of ten series I started but didn't finish. They are primarily young adult or romance.
1. Gemma Doyle by Libba Bray. I read A Great and Terrible Beauty and LOVED it, and then I loved Rebel Angels, and then I had to wait for the third book. When The Sweet Far Thing came out enough time had passed that I thought I might like to wait until I had time to re-read the first two because I didn't remember much about them. That was in 2007. I still keep thinking about it.
2. Maddaddam by Margaret Atwood. This is another oldie. I read Oryx and Crake so long ago I keep doubting that it actually happened. It did though, and I still haven't read the follow-ups.
3. Katarina by Robin Bridges. Although I wasn't blown away by The Gathering Storm, it had such a great setting and atmosphere - 19th century St. Petersburg, Russia - and I keep finding myself thinking of it. I actually grabbed the second volume, The Unfailing Light, in anticipation of my trip to Russia earlier this summer, but didn't take it with me because it was a hardcover.
4. His Fair Assassin by Robin LaFevers. I listened to the audio version of Grave Mercy a couple of years ago, and I predicted that I wouldn't continue the series. Still, every time I see one of these books on the library shelves I wish my reading time was a bit more infinite. I mean, come on: assassin nuns!
5. Stoker & Holmes by Colleen Gleason. My work book group read The Clockwork Scarab, which is a steampunk mystery starring teenage girls who are relatives of Bram Stoker and Sherlock Holmes. I didn't love it, but I did like it and I thought the premise and characters had really good potential. Indeed it appears that the second book had a much higher rating on Goodreads.
6. Experiment in Terror by Karina Halle. I feel a little weird even mentioning this because Darkhouse was a self-published Kindle book and the writing was so clunky. BUT. Halle really does know how to tell a story, and also it was pretty creepy which I appreciate. I just thought she got so many things right and had great potential and all she needed was some editorial help to clean things up a little.
7. Texas Trilogy by Lorraine Heath. So a while back I read this romance novel from the 90s about a cowboy - it was kind of a Western? Anyhow, I was pretty surprised at how much I liked Texas Destiny, which was a pretty great adventure/romance. I keep meaning to read the others, but I just don't read romance very often.
8. Smythe-Smith Quartet by Julia Quinn. Another romance series I haven't finished because I devote so little time to the genre. In fact I think Just Like Heaven was my first foray into romance, and it was just not what I expected. The funny, plucky heroines were a nice surprise and I really loved the Regency setting. I've also enjoyed A Night Like This and Sum of All Kisses and I know there's at least one more in the series.
9. The Rules of Scoundrels by Sarah MacLean. I started with the fourth one (you can do that in romance) and read it primarily because it is called Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover and it's a historical with a lady wearing pants on the cover. It was very smart for a romance and I grabbed another from the series at the library book sale, though I haven't read it yet.
10. Dublin Murder Squad by Tana French. I keep bringing this up, it seems, yet I still haven't managed to read any from this series except The Likeness. It was SO good, and partly I am just afraid the others will be disappointing in comparison. I will read them though.
Do you have any series that you've started and not finished? Tell me about them in the comments!
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I LOVED the Scoundrels series by Sarah MacLean!!!! So glad you're gonna go back and read the rest of them! My TTT
I haven't finished the Gemma Doyle trilogy either! I'm kind of half in your shoes. It hasn't been as long but it's been at least a year of two since I read Rebel Angels. Also, that last book is huge.
I'm glad to hear that the rest of the Scoundrels series is also really good! As for the Gemma Doyle, I think the size of the final book was also a factor :)
I think you should definitely think about reading The Sweet Far Thing. It was a great conclusion, even though I wasn't completely satisfied with how Bray ended things. At least she answered any questions the readers might had.
Hope you'll get around reading at least some of these series. :)
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