Book Series I Won’t Be Continuing

I got this brilliant post idea from Kyla over at Kyla’s Library! Please go check out her post and her lovely blog!

Like Kyla said in her post, this list is probably going to be very controversial! Most of the series on this list are quite popular, so I wouldn’t be surprised if one of your favorite books is mentioned 😂 wbe2417_004

The Arc of a Scythe Trilogy by Neal Shusterman

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I didn’t hate Scythe, but it wasn’t good enough for me to want to continue the series, you know? I have SUCH A MASSIVE TBR, and I’m not about to waste my time reading “meh” books when there are so many others I should be prioritizing. There’s a chance that I *might* give book two a chance, because the ending of Scythe left me somewhat intrigued… but probably not. Though the concept behind the story was interesting, the book as a whole moved so slowly, and I have a feeling that the next two books in the trilogy will be more or less the same.

The Something Dark and Holy Trilogy by Emily A. Duncan

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I feel like I’m the only person in the universe who disliked Wicked Saints. It was just SO SLOW (which I’m now realizing is a common pattern found in the books on this list). The characters were so bland, and the pacing was terrible. I was so close to DNFing this book, but I didn’t want to give up on it, in hopes that perhaps the book would pick up within the last 20% (spoiler alert: it didn’t). I wish I could understand why so many people loved this book. Someone please explain in the comments because I’m genuinely curious!

The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

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Why does everyone love this series so much? The characters in The Raven Boys were some of the driest ones I’ve ever encountered in a young adult novel, and that’s saying a lot. I’ve only read the first book, so I can’t speak for the whole series, but there was just nothing appealing about it. IT WAS SO BORING. I want to give some of Stiefvater’s other books a chance, but I’m scared to because I hated The Raven Boys so much!

The Witchlands Series by Susan Dennard

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Truthwitch is the one book on this list that I actually did DNF (at about 60-70%). As a reader, I take pride in the fact that I hardly ever DNF books (what can I say, I’m very stubborn). It really says something about Turthwitch if I disliked it SO MUCH that I had to abandon it. It was just (you guessed it) so boring! The pacing was so slow and I remember just reading the book and desperately wanting it to be over. It was that bad! Since I couldn’t ever get through book one, it’s safe to say that I will never be picking up the remaining books in the series.

The Ember in the Ashes Quartet by Sabaa Tahir


I think this series is going to be a quartet… right? Anyways, despite the fact that I wasn’t the biggest fan of this series, it’s probably the best one on this list. I definitely see the appeal. But with that being said, it really wasn’t for me. I liked An Ember in the Ashes quite a lot (I think I gave it 3 or 4 stars), but A Torch Against the Night just bored me to death. I didn’t love the characters, except for Elias’s mom, who, although extremely frightening, was one of the most interesting YA antagonists I’ve ever come across. Honestly, the series had its pros and cons, but I don’t think it’s worth my time to finish it. I don’t regret reading the first book, but I don’t plan on reading the last two books in the series.


That concludes this post!

YES, YES, I have no taste, blah blah blah (People who were about to come @ me in the comments– I said it so you don’t have to!)

After typing up this post, I’m realizing that there are SO MANY popular series that I have abandoned… So perhaps you’ll be seeing a Part 2 of this post in the near future? Maybe??? We shall see.

What are some series that you won’t be continuing? I’d love to know! I promise I won’t judge you if it’s a series I like… Let me rephrase that: I’ll *try* not to judge you if it’s a series I like.

Anyways, I hope you all enjoyed this post!

Have a happy weekend!

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26 thoughts on “Book Series I Won’t Be Continuing

  1. Joanna @ TheGeekishBrunette says:

    The arc of a scythe is one I’m not sure if I will be continuing. Ha. I read the first book and it was fine but I’m just not sure if I like it enough.

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  2. bookbeachbunny says:

    Wicked Saints was such a let down. You definitely aren’t the only one that had problems with it.

    I felt Scythe was so average but heard such good things about the rest of the series so I just read Thunderhead and basically… still feel like it’s an average series. You aren’t missing anything there!

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    • Octavia @ Mermaid Reads says:

      I’m so glad I’m not the only one who disliked Wicked Saints!

      The concept behind Scythe had so much going for it, but at the end of the day I really don’t think it was executed in an entertaining way. Since you didn’t love the rest of the series, I think that confirms my suspicions that it’s not worth finishing!


  3. Kyla @ Kyla's Library says:

    I also DNFed both the Raven Boys series and An Ember in the Ashes series (I can’t believe I forgot to mention those in my post).

    I felt underwhelmed by Scythe when I read it too, I gave it four stars mainly for the concept and world of it and I felt similar about Thunderhead but The Toll was amazing and it really delved deeper into the world and concept of the series which I loved and I thought it was a great ending.

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  4. Susy's Cozy World says:

    I won’t continue Scythe and The Amber in the Ashes, either. I have read the first book of both of them and I wasn’t really convinced.
    And I have finished Raven Boys but… Honestly, I don’t think you would miss something if you drop it.

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  5. abookishbalance says:

    I read Scythe, which I thought was alright too, and I really didn’t like Thunderhead (I thought the ending was absolutely ridiculous). I thought about finishing the series though, because Thunderhead ends on a cliffhanger of sorts, but realized I just don’t care enough to do so 😅

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    • Octavia @ Mermaid Reads says:

      Glad I’m not the only one who didn’t enjoy the Raven Cycle and the Witchlands series! I enjoyed Scythe to a certain degree, I just wasn’t a fan of the way the concept was executed. I hope you love The Toll ❤


  6. Jamie @BubblyBooks says:

    I think I got to the second book in the Raven Cycle and haven’t picked up the third… I just couldn’t get into it for some reason?! And I can see what u mean w Truthwitch being slow the whole series is quite the slow burn and even I must admit I wish things would pick up a bit at some parts!! Great post 💛

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    • Octavia @ Mermaid Reads says:

      Thank you! I wasn’t able to get into The Raven Cycle either… I think it’s mainly just because the characters were so 2D and I couldn’t connect with them. The slow pacing didn’t help either. And I definitely agree with what you said about Truthwitch!


  7. melbraxton says:

    If Scythe wasn’t your thing, I doubt you’ll like the series. I loved it for the scifi content, and that aspect kept delivering, but I didn’t feel like it really changed over the series. I like this idea of giving up on series. I can be a competionist, but sometimes it’s better to walk away.

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    • Octavia @ Mermaid Reads says:

      Definitely agree! I like to finish what I start, but there are so many other books I’d rather be reading! I LOVED the concept behind Scythe, and the sci-fi content was amazing, but the storytelling just wasn’t for me.


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