Top Ten Tuesday: Series I’ve Given Up On/Don’t Plan to Finish

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, is: Series I’ve Given Up On/Don’t Plan to Finish.

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1. Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard. I read the first 9 books in this series before I just couldn’t take it anymore.

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2. The Shopaholic series by Sophie Kinsella. I read the first 6 books. I read it back before I started writing reviews, so I don’t remember what my thoughts on book #6 were, but I did only give it 1 star.

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3. Eve by Anna Carey. I remember liking the first book alright, but I was just never interested enough to pick up the next book in the series.

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4. Pure by Julianna Baggott. I remember being very excited for this series and I think this one of the first ebooks I ever bought, but it was another one I just was never inspired to read the sequel for.

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5. Partials Sequence by Dan Wells. I read the first two books in this series and kind of lost interest in it. Technically the last book is still on my TBR, but I highly doubt I’ll ever get to it.

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6. The Hallowed Ones by Laura Bickle. I was so excited for a genre mashup of Amish and vampires, but this just fell pretty short of my expectations. Still, I think I actually started the second book once, but couldn’t get into it.

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7. Starbound series by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner. Like everyone else at the time, I was so excited for this series. I blame the stunning cover. It ended up being way too sci-fi for my tastes at the time and although I planned on picking up the second book, it just never happened.

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8. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken. Another book I bought and later regretted. It seemed like I saw nothing but good things about this book and it did not live up to my expectations and I never bothered with the rest of the series. I actually just noticed there’s a 4th book in this series publishing next month.

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9. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. This didn’t come close to living up to the hype. I did like the ending, though, and planned on continuing the series, but after all the mixed reviews of the second book I kept putting it off and I really don’t think I’ll every pick it back up.

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10. Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh. I had such high expectations of this book and it just was not my cup of tea at all. This series fell so far off my radar that I didn’t even realize the second book was published until I came across a review recently (and it’s still the only review I’ve seen on it).

Have you read any of these series? Did you finish/are still reading, or have you given up on them, too?

Pure (Covenant #2) by Jennifer Armentrout – 3 stars (out of 5)

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Synopsis from Good Reads:

There is need. And then there is Fate.

Being destined to become some kind of supernatural electrical outlet isn’t exactly awesome–especially when Alexandria’s “other half” is everywhere she goes. Seth’s in her training room, outside her classes, and keeps showing up in her bedroom–so not cool. Their connection does have some benefits, like staving off her nightmares of the tragic showdown with her mother, but it has no effect on what Alex feels for the forbidden, pure-blooded Aiden. Or what he will do–and sacrifice–for her. When daimons infiltrate the Covenants and attack students, the gods send furies–lesser gods determined to eradicate any threat to the Covenants and to the gods, and that includes the Apollyon–and Alex. And if that and hordes of aether-sucking monsters didn’t blow bad enough, a mysterious threat seems willing to do anything to neutralize Seth, even if that means forcing Alex into servitude–or killing her. When the gods are involved, some decisions can never, ever be undone.

MY THOUGHTS *THERE WILL BE SPOILERS*

-I think that I liked this book a little more than the previous book and I’m pretty sure the reason is More Seth!! I love his sarcastic banter with Alex and the times when he’s actually serious with her, too. However, he’s kind of shady about some things and I don’t have good feelings about where it’s all going. I know that this series is now fully published and it’s been announced that Seth is getting his own spin-off series, so it’s pretty obvious that Seth and Alex don’t end up together. But I’m still hopelessly, foolishly Team Seth.

Lux alert! At one point in time Alex tells Seth she doesn’t know if he likes her or if it’s just their connection. I had flashbacks to Daemon and Katie in Onyx. 

-Even though I’m all about Seth, I feel like Aiden and Alex make a little more sense in this book than they did in Half-Blood. They don’t have a lot of time together, but the moments they have are sweet. It’s a little annoying that Alex believes him when he tells her he doesn’t have feelings for her like that, when he obviously does and is obviously just trying to protect her. We find out at a council session what happens when Pure-Bloods and Half-Bloods try to have a relationship and it’s definitely not pretty.

-RIP Caleb!!! I was so mad when he was killed by a daimon. I really liked his character and he was Alex’s only real friend. I’m interested to see who steps in to the best friend role in the next books.

-There’s a lot of time spent at Council and we get to see some of the politics. The Head Minister is super old school and thinks all half-bloods are worthless. He wants to see Alex put into servitude or killed off so she can never become the second Apollyon. There are a couple of attempts on Alex’s life that we never find out (yet) who’s responsible for, but it’s a good guess that it’s the Head Minister and his minions.

-There’s a lot of action towards the end of the book. There’s a daimon attack at the covenant where the council is being held and the furies are let loose to help destroy them – and Alex. I’m usually not a big fan of a lot of action, but I felt it was described pretty well here, with enough interaction between the characters to keep it from getting too overwhelming.

-Overall, I enjoyed Pure. I really liked the character development of Seth, though there’s still so much I want to know about him. I felt like it did a pretty good job of moving the plot along and focusing on character development and did not fall prey to the Second Book Curse. I look forward to reading the next book in the series.

Monday’s Minutes

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Monday’s Minutes is my weekly post where I share what I’m reading and what I’m reading next.

WHAT I’M READING

Half-Blood (Covenant, #1)

Half-Blood by Jennifer Armentrout. We all know how much I love Armentrout’s Lux series and I’ve heard lots of good things about this series so I finally decided to start it. There’s a lot of similarities to The Vampire Academy. Like, a lot.  Except instead of vampires it’s Greek mythology. But so far I’m enjoying it.

WHAT I’M READING NEXT

Pure (Covenant, #2)

Pure, book 2 in the Covenant series. Because once I start a series I have to finish it. Thankfully this time I picked a series that’s entirely done so none of that pesky waiting for the next installment.

What are you reading?