This week’s Top 10 is Best/Worst series enders. I’m not going to say that books were the worst, at least not here, so I’ll change this ever so slightly so it’s the Top 5 Series Enders I Wasn’t So Fond Of, and the Top 5 Series Enders I Absolutely Loved.
So I wasn’t quite so fond of…
Mockingjay (Hunger Games #3) by Suzanne Collins. I’m going to admit, and I may be in the minority here, that Catching Fire was my favorite. And if I listen to it at night, it still gives me the willies.
Breaking Dawn (Twilight Saga #4) by Stephanie Meyer. Again, this may make me unpopular, but that’s okay. I though there was all this build up to a battle, just to have no battle. So I was disappointed. A friend of mine said that it was awesome because she managed to defeat the Volturi with no deaths on either side, which is commendable, but still.
The Raven (Skeleton Creek #4) by Patrick Carman. The first two books in the series, Skeleton Creek and The Ghost in the Machine were scary. Well, they sufficiently put me off reading before bed. But the farther along the series went, the less anticipation I felt for the accompanying videos.
The Sweet Far Thing (Gemma Doyle #3) by Libba Bray. I was with it through A Great and Terrible Beauty and Rebel Angels, but I think I took too long to get to this one and it didn’t speak to me like the other two did. Not sure why, but it didn’t. That doesn’t mean it’s bad… I just felt like it went on too long.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling. I know I’m going to be unpopular for this one, and that’s okay. It’s closest to the ones I love, so I feel like that makes it a little better. Really, the placement here has more to do with the closing of a world that I love inhabiting than anything else. I hate it because it’s over. That’s all. Harry being a horcrux was a little too convenient for me (especially if there’s some sort of ritual involved in making a horcrux — could you say that he was an unintentional horcrux, made without the ritual because Voldemort was super vulnerable? I’m not sure I’d believe that one).
And I absolutely loved…
Where She Went (If I Stay #2) by Gayle Forman. I don’t know if you’d really call this a series ender, as there were only two books, but I loved Where She Went even more than If I Stay, and I didn’t know that was possible. Which is code for I’m so excited for Just One Year, the sequel to Forman’s Just One Day. And it’ll be out on the 10th.
Monsters of Men (Chaos Walking #3) by Patrick Ness. So I’m thinking I already see a trend here. And maybe this is an excuse to promote authors whose writing I fell in love with. So yes, I loved Monsters of Men. And the entire Chaos Walking series. And I’m pretty certain that I’m going to love Ness’s new book, More Than This, which is on my shelf and will be read at some point this month.
The Enchantress (Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel #6) by Michael Scott. I cannot tell you how complicated this series is. Time travel. Gods from multiple mythologies. People who aren’t who they say they are. Lots and lots of running (the characters in this series could give The Doctor a run for his money). But The Enchantress tied loose ends up nicely, and I loved how the story came together.
Bitterblue (Graceling Realm #3) by Kristin Cashore. OMG (and I do not use language like this lightly). I fell in love with Katsa in Graceling. Then I was resistant to read Fire because I’m not usually a fan of companion books that take on different characters. But I loved Fire, too. And Bitterblue? Bittersweet. And that’s all I can say about that.
Everfound (The Skinjacker Trilogy) by Neal Shusterman. It’s not even that I have two signed copies (that happened because of an oversight on my part). It’s because of cleverness. Oh, the cleverness. And that’s all I can really say about that… except what on earth is a “dystology“? And through how many books is Shusterman going to torture his poor readers before there is a resolution in the Unwind story? (BTW, UnSouled comes out on the 15th. Have you started this series yet? You should.)