TOP FIVE WEDNESDAY: Top five worst books in my favourite series

(Top Five Wednesday was created by GingerReadsLainey. Find out more at the Goodreads group!)

I’ve been reading an awful lot of series, so this is the perfect topic for me! I always seem to find that one book in a series severely disappoints me, while the rest of the series is completely note perfect – it’s probably one of the most heartbreaking things that can ever happen.
These might be my five favourite series, but these five installations make me grumble.

5) ‘Morning Star’ by Pierce Brown

 
 If you thought I could make a blog post about series and not mention Pierce Brown, you were severely incorrect. I gave all three books in the Red Rising trilogy 5 stars, but ‘Morning Star’ was the only one that was on the border between 5 and 4. It didn’t disappoint me, but the ending was much less deathly than I’d been expecting, and it seemed like it could have been more effective. 
Still loved it, though.
4) ‘Ignite’ by Erica Crouch

 
‘Ignite’ by Erica Crouch is the only book on this list that isn’t a series ender. Considering my hatred for series enders, that’s a bit of a surprise! But this trilogy definitely got better with age, as I absolutely adored the second and third installments (and the novellas <3 ) but I felt ambivalent towards the first book. 
3) ‘Ensnared’ by A. G. Howard

I’ve only really started finishing series over the last couple of months (I always skipped the third book, because I have a problem with commitment) so it’s not surprising that the favourite series that have disappointed me are primarily ones I’ve read in 2016. I had the highest hopes for the final book in the Splintered trilogy, but I was left longing for a different ending.

2) ‘Ruin and Rising’ by Leigh Bardugo

 
I only finished ‘Ruin and Rising’ a couple of months ago, but I was SO DISAPPOINTED. The first book is kind of average, then the second book is ABSOLUTELY AMAZING, but the third book was a pile of dirt. I gave it 3 stars, because I was in a super generous mood that day. 
This is literally the most cliched series ender in the history of series enders.

1) ‘Allegiant’ by Veronica Roth
 
I gave the first two installments of the Divergent trilogy 5 stars, unquestioningly. I read them both in a day – back to back with no breaks – but when it came to ‘Allegiant’ it took me MONTHS. At the time I rated it quite highly, just because it was part of the series, but looking back I definitely think of it more as a 2 star. At least the book isn’t as bad as the film, though.
I’m doing a reread of these soon, so this might change! (It probably won’t.)

Thank you for checking out my Top Five Wednesday! Do you hate series closers as much as I do, or do you really love some of these books? 

  • Cat

    I felt the exact same with Allegiant!!!! I read Divergent and Insurgent so fast but Allegiant was so urghhhh. And to be honest, I can't even remember the book at all (well….minus the end, obviously).

    Cat @ Bubblegum Yellow

    • I saw the film the other day and I was pretty sure most of it didn't happen in the book, but it really left me doubting myself!