Happy Wednesday! (whop whop) This week’s topic is series that got better. This is an interesting topic because usually it goes the other way, haw. I’ll have to dig to see if I can come up with five. 😛
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5 – Losing It trilogy by Cora Carmack
I’ve only read the first two so far, but the second one is my opinion is much better than the first. Not saying the first was bad persay, it was just kinda… bland. The main character didn’t really have much personality other than ‘stereotypical super-shy virgin’, which in itself isn’t a bad thing, but hey, you need to have hobbies or a personality other than that one trait, man. Humans have that stuff, this character didn’t. The couple the second book Faking It focuses on is a lot more developed personality-wise and I enjoyed their dynamic a lot more. This is a new adult series so beware of boobs and wiggly bits if you’re a youngin’.
4 – The Remnant Chronicles by Mary E Pearson
This is another one I’ve only read the first two of (I’ll get to the third here pretty quickly) but the first book was just okay for me I think. Nothing really stuck out as interesting or unique and the goofy love-triangle they threw in there was a bit tiring honestly. It’s definitely still there in the second book, but the world itself is more fleshed out and I really, really liked the direction it took. The second book along with the world building, had better characterization as well. I think the ‘middle book syndrome’ that most series get was actually present in book one for this series and had solved itself by book two. I’m hoping book three will be even better.
3 – A Court of Thorns and Roses trilogy by Sarah J Maas
I feel like this one is going to be very popular on this week’s list for YA readers. It’s like the quintessential ‘was sucky and then ended up less sucky’ series. The first one is okay – I actually thought it was a decent book. I saw its issues but overall the book was not bad. The second book ended up being one of my favorites of this year, one of my favorites ever, which is strange since neither books 1 or 3 came anywhere near my favorites list. I think it was just so polar opposite from the first book that I couldn’t help but love it.
2 – The Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness
Let me start by saying that this series is amazing the whole way through. The only reason it’s on my list is because for me, the first book was about 4 stars and the last two were 5 each. Technically, it means the series got better as it progressed :”D
If you haven’t read this one yet, do it. Do it. It was super popular for a while a couple years ago, but it has earned all the notoriety it has received. AHHHH read it ❤
1 – The Liveship Traders trilogy by Robin Hobb
I think this series has the most pronounced improvement of all the ones on my list. Note, I am about 100 pages away from finishing at this point, so it’s the most fresh in my mind as well. The first book Ship of Magic is good – I gave it about four stars, but the characters in there are all really grating on the nerves and emotionally, the series is exhausting…. well, that second part never really goes away. It’s consistently emotionally exhausting. But! The character arcs in this book are fantastic. I went from barely liking anyone to really liking (or in some cases really, really loathing) almost everyone. Seeing the development really made me fall for this series and made reading it a more intense and absorbing experience. It’s just so good. It’s so good.
And that’s it! That’s it for me this bleary Wednesday morning. Happy reading! :”D