Friday, January 26, 2018

Series I loved, but randomly stopped reading

I love a good series! In fact, I read WAY more series than standalone books. I just love the vast worlds and story arcs that come with a three or four book series and often feel let down when a story only lasts 300 pages total. But sometimes when I browse my shelves I find books that I'd kind of forgotten were there... Books I just pass right over when I'm looking for something to read. I'm not talking about series that had unenjoyable first installments! Today I'm talking about those series (and we all have them!) that you just put on the back burner and completely forget about. Here are five series I started reading, really enjoyed, and randomly never finished.

Winterkill by Kate A. Boorman
(Reviews for book 1 & book 2)

I spotted Winterkill one fateful afternoon on Netgalley and was immediately pulled in by the weird, vague setting and dystopian plot. I read the first book and was totally hooked on the story! I also got an ARC of the second book, Darkthaw. While I enjoyed it, I did find some faults with the book, which certainly isn't unusual for a second book. Despite enjoying the series overall, I never have gotten around to reading Heartfire, the final book. I do really want to know what happens! I've just never found the time or motivation to find out.

Razorland by Ann Aguirre

The Razorland Trilogy (now Series) was one of the first YA series I ever read, which is exactly why I never reviewed them on this blog. I blew through the first three books in a week or two and found them totally engrossing. They were part of the reason I found myself loving survival and dystopian books! When Vanguard came out I was a little excited, but also confused about why it had been released after the series had been over for so long. Ultimately, I didn't pick it up on release and still haven't had the chance to read it. I am curious to know where the series could go after its ending, but it just hasn't been at the top of my list.

Dark-Hunter Series by Sherrilyn Kenyon

This is another series that I started reading before I blogged. I made it to book 15 before wandering away, but I'm still incredibly curious about where the series has gone! One reason I've stopped reading this series is because there are just SO MANY BOOKS! Not only are the Dark Hunter books never ending, but now there are Dream Hunters, Were Hunters, and Hellchasers tied in. It's honestly a little intimidating! Not to mention, Acheron was the last full-length Dark Hunter book I read and it was a masterpiece! I think I'm subconsciously afraid nothing else in the series can live up to it (although ratings say Styxx comes close). I do hope to one day get back to it, but I haven't read any Dark Hunter books since 2014. :/

The Young Elites by Marie Lu
(Review for The Young Elites)

It was inevitable, being a part of the YA blogging community, that I would get on the Marie Lu hype train at some point. I started with The Young Elites and really liked it, then I read The Rose Society and REALLY liked it, then I... never reviewed it. And never read The Midnight Star. I don't have any idea why other than the fact that, even though I loved The Rose Society while I was reading it, I never felt much of a desire to see what happened next. I don't know how to explain it, but there you go. I'm sure I'll finish this series at some point, especially since I own it. For now it remains one that I constantly browse past when I'm looking for my next read.

Wayward Pines by Blake Crouch
(Review for Wayward Pines)

Last but not least is Wayward Pines, a series that captured my attention and still crosses my mind regularly. This is seriously a series that stays with you! But again, I read and reviewed book one, read and loved book two, but never reviewed it. I even started reading book three but never finished it! I honestly felt that the series was perfect at the end of book one. Book two was interesting, but not nearly as much as Pines. The Last Town seems interesting, but I wasn't sure at the time that it was necessary. Looking at the ratings now, this is probably the series I'm most likely to finish in the near future.

Have you finished any of these? Am I missing anything amazing?
What series have you started but never completed?
Let me know in the comments!