Bonjourno everybody! We made it to another Friday. This week for my #FiveOnFriday, I will be listing 5 series I started, but probably won’t finish.
First, the ACOTAR series by Sarah J. Maas. I CANNOT believe how many people love this series. For this reason, I MAY read the rest of the books someday. After finishing the first book, I realized I CANNOT stand Feyre. I think she’s whiny and indecisive. I don’t think she’s brave, I think she is stubborn in a negative way. I’ve also very much started disliking the “prisoner falls in love with their captive” trope. I finished the first book specifically so I could have the right to b*tch about it. I can’t even say how badass she was during the trials because she literally had help with every single one. I don’t know if this book just caught me on an off day (week?), but my dislike of Feyre is so strong, I don’t even want to waste my time with the second book (or the rest). I HAVE heard the other books are much better, so MAYBE I’ll try them, but probably not anytime soon.
Next, is The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini. I read Eragon and I just didn’t like it. I don’t know if I’m just too old to relate to the protagonist? I thought Eragon was a little full of himself and I believe at one point he basically threw a tantrum? (If I remember correctly) I enjoyed the general story overall and rated the book 3 stars. The world building was decent and I liked the adventure aspect. With all the books out there in the world, I just didn’t feel the series was worth pursuing.
Another series I probably won’t finish is Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart. As a feminist, I just don’t have it in me to deal with most patriarchal fictional worlds. I enjoyed most of the story from Serina’s perspective in prison. I understand the direction of the story and why a lot of things happened the way they did. It’s just, once again, there are so many more books that I think I would enjoy more.
One more series I won’t continue or finish is the Women’s Murder Club by James Patterson (probably). I recently read an article that stated that James Patterson doesn’t even write most of his books anymore. (This isn’t the article I read, but basically says the same thing. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/booknews/10711191/James-Patterson-how-the-bestseller-factory-works.html)
Every single one of Patterson’s books that I’ve picked up I feel are just poor quality. Whether because it was hastily written, or he has someone else write them, or because he just knows if his name is on it, it’ll sell. My mom and I classify these types of books as “easy reads”. This description is for Mass Market paperbacks that you can pick up and read in an afternoon without putting too much thought into what you’re reading. Some people are into that. There are other series by other authors that I can classify as an “easy read”, but I just feel they do it better.
Last, I won’t be finish the Red Rising series by Pierce Brown. I actually really enjoyed the first three book of this series, I just felt it ended well in the third book. Naturally, there were just so many other books on my TBR, that I just didn’t feel the need to continue. Maybe someday I’ll get the urge to read them all from the beginning and just continue with the rest of the books. For now, I’m just trying to reduce my TBR list. If you enjoy sci-fi and/or dystopian novels, I do recommend this series.
Well, that is all for this week. I realize there are going to be many people that don’t agree with me for some of these opinions. Thank you for reading my blog anyway.