After reading Lori’s Series Shame on Pure Imagination, I knew I had to let her know that she wasn’t alone. Thus, my own post about the unfinished series I’m most ashamed to admit I’m currently in the middle of, and have been for a while…
I’m also going to comment on how hard it was to narrow down my list. Apparently I’m in the middle of
countless numerous unfinished series!
Unfinished Series Where I Read and Loved the 1st Book
Stormdancer was a 4-star review for me when I first read it, back in 2012. Here’s an excerpt from my review:
Stormdancer has everything: a strong female protagonist, mythical beasts, Japanese Steampunk!, civil unrest, adventure, love, loss, betrayal. While I found it started off slow, it quickly picked up the pace and took me on a journey I won’t soon forget!
Why didn’t I continue with Kinslayer then? I honestly have no idea! I remember being excited for the cover reveal, but that’s about it!
A 5-star review in 2012, I loved Splintered!
Absolutely gripping from start to finish, Howard has woven a whimsical and magical tale that has left me both thrilled and enchanted! Splintered’s evocative imagery brought Wonderland and its inhabitants to life, lyrical prose had me dancing along its pages, while complex characterization gave the story depth and meaning.
I’m a sucker for retellings anyway, but an Alice in Wonderland retelling? There was no way I wasn’t going to be enamoured as long as Howard could capture the impermanence of Wonderland – which (I felt) she did with ease. So why has Unhinged sat unread for years? Yes, you read that right: I already OWN the next book in this series and it’s STILL unfinished!
Finally a series I can say I’ve made some progress with recently! A 5-star review for the feels, but a 4-star review upon reflection, These Broken Stars has stuck with me since my initial review in 2014:
I absolutely loved These Broken Stars! With witty and spirited characters, a romance that developed organically and the mystery of a foreign planet, I was in suspense for most of its 374 pages.
Read toward the end of my initial blogging career, These Broken Stars was a breath of fresh air. Despite really enjoying it however, I didn’t pick up the sequel until very recently. After I retired from blogging in late 2014, I stopped reading for a long time. Since I wasn’t as involved in new releases, they fell off my radar. So when I stumbled on This Shattered World, I was surprises to realize These Broken Stars wasn’t a standalone! It’s next up on my TBR 🙂
Unfinished Series Where I Read and Loved the First Two Books
A fan of Kagawa’s Iron Fey Series, I picked up The Immortal Rules as soon as it came out in 2012.
The Immortal Rules is unapologetically dark and unflinching. A story about survival, where everyone is fighting for some semblance of an existence. The characters are constantly living within a cloud of despair, but for those strong enough, the despair isn’t enough to vanquish their hope for something better then merely existing. The world-building is outstandingly original and compelling, and the characters are surprising in both their resilience and fragility.
I enjoyed it so much that when the sequel was released in 2013, I had it finished within days of it being released. While I wasn’t as in love with The Eternity Cure, I was still excited to see how everything panned out for Allie and Jackal. Fast-forward 4 years though, and here I am, with yet another unfinished series under my belt.
Eve is one of those series where my heart is at odds with my head. My heart is telling me that I loved Eve and can’t understand why I didn’t finish the series. My head, however, is reminding me of the issues that nagged at me while I was reading.
If I had written this review immediately after finishing Eve, it would have been filled with paragraphs of me gushing. Gushing about Eve, the people she met along her journey of self-discovery, and an ending that had me on the verge of tears.
Released in 2011, I didn’t actually pick up Eve until 2013. And even though Once was available by the time I finished Eve, I didn’t read it until 2014. Who knows, maybe 2017 is Rise’s year!
I think the real reason I haven’t finished this series is because I’m not ready to say goodbye to the Darkling.
While reading I felt frustrated, angry, hopeful, heartbroken and days later, I’m still thinking about Shadow and Bone and how it elicited those feelings from me.
I own Ruin and Rising. I’ve picked it up, I’ve cracked open the cover. And I’ve set it down and walked away. How do you say goodbye to one of your favourite
antihero villains ever?
Do you have any series you’re ashamed to have sitting unfinished?