YA Series that Made Me Quit Dystopia Genre

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No bad blood, just honesty,
I used to love these books, wholeheartedly.
After jaw dropping first books,
followed by ‘okay’ second books,
series finale always give me
a disappointed look.

Instead of ranting, let’s now reveal
the series with great beginnings,
and disappointing endings
that made me quit reading
YA dystopia genre.

Hunger Games Series by Suzanne CollinsThe Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)

The Hunger Games Trilogy Boxset (The Hunger Games, #1-3)

I do love the first and second book but I don’t like the ending.

Divergent Series by Veronica RothDivergent (Divergent, #1)Insurgent (Divergent, #2)Allegiant (Divergent, #3)

Like Hunger Games, the first and second book are great. BUT the ending is just soooo heartbreaking. -_-

Uglies Series by Scott Westerfeld : Uglies (Uglies, #1)Pretties (Uglies, #2)Specials (Uglies, #3)Extras (Uglies, #4)

I read the first book and the DNF-ed the second book. I quit the entire series because I don’t like the characters, especially Tally.

The Selection Series by Kiera CassThe Selection (The Selection, #1)The Elite (The Selection, #2)The One (The Selection, #3)The Heir (The Selection, #4) and The Crown (The Selection, #5).

I LOVE, still love, the first three books but not the fourth one, because of Eadlyn, but I will still read The Crown. 😀

Shatter Me Series by Tahereh MafiShatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)Unravel Me (Shatter Me, #2)Ignite Me (Shatter Me, #3)

The first book is awesome, then the second is okay then the third… -_-

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In response to The Broke and the Bookish‘s Top Ten Tuesday today:

May 24:  Ten Books I Feel Differently About After Time Has Passed (less love, more love, complicated feelings, indifference, thought it was great in a genre until you became more well read in that genre etc.)

P.S. Do you agree or disagree with me? Either, please let me know. 🙂

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Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Finished Series I Have YET to Finish

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It takes a lot of interest and patience to be able to finish a book series. – rosemawrites

I know a lot will agree with me on that. Unless you are really so engrossed with a book, you will not be able to finish a whole series.

Today’s The Broke and the Bookish Top Ten Tuesday is related to these thoughts.

September 8:  Ten Finished Series I Have YET to Finish (topic first done in 2012)

I have some ‘abandoned’ book series and I also have some unfinished sequels because there are just a loooot of ’em. (I’m talking about James Patterson’s.)

I am not sure if I can supply 10 unfinished series, so I consulted my ever-reliable Goodreads account.

So here’s the result:

1. Triple Threat Series by Lis Wiehl and April Henry

Triple Threat

READ: Face of Betrayal (Triple Threat, #1)Hand of Fate (Triple Threat, #2) and Heart of Ice (Triple Threat, #3)

Eyes of Justice (Triple Threat, #4)

TO BE READ: Eyes of Justice (Triple Threat, #4)

I enjoyed this murder mystery series and the only reason I was not able to finish this yet, is because I am wrapping up my 2015 Reading Challenge. 🙂

2. East Salem Series by Lis Wiehl and Pete Nelson

East Salem

READ: Waking Hours (East Salem, #1) and Darkness Rising (East Salem, #2)

Fatal Tide (East Salem, #3)

TO BE READ: Fatal Tide (East Salem, #3)

This series is also engrossing. Well, Lis Wiehl is actually one of my favorite mystery writers.

3. Every Day series by David Levithan

Every Day (Every Day, #1)

READ: Every Day (Every Day, #1)

Another Day (Every Day, #2)

TO BE READ: Another Day (Every Day, #2)

I consider Every Day as one of the best books that I have read this year so I will definitely read its sequel! Soon!

4. Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld

Uglies

READ: Uglies (Uglies, #1) and Pretties (Uglies, #2)

Uglies 2

NOT READ: Specials (Uglies, #3) and Extras (Uglies, #4)

I have nothing against Scott Westerfeld and those fans of this YA series but I have no plans of finishing this novel any more. I loved the premise, but Tally, the main character, is just annoying. This is just my opinion, though. 🙂

5. Cormoran Strike series by Robert Galbraith (Pseudonym), J.K. Rowling

Cormoran Strike

READ: The Cuckoo’s Calling (Cormoran Strike, #1) and The Silkworm (Cormoran Strike, #2)

Career of Evil (Cormoran Strike, #3)

TO BE READ: Career of Evil (Cormoran Strike, #3) (will be out on October 20, 2015!)

