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The topic for this week is: Top Ten Best/Worst Series Enders
There are so many series that I’ve adored how they ended but some fell short of my expectations. Here are some that I’ve enjoyed and didn’t love so much.
The Last Sacrifice (Vampire Academy #6) by Richelle Mead – I gave this book five stars so it should be no surprise that it’s on this week’s list as one of the series with what I consider to be the best enders. I like how things end up for Rose, Lissa and all the other VA people but things aren’t too perfect if that makes sense. Just because their story is over, there are still things open. And I think that’s one of the reasons why the spinoff series, Bloodlines works so well. Because we can still see these characters again and things don’t seem awkward with them having a life after VA.
The Reckoning (Darkest Powers #3) by Kelley Armstrong – I loved that these characters had grown since the first book of the trilogy and they delivered a climax to the series that felt appropriate. It was action packed but still felt true to the characters. And plus it’s Kelley Armstrong. She’s brilliant. I’ve loved every book of her’s that I’ve read.
Twilight (Mediator #6) by Meg Cabot – For the longest time this was my favourite YA series. Suze is strong and the kind of girl I wish I was growing up. She’s brave and intelligent but prone to get herself into trouble rather often. The last book in this series ended perfectly for me. It’s how I wanted things to happen but never imagined that they could.
The Last Battle (Narnia #7) by C.S. Lewis – Narnia is one of those series I grew up reading. And when I got to the end… It was fairly emotional for me. I haven’t read this book in years but I remember thinking it as a great way to end the series.
United We Spy (Gallagher Girls #6) by Ally Carter – I read this book last week… and whist this book is darker than those at the start of the series, it fit where the characters are now perfectly. They’ve grown up and are facing things that are more mature. This is a great ending to this series!
Mockingjay (Hunger Games #3) by Suzanne Collins – I wouldn’t be surprised if this book ends up on a lot of people’s lists this week – both as the best and worst. I liked the direction Collins was taking it however it had one MAJOR issues. Pacing. Things would take forever and then all of a sudden people would be dead? And stuff would have just happened and I’d have to flip back a few pages to see if I’d missed anything. It had promise… it just wasn’t quite right.
Breaking Dawn (Twilight #4) by Stephenie Meyer – What disappointed me most about this book was the action. It’s one where I think the movie did a great job of fixing what I had issues with. There’s such build up of this EPIC fight that’s going to happen…. but then it all fizzles out. I felt let down that after all the talk and all the preparation there was nothing. That said – the very ending I thought was perfect for Edward and Bella.
From Dead To Worse (The Southern Vampire Mysteries #8) by Charlaine Harris – Also known as the Sookie Stackhouse series or those books that True Blood is based on, I adored this series. But after the first seven or so books everything seemed to fall apart for me. The things that I loved at the start of the series were no longer in the books and I found myself growing frustrated by the main character, Sookie. It’s still a series that I enjoy the first half of but books 8-13 aren’t ones I liked very much at all.
The Best and Worst at the Same Time!
Sometimes there are books that I love and hate at the same time.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter #7) by JK Rowling – Loved and HATED how this book ended. And I think the reason why I hated it was because it was OVER! All those years I’d invested in this series and to have it over… a bit of a shock. But I loved how the characters found themselves in the end. And whilst I wasn’t a huge fan of the epilogue – it was right for them.
Rapture (Fallen #4) by Lauren Kate – This book annoyed me. It was a bit too fluffy but in the end – I think it was PERFECT for the characters. This is how they are meant to be. And how they’re supposed to live. Frustrating at times for me as a reader but I can see how great it was for the characters.