Sometimes I start a series and then forget about the sequels. Here are the Top 5 series I have started since I began blogging but never completed.
I read the first book, A Thousand Pieces of You, and forgot all about the story once I finished. The story follows Marguerite Caine, the daughter of a pair of brilliant physicists who invented time travel. Called “Firebird”, this invention allows people to jump into various universes. Numerous criminal organizations want the Firebird and will do anything, or kill anyone, to get ownership of it. The trilogy follows Marguerite as she navigates life and saving her boyfriend’s splintered soul across numerous universes. While the premise is promising, I lost interest in the story as soon as I finished reading. I actually forgot that the first book would have sequels. This is the type of trilogy you would read on a long flight or cruise too keep yourself amused but not recall afterwards.
Juliet Marillier writes excellent folklore fantasy. Her Sevenwaters series began as a retelling of The Seven Ravens, a German fairy tale recorded by the Grimm Brothers. The Shadowfell Trilogy follows a similar thematic narrative. Sixteen-year-old Neryn is alone in the land of Alban, where the oppressive king has ordered anyone with magical strengths captured and brought before him. Eager to hide her ability to communicate with the Good Folk–Neryn seeks the legendary Shadowfell, a home and training ground for a rebel group determined to overthrow King Keldec. All three books follow Neryn as she seeks to grow in her magic and work with the rebellion. While I think Marillier writes excellent stories, I struggled to connect with this series. I found Neryn indistinguishable from any of the magical, strong-willed heroines currently populating the YA fantasy genre. I had every intention of completing the trilogy but never got around to tracking down the other books. At this point, I do not think I will finish the trilogy.
For several years now the trend in Young Adult fiction is stories about young, stubborn, independent teenage heroines who discover they possess magical abilities. Naturally, their abilities threaten to upturn the whole world, rewrite history, and revolutionize society. In this world, blood controls everything. People with red blood, The Reds, are commoners. The royal family comes from the Silver elite who possess god-like superpowers. Mare Barrow, the heroin, is a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts. While working at the Silver Palace, Mare discovers that she possesses a power of her own. Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, and announce her engagement with a Silver prince. Meanwhile, Mare plots to help the Red Guard to bring down the Silver regime. I gather the rest of the series deals with Mare coming to terms with her powers and the collapse and rebuild of the social order. Honestly, the narrative reads a lot like The Hunger Games, just with some blood voodoo and elves added into the mix. After reading the first book, I did not feel an urge to rush out and read the other additions. While I know other people like this series, I struggled to connect with the narrative.
The Remnant Chronicles, focuses on a princess, Lia, who wants to escape her preordained fate. Born into a highly traditional society, Lia decides to run away from home and an arranged marriage. While on the run, she encounters the prince she was meant to marry and an assassin on a mission to kill her. The three bond as they explore new kingdoms, meet new friends, and make powerful enemies. Lia struggles to figure out her life while wrestling with love, family loyalties, and tries to forge a new destiny. I would have liked the first book a lot more without the love triangle. What is with the trend of love triangles in Young Adult Fantasy? These weird romances are never well written and feel like a Hallmark movie gone bad. I read the first book, The Kiss of Deception, and thought it was alright but never bothered to read the next installments. After reading the descriptions of the additional books, I do not think this is a trilogy I will finish.
Apparently Paramount Pictures has optioned the film rights to this series. Based upon the brutal Roman Empire, this series explores the lives of Laia, a slave, and Elias, a soldier. Neither is free. Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother in poverty. When Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, she must make a life altering decision. In exchange for help freeing her brother, Laia will risk her life to spy for the rebellion from within the Empire’s greatest military academy. There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier. His and Laia’s choices will change the fate of the Empire itself. I liked the concept of the story but I read the first book during my last Young Adult reading spree. Every single story seemed to deal with a bunch of teenagers who struggle with existential angst and whose actions will change the fate of the universe! Other than the pseudo-Roman Empire setting, this series failed to make much of an impression on me. Out of all five series listed here, this is the one I will most likely revisit at a later date.
Musings on Books and movies
Musings on Books and movies