Recently I wrote a post about all the series I wanted to catch up on, and while looking through my Goodreads shelves I’ve realized that 😳 there are so many series I have no interest in finishing anymore, whether because I was disappointed in the sequel or because I’ve outgrown the author.
Today I’m sharing five of them and explaining why I decided to abandon them. Call it the Anti-Great Series Read Project, lmao. I’m so curious – do let me know what you think of my list!
Shades of Magic by V.E. Schwab
Listen – I used to be the biggest fan of Victoria Schwab’s books but I have to admit that they’ve lost their appeal along the years. Have you ever felt like you had outgrown an author? Because that’s how I feel. Her books don’t hold the same magic anymore, and the reason why is a mix of “her writing is boring, actually” and “her specific brand of feminism annoys me now”. Oh, well. I know I will never finish Shades of Magic, and I sure won’t read about that Addie woman who can’t visit non-western countries even though she’s eternal. *shrugs*
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
The truth is, back when I read A Court of Thorns and Roses, I didn’t like it, mostly because Tamlin made my skin crawl and his romance with Feyre managed to infuriate me and bore me to tears. Enters A Court of Mist and Fury, and I felt so vindicated when SJM destroyed that dude that I breathed through it and honestly? I enjoyed it rather uncritically, and my review of it does make me cringe a bit now. This said however, this short moment of interest has long passed and I will never come back to this series – or to this author, to be honest. Neither her romances nor her writing style appeal to me, and I’ve read enough reviews of her other works to know that I will not give my money to those boring white fantasies when so many authors of colors write wonderful stories every day.
The Mistborn Saga by Brandon Sanderson
Even if I was able to look past his old homophobic statements – and that’s a big if : I wasn’t aware of them when I read Mistborn and wouldn’t have started it if I knew – I wouldn’t read anything from him again because – please don’t hate me – his books are so very boring??? As a Fantasy reader they’ve been recommended to me so many times since I’ve joined the English-speaking book community that I genuinely believed that I’d love them. I did not, however, and if I forgave Mistborn‘s flaws and had a good enough time, I had to DNF The Well of Ascension : glacial pacing aside, I found it so tedious and so full of telling rather than showing, oh my god. Also, I know it’s an unpopular opinion but I’ll die on that hill : having a woman as a heroine doesn’t mean that the book isn’t sexist (it is).
The Mirror Visitor by Christelle Dabos
This series *shivers* – my 1 star review for the first book must be the one for which I got the most hate on Goodreads, and as a French woman, I can say it : French people have no chill. Seriously. Now it mostly makes me laugh – some people wrote long-ass bullet points comments!!! in Italian!!! – but back in 2016, not liking this book crushed me. I was so ready to be engrossed in a French Fantasy series for once, I didn’t expect to find such a sexist tale and a daily dose of private messages insulting me for weeks. This was not the first time I had to flag comments under a review of mine, but I’ve now realized how much more vulnerable I feel when people insult me in my native language. With the barrier of English, everything feels different – it doesn’t mean that I won’t mind hurtful comments, of course, but they’ll hit differently. Anyway – I hated A Winter’s Promise, and I’ve long lost any desire to give the rest of the series a chance.
The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey
My problems with The Fifth Wave are plural, but they can be summed up like this : I was bored to tears, and Evan was a creep. Add that I didn’t hear great things on the rest of series, and you’ll get why I never bothered to find out what happened next.