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!


MeezCarrie said...

I LOVED the Scoundrels series by Sarah MacLean!!!! So glad you're gonna go back and read the rest of them! My TTT

Ely @ Tea & Titles said...

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.

My list

3goodrats said...

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 :)

Veronika @ Wordy and Whimsical said...

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. :)