It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish! This week’s topic:
Top Ten Best/Worst Series Enders!
The Most Disappointing…
REACHED (Matched #3) by Ally Condie: I actually DNFed this one. I really enjoyed MATCHED (about a 4 star rating) and I was super disappointed with the road that CROSSED turned and… I just couldn’t finish REACHED. REACHED was a BIG. BOOK. I think I made it over 100 pages in before deciding that I was so not enjoying it and I really didn’t want to struggle through 400 more pages. I didn’t like the romance/love triangle, the poems annoyed me, it was way too political (shush, I know dystopians are, but still), and the rest of the plot just wasn’t coming together for me.
[No review due to DNF]
THE DEATH CURE (The Maze Runner #3) by James Dashner: I was pretty much frustrated with this whole book. I didn’t like Teresa or Brenda and the ONE THING I wanted from the series didn’t happen: HIGHLIGHT FOR SPOILER —> Howwwwww does Thomas not get his memories back?!?! That was the most interesting part! That was WHY I was reading the series — I was dying to know. Le sigh. I tried to read the prequel, THE KILL ORDER, in the hopes that I’d find answers for what I didn’t get in TDC, but it really didn’t tie in to THE MAZE RUNNER much and I DNFed it after talking it out with other people who had read the book!
[The Death Cure Review]
It was the best of times… It was the worst of times…
(aka — Series enders I still enjoyed but were just missing a couple things)
MOCKINGJAY (The Hunger Games #3) by Suzanne Collins: When I first finished The Hunger Games Trilogy (I read them all in one weekend), I was really upset with how MOCKINGJAY ended. It just didn’t wrap things up enough for me and there wasn’t as much excitement since there had been a Hunger Games in books one AND two. I re-read it this year and appreciated it a lot more than my first go around, but even still, it’s my least favorite of the trilogy. I did bump it up one more star from my original review though!
REQUIEM (Delirium #3) by Lauren Oliver: I know so many readers were upset by the way REQUIEM ended, and admittedly, I was a little bit too. I’ve heard Lauren Oliver speak about it (and I read up on it as well) and she said she intentionally left it open because real life doesn’t get wrapped up nicely and I can totally respect that. Even still, I had hoped for just a tiiiny bit more closure. I feel like Lena wasn’t quite in the safe zone yet and for all I knew, she could have been killed the second after the book ended. I’m sure that didn’t happen, but that’s how I felt! I still really liked the book a lot, loved the split POV with Lena & Hana, and am always in awe of Lauren Oliver’s beautiful writing in that series, but just a tiny bit more wrap-up really would have helped my overall opinion!
SEVER (The Chemical Garden #3) by Lauren DeStefano: I feel like a lot of people were upset with the way the series ended and I guess I can see why, but I really enjoyed it. The only thing I was upset with, really, was the very end — once again, lack of answers — and I could have used a bit more romantic connection because the love triangle was totally one sided and then quickly flipped back. It felt abrupt after showing the one side for the whole book. I also REALLY wanted to know so much more about the titular Chemical Garden. We learn about it in this book but not quite enough to satisfy my curiosity.
HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS (Harry Potter #7) by J.K. Rowling: HEAR ME OUT. Of course I love this entire series and this entire book to death BUT. The epilogue was a bit cheesetastic for me. I totally appreciate that we get to see what happens when the trio’s kids go off to Hogwarts, but every single kid was named after someone and it felt soooo cheesy. I really did appreciate it, especially for closure and inspiring spin-offs and fanfic (which I actually haven’t read but I’m kind of curious!) but that epilogue just felt like a little too much, in parts.
JUST ONE YEAR (Just One Day #2) by Gayle Forman: I absolutely loved everything about it… Until the very end. That’s not to say that I didn’t enjoy the book but that ending just really took me by surprise and I was actually angry for a couple of hours before I calmed down. This book really meant a lot to me so how it was wrapped up was sort of how I felt about REQUIEM, except I think I was way more upset with this. I think I had expect to just die like I did with WHERE SHE WENT so it was a bit hard on me!
[Review to come soon!]
The Grandest of Finales…
WHERE SHE WENT (If I Stay #1) by Gayle Forman: When I thought it couldn’t get any better then IF I STAY and the couplet followed up with WHERE SHE WENT… even as a re-read… I died. WHERE SHE WENT was so emotional and I LOVE ADAM. It was the perfect ending and I could not ask for more.
[Where She Went Review] // [Where She Went Re-Read Review]
BREAKING DAWN (Twilight #4) by Stephenie Meyer: Yes, I loved TWILIGHT. Yes, I loved BREAKING DAWN. Um, HI, we get to hear the vampire side of things. That’s what I wanted the whole series!!!! The transformation, the feelings, the powers. Hell yeah! Things got a little weird with Renesme but I was willing to look past that! Everything ended the way it should have and I felt like it was nicely wrapped up!
I KNOW THESE WILL BE AMAZING WHEN THEY END
RUIN AND RISING (Grisha Trilogy #3) by Leigh Bardugo: Because Leigh Bardugo is fantastic and the Grisha are fantastic and fantastical things will happen in book three! She doesn’t shy away from making Alina both light and dark and I am SO interested to see what kind of epic battle takes place in the last book!