J. K. Rowling is indeed a genius writer. I cannot help but admire her. I haven’t read, or watch, any Harry Potter yet but this mystery and crime series is enough for me! 🙂 (I don’t mean any harm to those Potter fans. 🙂 )

6. Roy Grace series by Peter James

Dead Man's Time (Roy Grace, #9)

READ: Dead Man’s Time (Roy Grace, #9)

Roy Grace

TO BE READ: Dead Simple (Roy Grace, #1)Looking Good Dead (Roy Grace, #2)Not Dead Enough (Roy Grace, #3)Dead Man’s Footsteps (Roy Grace, #4)Dead Tomorrow (Roy Grace, #5), Dead Like You (Roy Grace, #6)Dead Man’s Grip (Roy Grace, #7)Not Dead Yet (Roy Grace, #8)Want You Dead (Roy Grace, #10) and You Are Dead (Roy Grace, #11)

Woah! I was not aware that the Dead Man’s Time is part of a series, big series I mean! It seems I have a lot of reading to do after the 2015 reading challenge… 😀

7. Fifty Shades series by E.L. James

50 shades

READ: Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, #1) and Fifty Shades Freed (Fifty Shades, #3)

Fifty Shades Darker (Fifty Shades, #2)

NOT READ: Fifty Shades Darker (Fifty Shades, #2)

Yep. I have read half of Fifty Shades of Grey and the entire Fifty Shades Freed. But that doesn’t mean I am a fan. It’s curiosity plus the teenage me that fantasizes a ‘rich-knight-in-shining-armor’ thing. But I am done with that and I will not read any book from this series. #NoJudgment 😀

Here comes the never-ending list of book series by the mystery/crime/thriller master, Mr. James Patterson.

8. Women’s Murder Club Series with Maxine Paetro

READ: 1st to Die (Women’s Murder Club, #1) and 12th of Never (Women’s Murder Club, #12)

TO BE READ: 2nd Chance (Women’s Murder Club, #2)3rd Degree (Women’s Murder Club, #3)4th of July (Women’s Murder Club, #4)The 5th Horseman (Women’s Murder Club, #5)The 6th Target (Women’s Murder Club, #6)7th Heaven (Women’s Murder Club, #7)The 8th Confession (Women’s Murder Club, #8)The 9th Judgment (Women’s Murder Club, #9)10th Anniversary (Women’s Murder Club, #10), and 11th Hour (Women’s Murder Club, #11)

9. Private series

Private L.A. (Private, #7)

READ: Private L.A. (Private, #7)

Private

TO BE READ: Private (Private, #1)Private London (Private, #2)Private Games (Private, #3)Private: #1 Suspect (Private, #4)Private Berlin (Private, #5)Private Oz (Private, #6)Private L.A. (Private, #7)Private India (Private, #8)Private Vegas (Private, #9)Private Sydney and Private Paris (Private, #11)

10. Alex Cross series

Cross My Heart (Alex Cross, #21)

READ: Cross My Heart (Alex Cross, #21)

TO BE READ: There’s a lot! Here’s the Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/series/40543. 🙂

I am a huge fan of James Patterson but I’m afraid it will take me a loooong time before I can say that I have read all his novels! Every piece is worth your time, though. 🙂

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Woah! I’m surprised that I was able to complete those 10 spots! Whew!

I am really enjoying this book meme!

How about you? 🙂

Till next time!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Characters You Just Didn’t Click With

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There are characters that you can’t forget. And there are some that you wish you never read. – rosemawrites

The Broke and the Bookish‘s Top Ten Tuesday for today is quite hard to fill.

September 1: Ten Characters You Just Didn’t Click With

Yep. So I reviewed the books that I have read and recalled each stories’ character. (Yes it was hard but it is surprisingly fun as well! :))

Just to be clear, there are novels here that I actually love. But there are characters in it that I really don’t like.

Now here’s the top ten list of my pet peeves, novel’s character edition:

1.  Tate of Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

Ugly Love

WHO? Tate Collins is a woman who doesn’t have time for love.

WHY? I don’t like her because she somehow ‘suggested’ the sexual arrangement with Miles. Please don’t get me wrong. It’s just that I am a believer of high morals, specially for women. 🙂

2. Guinevere Beck of You by Caroline Kepnes

You (You, #1)

WHO? The beautiful and seductive woman being fantasized and stalked by Joe Goldberg.

