Let’s face it, DNF’ing is an unfortunate effect of being a compulsive, obsessive book lover. It’s like the black spot of the reading community, and it’s always a sad occasion to witness a book that’s been DNF’d
Therefore, I’ve compiled a TOP 5 list of series that I have no intention of revisiting, ever. Let’s get started!
House of Night Series
Young Codie plucked this obsidian novel from the vast shelves of colorful and intriguing titles because of one word: Vampires.
Yes, I had a vampire obsession/phase (like most teens) that manifested from my completion of The Twilight Saga. Young Codie was on the hunt for any vampire books, so when I happened upon The House of Night series I was in vamp heaven! I devoured the first book in one day, and the second book in two days flat, both receiving stellar reviews from yours truly. Honestly, I can’t relay to you the specifics about the books I’ve read in this series (I read 5/12).
I’m horrible with series’, in both books and television, so after reading the first two installments, I kinda forgot about the series for a few months. After a fresh break, I returned renewed and fell into the HON trap yet again, but then I made it to book 5… Well, it took me four months to complete that one and that’s when I realized this series was never going to end, which wouldn’t have sucked if the writing and storyline weren’t so horribly, terrible. 12 books of meaningless chatter and typical teenage antics, lacking both substance and purpose.
After a Vampire Tracker Marks her with a crescent moon on her forehead, 16-year-old Zoey Redbird enters the House of Night and learns that she is no average fledgling. She has been Marked as special by the vampyre Goddess Nyx and has affinities for all five elements: Air, Fire Water, Earth and Spirit. But she is not the only fledgling at the House of Night with special powers. When she discovers that the leader of the Dark Daughters, the school’s most elite club, is mis-using her Goddess-given gifts, Zoey must look deep within herself for the courage to embrace her destiny – with a little help from her new vampyre friends (or Nerd Herd, as Aphrodite calls them)
Once again, Young Codie perused the overflowing library shelves, and happened upon Uglies. During this time I was obsessed with yet another genre, only this time it was dystopian’s. The problem with Uglies, for me, was the hypocritical world he’d built. The pretties were the standard of beauty, however, we see another standard of beauty outside of the world controlled by some government. This standard of beauty is the opposite of the pretties, but the way in which he presented it was as if the other beauty wasn’t beautiful at all. I don’t know, but that rubbed me the wrong way. There was also the horribleness that is Tally. Typical YA heroine that’s obsessed with her own selfish agenda and then switched up everything for a boy – she’s a great example of women’s liberation! I also tried to read book two and just couldn’t make it past chapter four.
Tally is about to turn sixteen, and she can’t wait. In just a few weeks she’ll have the operation that will turn her from a repellent ugly into a stunning pretty. And as a pretty, she’ll be catapulted into a high-tech paradise where her only job is to have fun.
But Tally’s new friend Shay isn’t sure she wants to become a pretty. When Shay runs away, Tally learns about a whole new side of the pretty world– and it isn’t very pretty. The authorities offer Tally a choice: find her friend and turn her in, or never turn pretty at all. Tally’s choice will change her world forever…
Sookie Stackhouse Series
Dissimilar to the previous books on this list, I didn’t happen upon this series due to an apparent obsession/phase, but because I enjoyed the first few seasons of the TV series True Blood. After learning it was an actual book series I went out and bought the box set and didn’t read book 1 until about a year later. Once I read book one, I honestly wasn’t impressed and didn’t care enough about any characters to continue reading the series, and as it turns out the TV show either. It really does remind me of an adult version of Twilight. She’s special because her blood is rare, and she can read minds except that of vampires (the opposite of Twilight), which includes Bill. She’s dumb, he’s infatuated…same story. Also, Charlaine Harris has a bit to learn about the difference between narcissism and confidence.
Sookie Stackhouse is a small-time cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana. She’s quiet, keeps to herself, and doesn’t get out much. Not because she’s not pretty. She is. It’s just that, well, Sookie has this sort of “disability.” She can read minds. And that doesn’t make her too dateable. And then along comes Bill. He’s tall, dark, handsome–and Sookie can’t hear a word he’s thinking. He’s exactly the type of guy she’s been waiting for all her life….
But Bill has a disability of his own: He’s a vampire with a bad reputation. He hangs with a seriously creepy crowd, all suspected of–big surprise–murder. And when one of Sookie’s coworkers is killed, she fears she’s next….
Caster Chronicles Series
The story involving my introduction to this series is quite similar to The Sookie Stackhouse series. I was lounging on the couch, channel surfing, when, suddenly, HBO starts playing the next movie on the scheduled program. Can you guess the movie that played? Did you say Beautiful Creatures, then you are correcto mi compadre. I only watched it because I like watching new movies, so I figured it couldn’t hurt watching it. After watching it, I wasn’t in love with it, but I wanted to know what happened next because it ended on an unsatisfactory note.
So, I went out and bought the three-box set, and read book one within the first week. The book was very different from the movie, which I was alright with, but kinda messed with my expectations. The series got progressively worse, and I couldn’t even finish book 3 (my review here). Don’t waste your precious reading time on this.
Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she’s struggling to conceal her power, and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. But even within the overgrown gardens, murky swamps and crumbling graveyards of the forgotten South, a secret cannot stay hidden forever.
Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town’s oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.
In a town with no surprises, one secret could change everything.
Confessions of Georgia Nicholson Series
There are six things very wrong with this book:
- The heroine is Love Struck/Sick One and a Whiner
- The storyline is below juvenile – childish?
- I’m too old for this; my brother is too old for this and he’s four.
- Chick – Lit at its worst
- Trying way too hard to be quirky and funny
Are those reasons a good enough explanation
There are six things very wrong with my life:
1. I have one of those under-the-skin spots that will never come to a head but lurk in a red way for the next two years.
2. It is on my nose
3. I have a three-year-old sister who may have peed somewhere in my room.
4. In fourteen days the summer hols will be over and then it will be back to Stalag 14 and Oberfuhrer Frau Simpson and her bunch of sadistic teachers.
5. I am very ugly and need to go into an ugly home.
6. I went to a party dressed as a stuffed olive.
In this wildly funny journal of a year in the life of Georgia Nicolson, British author Louise Rennison has perfectly captured the soaring joys and bottomless angst of being a teenager. In the spirit of Bridget Jones’s Diary, this fresh, irreverent, and simply hilarious book will leave you laughing out loud. As Georgia would say, it’s “Fabbity fab fab!”
That’s my list. Do you have any series that you’ve decided to discontinue reading? Leave a comment so we can talk about it!