Another week, another Top 5 Tuesday, hosted by Meeghan @Meeghan Reads. I’m super excited to write this post because I have A LOT of unfished series because I have the tendency to LOOOVE the first book and then I start the second one and never end up finishing it… So here we go!
#1 Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas
I absolutely loved the first Throne of Glass novel: the writing was fast-paced, I loved the protagonist Caleana (and to be honest, I don’t think I was ever fully able to decide between Chaol and Dorian) and the story was promising as well! But then I read the second book, which started off very slow and I don’t recall I finished it… I truly have a problem with pushing through middle books/ second books in series. But, if one day I don’t have any books to read, I will probably continue?! Does the series get better and more complex as we go along? (Please comment if you’ve read the series!)
#2 A Court of Thornes and Roses by Sarah J Maas
Once again I read the first book in the series, A Court of Thornes and Roses (which, let’s just state the obvious: is a huge improvement cover-wise!), and then started the second book and it again, started slow and I wasn’t hooked. Maybe also because I loved the evolving relationship and then when they got together, I lost interest?! Because what made the first book special for me was the lack of information with the “plague” and the way we knew almost nothing about Tamlin and Lucien (and who doesn’t love mysteries?). I will, however, at some point definetely continue because I’ve heard that the second book is the favorite of a lot of readers!!!
#3 Crescent City by Sarah J Maas
This doesn’t count because it was only released today, which I found out only 10 min by a happy accident and thought I had to include it as a positive example of Sarah J Maas here (I don’t want this to turn into a Maas hate post because I did love the books I read!). I absolutely loved House of Earth and Bone when I read it around this time last year! It was a really long read and was slow-paced at times, but never boring! I loved the universe she created and the protagonist, Bryce, and obviously Hunt because their relationship was hilarious. Then the story was truly FANTASTIC, the murder was super complex and then it unravelled political schemes and now a rebellion, the synopsis states?! I’m super intrigued and will buy it as soon as it’s in stock at my local bookstore (which I hope is soon, but I don’t know how fast Germany is with American releases!).
#4 The Last Hours by Cassandra Clare
Again, this one doesn’t really count because it was more of an organizational matter – I had 100 pages left and didn’t want to pack this heavy book for a vacation. But I loved Chain of Gold and then EVEN more Chain of Iron and I really have to finish it at some point, but the problem is (that I often have whenever I pick up a book/series after a year or when the next book is released) I don’t recall everything that has happened, all the character development and everything. I will have to read a summary of the book before I continue!
#5 King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo
I never thought I’d say this about a book set in the GrishaVerse, but I did not enjoy King of Scars. I thought I’d love it, because Nikolai was by far my favorite character in Shadow and Bone – he carried the books, I was often annoyed by Mal and Alina and he was the funniest, smartest and most charming character and I was always kinf of rooting for him and Alina. And then he gets his own trilogy and I actually ship him with Zoya.
SPOILER FOR SIX OF CROWS:
I am not over Matthias and Nina. “May Djiel watch over you until I can once more” crushes me every time and now we get Nina and her dealing with heartbreak as a Ravkan soldier. That was too much for me.
Spoiler End: Then, I didn’t really enjoy the plot line, I felt like the story was told and I understand that Nikolai has to face his demons as well, but it just didn’t have the spark Six of Crows had with the story… So I won’t be continuing this series!
That’s it: I hope you enjoyed this one! Happy reading!