WHY? Joe Goldberg is somehow the antagonist in this story as he is Beck’s crazy stalker. On the other hand, Beck plays with boys. She used her beauty to get what she want and she give her admirers false hopes.

3. Scarlett of The Vanishing Point by Val McDermid

The Vanishing Point

WHO? Scarlett is a high-profile reality TV star who, dying of cancer and alienated from her unreliable family, entrusted her son to Stephanie.

WHY? I pitied Scarlett during the first half of the book. But when truths were revealed, I just can’t help but hate her. She’s insane. Really.

4. Jung Ji-won by Tongue by Kyung-ran Jo

Tongue

WHO? Jung Ji-won, a celebrated chef, lost her boyfriend of seven years . She also lost the cooking school she ran from their home.  She even lost her ability to taste.

WHY? I don’t understand her. I think she’s a bit too shallow.

5. Princess Eadlyn of The Heir (The Selection, #4) by Kiera Cass

The Heir (The Selection, #4)

WHO? She is the eldest child of America Singer and Prince Maxon.

WHY? She’s a brat. I just didn’t like her personality. I am a fan of The Selection, The Elite and The One but I think The Heir is really disappointing mostly because of Princess Eadlyn.

6.  Maddy Carson of Scared Scriptless by Alison Sweeney

Scared Scriptless

WHO? Maddy Carson, a 35 year-old talented script supervisor, who never wants to date an actor.

WHY? I was not able to relate to her.

7. Linda of Adultery by Paulo Coelho

Adultery

WHO? She is 31-year old successful journalist with an almost perfect life. She has a solid and stable marriage to a rich and loving husband, sweet and well-behaved children.

WHY? She’s an adulterer. And she initiated the affair. I hate her!

8. Tally Youngblood of Uglies (Uglies, #1)

Uglies (Uglies, #1)

WHO? She is a 16-year old girl main character of the story. Her ‘ugly’ name is Squint.

WHY?  Uglies actually has a very unique premise but the characters destroyed it. Tally lacks the sense and bravery of the best YA heroines like Katniss of The Hunger Games, Bella of Twilight and Tris of Divergent. She’s so indecisive and she lacks will and determination.

9. Peeta Mellark of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)

WHO? He is a baker’s son from District 12, who was reaped along Katniss Everdeen for the 74th Hunger Games.

WHY? I am team Gale! 😀 I like Gale more than Peeta for Katniss. That’s why my heart was broken when I finished reading The Mockingjay!

10. Jacob Black of New Moon (Twilight, #2) by Stephenie Meyer

New Moon (Twilight, #2)

 WHO? He is Bella’s friend who shapeshift to a wolf.
 WHY? I really don’t like third-wheels, eh? I am definitely Team Edward so I really don’t like him!
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That was it!
Please share to me your thoughts!
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DAY Thirteen

My answer in Day 13’s question will be the same as my answer in Day 9’s question which is about overrated book. So here’s the question:

13. A book that disappointed you.

I will be straight to the point here. I was really disappointed by the Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld. I have heard good reviews about it but it was really not my cup of tea.

I finished reading Uglies. It was not really bad actually the premise is interesting. But when I read the second book, Pretties, I have decided to dump the entire series.

The lead character in indecisive in an annoying way. The plot is as uncertain as the character itself.

This series lack the good qualities of a Young Adult novel but it did get its fair share of raves. So this is really disappointing.

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DAY Nine

I’m back!

Here is the 30 Day Book Challenge’s Day 9 question.

  1. Most Overrated book

This is an easy question because recently, I have been hugely disappointed by a book that has so many good reviews about. I’m talking about the Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld,.

At first, the story’s premise is really unique and interesting. Actually I almost liked the first book and I have read it for almost two nights only.

The ending though is a bit contradictory to its entire plot but still I decided to try the next book, which is the Pretties. This is a decision that I soon regret because it was really a waste of time. The story just got worse.

What I really loathe about this novel is the main character itself, Tally. She changes her mind as soon as she changes her clothes. That is the impression that her character has given me.

Unlike the heroines of dystopia novels who lived up to their principles and goals, Tally seems to just go with the flow. Sometimes her personality is strong, sometimes she’s not. She’s just so indecisive. So I just don’t like her.

After I have finished Pretties, I have abandoned the series and I will not continue it ever.

(Sorry I’m a bit harsh but it is really disappointing.)

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