Time for another Top 5 Wednesday. Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey from gingerreadslainey and is now hosted by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes and if you would like to join, here is the link for the Goodreads group with all the information.
This week’s topic is Series That Got Worse with Each Book. I had to think about this a little bit because most of the time, luckily, as I continue a series the books continue to improve. But there have been some where the series just hits a nose dive after the first book and those are the series that I’m gonna talk about today.
SO let’s get started!
#5: Swoon Duology
by Nina Malkin
The first time that I read the first book in this series Swoon I really enjoyed it. It stayed in my head a long time so when I decided to re-read it, I was very excited. However, how it was in my head and how it is was very different and it was kind of meh. But then I read the sequel which was just unnecessary. The story was fine as a standalone and the second book was just a bunch of drama and crazy ghost things that were really weird to read. Not a fan.
#4: The Jinni Wars Duology
by Amber Lough
I really loved the first book in this duology, though I will admit that I ignored a lot of annoying things and bad executions because I completely got caught up in the story. So when I got to the sequel, I started it hoping for that same kind of immersive plot but that wasn’t there and the problems I could ignore before became glaringly obvious and the whole reading experience left a bad taste in my mouth. I would definitely suggest reading the first book as a standalone.
#3: Pretty Little Liars Series
by Sara Shepard
I have to preface this by saying that I’ve only read the first two books in this series but I feel totally justified in placing it here because while the first book was okay, the second didn’t offer anything new and was kind of meh but the series has like twelve other books! If this kind of theme of kind of bland story continues for the rest of the series, I might die of literal boredom. It sucks because I think the tv show makes it seem like nonstop action and guessing games.
#2: Dark House Duology
by Laurie Faria Stolarz
I loved, looveddd the first book in this duology. I read it two years ago and it never left my thoughts. So you can believe I was incredibly excited to read the second book but it just wasn’t as good. I still really liked it but it still left me unsatisfied. This is supposed to be the last book but there’s a lot left unsaid, undiscovered and hidden. It made me kind of mad because though the author wants to write a third book, it doesn’t necessarily mean it will be published. AND I WANT ANSWERS GUYS!
#1: Everneath Trilogy
by Brodi Ashton
I read this trilogy in 2014. I thought the first book was okay, nothing to write home about, the second book I enjoyed a whole lot more but then… I read this book, the third book. Never have I been more angry over a series finale in my entire life. I hate it, I hate it with a giant passion. It’s the most despicable thing I’ve seen an author do to a world they’ve created and I honestly don’t understand how what happened in this book seemed like the best solution.
So that’s it for this post! I would love to know if you’ve any of these series or books and if you felt the same way I did. My number one choice is the one I’m most angry and passionate about and I haven’t ever talked to anyone else who has read it, so let me know if you have in the comments! Thanks so much for reading and I’ll see you on my next post!